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Wooden Nickel 5th Anniversary Saison - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: treyrab on 03-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by jampics2:
Photo of jampics2
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big one liter bottle brought to the first Cleveland Beer Advocate tasting by yours truly. This was poured into a tasting glass and consumed at a table set-up in the middle of the Buckeye Brewing Company brewhouse.

What a great place to sample a warehouse saison! The beer looks nice in the glass - it's got a great orangeish yellow hazy body with just a film of head. If the head was better, this would score more like a 4.5 or even 5, as the color and clarity are perfect.

The nose is bright, lively and a touch spicy. There are notes of orange and coriander and even a touch of bubblegum. Pepper and lemon add depth and punctuation, and the grassy hops make this earthy. There's no real funk that I can pick out, but the yeast esters add a lot of depth.

Wooden Nickel is a flavorful beer that just falls short of greatness. The orange and lemon notes set the stage as a tropical base, then the yeasty esters and touch of hops blow up the taste in a great way. There are notes of spicy pepper and coriander, and perhaps a touch of licorice as well. The yeast is spicy and tart without adding any basement or funkiness.

The mouthfeel was the worst part of the experience, as it was a touch flat and almost syrupy. That said, the flavors were great and ended in just a touch of noticeable alcohol coupled with nice spices and lingering citrus. This is an enjoyable saison - I remember loving it at the Gratitude release it was first served at. I wish I had picked up more of this wonderful beer. If the carbonation had held up, this would be in the top 10% of American Saisons. Nice one, Scott!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bit 1L bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brownish-yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of yeast, pepper, lemon citrus and coriander. The flavor is pepper, coriander, lemons, oranges and yeast, Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. An interesting beer, almost like a combination of a saison and wibier. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

opened this tonight, because it was cold and we had a power outage...split and served in Stone Levitation glasses

A - solid finger of dense, creamy off-white foam settles on top of a very hazy, dark gold colored beer. big layer of sediment in the last two pours.

S - bold fruits, banana and some lemon...yeasty with some sweet esters. touch of grassy hop finish.

T - good balance with an initial fruity banana bite followed by a light spice...what keeps this from heading toward Hefeweizen territory is a very pleasant and sharp grassy hop bite near the end.

M - medium to thickish body, very creamy with that typical EEB "im here, now leave me alone" level of carbonation.

D - well, this has come around a little bit (especially flavor wise) since the release...nice hop bite is still there and the fruits are a bit subdued. pretty yummy, just lacks that refreshing crispness of my favorite saisons.

Photo of Kegatron
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 liter flip-top bottle into several glasses.

Pours a hazed apricot, with a smallish head of frothy and bubbly bright-white head. Not a whole lot of retention to the look, as this leaves some very light spotty lacing back here and pretty much goes completely dead looking after a bit. The aroma smells of lots of soft fleshy fruit, spice, sweet bready wheat, and some earthy and grassy hop character. A little bit of light warmth is showing itself in the nose as well.

The taste is a bit more assertive with the hops, with an earthy bitterness that prickles the tongue. A sweet combo of fruit and bready malt gives this some balance between finishing with a dry mix of yeast and spice which completely parches the backend of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess to the carbonation. This may start out a little flatter at first but I thought that it expanded out in the mouth well and actually gathered up some sharpness to itself in spots that helped bring those hops out. There is some very light warmth present but any alcohol seems mostly confined to the heft of the body.

This was good, being a well made American Saison with a decent complexity and fairly drinkable nature to it. I will concede that there seemed to be a slight issue with loss of carbonation in the bottle (which was most apparent to me from the look) but I didn't feel that the mouthfeel was as negatively impacted as some others did that I shared the bottle with. I would like to see some variations on this down the road at some point.

Photo of SpdKilz
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A big thanks to DavoleBomb for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazy golden orange color...based on reading recent reviews I was afraid this may be flat. My fears were confirmed. Zero head.

Smell - Smells pretty good to be honest. Lemon zest, peppery spices, funk, and breadiness.

Taste - Similar to the nose though I taste a heavy yeasty ester flavor. Coriander, clove, and pepper.

Mouthfeel - Watery, no bubbles, flat.

Drinkability - Obviously not very drinkable for the fact this is 98% flat. I wish I could have tried it in its prime because the smell and taste seem up to par but having no carbonation makes this undrinkable.

Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 1L swingtop from the brewery.

