Welcome to BeerAdvocate!

Looking to talk, rate or trade beer? Join today by creating your free account.

Dismiss Notice
Curious about recent updates to the site and app? Check the Announcements forum for updates.
Dismiss Notice
Love Belgian Beer?

Join us Sep 17 in Portland, Maine for Return of the Belgian Beer Fest, featuring hundreds of authentic Belgian beers and Belgian-inspired offerings.

Tickets + more: beeradvocate.com/belgian

Flemish Kiss | The Commons Brewery

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
88
very good
32 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Flemish KissFlemish Kiss
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Commons Brewery
Oregon, United States | website

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
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
185
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
9.55%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
18
For Trade:
2
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 185
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

 337 characters

Photo of rinhaak
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

 1,077 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in Portland and opened it on 6.12.12

A - Pours a opaque dark orange with a large light tan head with very good retention.

S - Bret, some Belgian spices, and apples?

T - Subtle spices and funk. Pretty muted, but tastey.

D - Great carbonation and a light body.

O - Light pale with some Bret funk and spices.

 329 characters

Photo of ccrida
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at Bailey's, Flemish Kiss is a dull and murky caramel brown. The small off-white head leaves scattered lace.

Smell is pretty brewtty, this one has a fair amount of the fruity pineapple esters.

Taste is pretty snappy, again, it's really about the brett here. I suppose there is some herbal bitterness to the hops, but I'm not getting anything from a flavor perspective. The maltiness, which is greater then most belgian blondes, adds a nice layer.

Mouthfeel is dry, but a bit heavier then I prefer in the style. Indicative of their hybrid approach I suppose. Nice amount of fine carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, it washed down a Santeria buritto muy mueno. I prefer a cleaner malt base though for bretty blondes.

 739 characters

Photo of vkv822
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml : tulip snifter

Pours a lightly hazy golden-orange with a thick, foamy, craggy off white head.

Light Brett tartness blends nicely into faintly sweet, fruity and floral hops.

Floral notes transition into lightly tart Brett notes. Decent malty backing.

Medium body, with active, foamy carbonation.

An enjoyable Belgian-inspired take on a pale ale. The brett added a nice tartness without becoming downright sour.

 421 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beautiful Riedel white wine glass.. slightly hazed orangish red... off white head... good retention...

The nose is surprising... good malt profile with a nice bite of fruity brett brux.. a hint of sweet cherries and sweet acetic notes...

Flavor begins as a nice malty pale ale.. good balance between light funk and mildly sweet malt vinegar... cherry essence.. finishes surprisingly dry.... really digging this one... I had easy 4 good pours... finishes a bit dry and certainly fruity..

This brew will bridge the gap between nerds and "light" beer folks.

4/4/4/3.5/3.5

 587 characters

Photo of chumba526
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

 1,280 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Flemish Kiss from The Commons Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe