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Green Flash Summer Saison - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Summer SaisonGreen Flash Summer Saison

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BA SCORE
86
very good

133 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tonistruth on 09-01-2007)
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Photo of TTAmod
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. into chalice

A: Looks good. Slightly hazy bright gold with sediment floating about. Thick effervescent white head that has good retention. Good lacing. Looks like a Duvel with some sediment and more haze.

S: Smells phenolic (mostly apple and pear.) Yeast and other spices are also noticeable.

T: Starts off peppery and cracked wheat notes. Bit of apple and pear come in after that. Finishes yeasty, dry, and slightly spicy. Very good and easy-drinking. Also quite traditional. I don't believe the original saisons were such high alcohol like many of them are today. I'd imagine they were something like this.

Lots of flavor and goodness, especially considering it's only 4.5%. Quite the achievement here.

M: Great. Really easy drinking. Carbonation is nice and prickly. Body is slightly less than medium and coarse. Very nice.

O: This is a great saison. It's not balls-to-the-wall crazy like many others out on the market, but it has a lot of drinkability, great taste, and solid all around. Like I said, this is an exceptional traditional saison. Pick it up if you see it.

A-

TTAmod, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Green Flash taproom 12/30/11.

Pours a golden hazy straw color with a thin head sitting on top. A punch of citrusy, musky yeast in the nose and not much else. Spice up front tickles the nose; lemon and orange zest flavors end in a funky spice and mild hop bitterness. Middling finish with a balanced feel makes this a very drinkable beer.

I love Saisons, but the thing I don't like is that there isn't much difference between them. Green Flash has actually succeeded in making a different tasting Saison. This is super light, despite being unfiltered. It's very light on everything in the beer, from the lemony zest to the barely there hop bitterness. Easily the most drinkable Saison. I just wish I had this during the 100 degree weather I experienced this summer. It's made for hot weather, but good any time.

Philousa, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Grebdioz, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/23/2011

On tap at Green Flash.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a big white head.

S: Pronounced pepper blends with grainy malt and a light bitterness. Esters remind me of granny smith apple and pear. Orange peel is evident, as are grains of paradise.

T: Pepper-like phenols with apple and pear. Low bitterness accompanies grain, orange pith, and earth. No alcohol is evident.

M: Light by with high carbonation.

Overall: A pleasant low alcohol Saison.

HopHead84, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Biketopia
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Biketopia, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of iSrALE
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

iSrALE, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent gold with a pinky of ivory colored head. Great head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Grassyness & mown hay, white pepper, plus grainyness

T: Follows the nose, a slight bit of yeasty twang, some lemony & a touch of band-aids up front. I do pick up some orange peels once this warms along with grainy notes, a touch of grains of paradise too & bit of grapefruit bitterness. Finishes grassy, crisp & with some serious bitterness derived from the orange peels

MF: Light/medium bodied, crisp carbonation

On the low end if the ABV scale, but probably more in line with what Belgian farmers were brewing & giving to their farm hands I'm sure, Very drinkable, but not terribly interesting

russpowell, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -21.5%

barnzy78, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of daveytheformer
4/5  rDev +4.7%

daveytheformer, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of hpthebull
5/5  rDev +30.9%

hpthebull, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. No bottling dates. Reviewed 2/6/11.

Clear, yellow-golden body. Big, bone-white head billows up and settles to a thin covering with tiny bubbles. Moderate lacing.

Yeasty and earthy aromas. Good spice profile, with aromas of ginger and pepper (likely from the grains of paradise). Hint of cinnamon. Grassy hops. A little soapy smelling.

Crisp at first, with grassy hops. Musty earthiness from the yeast. Cereal grains mid-palate. Pepper spices give way to a subtle ginger bite. Quickly leads into a soapy, slightly woody hop finish. Low on bitterness, with a developing citrus twang. Slight tickle from the soft carbonation.

A sessionable saison? Great idea, and very well done.

litheum94, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +4.7%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of TheRealDBCooper
4/5  rDev +4.7%

TheRealDBCooper, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of khumbard
4/5  rDev +4.7%

khumbard, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Chico1985
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an imperial pint. Slightly hazy bright yellow with a 2-finger white head, retention was decent, not much lace left.

Smell/taste - Smell is a bit faint, but not bad, reminds me of a hefeweizen. Taste is also very hefeweizen - huge banana especially, clove/spice, lemon, citrus, yeast and some bread. Not much of a hop presence.

Nice mouthfeel, good body for 4.5%, carbonation is at a good place, easy drinking.

I did enjoy this, but didn't really feel like a saison at all, so I knocked some points off.

Chico1985, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at the bowery Whole Foods in NYC.

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. It has a nice fluffy 2.5-finger white head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves behind a nice sheet of sticky lace on the glass.

S - The nose starts off with some nice light fruits and spice aroma. I am getting some green apple, white grape, and pear. There is a light barnyard scent to it. There are some lemon and yeast aromas as well.