A: The saison opens with a dull pop. Even the pour is lazy, generating only a foamy head that was quick to dissapate. Sitting in my glass afterwards, the golden amber ale is still as tea, not a bubble to be seen. Funny thing though, my second glass gave me a finger and quarter of white, dense foam that tried its darnedest to cling to the glass.

S: The nose strikes a nice saison scent. Anise, coriander, and a bit of funk. A robust citrus aroma, not hop-related, lightens up the aroma. My last pour, yeast and all, yielded an incredibly fragrant aroma of hops, yeast and a teeny bit of funk.

T: The lack of carbonation both helps and hinders the ale. It helps by concentrating flavors and allowing them to last longer. Of course, though, who doesn't like the fizzy sharpness? Let me start, taste-wise, at the end. A combination of anise and funk are sweet and bitter, leaving a nice finish in the mouth. Ahead of the strong finish, coriander is tempered by the pale malts and the vagaries of Belgian yeast. When the ale sits on my palate, citrus fruits, lemon and orange, are especially prominent. One of my top 5 saisons.

M: The ale is lively, complex is a subtle way. The yeast, pepper, funk and anise all deliver solid flavors that work nicely together.

D: Happy anniversary East End! Keep beers like this one coming. I'm glad I've got another bottle squirreled away. Oh yeah, and as Josh hints, a barrel aged version sounds awesome.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. This beer has a lot to live up too considering how good the 4th anniversary brew was.

4.0 A: Hazy orange brown color. Two fingers of pillowy white head with average retention and reasonable amounts of lacing.

4.0 S: Earthy hops. Plenty of spiciness going on here with emphasis on corriander, clove, and pepper. Orange peel, musty funkiness, and yeasty.

3.5 T: For the most part, follows the nose. Clove is the dominant spice, with pepper second, then corriander. A bit sweet and bready for a saison. Some hay funkiness, grassy hops, and chewy yeastiness.

2.5 M: Medium body, but heavier than average. This could use a bit more carbonation. Otherwise pretty smooth.

3.5 D: I drank the liter by myself, but I wish I had a buddy with me. A bit too sweet to drink this much. Otherwise, a fairly solid brew. Doesn't even compare to Toaster, but I guess nothing ever will.

Photo of etrenty
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Picked this bottle up at Capone's.

Pours a moderate orange color with a tiny white head. The nose brings some sweetness and a mild citrus presence. The taste doesn't bring all that much yeast and just has a bit of sweet malt. Some really pale amounts of citrus. Feel is a bit cloying. Drinkability is average, and this doesn't really have all that many characteristics of a good saison.

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

1L bottle into glass tulip.

Reviewer's note: I suspect this bottle had a sealing issue. There was very little pop when the swing top was removed, there was virtually no head (a contradiction to other previous reviews), and the mouth is virtually flat, though not completely.

A: Golden body with thick clouds and no head, lacing, or cover. Lots of floating particulate matter as well. Pretty poor really, but this could easily be a carbonation issue due to a defect in the rubber seal.

S: Belgian yeast full of spicy phenols and a noticeable lemon citrus. Hop character is slightly floral, but extremely light. Subdued raisin character on the back end. Complex, but lacking power.

T: Tart lemon citrus without much of the typical lactic twang. Very light grainy backbone, and little to no aftertaste. The flavor isn't bad, but I think the lack of carbonation is affecting the way I taste.

M: Light body, with no carbonation. It was half way there, but the lack of carbonation prevents the crispness I crave.

D: Honestly, even with so many carbonation related defects the beer continues to go down much better than many beers I have tasted. Drinking the entire bottle wasn't a problem.

O: I don't have easy access to this beer, but I will definitely trade for it again. The Illustration Strong Dark Ale was very good, and this one has plenty of promise. I'll update my review when I get another crack at it.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, earthy, small fruit, and yeasty notes. In the taste, spicy and earthy, with a pinch of tartness. A spice bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small tart yeastiness in the aftertaste. Nice earth and fruitiness, hints of yeasty tartness, although a bit flat.

Photo of nhindian
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

1L bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - At first, it was looking like this beer wouldn't have a carbonation issue, as it quickly built about a 1-finger head (granted, it was a rough pour to help stimulate some of that), but it didn't get any bigger than that and it quickly died down. The body is hazy with a bright, golden orange hue to it. I can't see any carbonation streams rising from the nucleation point, which is a bad sign. There is some lacing, however; thin, wispy strips of foam lay tightly against the glass.

