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Chevalier Saison - Bridge Road Brewers

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Chevalier SaisonChevalier Saison

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BA SCORE
85
very good

33 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bridge Road Brewers visit their website
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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juju7

Australia

2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ridiculously over-carbonated. I lost about a thrid of the bottle to a sour tasting light frothy bubblebath head. Nose is slighlt earthy with some spicy, yeasty notes. There is some lactic sourness that bothers me. On the palate it's got some refreshing fruitiness and the yeasty earthiness is there as well, but the sour aftertaste is very off putting. As a saison it's noticeably lacking any Belgian characters on the nose and palate. Not much body or weight to this beer either unfortunately. I was really looking forward to this beer but right now I'm a little pissed off. Possibly has a bacterial infection but as I don't know how Bridge Road went about brewing this beer I don't know if this sourness was a desired effect. I know saisons can have a bit of sourness but this just doesn't sit well with me.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 09:42:03 | More by juju7
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Stew41

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 11:35:04 | More by Stew41
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with loads of fine bubbles sustaining (building) an impressive white head.
Yeasty aroma, quite bready, but also showing lots of spicy phenols and tart orange peel.
Flavours are very similar: bready yeast, lots of citrus as well as cloves. Alcohol is soft and clean, but the mild bitterness is quite sharp.
High carbonation emphasises the dry finish, while the light body makes for a very refreshing beer.
A great attempt at the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 09:39:37 | More by CrazyDavros
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jbowers56

Australia

3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Local Taphouse 15/11/09.

This is my first saison so I wasnt totally sure what to expect.

A) Pale straw/yellow colour. Fairly enticing. Decent head which left a good amount of lacing.

S) Very interesting nose. Notes of esters, citrus, maybe a little spice.

T) Hmm. Not knowing what this style is meant to taste like, atleast from a first hand perspective this is hard. It has an initial citrus impression with some sweetness from the malts. Finishes with a kind of tart dryness which I quite liked, though apparently it is quite sweet for a saison. Sort of like a less in your face tripel, if that makes any sense.

M) Good carbonation, dont remember the mouthfeel clearly enough to make any other comments.

D) I could probably have a few of these, though with other beers like the Feral Hop Hog or the Mash Baltic Porter on tap im not sure why I would.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 23:53:25 | More by jbowers56
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Vanz

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-28-2014 00:23:30 | More by Vanz
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dansmcd

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-24-2013 04:56:18 | More by dansmcd
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Kornoms

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-23-2012 15:42:13 | More by Kornoms
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

10-07-2013 06:50:47 | More by KalanM
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

11-15-2012 01:47:14 | More by THECPJ
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 23:46:12 | More by tbeckett
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Lukie

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a delicious looking golden yellow, with sparkling bubbles and a nice head that slowly floated out into a great layer of lacing.

The smell is quite soft for a Saison. Slight spicy quality and sweetness, but nothing overpowering from what you would normally expect.

Again, slight spicy quality, but nothing overly apparent. It has some nice citrus sweetness aswell.

It is great to drink, and I think it was worth the price given that there aren't a lot of Saison's around in Australia.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 14:29:40 | More by Lukie
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spicelab

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 07:43:15 | More by spicelab
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brendan13

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy pale straw colour with a pretty big head that settles quite quickly.
Has quite a pleasent spicy slightly sweet smell with a touch of a freshly juiced green apple.
I find the sweetness comes through a touch more in the taste, but not over powering. There is a very mild pepper touch towards the back.
Medium, slighty creamy mouthfeel. The sweetness lingers a bit.
Quite a drinkable beer for sure. I've only had one other Saison (Dupont) but this seems quite true to style, maybe a little sweeter than the norm but thats OK by me.
More Saison and less bog standard pale ales is what I say!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 10:00:52 | More by brendan13
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mdaschaf

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 02:02:39 | More by mdaschaf
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sirob

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-22-2013 09:44:55 | More by sirob
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admiral

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-23-2013 07:09:04 | More by admiral
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joecast

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 09:30:21 | More by joecast
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soju6

Missouri

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 01:54:01 | More by soju6
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vancurly

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 05:27:57 | More by vancurly
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Macca

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy straw colour with a finger of fluffy white head.

On the nose it's all sweet spices and green apple. A bit of earthiness.

The spiciness comes through on the palate. Not a lot of overt hops or malt characteristics. Seems to be all about the yeast, but that's good.

Creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

Like this one. Would love to try it with food - a quiche or something similar I reckon.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 09:37:33 | More by Macca
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smithflipper

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a cloudy pale straw, 12 fingers of expertly poured creamy head which fades leaving thick lacing.

Cinnamon, cloves, some citrusy hops. sweet bready malt, white chocolate.

Cloves, coriander, toasty sweet bready. Plenty of spice. Then some citrus.

Mouthfeel, creamy but slightly dry.

All round good saison. Tasting the best it has ever (it changes regularly). Interesting and drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2009 07:31:16 | More by smithflipper
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

05-01-2014 07:56:42 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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

On-tap at the Local Taphouse Darlo.

Pours a hazy yellow colour with a very fine but lively and bubbly head of white. The cloudiness in the body is nice, and smack on style. The body itself is quite light, but that again suits the style. Overall, pretty nice.

Lovely aromas on the nose. Some fruitiness is predominant, with fresh peach and lemon tartness the biggest contributors. Organics come in a little later, with a wood bark character giving a restrained depth to the beer, while a sweet pastry character mingles with the tartness to round it out. Not a lot of classic Saison funk, but the acidity is well done.

Taste is extremely refreshing, which is perfect for a saison. Light phenols give a crispness throughout and a restrained bitterness on the back cleans the palate. There's not a lot of acidity or true saison funk, but there's an earthy bite and a touch of musty organics that bring it into line nicely. Feel is light and crisp.

A very drinkable Saison. This is a great style of beer, and Bridge Road have done a good job with it here.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 08:02:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 08:40:20 | More by Toffman
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danieelol

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 13:40:42 | More by danieelol
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Chevalier Saison from Bridge Road Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.