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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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BA SCORE
82
good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 10%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-22-2012)
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Dinkel, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%

On tap at Bryden's. Another incarnation of their saisons. Passable not great but not bad. Light golden with a Caesar head. Malty aroma, malty taste with yeast. A lace sheet. Some hop bitterness at 25 IBU helps. Kind of flat carbonation. A bit light mouthfeel.

Sammy, Jun 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

TheSevenDuffs, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

ThinkAgain, Sep 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

irishkyle21, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of dipso123
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

dipso123, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of ssmack
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

ssmack, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

spinrsx, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

RedAleMan, Jul 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

liamt07, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; packaged on Jun. 26 2014 which makes this exceedingly fresh by my standards. Served well-chilled, poured into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy golden-blonde colour, generating two fingers of sparkling, pillowy white head at the surface. Excellent retention; it takes quite a while for the head to seep away into a frothy cap and collar, with a sponge-print pattern of lace left to decorate the perimeter of the glass. The aroma is rather fruity and fresh-feeling, with lots of orange and lemon peel, in addition to wheaty sweetness, apricot and banana.

Grainy pale malt/wheat sweetness comprises the backbone here, while the more citrus-focused notes of the hops grab the bulk of my palate's attention. Lemon and white grapefruit come to mind, with a floral, herbal feel toward the finish; quite spicy and peppery, with a drying, astringent effect on the tongue after each sip followed by a lingering pithiness. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with lively carbonation of the sort you'd expect from a saison, providing a pleasant bite which complements the spiciness of the tail end.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. Nickel Brook's Le Paysan Saison makes for a nice summer diversion, particularly if you'll be drinking it outside (as opposed to inside an air conditioned room, like my lame ass). While I'm sure it'd taste fine in either situation, its crisp, refreshing, and highly quaffable nature will undoubtedly shine brighter on a hot patio. While there are either saisons I would rank higher, there's nothing wrong with this brew at all and I'm sure I'll be back for more before stock runs out. Worth a try.

thehyperduck, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Sofakingdrunk
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

Sofakingdrunk, Aug 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Hoppy_McGee, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bumchilly25, Jul 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

funkengruven, Aug 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Jotora, Jul 26, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

DenisKolkin, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

lgmol, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

andrenaline, Aug 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Mack, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

KeKeKumba, Nov 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

nullbort, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Cramshawbar, Jul 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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Nickel Brook Le Paysan Saison from Better Bitters Brewing Co.
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