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Flemish Kiss - The Commons Brewery

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BA SCORE
88
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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Dagsy

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-08-2013 20:27:50 | More by Dagsy
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harrymel

Washington

3/5  rDev -23.5%

10-06-2013 20:19:21 | More by harrymel
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up practically no head and therefore has no retention. My guess is that the head is close to a pure cotton white while the body is a medium amber that glows pale when held up to the light. Slight amount of lacing.

Nose- Delightful. Lots of tartness- apple, cherry, some strawberry. A hint of straw but there's not much else in the area of funk. That might require a little more age. Swirling shows a more crisp, tart apple but not much else.

Taste- Starts off a lot less sour than the nose- for a minute, I though I might be drinking a sour and I was not in the mood for that. Fortunately, the funk shows up. Straw, mushrooms, stinky cheeses, notes of barnyard that move into a seemingly coffee note. It's not really coffee (as it does not have that linger) but it is quite similar. Very dry finish. Almost every note of the flavor profile is erased except for a bit of straw and grass. Slight fruit and tartness of the nose starts to show with cherry, orange and some apple. The funk is more subtle than my first taste and the faux coffee hides in the background with some light oak. This is a good beer but I would like to see it with more age. It seems to lack some presence (which I feel might develop with age) but it has excellent integration and balance. Some spice notes on the linger- mostly cinnamon. Good beer, almost solid but you have to consider its well established competition. If the faux coffee taste comes from the yeast, it is the most interesting and unexpected yeast flavor I've encountered.

Mouthfeel- Light to the point of being a little watery. Definitely could use more carbonation. This is the biggest failing in this beer.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing and interesting enough for the palate. It ain't cheap though. 10 bucks a bottle is almost prohibitive.

Overall- A good beer, a little less than solid. Definitely worth a try and if I weren't always moving on to the next thing, I would probably invest in a bottle for aging. But tickers gotta tick.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 03:20:34 | More by artoolemomo
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mactrail

Washington

3.41/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 06:11:22 | More by mactrail
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DJButters

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-17-2013 00:19:14 | More by DJButters
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-15-2013 18:48:32 | More by oldp0rt
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zhanson88

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Rbald42 for picking this bottle up for me.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with about an inch of white head. Very good head retention, and decent lacing. Nice warm color on this beer and nice head characteristics.

Smell: A bit of malt peeks out, but overall the smell is dominated by brett funk. Perhaps a bit of tartness in there, but mainly funk, horse blanket, with some grassiness and florals thrown in there as well.

Taste: Nice malt backbone initially injects a bit of sweetness, followed by grassiness, funk, and light tartness. Extremely dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light with medium-high carbonation. As I mentioned before, very dry on the finish. Overall, pretty nice beer. Nothing mind blowing by any stretch but a good, easy drinking beer that I would even consider sessionable at 5.7%, as it probably does not even drink that big. Worth a shot for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 00:43:21 | More by zhanson88
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Quafftastic

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-13-2013 01:03:44 | More by Quafftastic
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Rathakem

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-05-2013 23:14:46 | More by Rathakem
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thebeerprophet

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

08-21-2013 03:35:55 | More by thebeerprophet
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

08-16-2013 05:34:41 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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kscaldef

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%

08-12-2013 20:28:42 | More by kscaldef
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inkdemention

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-12-2013 16:37:11 | More by inkdemention
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OneBottle

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

08-02-2013 23:16:33 | More by OneBottle
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flagmantho

Washington

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:57:32 | More by flagmantho
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-29-2013 22:52:39 | More by mrebeka
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Jasonp79

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 14:34:53 | More by barleywinefiend
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

07-20-2013 00:22:31 | More by billab914
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ibrewaletx

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%

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

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-05-2013 20:37:22 | More by rbrefbeerman
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bifrost17

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-02-2013 18:28:05 | More by bifrost17
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illidurit

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-29-2013 00:19:15 | More by illidurit
Flemish Kiss from The Commons Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.