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Saison Du Pelican - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

39 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 58
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.4%
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 PDXHops
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
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. (2,259 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy, light amber color with a big head that dissipates far too quickly thought the bubbles create some lacing patterns

Smell: Just can't say this is a great aroma; quite phenolic, with pear and bandaids providing the dominant character; I'm not picking up the spices and earthy, farmhouse elements that I had hoped would be present

Taste: My concerns about the aroma are reflected in the flavor; opens with a fruity, pear flavor that adds just a hint of pepper by mid-palate; after the swallow is where the real problems begin, with the flavor becoming rather chalky; in the end, the pear and sweet, though medicinal phenols persist, but fail to entice

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body but somewhat flat, despite the buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Having really enjoyed the other beers from Pelican that I have tried, I came to this with high hopes; the other BAs who have reviewed this beer have not been wrong, however; the recipe needs some work, but I am optimistic that Pelican can improve this beer - their other beers are too good to allow this one to bring them down (1,106 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle, after having to remove the last half of the cork with a corkscrew, into my La Chouffe tulip. Saison Du Pelican is a pale yellow with slight haze and a big, fluffy, rocky white head, that is slow to retreat, leaving behind hunks of foam clinging to the glass.

Smell has a nice soft, candi sweetness, cork, bread dough and citrus zest. Moderate strength, something is a little unusual, almost tinny, mabye cork rot?

The taste is not really the same as the nose, not too sweet, with more yeast, hop bitteness and grain tannins. Not as metallic as the aroma, with light cork and some wheat sourness, that goes well with the tart citrus aspects. Very dry and minerally, again, do I suspect the cork, or noble hop spice? Or is it all saison yeast pepperiness? Maybe a tad heavy-handed in that regard, but rather nice overall, although I prefered the Joseph bier I had earlier, which is similarly made with spelt, but without the corkiness.

The mouthfeel creamy, but has a thickness from the suspended yeast, resulting in a medium to heavy body for the style.

This was pretty drinkable, but not my favorite example of the style, which happens to be my favorite. (1,190 characters)

Photo of impending
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

B-

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.
cheers
jd (493 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/12/08. Bottle courtesy of bitbucket, bottled 08/2007. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of melon, Belgian yeast, light fruits. Flavor of light fruits, orange zest, citrusy fruits, and grapefruit with a hint of vegetal qualities in the finish. Nice saison.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5) (322 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage. Sunshine amber with a faint orangish blush. The beer is chock full of yeast and loads of uprushing carbonation that qualifies as Champagne-like. Unfortunately, the massive, airy, unsticky crown isn't very Belgian ale-like. It melts too quickly and leaves no more than a smattering of sea foam lace on the glass.

The aroma is more Belgian pale ale than saison. Of course, those two styles have quite a bit in common. What it isn't: earthy, musty or barnyardy. What it is: orchard fruity with a wonderful, lightly spicy, clove-like Belgian yeastiness. It smells as if sweet, tangy and bitter will be present in roughly equal measure.

Saison Du Pelican is one of the peach juiciest ales... ever. It took me a moment to nail it down, but the spiced peach esters are impossible to ignore. Ripe mango is present as well. If you like your saisons to be fruity, only slightly phenolic, light and well-bubbled, then this ale should be right up your alley. I'm still trying to decide if it's up mine.

There isn't a great deal of complexity or a great deal of depth. Although the flavors that are present are pleasant, a few more facets to this less than sparkling saison/farmhouse jewel would do wonders. At least the yeast gives it a hint of authenticity, even if it would never be confused with a true Belgian saison.

Pale malt keeps things flavor-neutral, while providing just a touch of sweetness. Might some amount of candi sugar have been used? An herbal hoppiness keeps things balanced from the sweet-bitter perspective (without adding much hop flavor) and the spicy phenols are a fraction more prominent with warming.

Beer of this style is supposed to be light and well-carbonated. However, most world-class saisons have a soft expansiveness about them that makes them a pleasure to drink. SDP has harsh bubbles in the beginning, passes through its sweet-spot quickly, and becomes too tame by mid-bottle.

Saison Du Pelican is a decent effort from a brewery that has little experience with this style. If the brewers could figure out how to wring a little more complexity from the yeast strain and could nail down the carbonation/mouthfeel, the beer might impress as much as the packaging. (2,206 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cwiers for this beer. Quack!

A: Lot of carbonation built up in this corked 750ml bottle, the cork came off with a bang. Once the beer was poured, foam dominated the glass for a good few minutes. Once the sudsy off white head reseeded, a light Chablis colored brew remained with a few meandering streams of bubbles working their way to the surface.

S: Very fresh and lively. Reminds me of a breeze on a spring day. Floral hops, spicy pollen, basil, lemon, toasted baguette and loads of yeast.

T: Begins lightly malted with hints of clover honey, dry molasses, flaky biscuits. Quickly the spiciness of the hops take over and really dominate both the flavor and the overall sensation in the mouth. Slightly acidic with moments of over ripe green apple, lemon juice, grass clippings and pine apple. Finishes with minor tropical flavors, some yellow apple and a lot of metallic twangs.

M: Medium body, full and soft mouthfeel.

D: Good saison and very refreshing. But in the industry saisons are starting to pop up all over and this one really doesn’t stand out from the crowd. Good but not great. But what do I know, saisons aren’t one of my favorite styles. (1,181 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,615 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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). (1,745 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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 (266 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of julian
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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! (1,365 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (708 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 8/07, roughly a year and a half old.

a: This was a slightly hazy golden yellow. It oured with a huge, sticky, and fizzy white head.

s: Spicy, yeasty aromas of peppery cloves and earthy grains.

t: Dry and spicy overall with a mildly funky finish. Clove flavors linger for awhile.

m: Moderatelt fizzy carbonation with a thick, chewy body.

d: The last of the brews I brought back from Oregon. Not quite a great example of the style, but it is quite good. Age has treated this well. (491 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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 (551 characters)

Photo of CapitalGains
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,223 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of Reino
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,904 characters)

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