Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 646
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 26.23%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | 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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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big foam-up in pouring, but leaves a nice whipped cream head in the narrow Crooked Line tulip. Cloudy amber golden color in the glass and spritzy on the tongue. Just a little lemony with a slight Belgian dryness.

Light bodied but with some marshmallowy foamy sensation that is quite a treat. The aroma is musty and yeasty. Maybe the lightest Saison I've had byt also one of the most drinkable. Another flavorful lower-alcohol brew and with 0.2 less ABV would be in the winner's circle in my Utah Supermarket Beer Sweepstakes. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach.

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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 nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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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 Murrhey
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in a taster at Green Flash in San Diego, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Half a finger, white head. Low retention. Sticky lacing, pale golden color. High clarity.

S- Sour and spicy, some sweet malts.

T- Sour and some brewing spices.

M- Chewy yet light. Weird feel.

O- Spicy little Belgian style.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my apologies to the brewery for the beer-induced email last weekend.... it really is a very nice tasting brew.
poured a clear straw (corona-colored) with a nice head on top. 2nd pour with sediment (was i supposed to release the sediment?) was, of course, hazy.
smells a little heartland-grassy with some spice, but refreshing.
taste was very nice and pleasant. not sure what to expect with ginger, but it's a very nice taste. 2nd pour with the sediment produced a bitter taste, but that is all to be expected. i dont remember the other saisons i've tried having sediment.
mouthfeel was light adn pleasant.
overall, this was a really nice brew. i do have an issue with the bottle not exhibiting the abv; i mean, that DOES factor in to the entire tasting/reviewing experience, does it not? but it was explained to me that under 5.6% (?) does not need to denote the abv. i didnt know that. i believe this was my first green flash experience, and it was a very good one. again, my apologies for the rudeness in the email i sent, but there was an issue which i believe was a fair one. i will try more of these from this brewery. but i'm still not sure if i'm supposed to pour the sediment?

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very very light saison. it pours a washed out yellow color with a decent white head about an inch tall. its got an interesting nose, fruity like oranges and lemons, and also sort of smells like a sam adams summer ale, because of the grains of paradise. very similar. the yeast is more apparent in the flavor, which is quite delicate. there isnt much funk or wildness to this, but the fruit complexion makes it very drinkable. mouthfeel is nice i think, a real change of pace from some of the bigger saisons. this is super light in body, and brightly carbonated. a definite session beer. its also the first green flash beer ive had that isnt just a hop bomb wearing different clothes. i liked it for that reason as well.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are light aromas of yeast and spices in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of yeast along with notes of ginger and lemon citrus. There are peppery spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties. The ginger makes this a little interesting compared to other saisons.

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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 StoneTSR
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale yellow, murky, big frothy head at pour, falls quickly and then disappears completely

S - lemon, ginger, fruity

T - tart, lemons, grapes, ginger, pepper - a nice mix of flavors, yeasty spice dominates

M - the tartness makes it refreshing

O - easy drinking nice beer but nothing special

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow. There is a huge 2 inch head that forms that is pretty dense and has some bigger chunkier bubbles mixed in. There is some nice sticky lacing felt behind after the head slowly recedes.

Grainy notes start things off with some nice lemony zest and slight citrus fruit notes. Some spice and some clove notes are perceived as well. The aroma is fresh and slightly fruity with a bit of dry funk.

Taste starts off with same grain notes as the nose. Refreshing spice and lemony notes. Light and refreshing with some slight sweet fruit notes. A bit of pear juice and apple juice with some nice grain and slightly dry funk notes. Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

Ok saison. Light and refreshing with solid flavors.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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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 thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of cvm4
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of HopToIt420
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is what a Saison should look like, golden and unfiltered. Poured into my Duvel glass a four finger billowy head which quickly dissipated.
Smell - I get a soewhat sweet smell. I do not pick up a funky yeast smell typical with Saisons.

Taste - Not sassertive enough taste for me. The first Saison I ever tasted was Ommegang's Hennepin which for me is still the benchmark Saison.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium.
Overall - I can't recommed this one, I kept wishing for a more assertive taste.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed lighter golden with a fluffy one and a half finger bone white head atop.alot of yeasty phenolic spice in the nose along with light funk,a light smattering of lemony citric hops as well.Quite dry one the palate with yeasty phenols and light bready malts being predominant,there is some leafy citric hop notes in a lingering finish but they don't play a huge role in the beer.Iam trying to get into farmhouse ales more but the Belgian yeast still does not do it for me,this wasn't bad but not overly complex.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at BevMo a while ago.

Appearance- pale yellow color, huge foamy head

Smell- bread, yeast, spices

Taste- lemon zest, spices, yeast, very refreshing

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- Pretty good, I would probably have it again.

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