S - The nose on this is very dry, even compared to some other crisp saisons. A decent helping of lemon, orange rind, coriander, and grass come through. Quite Belgian with a good amount of spice to it. This was probably the best aspect of this beer...

T - At first, this beer doesn't taste bad at all. It's a bit heavier than I would've preferred, but it has a tasty flavor full of fruit, spice, and almost bready malt and yeast. But being that it's so heavy, the lack of carbonation is that much more noticeable. The orange, lemon, and coriander especially really needs some carbonation to make it real crisp, but there's nothing here.

M - As such, the mouthfeel takes a big hit here. I'm not sure if the heaviness comes from the beer itself or its lack of carbonation, but it just sits in the mouth and isn't very appetizing. In a saison, I'm looking for an almost biting finish of carbonation; that something extra to make it dry and crisp, but there's an unfortunate absence of this here.

D - The drinkability is low on this beer, which is a shame given the promise that the nose brings. Carbonation is a big, big aspect for saisons, so having this be so flat is a disappointment. One of the few, if only, misses I've had from East End.

Photo of aquatonex
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my souvenirs from visiting the Pitts...

Poured opaque light orange with a thick foamy head of 1-2 fingers. Initial opening of the bottle was painful, and produced a bit of funky nose. After the pour, nose was very yeasty with some fruits. Taste was initially sour/bitter from the yeasts and then aged bread. Went down more easily after it rested a bit and the flavors melded. Last glass had to be ditched because of the immense amount of floaters. Overall, enjoyable but a little on the funky side.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you, Nathan!

Pouring a light orange-yellow with a dense white head with decent retention, this looks solid. Lacing is decent too. The nose is full and bright, with orange citrus, honey and a moderate spice character. As it warms up, the spice REALLY grows, this becomes strongly clove-like, reminding me of a hefeweizen. The sweetness is more than I care for, but is still enjoyable. On the palate, though, it becomes a bit of a chore. Opening moderately sweet and fruity with a pronounced citrus and candied orange character, this beer is moderately sweet. Honey and a little sugar are apparent. Clove really comes through, this doesn't taste particularly saison-like to me, really, but is still, quite enjoyable. Moderately sweet on the finish, this medium bodied beer has a moderate level of carbonation. Solid stuff

Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle courtesy of Deuane.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice one finger tall white head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dry; chewy; yeast, lemons, oranges, light barn yard funk, and some light peppery spice. Pretty good so far.

T - Flavors are pretty similar to the nose. Starts off with some chewy yeast slowly giving way to a mix of light fruitiness; mostly lemon and orange; light funk, and some peppery spice. This one dries the pallet out pretty quickly. The finish is a mix of chewiness and light spice, lingering for a short period of time.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Spicy, dry, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - Pretty good. I didn't notice any carbonation problems in this bottle like others mentioned. It still had plenty of flavor and it tasted pretty good.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy golden yellow color with a thick creamy white head.

S-the nose is big, a little peppery spice to it with a good bit of lemon, banana, and notes of honey. soft sour notes accompanied by a touch of peach.

T-great flavor, well balanced spice with soft golden fruits. good lemon tartness to it with some sweet honey behind.

M-smooth, soft, lighter body, great carbonation level, moderate to strong, holding the body throughout, clean crisp finish with no bite.

D-very tasty and well balanced with a great feel to it. not too spicy but enough to add the complexity you want to see, could use some more of the earthy saison yeast but very tasty brew.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body of East End's Wooden Nickel Saison is a hazy orange with just a touch of sediment in it. The white head is thick but lacks great retention. It does manage to leave a few scraps of lacing behind though.

The aroma has a lot going on. A faint hint of hop bitterness, yeasty citrus fruits, anise, coriander and a good kick of funky saison yeast.

Wooden Nickel's flavor delivers a pretty good blend of everything I picked up in the aroma. Orange and lemon are especially noticeable, as is the slightly musty, funky saison yeast that is my favorite aspect about this beer. Orange and orange peel are probably the strongest flavor in Wooden Nickel. The hop bitterness is extremely slight, and it mixes nicely with coriander and anise. Both the coriander and anise are light, and only provide a little bit of depth to this beer. In other words, if you don't like anise don't worry.

