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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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 mick303
3.89/5  rDev +6%
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. (936 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)

Photo of rangerred
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger fizzy white head. Decent head retention thanks to the plentiful carbonation but very little in the way of lacing.

Very bready aroma with orange, clove, and bubblegum. Quite zesty and very appropriate for the style although it does lean quite a bit towards the yeasty/bready side.

The flavor had lots of orange and tangerine up front with yeast and bread. Some lemon and spice in the background before it all fades to a moderate and very dry finish. Seltzer-like carbonation aids in the drying in the finish.

Overall, a decent saison although a bit on the pricey side and lacking the depth of some of the better known Belgian examples. Worth picking up on occasion but would not become a regular staple of mine largely due to the price. (810 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy straw yellow pour with an initial finger of head which quickly disappeared. smells of lemongrass, orange peel, coriander, celery, bready. spicy, bready bitter, citrus, zesty flavors all blend very nicely together for a traditional saison flavor. light body with lots of constant carbonation (almost seltzer like) - the citrus/spicy combination leaves a nice sensation on the cheeks. spicyness is more noticeable in the finish and lingers for a bit.

overall this is a very refreshing summer saison. i was actually expecting a little bit more after having green flash's le freak, but i appreciate the subtle mixture of smells and flavors in this fine blend of a light saison. i wish this was easy to acquire around here - but from the amount of reviews on here (14 total, counting mine), i won't hold my breath. (817 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip

Clear golden yellow with a thick, billowy white head.

Spice and funk notes primarily in the nose. It carries over to the palate, and is then accentuated with a slight citric, orange sweetness.

Medium body with foamy, carbonation.

A pleasant saison, the citric finish was a pleasant compliment to the spice and funk notes upfront. (347 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cold from the tap a couple days after Green Flash hit Indianapolis. Poured a murky, dirty gold to the rim of a 10oz goblet with no head whatsoever.

Super subtle spicy, lemon rind and yeast.

Medium bodied, low-ish carbonation, spicy, tart dry finish.

Super drinkable. (269 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 stephens101
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Clear yellow with a white covering. Aroma of malt, orange, lemon, and a slight basement funkiness. Tastes of lemon, white grape, faint brett and yeast. Light and dry. Nothing wrong here, but nothing to write home about. (225 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 AdamBear
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-golden with a thin white head

S-buttery corn and some tartness and Belgian grains. Strong scent.

T-comes in how it smells except with more of a grassy aspect. It's pretty good actually. The smell was fake, but this has more genuity to it. It's not as strong as the scent though, more mellow. Matching after-taste.

M-heavy dry carbonation, dry finish

O-easy drinking saison. Fairly mellow though, which I guess is expected from the abv. I'm not a fan of the corn flavor it has. (483 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which appears to have little retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a golden straw/lemon which looks pale straw in the light. Some lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Not terribly complex but a pretty typical saison aroma. Apple, lemon, and banana. Some coriander, some clove. Very clean and crisp and very much dominated by the citrus notes. Some pineapple. Portends a basic but competent saison.

Taste- Starts off with strong notes of lemon and lemon peel which quickly moves into a blend of cloves, banana, coriander, and Belgian yeast. Some pepper around the edges. Tastes rather short as in all the flavors come at you all at once and then quickly fade. Pepper and lemon are the only things that seem to linger and they are rather thin. Some hint of bandaid. Balance and integration are okay but the complexity is a little lacking. Pretty much what I expected from the aroma- basic but competent. Above average beer, but fairly generic saison.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with a little bit of juice and syrup to the texture. A little heavier than most saisons and a bit overcarbonated.

Drinkability- Pretty accessible but kind of boring. Okay price but I will be skipping this in the future. Stillwater makes some very good saisons for about the same price.

Overall- Above average. Boring but authentic saison. Worth a try as it is effective attempt in a great style. The problem is there are a lot of good to great saisons out there. This is sufficient. (1,539 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 LambicPentameter
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22 oz bomber and didn't happen to notice if it had a best by date. Poured into Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance - Bright golden, sunny afternoon yellow with thick bushy head that slowly dissipates down to a cm line of head that lingers through the rest of the beer. Lacing is faint.

