Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 642
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.72%
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 PorterLambic
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks appetizing in the typical saison way: a bright golden color with a nice frothy head. But after that there's not a lot going on. The scent and the taste show hints of orange and ginger, but it's pretty subdued. What's more, the taste was slightly metallic. Might hit the spot after a day in the hot sun, but otherwise a fairly run-of-the-mill beer. My first disappointing beer from Green Flash.

Update: as I make my way through the four-pack my estimation of the beer goes down. More metal with each beer. (511 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From: Beertopia in Omaha, NE
Date: No obvious date, but "15/22/299/11/1816/8" stamped on bottom
Glass: Tulip

Saison Diego has a fairly singleminded approach to the style with yeast, malt, and some grains of paradise being the most obvious flavors and scents. In general, the recipe was fairly one-dimensional and for the price, many other saisons of more complexity are available. I enjoy many of Green Flash's beers, but this was just not as spectacular a saison as I was expecting from the brewery. Relative to something from Fantome, Ommegang, or Dupont, this is rather lacking.

Pours a voluminous white head of very dense bubbles, with retention well above average. Foam eventually settles to a thick ring around the glass with a thinner film atop the rest of the body. Lacing is fairly minimal along the sides of the glass. Body is an opaque, hazy golden yellow color, with some carbonation visible along the sides of the glass and primarily streaming from the center.

Aroma is very mild, picking up subtle maltiness and saison yeast, with little else. For a bottle that mentions orange peel, ginger, and grains of paradise, there's surprisingly little going on here.

Opening flavor is somewhat tomato-like, which fades into a fairly generic saison yeast flavor, along with its secondary byproducts and a bit of the peppery grains of paradise. Mid-palate picks up some light malt sweetness with continued grains of paradise and saison yeast. Closes out with a pleasant grainy and biscuit-like malt influence. Not really picking up anything distinctly orange peel or ginger-like in the beer, though the label states that such ingredients were used. In general, this tastes like a fairly generic saison.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with strongly effervescent carbonation that manages not to produce sharp prickles upon the tongue, but instead foams up with large bubbles and creates a pillowy, soft effect. Closes dryly, as expected. (1,952 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

While chilling out over a vegan dog, Raulsky decided that a saison was in order to wash down his cruelty-free protein.

Now, it's not as if Raul had much of an expectation, but Raul has drank gutter water that had more flavor and mouthfeel than this Fresno rain water. Thin, flavorless and more boring than a Ann Hathaway nudie scene.

Next! (342 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, golden, effervescent color with a bright white head. The aroma was yeasty, peppery, with a bit of hay and mild funk. The taste was much sweeter than the aroma implied. Big breadiness, yeast, some pepper and bright fruitiness. The feel was creamy, and kinda lacking in carbonation for the style.

Overall, I'm not really impressed at all with this. It's not bad, but there's a lot more, better examples out there. (428 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (1,462 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer is a golden straw yellow with light foamy white head. Nice webbed lacing and slightly hazy. Beer smells faintly spiced with clove and grains of paradise. A bready scent mixes in with some dank yeast.

Upon sipping the spices are far more evident and a little overpowering in my opinion. Too much grains of paradise. The interesting yeast scent doesn't appear much once sipping, which would have been more interesting. Mouthfeel is light, very drinkable and carbonation comes off being fizzy.

Nt my favorite from a brewery I often enjoy. Reminiscent of Sam Adam's summer ale. (585 characters)

Photo of itsscience
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

The color is a cloudy pale straw, almost like a lemonade, and it has a two finger head that dissipates quickly. The nose is big on yeast spices and also has straw, biscuit malts, wine-like smells, and a mildly sweet fruit smell like a banana. At the front of the tongue I get a bit of lemon, clove, and coriander that immediately fades, leaving a big bready assault on the palate. There's also an herbal earthiness to the beer. The body is light and watery, with a prickly mouthfeel from excessive carbonation. It's highly drinkable but not very flavorful, nor memorable. (610 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%

Poured from a bomber into a Teku glass. Clear gold in color with a substantial bubbly head. Has a fairly strong aroma of banana, cloves and a bit of barnyard funk. These are all present in the taste, but everything's fairly muddled, almost like it has been cut with water. Medium light mouth with a lot of carbonation, leaving it dry and crisp. This is the first Green Flash brew that has left me disappointed. I much prefer their Rayon Vert. (443 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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. (324 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a hazy light golden colored body. Looks great.
The aroma is bright lemon and banana.
The taste is watery, mild lemon bitter and grainy.
The texture has a nice fizzy to it with an overall medium body.
The flavor lagged in this brew. Borderline flavorless. (285 characters)

Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (2,179 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle

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. (531 characters)

Photo of itlnstallion11
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

S- smells of Bavarian hops, citrus, lemon, orange and maybe some coriander

A- pours a hef colored unfiltered golden color. Super carbonated with a 2 finger foamy white head that disappears in minutes. It turns into a non-carbonated apple juice like drink in the matter of minutes/ pseudo cider if u will.

T- tastes reminiscent of a Bavarian hef with a light bodied finish. Orange is definitely there. Bavarian hops, some lime, ginger, with some mango notes.

O- I'm not the biggest fan of this beer. The carbonation and body is just not for me which I imagine is appropriate for the style. It reminds me a a mediocre hef, with good flavor but flat finish. A decent summer light beer for around the pool. (708 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Well, it is a deep yellow hazy color. Nice 2 finger cloud white head. Leaves a thick collar and traces of lacing on glass.

