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Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
82
good

574 Ratings
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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 15
Gots: 37 | 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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clfrost

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

10-30-2013 08:03:37 | More by clfrost
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Rosstheboss

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

01-28-2014 02:58:05 | More by Rosstheboss
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IWannaEatFood

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

11-07-2013 01:35:13 | More by IWannaEatFood
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NandoPereira

Brazil

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-09-2014 02:45:29 | More by NandoPereira
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kjrod20

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

11-25-2013 18:50:51 | More by kjrod20
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jc310

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-30-2014 22:49:43 | More by jc310
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-21-2014 03:38:32 | More by tommyguz
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-27-2013 23:55:24 | More by petermethot
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popery

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color. Bright and fairly clear, though I can see sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The head is white, a mass of fine bubbles shot through with larger ones.

The nose is mostly fresh pale malt and mildly funky saison yeast. I was expecting more contribution from the spice (as the beer has warmed up, more of the grains of paradise and citrus rind are starting to come through). I was actually told that it was similar to Saison du BUFF, which isn't a great comparison, really. This spicing of this beer shows a subtler hand, and it's closer to any number of good but not spectacular unspiced American saisons. The orange peel, grains of paradise and ginger are all there, but they show up as bright highlights, spicy and citric, to the earthy yeast and simple sweetness of the malt. The whole package is pretty good, and I certainly appreciate that the spice doesn't steal the show, but at the same time, the beer fails to stand out.

The taste is similar, though a bit weaker than the aroma. There's just a bit too much pale malt sweetness, and the spice shows up a bit stronger. It starts with a bitter, earthy note, which fades to sugar cane and ginger/pepper. There's also some citrus, whether from the rind or hops. And the finish is grassy hops and some earthy yeast. It's all well and good, but the ginger and sweetness don't quite work for me. A tangy, tart kick or brett-induced dryness would help a lot.

Mouthfeel is sudsy with fine carbonation. I think it could actually use a bit more prickly bubbles, but maybe, that's just me. There's also a bit of slickness that seems at odds with the style.

Overall, it's a decent enough beer, but a miss compared to Green Flash's two other new bottles, Rayon Vert and Palate Wrecker. RV and PW stand out as great and unique, while Saison Diego is pretty good and replaceable. To be fair, the price point makes it competitive with the rest of the pack of American saisons, and the spicing comes through more as it warms, bringing an almost perfumey, musky quality to the aroma. Again, it's good, but the spicing just isn't my cup of tea and the rest of the beer isn't good enough to make me want more.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 04:28:21 | More by popery
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KAF

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-13-2014 01:12:57 | More by KAF
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mrjbrown27

South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

10-08-2012 00:20:40 | More by mrjbrown27
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jdell15

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

09-24-2013 22:47:12 | More by jdell15
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

09-25-2013 16:09:13 | More by KVNBGRY
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jkermitj

Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

08-04-2013 22:39:46 | More by jkermitj
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StrongAleSkeptic

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

09-02-2013 18:18:58 | More by StrongAleSkeptic
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mjaggers

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

08-28-2012 00:26:47 | More by mjaggers
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itlnstallion11

California

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

S- smells of Bavarian hops, citrus, lemon, orange and maybe some coriander

A- pours a hef colored unfiltered golden color. Super carbonated with a 2 finger foamy white head that disappears in minutes. It turns into a non-carbonated apple juice like drink in the matter of minutes/ pseudo cider if u will.

T- tastes reminiscent of a Bavarian hef with a light bodied finish. Orange is definitely there. Bavarian hops, some lime, ginger, with some mango notes.

O- I'm not the biggest fan of this beer. The carbonation and body is just not for me which I imagine is appropriate for the style. It reminds me a a mediocre hef, with good flavor but flat finish. A decent summer light beer for around the pool.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 22:26:38 | More by itlnstallion11
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HopToIt420

New York

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saison Diego was a solid beer. It has a slightly cloudy light amber look and the nose has some banana and lemon curd notes. The beer tastes very good just not your prototyical Green Flash. Starts slightly sweet and that continues through the finish and lacks a strong hoppy balance. Overall worth giving a shot. Just not my cup of Saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 14:30:53 | More by HopToIt420
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pretty clear hay yellow. Lively, huge white head.

S - A little bland in this dept. Some sweet honey & a bit of funk along with mild hops.

T - Just an average saison flavor. Nothing really mind blowing.

M - Medium body & high carbonation. Slightly syrupy.

O - just am average saison here. Be a. good introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 18:03:13 | More by cvm4
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours golden yellow with great clarity. Large rocky white head settles to a quarter of an inch eventually. sparse, spotty lacing.