Aroma - Wow. It smells sweet, almost like fresh-baked glazed donuts--but it's a good thing. It's wonderful, not overpowering or cloying. Hints of vanilla waft through and some oakiness as well. One of the more distinct and pleasant-smelling beers I've had in a bit. Let's hope the flavor delivers.

Taste - Thought not quite as enchanting as the aroma, the taste is quite good. Orange, lemon, and fresh nectar dance through up front and ride on a foundation of mild barnyard funk and brettanomyces. I detect some notes of grapefruit along with the play of yeast and a faint suggestion of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Quite pleasant, with a blend of active but not overly-intense carbonation, and a smooth, but richly complex finish.

Overall - A beer I will definitely be picking up again due to it's aroma, taste, and drinkability. I tend to like beers with a little higher ABV, but this one is a nice sub-5% beer for casual drinking. (1,243 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally this hit shelves in syracuse!

A- a hazy golden yellow body with white foam all over the edges of the glass.

S- big bready notes with slighty musty notes of barnyard funk that is always exhibited in the style. I definitely get the citrus and Ginger from the brew. Good scent profile that I would like to be amped up more

T- spicy and crisp with yeasty flavor. Not explosive, but crisp and very refreshing. Actually, saison Diego is very light and drinkable with these flavors

M- coating flavor on the brew that is very enticing

O- what a refreshing saison! The drinkability is out of this world with the crisp flavor. This will be a brew I always seek out for a warm weather day (691 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Saison Diego is brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale with spices added. Available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a billowing explosive stiff foam frothed head of a snow white complexion over a pale straw yellow body with ample agitated carbonation and fine flecked sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Yeast notes forward of summer fruit, peppery spice and soft funk, very clean but very potent. Mild malt notes of pale, soft malted wheat and cracker malts form a delicate and body with a light sweetness enhanced by the potent sweetness of peach and apricot juice, and balanced out with effervescent peppery spices of coriander and white peppercorns. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor profiles much of the same notes that the aroma suggests in varying degrees of intensity. The malt notes of cracker malt, wheat and pale generate a very soft body, almost a bit too shallow on sweetness, but somewhat saved by yeast notes of stone fruit juices, notably peach and apricot which generate a soft artificial sweetness to keep the beer from being perceived as too dry. The spiciness of the coriander and peppercorn spices added plus the yeast character comes off as quite brisk, perhaps too ambitious for the malt profile in question, overshadowing the balance and drying out the palate. There is no notable hop profile and most of the bitterness comes from spices added. Finishes very dry with a lingering fruit juice and peppery spiciness on the end. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is smooth, medium silky and very dry. Carbonation is brisk, generating a medium frothiness and a boldly crisp finish. The body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly spicy and earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) There's no denying that I find this beer very enjoyable all-around. Arguably a bit simplistic for the style, the yeast and spice character joins together to make one of the most drinkable and flavorful farmhouse ales out there. There's very little funk and a very ambitious blend of spices which may not be for everybody, but with the aid of a yeast-borne fruit juice-aided malt profile, there's a lot of flavor and character to savor in this beer. While I haven't tried many of Green Flash's beers, this is a very enjoyable ale and one that will have me looking into more of their Belgian-style beers. 3.75

Green Flash Brewing Co.'s
Saison Diego Farmhouse Ale
3.79/5.00 (2,662 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 Gatch
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden-yellow with a fluffy, white head. No lace or retention.

S: One of the better smelling Saisons I've experienced from an American brewer. Very tart and bit barny and earthy.

T: Great Belgian yeast character. Barny. Grassy. Slightly fruity. Delicious!

M: Crisp and clean. Great flavor. Seriously way too easy to drink.

O: One of the best American versions of the style that I've had to date. Would love to drink this again. (440 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: A hazy soft yellow with off-white one-finger head that settled quickly. Curtainy lacing.

S: Funky, barnyard (oats, hay), Brett, Belgian yeast, lemons.

T: Smooth and semi-sweet. The citrus slides in with a nice Belgian yeastiness backing it up. Fresh lemons, a bit floral. Very summery. Brett and cloves in the background.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. A dry finish.

O: A very decent saison from Green Flash. Would try again. Very sessionable. (487 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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 (501 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. No dates. Reviewed 7/6/12.