The carbonation on this one was pretty high for me, but probably only moderate for a saison. The body is a little bit heavier than I expected also.

Wooden Nickel is very drinkable, which is a good thing considering the fact that it comes in a giant flip top bottle. This is a good, complex saison. Another successful brew from East End; I would love to try a barrel-aged version.

Photo of Marty30
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

1 Liter flip top bottle bought at the 2010 Gratitude release.served Into a tulip glass taken from fridge and sat at room temp for about 20 mins.

A. A hazy golden straw color with absolutely no head and no carbination,nothing at all. No lacing what so ever.poured very aggresively to try to muster something.

S. Some lemon at first belgian yeast some bready notes also little hint of funk.

T. I taste the lemon upfront and seems like some sour grapes. sweet at first then somewhat bitter at the end.

M. This is what kills this beer for me the most It is just flat with decent medium body not much else to say.

D. Not very drinkable at this point I wish I could have had this fresh. My opinion is that it lost so much being in the bottle its in, wouldnt recommened this.

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of CoolJosh
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very generous pour from Scott himself at the 09 Grattitude release yesterday. I'm really looking forward to the barrel aged version of this beer, it sounds exciting from Scott's description.

This beer fits the typical bill for a saison, with a nice light cheesy funkiness to it. Some subtle vanilla was also noticeable. The yeast strain really works well with this beer. The complexity was a little bit lacking, but all in all the final product is a top quality saison with great drinkability.

Photo of yourefragile
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1L swingtop bottle shared recently.

Pours a hazed golden orange with a frothy bright white head. No carbonation issues apparent. Aroma is fruiter than expected, mildly tart, lemon zest, citrus, etc. Mild grassy hops and bready malt with expected Belgian yeast. Flavor is refreshing and crisp but overall boring. Fruit and tangy citrus dominate with a light tart presence in the finish. Fruit is dominating any other spice or yeast flavors. Doesn't taste so much like a traditional saison as more of a generic Belgian style ale. Thick bodied with mild carbonation. Refreshing, flavorful and no real offensive notes; but not a great example of a saison.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L bottle poured into my large crazy French snifter.

A- A champagne-style loud popping sound accompanied the opening of this bottle. Bright golden yellow body that is so thickly hazy it is nearly opaque. Pours with a soapy, 1-2 finger white head. Head fades to 1/2 finger and has great retention from there.

S-Nose is great and spot-on for a saison. A good dose of floral hops accents a big, funky, bready, yeast backbone. Yes folks the barnyard and the spring garden are both in the house.

T-Flavor is slightly sweet at first with the bready yeast flavors being the highlight. A nice juicy citrus tone (lemon)also emerges-but it is very mild and stays in the background The floral hop flavors rush in pretty fast as the funk takes its time to arrive and although present-its probably the most mild character in this brew. Some spicy yeast comes through after a few sips too. The finish is a little bit of sweetness, a little bit of funk, and a big bright slam of floral hops come in for the finish. Its somewhat dry as nothing really sticks around after the finish.

M-High carbonation that is quite tingly and a light, yet full relatively smooth body.

D- I love this beer. Saisons are one of my favorite styles-but I have had many that are poorly put together and just a mess. A bit hoppier than most Saisons-but certainly one of my favorites-as I love all things that are pale, Belgian, yeasty, spicy,and hoppy-and this covers all those grounds very well. This brew is also quite complex. One of my favorite brews from East End. I really don't want to drink the entire 1L tonight but this is so good that it may be the case. A wonderfully drinkable Saison.

Photo of treyrab
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this getting released on 2009 Gratitude release day. I'm always excited to see what Scott makes for his anniversary beers, and this was no exception.

A: Pours from the big swing-top bottle into the East End pint glass. Appearance is a nice light apple juice color with a foamy, creamy white head. Kind of murky with some nice yeast sediment floating around.

S: Smell is faint. Some nice funk from the Saison yeast, blended with some nice spices (pepper), as well as some lighter fruits (orange, pineapple) and some caramel.

T: Very similar to the scent. Very, very smooth with the saison yeast and funk coming to the forefront with the caramel and lighter fruits coming in to balance.

Overall, this is a great saison. I can't wait to see how it turns out "bugged." Good job Scott!

Photo of vande
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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Wooden Nickel 5th Anniversary Saison from East End Brewing Company
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