Flemish Kiss | The Commons Brewery

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Flemish KissFlemish Kiss

Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States

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

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruits, and Brett. Taste is much the same with the Brett being the dominant flavor. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the commons makes some incredible rustic funky beers, their attention to detail and high quality in all they do is sometimes most on display in their simpler beers. there is nothing simple about the flavors here, but the process is rather basic, especially as wild beer goes, and despite it being somewhat untraditional stylistically, being an american pale at its core. i think its a little maltier than that, a pale red hue is in here, faintly behind the hazy wheaty looking base, an effervescent bubbling collects into a full inch of eggshell white head, looking very much alive. i get a shot of fruity vinegar on the nose, tons of wild yeast that seems unmolested by any wood maturation (not sure this ever sees oak), cherry, tang, floral hops, a cereal medley in nice proportion, and an overall delicate vibe. more acidity than we normally expect brett to produce on its own, a sort of flanders vinegar thing going on, just way more mild. a little fruity belgian yeast element comes on a bit too it seems, soft funk too, musty but bright. not as hoppy in the flavor as the nose, but there are some bitter highs to the finish. hearty beer while also being really airy in texture, a unique feel i have noticed in other of their beers. a huge thanks to my homie for bringing this one over last night. from a quality standpoint, it stood out in a very impressive lineup of ales...

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014:


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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +6%
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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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of tart notes with solid dry Belgian style malt backbone and light dry hops notes are also noticeable. Taste is a complex mix of tart and funky yeasty notes with solid bready malt backbone with a long finale. Body is full with good carbonation. Easy drinking with quite a bit of complexity. Balance is also pretty good with not much acidity.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a cervoise. Thanks, Aaron! Fairly-strong levels of Brett. Barnyard and some phenolics with backing cherry. Very dry.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at the brewery when I was there, shared with rudzud

Pours a huge fluffy creamy 1.5 finger head that fades at a need pace with messy lacing, crystal clear copper orange color.

Nose brings big tart Brett funk, tart berry farmhouse funk, raspberry almost, acidic funk little creamy malt thing.

Taste brings Brett funk out front, little farmhouse Brett, but a lot of sour fruity funk, berry like funk, creamy lacto like creamy mild acidic funk, little flemmy finish, mild acidity lingering, little funk mostly sour acidic fruit vinegar notes.

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, little flemmy finish mild acidity.

Overall not bad, fun Brett, fruity fair funk and tartness, good beer.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Murky lighter shade of amber in the tall glass. Big foam up on first couple of pours, but it is not so bad after blowing off the head. This one should probably be stored in the refrigerator for a while to get the yeast to settle down.

Flavors are tart, tangy, and cidery. Very fruity and weird with plenty of the "meaty" flavor that goes along with the Brett yeastiness. Apricot nectar with a little vinegar. But complex and full of crazy flavors. It's just a lot of damned yeast. I am liking the plain Brett brews, but not so sure about this multi-yeast concoction.

From the 750 bottle purchased at Bottleworks in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Flemish Kiss from The Commons Brewery
4.01 out of 5 based on 197 ratings.
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