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Saison Du Pelican - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Saison Du PelicanSaison Du Pelican

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BA SCORE
87
very good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 19
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Pale Ale malt, Flaked Spelt, Glacier hops, Pure local water, Belgian-type ale yeast.

13.2 degrees Plato
Bitterness: 25 IBU
Color: 8 SRM

(Beer added by: unclederby on 03-04-2007)
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Reviews by gkunkle:
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

gkunkle, Feb 14, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

We are always a bit wary when American brewers take on Belgian-style Ales. The degree of difficulty is generally higher, as most Belgian styles are a bit more delicate. Pelican gets points right away for utilizing 750 ml magnums.

Lots of foaming action right from the start--a very active carbonation shows loads of bubbles racing to the top of the glass, which in turn holds together for an amazing-looking head. Big peach-orchard aroma, with ripe pears and a light spiciness--very aromatic. Huge rolling crispness from a higher level of carbonation and a lighter body leaves a superb, smooth mouthfeel that draws the flavors in. Waves of pale malt, ripe peaches, mild herbal phenols and powdery grain unfold, with new complexities in every sip. Suggestions of mineral and raw cane sugar stalk. Light hop bitterness and chalky yeast in the middle. Finishes quite clean and bone dry.

Kudos to Pelican for hitting the mark on this one. It stacks right up with some of the great traditional Belgian Saisons on the market today. Pair it with a heaping pot of mussels in a spicy curry broth. And don't forget the frites.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

SAISON DU PELICAN bottled on January 2007. This bottle has had 20 months to age and get delicious.

Appearance-- Poured into my over-sized snifter, a very large three and half fingers worth of tight head emerges. The lacing is good, but not great as is the head retention. The beer itself is a nice golden-orange.

Smell-- The first thing I thought when I took a whiff of this was shortbread cookies. I'm guessing it's from the faint buttery diacetyl that shows up in taste and the spelt they used. Anyways, after I stop thinking about cookies, I get plenty of fruits: mandarin orange, pear and maybe a bit of sweet red apple. There is also a pronounced spiciness present. I'd go with mostly coriander and pepper. I had to take some extremely deep sniffs, but there is a faint medicinal funk in there. There should probably be more for the style, but the aroma is pleasant nonetheless.

Taste-- Sweet orange, pears and bananas with a slight diacetyl butteryness that lingers throughout but never gets overbearing. I was worried it would be overpowering butter and coriander when the taste first hit, but that's not the case at all. Just when you think that this beer might be too fruity, a good spice comes in and takes the flavor on home. I like the way they went with this, but since they ignored the funk, I would have loved to see them amp up the clove. It would have blended perfectly with this fruit profile.

Mouthfeel-- Pretty close to spot on for the style, but a bit thin for my personal taste and the carbonation is just a tad low.

Drinkability-- This beer goes down easy and doesn't really grow tiresome. If not for the big price tag I could put down a few of these on a warm day and be very content. I would have really enjoyed more clove or funk, but I don't regret giving this beer a shot. Pelican is 2 for 2 with this guy. I need to make the 2 hour drive to the brewery sometime soon.

Reino, Aug 25, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I see most reviewers have tried this one with some age, I figure I would review a young bottle. Vintage 2009. Poured from a 750mL caged, corked, and gold-foil covered bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Enormous beedy head fills the glass, leaving little room for the liquid at first. Rather than recede rapidly like I feared, it becomes increasingly rocky and maintains a fist-sized layer of merengue for a very long time, with tendrils of sticky yet soapy lacing. A few grains of yeast punctuate the head like specs of dirt. The liquid is bright but misty amber with golden/selective yellow highlights - its sunny incandesence brings back memories of Summer days readily.

Malt presents as a persistent bland wheat aroma, but the Glacier hops adds a unique touch - apple pear, kumquat, and lemon zest. No spice or funk really.

Bitter orange, lemon, feed grass, and a bit of honey on the palate. Some phenols in the finish, along with grape-skins, yeast, and enough carbonation and bitterness to dry things up nicely. The pale malt keeps reminding me of an APA though (wonder how this compares to Sierra Nevada's Brown Saison?) Over time, you begin to notice the addition of spelt, which adds an undercurrant of rustic "whole-wheat" complexity to the affair.

