Treasure Chest 2011
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Belgian Pale Ale
3.57 | pDev: 14.85%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Treasure Chest 2011Treasure Chest 2011
Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 97 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of PorterLambic
3.96/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Arrives a dark honey/amber color with a decent light tan head. Retention isn't a strong point, dissipating to nothing in about a minute.
Smell, once warmed a bit, is quite good. Well balanced mix of lightly roasted malt, hops, some light fruits, grass.
Taste is spot on to the nasal promise. Lightly roasted malts, grass, hops, light fruits (grape, apple). Well balanced, like an English style Pale Ale.
Body seems heavier at first but is really medium-light. Effervescence is nicely restrained. Grass lingers.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had On-tap @ Capitol Beer and Taproom in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Served in a pint, the brew has a reddish copper tint with a half finger of head. Fair retention leads to a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is mall and spotty, and leaves little stick.

Smell - Belgian yeast is apparent, as the sourness is prominent; also green banana and clove notes. Brown sugar. Caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose; strong belgian yeast character with some funky tartness, green banana and clove spice. Moderate sugary sweetness, teetering on caramel character. No real hop presence, outside a very faint, distant citrus note in the finish, but the finish is all about the emergence of caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a sticky feel. Low to medium carbonation. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - A good, near spectacular belgian brown. Reminiscent of a dunkelweizen in flavor, but with more tartness. Portions of the proceeds from this brew go toward breast cancer research, so it's a win-win all around.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken at the source last week in SD. Said Treasure Chest Belgian Brown but here it says Pale Ale...

A- Dark red and brown bodied with an off white head. Creamy foamy texture to the cap and decent retention. Legs and spotty lace from a nice ring atop the brew.

S- Reminds me of an English brown here in ways, nutty and caramelized sugar malts, brown sugar, raisin, toasted toffee but some fruity Belgian yeast to distinguish.

T- Belgian yeast comes to life with a toasted malty caramel grain base. Has Trappist hints with raisin, dark fruits, cloves, phenols and some pepper, citrus zest. Candi sugar comes to mind.

MF- Foamy moderate carbonation and a creamy texture on the palate. Finishes somewhat spicy with a moderate body that works well with the flavors.

English brown malty feel and good Belgian yeast base. Flavors work well together in a style that I wouldn't mind seeing more of.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks alex

Hazed, almost cloudy golden orange pour with a thicker crop of white head. Slight retention with some webbed lacing on the glass.

Floral hops with touches of fresh cut grass and a dash of citrus. Spice and biscuit bready notes with straw and yeast.

Quick snap of floral hops with a pang of spiciness. Yeasty and bready with biscuit and straw. Fairly refreshing on the palate, soft sweetness and a hint of citrus. Finishes a touch bitter and dry.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and a bit thin on the palate. A decent, slightly hoppy Belgian blonde, but probably not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Green Flash Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
2.85/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very cloudy shade of orange with an extremely huge white head that fades quickly. Nice carb, beer is hideous though

S- light citrus, mild funk. Can't get a good grip on this

T- brett is loaded up in this one, not much else going on there

M- paper thin. Bleh

O- not a huge fan. Really boring

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Photo of craytonic
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber pour, big white head that leaves some lacing
Smell: Lots of yeast and bread
Taste: Not good, some off notes, lots of yeast and bread, brett also
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, high carbonation
Overall: A bit off, would not purchase again.

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Photo of jtingue
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to johndoe8 for this one. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance. hazy rose tinted amber in color. Pours with 4 fingers of head which slowly dissipates leaving a huge amount of sticky lace.

Smell. Split between floral and slightly herbaceous aromas and sour cherry. Joining this is a tangerine like citrus aroma. You can really just smell this one forever and inhabit it.

Taste. Starts out with a bitter citrus hop presence, with the tangerine noted in the aroma. The bitterness builds to take over for a bit. Huge floral flavors take over after a bit, and are accompanied by a slightly piney, resinous bitterness that is cloying at points. The finish is filled with the floral notes again, but more towards the yeast side than the hop side.

Mouthfeel. Huge amount of carbonation. This really allows those floral notes to dance on the palate.

I am really baffled that this one is not rated higher. This may be one of the better efforts I have had in the belgian IPA category. I absolutely love the aroma on this one. I can just smell it forever.

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Photo of brentk56
2.77/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Just like the label, this beer is a real looker, with a massive head sitting atop the pale amber liquid, just as pleased with herself as she could be; nice lace, too

Smell: The chick on the label looks a bit skanky, however, and the aroma here reinforces that impression, with a phenolic, rubbery edge as well as a sweaty character

Taste: Up front, the taste is not so bad, with a Belgian malt character, but by mid-palate, the hops and the phenols start to battle it out; after the swallow, the band-aid flavor that others have noted asserts itself

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: How could Green Flash have done so well with Rayon Vert yet messed it up so badly with this one, particularly in support of such a worthy cause?

Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity

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Photo of Chaney
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Cocoapuph for sending this one to me. I salute you sir...

I poured this into my Stone Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: I got a mild haze on an otherwise golden brew. The slight reddish tint only added to the experience. The head was about 4+ fingers... but who's counting?

S: Quite a bit of grass and hay on this one... along with a good bit of CO2. I also got a bit of sourness, along with some stomach acid.

T: A bit thin and watery actually, but not nearly as bad as some have mentioned here on BA. This taste like a very, very watered down stellar Belgian IPA.

M: Enough carbonation I guess.... dunno. Bitter in a lawn clipping sort of way, but somewhat rotten in a rotten fruit sort of way. the frothy lacing was somewhat ridiculous.

O: While it was quite a treat to get to try this one (thank you Cocoapuph!), I'm not sure I would order it if I were in a bar in San Diego.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing this tick with me at my place the other day. The label is the best part about this beer unfortunately.

Beer is yellow, mostly clear, huge head, decent retention, white, medium and large bubbles, minimal lacing, lots of carbonation. Looks OK I guess.

Aroma is like a cheaper version of Orvall but not in a good way, bandaids all the way. Smells like a Brett c beer.

Apparently a Brett c contamination, beer is thin, airy on the palate but dry and medicinal. Harsh, strong, difficult to drink, didn't drink much of it anyway, not a repeat.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Jodan for this bottle.
poured from bottle into a pub glass
faint orange with a reddish hue. Very fizzy head with lacing present the whole glass.
taste is very bready, with a faint hint of hops. The yeast is the most present taste. The resoning taste is bitter hops.
The mouthfeel takes a hit because this beer is very carbonated. Almost seltzer like, very fizzy. Almost to the annoying stage.
Overall not a bad beer, not my favorite Green Flash, would drink again, but not actively search for it.

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Photo of oline73
2.36/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber color with two fingers of thick off white head. Decent retention.

Smell: A lot funkier than I thought it would be. A strong sour/funky note from the yeast dominates. There are some citrus and herbal qualities, but mostly funk.

Taste: Very funky and hoppy at the same time. This creates a very medicinal/band aid type taste that I can't say I am a fan of. Some sweetness and hop bitterness, but I can't get past the off flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, aggressively tingly carbonation, slightly dry finish.

Overall: Didn't really enjoy the smell of this beer, and the taste was worse. I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of seeswo
2.79/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very nice, overcarbonated orangey color that looks very nice. The nose has light citrus flavors, breadiness and a pretty agressive vinegar. Comes together so/so, but it is unclear if that is intentional. The taste is extremely funky and a bit sour. Like a cherry sweetness, with a bready, light hop flavor. I can't tell if it is intentional or not, but it does not work for me. Really, not a big fan.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into an oversized tulip. Thanks for this extra Alan. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a deep orange, almost gold, with lively carbonation. The head is huge on this one: there's easily two fingers' worth of yellow-tinted white foam in my glass. After my second pour, the head began to form stiff peaks. Big, soapy bubbles abound.

A surprising amount of tart funk in the nose. There's a strong, almost pungent sourness to the smell. Citrus sweetness, oranges and lemon peel underlie the funkiness. There's also a very prominent Belgian yeast aroma.

Wow, this tastes very funky. Other than Orval, this is the most sour-forward Belgian pale ale I've ever had. The yeast doesn't come through very strongly in the taste, and there are definitely some qualities of a Berliner weisse here. Though initially I detected just a little bit of bitterness in the finish, as this beer warmed it took on a bitter astringency.

The mouthfeel is very nice - light, crisp, and refreshing.

An interesting take on the style, diminished by the one-note character of the taste. Though the funky sourness was well done, a varied flavor profile would have made it more interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
2.28/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a real nice rich caramel color with a solid dense frothy eggshell colored head with excellent retention and light lacing.

Here's where it goes downhill. The semi bretty Belgian yeast along with the hop character just really work against each other to create a band-aid smell.

The same thing with nose is going on with the flavor x5. The conflicting yeast and hops create a huge funky band-aidy flavor that is very off-putting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty high carbonation.

Overall this beer is unfortunately a hot mess. I was told this by Ehammond1 who gave me this beer and I didn't want to believe him. But it is actually just like he described. Very disappointing.

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Photo of jbeatty
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 8/14/2011

A: Pours translucent copper, fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Fresh, soft yeasty nose with herbal hops, a nice West Coast twist of some brighter citrus hops as well, and lighter, biscuity malts.

