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Flemish Kiss - The Commons Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 9
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and Brett. Taste is much the same with the Brett being the dominant flavor. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a cervoise. Thanks, Aaron! Fairly-strong levels of Brett. Barnyard and some phenolics with backing cherry. Very dry.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

acurtis, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.3%

metter98, Saturday at 09:25 PM
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

largadeer, May 15, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murky lighter shade of amber in the tall glass. Big foam up on first couple of pours, but it is not so bad after blowing off the head. This one should probably be stored in the refrigerator for a while to get the yeast to settle down.

Flavors are tart, tangy, and cidery. Very fruity and weird with plenty of the "meaty" flavor that goes along with the Brett yeastiness. Apricot nectar with a little vinegar. But complex and full of crazy flavors. It's just a lot of damned yeast. I am liking the plain Brett brews, but not so sure about this multi-yeast concoction.

From the 750 bottle purchased at Bottleworks in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

mactrail, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured a light amberish color with big carbonation yileding a bit white fomay cap.

S: Dried fruits in the way of cherries and some apples. Plenty of hay and barnyard funk going on with some spice. However, I do pickup some plastic on this...

T: A nice stinging booze bite upfront with some yeast, spice, fruits and funk. Then some plastic appears, not good. The finish is dry, lingering hay and funk with more plastic in the background

M: Light-medium bodied, well carbonated, perhaps a tad bit to high. Effervescent.

O: I may have scored a tainted bottle.

barleywinefiend, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Gonzoillini, May 06, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Mebuzzard, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.3%

DrBier, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2.3%

billab914, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

JohnGalt1, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Portland and opened it on 6.12.12

A - Pours a opaque dark orange with a large light tan head with very good retention.

S - Bret, some Belgian spices, and apples?

T - Subtle spices and funk. Pretty muted, but tastey.

D - Great carbonation and a light body.

O - Light pale with some Bret funk and spices.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Derek, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

tobelerone, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

dirtylou, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is two fingers of fluffy ivory foam with good retention. I like it.

Smell: lightly fruity malt aroma with pear character and a little breadiness. There's also a little sourness and a little grassy funk from the Brett. It's a little muddled, but mostly quite good.

Taste: lightly sour with a bready malt flavor and less fruitiness than the aroma. It's not bad, but it's a little low on character for this style of beer.

Mouthfeel: pretty light body but with a huge, well-integrated carbonation yielding a large, though evanescent, creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this is an interesting Brett beer, but it doesn't really go to the next level for me. An interesting wild ale, but not outstanding.

flagmantho, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Bailey's, Flemish Kiss is a dull and murky caramel brown. The small off-white head leaves scattered lace.

Smell is pretty brewtty, this one has a fair amount of the fruity pineapple esters.

Taste is pretty snappy, again, it's really about the brett here. I suppose there is some herbal bitterness to the hops, but I'm not getting anything from a flavor perspective. The maltiness, which is greater then most belgian blondes, adds a nice layer.

Mouthfeel is dry, but a bit heavier then I prefer in the style. Indicative of their hybrid approach I suppose. Nice amount of fine carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, it washed down a Santeria buritto muy mueno. I prefer a cleaner malt base though for bretty blondes.

ccrida, May 29, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Cynic-ale, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods in Tanasbourne. Thanks for the recommendation, Mike!

Pouring a nice, clear, golden copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a good-looking beer. The nose is all Brett. very spicy, almost saison-like, with pepper, clove, fresh-cut herbs (grass, a little lavender), honey, mineral, some oak-like tannins, a little vanilla... this is pretty complex while remaining light. It does have some bandaid esters that I'm typically not a huge fan of, but with the freshness and vibrancy of the rest of the beer, it works. Dried sour cherries are also present. Very nice.

The palate is a delightful blend of all the nose has to offer with a dash of acidity tying it all together. The acidity is clove-heavy with a touch of plastic, but again, it works with the combination of dried fruit, honey and fresh cut grass, it is very refreshing. A mild toasted malt sweetness is present. The mineral character does keep things bright and snappy as well. Drying and almost a little tannic on the finish (husky, grainy tannins), there's a blend of lingering spice and Brett B flavors on the finish. Light in body and highly carbonated, this beer is very enjoyable. Recommended.

Adding the yeast does muddy up the palate a little bit, so I'd actually look for this on tap for a different experience

DefenCorps, Nov 10, 2012
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Flemish Kiss from The Commons Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.