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Saison Athene - Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

393 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%


Brewed by:
Saint Somewhere Brewing Company visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saison Athene is a bottle conditioned Saison brewed with chamomile, fresh rosemary and black pepper. A dose of wild yeast at bottling adds to the complexity.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-29-2007)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whitish body with lots of white foam on top. Yeast and lightly spicy aroma. Easy drinking medium mouthfeel, the taste is a light bitterness integrated with the spicy yeast, a little boozy but most drinkable. Drying finish. Bottle picked up in Brandon, Florida. A very good saison, although not the greatest I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 01:48:34 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully hazy Golden Delicious yellow with an alabaster colored head that is dangerously close to Belgianesque in both size and texture. A loud rifle shot on cork extraction was the first clue that the beer was well-carbonated. Abstract patterns of sticky lace complete the picture of a classic saison.

The label includes those enigmatic words 'brewed with spices'. I'll guess grains of paradise, along with at least one other. Coriander perhaps? The beer is also bright and lemon zesty. It's a good nose, but it isn't quite complex enough to earn a bigger score. (Edit: chamomile, rosemary and black pepper are used).

Saison Athene tastes good as well. Having said that, my favorite saisons/farmhouse ales derive their flavors from yeast, bacteria or hops (especially hops!) as opposed to added spices. When the spice in question is this dominant, it tends to turn potential complexity into actual simplicity. How one feels about the flavor, for the most part, depends on how one feels about the spices.

The malt bill is almost certainly 100% pilsner and/or pale. There's an underlying sugar cookie sweetness that is countered beautifully by both bitterness and spiciness. Saint Somewhere thinks SA has a dry finish. It ain't that dry, although the hops keep things quasi-crisp on the back end.

Complexity or no complexity, I'm enjoying the beer too much to stay stuck on a score of 4.0 for flavor. This is a beautifully constructed ale whose positives definitely outweigh its negatives. It's hard to say if the beer's lemongrassiness is due to lemongrass or to hops. The brewery says that flavors will continue to develop over several years. My thinking is that fresh (and hoppy) is best.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite match the excellence of the Belgian and French masters, but it isn't far off. It's at least medium for the style and has a sneaky viscosity that keeps beer in contact with taste buds for an impressively long time. All those bubbles do a great job of injecting a smooth-edged creaminess. What the hell, I guess it deserves to be rewarded after all.

Talk about cognitive dissonance. What are the odds that a relatively new craft brewery in Tarpon Springs, Florida could create a Belgian saison that is able to stand up to all but the world's best? This is fantastic beer that I wouldn't mind drinking again. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 21:47:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle which was served at cellar temperature and poured into a snifter. Consumed on 07/12/2008.

I was lucky enough to be able to have my sister in law bring me a couple of these up from Florida on her last trip down there. Really fantastic looking bottle I have to admit. Great artwork on this one, with a classic feel to it. The bottle was heavy as hell as a side note. The pour was very nice with a rich golden yellow. Lots of haze and cloudiness here with a large two finger high head of white foam that just would not receded. Lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom to reinforce it.

The aroma was loaded with spices. Hints of lemon and cinnamon where abound here, with a rich earthy mix to it. Lots of almost a nutmeg I am picking up here. The flavor took off right where that left off. A rich mixture of lemon, fresh grass, light fruit flavors and a ton of spice. Nice hints of allspice, cinnamon and pepper here. Nice light to medium body feel capped it off very well and the overall drinkability was very nice,

Overall not half bad. Not the best in the style I had ever had, but definitely worth seeking out to try again. A very solid beer that will do nothing more then encourage me to try the rest of their offerings. Very solid.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 01:27:13 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a large white head. The rosemary is the dominant aroma. There is a hint of chamomile that comes through, too. Though it’s not in there, a hint of sage, too. A touch of citrus peel and a lot of malt and sugar sweetness. The flavor is interesting. Quite herbal and spicy up front with the rosemary once again being the primary flavor. The finish is very sweet and has an almost Swedish Fish candy flavor to it. Really weird.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 19:08:36 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: After an explosion from the cork, pours a cloudy honey color with a frothy head that retains and laces well

