Brooklyn Flemish Gold | Brooklyn Brewery

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3.97 w/ 31 ratings

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by sleazo on 09-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 30
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of ToasterChef
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes, served as part of the Lion's Pride Belgian Beer Festival. They had been sitting on this keg since the beer was first released, so it does have a few months of age on it. The beer has a glowing dirty yellow color. It reminds me of a slice of lemon meringue pie. The thick white foamy head helps complete the analogy. Patchy lace is left behind. The aroma is full of yeast. It's crisp and dusty. It reminds of the beach, if that makes any sense; it doesn't smell like the sea, but something in the nose makes me think of sitting in the sun, oceanside. The beer is slightly sweet up front. This turns to a biscuity taste that last throughout the swallow. There is a hint of sweet citrus thrown in for good measure. It has a light body and a bit of carbonation. Between the tiny bubbles and chill of the serving temperature, the beer has a great crispness. It's a pretty drinkable beer, but I don't think I'd order more than one.

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Photo of DawnL
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden with no head or lacing.

There is subtle spicing on the nose and some yeast notes.

The spice seems to be coriander seed with a little banana nuance.

This beer is very crisp, though not acidic.

This is a very interesting brew. The flavors come together very well. This would be very enjoyable with sushi. It's an easy beer to quaff. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of yesyouam
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Flemish Gold is a cloudy pale bright yellow ale with a huge soft white head. The retention and lacing are superb. It smells sour, lemony and funky, with a slight band-aid whiff. It's medium bodied and super smooth with a clean finish. The flavor is well balanced between sweet, sour and bitter. It's funky and something about the flavor reminds me of lemon cake. It's quite tasty.

[Sampled at the 2009 Flower City Brewers' Fest at Frontier Field, Rochester, NY]

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant treat to find in the growler station at the Village Vineyards. The only place I know of in Central Kentucky to receive a keg.

The beer brings a light yellow (canary) color with tightly knit carbonation and head retention. Very mousse-ey, creamy, and Witbier-like to the eye.

Aromas begin with the classic lemony Witbier character as well. Throw in a creamy vanilla scent and substitute the corriander-curraco blend with white pepper, clove, and a lot of estery fruitiness and this is what we have.

Flavors pick up on the vanilla taste and take it through mid-palate. Wheaty, yeasty, and spicy flavors throughout. Phenols deliver a whollop of wheat beer clove, peppery, cumin, and citrus rind notes. Estery with apples, lemons, appricots, and papayas. Fairly clean flavors for such variety and opportunities for muddiness.

Creamy and malty early on, but thinning again at mid-palate to allow the spicy, acidic textures to settle the beer for good drinkability. Warming and a bit numbing. Bittered for balance but little else.

A Flemish Ale, I'm not sure but challenging as a standard Belgian artisinal ale. Caught somewhere between a Witbier, Hefeweizen, Saison, and with that odd vanilla note.

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Photo of brentk56
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy lemon color and a meringue of a head, the likes of which I have never before seen; sheets of lace

Smell: What have we here? Is this an IPA or a saison? Smells grapefruity, but if you really pay attention, there is a coriander/clove aspect that is also present

Taste: While the dry hopping of this brew is clearly apparent, there is plenty of Belgian style, and the spicy Saison flavors are there from the outset; the finish is rather dry

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I have tasted a few of the Belgian IPAs, but none of them have had this hop profile - perhaps because of the freshness on tap; seek it out if you can find it

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap this beer was a cloudy gold color with a white head of tiny bubbles. The retention was great and the fishnets of lacing great too. The aroma was decent, apples and light alcohol esters. The flavors were quite crisp, lemon, green apples, Belgian yeast and some spices towards the end. Tart and dry with a crisp finish. The body was light/medium, the mouthfeel a little foamy but smooth, the carbonation lively.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tasting glass from the tap.

The color was a light gold with a white foamy head.

The smell was fruity, little hints of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine.

