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Nice Saison Seasonal Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

Nice Saison Seasonal AleNice Saison Seasonal Ale

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 18.21%


Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ChrisPratz on 05-07-2012)
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jwil6902

New Jersey

1.43/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Nice caramel-amber color with full, cloudy, bottle conditioned appearance. The nose was tart, spicy and somewhat unpleasant. The taste was singularly the worst beer I've ever tasted and unable to swallow. Bitter and acidic with an overwhelming spicy lemon taste with a putrid finish. Overwhelming flavor that was difficult to clear. I have to agree with the previous review that the initial flavor could reasonably be called vomit-like, that was the first immediate reaction to the first sip.

Absolutely not what was to be expected from a Saison named Nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 23:37:56 | More by jwil6902
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Mitchster

Michigan

1.73/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

$1.89 for a 12 oz bottle at Bevco. 5.5% ABV, 15 IBUs. "This light bodied ale combines a blend of 4 Belgian Yeast strains with an addition of Perle hops", however the website graphic says "Hops used: Sterling". Hrmmmm.

Pours out to a slightly hazy peach. Unfiltered. Thin layer of sediment in the bottle. No head, no lacing. Mild carbonation, ~1.5, very low for the style. Looks like an English bitter! The aroma is quite nice...Typical saison nose...rotting peaches, some pepper, mango and pineapple. Mouthfeel is VERY tart...tastes like kiwi fruit, citric acid, and vinegar...obviously infected, unless they specifically dumped lactobacillus and Brett into it thinking they were doing something right. Thin body.

A crappy beer. I can't tell if this mistake of a beer was intentional or not, but this shouldn't have been bottled. I haven't been impressed with Tommyknocker. I've tried their beers over at least ten years and have visited the brewery and still find myself continually disappointed. Shame on them for releasing this.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 04:14:29 | More by Mitchster
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, best by 7/30/12. Pours slightly hazy gold with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, soapy floral spices.

The flavor is sweet malts with some odd soapy spices and a little sour old fruitiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's too sweet with lots of odd spicing and some overripe fruit.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 04:05:58 | More by Beaver13
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washburnkid

New York

2.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Kind of an unimpressive clear golden, with a small smattering of white lace that clears quickly. The nose is soft fruits, and I'm pulling through something else that's sweet, bordering on buttery. Thankfully, there's no butter in the taste, but it's a weird sour flavor. Light in mouthfeel and crispy, but not a whole lot going on in flavor other than old fruit and maybe a bit of grass. Can't say I'd reach for this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 00:08:50 | More by washburnkid
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stinkydaddy

Tennessee

2.64/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

a - phenolic. musty. looking for esters but covered by phenols. no hops. no DMS. hint of orange rind as it warms.

a - thin white head dissipates quickly. small tight bubbles lace. pale orange with slight haze.

f – lactic acid dominates. citrus pith comes in late. earthy hops. all overpowered by lactic acid tartness.

m – high carbonation. effervescent. dry but not as dry as expected.

o – this is a beautiful beer. unfortunately it does not live up to its looks. acidic tartness is appropriate but not at this level. looking for more fruity esters, more citrus, less lactic. to me this reads as a sour.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 02:13:29 | More by stinkydaddy
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a hazy yellow-orange pour with a tiny amount of head that quickly dissipated, no sign of lacing. a very subtle smelling saison.. mostly yeast, slight citrus hints.
the taste is sour up front followed up by a yeasty / acidic flavor.. i'm not gonna lie, it initially tasted like vomit but after a sip the malts take over and balance it out.
light-medium body with a nice amount of carbonation and slight creamy feel on lips.
this is by far a longshot from being a "nice saison".. it is way too funky and acidic... the vomit-like taste is really off putting.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 23:15:15 | More by facundoCNB
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znichols

Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Slightly hazy yellow-gold color. Fluffy white head that sticks to the glass rather nicely. Decent looking Saison; nothing out of the ordinary here.

S- Hmmm, smells way tart! Overripe pears, butter, subtle grass, and some hay. Slightly off-putting but strangely enticing. Very strange aroma.

T- Seems like they tried to go with the "rough around the edges, barnyardy" saison here. They went overboard. Not much beer flavor. I'm getting Berliner Weiss sourness, which is a little over the top for a Saison. Some super ripe pear and slight bubblegum, really no malt of hops. No booze, which is good. Not a terrible flavor but not good.

M- Bubbly and light. Perhaps a little too carbonated, but not awful. Not anything to write home about.

O- Saisons should be slightly funky and have pronounced belgian yeast flavor, but here i just get tart, underdeveloped flavor and no depth or lingering notes. A decent attempt for an average brewery trying to reach into complex styles, but it needs to be reworked.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:56:03 | More by znichols
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a small fizzy head; minimal retention and lacing. Mild floral notes in the nose, hints of funky yeast and ripe fruits. Taste of grains, pale malts, light sugar, musty, hints of citrus zest and apple skins, vaguely grassy. It was decent, but kind of lacking in complexity and just overall flavor/goodness. Light-bodied, a tad watery, nothing too memorable. "Nice" is about it, and nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 05:35:20 | More by Rifugium
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spring release? Damn I guess I got this too late (5 or more months late)

A - Pours a bright clear yellow with some carbonation coming from the base. Head is a mere 1/4 inch that clears to nothing not even a lace ring.

