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Chevalier Saison - Bridge Road Brewers

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Chevalier SaisonChevalier Saison

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brendan13 on 05-16-2007

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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 23
Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of tbeckett
3.52/5  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.

Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery 07/11/10.

Pours a very pale straw colour with healthy haze through the body. Head is white, retaining quite thinly with a steady carbonation stream feeding from beneath. Pretty good saison, not amazing.

Smell is nice and crisp. Tart but with lots of malt and rich funk. Lots of rusty metallic character, a hint of barnyard aroma and a touch of cinnamon spice. I like that underlying sweetness though, it really balances the funk well. Great enticing aroma, all the right complexities here and there.

Taste is quite tart, with some wheat notes actually, fresh banana and pineapple on the front and mid as well. Gets that slight barnyard funk flavour with a touch of wet lucerne or something on the back and a touch of leather. Finish is sweet, with underlying brown sugar and fruit that has nice residuals from that tart funk. Bit of lemon curd on there and a woody bitterness lingering behind. Fairly good saison really. Nothing special but all the right flavours handled well.

Very fizzy mouthfeel. Body is a bit thin for the amount of carbonation it's producing so it's actually a bit harsh on the palate. A shame really, I've discovered the dark sheep aspect of this beer.

A nice balanced saison for drinking, very refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of soju6
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of heygeebee
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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!

Photo of dansmcd
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of joecast
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of vancurly
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of spicelab
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of Macca
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Kornoms
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of admiral
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of juju7
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of foles
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Chevalier Saison from Bridge Road Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.