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Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Saison DiegoGreen Flash Saison Diego

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BA SCORE
82
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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%


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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dbossman

Nebraska

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and hazy with a lemon hue and a 1 inch head--surprisingly small for a saison--and great lacing

S: Quite grainy with subtle orange, banana, apple, ginger; this smells spicy and musty and slightly funky and grainy and great

T: Quite dry and not nearly as much musty fruity funk that I picked up in the aroma but still grainy and tasty

F: Creamy with a light but appropriate level of carbonation

O: This is a nice saison--not a crazy funky saison--but a good, dry, grainy, easy-drinking one

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 02:47:40 | More by dbossman
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lovindahops

New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 23:58:15 | More by lovindahops
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 06:27:45 | More by BEERMILER12
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 20:44:09 | More by avalon07
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fmccormi

New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 12oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (my nice Tired Hands stem); the bottle has a bottling date of March 4, 2013 printed in yellow ink near the base (“BOTTLED ON: 03/04/13”).

Appearance (3.75): Pours with three fingers of fluffy, cream-colored head that dies down at a relatively slow rate, showing good retention: a centimeter of nice foam still hangs around after a couple of minutes. But, not a lot of lacing—at first, anyway. The body is a hazy, perfectly cloudy (almost totally opaque), pale yellow-gold. As the beer recedes it leaves a few spots of suds here and there, no real lacing, per se, but some spotting.

Smell (3.75): Lots of classic saison notes here: dry straw, some toasty biscuit and pale grains, slightly floral, just a hint of pepper and clove . . . almost nothing particularly phenolic, just a very crisp, clean, classic saison with light esters.

Taste (3.75): The palate follows the nose in that it embodies a classic, clean, dry, pale saison: moderate, white-pepper spice, really crisp, lightly toasted biscuit character in the malt body, and finally a very crisp, floral crack of hop flavor with a moderate, slightly lemony bitterness. It finishes dry and crisp with a slightly peppery spice and a grassy finish, not quite bitter but just grassy. Good, just kind of straight-down-the-middle and classic. Not getting the kind of spicing I was expecting, but good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel (4.25): The mouthfeel is quite good: a solid tingle that expands easily before going down. The body is still relatively light though, going down easily and finishing with a dryness that matches the grassy, floral character on the palate.

Overall (3.75): Overall, this saison is above average, given its generally solid character that follows the style nicely but doesn’t deviate in any regard (not in my mind, anyway), not positively or negatively. It’s just straight-forward and solid, without any particularly standout moments. Nothing very estery, phenolic, spicy, fruity, or anything else. But, it’s still pretty good—just exceeding expectations in any way, and maybe it’s just me but I’m not getting any of the flavor or spicing predicted by the beer’s description.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 18:48:39 | More by fmccormi
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Competent saison, tasty, zesty orange, and good looking. Slightly spicy aroma, fresh rather than barnyard. Grains of paradise over the white pepper, saison yeast. Good drinkability, particularly in the summer. Average mouthfeel. Good amount of head on medium yellow.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 04:09:44 | More by Sammy
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw with a two fingered head that leaves some streaky lace behind

Smell: Bready, with hints of spice (ginger and grains of paradise, obvioulsy) but also clove and coriander

Taste: Opens bready, with the spices from the aroma making their presence known; citrusy and grassy hops adding bitterness in the middle; the spices linger well into the finish, which is also earthy and lemony

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A very competent saison but just doesn't hit the ball out of the park

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 23:36:57 | More by brentk56
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For starters I have never been a big fan of Saison/Farmhouse Ales. I find the spices to over balance the rest of the ale.
I love Green Flash, so gave this one a try. It poured the light color like most of the Saison's I've had, same head and very similar nose. I was expecting a huge amount of spice when I first tasted it.
I was very surprised. Sure there was some spice there, a good amount, but the body of this beer was full and to me, balanced the spice. SO, together with the bigger body , the spices were pleasant and easy drinking.

I have to say, I did enjoy this one, my first Saison that I really enjoyed!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 13:44:51 | More by rdilauro
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow with a good head that does not last. The skim creates some sticky lace.

