Brooklyn Flemish Gold | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by sleazo on 09-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by DawnL:
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 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 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 bonbini26
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ the Downtown Bar 10.8.08

Apperance- has a decent sized head that fades pretty quickly with a gold, semi hazy color with with a medium sized soapy head. Decent lace.

Smell- Earthy, aroma, a little on the faint side, some barnyard notes and beligan spice with some fruity tones

T- Sweet, spicy, little hoppy on the 1st taste on the tongue, which fades quickly to a dry finish that most saisons have. Im not sure why they use flemish in the name, to hint at a flemish ale?? cause this beer is not that.

Mouthfeel- refreshing, can def hold it your mouth and savor it

Drinkability- very easy, esp. when paired with almost any food. Goes down a little to fast. An excellent saison, from the brewmasters collection, enjoyed this much more than their last offering (Grand Cru)

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 10/9/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, strong spices, wheat, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast, coriander & clove spices, lemon & banana that are all very well-balanced. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence and a light malt character. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling at all, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice flavorful and sessionable Belgian beer that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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

I saw this one going around the beer geek circles for some time but begged off due to my error in assuming the Flemish in the name meant it was a sour beer. Boy was I wrong and not embarrassed at all. Garrett always has something new up his sleeve.

A: Poured into tulip glass to show very cloudy golden a small half finger head but strong lacing.

S: The nose was nice and yeasty giving me an early indication that this was not a sour beer but wheaty and estery.

T: A broad smile came accross my face when I tasted what followed the nose, yeast and fruit. Add to that hops, cloves and straw with some sourness to keep everything honest. Until I check on this site, I thought i was drinking a wit or a heffeweizen.

D: Thick for my standards, beautifully chewy, and very easy to go down. One of the better American saison's and proud to say it's a Brooklyn product.

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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 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 Archemedies
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 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 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 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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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 JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Hop Devil Grill earlier this week. Didn't know what to expect when I ordered it, but this had all of the hallmarks of a Belgian Saison. Considering what Brooklyn normally brews, this was a big step for them. Nevertheless, I highly enjoyed this beer!

This had a nice, cloudy golden hue to it and the head was pretty standard. Thankfully, the lacing was as good as any beer I've ever had - it perfectly indicated where I had taken each sip like liquid strata. The taste is what one would expect from a saison - grass, straw, clove, and a sourness that ties them all together. It went very well with the mild weather we've had here lately, and if it lingers in your mouth long enough, ya can just pick up a hint of Brooklyn's hops underneath everything.

I didn't know what the ABV% until I saw it on here. It's not that detectable but can be felt are the hefeweizen like qualities of this beer with the sourness and depth of golden flavors that a Belgian beer has to offer. Another great offering from Brooklyn and well worth the foray into a different style!

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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 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 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 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 aerozeppl
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Mahar's this evening.

A: Poured a very clear golden color. I must say the lacing was daunting. A finger of white head when it arrived.

S: The nose was all hops. This is not a saison at all. The hops were the only thing coming across in the nose.

T: I expected a bit of sour when I drank this and I got none. It was a fairly bland beer with a nice hop note. This would have been fine but this was flemish gold. I expect a bit with a name like that.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

D: This beer was a let down for me in every way. Just did not hit the style. If this was a saison it was not that good. If it was a Flemish beer even worse a failure. Said because the last few brewmasters reserves have been excellent.

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Brooklyn Flemish Gold from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 31 ratings