Nice Saison Seasonal Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery
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4.05/5 rDev +25.4%
From The Fridge's cooler to my reefer to my glass in an effort to beat the oppressive heat. No guarantees that it will work, but perhaps if I am insensate, it won't bother me so much.
From the bottle: "Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer"; "A bright golden effervescent brew that is slightly tart with a spicy aroma"; "Tommyknocker Legend [-] Tommyknockers slipped into the mining camps of Idaho Springs in the 1800s with the discovery of gold in our mountains and streams. These mischievous elves, though hardly ever seen, were often heard singing and working. They guided many fortunate miners from harm's way and to the gold they sought."
Is this beer "Nice" as in "Wow, baby, you got some nice ditty-dats!" or "Nice" as in Nice, France?
I had a rocky finger of bone-white head that withered in the oppressive heat and humidity of the day and it is still early! The heat is not record-breaking, but it is back-breaking and ball-busting and I will do all that I can to beat it. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-yellow. Nose was musty with yeast, like the time we went into "Uncle" Ben Nutto's attic to clear out old newspapers and magazines prior to an estate sale following his being put into a home after "Aunt" Eva died. The beer smelled just like old newspapers. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was dry, like white wine, very vinous, yet with a yeast-driven mustiness that left me smacking my lips. The finish was extremely dry and now I was getting a lemony taste that puckered me up like I had been drinking alum. Holy Pucker, Batman! I could barely unlock my lips to get in another sip. It was not really my choice of style, but a good example of the style.
07-17-2013 16:03:20 | More by woodychandler
3.8/5 rDev +17.6%
Passed on this a week ago, decided this time it was going down in my Build-a-Sixer.
A: Color pours to a very nice golden yellow, with a slight haze. Less then a fingers worth of head, quickly dissipates to small patches of lace scattered about with some all around the rim.
S: Picking up some sweet citrus, pineapple, with some apple and maybe a slight twinge of banana. Picking up some yeasty malt too with a little bit of spice. Aromas are rather light, i was expecting more as it warmed but this was not the case.
T: Very nice tart right from the get go. Sourness is very noticeable but its not overly sharp. Reminds me of sour and unripe tropical fruits, like tangerine and pineapple. Also some sour green apple candy. Spicyness comes in later, with some coriander and the yeasty flavoring going well with the tart. Alcohol is noticeable in the after taste.
M: Nice carbonation works well with the pucker factor of the tart. Needless to say its a nice crisp and clean flavor and your left with a nice dryness at the end.
O: Very good Saison. I've only had a few of these but the tartness is really enjoyable and the flavors all seem to work well. Not sure if I could drink more then 3 or 4 in a sitting but its very enjoyable for a nice spring or summer gathering.
05-07-2012 01:17:53 | More by ChrisPratz
3.73/5 rDev +15.5%
Pours a murky, cloudy yellow, with weak diminishing head. Some fermented soured fruit notes, and some barny mustiness, but a not unpleasant funk. Taste is sour-ish only, not super prominent withe with curious notes that seem mildly synthetic, or treated in a way... a leather-ish quality, and with some sweetness, but bitterness is low but isn't built for it anyway. Not really any scary off notes here either...just a tiny bit 'off.' Mouthfeel is refreshing, but the carbonation is low, and not at all dry. This is complex brew and respectful of the style, at least in my somewhat limited experience...plus I can't go back to the 19th century to find out or something anyway. Maybe that's why it tastes a bit like a visit to a museum and I like museums, just not all the time.
08-24-2012 00:02:20 | More by Bitter_Echo
3.68/5 rDev +13.9%
Tommyknockers nice Saison pours a hazy gold, and is capped with a thin white head and a moderate amount of lacing. The familiar earthiness of a saison yeast is backed by a slight citrus bouquet. Sweet and tart, a certain fruitiness dominates this brew, very tasty. Medium-light in body, Nice Saison is moderately high is carbonation. We enjoyed this brew again this weekend at the Colorado Brewers Festival, definitely a great way to beat the heat.
07-04-2012 23:16:41 | More by phishsihq
3.63/5 rDev +12.4%
Poured into a tulip.
3.0 A: Murky brownish orange color. Small, short lived white head.
3.5 S: Wet hay and grass. Apple orchard type funk with tart green apples. Hints of rotting log and the forest after a good rain. Red, sweet apple fruitiness to round this out.
3.5 T: Green apple-esque tartness. Hay and grassiness. It's spicy, but not in the typical peppercorn yeasty way. Rather, it's almost like a hot pepper that offers a bit of heat, but not much. Actually, it's not like that either, but it's more than just a peppercorn taste. Just try it and maybe you'll see what I mean.
4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Nice creaminess and super smooth.
4.0 D: A couple categories were borderline, so here's a bit of a bonus. Tasty, solid saison. I love the tartness in here. Give it a try.
08-11-2012 21:49:39 | More by DavoleBomb
Nice Saison Seasonal Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.