The taste was was a bit spicy, has a nice fruity a fruity finish.

I'm not sure what makes this Flemmish but it wasn't half bad. A little off at first but after a few sips this beer grew on me.

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Photo of BeerFan
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft-only Brew Master Reserve beer on tap in my basement. Poured a hazy yellow with a nice white head. Nice lacing. Has a sweet, grassy malty nose to it from the German Pilsner malt, but has a surprising nice spicy hop kick to it at the end along with a little sourness. Hops used were German Hallertauer Perle, Czech Saaz, American Glacier which is a relatively new hop in the Fuggle family from the Pacific Northwest. Light to medium bodied. Very easy drinking for a 6.5% beer.

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Photo of hopdog
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

Poured a medium and hazy yellow color with a larger sized, frothy (looked like a head of a Latte) white head. Aromas of fruitiness, some citrus rinds, and lighter spices. Tastes of the same fruitiness, light spices (peppers and others), and lemons. Lacing left on the glass.

Notes from: 10/15/08

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 9/29/08. Growler from Shoreline Beverage. Pours a clear light orange with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of melon, clove, wheat, and light spices. Flavor of wheat, clove, citrus, and spices with a slightly bitter hoppy finish. Pretty tasty beer but not exceptional.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of Proteus93
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Beer Run here in C'ville.

A: Straw coloured... Certainly blonder than gold. A rather wispy head, great stickage sheeting the walls of the glass. 3.5 - 4

S: Leafy, herbal, slightly 'perfumey'.. Somewhere between perfumed and soapy. Some peach aromas... More peach skin or the scent of a peach sniffed in the supermarket.

T: An interesting hoppiness. Quite herbal and somewhat soapy again, but still some peachiness to it. Not much of a malt profile being detected. Not horribly bitter, but quite a notable flavour of the hops. A light yeastiness adds to the mix.

M + D: Crisp, assertive carbonation. Felt it even on my lips, without being too assaulting. Quite a slick and lighter body than I would have expected. Not too shabby a beer at all, though it's a little unusual tasting. The soapy aspects came across quite strong and didn't really go away... Almost like the reaction some can have to cilantro. Is coriander in here?

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Tyler's in Apex, served in a Brooklyn snifter

A: Very nice gold with a nice white head. Had some OK lace but not a lot of retention.

S: Very fruity, very spicy. A bit of wheat. Honestly, not what I was expecting when I order a saison, seemed a little overly spiced for the sytle. Not to say it was bad, it wasn't, but not to style in my opinion.

A: Again, very fruity and spicy and not to style. Wheat was there again. Very tasty, but I expected more yeast character. It just seemed a little too spiced for the style. Finished rather sweet.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation was fine. Very drinkable and refreshing. A good beer overall, but I have to say I was not expecting what I got.

I expected a more "rugged" beer, with yeasty character, hay, grassy, dry, tart, etc. What I got was a little more like a wit than saison (and the guy at the table beside me seemed to think so as well). I can see how this passes as a saison, but if I'm in the mood for a saison I would get something else.

With all that said, I must say that it was a very fine beer, no matter what the style. It was very well done. My only gripe was the style classification, which is very much a personal opinion on the style, not the beer itself. This is a very good beer and I have rated so.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven. I expected a wild ale but this is more of a saison, and good either way. The beer was pale yellow color, fairly clear, with a thick rocky foam. The smell is really good, lots of light citrus flavors (lemon, maybe a little orange), nice yeasty aromas too (some leather, horse blanket). The taste is just the same, maybe just a little sour in the after-taste but overall very delicious. Brooklyn makes so many good beers, and my favorites generally turn out to be narrowly distributed. I'd like to see this one more widely available.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. pour into a Corsendonk Christmas goblet at the Raleigh Times Bar.

