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Pro-AM 2009 (Saison) - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Pro-AM 2009 (Saison)Pro-AM 2009 (Saison)

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87
very good

10 Ratings
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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

The winners of our "Best of Show" competition brewed the inaugural beer of this series on July 21st: Mark Kizer and Scott Wells of Austin. This beer is a hefty Saison style Ale that was brewed with a blend of spices, as well as the traditional beer ingredients.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 09-03-2009)
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Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

BeerHunter76, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -0.7%

drummermattie02, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with an amber color and a hefty cap which lacks retention though it leaves some lace behind

Smell: Sweeter than I would have expected, with yeast and candi sugar elements along with coriander

Taste: Ripe pear and coriander, up front, along with white pepper - very fruity and sweet, with a candi sugar element, as well; after the swallow, there is a slight amount of yeasty funk, but the sweeter elements prevail in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very unusual saison, to say the least; more like a BSPA; ignoring the style discdorance, a rather nice brew

brentk56, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of hayalex6
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Austin Gingerman, drinking it as I type. Color is a great copper. This smells like a barn and I couldn't be happier with it, has great mouthfeel and fizziness, one of the better saison beers I've had. Taste is as funky as the nose, which is wonderful for this style.

hayalex6, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Onslow
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at the H-Town Gingerman in rice village on Dec.13 2009 at 1:30pm after a slightly hazy Live Oak Pilz.. pours out a light copper colour with more than admirable head .. some delicious candy sweetness with a subtle smooth saison funk jazziness .. medium foam .. great great aftertaste!! .. another winner from the SS..

Onslow, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/3/2009 (draught at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a clear reddish orange color body, small creamy whitish head, diminishing. Spicy aroma, very sweet. Very strong lemony aroma. Almost caustic smelling, nearly like cleaning fluid, but in a good way! Spicy taste, very seasoned. semi-sweet, dry and somewhat bitter. Pretty tasty. Some funkiness there too, though.

jujubeast6000, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of peterjk
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House in Austin, Texas.

A: Slightly cloudy orange amber

S: Earthy, Skunky, Herbal, Slight Apple sweetness

T: Crisp honey sweetness up front, big green herbs and dough/yeast middle, tangy and mildly bitter finish.

M: Thin up front, felt texture on finish from fine bubble carbonation.

D: This is an excellent easy drinking American Saison. It has enough herbal and yeast flavors to make it interesting but is not to dry. The mild sweetness makes it a saison you can session.

peterjk, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap at the Libertine Bar in Dallas. The beer pours a nice golden copper color. The beer is slightly hazy and you cannot see clearly through the glass. The smell is heavy on the spice, with some pepper, coriander and a little citrus, but not much funk. The taste is just what I want from a saison, with lots of spiciness as well as some fruit. I may have even had some ginger towards the end of the glass, but I am not sure. There is also not a lot of funk/wildness in the taste, but that works fine in this beer. Overall, this is a very drinkable saison. I could drink this beer all day long. I hope Southern Star brews this beer again.

Mora2000, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass a very hazy, dusky copper color with a fat, creamy white head that displays good retention and lacing. Pretty good looking beer, if not a bit dark for the style.

Smell is heavy on the spices here...lemons, oranges, grains of paradise and peppercorns. Just a bit of farmhouse funk in there, but it is hard to find and pretty well buried. The nose seems a bit more wit-like than a saison, but not bad at all.

Taste is much more typical of a saison as more of the yeast ester flavors are discernable. It has a nice creamy texture to it that all Southern Star beers have. I am not digging the grains of paradise in here though, as it is a bit overpowering and I do not find them a tasty ingredient in beer. Other than that though, it is a very tasty saison. The lack of much funk flavor and the heavy dose of spices make me want to classify this as a very 'American' style saison. I hope SS makes more of this beer rather than just a one-off for the GAFB Pro-Am (it was a homebrew competition winner).

twiggamortis420, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of champ103
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper color. A two finger white head forms at first. The foam gently recedes to a ring. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Malty and sweet. Lots of fruity aromas. Orange, apples, pears. Some coriander and peppery spice. Hay, grass, and funky barnyard aromas linger on. Really complex and interesting.
T: Sweet malt with lots of fruity flavors again. Spicy and peppery flavors from the coriander and grains of parades.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Just enough crisp carbonation to make this very refreshing. Easy and smooth to drink. I can quaff several of these with no problem.

I love this beer. I hope Southern Star continues to make this, and it is not just a one off. If you can make it to the Flying Saucer to try this, I would highly recommended it.

champ103, Sep 03, 2009
Pro-AM 2009 (Saison) from Southern Star Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.