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Flemish Kiss - The Commons Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chumba526 on 03-19-2011)
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Reviews by Murrhey:
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Murrhey

Montana

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured from a 750ml standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. No best-by date. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger white head with heavy carbonation and big bubbles. Some sticky white lacing. Amber color with thick particulate. Very hazy. Fine looking beer. The head lasts for quite some time which is nice.

S- Apples, wheat, strong brett notes and fermented Belgian yeasts. Spicy, sour and floral. Not too aggressive, but definitely the presence of brett.

T- A Belgian pale. The proper balance with malts and yeasts but just kissed (I guess there's a lot in a name) with the brett. Not sour, but characteristics of the live culture are present. Nice flavor, nothing earth shattering though.

M- Medium bodied, active carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O- Decent brew. I've had better from The Commons, and better of this style, but it works. I like the brett notes balanced with the spicy yeast.

03-24-2013 02:15:01 | More by Murrhey
More User Reviews:
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

Thanks to Mike for bringing this one by. It's hard to not get excited about nearly *any* beer from Oregon nowadays. Orange-y and amber-y body without any real distinction between the two colors at any given moment. Middle of the road haziness, topped off with a stark white, creamy foam that reduces swiftly into a thin cover across the brew. It fizzles and cracks violently during its atrophy.

Cherry poppin' daddys on the nose; buckle up and get them Chelan skins, baby. Just as big as the cherry presence is the Brett. The brewer must've dropped a big bucket of brettanomyces in the fermenter on this one (I kid, I kid). Lots of funky, pineapple-y aromas from the Brett with the introduction of woodsy oak somewhere in the back.

A spice is present, too, and gets a little more relevant upon warming, though I can't exactly put my finger on it. I'm gonna say cinnamon. It smells a little like cinnamon. Kind of spicy, warming. A little tannic, too, but not off the charts. Mostly just sour cherry skins and a Brett-coated oak barrel. Lots of stuff going on here - take it slow so you don't miss out.

Somewhere along the line, something gets a little lost in translation, as the flavor is quite a bit different from the aroma. It's not nearly as sour as it smells, which I'm typically okay with, but there's also a huge bourbon and boozy oak presence on the palate that I can already tell is going to eventually impede the drinkability of this beer down the road.

Oak, bourbon, funky, sweaty, yeasty Brett on the dark side with peach, cherry skins, and mild acidity on the brighter side. That bourbon, though, whew! It reigns supreme over just about all flavors, which is surprising for a beer like this. Just doesn't mesh so well, you know? I don't mind a little booze, but it's just a tad too much at this time, and too dominant in the finish. Thin body; sharp biting mouth feel and lots of carbonation.

This had the potential to be something excellent, or at least great, just from the aroma. The taste unfortunately falls short in refinement and comes off a little amateur-ish with the unnecessarily heavy amount of present bourbon. Tone that down a bit and amp up the sour levels to match the funk, and you've got yourself a damn good beer. This is just decent.

08-16-2013 20:13:04 | More by tectactoe
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-06-2014 20:44:49 | More by Cynic-ale
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

10-26-2012 02:28:45 | More by chickenm
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

11-24-2012 02:22:16 | More by acurtis
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switzer

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-14-2013 15:29:12 | More by switzer
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

05-06-2014 21:31:22 | More by ONovoMexicano
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DJButters

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

09-17-2013 00:19:14 | More by DJButters
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dirtylou

Washington

4.44/5  rDev +13.6%

750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead stemware

Gorgeous beer - hazy orange body, huge white fluff, reminiscent of rainier from up close. Aromas of clean brett notes and some nice fruity notes. The flavors are spot on - the brett is great, not offensively overpowering but just right. Pear, lemon, cherry. Nice carbonation level - mouthfeel is really exceptional. This is awesome stuff.

02-04-2013 01:04:55 | More by dirtylou
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Ace1117

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

09-01-2014 07:24:32 | More by Ace1117
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emilylee

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-23-2013 22:10:02 | More by emilylee
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

05-06-2014 07:15:38 | More by Gonzoillini
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.3/5  rDev +10%

Got at good beer in alphabet city- pours a hazy orange color with lots of frothy white head, modest retention and little lacing. Looks beautiful and really is quite active.

Smells a lot like Brett- awesome!

Tastes very nice- graininess up front followed immediately by the Brett funk which then turns into a slight tartness with a little green apple flavor. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is prickly and light bodied. I really like this beer- I'm going back to get another one tomorrow to age for a while to bring out the funk. If you like Brett seek this one out!

03-23-2014 23:21:03 | More by Hopdaemon39
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jason_nwx

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-06-2013 07:21:28 | More by jason_nwx
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Jasonp79

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.3%

07-28-2013 00:01:12 | More by Jasonp79
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ibrewaletx

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.3%

07-16-2013 08:56:20 | More by ibrewaletx
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-30-2013 01:18:35 | More by Boozecamel
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance. Pours gold-orange with a very light haze and almost three fingers of billowy off-white head.

Smell. Light fruits and some cherry, some funky brett and a bit of wood and cloves.

Taste. Dry brett with a little bit of light grains, spicy saison yeast and light fruits. Quite dry overall, just a little bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. A nice dry saison with plenty of brett. I thought this was a saison anyways until looking up at the catagory. Okay, well it's a very saison-like pale ale ...hmmm. Good stuff, whatever you want to label it.

01-05-2013 01:03:19 | More by Rutager
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

08-29-2012 00:58:28 | More by mdillon86
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-11-2014 12:52:20 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured into a beautiful Riedel white wine glass.. slightly hazed orangish red... off white head... good retention...

The nose is surprising... good malt profile with a nice bite of fruity brett brux.. a hint of sweet cherries and sweet acetic notes...

Flavor begins as a nice malty pale ale.. good balance between light funk and mildly sweet malt vinegar... cherry essence.. finishes surprisingly dry.... really digging this one... I had easy 4 good pours... finishes a bit dry and certainly fruity..

This brew will bridge the gap between nerds and "light" beer folks.

4/4/4/3.5/3.5

01-12-2012 07:09:31 | More by JohnGalt1
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AxesandAnchors

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-16-2012 21:36:37 | More by AxesandAnchors
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-15-2014 08:00:28 | More by largadeer
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-17-2014 22:32:08 | More by DrBier
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JimmyAloysius

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-11-2014 23:31:11 | More by JimmyAloysius
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Flemish Kiss from The Commons Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.