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Chevalier Saison - Bridge Road Brewers

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BA SCORE
85
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Australia

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brendan13 on 05-16-2007)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

admiral, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

dansmcd, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Gusmotel
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on Tap at Cookie in Melbourne, Australia on Melbourne Cup Day!

A: Hazy, creamy, brilliant (in the sun) yellowish gold colour. Solid 1 finger head that faded away after about 5 minutes into a solid lace.

S: Mix of yeast, fruit, and sour. Little funky, smelled delicious.

T: Sweet and sour with some unknown spice (my palate isn't there yet). A little acidic, but not bitter at all.

MF: Creamy, ale, light to medium bodied and bubbly, but not overly so.

Overall: A lovely beer for a day out in Melbourne. Was just sweet and sour enough to add to it's complexity and keep the drink interesting from the first to last sip. If I see it on tap again, I will definitely order one.

Gusmotel, Nov 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

KalanM, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Bridge Road.

A: Served a hazy light golden color with a nice head that fades to lacing.

S: Aroma of grapefruit, yeast, herbs and bit of sweetness in the background.

T: Taste is tart, with some herbs and fruit,with a bit of malt sweetness.

F: Medium body, with a smooth texture and nice balance.

O: Quite enjoyable beer.

soju6, May 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

sirob, Apr 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

THECPJ, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Furtanken, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of foles
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the IBS in Perth. Pours a lovely yellow, clear with a touch of haziness. Nice looking beer. Nice spicy yeast character on the nose. And that follows on the palate. Dry but not mouth-puckering. A great saison here. I enjoyed every sip. Great balance and one of the highlights of my weekend!

foles, Aug 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Kornoms, May 23, 2012
Photo of Toffman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a brilliant hiss, this beer pours a slightly cloudy pale straw colour out of the 750ml bottle. A fantastic head is quick to form and lingers into a soft, pillowy foam ontop.

Initial smell gives classic saison yeast characteristics (funky sour) and a pleasant floral scent.

First taste hits with a brilliant farmhouse ale character - sour with hint of spice. Very low bitterness helps this beer go down with about a 0.1 pucker factor. Just enough to know this yeast has done some good work. Carbonation is perfect for this style - nice and bubbly.

A slight acidity in the aftertaste is noticeable but certainly not out of character for this style.

Overall, I think this is a great example of the Saison style. Fresh flavours and very, VERY easy drinking.

Toffman, Mar 04, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Local Taphouse in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy golden colour with a one finger head. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Banana, lemon, citrus.

T - Lemon, citrus, some yeast as well.

M - Nice carbonation and a light-ish body. Sweet banana finish.

O/D - Not bad. Tasty, yeasty, and hoppy. Decent.

tbeckett, Feb 18, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes @ Harts Pub. On bottle list at nice price.

Pours a cloudy straw colour, with a one finger head.

Aromas of yeast and lots of it, some lemons and a hint of grapefruit.

Taste is yeast driven, sour, and refreshing

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall, a genuinely good attempt at style. It doesn't have the cutting edge of other saisons that I have had but it is all the more drinkable for that

heygeebee, Jan 06, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Considered saving this for a special occasion. Then I thought, hey... It's Wednesday!!

Classy label on a big 750ml bottle. Clear light golden straw color. Large white foamy head settles down to a manageable size. Medium carbonation with good lacing.

I'm not the biggest fan of Belgian ales but do appreciate the character and history behind them. This example has a restrained Belgian yeast aroma but it's well accompanied by gentle sweet malt. Light funkiness (wish I could think of a better term for it) with a very enjoyable spicy note.

Not as refined or clean as the best examples but still enjoyable. Light yeast spice character - well it seems to become more pronounced with the last pour. While most of the sediment remains in the bottle it does get a bit more cloudy. That cloud brings with it a punchier sharper spicer taste. Enough for an extra 0.5 in the scoring. The malt knows enough to stay in the background with just a very light dryness.

A very characterful beer which remains highly drinkable. Not an easy task but well executed here. Lovely.

joecast, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light white-lemon colour with good head and lacing.

Smell is typical funky Saison. Belgian yeast, some nut, umami. Quite hydroponic/leafy/hoppy. Fruit. Sometimes hints at the orchardy bliss of Saison Dupont but doesn't quite get there.

Taste is good too. Fruity, Belgian yeasty, some banana.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, highly carbed and good.

Overall this is a really impressive beer. Bridge Road have taken a traditional style, made a really faithful rendition of it and made it available at a reasonable price point. Kudos to them. Definitely a brewer to watch.