Smell: Apple and pear, white pepper, candi sugar and yeasty herbaciousness

Taste: Opens with a balance of sweet and dry apple flavors, with a yeasty element building by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors become more intense, with a peppery, hot cinnamon finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: After a bad experience with the poorly carbonated first batch, the brewer has obviously gone overboard in the opposite direction; still, this is a great domestic saison and I am glad I had an opportunity to re-visit it so soon after my previous experience; my only recommendation would be for the brewer to keep safety in mind as somebody is going to get hurt by the exploding corks

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 00:45:01 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Beerlando: Poured a light dirty yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky yeast is easily detectable and quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by the funky yeast but it is not as dominant as the aroma would suggest. Nice Belgian type malt base is also noticeable but hops presence is hard to notice. Body is quite full with some good carbonation and alcohol is not apparent.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 18:45:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not knowing a lot about authentic Belgian Saisons outside of Dupont and a few others, this beer carries a lot of aged and characterful notes that make be beleive it's authentic.

As the bottle propells the cork toward the ceiling, the beer instantly begins to ooze out of the bottle. Quickly grabing my glass, the beer pours a very efforvescent pour of glowing golden hues A very froathy and airy head forms on the glass and laces extremely well with cotton-white foam.

Aromas are extremely aromatic with perfumes, fruitiness, herbs, spices, and must. Apples, pears, pineapples, lemons, and appricots give a huge fruity burst of esters while sharp spicy pepper, cumin, and spice for balance. Hop aromas add to the spiciness and contribute bitterness, earthiness, and a hint of cheesiness.

Flavors are very fruit forward as well. But the spicey phenols give much more character and balance that expected. Flavors of orange zest, chamomile, corriander, and tropical fruits add a lot of sweetness which raise the malt flavor from dry to sweet. Still, the beer has a dry bitter balance that, once again, gives that cheesy note.

The body is very airy and efforvescent with dryness and spiciness to match. Although some sweetness exists, the carbonation and alcohol reduce these to more subtle and digestible qualities. The mouthfeel likely saves this beer from becomming a single source contradiction.

I very much think this is a fantastic Saison, but the ginger-chamomile-orange things going on seem a bit forced. I love the dry, efforvescent character of the beer.

Thanks Ding!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 04:16:46 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours nice and golden with a white head and some nice lace left behind. Nose is pepper, orange, citrus, spice, and pear. Taste is a bit of citrus with spice and light fruits. Mouthfeel is really quite nice; light and good carbonation. In the end, tastes almost like Sweet Tarts. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 20:16:10 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is golden yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The nose has moderately strong aromas of herbs and spices that are very similar to what you would expect from a Scottish gruit beer. Notes of lemongrass, rosemary and hints of wine are noticeable.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some peppery and spicy flavors. The brett adds a touch of sourness. The finish has a bit of funkiness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the herbal flavors don’t overpower the smell and the alcohol is well hidden. The beer tastes particularly well with aging.

Note: 2009 vintage

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 20:40:35 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, yellow-orange body with a... hmm, there's not really any head to speak of, so let's just go "n/a" for that.

Smell: Gah, what a very fragrant and perfumy aroma. It's the beer equivalent of an incense shop! Ginger, jasmine, red sandalwood, and patchouli!

Taste: Upfront, there's a lemony honey-like flavor, but that's not to say it's actually sweet. I will not go on the record as having said that. Flavorwise, the intense incense experience rages on with hints of myrrh, crystal amber, Arabian frankincense, and even more ginger. The finish is surprisingly abrupt and somewhat sour. The spicing lingers on and on.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation. Normally, I prefer less carbonation, but I gotta say this one could use a bit to clean away all the spices.

