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Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 642
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Zorro on 03-26-2012

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Reviews: 127 | Hads: 642
Photo of lovindahops
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally this hit shelves in syracuse!

A- a hazy golden yellow body with white foam all over the edges of the glass.

S- big bready notes with slighty musty notes of barnyard funk that is always exhibited in the style. I definitely get the citrus and Ginger from the brew. Good scent profile that I would like to be amped up more

T- spicy and crisp with yeasty flavor. Not explosive, but crisp and very refreshing. Actually, saison Diego is very light and drinkable with these flavors

M- coating flavor on the brew that is very enticing

O- what a refreshing saison! The drinkability is out of this world with the crisp flavor. This will be a brew I always seek out for a warm weather day (691 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A decent, if somewhat underplayed, aroma of citrus, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of citrus (a bit of lemon), malt, some spices (coriander, for one), and a hint of the barnyard funk. Not quite what you would expect from a saison - it seems a little unfocused - but a decent enough flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a prickly, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that's slightly unwieldy. Not bad, certainly not undrinkable, but not quite as good as other saisons. (658 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Saison Diego is brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale with spices added. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing explosive stiff foam frothed head of a snow white complexion over a pale straw yellow body with ample agitated carbonation and fine flecked sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Yeast notes forward of summer fruit, peppery spice and soft funk, very clean but very potent. Mild malt notes of pale, soft malted wheat and cracker malts form a delicate and body with a light sweetness enhanced by the potent sweetness of peach and apricot juice, and balanced out with effervescent peppery spices of coriander and white peppercorns. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor profiles much of the same notes that the aroma suggests in varying degrees of intensity. The malt notes of cracker malt, wheat and pale generate a very soft body, almost a bit too shallow on sweetness, but somewhat saved by yeast notes of stone fruit juices, notably peach and apricot which generate a soft artificial sweetness to keep the beer from being perceived as too dry. The spiciness of the coriander and peppercorn spices added plus the yeast character comes off as quite brisk, perhaps too ambitious for the malt profile in question, overshadowing the balance and drying out the palate. There is no notable hop profile and most of the bitterness comes from spices added. Finishes very dry with a lingering fruit juice and peppery spiciness on the end. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is smooth, medium silky and very dry. Carbonation is brisk, generating a medium frothiness and a boldly crisp finish. The body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly spicy and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) There's no denying that I find this beer very enjoyable all-around. Arguably a bit simplistic for the style, the yeast and spice character joins together to make one of the most drinkable and flavorful farmhouse ales out there. There's very little funk and a very ambitious blend of spices which may not be for everybody, but with the aid of a yeast-borne fruit juice-aided malt profile, there's a lot of flavor and character to savor in this beer. While I haven't tried many of Green Flash's beers, this is a very enjoyable ale and one that will have me looking into more of their Belgian-style beers. 3.75

Green Flash Brewing Co.'s
Saison Diego Farmhouse Ale
3.79/5.00 (2,662 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on: 04/30/13

A: Pours a straw yellow color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that slowly fades to nothing

S: Lightly spicy with notes of ginger and grains of paradise (think SA summer). Also get some fruitiness and wheaty notes

T: Starts off with some spicy and fruity notes and goes into some wheat and mustiness that are lightly earthy. Finishes with some more fruitiness and malts

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good farmhouse with some nice light spiciness and fruitiness. Very easy to drink, but a little pricey given the abv and nature of this brew. Certainly not bad by any means, but there are much better examples out there (663 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Whole Foods

A clear, glowing clear straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a great saison. The nose is bright, light and refreshing. Citrus, pear esters, a little apple, some ginger and a faint note of yeast and phenols are present. The palate is bone dry and with a clean, pils malt base with crackers, a pleasant blend of citrus, light fruit and a touch of yeast. While it is lacking the phenols and yeast character that defines the style, this is enjoyable. Light in body with a crisp, zippy carbonation, this is quite excellent. (593 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Clear yellow with a white covering. Aroma of malt, orange, lemon, and a slight basement funkiness. Tastes of lemon, white grape, faint brett and yeast. Light and dry. Nothing wrong here, but nothing to write home about. (225 characters)

Photo of dalahodson
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a light yellow in the glass. The head is white with lots of carbonation visible. The overall smell is of citrus with a hint of spice. There is a lack of lacing on the glass. On first taste, you have citrus, bread and a hint of spice. The taste is dry and crisp. The overall mouth feel is very soft and smooth to the mouth. This is a beer that would be good for after a hot day of work. It pairs well with light food, fruit, cheese and bread. (454 characters)

Photo of watermelon
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 3/04/13 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Lemon yellow translucent body with a frothy white head. Tons of lacing and lots of retention.