Personally I'd take their Black Saison over this- bit more interesting.

danieelol, Oct 09, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very solid effort and probably the one of best of the Bridge Road beers. Very lively head early but settles quickly to leave chunky lacing. Glowing apricot orange with plenty of haze. Nose has character; a mild salty note underpin with fresh ( & pongy) cut lawn herbal notes, the latter certaintly not overpowering. Palate a touch bigger than expected with more herbal / salty notes and hints of sweet Belgian ale malts as a secondary note. A touch of spice and pepper to finish, albeit faint. Does tail off a fraction. Low fizz levels help the flavours come through easily but the structure could do with a little more lift.

Stew41, Aug 11, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml olive green bottle, gold-capped. Poured to a tulip and a teardrop, split with my wife over a bool kogi, skewered pepper/onion/mushroom and rice dish in the backyard. Big thanks to dgilks for lugging this big bottle all the way from Down Under on a recent PacNW adventure.

Alc/Vol 6% = 4 Std. Drinks

A: A paler-hued saison, golden and milkier the further into the sediment we ventured. First pour is a magnificent 3-fingers of brilliant whiteness, a fizzy/fluffy crackle that drops a little too quickly but leaves an impressive spackle of twinkling lace. Decent carbonation visible through the haze.

S: Lemon/citrus twitches the nose right away. Hmmmm, not what I expected - a drier and breadier scent, with notable tartness.. Good strength: hints of sage and clover, hay.

T: A curious take on a saison, but that appealed to both of us instantly. A musty spicing and loads of lemon zest, pithy to the point of tartness. Tart apple and even some bitter cherry, medicinal/chalky dryness at times. Nothing of the more candy-sweet elements I've had from some Belgians, this is full-on tang and dry grass.

M: Crisp and refreshing, bright and lively carbonation - yet not overstepping its bounds. Lighter feel, but a chewier/lip-smacking finish. Tingles on the tongue, that lasting zestiness.

O: Again, not a 'traditional' saison when compared to most Belgian/French versions, but ~ wow~ tasty and interesting from top to bottom. Tastes like 'summer'. Would like to have this one again, on its on or to pair with similarly spicy meal like the one we prepared tonight.

Thanks, David... we both really enjoyed this one.

msubulldog25, Aug 01, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw with a large fluffy white head. Sporadic lacing and a slight film remains after it falls over a couple of minutes.

Nose is relatively sour initially. Lashings of tart green apple and some bitter citrus peel lends a cidery twang. Sweet pear esters gain in prominence as it warms. Quite nice.

Grapefruit pith, straw and mild funk, with some lemon sherbet and pear sweetness. Nice and clean, although the flavour profile is relatively similar over the course.

Medium mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation and a moderately dry finish. Pretty refreshing.

A nicely executed offering whose only flaw is to lack the depth and charisma of the better Saisons.

spicelab, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a cloudy hazy yellow, small head formation, but was gone quickly.

S: Very funky, apple, sour, and a little bit of spice

T: Tart, belgian yeast. Reminds me of a sour almost. Has that barnyard funk.

M/D: Light bodied with high carbonation. Overall, it was different. I was not expecting the sour/tartness at all. I liked it, and it was easy to put down, just puzzling.

mdaschaf, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of vancurly
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stamped "le printemps" which according to the web translators means "spring".

a) Pours a white pillowy head, almost whipped egg-white. Cloudy orange, with good bubbling. Looks nutritious

s) Sherbet/citrus, some wit-like spice, wursty/fleshy yeast, wet hessian/hay.

t) Rosewater/turkish delight, some funky farmyard, some lactic cheesiness, late grapefruit note, and bitterness like lemon pith. Complex and interesting, and an improvement on the 2008 tasting.

m) Light and dry, like a cremant champagne, refreshing and easy to consume.

d) Like an aged, if not past-it, sparkling wine, but easy to drink; not for everyone, but lovers of lambics, sours, and wits should find it enjoyable.

**** 21 Oct 2008 ****
a) Pale yellow gold, heavy white foam.
s) Green apple initially, then spicy touch that hinted at coriander seed, white pepper, musk, with some caramel.
f) Tart & fruity, touch of spice, light lime note. Fairly straightforward; little subtlety for mine. Lightly bitter.
m) Tart, and slightly astringent.
d) Refreshing & uncomplicated. I would like more points of interest in a Saison.
Perhaps a good champagne substitute.

vancurly, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle with about a year on it now. Age really does great things to this beer.

Hazy dark straw colour with a large, quickly receding white head. Not bad.

Lemony and spicy with a slight herbal finish. There is a lot at play here in the aroma.

Silky malt plays with lemony and almost funky yeast character. There is a mild tartness and some nice fruitiness. Really good.

Medium to medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A great saison with plenty of punch and some nice nuances as well.

dgilks, Dec 13, 2010
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Chevalier Saison from Bridge Road Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.