Waitress hands me an attractive brew, with a crisp golden-straw hue and a pronounced clarity. The quarter-inch of bone white head retains well, but fails to leave behind much in the way of lacing. The aroma is an enticingly fruity/spicy blend of clove, white pepper, mango, and papaya, balanced with a backbone of crystal and sprinkling of grassy hops.

The flavor is a notch above average for a Saison, with a dry, floral crispness that lends itself to a hint of grassy hops. The finish falls a bit flat, sadly, with only a whimper of pale malts. The body is nicely carbonated, with a crisp mouthfeel that's spot-on in its consistency. All in all, I was excited to get a chance to try this brew, and although it fell slightly short of expectations, I would likely have it again.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. nonic.

Appearance: A hazy but nonetheless largely transparent Pledge-esque lemon yellow body with a half-finger of foamy, snow white head. The lacing is surprisingly nice, both delicate and solid, sticky, sheet-like. Just positively gorgeous.

Aroma: Intensely fruity, and very unique - I get mostly peach out of this one, but there are other bright estery notes, some flourishes of grass, citrus, perhaps some basil.

Taste: Backed up by a pale golden sweetness, a faint biscuity maltiness, this beer is full of earthy, yeasty, spicy notes. There's a solid balancing fruitiness and a fair dose of hoppiness, similar in many respects to the nose. Crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly, which makes for a very light, very even body.

Drinkability: This was quite a pleasant surprise to find on tap at my neighborhood watering hole, and I was thoroughly glad I gave it a go. A fairly unique and tasty beer, very attractive and aromatic, and with a perfectly reasonable abv%, this one's a definite winner.

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Photo of karst
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden with slight haze (less than Hoegaarden Witt) Fairly dense white head with some "Belgian lace" on the glass as it fades. Nearly effervescent.

Moderately high fruity esters with low spicy/floral noble hop aroma and moderate to low spice aroma. Fruity esters citrus fruits (Curaco orange peals and hints of pineapple). Low spice aroma (from coriander spice additions?? and some Belgian yeast-derived phenols) complements the lightly sweet pilsner base malt. Alcohol is soft, spicy and stelthy.

Flavors similar to aroma above. Overall impression was that of a blend of Duvall Golden Strong and Hoegaarden Witt. Body was medium (from wheat addition?) Higher attenuation gave a moderately dry finish with a touch of low bitter spicy aftertaste. Very clean, refreshing, drinkable Export strength Saison that is a natural choice to pair with the spicy food served at The Beer Stop in Charlottesville, VA

The kind of beer that you don't forget. Reminessent of my first encounter with Saison Dupont Vieille Provision

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft serving presented in a large snifter is a hazy, dingy, mango-tinted lemonade color with a huge, creamy shock of white foam atop. The fine-bubbled cap stands long and tall upon the drink, leaving distinct rings of lacing on the glass.

Spicy, fruity hops and succulent yeastiness float freely far from the glass. Notes of ripe peaches and citrus sweeten the profile as the drink warms a bit.

Despite the fruity sweetness of the nose, the drink is crisp and dryly fruity, with notes of dried apple, bitter plum skin, semisweet orange and peach juice sweetening the dusty, lightly bready dryness that comprises the finish.

Dry, crisp, and medium in body, Brooklyn's Flemish Gold is a delight to drink, and despite the abv is higly quaffable.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Dilly Deli.

Poured a hazy yellow color with an average forthy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

Moderate sour citrus yeasty aroma.

Light to medium body.

Light to medium sour citrus flavor with a light to medium sour citrus finish of moderate duration.

Refreshing brew that is good for style.

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Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Body is light yellow -- almost straw-yellow -- with a half-finger white head. Leaves behind rings of lace.

S: Reminds me of a pilsner -- faint malt with some grassiness. Not terribly strong on the nose at all.

T: Light malt flavors up front, but finishes with a clean, crisp, tart bite at the end. Sourness lingers -- in a good way. I'm not all that familiar with the style, but I think this gets it just about right.

M: Light in body with healthy carbonation and a good fizziness to it.