S: Light musty scents, pilsner malts, a slightly bready scent (wheat?), distinct orange peel, yeasty aromas with pepper and spices, lemongrass, and ginger way in the background. Restrained hop scents are herbal and grassy. Good nose, it all melds together quite nicely.

T: Hit of clove on the attack. Grainy malt base follows. Yeasty tastes have a very slight funk. Ginger and orange peel butt in quickly and then vanish. Spicy Belgian yeast flavors are rather run of the mill. Hop bitterness balances delicately with slight green and oily tastes. Light peppery burn throughout. Musty yeast and pepper in the finish.

M: Light in body. Very creamy. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth and soft.

O: My initial fear going into this beer was that it would be too busy. The list of ingredients seemed a bit ambitious. To my surprise, I found it to be rather average and uninspiring despite the impressive queue of adjuncts. I expected this beer to be a success, or else fail fantastically in a blaze of glory. Instead Evil Knievel just fell over sideways on the ramp.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 03:09:01 | More by ryan1788a5
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phideltashaggy

Tennessee

3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured form the bottle into my large Chimay goblet.

A- translucent straw color. White head quickly dissipated

S- Love the smell of this. Belgian yeast, pepper (grains of paradise?), fruit (hint of banana and some tropical/citrus)

T- Kind of a let down from the smell, but it's just a bit too acidic for me. Lots of citrus, especially lemon.

MF- Very thin. Acidity tingles the tongue and the back of the throat.

Overall, not my favorite saison, but not a bad beer at all. I have acid reflux and generally don't care for citrusy beers, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

PS, pairs nicely with basil citrus turkey jerky.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 00:07:18 | More by phideltashaggy
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Well, it is a deep yellow hazy color. Nice 2 finger cloud white head. Leaves a thick collar and traces of lacing on glass.

S - Straw, bread, yeast and mild funk. Only hints of lemon, tart, earthiness and spice.

T- Rather mild taste. Kinda sweet with yeast and bread. Some straw and very mild funk and clove spice. Very little lemon and tart citrus. Not much going on.

M - Nice and bubbly light like a Saison should be. Crisp, wet and refreshing.

O - A rather bland and average Saison compared the some of the newer ones on the market. It's a good refresher on a hot day, but that is about it. Much better representations that'd rather spend my money on.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:25:13 | More by Ri0
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It’s been a few weeks since Green Flash hit the shelves in Indiana, but I still get excited when I see their beer at the liquor store. Cheers!

Brewed 05/14/13, or three months before the date of this tasting.

A: Perfect look for a saison: chunky white head two inches high above a translucent, pale gold body that’s teeming with carbonation. The retention is so good that I’ll have to drink past the foam if I ever want to get a taste.

S: A tart, lemony nose with a bright yeast quality, ripe with notes of sourdough bread, coriander, and floral soap. The light character peaks in a flinty, metallic tone, like well water.

T: Dim, faded hop tastes of lime and white pepper open what proves to be an uneventful palate. Orange zest, straw, and mild banana fill out the remainder, with a bready, metallic finish.

M: For a fizzy, Belgian-style beer, this leaves a lot to be desired in the mouthfeel. The carbonation is abundant, but very weak – like soda bubbles – and the body is light as light can be.

O: It seems like Green Flash was trying to make a session saison, and I commend them for that; we need more low-alcohol Belgian-style beers from American brewers. Unfortunately, this is way too watery to be satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 21:31:23 | More by BarryMFBurton
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in a Tripel Karmeliet
Bottles: 3/04/13

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head.

S - Earthy wet hay, lemons, white pepper, wheat, coriander, clove

T - Follows the nose with dense and creamy wheat malts, white peppercorns, coriander, clove, hints of lemon, earthy hay, grassy hops, tart pear fruit, finishes semi-dry with coriander and clove on the aftertaste.

M - Moderate foamy carbonation but has a soft texture to it.

Kinda of a catch all style-wise. The malt is dense but the carbonation helps lighten it up. Peppery phenols and light hints of fruit. I would drink this again but wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 01:01:54 | More by StaveHooks
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ericj63

Kansas

3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into shaker pint.

It pours a cloudy gold with a substantial head. Good head retention about half inch with some lacing on the glass sides. A nice aroma of malt, lemon, coriander and a little herby hops. The flavor is pleasant - doughy malt, the lemon, coriander, a herb hop flavor. The carbonation adds a slight tingle to a very light body.

This is a pleasant beer to drink, but not a really memorable one.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 01:33:24 | More by ericj63
Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.