Flemish Kiss | The Commons Brewery

Flemish KissFlemish Kiss
BA SCORE
80.7%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 197 Ratings
Flemish KissFlemish Kiss
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States
commonsbrewery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Right out of primary fermentation this beer is decidedly an American Pale Ale, but as it enters secondary, a bridge to Belgium is built with a dose of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. A 5 week maturation results in slightly dry, fruity beer with a hint of floral Brett character that will evolve over time.

Added by chumba526 on 03-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,396
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
197
Liked:
159
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
9.64%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
19
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of mhaugo
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle decanted into an oversized snifter. 6.5% ABV.
Appearance: Rosy, cloudy rust with a thin cap of eggshell foam. Beautiful lacing decorates the edges of my glass (4/5).
Aroma: I’m immediately slapped in the face with Brett. Earthy, floral, citrus, and tropical fruit envelop my head. I also get a very pleasant, fresh cut apple smell that I absolutely love (4.75/5).
Taste: Sweet, fresh apple cider enjoyed at the farm on a cool, autumn day. Whispers of citrus, flowers, and freshly cut grass enhance the experience. Absolutely amazing (5/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation (4.5/5).
Overall: This is probably the optimized balance between a classically constructed Belgian Pale Ale and Brettanomyces. I honestly could not be happier with the result. This is the work of a brewery that understands the style, and understands how they are enhancing it. The Brett is not over the top, but is prevalent enough to make an impact. Well done, Commons (4.75/5).

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Photo of gehille
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of elNopalero
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought 11/15, enjoyed 11/16

This pours an orange tinted tan. Tremendous foam, at least initially, and an incredible bouquet that I can smell from an arms length away. There's a real mellow barnyard funk, with a light touch of cherry undertones. Restrained and nuanced. This was utterly fantastic. A treat with each sip.

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Photo of juicebox
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rinhaak
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't hand out 5s that often, but I really am at a loss as to what The Commons could have done too much differently to improve upon Flemish Kiss.

The beer pours perfectly: clean and clear, with a fluffy head like Cumulus Clouds. It lingers to the very last sip, all the while clinging to the edges of the glass with a perfect lace.

The nose is amazing with aroms of peaches, sherry, apples, and funk. These flavors all come through again in the mouth, but are perfectly balanced. Also making appearances are subtle floral flavors (rose hips?). With an excellent effervescent mouthfeel to boot, this is one supremely crafted beer.

It's certainly a unique beer: an American Pale Ale meets Brett. But what The Commons does magnificently with this brew is keep everything within reason; there is even a certain simplicity to the beer. The brett is there, don't get me wrong, but it's not muscling its way to the center. Rather, it's perfectly balanced with the citrus hops and a clean, malt finish, that makes this beer truly something to behold.

Highly, highly recommended.

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Photo of chumba526
4.67/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Beetje website: "ABV: 5.7% || IBU: 35-40

A clean Northwest pale ale with a subtle kiss of Flanders. Brewed predominantly with organic 2- row, the malt bill is rounded out with organic light munich, organic 60L crystal and caravienna. Northwest Golding and Hallertauer hops provide a pleasant hop character. Right out primary fermentation this beer is decidedly a Northwest pale ale, but as it enters secondary a bridge to Belgium is built with a dose of brettanomyces bruxellensis."

The beer appears clear red with a small off white head.

It smells very fruity: it almost smells like tomato juice. . There is a bit of a citrus like smell. I also get a bit of a cherry type of a smell.

It tastes very fruity: get a strong cherry flavor. It is slightly sour and there is a mild citrus type of a flavor. There is a bit of a spicy hoppy flavor to balance out the fruity flavor. There is a tad bit of a slightly sweet malt flavor. The beer finishes with a refreshing bitter flavor. All the flavors of the beer blend perfectly. This beer is very smooth.

There is a crisp mouthfeel to the beer.

Overall this is a fantastic complex, light and refreshing fusion pale ale. The Brett interacts nicely with the citrus and fruity hop flavor. I cannot find any faults with the beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of graymoment
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of SeaAle
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of rstenson
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A burnt orange and just a minimal level of haziness. The head poured out a giant and soapy 4 fingers leaving incredible lacing on the glass and even a moon crater surface in the head as it settled.

S: Scent is both sweet and funky with fresh tart fruit, wet hey and a funkiness with floral notes of orange flower water.

T: Cereal, maltiness, barnyard funkiness without the sweetness in the smell. The Bretta is present, but not overwhelming, and seems to encourage the maltiness and pale ale dryness. Excellent balance of malts & bretta.

