Treasure Chest 2011 | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Treasure Chest 2011Treasure Chest 2011

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dmsohyea on 06-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 97
Photo of Halcyondays
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle, thanks Andrew,

A: Pours a deep gold to orange with a firm white head leaving solid lace.

S: Very flowery, honeysuckle and daises, with some leathery Brett.

T: Strong direct citrus hop character which is matched well by the Brett. Hint of funk, leather, earth, reminds me a bit of Wild Devil.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth with some biting carbonation.

O: Green Flash makes another impressive Belgian-style brew, I'm glad I got to try this.

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Photo of jtingue
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
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 dmsohyea
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle on the release day. Taster glass.

A: Pours a dark yellow with one finger head. Some lacing and good head retention.

S: Smells pretty hoppy for a Belgian. Good piny and citrusy notes, and some clearly funky brett bubbling up underneath. Quite a complex aroma, not bad at all.

T: Taste follows the nose quite closely. Tastes like a nice, hoppy American pale ale with a good amount of brett. Some lemony flavors and some other various citrus fruit round out the finish. However, this one is nice and hoppy all the way through with some pleasant funk and a touch of sour. Some people had mentioned some band aid flavors, but I wasn't catching too much of that.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body. Nice, but nothing to write home about.

O: Overall an interesting beer that I think will change drastically as the brett has a chance to do it's thing. I love the hopped up attitude it had fresh, but will probably age gracefully.

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Photo of FARGO619
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my kind of beer, but have been looking forward to trying this. I knew from the beginning I wouldn't be knocking it down even if I didn't like it. If I didn't like it I would not have given it a review.
Poured a dark golden brown with a white head that lingered for a bit. Sweet sugar, maple, orange peel, and slight citrus danced in the glass. Floral aroma hit the nose from the get-go. Sweetened up a bit-slightly hoppy. Very little note of hop, but it was there. I enjoyed it. Worth the case. When in San Diego visit Green Flash.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
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 cb462
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Spiegelau snifter.

A: Golden amber with a 3/4" fluffy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Brett/bready yeast, light strawberry, lemon rind, light band-aid, light stone fruit hop aroma, lightly floral. Very nice.

T: Citrus hops, bready yeast, light band-aid, a tad of brett funk, flower petal (floral) ass end. Not too bad, but the nose is the key player for this right now.

M: Medium/light body, nice crisp carbonation. Clean and refreshing.

D: Not my favorite BPA, but a nice offering. I am looking forward to drinking this every couple of weeks over the next couple of months or so to see how the brett evolves this.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +9.9%
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 Chaney
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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 womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brian for picking up a case of this and splitting part of it with me.

A: The pour is amber in color with a rather large white head.

S: I like the smell on this one. Floral and spicy with quite a lot of yeast. There's a mild bread note and not much sweetness. Not a super pronounced Brettanomyces character, but there is a bit of leather to it.

T: The flavor isn't quite as good. Spicy and yeasty, with some light floral notes. The Brettanomyces character is once again subdued in terms of the flavors. Bready malt is about all the sweetness this one has. A light bitterness and maybe just a hint of fruit.

M: The body is somewhat light with a crisp, dry feel and high carbonation.

O: This seems to be a somewhat polarizing beer. I thought it was nice, but others didn't like it so much. To each his own.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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 auroracrisis
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Bendurgin
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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 NoSignsOfPain
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip

This BPA poured a nice, deep golden color with a good three-finger high head along with great head retention and lacing along the edges of the glass. The smell is a tad on the funkier side with herbal, resinous notes. The taste does not entirely reflect the smell however-- this BPA is hop forward with citrus/herbal/resinous notes that fades rather quickly. This one is well carbonated with a good mouthfeel. Overall, it's a solid beer that's quite refreshing in this warm, California weather!

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Photo of badboyrsl84
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jbeatty
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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 cocoapuph
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a refrigerator chilled bottle poured into a tulip.

The color was a nice bronze-orange/peach with a good looking head that slowly dissipated over time.

Aromas hinted at candied grapefruit and pepper. Also smelled a bit like a medicine cabinet and funky glue.

The taste consisted of a spicy peppery kick. Was about a medium on a hoppiness scale. Aftertaste was that of potpourri and first-aid kit... or what I would imagine those to taste like. Definitely funky.

This was refreshing for sure. The bitter flavors hang around a bit with the light body of the beer.

Wasn't a bad drink, wasn't the best. Will definitely try another in the next week or so to see if brett will transform the complexity of the flavors.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
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 biglobo8971
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 largadeer
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks alex for this rare brewery only tick it was amazingly rare amber dark good retention nice lace smells like flowers manure strawberries tastes boring bitter pale ale Belgian yeast subtle faint spiciness weak finish thin body decent beer at least it's a good cause (boobs)

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Photo of amphion1065
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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 xnicknj
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
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 MasterSki
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jodan for this brewery exclusive extra. Apparently I'm supporting boobs with this one. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of white foam that has good retention and leaves behind solid glass-coating lace. Hazy orange-apricot body.

S - Floral hops, Belgian yeast, a sharp tangy phenolic note, and plenty of fruity esters, particularly strawberry. A bit of medicinal funk as well.

T - Taste is sort of dull. Grain and peppery Belgian yeast. There's some mild hop bitterness in the finish. Very bready, and not particularly sweet.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, lightly grainy texture, and a touch of warming alcohol in the finish.

D - It's a pretty average Belgian Pale Ale, with a bit more on the aromatic hop side of things. Love the cause but wish Green Flash had put as much effort into this as Russian River did.

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Photo of craytonic
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Treasure Chest 2011 from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.44 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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