Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.79/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
05-11-2013 20:44:09 | More by avalon07
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1 inch head, lots of carbonation. Smell is musty, spices, yeast. Taste is lots of spice, some lemons, a bit of mustiness as well, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but there are better saisons out there.
05-01-2014 23:10:40 | More by tone77
3.2/5 rDev -11.6%
Pours a lightly hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, lightly dry to earthy tartness. In the taste, dry earthiness all the way through. A small bite, but mainly smooth with a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry earthiness to clean aftertaste. Light, lacking flavor and aroma, kind of one dimensional.
08-30-2013 18:40:25 | More by OWSLEY069
3.76/5 rDev +3.9%
Bottle from Whole Foods
A clear, glowing clear straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this is a great saison. The nose is bright, light and refreshing. Citrus, pear esters, a little apple, some ginger and a faint note of yeast and phenols are present. The palate is bone dry and with a clean, pils malt base with crackers, a pleasant blend of citrus, light fruit and a touch of yeast. While it is lacking the phenols and yeast character that defines the style, this is enjoyable. Light in body with a crisp, zippy carbonation, this is quite excellent.
08-04-2013 19:41:32 | More by DefenCorps
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
03-09-2013 05:06:51 | More by vfgccp
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
02-24-2013 04:33:38 | More by dgilks
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
A- Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear golden orangish color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.
S- The aroma is citrus, apples, and spices with fruity esters and an almost chardonnay-like character in the nose as well.
T- The taste features malt and a moderate sweetness up front with the spices coming in the dry finish.
M- The mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated.
O- Overall, I would say this is a pretty average saison. It is not out of this world but not terrible either.
11-03-2013 23:31:52 | More by cjgator3
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
09-26-2013 22:02:25 | More by puboflyons
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
05-11-2012 04:28:21 | More by popery
Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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