Boiling with carbonation, quite effervescent, slightly creamy body but light enough to be very refreshing and quaffable.

This is a decent domestic rendition of the style (and I prefer it to those that insist on putting an American stamp on Saison through the addition of piney hops), but you won't mistake it for something brewed in Flanders.

Good but doesn't present a good value compared to say, Saison de Lente or Smutty-Nose Farmhouse Ale (both of which I find superior).

augustgarage, Nov 14, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, split shared and paired with some puget sound shellfish

2011 vintage

appearance: cool bottle, poured into my hopleaf tulip - very foamy, once the action subsides a bright straw-yellow body with a thick foamy white cap remains. nice looking stuff

smell: grass, hay, lemon rind, pear

taste: grassy, assortment of lighter fruits - pear, white peach, out of season citrus, lemon rind, pale malts and grain, cane sugar. I liked this one - well rounded and flexible

mouthfeel: foamy throughout, dry finish

overall: another nice one from Pelican

dirtylou, Jan 04, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled February 2012.

Appearance - Bright orange hazy body. Huge white head. Lots of foam. Looks overcarbonated.

Smell - A ton of pale malt. Belgian sweetness. Hint of herbal notes.

Taste - A lot of flavor covered up by carbonation. Pale malt. Sweet. Some citrus, lemon. Little bit of herbal character as it warms and loses carbonation.

Mouthfeel - Way overcarbonated. Sweetness doesn't come out as much as pale malt. Heavy.

Overall - Makes me worry about the 2010 I have. While it isn't bad, it's way overcarbonated and masks the flavor it might have.

Alieniloquium, Aug 18, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured and tasted 8/14/11. Bottle dated February 2011.
750 mL into a Hair of the Dog tulip glass

Starts with an aggressive, foamy head with a transparent gold and dandelion colored body. Lots of bubble action going on. I waited for the head to settle with periodic pouring for about 10-15 minutes before I tasted the initial sip.
Floral scents with flowery aromas are apparent in the smell, in addition to herbal spices, bubble gum, and traditional saison yeast.
There is a spicy tingling from the hops, as well as an abundance of floral and rustic tones, an initial hit of sweet sugar on the tongue that transitions into a crisp and dry finish. Spices are definitely present but I had trouble picking out the specifics. There is a lingering taste of rice or wheat after it settles.
While being bottle conditioned it did seem a little over carbonated. Mouthfeel was a bit bubbly and thin.
Pelican did a swell job on the saison style and I was pleasantly impressed with this offering. This is a well-balanced saison that doesn't step outside the boundaries of the style but instead nails the fundamentals. I purchased this bottle for $12 at the brewpub which is a bit steep to warrant the purchasing of additional bottles.

CapitalGains, Aug 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

hannaho, Mar 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

hoppymcgee, Mar 03, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden amber color that was completely hazed over and cloudy with a full three inches of head sitting on top of the glass that just dripped down the sides throughout the entire session.

aroma is deep hops and herbs right from the front. dense citrus and floral lavender and herbs come through very clearly and brightly as the smell is intoxicating and just remarkable. i really am not paying attention to those panning this one as i thought it was remarkable. such a bright and flavorful beer. deep citrus hops, lavender and chamomile, hints of herbs, fresh grasses, light spices, just sublime. smooth, light body is nearly perfectly carbonated

mikesgroove, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

halvsies courtesy of dirtylou - thanks maine

a: 750 served in a tall ommegang snifter, pelican pub saison is a hazy golden-orange hue, floating a full, persistent bone-white head that retains well

s: yeasty, grassy hops, mild citrus, cleanly malted, delicate spice, and some underripe peach - solid set of saison aromas

m: carbonation low-moderate and lively, softer on the palate with a light-medium body

t: a clean malt structure sets the scene for fruity yeasts, delicate citrus, some hints of spice and a grassy hop flavor, underripe stone fruit, and a crisp finish

o: a very well structured saison that hits all the notes one would expect from a quality version, with a little character all its own

blackie, Apr 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

danwho, Apr 08, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass...