S: I have a cold so I cant smell much, but I can pick up earth scents as well as yeast.

T: Lemon and ginger are present.

M: Very crisp carbonation. Tart mouthfeel on the back end. Some lingering bitterness. Very refreshing.

O: I havent had any from this style before, however I could see this beer being a go to summer brew. If I see it closer to its bottled date I will be sure to pick it up. (555 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap at Local Option, Chicago IL, into a chalice

Pours a yellow color. It's very yellow. Like, skin-of-a-Simpsons-character yellow. 1.25 fingers of white head stick around to leave some nice arches of lacing. In a bar setting, with lots of bright neon around, this beer practically glows.

The aroma hits the notes that you'd expect from the name and brewer: a healthy dose of green, fruity hops underscoring a Farmhouse Ale base. This beer is floral like honeysuckle, with dry malt character and plenty of hops (for the style). The first sip yields a big surprise: this beer isn't as hoppy as the aroma (or name) would have you believe. I mean, it's still got plenty of hop flavor. But the slightly musty, plasticky Saison yeast asserts itself strongly.

The mouthfeel isn't as attenuated as it could be, but most American Saisons suffer from this flaw. It's fine. Overall, this reminds me of a more refined take on Green Flash's Rayon Vert. That beer has more Brettanomyces character, but also way more hops. The hop bill here is present but respectful, which allows the saison character to show. This is a nice beer (though it tries to do much the same work as Boulevard Tank 7 and doesn't at all measure up to that beer). (1,236 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. No dates. Reviewed 7/6/12.

Hazed, golden-yellow body that shimmers in the light. Thick, rocky, bone white head. Settles to a compact covering.

Funky yeast, hay, pepper, lemon peel, ginger and some wheat aromas. very earthy smelling.

Dry flavors of hay and grass, with some citric tones. Earthy and musty, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Moderate spicing, with flavors of ginger and white pepper (from the Grains of Paradise). Moderate carbonation. Fairly full bodied for the style.

Good flavors with some nice spicing. A pretty good saison that I'd definitely come back to. (594 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow color with a serious fluff of head and crags of lace and stagnant bubbles. 4.0

Light white pepper, lemon, whisps of Euro hops, and crackery malts. 3.5

Yeasty and tangy. Light lemony zing and a lot of dusty spices. Peppery and semi-dry with a polishing finish of alcohol. Actually ends very dry. Nice flavor. 4.0

Thinner body and even thinner carbonation. However, remarkably drinkable and refreshing. 3.5

Nice American craft saison. Would prefer this to others. 3.5 (481 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white head on top of a clear, dark golden body. The head settles down fairly quickly and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Herbal hops, clove, and a touch of pear.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front with some clove and lemon notes. Spicy wheat notes in the middle and a finish of clove, pear, and lightly herbal hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, a bit too malty for my taste. The yeast character does little to lift the thick malt off the palate and only provides some generic notes of clove and pear. The aroma promises some hop character to balanced things out, but there is little actual hop character in the flavor profile. A decent, drinkable saison, but lacking compared to some of the better examples of the style. (814 characters)

Photo of For_those_near_death
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pairs well with buffalo wings, sauce on the tart side.

A - impressive

S - does not prepare you

T - ka'zing --- have food to match

M - accomodating

O - it has its place....can any of us say more about ourselves? :)

Serving type: the tall lonely bottle...found at costco (274 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: A hazy soft yellow with off-white one-finger head that settled quickly. Curtainy lacing.

S: Funky, barnyard (oats, hay), Brett, Belgian yeast, lemons.

T: Smooth and semi-sweet. The citrus slides in with a nice Belgian yeastiness backing it up. Fresh lemons, a bit floral. Very summery. Brett and cloves in the background.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: A very decent saison from Green Flash. Would try again. Very sessionable. (487 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber with me.

A - pours a bright yellow with a nice cap of white head that has good retention that fades to a thin lacing

S - white grapes, faint coriander, Belgian yeast

T - white grapes, apples, faint spice

M - crisp, medium bodied

This is a decent saison. It's very drinkable, but not impressively flavored. It was nice to try once, but I'll probably pass in the future. (415 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottling date of 08/14/13. Sampled on September 26, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow with a white short-lived head and a definite haze. Acceptable lacing.

