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Flemish Kiss - The Commons Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Right out of primary fermentation this beer is decidedly an American Pale Ale, but as it enters secondary, a bridge to Belgium is built with a dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. A 5 week maturation results in slightly dry, fruity beer with a hint of floral Brett character that will evolve over 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 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 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
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

metter98, Sep 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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

largadeer, May 15, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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 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
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

DrBier, Jun 17, 2014
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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 Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Cynic-ale, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

tobelerone, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Derek, Jul 27, 2014
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 11, 2014
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 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 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
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Axnjxn, Aug 28, 2014
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Flemish Kiss from The Commons Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.