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Saison Du Pelican - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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39 Reviews

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 58
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 20
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:
Beer added by: unclederby on 03-04-2007

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
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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 58
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes via a tasting event at Tree House Brewery.

A - Poured a nice clear golden hue with a light fizzy quarter inch head that fades to leave a thin wispy blanket.

S - Light funk, bananas, and faint esters. Its good, but nothing crazy.

T - Light sweet malts and floral hops along with nice funky esters here. Slightly earthy and dry as well. Not bad.

M - Mouthfeel is faintly effervescence, lighter bodied.

O - Overall, not a bad farmhouse here with light lemon and funk notes. Its well done but nothing really standout or amazing.

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Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 2/2012.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and a chalky aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of impending
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


750ml into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent golden copper, frothy with superb lacing.

Strong expressive aroma of yeasty goodness with apple, pear and a pleasant old sock.

Taste is more simply juxtaposed sensations rather than easily identifiably flavors. Fairly herbal, phenolic and peppery. Not particularly dry nor bitter but the bitter comes forward as an inverse to the fading flavor. Medium to full bodied. Warmth does this no favors unfortunately, but pleasant enough.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of pixieskid
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 2011, this thing has improved with age imo. It has such a great tartness/funkiness to it that I really enjoy.

Pours a golden orange hue with a solid 3 finger head, amazing retention.
Aroma; citrus, flowers, yeast, and a lingering barnyard funk.
Taste; great lemony tartness upfront with a hint of grains. Notes of floral hops, a mild earthiness throughout, finishing with an incredibly dry mouthfeel and underlying bitterness.
Overall; simple, solid, balanced, with a great tartness...just a bit too dry for me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of draheim
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (bottled February 2011) poured into a Hennepin saison glass. Pours a hazy glowing golden straw color with a billowing fluffy white head that lasts forever. Vigorous carbonation erupts relentlessly from the bottom of the glass. Beautiful.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, lemon, banana, spice.

Taste is dry, clean, and bright - citrus, lemon, orange, spice, and yeast balanced by hops. Refreshing, juicy, almost tropical; utterly drinkable.

Overall this is one of my favorite saisons yet. Going to find another bottle of this as I shared this one with several other people and only got half a glass. Very impressed though, this was better than expected.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light golden color with great carbonation leaving a big, nicw white cap

S: Funk is light, grass and hay, light pepper

T: Grass,hay with some light citrus and wheat, light barmyard funk

M: Light body, tasty, high carbonation

O: A good rep of the style

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Photo of julian
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First, let me say this cork was a bitch to get off. I had to use channel lock pliers to twist it off.

A: This is one of the most carbonated beers, let alone Saisons I've had. Not a gusher but incredibly fizzy. It pours almost 100% foam at first. Once it dies down it's possible to get a 50% foam to 50% beer pour. Further waiting before actually drinking to allow the foam to settle is required. Nevertheless this is a golden, slightly earthy color with good clarity and lots of tiny bubbles. One helluva carbonated bottle! Lacing is wet and sticky and head retention is amazing. A wonderful layer of snowy white creamy foam on the surface. Lovely!

S: Smell is clean, crisp, floral and hoppy with some peppery spice. Some mild fruit maybe but definitely some sugary sweetness. Nothing dominates and the aroma in general is kind of weak.

T&M: Pretty damn good. Very well balanced malt and hop profile, peppery and floral yet also sweet and fruity. This is highly drinkable. Mouthfeel is high carbonation which transitions into a creamy decadent delight on the palate.

O: Overall, I can't see any flaw in this Saison. It's damn good, and one I'd drink regularly if I could find it regularly. Balanced, sessionable ABV (relatively speaking) great taste and amazing mouthfeel. This is my first Pelican beer and I am thoroughly impressed. Will be seeking out more!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a nice lively head. Smells slightly spritzy and lemony, with some graininess on the finish. Tastes of bananas, lemons, and more grain. A little too grainy for a Saison for my taste. I like a little peppery bite as well, and that is lacking here. Not that this is a bad beer, but it would be elevated by some crispness and a hot of pepperiness.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of CapitalGains
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a huge head. This beer took a very very long time to settle in the glass.

S: The smell is very earthy with a hint of hops. Some champagne yeast aromas as well.

T: Light flavor with a pretty good dose of funk and a faint nuttiness on the finish. I picked up some red delicious apple flavor as well.

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Photo of alamere
4.48/5  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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, vintage 2010.

Pours hazy gold with a massive, dense head of pure white and persistant carbonation. A solid skim coat and wide, solid rings of lacing throughout the glass. Very nice.

Aromatics lead off with citrus and clove-infused husky malt with drizzeled honey. Loads of Belgiany esters and some crisp, earthy hops. Grassy with hints of coriander, lemon zest, and just a hint of soap.

Light bodied with a crisp, snappy mouthfeel. Expansive in nature with carbonation aplenty.

Biscuity malt, leafy, grassy hops, and a drying crispness start the palate. An underlying honey note works nicely with hints of juniper, coriander, and cracked grains.

Finishes fairly quick with grassy hops, light spice, and tacky honey.

Great beer. Tasting pretty fresh right now and it's got a great balance to it. I love the high level of carbonation which is really needed to get this style of beer rockin'.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Mr. Blue Dot, John Michaelsen, at Belmont Station during Fringe Fest OBF week. Thanks, John1

Big two finger rocky white head, slow dissipation with good lacing. Clear deep gold body, multiple streams of carbonation rising from bottom of Delirium Tremens tasting tulip. Nose is close to style, coriander, orange peel, nicely balanced. The taste mirrors the nose, with some clove, tropical fruit (mango, guava) and low hoppiness, some floral notes. Big full mouthfeel, a bit on the sweet side, good effervescence, nice dry finish. Good drinkability with complex taste profile. Most certainly worth a try for fans of the style. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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...

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Photo of vkv822
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big ups to Scott for sharing with the crew at our beer tasting at Abecall's.

A - Pours golden with 3 fingers of off-white head. Slightly hazy appearance, and the head dissipated slow. Leaves really nice lacing.

S/T - Honey, very barny and banana-like esters, vanilla, ginger, coriander, and the taste finishes with bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, sweet, smooth, crisp, and well carbonated.

D - Great overall. Would be greater if they would actually brew enough to distribute.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy, jtrockchalk, for cleaning out his cellar. It gave me the opportunity to try this one.

Poured a corked, caged, and gold-foiled 750 into my go-to glass for Saisons, my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. I really wish I could get that style of tulip branded with Fantome or Dupont label. What can I say; this beer is massively over carbonated. I popped the cap and I could see the cork start pushing itself out. Took it off and, bam, we have a gusher. Luckily no aroma of infection. This beer pours all head. It takes a good 15 minutes of slowly pouring and letting the head melt away to get a sample big enough to try. Crazy head retention. At all times about an inch of creamy white head. With such a crazy big head, I would have assumed I would see some sticky lacing, but very little lacing ensued. The aroma is extremely fruity. The Belgian yeast strain really put out some fruity esters. Freshly cut peaches, a bit of green apple, pear and just a little mango. Many of the typical Saison aromas are absent in Saison du Pelican. No must, no pepper, no coriander or funk. It really showcases how fruity a beer can be. The flavor is dead on aroma. Once again massive fruit notes. Apricot and peach dominate the flavor profile with sweet pears and a bit of over ripe golden delicious apples. Just a hint of white pepper comes out on the tail end of the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is really mellow. It doesn't cut through the flavor to clean the palate. It's actually kind of creamy. While I hate saying this, I think the packaging is better designed the actual beer inside.

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Saison Du Pelican from Pelican Pub & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.