T: Follows the nose, with more of the citrus hop flavor coming though. Light malt backbone, herbal bitterness and finally a hint of brett.

M: Thin in the mouth, but sharp and crisp, with some creamy carbonation helping to fill things out a bit as it goes down. I could easily drink a few of these.

O: Really nice, as I prefer hoppier pale ales. Flavorful, smooth, and easy to drink- can't ask for much more here.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle opened at home and poured into a snifter. I've had three of four of these since the release, but never properly reviewed one.

A: Dark orange with a slight haze (chill haze, perhaps) and a mountain of white froth that lingers for a few minutes before receding into a thin white layer. Lacing forms sheets on the glass.

S: Apple, pineapple, and a dash of breadiness. Floral notes abound. There's evident clove and a touch of band aid, the strength of which has waned since the beer's release.

T: A peppery spiciness accompanies floral notes and a light earthy, piney bitterness. Fruit reminds me of apple and pear. There's a little band aid midpalate, but it's mild and seems to be fading each time I try this. Malt is light and bready. The finish is dry and spicy.

M: Lower medium body with a lower high level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: This gets better each time I try it, and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. Refreshing, light, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Randy. Thanks homey. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear amber color with three fingers of creamy biege head. It settles with sticky lace.

Bready yeast is right up front on the aroma. A little bit of a citrus fruit character in the background with a little bit of spicy hops. Seems to have a bit of a corriander aroma to it. The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely. Bready yeast with a bit of orange fruit to it. A little bit of spicy hops finish it out somewhat bitterly.

The body is a little sticky and syrupy with lower carbonation than I had expected. Pretty tasty brew here. Glad to have tried it.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. My bottle was a little flat from leaking, which can account for it having no head but I am not factoring that into the score.

Smells like bready Belgian yeast and hops, with some band aid and cheese thrown in. This beer is still young, but it is already showing some surprising funk characteristics already.

The taste is a sourdough hop bite, with a touch of band aid. Resiny and pine like hop flavor. Some cheesey funk rounds out the edges of the yeast and hops. Sweet, biscuity malts in the background are a little more noticeable once the beer warms.

Mouthfeel was thin-medium and a little flat. My bottle leaked a bit in transit so I decided to give a fair average of what the others scored the beer as for mouthfeel.

Overall, not bad. A good interpretation of the style and glad I was able to try it. As far as brett pale ales go, there are better ones out there but this one has a nice funk for being so young.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.47/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle (2011)

Green Flash Brewing Co.
Mira Mesa, CA

Somewhat murky orange and amber with a thick, white head. Very little lacing down the glass.

Belgian (Brett?) yeast, some citrus and banana, bread, and lots of Band-Aid/rubber in the aroma. It's not all that appealing because the strong rubber and Band-Aid aroma is dominant, unfortunately. Perhaps that will mellow over time, but right now, it's a real hindrance.

Fortunately, the beer is a bit more tasty than the aroma would indicate, though not by much. The Band-Aid flavor is still largely present, followed by Belgian yeast, some clove? and banana, along with a mild bitterness.

Thin to medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

A below average Belgian pale done in by unfortunate rubbery Band-Aid flavors.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a huge cream colored head. Good retention, mild lacing left on the glass.

S - Yeast, bannana, nuts, and floral.

T - Just like the smells, but with a hop bite.

D - Loads of carbonation.

O - Good, and you can feel the Belgium presence.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden brown with a white head.

Smell - that funky belgian bananas and some__ malt present

Taste- hops and carbonation up front with a beautiful belgian taste in the finish. Hops presence in the aftertaste.

Overall- a little more carbonation than I like but overall its good.

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Photo of SDDanC
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours a really light color with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Lots of bready, yeasty, funk, on the nose. On the tongue, there is a good amount of breadyness, which wasnt particularly delightful. a small bit of citrus, maybe grapefruit? Had a lot of yeast in the taste too, which masked a lot of the other flavors. Mouthfeel was strong, carbonation was very pronounce. Overall...well, i agree with the cause, not necessarily the beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.76/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Alex for sharing this and the purchaser for helping support the conservation of one of my favorite body parts.

A - Amber colored beer with a nice sized head that had pretty solid retention. Nice lacing.

S - Phenol, yeast, floral and grass notes, some honey. It's fitting for the style, but it's not a good take on it, and there are some strange chemical notes in there as well. A little alcohol comes up too, which is too much considering the ABV.

T - Too much yeast, somewhat bready, not a ton going on. A little bit of floral and hay taste, but this is not a good tasting beer.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - Framboise for a Cure was a fantastic beer that raised money for this cause. Drinking this makes me think the brewers hate boobs. I'll pass.

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Treasure Chest 2011 from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 97 ratings