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Flag Spéciale Bière De Luxe - Société Des Brasseries De L'Ouest Africain (S.O.B.O.A.)

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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 19.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Société Des Brasseries De L'Ouest Africain (S.O.B.O.A.)

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Imbiber on 10-06-2005)
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Reviews by jkanavel:
Photo of jkanavel
2.17/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I poured a normal 12oz bottle into a euro beer glass (25 cl) and it came out...yellow. Just pale yellow like a budweiser or something on that level. It had a nice white head that disapated completely in about 30 seconds. No lacing, lumping, anything at all for that matter. No head retention of any kind.

It smells okay actually, not really that bad. It smells malty, and a bit yeasty, no outstanding smells.

I have mixed opinions about the taste. On one hand it had some nice malty sweetness, and a few pleasant earthy flavors, mostly grains, some sourness too. On the other hand, it had hints of cardboard. Well, not even hints of it. It tasted like I was chewing on a cardboard box.

The mouthfeel was halfway decent, but nothing out of the ordinary. A little thicker than one would think, but still kind of watery.

You can put back a few of these fairly easily on a hot day, but a nice SNPA would be infinantly better.

jkanavel, Aug 05, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of Imbiber
3.53/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought home by a friend (thanks Jennifer!) from a trip to Africa. 33cl brown bottle with a best before date of Nov. 05.

Golden in colour, slightly hazy, little head but average carbonation (not too much thankfully). Aroma is a whiff of maize and a hint of mustiness. Flavour is unexpectedly smooth with a mild hoppiness and a slight butteriness, with an increased bitterness towards the finish - which is surprisingly prominent but slightly rough. Carbonation levels are about right without getting in the way of taste.

Not what I was expecting at all - I'm pleasantly surprised by this unusual African offering.

Imbiber, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of scout662
2.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Euro pale lager, this beer has an interesting pale yellow hue, with a nice amount of carbonation and head. I would say that this beer is closest to a miller light or a bud light. This is a slightly maltier beer and is a good social beer, because you wont be thinking about it to much and you can concentrate on the conversation. Nothing special, but it serves it's purpose and can be found in large bottles. This is one of the few beers you can actually find at any bar. Flag has and ABV of 5.2% and is a good bet at any local bar.

scout662, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Clear yellow-light gold with little head that doesn't stick around long.

S-Faint malt, corn?

T-Sourness throughout, light malt, adjuncts, faint hops in finish.

M-Sourness gives slightly puckery mouthfeel, carbonation is moderate, bit more body than usual for this style. Balanced between malt and hops.

O-Strange beer...it's drinkable, but I'm not crazy about it.

BoitSansSoif, May 12, 2011
Photo of seydou
1.9/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My preferred beer while living in West Africa. Preferred only in the sense that there were two beers available, and Castel is horrible.

Flag is not much better. It pours extremely carbonated in a really standard African-yellowy lager color. Tastes best extremely cold and paired with some spicy hot food (like deep fried plantains).

People joke that it tastes distinctly like formaldehyde, but I'm not sure how those people know what formaldehyde tastes like. I guess you get some sort of chemical-ish taste, but the overwhelming sensation is just over-carbonation, a little heavy, boring lager.

I guess there is a bit of romanticism in importing a beer from West Africa to taste discriminately, but side-by-side with any other lager, this is going to lose. Drink for the novelty only.

seydou, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of jmtpi
2.25/5  rDev -11.8%

jmtpi, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of soju6
2.48/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light golden color with a small head that fades fast with no real lacing.

S: Mild aroma of malt and grain with a hint of sweetness.

T: Flavor of some malt and grain with a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Light body and smooth.

O: Seems to be the local beer of choice in Dakar. Not as bad as expected. Goes best with a hot afternoon.

soju6, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of malmquna
2.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light yellow, maybe straw color. Looks a bit thin. Pours very effervescent, white bubbles, then nothing for a head afterward. Not much odor at all. Perhaps some very light sweet malt aroma.

The effervescence stays after the head dies down and produces a dry sensation on the palate. The flavor is very unusual...over a very light malt base there's something that can only be described as buttered popcorn. No joke, there must be just the right balance of butyric acid and corn malt. Otherwise, no hops to be found other than a general bitterness in the finish. Not all that drinkable due to the effervescence and the general weird flavor combination.

Though interesting, I don't think I will be getting this one again. Worth a try for that movie house flavor, but just one try.

malmquna, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of woolihoo
2.75/5  rDev +7.8%

woolihoo, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of Leo_Orion
3.25/5  rDev +27.5%

Leo_Orion, Aug 22, 2014
Flag Spéciale Bière De Luxe from Société Des Brasseries De L'Ouest Africain (S.O.B.O.A.)
72 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.