Some nice yeasty funk in the nose, some spice and grain, a touch of fruit.

Nice yeast and grain husk up front, some spice notes and a mild tart bite. The beer turns moderately bitter, with a dry grassiness that works well with the malt. Bitter and yeasty in the finish.

Lighter bodied with a good carbonated fizz.

Decent brew here. Needs some more complexity, but solid in all ways overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 04:48:27 | More by OtherShoe2
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Kentucky

Pours a bright gold with 2 fingers of ivory head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Phenols, colves & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, peppery with lemons up front. Grains of paradise, phenols & faint orange peels as this warms, plus a little bit of pineapple. Finishes with more grains of paradise, faint lemons, & white pepper

MF: Medium bodied, firm carobonation & good balance

Easy drinker, a nice saison, but nothing special

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 04:50:22 | More by russpowell
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger fizzy white head. Decent head retention thanks to the plentiful carbonation but very little in the way of lacing.

Very bready aroma with orange, clove, and bubblegum. Quite zesty and very appropriate for the style although it does lean quite a bit towards the yeasty/bready side.

The flavor had lots of orange and tangerine up front with yeast and bread. Some lemon and spice in the background before it all fades to a moderate and very dry finish. Seltzer-like carbonation aids in the drying in the finish.

Overall, a decent saison although a bit on the pricey side and lacking the depth of some of the better known Belgian examples. Worth picking up on occasion but would not become a regular staple of mine largely due to the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:25:43 | More by rangerred
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy straw yellow pour with an initial finger of head which quickly disappeared. smells of lemongrass, orange peel, coriander, celery, bready. spicy, bready bitter, citrus, zesty flavors all blend very nicely together for a traditional saison flavor. light body with lots of constant carbonation (almost seltzer like) - the citrus/spicy combination leaves a nice sensation on the cheeks. spicyness is more noticeable in the finish and lingers for a bit.

overall this is a very refreshing summer saison. i was actually expecting a little bit more after having green flash's le freak, but i appreciate the subtle mixture of smells and flavors in this fine blend of a light saison. i wish this was easy to acquire around here - but from the amount of reviews on here (14 total, counting mine), i won't hold my breath.

Serving type: growler

06-17-2012 05:24:37 | More by facundoCNB
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, spices, light caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, bananas, citrus and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of bananas, citrus and a complex but not over-powering spice combination. The hops presence is mild but creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 02:18:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from BrewDog Edinburgh. Pours a light hazy gold colour, unfiltered with suspended particulate, with light whispy film and lacing.

Smell is full of apple and yeasty lemon, some of the ginger definitely comes through. Quite a fresh grassy floral nature to it, with a slight spice prickle.

Taste is full of lemon, hay, barnyard yeast, slightly funky apple pear fruits with some good yeasty earthy bite to it. Very nicely balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel is light, easily drinkable with a good firm yeastiness to it and citrus character.

A very nice light saison, lot of citrus fruit character with the american hops, and the spices mostly work and dont throw it off kilter. Some earthy and yeasty character comes through, nicely balanced and drinks quite well though it doesn't have the same depth of complexity one would expect from a top class beer of this style. More about refreshment and that is what it provides rather well.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 09:12:57 | More by mick303
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StoneTSR

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Very pale, yellowish-orange with another monster, foamy head from Green Flash. The beer below is very lively looking and a bit hazy. The head retention is almost too strong given that it is so big. Five minutes after the pour I am still waiting for it to drop a bit before I taste it. The lacing, however, is exceptional.

SMELL: The smell is not as strong as some other Green Flash beers are, but it is very nice. The nose is fairly typical of a saison with lemony citrus and a little funk. It adds a twist, however, with a peppery, ginger aroma as well.

TASTE: Peppery spice with plenty of lemon and orange get this thing started. In the middle the ginger from the nose makes a brief appearance, along with a hint of banana and clove, while the beer dries out as it reaches the finish. That finish also comes along with a slight funk. Actually the mild funk seems to be more a part of the aftertaste. I also think there may be some candi sugar in here, which makes me wonder just what the ABV is. It could be a lot higher than some have guessed.