The aroma is a little musty but still emboldened with the yeasty, biscuity, and spicy esters one comes to expect from a Belgian style farmhouse. Some pepper perhaps. Mild hop note.

The body is thinner than I might have expected.

The taste has a pale malt character with some pepper, coriander, and a moderately sour finish that tends to linger. (534 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On at EBP on 6.18.13

A - Sered a pale cloudy medium orange with a fizzy active white hea with great retention.

S - Light lemony and full spices.

T - Again light lemon, wheat, and weak spice.

D - Very light with good carbonation.

O - Light, too light to be honest. I love saisons, but this dissapoints. (310 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice 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 that is tasty and refreshing. (529 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Server in a taster glass at the brewery.

Smells spicy, herbal. Saison yeast for sure. Unsurprisingly, it tastes like a saison too! Very typical. Lightly tart. Vaguely fruity (peaches? Very light). Mouthfeel is light and dry. I like it.

Recommended for people who like saisons. (280 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into tulip (bottled in march 2013)

Appearance- Pale straw, pretty big white head

Aroma- Lemon, the saison notes are there but mild, slight breadyness, picking up some spices but not real strong

Taste- Saison funk comes up a bit more here still very mild though, citrus, light crisp, spices are evident and may even be covering the yeast

Mouthfeel- medium-low, not watery though, good carbination

Overall- I tried to put the price I paid for this out of mind when I wrote this. I didn't see an abv and expected it to be in the normal saison range. As a session saison it is great, would be an awesome summer beer. But considering what I paid, I was looking for more complexity. Still very nice beer though. (717 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a medium straw to light golden yellow in color. The beer has a finger tall soft bright white head that reduces to a medium sized thick patch, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: A pretty mild smell overall for this beer with light notes of lemon citrus, peppery spice, yeast, and just a hint of funkiness.

T: Light to moderate amounts of peppery spice, contributed from both the yeast and the ginger. Also there is light amount of citrus - lemon and orange - and hints of funkiness.

M: Light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Quite dry in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - I find the introduction of the ginger to be quite complementary to the flavor profile of this style. Not sure how strong this beer is but it certainly seems like it could be sessionable. (927 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/4/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden straw color with a 2-3 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, ginger, clove, pepper, cracker, wheat, grass, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and balance of spice and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, cracker, grass, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, cracker, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of yeast and spice flavors; with light malt presence and no cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light bodied; with a very crisp, smooth, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected for being under 5%. Overall this is a nice session saison style. Good balance and complexity of yeast and spice flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,244 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light golden yellow. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head that reduces down to a thin surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Light lemon scent with some coriander and a bit of spice. There is a slight funkiness.

T: Flavor is bright and slightly acidic with notes of green apple, ginger, and some light malts. A bit of spice and just a hint of mustiness. Finishes with more apple and some citrus peel. Unfortunately, there is also a light metallic twang on the finish as well.

M: Light bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Dry, crisp, and slighty tart.

O: A nice, light, easy drinking summer Saison. (616 characters)

Photo of pants678
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body is yellow with a big Belgian head.

Hops and spices, fruity.

Lemon hits first and stays throughout. I'm not getting any soapiness, nor the orange that it's advertised for. A little peppery, ginger sticks out, or clove; I can't think of the difference right now. Delightfully complex, a definite for summer.

Not so bitter but plenty bright. Crisp. I like saisons that stain, though. (388 characters)

Photo of rdickey
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw colored, with a nice swirl of bubbles from the bottom forming a one-finger off-white head, which lingers and leaves scattered lacing.

Smell: Tartness, some mild citrus hops, along with a slight funk. Not terribly complex, and not at all big, but overall it’s pretty appealing.

Taste: More of the same in the mouth. What is there is tasty and nicely balanced – the lemony citrus keeps it bright, and there is a grassiness that joins the very mild funk – but there’s just not a lot there. There are hints, for example, of traditional Belgian yeast spices, but they’re almost nonexistent.

Mouthfeel: Very, very light. The carbonation feels punched up, and although it keeps it very light in the mouth I’m not sure if it actually helps this brew. Letting it settle down a bit might actually help.

Drinkability: I should say that I fully support creating lower ABV versions of great styles, particularly great quaffable styles like saisons. This one doesn’t quite do it for me for the reasons outlined above, but I recognize the challenge facing brewers and have confidence that a happy medium can be realized. (1,141 characters)

Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.