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Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Green Flash Saison DiegoGreen Flash Saison Diego

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603 Ratings
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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 03-26-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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Alek, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

jjcote, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

GTB, Jul 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

MarvinSnyder, May 26, 2013
Photo of SitkaSteve
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a nice looking glossy orange to amber color. A nice foamy white one finger head started off the look on the top of this beer. After the head died off, the lacing was mainly stringy to a slight spider web fashion.
The smell was fresh cut grass with a large amount of yeasty breadiness over a sweet lemon to orange aroma leading to a slight bitterness. Light coriander/spice graced the back end of the aroma.
The taste was mainly the same and amplified the yeasty part and the sweet lemon. As it warmed, I got the flavor of the coriander/spice a bit more.
The mouthfeel was slightly sharp but still carried a fair smooth yeastiness with a slight bitter citrus rolling over my tongue.
Overall, yeah, can ya tell by the way I talk in this one how much I like this one? Though I haven't had too many saisons, glad I studied up a bit before I said something on this totally enthralling brew.

SitkaSteve, Today at 05:36 AM
Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, with one of the weaker beer pun names that I've come across recently. How about "Where in the world is <insert beer name here>"?

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some pleasantly abstract wave splash lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of grainy, kind of bready pale malt, mild lemon pith, earthy yeast, and laid back leafy, citrusy hops. The taste is more of the same - rather plain grainy, semi-sweet pale malt, gritty, dirty yeast, a soft lemon-lime fruitiness, a touch of airborne black pepper, and earthy, slightly weedy hops.

The carbonation is very light, and mildly frothy at best, the body a near medium weight, and actually pretty unadulterated in its smoothness, and even a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the malt picking up on its inherent sweetness, while the yeast and fruit esters bandy about, and the hops just noticeable enough to deftly balance things out.

Wow. I've always given Green Flash mad props for not equivocating on the extreme west coast IPA bitter, hoppy front, so I shouldn't be surprised that they take a much more refined, easygoing style, and go with what works, with what was originally intended. Here that means a drinkable, enjoyable replacement for water after a long day of toil, and today, on the sultry ides of August, that actually makes a whole lot of sense.

biboergosum, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Gatch
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a fluffy, white head. No lace or retention.

S: One of the better smelling Saisons I've experienced from an American brewer. Very tart and bit barny and earthy.

T: Great Belgian yeast character. Barny. Grassy. Slightly fruity. Delicious!

M: Crisp and clean. Great flavor. Seriously way too easy to drink.

O: One of the best American versions of the style that I've had to date. Would love to drink this again.

Gatch, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber and didn't happen to notice if it had a best by date. Poured into Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Bright golden, sunny afternoon yellow with thick bushy head that slowly dissipates down to a cm line of head that lingers through the rest of the beer. Lacing is faint.

Aroma - Wow. It smells sweet, almost like fresh-baked glazed donuts--but it's a good thing. It's wonderful, not overpowering or cloying. Hints of vanilla waft through and some oakiness as well. One of the more distinct and pleasant-smelling beers I've had in a bit. Let's hope the flavor delivers.

Taste - Thought not quite as enchanting as the aroma, the taste is quite good. Orange, lemon, and fresh nectar dance through up front and ride on a foundation of mild barnyard funk and brettanomyces. I detect some notes of grapefruit along with the play of yeast and a faint suggestion of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Quite pleasant, with a blend of active but not overly-intense carbonation, and a smooth, but richly complex finish.

Overall - A beer I will definitely be picking up again due to it's aroma, taste, and drinkability. I tend to like beers with a little higher ABV, but this one is a nice sub-5% beer for casual drinking.

LambicPentameter, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clearish golden yellow with a massive 2" white rocky head which fades to a cap and rim leaving puzzle lace.

N: Big funk blast up front, followed by mellow lemon citrus zest and hay/grass from the barnyard. Peppery spice with biscuit yeast. Cloves, and faint banana. Beautiful springtime floral notes.

T: Yeasty, spicy, orange/lemon/citrus combine well with earthy and floral elements. Faint ginger spice is present, but most contribution from the grains of paradise.

M: Solid carbonation, light body. Very bright throughout and somewhat dry on the lingering finish.

O: Nice and refreshing. Well done Chuck.

wethorseblanket, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Green Flash website:

"Saison Diego™
Ale Brewed with Spices

Unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, brewed with Seville orange peels, Chinese ginger and grains of paradise. Light, bright, spicy aromas, lively carbonation and earthy flavors co-mingle with musty notes that add funky complexity."

No ABV on bottle or website IBUs 20.

Very slightly chill haze in a clear golden beer with a tall fluffy white head. The Brewer did nail the looks.

