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Saison Du Pelican - Pelican Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 18
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 08:13:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 19:26:10 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 22:18:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 00:59:46 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 05:43:47 | More by mikesgroove
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 21:45:53 | More by jlindros
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.9/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:20:42 | More by barleywinefiend
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:14:41 | More by Georgiabeer
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John_M

Oregon

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 01:36:59 | More by John_M
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beertunes

Washington

3/5  rDev -23.1%

09-10-2013 17:50:57 | More by beertunes
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 04:23:48 | More by Derek
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dirtylou

Washington

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

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 21:26:10 | More by dirtylou
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ccrida

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 05:17:47 | More by ccrida
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 22:51:11 | More by Alieniloquium
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blackie

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 02:01:18 | More by blackie
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:44:00 | More by rudzud
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 15:57:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2011 17:38:24 | More by bpfrush
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-04-2012 06:49:10 | More by twelveinches
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:31:19 | More by BeerAdvocate
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 23:49:05 | More by DIM
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notchucknorris

California

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 16:02:26 | More by notchucknorris
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-03-2012 00:57:40 | More by hoppymcgee
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-19-2011 13:41:52 | More by sholland119
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +9%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 00:29:43 | More by brewandbbq
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Saison Du Pelican from Pelican Pub & Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.