MOUTHFEEL: Very light bodied and playful. The carbonation provides more of a tickling tease than it does a genuine sparkle. Slightly sweet up front, the finish is very dry.

OVERALL: The Saison Diego is a solid example of the style. Unlike many of Green Flash’s other brews, this one is not pushing the envelope in terms of the definition of the style. It is quite tasty and I will reach for this one again when I’m in the mood for a Saison.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 09:19:50 | More by StoneTSR
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow. A simple head sits on top, off white and lingers for a bit for good rentention though not much lacing.
The aroma is lighter in this saison. It has a pale malt smell with hints of yeast, cloves and spices, all of which are lean and sutle.
In the taste I get some biscuit maltiness, tart lemon juice, pepper, yeast and spices.
It drinks clean dry and crisp on the palate.
A good saison. It's light and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 10:45:46 | More by micromaniac129
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Massive 4 finger head with lacing, white soap suds, shining clear gold.

S - a little banana, white pepper, not strong smells

T - pretty dry, complex but no flavors are really intense, earthy/barnyard yeast

M - nice carbonation

O - fantastic for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 22:15:31 | More by TastyAdventure
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA

A - A bright yellow, straw color. 2 fingers of head, and nice creamy head left on top of the beer. Lots of bubbles rising to the top

S - Musty funky yeast strain is up front and prevalent. Definitely a farmhouse ale. Spices, lemon, orange.

T - Earthy flavors, belgian saison yeast. Light fruits, orange. Spices. Alochol is light. It does not have an ABV on the bottle, but I am guessing it is under 6%

M - Medium bodied, huge carbonation. Crisp

O - A very good rendention of the style. Its good, but not great. I would definitely buy a 4 or 6 pack of it again, but probably overpriced for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:39:17 | More by BeerDawgs
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gainesville HOB. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with small fluffy head. Aroma of straw, citrus, banana, ginger. Flavor is very refreshing banana straw citrus. Lingering bite on the palate. Light bodied and perfect for a sunny 93 degree day. High carbonation. A nice summer beer and loads of flavor for the ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 23:55:16 | More by BMMillsy
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FitnessForBeer

California

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark orangish yellow, little head, cloudy
S: funk, spice, fruits tropical, love the barnhouse funk
T: light, little sweetness, spice possibly light pepper, funky, orange, flavor fades really fast
M: highly carbonated, fine bubbles
O: not bad saison, wish the flavor didn't fade off the tongue so fast, very refreshing though

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 04:08:00 | More by FitnessForBeer
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JayQue

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid Saison!!!! I was expecting a light,lemon zest heavy, simple beer....maybe with hops because if its West Coast roots. This is a real Saison, maybe not the worlds best, but having all the elements of a good Saison.

Pours a straw gold color with a good sized delicate white head. Head retention is a bit weak and there is minimum lacing. Aroma is good, some lemon zest and a good funky/yeasty presence.

Good solid Saison taste. Spices, musty yeast/funk and lemon zest. Very nicely done!!!

Mouthfeel is rich, spicing and funk are just right.

If I am in the mood for a Saison, this one will do nicely.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 23:36:01 | More by JayQue
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden color with white head in TEKU glass.

Smell is belgian yeast, funk, lemon, coriander.

Taste follows smell. Lemon, spice with a light bitter finish.

Feel is light and refreshing. Nice effervecent carbonation.

Overall this is a nice saison. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 01:00:40 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an Orval chalice.

A: Poured a beautiful clear golden color. White head has good retention.

S: Belgian yeast aromas

T: Wonderful breadyness to the flavor along with belgian yeast flavors. Easy drinking.

M: Good carbonation, fits the style.

D: Overall, solid beer, I don't taste the spices (but this is probaly a good thing)

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 02:49:57 | More by 51mmz0rz
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 20:14:09 | More by lordofthewiens
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LovesMustard

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 00:22:59 | More by LovesMustard
Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.