A - This, is a beautiful, straw colored, clear, beer. Sparkling in the glass... with tiny, champaigne-esque bubbles.. that stick to the glass as you drink it down. Looks damn near perfect to me.

S - Has that Pilsner, soapy, saaz hop, aroma. (although I'm unsure if they actually use Saaz in this recipe) It's tangy, citrusy, mown grass and pretty much exactly what I'd expect this beer to smell like.

T - This is a smooth drink, actually.. I think it tastes better than it smells. The right amount of malty, fruity, zesty, highly carbonated lightness.. and unlike a few examples of Saison, it isn't so highly alcoholic that it couldn't be a sessionable drink in the summer.

MF - Smooth, light in body.. but still significant. This beer rolls right down my throat.

Overall - I love it. I don't know tons about the Saison style.. but I'm becoming a bigger and bigger fan. Especially after trying efforts such as this. This is world class beer in my opinion.

alamere, Apr 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

slimntubbs, Aug 19, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to boralyl for getting me this bottle a ways back. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Packaged February 2011.

Pours a clear golden color with an absolutely-massive white head. Carbonation issue here, as my first carefully-poured tulip was 95% foam, and it took a good 5-10 minutes for that to settle down. Obviously, great retention. Loads of lacing.

The nose carries some light fruity notes behind a good dose of saison yeast spice and some pepper.

The flavor is mildly fruity with a moderate dose of pepper. Some light grain in the background. Flavor is nice and crisp, but everything on the palate is very fleeting, as the carbonation on this one is out of control. Body seems quite light as a result. A bit of spice in the aftertaste.

This thing wasn't a gusher, and the cork was actually quite difficult to get out. However, the first few attempts at pouring were impossible. This isn't infected, so I'm guessing that it's possible the yeast hadn't fermented down enough and consumed quite a bit more than the sugars given for bottle conditioning.

All in all, this was a pretty enjoyable beer and something I'd be happy to have again.

Thorpe429, Apr 19, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. Maybe a little more hopped than most Sasions out there, but it is an american take on the style so that's okay. Really pretty bottle too. Pelican has impressed me lately, their doing some good things our there on the coast.

The taste is nice and complex with notes of fruit and citrus and a clean yeast ending. Very nice as it warms too. I'd say this is one of the better sasions I've had this year. Grab one if you can find one, their website says they've sold out for the 2007 year.

Cascadia, Jun 09, 2007
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4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Going from notes, thanks to Nate for sharing.

A: Hazy lemon color, light fizzy head.

N: light saison farmhouse, hint spices and lemon, grassy hay, citrus funk.

T: malty, light sweet straw and hay, hint farmhouse saison funk, gritty grainy bready, light grassy floral hops, light bitterness and earthy too. Finish is dry and grainy grassy earthy.

M: med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

O: not bad, nice farmhouse flavors, grassy lemony bready floral, etc. Fairly well done saison but not amazing.

jlindros, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

FlandersNed, Nov 30, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into snifter.

Incredibly thick, foamy white head with great retention, that holds about an eighth of an inch of foam throughout the life of the beer. The body is a golden hued orange color that starts very clear with rising carbonation, but as more of the bottle is poured it starts to cloud up quite a bit.
The aroma and flavor follow a fairly similar profile of pleasant fruity yeast esters. There is a light tartness present in the beginning of the taste which is quickly covered by the fruit flavors. Though as the beer warms the tartness does become a bit more pronounced, as well as some nice herbal notes as well.
The mouthfeel is an enjoyable medium body, with strong carbonation and a nice slightly dry finish. This is a very enjoyable saison that I wouldn't mind trying again, but will probably not seek out to any extent.

vkv822, Jul 09, 2010
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2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled in Jan. 2007, so this has been aging for close to 2 yrs. Poured into a large snifter.

A: Bright orange/gold, with a couple of fingers of off-white head even with a gentle pout. Plenty of carbonation bubbling up from underneath. Not much lacing, but this is an impressive looking brew otherwise.