Smell is slight honeysuckle malt and wild flowers on hay with a slight coriander scent. Pretty much a Hennepin clone.

Starts out dry with the taste of hay and a little bee pollen with a coriander aftertaste. Gets a little sweeter as you drink it. Mild flavor with a very mild noble hop taste at the end. Very clean taste with a slight wheat malt flavor at the end. Didn't detect the ginger, I'm slightly allergic to it and this didn't make my nose itch either. Grains of Paradise, never tasted one so I have no idea if it made a difference in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall this is a good beer. Something of a Hennepin clone.

Zorro, Mar 26, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a really light yellow colour, with a very faint haze to it and really light weight. Head is an enormous frothy mound of pure white. It certainly looks lively and vibrant.

Nose is round, slightly funky and slightly sweet, with some plasticky notes, a hint of appleskin and a rubbed sweet citrus tone. It has some fragrant sweet herbs like asian mint or Thai basil as well. It's pretty fresh, lively and pleasant.

Taste is similarly light and pleasant, with a really pleasant cleanness, no phenolics and no excess of yeast on the back. Hints of funk, minimal acidity, but a pleasant roundness and more of that fragrant herbal crispness. Really, it's quite tasty, and stylistically pretty good.

Very drinkable, and almost excruciatingly refreshing. Really, you just want to drink this down. Moreover, it's a pretty well-made Saison—a style that I feel is rarely done well outside Belgium.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nicely spicy and funky Belgian style aroma with some fruity hints. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of farmhouse funk and some clove, pepper, coriander, and ginger spicing. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Fruit hints of banana, apple, and white grapes along with citrus hints of orange peel, lemon zest, and pineapple. Hints of bubblegum and candied sugar as well. Subtle scent of earthy hops. Pretty good spicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, funky, and zesty Belgian style taste with some nice citrus notes. Belgian yeast upfront with some farmhouse funk. Spice notes of peppers, clove, coriander, and ginger. Bready pale malt with notes of grains, straw, wheat, cracker, and biscuit. Fruity taste of banana, apple, and white grapes. Citrus fruit notes of orange peel, pineapple, and lemon zest. Candied sugar notes as well as a little bubblegum. Subtle presence of hops. A pretty nice zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is fairly high. Spicy, juicy, and fairly drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty nice take on the style. Good taste of spice and citrus. A lighter version of a Saison but good tasting.

MattyG85, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into 2 pint glasses. Split while eating some homemade black bean chili.

A: 2.5 finger hear, crystal clear with tons of activity and carbonation.

S: Citrus with a bunch of funk. One of the best smelling Saison's to date. The orange peel comes in first with the funky barnyard second.

T: Clean, crisp and refreshing. Really light with some yeast and ginger flavor. Great pairing for black bean chili IMO.

M: Light with some carbonation activity. Not as dry of a finish of most saison's I've had recently.

O: Like everything Green Flash does, was excellent. I used to be a big fan of Saison's but lately its been fading. This reminded me of everything I used to enjoy about a saison. Light, refreshing with a great crisp taste. Perfect with a hearty meal to wind down the day.

CommanderOfAwesome, Oct 15, 2012
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4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy yellow-golden, with a fine head of dense white carbonation. Spotty lace.

Nose is spicy and fruity -- hints of tropical fruit and citrus with plenty of spice.

Taste is rich and complex -- I get fruitiness melding with spice all over the place. There are also some floral notes and some barnyard funkiness. This is a very well-done and solid saison. Bravo Green Flash!

secondtooth, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was a pale gold color. The white head retained well and left a good deal of lace.

Funky, yeasty aroma. A little spice, a little citrus.

First sip, some lemon and tartness. Then a little bit of spice. Later, the funky yeast taste took over.

A crisp, refreshing beer.

Very nicely done.

lordofthewiens, May 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

mte1972, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

briandaube, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

optimator705, Jul 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

whatname, Jun 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

ChrisL24481, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of LovesMustard
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy, pale orange colour. Light but reasonably long lasting head leaving some lace as it dissipates.

S - Light, peppery phenols. Some light sour orange, lemon. Very pleasant, but light, sourness .

T - Understated for a Saison but very nice. Moderate lemon and ginger flavours but not trying to prove anything. Not a ton of malt. Any spice from the yeast or other ingredients is well balanced with the malts. Hop profile seems balanced with the flavours from the yeast - I can't tell if the light spicyness is purely from the yeast or in influenced by the hops.

M - Crisp, well carbonated. Nice dry finish that suits this light Saison very well. Pleasant tartness.

O - Very approachable, drinkable summer Saison. Perhaps an excellent introduction for someone who hasn't tried this style (or doesn't normally like it). Lots of subtleties to explore with this excellent, well made beer.

LovesMustard, Jul 15, 2012
Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.