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Saison Réserve - Brasserie Dunham

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very good

23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed for their 2nd anniversary, this is a blend of their Saison Rustique (82%) and Leo's Early Breakfast (12%) which was afterwards aged in oak barrels.

(Beer added by: papat444 on 06-22-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Maillard, Nov 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

groleau, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of SebD
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of brett, barnyard funk, lemon, floral hops and light peppery spices. It smells phenomenal.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has brett, some barnyard funk, lemon zest, floral hops, a light breadiness and faint spices.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a great overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Hands down the best beer I've ever had from Dunham!

Serving type: bottle

SebD, Oct 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

jrenihan, Sep 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Jones153, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of canucklehead
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great mix of two beers bringing the funk and farmhouse notes of the saison with the hops and the smoothness of the ipa. The beer opens up to a well mannered farmhouse ale with a long finish tempered with the hops. The citrus notes lighten up the beer and work with the Brett to pull it all together. The barrel aging is not really apparent but it surely helps meld the two beers into one

canucklehead, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of Aisha
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Aisha, Mar 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

vfgccp, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Dave_Treat, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy hay color ale with a super large pure white foamy head with great retention and really great lacing. Aroma consists of very dry notes with some hay and light Bretty finish. Taste is a super great mix of Brett notes with some barnyard notes with light hay floral notes with a super dry finish. Body is full with perfect carbonation. One of the best Saison I tasted with a perfect mix of drinkability and complexity. Wish I could drink this on a regular basis.

Phyl21ca, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dull golden yellow with a thin foamy white head around the perimeter and fine sediment. The nose is a bouquet of sour dough, lemon, and a touch of acetone. While drinking there is a pungent, tart, yeast presence upfront followed by quick transition into a tannin/hoppy bitterness that lingers. It's a really drinkable saison with great yeast, oak, and grain flavors blending, though the bitterness does become a bit heavy on the palate. This medium-bodied saison has a reserved grain sweetness, pronounced yeast character, little alcohol, and profoundly dry bitterness. It absolutely hits the spot for a big, oaked saison, but some characteristics (such as the lingering, palate-coating bitterness) make it less than perfect.

ThePorterSorter, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to David for this bottle. Poured in to teku glass.

A - Translucent, hazy bright yellow; orange towards the centre with a thin layer of white head. Carbonation appeared low on the pour.

S - Funk, hay, sweet bread, lemon zest, apple, spice and yeast esters. Fairly typical saison nose.

T - Funk and hay flavours up front with a big lemon zest presence that give way to a breadiness mid-palate. There are some grassy/herbal/spicy notes present along with a slightly noticeable bitterness that are likely from the IPA addition. The finish is dry.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

O - This was a unique and interesting beer. I didn't specifically get the tea notes, but perhaps that is what I was noticing that I couldn't pin point. While this was enjoyable there was something about it that didn't allow the flavours to come together as I had hoped.

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

KeKeKumba, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Krakpoff, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Sammy, Sep 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

DaPan, Sep 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

jkvt, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

tom10101, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Archemedies, Jul 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Caudalie, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Noyt, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Whatup14, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of papat444
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at Dunham's 2nd Anniversary bash.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Appearance: Glass fills with foam but recedes just enough to reveal a yellow gold body while still retaining a very healthy head. Mountainous, bubbling foam with spotted lacing and huge chunks glued to the glass.

Smell: Guava puree, musty, light tea, tangerines, very floral.

Taste: Plush fruit mixed with a good tea presence. Various herbs lend a rustic, spicy feel. Has a bit of a white wine oak flavor.

Mouthfeel: Lush, juicy at first. Dryness comes on midway and really provides a clean finhs.

Overall: Delicate yet assertive. Excellent idea of combining these beers.

papat444, Jun 22, 2013
Saison Réserve from Brasserie Dunham
89 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.