S - Straw, bread, yeast and mild funk. Only hints of lemon, tart, earthiness and spice.

T- Rather mild taste. Kinda sweet with yeast and bread. Some straw and very mild funk and clove spice. Very little lemon and tart citrus. Not much going on.

M - Nice and bubbly light like a Saison should be. Crisp, wet and refreshing.

O - A rather bland and average Saison compared the some of the newer ones on the market. It's a good refresher on a hot day, but that is about it. Much better representations that'd rather spend my money on. (702 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of phideltashaggy
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured form the bottle into my large Chimay goblet.

A- translucent straw color. White head quickly dissipated

S- Love the smell of this. Belgian yeast, pepper (grains of paradise?), fruit (hint of banana and some tropical/citrus)

T- Kind of a let down from the smell, but it's just a bit too acidic for me. Lots of citrus, especially lemon.

MF- Very thin. Acidity tingles the tongue and the back of the throat.

Overall, not my favorite saison, but not a bad beer at all. I have acid reflux and generally don't care for citrusy beers, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

PS, pairs nicely with basil citrus turkey jerky. (633 characters)

Photo of HopToIt420
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours golden yellow with great clarity. Large rocky white head settles to a quarter of an inch eventually. sparse, spotty lacing.

S: Light musty scents, pilsner malts, a slightly bready scent (wheat?), distinct orange peel, yeasty aromas with pepper and spices, lemongrass, and ginger way in the background. Restrained hop scents are herbal and grassy. Good nose, it all melds together quite nicely.

T: Hit of clove on the attack. Grainy malt base follows. Yeasty tastes have a very slight funk. Ginger and orange peel butt in quickly and then vanish. Spicy Belgian yeast flavors are rather run of the mill. Hop bitterness balances delicately with slight green and oily tastes. Light peppery burn throughout. Musty yeast and pepper in the finish.

M: Light in body. Very creamy. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth and soft.

O: My initial fear going into this beer was that it would be too busy. The list of ingredients seemed a bit ambitious. To my surprise, I found it to be rather average and uninspiring despite the impressive queue of adjuncts. I expected this beer to be a success, or else fail fantastically in a blaze of glory. Instead Evil Knievel just fell over sideways on the ramp. (1,239 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a tight, white head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of lemon zest and some grainy malt.

Tastes of the grainy malts with a little citrus to it. Grainy sweetness comes through and supported by some cracker like notes. Lemon and grassy hops come through, but are a little faint. Touches of peppery spice come through on the backend.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this one grew on me a little. It is light and refreshing, but I would have trouble choosing it over other saisons. (551 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It’s been a few weeks since Green Flash hit the shelves in Indiana, but I still get excited when I see their beer at the liquor store. Cheers!

Brewed 05/14/13, or three months before the date of this tasting.

A: Perfect look for a saison: chunky white head two inches high above a translucent, pale gold body that’s teeming with carbonation. The retention is so good that I’ll have to drink past the foam if I ever want to get a taste.

S: A tart, lemony nose with a bright yeast quality, ripe with notes of sourdough bread, coriander, and floral soap. The light character peaks in a flinty, metallic tone, like well water.

T: Dim, faded hop tastes of lime and white pepper open what proves to be an uneventful palate. Orange zest, straw, and mild banana fill out the remainder, with a bready, metallic finish.

M: For a fizzy, Belgian-style beer, this leaves a lot to be desired in the mouthfeel. The carbonation is abundant, but very weak – like soda bubbles – and the body is light as light can be.

O: It seems like Green Flash was trying to make a session saison, and I commend them for that; we need more low-alcohol Belgian-style beers from American brewers. Unfortunately, this is way too watery to be satisfying. (1,234 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on pint in a tulip glass

Appearance – The beer is served a light golden yellow color with one finger of foamy white head. The head fades slowly over time leaving a wonderful level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer Is mainly of a citrus lemon and light bready smell mixed with aromas of yeast and a bit of spice of clove and coriander. Along with these aromas are some smells of hay and a bit of a grassy smell mixing with a little bit of a pear and apple sweetness to round out the aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a light biscuit flavor mixed with some flavors of lemon citrus upfront. As the flavor advances, some light yeast tastes greet the tongue. The yeast brings some spice along with it, bringing to the tongue some flavors of clove and coriander. The taste takes on some wheat and light fruit flavors along with a light grassy and earthy flavor at the end of the taste to leave a rather light and crisp flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is very light and thin with a carbonation level that is slightly above average. The body is actually a little too thin for the brew even at its low abv., never really allowing any of the flavors time to linger on the tongue.

Overall – While it was quite light and rather crisp it was a little weak in flavor and a little too watery for a saison for my taste. Just OK. (1,391 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in a Tripel Karmeliet
Bottles: 3/04/13

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head.

S - Earthy wet hay, lemons, white pepper, wheat, coriander, clove

T - Follows the nose with dense and creamy wheat malts, white peppercorns, coriander, clove, hints of lemon, earthy hay, grassy hops, tart pear fruit, finishes semi-dry with coriander and clove on the aftertaste.

M - Moderate foamy carbonation but has a soft texture to it.

Kinda of a catch all style-wise. The malt is dense but the carbonation helps lighten it up. Peppery phenols and light hints of fruit. I would drink this again but wouldn't seek it out. (637 characters)

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Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.