S - Smell is funky with a decent tart level and sharp lemons. Malt smells pretty good and the spices smell balanced.

T - Very weird each taste is different. Some are tasty with balanced tart lemon and some coriander and others I get some weird malt or hop presence that muddles up the mid palate.

M - Light to medium spot on for the ABV.

Overall not bad but I think they could do better. Similar to the small patch pumpkin ale it's just a weird saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 03:13:23 | More by DrDemento456
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Billolick

New York

3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle with Best By dating printed on the label.

Pour is clouded tangerine, quickly receding tan head, goes to a spotty film and minor slippery lacing.

Over ripe fruit in the nose, wheat malts, and some moldy sour lurking in the rear.

Grape juice sweet fruitiness, some more wheat notes, and again that sour note pops in. Problem is this is not a sharp/tart kind of sour, its more of a mushy, off tasting sour note, not really doing it for me, and not really fitting in well with this beer. Ehh, defiantly not my favorite take on the style…only wish I had consulted BA before buying a six pack…

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 17:15:07 | More by Billolick
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wingzing85

Iowa

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a very mildly spiced with a light body and mouth feel. The flavors were all balanced fairly well although I feel it could have used a bit more body. I am not quite sure if they nailed their target with this one but I got a great deal on this 6-pack so no complaints from me. It was on sale for $2.99 at Johns Grocery in Iowa City so for the money I would probably grab another one the next time I am in there.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 17:15:26 | More by wingzing85
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lightly hazy pale golden color, with small white head even on aggressive pour. Hardly any lace left behind.

Aroma is some lightly sweet grainy malts, some tart fruits pineapple juice and pear mainly. Some light earthy notes and light spice from the yeast. No real horse blanket notes.

Taste is crisp and tart fruity notes again mingled with light pep. middle sweetens some with some grainy malts, no real wheat notes as in most saison's. Finish is lingering fruit notes and spice. Again no real funk in the taste, tart notes all tent to be fruity.

Mouthfeel is least good for the style light side with nice crisp carbonation.

Overall sorry to see our distributor pick up Tommyknockers as there are many better brewers they could get plus they are selling it at a premium don't see it going over for an average brewery when better beers can be had for less.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 00:22:00 | More by mntlover
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.39/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

IM sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear copper hue with a bleached white head of .5 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer fairly quickly after the pour.
The aroma is slightly tart almost like a Flanders Ale. Didnt expect that from this beer. There is also a bit of graininess and that is about it, with the nose being fairly mild.
First sip reveals a fairly light body with fine and tingly carbonation that tickles my palate after each sip. The flavor is sweet grain and a bit of light fruit with maybe white grape or white wine notes. Finishes with a tartness overall but still a mild piece here. The beer is an easy drinker, but the tartness could make it slightly less sessionable.
I enjoy the beer but wouldnt chase it down and not sure I would want more than one at a setting since the tartness is purging my palate.
An okay beer but not something outstanding and the tartness may turn off lots of other folks at the onset of a sampling.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 05:10:59 | More by sulldaddy
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a darker golden yellow color with a fizzling head that dies back in ten seconds without leaving any lacing at all. Smells like tart granny smith apples and pineapples mostly, with lesser amounts of musty grain aroma. Flavor is mostly sour apple as well, with a decent level of pucker without too much acidity, transitions into a mild lemony sort of flavor and finishes with mild citrus peel and herbal hopping. Body is light yet not watery, carbonation is also light, could stand some more bubbling action in this brew.

Overall, a tart and tangy treat for my tongue. A nice little brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:00:13 | More by WastingFreetime
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a very weak saison, a very watered down and Americanized in a bad way. it pours a charming golden color with some opaqueness and a good inch of white head, but it fades fast as the beer warms. the nose is more Belgian yeast than traditional saison yeast, and I don't get a lot of wheat malt in here, just some leftover feeling sweetness. there is a lot of citrus in the taste, and the hops do appear to have influenced this one at least a little bit, but it tastes and feels thin, weirdly herbal, and the yeast just isn't quite right. carbonation is also lacking, and it gets filling even though its thin for this reason. tommyknocker has the best chicken wings ever, and their beers have always been on the right side of the fence for me, albeit barely and not all of them. I wanted this to propel them to a new level, but to me it was a beer that exposes the worst parts of the brewery, and while not a bad beer at all, its unexceptional, and will fade out of memory as fast as the carbonation leaves the glass of this one. a golden opportunity squandered.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 19:44:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a heavily clouded, darkened gold body with a small, deficient, white head.

Smell: Whoa! A definitely tart nose, with sour lemon, phenolic clove-like hints, and some understated creamyish wheat notes.

Taste: Pale malted barley and wheat with some sweetness at its base, but this 'nice' ale is wild, it's vulgar. Some spiciness. This tart, sour fruit presence cut with staunchly acidic lemon juices makes up the bulk of the flavor, here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation, rather crisp.

Overall: Not so raunchy it'll come sailing back out as soon as you put it down, but close. Though, it's still somewhat intriguing, like Wesley Willis.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 02:19:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 21:49:39 | More by DavoleBomb
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 23:16:41 | More by phishsihq
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Bitter_Echo

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:02:20 | More by Bitter_Echo
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 01:17:53 | More by ChrisPratz
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 16:03:20 | More by woodychandler
Nice Saison Seasonal Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.