M: Crisp and dry with a forward buzz of carbonation, and a medium bodied mouth feel.

O: This brew is a stand out, the bretta can be overwhelming, but Flemish kiss offers the Bretta characteristics while skillfully matching malts. The result is crisp and dry, offering a scent and taste not found elsewhere. Highly recommended.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Jason for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a hazy orange amber color. Produced a huge white fluffy head with great retention. Plenty of clumpy lacing too.

(S)- A super dry Brett funk meets lots of earthy hay/straw. It is really super dry with just the right amount of that earthy funk. Extremely subtle lemon/orange citrus.

(T)- I like the combination of a solid pale ale (light pine bitterness and citrus with mildly sweet malt base) meeting this bone dry, earthy hay/straw Brett funk on the finish.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. The Brett funk seems to almost hide any bitterness the base is putting off and replaces it with this awesome dry earthiness that feels and tastes so natural without and medicinal qualities.

(O)- A great idea that is completely successful in each way I look at it. I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: hazy amber liquid with 1/4" of foamy cream colored head

S: Sour funk and some sweetness and raspberries

T: Hint of Brett as well as strawberries, figs, cereal malt and earth in the finish

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation

O: Complex and tasty, well done. I would definitely have one again.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle thanks to ZRBE, poured into a teku.

Pour: Mostly hazy deep orange body, with a big, three finger off white head. Solid lacing, and the head retains for most of the glass.

Smell: Huge fruity cherry, raspberry, and lemon up front, followed by a definite brett earthiness. Some doughy malt, and light saison quality. Finished with more fruits.

Taste: Like the nose, but comparatively subdued. At first, and at coldest, there is a light soap quality which is offputting, but not enough to make the beer unenjoyable. However, it quickly disappears as the beer gets a chance to breathe and warm up, leaving only the raspberry, lemon, pear, and cherry (in that order) from the nose, and a deep brett earthiness. Mildly doughy throughout. Finishes with a mash up of dry brett, and juicy, lingering fruits.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a medium level of dryness. Finishes juicy and dry... honestly it makes a great match.

Overall: At first I was wowed at the nose, and then offput slightly by the first sip, but this beer is very, very good. I would definitely have it again.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead stemware

Gorgeous beer - hazy orange body, huge white fluff, reminiscent of rainier from up close. Aromas of clean brett notes and some nice fruity notes. The flavors are spot on - the brett is great, not offensively overpowering but just right. Pear, lemon, cherry. Nice carbonation level - mouthfeel is really exceptional. This is awesome stuff.

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Photo of primaldiscord
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of skipxtracer
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dipso123
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy with long lasting fine white head, mild brett and subtle maltiness; very quaff-able. Great beer to share but I easily finished a 750 myself. My idea/l of an everyday/allday brett beer.

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Photo of blisscent
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got at good beer in alphabet city- pours a hazy orange color with lots of frothy white head, modest retention and little lacing. Looks beautiful and really is quite active.

Smells a lot like Brett- awesome!

Tastes very nice- graininess up front followed immediately by the Brett funk which then turns into a slight tartness with a little green apple flavor. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is prickly and light bodied. I really like this beer- I'm going back to get another one tomorrow to age for a while to bring out the funk. If you like Brett seek this one out!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Fonduevoodoo in CanBIF Spring 2014.

A - Gusher to start. In the glass it's a nice cloudy burnt orange colour. Two fingers of thick white head on top with strong carbonation. Great lace wall and a half finger of retention.

S - Peach, funk, vinegar, hay. Quite a lovely and complex aroma.

T - Fruity, yeasty and tart, but the tartness is restrained, yet not in a bad way. Tart, hay, dusty, fruity, less acidic than the aroma. This is pretty nice stuff because it walks the line between funky, yeasty, and fruity. The Brett profile is subtle, but present and very complimentary to the profile of the Belgian Pale.

M - Strong carbonation, medium creamy body and a dry/Bretty finish.

O/D - This was much better than I was expecting. Pleasantly tart, yet not overpoweringly so. This does a good job of playing all angles and not doing any of them too aggressively to make a nice, drinkable Belgian-style pale. Well done.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for this one!
Bright golden orange, lasting coverage and spotty lace.
Aroma has a light wet hay funk and a tea leaf note.
Tart with a mild acidity, lemony and fruity with a light dry funk.
Highly effervescent, a little coarse at first, but appropriate for the style.

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Flemish Kiss from The Commons Brewery
Beer rating: 80.7% out of 100 with 197 ratings
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