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Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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127 Reviews
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Reviews: 127
Hads: 642
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 127 | Hads: 642
Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a really light yellow colour, with a very faint haze to it and really light weight. Head is an enormous frothy mound of pure white. It certainly looks lively and vibrant.

Nose is round, slightly funky and slightly sweet, with some plasticky notes, a hint of appleskin and a rubbed sweet citrus tone. It has some fragrant sweet herbs like asian mint or Thai basil as well. It's pretty fresh, lively and pleasant.

Taste is similarly light and pleasant, with a really pleasant cleanness, no phenolics and no excess of yeast on the back. Hints of funk, minimal acidity, but a pleasant roundness and more of that fragrant herbal crispness. Really, it's quite tasty, and stylistically pretty good.

Very drinkable, and almost excruciatingly refreshing. Really, you just want to drink this down. Moreover, it's a pretty well-made Saison—a style that I feel is rarely done well outside Belgium. (936 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Smithtown, NY.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured light esters and a grassy hop.

The taste was lightly grainy with biting esters and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a serviceable saison. (382 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (432 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with about an inch of white head that quickly dissipated and left light to moderate lacing. There were a fair amount of floaties when I got to the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma featured a big, bright yeasty spice scent, and was supported by nice solid grains. The flavor profile was pretty similar, yeast and spice over a nicely solid grain base.

The body, while very pleasant, was a pretty typical medium, and had a very dry finish. Drinkability was good, I could put this into my Saison rotation. Overall, not a ground breaking example of the style, but still a good, solid one. Worth trying if you see it. (671 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a bit of haze and a very light effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam. A decent-looking brew!

Smell: lightly sweet malt with a good funk. I can't really tell what the intended spicing is, but it's kind of materializing as the corn-pops character that you get in beers brewed with adjunct maize. It's a sense that doesn't really work.

Taste: a bit of sweetness, a light tartness, a hint of funk and bitterness -- and that little jolt of corn pops. I really can't figure out the spicing, but I doubt this beer has corn in the recipe. It's not bad, but it is a little bit messy and unfocused.

Mouthfeel: light body with a surprising carbonation, given its low level of apparent effervescence. There's actually a good creaminess here.

Overall: this beer is decent, but it just has a little something I don't quite like. (911 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (317 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost clear, bright yellow color with white head. Very nice, floral aroma with some honey and lemon tones. Taste is slightly tart, refreshing, with the same honey and lemon. Medium body, very easy to drink. Overall this was better than expected. (246 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 Bitterbill
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Howler fill at Liquor Shed in Casper.

A hazy light gold pour that produced about an inch of foam but it never goes away. Lacing? Yep.

It smells some what spicy with some of that ginger, coriander, hint of pepper, and a dash of lemon or orange?

The taste matches the smell. Good gingery notes and oranges, The ginger gives me a little bit of heat when I swish the beer in my mouth. I don't really get any coriander but it's still a good tasting brew.

Light body and carbonation.

A pretty good Saison and the fact that it's only 4.2% abv is something I like aboot it. Yeah, the body does suffer but there's no problem drinking the 32oz in one sitting. (655 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On at EBP on 6.18.13

A - Sered a pale cloudy medium orange with a fizzy active white hea with great retention.

S - Light lemony and full spices.

T - Again light lemon, wheat, and weak spice.

D - Very light with good carbonation.

O - Light, too light to be honest. I love saisons, but this dissapoints. (310 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (534 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of bark
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 05/26/13.

The colour is pale gold with a tint of cool orange. The liquid is clear. The foam builds with a fizzing sound; it is white compact and two fingers high. It sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy and bitter. Orange peel and tart unripe berries. Soapy phenols and spicy flavours. Sticky sweet notes in the background. Cleaner and sweeter than expected.

The taste is fresh and bitter-tart with smooth fruity notes of orange peel, yeast, alcohol, orange juice and cloves. Medium body. The (less sweet) aftertaste got some alcohol, peppery spicy flavours and refreshing bitter hops. Cardamom and cooves in the finish.

The carbonation is strong, the many large bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is light.

Easy to drink with pleasant spices. I am surprised that the bitterness is so fresh after almost a year. (847 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts with a fruity sour aroma. Hazy straw to gold, white fluffy head, very clean and light, has the saison malt, as it warms more Saison flavors emerge and more malty caramel comes out as well. (195 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (593 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong, malty aroma has a firm yeasty and fruity overtone. Pours a clear, bubbly solar yellow with a thick, fine-bubbled pale buff head. Yeasty, fruity flavor has a malty note and just a whisper of grass. Firm, smooth texture has plenty of life and fizz. Sit back with this one! (278 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden straw with a frothy white head that lingers. Effervescent bubbles surface constantly.

Confectioners sugar sweetness, wet hay, white pepper, and what form the initial aroma, with hints of pear adding complexity.

Fairly dry throughout, with pear and apple esters at the base, on a bed of grainy malt. The finish is peppery and a touch bready. Lacks a bit in substance. Minerally qualities surface late.

Body is fairly light, with high carbonation and a slightly tannic finish.

A bit weak in character. Has the dryness and spiciness of a saison, but it's missing the intangibles. (593 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 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 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 AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Server in a taster glass at the brewery.

Smells spicy, herbal. Saison yeast for sure. Unsurprisingly, it tastes like a saison too! Very typical. Lightly tart. Vaguely fruity (peaches? Very light). Mouthfeel is light and dry. I like it.

Recommended for people who like saisons. (280 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +9%
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. (312 characters)

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