Drinkability: The most exciting thing to come out of Florida since oranges!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 18:52:36 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Tripel Karmaliet glass.

Pours a bright cloudy amber-straw (mostly straw) with a steadfast head of white foam that leaves only a tiny bit of soapy lacing behind. The nose is spicy and sour, with notes of brett, cloves, green apples, pepper, and wheat. the funkiness comes out strongly in the taste, with all of the nose's elements coming through as well, creating a mostly harmonious belgian concoction. The sour funk, though, seems to want to tip the balance in its favor a bit too much, just keeping things from perfect equilibrium. The body is a solid light-medium, with steady, nice carbonation and a punctuatedly smooth texture. Overall, a good, strong offering, though the seemingly intense funkiness/sourness forces the drinkability to remain high with those whose tongues are attuned to such things, while those on the other side are left somewhat in the lurch (but not too far, mind you).

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 13:52:15 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Nice label.

The Saison Athene pours a glowing golden orange body beneath a massive head of creamy off-white that holds remarkably well and leaves beautiful rings of sticky, creamy lace as it goes. The initial pour was fairly clear; subsequent pours were hazy.

The aroma expresses chalky yeast, bright spice, and grainy malt. I can't pick out any exact spices except for coriander, but it kind of smells like sandalwood, and even a tiny bit like patchouili - maybe just like a display of different types of incense. Really unique. I've never smelled that in a beer.

In the mouth it bristles the tongue with an elevated, very-fine bubbled natural carbonation from bottle conditioning. The body is medium-light, and as it warms it becomes more supple, and even a touch creamy.

The flavor delivers a beautifully-rounded combination of lightly sweet wheaty malt, delicate yeasty golden fruit, a dry mineralish note similar to ground granite, chalk, and a delicate dusting of spice. Hmmm... notes of cedar and lemon? At first the spice is subtle, giving flavors of coriander, clove, and a hint of cardamom, but in the finish it comes up quite bright with a note of ginger and white pepper. It leaves a tingle on the tongue! The bitterness is kept in check, and rightfully so, because the spicing does more than an adequate job of drying it. The lingering spiciness is really nice. The alcohol never shows. Really well done.

Unique! Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 20:59:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw yellow, lustrous, snowy white head. Looking perfect for style.

Fresh and zesty lemony aroma right off, ...light spices, coriander, maybe cardomom, some white pepper?

Tasting, it's right on! Creamy, pulpy mouthfeel, gorgeous malt body, never-ending citric zest. This would be a great food beer, for sure.

A solid saison, I'm liking this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 08:50:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of spices; ginger, clove and coriander along with Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise very spicy with flavors of coriander, ginger and clove. There's a bready Belgian yeast flavor and hearty malt character that follows along with some sweetness. There's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer but I just don't like the intense spice flavor. If that's your thing, it's worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 00:56:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

09 vintage is courtesy of Beertracker, thanks Jeff!

Pours an effervescent, semi-hazed straw with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Insane lacing & great head retention

S: Apple peels & a bit sourness, some peach & apple blossom, ginger & saffron as this warms up

T: Fruityness, apples, peach, pears & tart lemon up up front. & nice tartness to go with the fruitty sweetness up front. fruittyness, tartness, a touch of ginger & saffron all show as this warms, plus a touch of light funk. Finishes tart, a touch crisp fruitty & spice, not totally to style, but I like where they went with this

MF: Spritzy, light/medium bodied & warming

This drank very easy & hid the ABV extremely well. This may not be funky or sour enough for some, but this really worked for me. I'm guessing this what Avery was shooting for on their 16th anny beer, this is way better!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 03:34:23 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a creamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale malt scent along with an earthy/peppery yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a really nice pale malt flavor with tons of yeast character. It has a mild hop taste that melds the flavors that the earthy yeast esters create. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an excellent representation of the style. It's full flavored and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 21:39:50 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. The cork shot off the bottle at a high rate of speed but the beer didn't gush out.

