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Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Green Flash Saison DiegoGreen Flash Saison Diego

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82
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530 Ratings
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Ratings: 530
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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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 04:54:40 | More by BEERchitect
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flayedandskinned

California

3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 3/04/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass

Appearance: (3.25)
Pours a bright and pale, milky yellow with a pure white, 2 and half fingers tall pure white head. The head has decent retention and leaves a little bit of lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: (3)
Spicy, clove forward Belgian yeast streams off the glass with some accompanying notes of ginger, grain-y herbs and banana. Underneath the spice, there is a moderate orange-y hop character. There is a sweet, bready malt tone that punches through the waves of spice. The sweet smelling malts embellish the banana notes in the yeast esters a bit too much, in my opinion.

Taste: (3)
Spicy, banana ester laden yeast, ginger and generic herbal impressions strike your palate first with a grassy, citrus-y hop character soon to follow. Middle of the mouth, before the dry, slightly bitter finish, your palate is kissed by cracker like malt. In the finish there are long, lingering notes of sweet Belgian yeast; more banana, clove and some herbal tones.

Mouthfeel: (3.25)
Light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: (3.25)
A very herbal and sweet Saison; definitely not my favorite interpretation of the style. The yeast is definitely a bit too cloying for my taste. I prefer my Saisons very dry, complex and a little funky with Brettanomyces. This Saison certainly is not that. I'm not sure what Green Flash was thinking when they thought a sweet Saison would be a good summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 02:22:51 | More by flayedandskinned
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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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PorterLambic

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrives a medium yellow color with a pretty white head atop.
Smell is malt, banana, clove and hand lotion. Yes, hand lotion. Took a while to nail that one down.
Taste is malt, banana, light citrus, some hops and clove.
A medium to full body, medium effervescence leaves behind a stickyness that I found a bit off. Can honestly say I won't be having this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 19:33:19 | More by PorterLambic
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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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fostah

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 02:20:31 | More by fostah
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largadeer

California

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2012 01:38:34 | More by largadeer
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popery

California

3.25/5  rDev -10%
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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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

Green Flash Saison Diego

LOOK: Clear straw yellow, bone white crackling head, some lace.

SMELL: Aroma of horseblanket, white pepper, citrus hops, mild fruit notes.

TASTE: Bitter, with a light funk. Citrus hops, peppery Belgian yeast, did I say bitter? Small earthy dirty funk, pale malt backing, grapefruit rind. A light peppery spice can be attributed to the use of Grains of Paradise in the brewing process.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated. Semi dry with a hop bite.

OVERALL: A very nice earthy saison from Green Flash. I really like how the brewers are branching out into Belgian styles. A beer brewed with Brettynomces is in the lineup (Rayon Vert) and there is also a Belgian IPA Tripel (Le Freak).

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 16:46:19 | More by Stinkypuss
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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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wethorseblanket

California

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clearish golden yellow with a massive 2" white rocky head which fades to a cap and rim leaving puzzle lace.

N: Big funk blast up front, followed by mellow lemon citrus zest and hay/grass from the barnyard. Peppery spice with biscuit yeast. Cloves, and faint banana. Beautiful springtime floral notes.

T: Yeasty, spicy, orange/lemon/citrus combine well with earthy and floral elements. Faint ginger spice is present, but most contribution from the grains of paradise.

M: Solid carbonation, light body. Very bright throughout and somewhat dry on the lingering finish.

O: Nice and refreshing. Well done Chuck.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 05:11:36 | More by wethorseblanket
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BoatsSinkBro


3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber.
-A hazy pale amber.
-Not much in terms of head.
-Aroma has crisp citrus corners with a heavy funky barnyard yeast body that displays some hints of muted banana.
-Taste starts with a slight sour pucker, then the carbonation pretty much takes over with notes of spice hitting the tongue during. The finish is tinged with some bitterness with some tart and a dry finish. Aftertaste has some malt and a yeasty funk.
-Overall mouthfeel is crisp and on the lighter side. Kind of wished the carbonation was brought down a little bit.

Had a few saisons before (haven't reviewed them, yet), this one isn't exactly as funky as the others, but a good one to cut through some meals with.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:41:29 | More by BoatsSinkBro
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Zorro

California

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Green Flash website:

"Saison Diego™
Ale Brewed with Spices

Unfiltered golden farmhouse ale, brewed with Seville orange peels, Chinese ginger and grains of paradise. Light, bright, spicy aromas, lively carbonation and earthy flavors co-mingle with musty notes that add funky complexity."

No ABV on bottle or website IBUs 20.

Very slightly chill haze in a clear golden beer with a tall fluffy white head. The Brewer did nail the looks.

Smell is slight honeysuckle malt and wild flowers on hay with a slight coriander scent. Pretty much a Hennepin clone.

Starts out dry with the taste of hay and a little bee pollen with a coriander aftertaste. Gets a little sweeter as you drink it. Mild flavor with a very mild noble hop taste at the end. Very clean taste with a slight wheat malt flavor at the end. Didn't detect the ginger, I'm slightly allergic to it and this didn't make my nose itch either. Grains of Paradise, never tasted one so I have no idea if it made a difference in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall this is a good beer. Something of a Hennepin clone.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:25:33 | More by Zorro
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Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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