Green Flash Saison Diego - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.85%
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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Ratings: 638 | Reviews: 128
Photo of AgentMunky
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw color with some honey highlights. It has that whitish haze that witbiers have. The head is white and soapy settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of hay and light clove. Some floral notes as well. Slight funk. Not overly complex but bright.

The taste is of a dry pils malt. Some light hay and clove fairly simple. A general floral flavor with a musty farmhouse funk. Again quite light.

The feel is light with airy carbonation. Sweet on the palate with a decent yeast spice. Drinks well and the abv is appreciated. Good summer brew.

A sessionable saison. A bit too light on flavor but enjoyable. Green flash kept it true to its Belgian origins.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Gainesville HOB. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with small fluffy head. Aroma of straw, citrus, banana, ginger. Flavor is very refreshing banana straw citrus. Lingering bite on the palate. Light bodied and perfect for a sunny 93 degree day. High carbonation. A nice summer beer and loads of flavor for the ABV.

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light golden yellow. Forms a moderate sized fluffy white head that reduces down to a thin surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Light lemon scent with some coriander and a bit of spice. There is a slight funkiness.

T: Flavor is bright and slightly acidic with notes of green apple, ginger, and some light malts. A bit of spice and just a hint of mustiness. Finishes with more apple and some citrus peel. Unfortunately, there is also a light metallic twang on the finish as well.

M: Light bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Dry, crisp, and slighty tart.

O: A nice, light, easy drinking summer Saison.

Photo of prototypic
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saison Diego pours a very light straw color. It’s nice and clear. Unusual for the style. Backlighting brightens it a little and gives it a little more of a gold look. It’s topped with a modest head. It’s white and stands about a finger in height. The bubbles are quite active though, and it holds firm there for quite a while. Lacing was rather thick and sticky. Looks good.

The nose is okay. It’s a little weak in the aromatics department. It does have a prominent earthy, grainy scent that resonates throughout. There are some light fruity notes. Smells like lemon and perhaps a little orange. It is a tad spicy smelling. Belgian yeast might be the contributor. Light clove and pepper are noted. I was expecting some hops, but I’m not getting much. Maybe some grassy variety. Alcohol is very light. Not getting much at all there. Smells alright.

The flavor is about on par with the nose. It’s very earthy and grainy initially and throughout. Belgian yeast does add a spicy note or two. Pepper and light clove mostly. It is a little fruity with a twist from grassy hops. Lemon and light orange fruit flavors are noted. Grassy hops are a nice addition. They’re light, but add a bit of a bitter bite. I honestly expected more in the hops department, but what’s here isn’t bad. Alcohol is buried. Finishes grainy, a little spicy, and grainy.

The body is definitely light. It’s not bad, but feels a bit too thin. Carbonation is active. It’s crisp and refreshing. Certainly easy drinking.

Saison Diego a little surprising. I expected a hopped-up Saison. It’s not that at all. It’s a light, mild mannered Saison that’s not bad. It’s nowhere near competing with the world’s best Saisons, but if you’re looking for a sessionable, pretty tasty Saison – this is a good option.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Zach136
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a GF 16oz Belgian Tulip

A - Pale yellow and very clear. Three finger rocky white head, that leaves a wall of lacing.

S - Subdued, hay and light spice, very little to no fruity esters.

T - Light pepper with a back-background of grassy hoppy. Very slight malt sweetness. No alcohol present.

M - One of the lightest ever, huge level of carbonation. Dissipating finish

O - Kind of like a Saison Junior, it hits all the notes it's supposed to, but they're pop flys to the infield.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Green Flash Saison Diego has a medium, off-white head, lots of streaming bubbles, and a relatively clear, light golden appearance, with powdery white specks suspended throughout. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is of light beer with added citrus and spices. Taste is of peppery, spicy, white bread, with citrus and mild back bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Green Flash Saison Diego finishes mostly dry, sweet, and drinkable. Overall, this is a good beer in the style, although one can find comparable ones for a lower price. It's worth checking out.

RJT

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazed lemon yellow with two fingers of rocky white head. Some wet lacing left behind.

The aroma was lemon zest, light Belgian yeast, and sweet grainy notes.

The taste was more subtle than the aroma. A bit of green apple, light coriander and a touch of yeast were present. Flavor faded quickly.