The aroma is very fruity. It smells like fruit cocktail. I get apples, peaches, mangoes and a little tartness. The flavor is heavy on the ginger with lots of citrus fruits in there as well. It tastes a lot like ginger ale with apples and pears added to it. High carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:25:53 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 marked on the cork

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a three-finger, eggshell white head of fluffy foam. It left sticky trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and sweet with yeasty and phenolic notes.

T - Spicy with lemon, yeasty and grains. There is a light, sweet caramel flavor.

M - It was very sharp - it popped on the tongue. A medium bodied ale that finished very dry.

D - This is good, but it should be shared. After a while the flavors started to overwhelm my taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 01:59:15 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Somehow haven't had any of their beers yet, or at least reviewed them. I've had them here and there at festivals, and esp at The Festival in Portland got to know the guys a bit thanks to rudzud hanging out with them. This one was actually given to me as an extra thanks to Stogies, which is cool since I've haven't manned up enough to buy any of these since I hadn't tried them yet.

Pours a fizzy larger head that fades pretty much instantly, looks like apple cider with many bubbles rising up the center but no head can form, very slight hazy golden cider color.

Nose is really unique, a bit saison, but cider, but tart fruit and almost lambic like, champagne, etc. It brings a nice apple cider that was spontaneously fermented. A bit of a Belgian beer, kinda like saison bit more French light saison, and some Belgian tart lambic like fruit, a but if a champagne like effervescent aroma, some interesting spices in there not quite mulling spices and not quite cooking but somewhere in between.

Taste brings more interesting blended goodness, hard to say what to start with... a immersing apple cider, with cinnamon even and apple skin etc. Again an interesting effervescent like champagne and floral characters, with a bit of a farmhouse funk, a spontaneously fermented apple cider, s light tart apple like fruit, and light vinous touch. There is a hint if Brett like funk, with a dry lighter style French saison again, more light floral spices, and a bit of a floral fruity hop character. It also brings a light doughy blond malt character with a hint of fermented straw, probably from the saison character. Finish is dry but slightly sticky feeling, lingering more spontaneous fermented apple cider with spices and cinnamon like, light saison flavours lingering, hint of bitterness.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, effervescent carb.

Overall quite unique, interesting saison, apple cider, champagne, etc. Almost the perfect beer for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:38:22 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Most Recent Bottling with Brettanomyces added to the bottle
Sampled March 2008
A careful pour yields a fluffy, almost four finger thick, pale, off-white colored head that grows to five-fingers in height as I slowly inspect it. As the head slowly recedes it forms dynamic, textured surfaces and lofted surfaces as well as substantial lacing on the sides of my tulip glass; yep, the carbonation in this one is definitely a-ok. The beer is fully hazy and shows a pale amber, orange-tinged color that shows straw-gold notes when held up to the light. The aroma is still quite spicy, as I expected from this latest release; quite pepper-like with notes of clove, cardamom, anise and a very perfume-like character; perfume aromatics make me think of lavender and herbal flower petals. This also has a slightly musty, earthy, funky yeast signature to it. Towards the end some sweet malt character comes through with aromas of honey, sweet grain and it even accents some orange-zest aromatics.

Soft and creamy tasting, yet with a definite peppery carbonic bite, the beer is light and quaffable like a good Saison should be yet still has some body to it. The flavor is again quite perfume / potpourri like with lots of floral characteristics and also has a substantial white pepper / grains of paradise note to it. This still has some sweetness to it with flavors of sweet grain, floral-pale-honey flavors as well as a touch of sweet orange peel. Turpene-rich spice notes of clove, cardamom and something that is almost allspice like. The spice flavors tend to mellow a bit as my palate gets used to them, but, especially the floral-perfume ones, they are still the dominant flavor character of this brew. The spice notes almost have a metallic quality to them. Towards the finish some more malt character is noticeable in the form of freshly crushed grain flavors, some lightly toasted malt notes and touch of soda-cracker flavors. Earthy spice notes, green coriander and some of the clove notes are definitely a signature of the Saison yeast.