T - The taste starts off with some nice light maltiness and spice flavors. There are some flavors of green apple, pear, white grapes, and lemon. There is a little bit of funkiness and hop flavor to it as well. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness and spiciness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and crisp carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice refreshing feel to it. There is a bit of dryness and mild hop bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability, and I would have no problem having quite a few glasses of this in an evening. Overall, i think it is a really nice saison, and I recommend giving it a try.

JizackFH, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of californiakebab
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went up to the new brewery and picked up a growler of this...pours a brilliant straw gold with a silky white head that leaves plenty of rings around the glass. Even after it's been sitting for awhile there's still head on it! Aromas of tart orange, lemon, some faint belgian esters of clove. The taste mirrors the aroma with lots of citric flavors, and an element of tangy, tartness. Some spice comes through towards the end, along with dryness. It gets a little puckering once the glass warms up. This is a very well attenuated beer with a light body, and a dry finish, which is exactly what a great saison should be. Overall, highly drinkable and refreshing...I like how its only 4.3%, seems there aren't many Belgian's out there with this much character at a lower ABV. Another great job by GF.

californiakebab, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice head and a clear lighter gold color. Pungent with tones of oranges, spices, citrus tones and even some floral tones. Lighter on the palate, but not lacking at all. Smooth with more prominent spices. This is a real good domestic saison

KDawg, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass; no dating on the bottle of label. An aggressive pours yields a clear, light yellow body with plenty of carbonation and a big four-finger white head. Very good retention the settles to a big foam cap, and scattered lacing.

Light fruit in the aroma, mostly pear and apple, with a touch of citrus. Very light note of peppery spice and funky notes from the yeast.

The sweet, light, fruit flavors dominate and are accompanied by the funk and spice from the Belgian yeast. Interesting slight hop bitterness in a very small amount at the end.

Very light mouthfeel that goes down easy. Overall, a little sweeter than most saisons I've had, but it works very well and would be a great regular summer brew.

FanofHefe, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Capital Ale House: This one pours a hazy golden color. There was a small white head that slowly drifts away and leaves a good amount of lacing. It has a nice nose. Wheat, floral, earthy, light fruits, some spices. Interesting and good taste. Earthy, some spice, lemon, a touch tart. Very Nice!

Boto, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fair take on a light and pleasing saison.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Repeat poor label design based on a painting of a beach/sunset view from a balcony. One liner noting main style and ingredients. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy straw pour with a good 1" of frothy head, fair retention, with moderate surface memory and lacing.

S - Nose is fair earthy and yeasty with a good fruitiness. A bit generic and mellow but pleasing.

T - Fruity and lightly zesty, good yeasty sense with a touch of spice. The complexity hinted by the orange peel, ginger and grains of paradise is not quite there… But the profile overall works well.

M - Light/medium body with moderate carbonation, fair sense of permanence in the finish.

O - All things considered this flows pretty well without much to be remembered for other than a nice drinking experience.

Notes: Nothing outstanding here, but the brew is all kinds of decent, the price/quality ration is pretty good and could be picked up for a social if it were available.

Daniellobo, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

This bottle was a gift from SirRuss last October, and has been in my cellar since. Cheers, Geez!

A: Clean at first pour, then cloudy as it gets to about the half way mark. It looks as it should: hazy hay-yellow. A two finger head which sticks around for some time is the product of a decent pour. Suitable lacing follows.

S: Like a wet towel left in the hot summer sun all day, then left to dry overnight. It's got a mustiness to it that it just can't shake. Hints of browning banana and crusted ginger are ever present, but the orange zest which it proclaims on the label is simply non-existent.

T: Again, the label states this to be fruit forward and showcasing crisp flavors of orange, ginger and so on. Sadly, it doesn't - this beer is just too remote for it's own good. Is it tasty? Sure, by standard saison standards, but by the lofty expectations set forth on the fugly label? Not so much. Lots of banana and green apple are the dominating flavors here, and they stick around from beginning to end.

M: Good stuff. It's rich and textured. The carbonation is well done, and the creaminess is where it should be.

O: For a standard saison, Green Flash's Summer Saison is above average. For a more unique take on a saison? Meh.

I've had this both fresh and now with some age, and I can tell you that the key flavor profiles you'd look for in this one are not there in either presentation. With some touching up in the offseason, I know Green Flash could make this one stunning brew.

In the mean time, and in the words of Jay-Z, "On to the next one...."

Rhettroactive, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a tight, fizzy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of a bit of citrus and spiciness.

Tastes of some pretty mild fruit notes with a spiciness on the back end. Citrus and a bit of sour apple make up the fruits. A touch of grainy sweetness adds in the middle. On the end notes of coriander, white pepper, and some earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find it to be quite a good saison, but I wish the price was a little less.

ocelot2500, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down leaving some lacing on the surface in the center of the glass and a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: The smell is mostly filled with aromas of orange peel and has notes of spices (from the grains of paradise) and hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste has an interesting contrast between initial flavors of oranges and fruity yeast (with hints of grainy malts) and then a light amount of bitterness and spiciness in the finish.
M: It feels relatively light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. It would be a good choice for a hot summer day.

metter98, Aug 09, 2011
Green Flash Summer Saison from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.