Hazed, golden-yellow body that shimmers in the light. Thick, rocky, bone white head. Settles to a compact covering.

Funky yeast, hay, pepper, lemon peel, ginger and some wheat aromas. very earthy smelling.

Dry flavors of hay and grass, with some citric tones. Earthy and musty, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Moderate spicing, with flavors of ginger and white pepper (from the Grains of Paradise). Moderate carbonation. Fairly full bodied for the style.

Good flavors with some nice spicing. A pretty good saison that I'd definitely come back to. (594 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 Reaper16
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on-tap at Local Option, Chicago IL, into a chalice

Pours a yellow color. It's very yellow. Like, skin-of-a-Simpsons-character yellow. 1.25 fingers of white head stick around to leave some nice arches of lacing. In a bar setting, with lots of bright neon around, this beer practically glows.

The aroma hits the notes that you'd expect from the name and brewer: a healthy dose of green, fruity hops underscoring a Farmhouse Ale base. This beer is floral like honeysuckle, with dry malt character and plenty of hops (for the style). The first sip yields a big surprise: this beer isn't as hoppy as the aroma (or name) would have you believe. I mean, it's still got plenty of hop flavor. But the slightly musty, plasticky Saison yeast asserts itself strongly.

The mouthfeel isn't as attenuated as it could be, but most American Saisons suffer from this flaw. It's fine. Overall, this reminds me of a more refined take on Green Flash's Rayon Vert. That beer has more Brettanomyces character, but also way more hops. The hop bill here is present but respectful, which allows the saison character to show. This is a nice beer (though it tries to do much the same work as Boulevard Tank 7 and doesn't at all measure up to that beer). (1,236 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 BeerDawgs
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber picked up at Green's on Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA

A - A bright yellow, straw color. 2 fingers of head, and nice creamy head left on top of the beer. Lots of bubbles rising to the top

S - Musty funky yeast strain is up front and prevalent. Definitely a farmhouse ale. Spices, lemon, orange.

T - Earthy flavors, belgian saison yeast. Light fruits, orange. Spices. Alochol is light. It does not have an ABV on the bottle, but I am guessing it is under 6%

M - Medium bodied, huge carbonation. Crisp

O - A very good rendention of the style. Its good, but not great. I would definitely buy a 4 or 6 pack of it again, but probably overpriced for a bomber. (666 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 12oz bottle to an oversized wineglass (my nice Tired Hands stem); the bottle has a bottling date of March 4, 2013 printed in yellow ink near the base (“BOTTLED ON: 03/04/13”).

Appearance (3.75): Pours with three fingers of fluffy, cream-colored head that dies down at a relatively slow rate, showing good retention: a centimeter of nice foam still hangs around after a couple of minutes. But, not a lot of lacing—at first, anyway. The body is a hazy, perfectly cloudy (almost totally opaque), pale yellow-gold. As the beer recedes it leaves a few spots of suds here and there, no real lacing, per se, but some spotting.

Smell (3.75): Lots of classic saison notes here: dry straw, some toasty biscuit and pale grains, slightly floral, just a hint of pepper and clove . . . almost nothing particularly phenolic, just a very crisp, clean, classic saison with light esters.

Taste (3.75): The palate follows the nose in that it embodies a classic, clean, dry, pale saison: moderate, white-pepper spice, really crisp, lightly toasted biscuit character in the malt body, and finally a very crisp, floral crack of hop flavor with a moderate, slightly lemony bitterness. It finishes dry and crisp with a slightly peppery spice and a grassy finish, not quite bitter but just grassy. Good, just kind of straight-down-the-middle and classic. Not getting the kind of spicing I was expecting, but good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel (4.25): The mouthfeel is quite good: a solid tingle that expands easily before going down. The body is still relatively light though, going down easily and finishing with a dryness that matches the grassy, floral character on the palate.

Overall (3.75): Overall, this saison is above average, given its generally solid character that follows the style nicely but doesn’t deviate in any regard (not in my mind, anyway), not positively or negatively. It’s just straight-forward and solid, without any particularly standout moments. Nothing very estery, phenolic, spicy, fruity, or anything else. But, it’s still pretty good—just exceeding expectations in any way, and maybe it’s just me but I’m not getting any of the flavor or spicing predicted by the beer’s description. (2,232 characters)

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