The Brettanomyces has yet to contribute, but that is not surprising as this is less than a month old. Thankfully Solan was kind enough to include a bottle for me to age. Speaking of which, over-carbonation might be an issue if there is indeed Brettanomyces added to this at bottling as this is already pretty well carbonated. This beer is a whole lot better with the carbonation and, unsurprisingly the flavor profile has changed quite a bit; almost to the point that I could be convinced that the brewer may have played with the relative amounts / additions of spices in this batch (though it is just as likely that the carbonation has amplified / muted certain aspects of the beer on its own). I sort of like the potpourri nature of this brew, but I could see how it would get on some peoples nerves as it is quit prominent. Some age and the Brett should take care of this though.

Likely Batch 1; Sampled January 2008
Very undercarbonated, but shows lots of potential

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 01:32:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice cloudy looking saison, it's got a yellowish color to it and a big viscous white head on it. This brew is very lively. The smell of the beer has some yeasty fruit notes with a bit of herbal aromas too. The taste gives off an interesting flavor of some fermented fruit and some very herbal flavors. The aftertaste almost feels like it has some kind of menthol cooling the back of the mouth. Very different. The mouthfeel was bubbly and has plenty of carbonation to it. Overall it's a very interesting Saison from a very interesting brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 00:58:19 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing me back two bottles of this from Florida!

750 ml cage-corked bottle - "2008" on cork:

Pours hazed golden yellow with a foamy white head that doesn't quite endure the trip, but lasts long enough to appreciate it. Thin, uneven rings of lacing stick.

The smell is grainy, perfumy, with orange/lemon zest and black pepper - a bit too perfumy/medicinal. Smells fits with style, in a "different" way.

The taste is sweet and perfumy/medicinal. Spicy with hop spicing coming across as almost aspirin-like, giving a bittering dry note in the finish. A touch of alcohol comes through.

It is on the fuller side of light-bodied with a Belgian-inspired effervescence that almost hits the spot. The spiciness and herbal/medicinal notes border on almost too much, and slow it down. An "interesting" brew that is obviously "Belgian inspired". Black pepper is a bit heavy in the aftertaste. An over-spiced attempt at the style, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 05:08:07 | More by jwc215
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clouded gold with a minimal white head. Nose is a yeasty, doughy, funk. Flavor is a bit spicier than I would have thought. Kinds of kicks just a little bit, giving it a unique edge over a lot of the other saisons I have had. I like it. Feel has a slightly biting carbonation to it. Smooth liquid feel. I like this saison. A lot. I like it even more because it comes out of Florida of all places. I am glad I was able to get a bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 06:41:00 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy orange in color with a 1/2" head that slowly fals to a thick surface foam.

Smell: fruit sweetness and some softer funk is picked up by the nose.

Taste: moderate malt presence with golden apples, pears, grass, a mild bitterness, and a bit of funk and hint of sourness make up a tasty saison.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp from start to finish. Very long aftertaste as the fruit sweetness and funk linger on the tastebuds.

Drinkability: this beer was nicely drinkable and the bomber size hit the spot for the session.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 11:32:41 | More by Gavage
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

25.4 oz. bottle, had about 10 oz. courtesy of chefscott79, thanks again Scott, bottled on date of 10/07,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, with a thin white head, spotty lacing.

S: Honestly it smells like lemon-lime Gatorade, light spice, enjoyable smell, but weird out of a saison.

T: Continues with the lemon soda/ginger ale profile which dominates the taste buds. Spice enters more into the scene than in the smell with a corinder, cumin, peppery flavour, different than any saison I have ever tasted.

M: Light-bodied for a saison, watery at times, soda-like, spritzy.

D: As a saison it's average and different. My first beer from this Floridian brewery, would try again if I could ever get my hands on another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

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