Baroque Belgique | Green Flash Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
69.2%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 13 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by retry4z on 07-08-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,161
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
13
Liked:
9
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
8.62%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a lot of experience with dry hopped, wild fermented beer, the brewers at Green Flash go beyond the stalwart Belgian rustic pale ale and embrace the funk with their newest, more high end Baroque Belgique. The new namesake comes with new complexities, new charms and new brightness.

Hazy amber and yeasaty, the beer pours like winter's honey in color but with a billowing froth that eclipses the rim. Nearly gushing at times, the dry and dusty ale soon captures the senses with a strong perfume of floral arrangements, tropical fruit and a mature farmhouse must. Its taste is steely with caramels, biscuit and bread crust while that peppery tinge of the nose teases the early palate as well.

Those nutty, crusty and cola sweetnesses lift quickly from the tongue and usher in a high fruit and spice middle palate. Peppercorn, cumin and clove brace against pineapple, apricot and plum until a spicy and bitter finish rounds the session with cinnamon, stone fruit, curaƧao orange, vanilla, clove and papaya. A bitter close comes in the form of pink grapefruit, spruce and jupiter

Medium, drying and highly drinkable, the pleasantly rife ale carries a ton of yeasty complexes that are sure to lure the after palate and sooth the senses with weathered woods, curing leather and an overall earthen fruit fare.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as much rocket cork as other suggest but I will be dammed if this is not the most carbonated beer I have had in a while pour producing well over a half glass of foam slow pour makes for a very whipped top performance. Smell is slight sour and very funky with some good Belgium yeast body. Taste simply put is just basic some fruity yeast and funk with just the minimal amount of brett. In fact the carbonation is really out of control on this one tried to hit from the bottle and I was left with a full mouth of foam! Only to be enjoyed slowly. Body not bad light and drink able.

Overall I have seen some gushers but never one I get a full foam assault on. Skip thus one since I am sure if cellar-ed would explode no JOKE!

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Photo of hermit990
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bitterbill
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, the cork rockets out just before you finish removing the cage. Lost some in the sink but not too much. Constant oozing. . Hazy orange gold, Brett/horse blanket dominates the smell. White pepper adds some to the equation. Tremendous Brett taste, like few if any others that I have tried. , bitter Brett not sour Brett. Continuous oozing from the bottle. Taste wise, think of Oval on steroids. Medium bodied with the carbonation not quite as brisk as all that oozing and the cork experience would suggest but it IS zesty. I think it was under $9 and I think I will chance it again. Streuth, what a corker!

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Photo of dwagner003
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - Cloudy copper, with about 6 fingers of head that boils out of the glass! I think this one was still in fermentation stage - maybe I opened too early?

S - mild brett, citrus, pepper, spicy

T - funky pale ale, pepper, spices

F - Well carbonated. Medium body.

O - This one was clearly opened too early, or shipped too early - one or the other. Brett has not finished doing it's thing. Tasty nonetheless

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 750 ml bottle on January 29, 2017.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark orange body with massive head (had on tap). The aroma had touch of tartness to it but mostly some yeast and funk come through. Smooth bodied beer that has this sour fruit vibe (to me) along with funkiness that is pleasant and it finishes easy and with even a touch of sweetness.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasty beer, but watch out when you're opening it. My cork shot into the ceiling and them foam gushed out. Classic brettanomyces aroma, but not too deep in the horse blanket. On the tongue, there's a spicy, peppery finish, bready malt backbone, and herbal fruit. Tasty beer.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a new beer from the Green Flash Cellar 3 Series that must be about 8 weeks since bottling, meaning it's rather fresh for a Belgian-style, Brettanomyces-refermented pale ale. The label says this was conditioned for 4-6 weeks after bottling, so I'm assuming this bottle is actually about 2 months old, all things considered. I know this has a decent amount of Brett in it, and Green Flash used to make a beer called Rayon Vert which was essentially an Orval clone with some West Coast influence in the hop bill, so my mind may skip to that unintentionally throughout this review.

Pours a ridiculously overzealous deep copper/amber with a ludicrously-huge off-white foamy head that stacks up to 3-4 inches, eventually dying down to a finger or two of off-white foam that laces intensely as it sinks. Essentially, this looks as a Belgian pale ale refermented with Brett should look. It reminds me a lot of how Rayon Vert looked when it was around, so points for that even though it seems like they may just be bringing RV back in a shittier format and charging more money for it.

Nose is funky Belgian farmhouse yeast, green apple, hay, honey, lightly-tanned leather, damp earth and bright citrus. Yeah, this pretty much smells like Rayon Vert. So far, they have yet to bamboozle me with this one. Kind of clever, though, I'll give 'em that. Damp earth and light floral notes fill the nostrils upon another deep inhalation, bringing out some rye-like spice and horse blanket Brett characteristics.

Flavor oscillates heavily between fresh'n'funky Belgian pale ale featuring lots of doughy, malty, spicy and earthy flavors and a more rustic strain that delves a bit deeper into the palate, with some notes of guava and anise, playing along with the hefty malt and mildly hoppy flavors that derive more from the yeast (and aging/conditioning period) than anything else. Carbonic acid can be a bit biting here, lending more of its trademark "bite" to the feel than is probably necessary, making this a bit less smooth than I figured it'd be.

Finish is creamy and well-rounded, but even with some time left to open up, the carbonation on this bottle is intense and eruptive. Definitely reminiscent of Rayon Vert with some slight changes and a format distinction, Not sure how I feel about that, overall, but this is still a solid beer that deserves praise. It also bears a fairly-solid price point. Great stuff. Wish it weren't only available as a 750 mL C&C bottle, but it is what it is.

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Photo of retry4z
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Non-barrel aged Belgian pale ale refermented with brett.

Formerly known Rayon Vert.

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Baroque Belgique from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 69.2% out of 100 with 13 ratings
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