Medium bodied and dry with a decent carbonation.

A decent Saison from Green Flash but nothing memorable this one.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow. A simple head sits on top, off white and lingers for a bit for good rentention though not much lacing.
The aroma is lighter in this saison. It has a pale malt smell with hints of yeast, cloves and spices, all of which are lean and sutle.
In the taste I get some biscuit maltiness, tart lemon juice, pepper, yeast and spices.
It drinks clean dry and crisp on the palate.
A good saison. It's light and very drinkable.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A nicely spicy and funky Belgian style aroma with some fruity hints. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of farmhouse funk and some clove, pepper, coriander, and ginger spicing. Pale malt with hints of grains, wheat, straw, cracker, and biscuit. Fruit hints of banana, apple, and white grapes along with citrus hints of orange peel, lemon zest, and pineapple. Hints of bubblegum and candied sugar as well. Subtle scent of earthy hops. Pretty good spicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy, funky, and zesty Belgian style taste with some nice citrus notes. Belgian yeast upfront with some farmhouse funk. Spice notes of peppers, clove, coriander, and ginger. Bready pale malt with notes of grains, straw, wheat, cracker, and biscuit. Fruity taste of banana, apple, and white grapes. Citrus fruit notes of orange peel, pineapple, and lemon zest. Candied sugar notes as well as a little bubblegum. Subtle presence of hops. A pretty nice zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is fairly high. Spicy, juicy, and fairly drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty nice take on the style. Good taste of spice and citrus. A lighter version of a Saison but good tasting.

Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid Saison!!!! I was expecting a light,lemon zest heavy, simple beer....maybe with hops because if its West Coast roots. This is a real Saison, maybe not the worlds best, but having all the elements of a good Saison.

Pours a straw gold color with a good sized delicate white head. Head retention is a bit weak and there is minimum lacing. Aroma is good, some lemon zest and a good funky/yeasty presence.

Good solid Saison taste. Spices, musty yeast/funk and lemon zest. Very nicely done!!!

Mouthfeel is rich, spicing and funk are just right.

If I am in the mood for a Saison, this one will do nicely.

Photo of PorterLambic
2.76/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow with a good head that does not last. The skim creates some sticky lace.

Some nice yeasty funk in the nose, some spice and grain, a touch of fruit.

Nice yeast and grain husk up front, some spice notes and a mild tart bite. The beer turns moderately bitter, with a dry grassiness that works well with the malt. Bitter and yeasty in the finish.

Lighter bodied with a good carbonated fizz.

Decent brew here. Needs some more complexity, but solid in all ways overall.

Photo of pkalix
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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?

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on: 04/30/13

A: Pours a straw yellow color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that slowly fades to nothing

S: Lightly spicy with notes of ginger and grains of paradise (think SA summer). Also get some fruitiness and wheaty notes

T: Starts off with some spicy and fruity notes and goes into some wheat and mustiness that are lightly earthy. Finishes with some more fruitiness and malts

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good farmhouse with some nice light spiciness and fruitiness. Very easy to drink, but a little pricey given the abv and nature of this brew. Certainly not bad by any means, but there are much better examples out there

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy yellow-golden, with a fine head of dense white carbonation. Spotty lace.

Nose is spicy and fruity -- hints of tropical fruit and citrus with plenty of spice.

Taste is rich and complex -- I get fruitiness melding with spice all over the place. There are also some floral notes and some barnyard funkiness. This is a very well-done and solid saison. Bravo Green Flash!

Photo of mick303
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from BrewDog Edinburgh. Pours a light hazy gold colour, unfiltered with suspended particulate, with light whispy film and lacing.

Smell is full of apple and yeasty lemon, some of the ginger definitely comes through. Quite a fresh grassy floral nature to it, with a slight spice prickle.

Taste is full of lemon, hay, barnyard yeast, slightly funky apple pear fruits with some good yeasty earthy bite to it. Very nicely balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel is light, easily drinkable with a good firm yeastiness to it and citrus character.

A very nice light saison, lot of citrus fruit character with the american hops, and the spices mostly work and dont throw it off kilter. Some earthy and yeasty character comes through, nicely balanced and drinks quite well though it doesn't have the same depth of complexity one would expect from a top class beer of this style. More about refreshment and that is what it provides rather well.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Green Flash Saison Diego from Green Flash Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.