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Yeast Series 2.0: Saison - Mikkeller ApS

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 8.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kojevergas on 03-10-2013)
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Photo of vfgccp
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%

A - Not a bad head for a saison; creamy with an off-white color, ok retention, and nice lace. Dark body for a saison, but expected given the base beer.

S - Strange nose. Mildewy hay, Smucker's strawberry jam, raw malt.

T - Disappointing. Thin flavor. Kumquat rinds, light malt, light herbal hop.

M - Thin, light body with low carbonation.

O - Might be my least favorite Mikkeller to date.

2.81 Yeast Series 2.0: Saison
--- -Jay- -Jon- -Anth- -Vin- -Avg- Weight
A - 4.25 4.00 ------- 3.75 4.00 10%
S - 3.25 3.00 ------- 3.50 3.25 20%
T - 2.75 2.50 ------- 2.50 2.58 40%
M - 3.50 2.00 ------- 1.75 2.42 10%
O - 2.75 2.50 ------- 2.00 2.42 20%

vfgccp, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of djtomain
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

djtomain, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Whiskeydeez, Friday at 04:08 PM
Photo of pixieskid
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

pixieskid, May 02, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

nickfl, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap and yellow-orange label puchased at K&L wine in Hollywood and served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I love saisons and Mikkel is my favourite brewer in the world. I wasn't sure how to classify this when adding it; yes it uses saison yeast, but I think it's built like a Belgian Pale? Hard to classify.

Imported by the Shelton Bastards.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 5+ finger beige colour head of decent cream, decent thickness, and great (8+ minute) retention for the above average ABV. Light soft lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Body colour is a clear pale copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing, but not at all what I'd look for in a saison. Fairly vibrant. Good for a Belgian Pale.

Sm: Mmm. Delightful grapefruit citrus, fantastic floral hops, a bit of soap, and pale malts. I don't get anything remotely saison-esque, including yeast. Pleasant and inviting. An above average strength aroma.

T: Floral hops, perfumey hops, light acidity, pale malts, and biscuity yeast. Balanced, flavorful, and enjoyable. It isn't real complex, but that's not the point of this series. I wouldn't call it particularly subtle. It's refreshing and easy to drink. I quite like it.

Mf: Soft, lightly crisp, delightfully smooth, and refreshingly wet. Suits the flavour profile damn well. Lovely. Pleasant. Enjoyable. Refreshing. Lemon zest. No soapiness. Little yeast comes through. No alcohol is detectable.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the above average ABV. I don't get much off the saison yeast, but it's a tasty beer all around. A solid pale ale; I'm not sure if that's what he was going for. In any case, I like it, and it's very sessionable. I'd get it again at a better price. Tasty stuff. Another solid beer from Mikkeller.


kojevergas, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle poured into a goblet. My second of this series, after American-Style yeast.

Appearance - Hazy orange with a big off-white head. Great retention. A pillow of foam with some holes remains on the surface and the inside of the glass is coated with rings of lacing.

Smell - Well that is a dramatic difference from the American-Style. Floral notes that weren't there before. Still some citrus from the hops and a slightly sweeter malt note. Earthy funk behind it, too.

Taste - Just a hint of malt sweetness up front followed by a citrus hop flavor, but then the yeast takes over. Earthy notes overpower the malt. The beer dries out considerably. Bitterness combines with the earthiness in the finish, amplifying each other.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated and dry. Lighter bodied than the American-Style.

Overall - Some of the flavors here are more abrasive. Just doesn't work quite as well with this yeast strain.

Alieniloquium, Jun 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bark, Apr 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

unclejazz, Jul 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ali1987, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Bandi, Nov 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

rolltide8425, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

teleman, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Kirk, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jzlyo, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA.

Pours a cloudy dull orange colour, with a mild head of white that eventuates in a mild ring and very solid lacing. Body has some weight behind it and it holds some large-bubbled carbonation when tilted. Overall, it looks pretty decent. Perfectly serviceable in any case.

Nose is powerful: lemony, green, almost skunky in places. It's quite fresh and bright: I wonder if that's truly due to the yeast though, or if this has been heavily late hopped as well. It seems like a shame to mask the yeast characters if so, but if not, this yeast is providing a really exceptional ride. As it settles, there's a danker character like wet cardboard, but it stays still fresh and bright above this. It's a lovely aroma.

Taste is a lot drier, with a clinging lemon bitterness towards the back, and a slightly organic funk that holds on to the finish. But yeah, boy is it dry. It clings with bitterness around the edge of a hollow tunnel, and the yeast tries vainly to provide much structure other than that the hops provide. But then, it's probably the yeast which has made this beer so dry.

Feel is also extremely light. I imagine the FG on this one is very low indeed.

Overall, there's some interest here, and the nose is really excellent, although I don't believe the base beer here is a really good way to show off the yeast. I'll reserve my judgement on the choice overall until I've tried a couple more, but in this one the yeast just makes for a very dry beer whose subtleties are lost amongst the hops.

lacqueredmouse, May 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

InspectorBob, Sep 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Lovely85, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Schmoog, Feb 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

tmzl, Nov 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Envelopes, Mar 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mrfrancis, Dec 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

kylehay2004, Jan 20, 2014
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Yeast Series 2.0: Saison from Mikkeller ApS
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