Nice Saison Seasonal Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery
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1.43/5 rDev -55.7%
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.
10-09-2012 23:37:56 | More by jwil6902
1.73/5 rDev -46.4%
$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.
06-14-2012 04:14:29 | More by Mitchster
2.25/5 rDev -30.3%
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.
08-02-2012 04:05:58 | More by Beaver13
2.58/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
08-31-2012 00:08:50 | More by washburnkid
2.64/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
08-12-2013 02:13:29 | More by stinkydaddy
2.65/5 rDev -18%
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.
07-28-2012 23:15:15 | More by facundoCNB
2.8/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
06-18-2012 02:56:03 | More by znichols
3/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
05-31-2012 05:35:20 | More by Rifugium
Nice Saison Seasonal Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.