D: Goes down very easily, though I could see some folks getting turned off by the sourness.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pale for a saison. yellowish with very subtle murk. moderate head. tight with no lace really. nose is sugar and pineapple. which carries nicely into the palate with a astrigent soapy quality. like the foret by dupont. but piney-er qualities. this is not saying much. there isn't that much pine in the glass. the sugar is fantastic though. very light. pilsner is smooth, there and light. pine and pineapple in the dry hop and surcose interaction. lightly herbal but more hop interaction. great beer. one of the best saison in the US easy.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice to the the rarer Brroklyn stuff making it out this far. Into a Hopleaf tulip...

A - Plenty of white fluffy head that reduces down to a thin ring, with lots of lacing. Cloudy, pale yellow body.

S - Crisp fruit dominates, with some nice earthiness and leather underneath. Spicy hops are a great blend to the aroma.

T - Pale malt sweetness starts without a ton of fruit. Sourness is quite present, with good funk (prominent blue cheese in particular) balencing. Good balening spicy hops.

M - Crisp, with more body than expected.

D - A nice, subtlely sweet, big spice and earth example of the style. No major problems or anything that really blew me away. But in compairison to most American examples, this was fantastic.

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Photo of AltBock
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Brooklyn Saison was on tap at the Spring House Drafting Room on 11/1/2008. They served it to me in a standard pint glass.

This Brooklyn beer poured a clear and pale lemon yellow. It was so clear and pale that it was almost a straw yellow color. On top of this lemon brew was a great long lasting 1 finger fluffy head of white foam. When the beer did recede, the head of foam left behind streaks of white lace in its tracks. The head of foam on this beer was better looking than the color of this beer.

What a nice aroma! The aroma was pleasantly spicy with plenty of citrus hops, a big jumble of citrus fruits, and a subtle touch of malted wheat. It was hard to point out each and every individual citrus fruit that was contained in the aroma. They all blended into each other creating one big citrus fruit punch.

The taste was almost identical to the aroma of this beer. The taste was lightly spicy with malted wheat, citrus fruits, a very subtle touch of yeast, and then finishes up with crispy citrus hops. The only difference between the smell and taste was that there was a subtle touch yeast and a little more malted wheat in the taste than there was in the aroma.

This was a light bodied beer that wasn't lacking in anything in the aroma and flavor department. The aftertaste in this beer was that of citrus hops, citrus fruits, and malted wheat. This aftertaste didn't stick around for too long, but I didn't care about that.

The only bad thing about this beer is the clear and pale color. If that's the only thing lacking in a beer, then you got a great beer on your hands. A great light beer that was packing plenty of citrus flavors. If I ever saw this Brooklyn beer again, I would definitely order another one of these.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on draft at Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, straw yellow body with a one finger, white head with ok retention and nice lacing.

S: A sweet, malt smell with some banana ester notes and some alcohol undertones.

T: A sweet, malt taste that seemed a bit flowery and pretty much shot through my nostrils. Some citrus notes that smoothed as the beer got warmer. Some banana ester and metallic aftertaste that was reminding of more of the Belgian style that comes out of Brooklyn Brewery.

M: A pretty medium bodied and crisp mouthfeel that was appropriate for the style.

D: A fairly drinkable beer with a complimenting mouthfeel and taste combination. Had more fo a Belgian feel to it than a summer/farmhouse ale.

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a hazy straw yellow with a thin cap of fine white bubbles that put some solid lacing on the glass. Great head retention for what was present after the pour. Nice aroma with notes of orange zest, lemons, spicy clove, and wheat crackers. Bitterness was solid throughout, but didn't get in the way of the other flavours. Plenty of lemon and citrus, soft malt/wheat/cereal character, a bit grassy, with some spice in the finish. Light bodied and off-dry with ample carbonation, nearly spritzy. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Brooklyn Flemish Gold from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 80.6% out of 100 with 31 ratings
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