S: I was having a hard time picking up anything more than a vaguely floral character and a small bit of fruit. No funkiness, not a lot of complexity.

T: Much more lively in the mouth than on the nose. Lots of fruitiness- tangerine, apple, pear, banana, pineapple. Very little spiciness and no funkiness that I can detect. A surprising bite of dry finish. It's definitely pleasant to drink, but not exactly what I was expecting with a saison.

M: Light and smooth, very pleasant for about 1/2 a glass. The carbonation started dying down a bit after that, but still pretty good.

D: Not bad, and pretty refreshing, but lacking in complexity. A rare dud from Pelican.

PDXHops, Nov 28, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with friends at Belmont Station the other day.

The beer pours a solid, dark gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is just classic saison, with honey, clove, ginger snaps and a boatload of spice. Flavors replicate the nose, though given the abv., I was surprised by how rich and full flavored this beer was. It's also fairly sweet, with some interesting tropical fruit flavors, including some banana and vanilla. However, there's some noticeable light hoppy bitterness in the finish, and that along with the considerable spice helps to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty full, with the beer showcasing a pretty rich and sweet finish. Frankly, I was surprised by the amount of carbonation in this beer, which I thought helped to buoy the sweetness and rich flavor profile. Drinkability was pretty good, and there was nothing heavy or tiring on the finish. Still, with this level of richness and sweetness, I felt a little bit goes a long way.

A very nice, very impressive effort from the folks at Pelican. Well done guys...

John_M, Jul 25, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours with such a rediculous amount of head... it's all head! It settles to reveal a hazy gold liquid, has some retention and leaves a light lace.

S: Orange rind, grassy, spice, light grass, alcohol, grainy biscuit, hint of funk.

T: Tropical fruit (pappay, mango), grass, bitter orange rind, wheat/grainy biscuit, hints of banana, good bitterness.

M: Smooth, moderate to full body, hint of acidity with a drying alcohol finish.

D: A good drinker and overall a really well-crafted brew.

Derek, Sep 04, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle indicates that this brew was packaged in january of 2007.

i easily tear through the foil wrap, and chuckle at the homebrewiness of the "s" written on the gold cage top. i twist and remove it, and see some sort of grey ooze underneath. this makes me nervous, so i decide to touch it. it's slick and kind of hardened to the cork. what the christ is it? i pop the cork and it releases itself with a muted pop. on the underside of the cork is equally strange mystery slime.. this side is wetter. obviously some sort of mold or fungus, the presence of the organism takes its toll on my beer appetite. a few minutes later, i pour the beer, carefully. it decants beautifully, clear and golden orange, full of tiny crazed bubbles. the head is majestic and fluffy, fizzing and fading fast. lace left like airy meringue.

nose approaches and woah! holy lemon cupcakes! this beer smells like a sweet freshly-baked dessert item. the only thing that cuts through the breadiness is a slight must (presumably from said ooze) and the crystal clear crisp belgian yeast strain. a tad too much buttery velvet but extremely appetizing nonetheless. ok, my stomach is no longer turned.

excellent mouthfeel. starts with a tart zing and the rush of carbonation activating on my tongue. bitter at first, dry, revealing hints of lemongrass and blueberry tannins. malt flavors are somewhat vacant, and i'm not sure i like the way the bitterness lingers empty without a counterbalancing sweet flavor. if it just tasted a little more like it smells, there might be a moticum of balance. not really though, what happened here?? at times, the bitterness is so sharp it jabs a steel pin into my sinuses like a nice hit of wasabi or a reverse soda burp expelled through the nose. warmth helps the beer show some flavor. a little of the butter is noticeable as well as some dandelion but malt.. where the fuck is the malt? i'm all for a spicy, airy saison.. but this is just crazy.

i don't hate this beer.. there are things i really like about it. it just fails to come together in a way that makes its experimental nature seem like a bit of a failure. good enough to give the next batch a try, not good enough to seek out this batch again.

age? not sure if it will help.

goodbyeohio, Aug 08, 2007
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Saison Du Pelican from Pelican Pub & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.