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Nickel Brook Le Paysan Saison - Better Bitters Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Le Paysan SaisonNickel Brook Le Paysan Saison

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83
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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Better Bitters Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-22-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into tulip 4/10/14, cheers Phyl21ca for sending the bottle

A hazy light orange with lots of streams of tiny bubbles that feed a large, loose, and short lived foam that leaves a few random patches of lace
-perhaps a dirty glass because my second pour has great retention leaving spider web lace deep down the gass
S lots of white pepper, farmhouse yeast, a little banana and citrus peel, pineapple, and cereals

T reminds me of orange herbal tea with pepper, some marmalade and lots of earthy hops

M medium bodied, lots of bubbles, a little gritty, lots of rind and spice on the finish

O decent brew but nothing to really set it apart, lots of spice and its easy enough to drink

hits the style fairly well but missing just a little something, worth a try but not worth searching for

Photo of Tilly
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Nice and light white head. Citrus lemongrass aroma. Pours a golden straw, hazy. Citrus with banana/marzipan back taste. Excellent amount of bitterness

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3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BeerWatcher
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a straw colour with moderate carbonation. Very active thick white head that will threaten to overflow your glass on every pour from the 750ml bottle. Aromas of citrusy fruits, grass, lemon drops, and a light pepperiness. Tastes are of citrus up front, but rather than the bitter grapefruit some other drinkers have observed I’m actually getting some sweet caramel on the finish, which might be a bit atypical for the style. Overall this is an interesting hybrid, part Saison, part something else I can’t put my finger on. Just know that I like it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%

750ml, sturdy-ass bottle, with no mention of Better Bitters on the label at all - it's now the Nickel Brook Brewing Co., apparently.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, roiling, and ebulliently foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some splotchy Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of acrid earthy yeast, tart tropical fruit - peaches, gooseberries, and kumquat - edgy wheat grain, white pepper, lemongrass, and further herbal, leafy hops. The taste is quite fruity up front - lemon, underripe nectarine, dry banana, mostly - with a spicy pepper dust contingent, a benign wheat and grain malt backbone, fading yeast, and earthy, weedy, and kind of floral hops.

The bubbles are fairly active in their frizzante manifestations, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, the initial threat of yeast interference now long gone. It finishes quite dry, the yeast not so surprisingly re-emerging, alongside the lingering grainy wheatiness, and some bled-out fruit character.

A decent version of the style, with a nice, even fruitiness, and a complex and moody yeast character that I can get along with just fine. Easy to drink, especially as we are back to a proper summer, it would seem - yeah, all you doubters who switch the hell off come Labour Day around here - get wet, will ya? I'm gonna enjoy the rest of this in peace.

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

An interesting beer. Pale hazy apricot under a coarse white head that settles to a thin cap. Some soapy lace, but nothing really interesting to look at in that regard. Rest of it looks nice though.

Smell is quite interesting. Lots of fruit - apricot, passion fruit. And some weird alcohol/chemical thing. Fascinating to inhale, but with an aspect of weird.

Earthy, yeasty, dry and bitter. Notable element of alcohol. Fruity, almost perfumy finish.

Fascinating in a lot of ways, but just enough off notes that its something you want to try but be wary of. Try it, make your own call. I'm just not entirely sure what to make of it. Might have to work my way through another bottle ... could be one of those things you have to be acclimated to.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

750 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $7.95 CDN. Served cold into glassware.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful more orange than expected color and is fairly opaque and hazy. Capped by a wonderful two and a half finger head that takes its time in dissipating. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Some lemon blended with some dark low hanging fruit, maybe currants and blackberries, although the lemon is more potent. Also rather floral and there's also some zesty grassiness that is probably going to taste a bit sour. Impressive nose and it comes through, even if it is a little colder than recommended.

Taste - Some lemon and then something akin to an under ripe tangerine. Some tartness. A bit of the traditional yeasty flavor although this is more sour than many in the style. Flavor doesn't match up to the appearance and nose. Maybe even a bit on the watery side of things. A peppery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Reasonably well carbonated, fairly lively mouthfeel but nothing brilliant.

Overall - This is a bit more bitter than many saisons I've had and while it looks and smells great the flavors don't quite do it justice. Given the hefty price tag, I will look elsewhere when buying another saison, but nonetheless it is fairly solid and those liking some extra bitterness will more likely than not enjoy this one.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Sofakingdrunk
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from the LCBO for something like $9 for a 750ml. Poured into Innis and Gunn glass.

Appearance is a hazy golden orange, two big fingers or foamy white head, lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Looks quite inviting.

The smell is belgian yeast, green apple, white pepper funk,toasted corriander seed,orange blossoms and peach skins.

The taste brings in some apricot,sourdough bread,lemon peel, soft herbs....lemon thyme maybe. The hop undertone is nice and tastes like more than the listed IBU. Medium bodies with a nice dryness and carbonation.

Overall a nice drink, i'd have to say that this is the best Saison i've had out of Ontario.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ssmack
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden apricot colour that is slightly hazy. One inch of good white head that hangs in to the bottom of the glasses. Some carbonation bubbles. Good lacing and retention.

The aroma is all lemon and spices to me. Black pepper and cloves. Also the floral smell of chrysanthemums.

The taste is complex and integrated into one taste of citrus and spices. There is a tart, bitter herby aftertaste. More bitterness than I expected at 27 IBU.

A good medium feel with dryness and carbonation nip.

A well-made, refreshing saison. Better than some other Ontario breweries' attempted at this style but not the best which I reserve for GLB.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $10 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, herbal notes breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot,breads/grains, and hops. There is also a yeasty flavour and some herbal/grassy notes.

Overall - At times it reminded me of a belgian IPA. Also had some similarities to the Brooklyn Soriachi Ace beer. It's a very solid brew that was perfect on a warm summer night. Price is a tad high perhaps - if this was in in a tall can for 3-4$ I'd drink it often.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Nickel Brook Le Paysan Saison from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.