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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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129 Reviews
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Reviews: 129
Hads: 646
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 26.23%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: Zorro on 03-26-2012

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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 646
Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear straw colour. Small white head. Okay.

Light pilsner malt. Some tartness. Touches of coriander and lemon. Almost a little soapy. Very nice.

A lightly malt base that just supports the citrus and spice on the palate. This is so light that the yeast and spices are everything. Nice.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and lovely.

A refreshing beer. Crisp, tart, spicy and easy drinking. I like my Saisons a little stronger and intense but this isn't bad.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a partially hazy dark gold color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that putters away pretty quickly to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light surface foam. Average lacing.

S- Smells more like a witbier than a saison with more rich, full banana tones from the yeast. There's a trace of that sharp saison aroma on the back end but the bulk of the nose is spice-driven.

T- Same goes for the flavor. Fruity esters from the yeast, spice and wheat. With no ABV printed on the bottle and also none in the BA description, I'd guesstimate it's around 5% since there's barely any alcohol twang. Yep, tastes like your standard witbier.

M- Some prickle from the spice and a dryness from the yeast. Medium-low carbonation leaves a little to be desired especially since the body's on the lighter side.

O- Although very enjoyable, it's not a true Saison IMO. I'm missing a lot of the tang and funk I'm used to experiencing with the style. Would have given a higher score if it was more honest, style-wise. Pretty disappointing since Green Flash usually excels at Belgians.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice, towering white head which is what I'm looking for from the style. Ok retention and lace. Hazy wheat colored body.

S - Sweat wheat, lemon pound cake, honey, ginger. Surprisingly wit like.

T - Orange, light tartness, wheat, honey, coriander. Again, more wit like than saison, but not bad.

M - Bright, medium-light frame. Nice carbonation.

O - On whole the beer isn't bad, but it's way too sweet and wheaty for the style.

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Photo of largadeer
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at GHS.

Pale straw yellow appearance with slight haze. The head is fluffy and lasting.

Initially smells strongly of sulfurous funk. That pushes to the background after a while and peppery phenols emerge. There's a touch of sweetness, a slight lactic note, a bit of clove, bread and fruit.

The palate is bready, lemony and slightly lactic initially, before the yeast takes over and spicy phenols emerge. Hops are present but subtle, lending mild leafy and herbal notes. A note of banana appears mid-palate along with a dash of clove. The body is light but doesn't feel thin until the finish, which is brief and a bit bland. This beer would benefit from a bit more bitterness and drier finish, but it's solid stuff overall.

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Photo of Zach136
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a GF 16oz Belgian Tulip

A - Pale yellow and very clear. Three finger rocky white head, that leaves a wall of lacing.

S - Subdued, hay and light spice, very little to no fruity esters.

T - Light pepper with a back-background of grassy hoppy. Very slight malt sweetness. No alcohol present.

M - One of the lightest ever, huge level of carbonation. Dissipating finish

O - Kind of like a Saison Junior, it hits all the notes it's supposed to, but they're pop flys to the infield.

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Photo of fostah
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle into Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

Light golden color, with large, rocky off-white head that sticks around for a bit. The head evaporates in big fluffy rings. BIG spice aroma here, some wet blanket/horse underneath at first, eventually overpowering the spice. Light flavor. Lower medium range in body, spicy hops first, followed by crisp maltiness. Finishes with the familiar yeast bite.

Overall a decent attempt, though light for the style, worth the calories.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dry fruit, peppery spice, bubbly malt character all converge in Belgian-influenced Californian-brewed medley.

The beer pours with a semi-bright straw color and modest haze. Steady streams of carbonation march to the surface and provide the fuel for a creamy and fluffy head that wants to settle into a broken sheet. But a constant swirl of the glass won't let it. Instead, the head rebuilds as I watch its lace cling to the glass with broken rings. The second pour is much more haze and appears burnish gold as the yeast is roused.

Aromas of light fruit rise to the nose with apples, white grapes, pears, and mild lemon acidity. A musty malt scent of bread dough, grain, and dusty dried wood support the fruity scent and balances against the spicy notes of white pepper, orange peel, and clove.

Firm flavors of malt dictate the malty sweetness at first as the bready, doughy, and grainy-sweet taste seems lightly of confectioner's sugar. The fruity and spicy balance provides the zesty taste of lemons, grapes, oranges, and pears with spicy ginger, dried orange peel, paradise seed, clove, and white pepper. The mild earthiness of dust leaves me wanting more, as does the grassy bitterness of grass and high acidity.

Medium bodied because of the mild malt weight, creamy carbonation, and impressions of fruit. But the zestiness of acidity and high carbonation levels bring about a refreshing zip of sparkling white wines. Finishing with a dryish malt texture, alcohol warmth, and mild hop bitterness- again, the beer wants more dryness and hop bite.

As I settle into my last few drinks from the glass, the rather banal Belgiany character is caught between American-brewed Belgian-style golden ales, pale ales, tripels, and saisons. It's restrained Belgian character keeps a simpler palate that's safe but makes it nondescrip and polite in complexity. I'm looking for authenticity and aggression here.

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Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with some honey highlights. It has that whitish haze that witbiers have. The head is white and soapy settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of hay and light clove. Some floral notes as well. Slight funk. Not overly complex but bright.

The taste is of a dry pils malt. Some light hay and clove fairly simple. A general floral flavor with a musty farmhouse funk. Again quite light.

The feel is light with airy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a decent yeast spice. Drinks well and the abv is appreciated. Good summer brew.

A sessionable saison. A bit too light on flavor but enjoyable. Green flash kept it true to its Belgian origins.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours straw yellow with a touch of haze, clean bright white three finger head. Farmhouse yeast greets the nose accompanied by a bit of spice and citrus. Opens slightly fruity, added spice joins in with yeasty esters. Finishes on the drier side. Slick mouthfeel with a very faint touch of creaminess. An enjoyable brew and a solid saison.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very creamy take on a Saison, and definitely on the soft side. I'd prefer some more crispness here, and a bit deeper flavors. Pours a hazy golden with a small beaded pure white head. A bit sweet in the nose, and fairly spicy, with lots of clove, some white pepper, and a nice bit of citrus. The taste is where it falls apart a bit- too soft and muted with some light citrus and spice, mostly orange and lemon and some white pepper in the finish. Definitely no funk either. Just decent.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong, malty aroma has a firm yeasty and fruity overtone. Pours a clear, bubbly solar yellow with a thick, fine-bubbled pale buff head. Yeasty, fruity flavor has a malty note and just a whisper of grass. Firm, smooth texture has plenty of life and fizz. Sit back with this one!

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Photo of rdickey
3.66/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bark
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 05/26/13.

The colour is pale gold with a tint of cool orange. The liquid is clear. The foam builds with a fizzing sound; it is white compact and two fingers high. It sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy and bitter. Orange peel and tart unripe berries. Soapy phenols and spicy flavours. Sticky sweet notes in the background. Cleaner and sweeter than expected.

The taste is fresh and bitter-tart with smooth fruity notes of orange peel, yeast, alcohol, orange juice and cloves. Medium body. The (less sweet) aftertaste got some alcohol, peppery spicy flavours and refreshing bitter hops. Cardamom and cooves in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the many large bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is light.

Easy to drink with pleasant spices. I am surprised that the bitterness is so fresh after almost a year.

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Photo of pants678
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of For_those_near_death
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.