Preservation Series: Saison Tonnellerie - The Bruery
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
3.91/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottled on 3/19/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours a beautiful, hazy straw gold with a luscious cap of a 2 fingers tall, tightly bubbled, pure white head. The head retention is adequate, but I've seen better on Saisons. As the head recedes, it leaves some minor lacing along the sides of the glass.
Spicy Saison yeast envelopes your senses as you bring the glass towards your face; notes of ripe, juicy pear, white pepper and clove. There is a bright, lemon-y tartness to the nose, which really syncs up with the grassy hop character that is underneath the yeast. Behind the tartness, there is a subtle, earthy funkiness and soft, cracker like malt presence that both become more apparent as the beer warms. Whispers of vanilla are preciously intertwined inside the malt character, which I assume is due to fact that this Saison was 100% fermented in oak.
Similar to the nose; Spicy saison yeast upfront; fresh hay interlaced with notes of pear, banana, clove and white pepper. A bright burst of orange blossom hoppiness follows the the yeast into the musty, Brettanomyces laden middle. The beer finishes bitter, dry and ever-so-slightly-tart, with a kiss of a cracker-like malt presence. The oak lends a creaminess to the malt character. Lingering notes of vanilla, barnyard funk, pepper and bread. Light tannin presence.
Robust, Medium, creamy body from oak with high carbonation.
To reign this very widely interpreted style back into it's rustic beginnings, the Bruery decided to 100% ferment this Saison in oak barrels. This process adds a very distinct, vanilla heavy woodsiness to the beer. The oak also lends a lightly creamy body to the ale. This saison smells absolutely wonderful with a lovely tart streak. Unfortunately, the taste isn't quite as layered and nuanced as the nose. Overall this is a fun beer, but I definitely would take Saison Rue over this any day of the week.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2013 03:50:16 | More by flayedandskinned
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4.34/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is up there in terms of American saisons. You get the oak on the finish of this beer as well. Bright and well carbonated. A little bit of Brett funk and loads of yeast character. This is quite a treat of a Saison and up there with Saison Brett and Seizoen Bretta.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2014 21:24:42 | More by PHBoiler
4.24/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Finally got to crack this one open recently - thanks to my fellow Society member for splitting! Bottled on "3/19/13." Poured into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle.
Pours a cloudy, golden amber color of a saison, with a good frothy white head that sticks around for a good long while. The Bruery usually is not good in providing very pretty looking beers, but saisons in general (really, thanks to the yeast) tend to be at the top in terms of presentation, and this is no exception. Great bubbles hang at the top, with some sparking wine-like carbonation at first. A great looking beer for its type, and I can't fault it for anything major.
As others pointed out that got to try this, this has developed into a very cider-like profile, as evident on the nose. Beautiful, refreshing notes of green apples, banana, apricots, and pineapple. Really good stuff, and quite balanced overall, with a grassy profile from the hops, as well as a toffee/caramel combo from the malts. It isn't very complex, but the oak aging and yeastiness becomes more apparent as this warms up - spicy, funky, yet filled with light baking spices from the oak, as well as a woody, firm finish. Very appealing overall, if only lacking complex development that I would have hoped for this late in the game.
Tastes as I would expect it to be, based on the aroma - crisp, refreshing, slightly complex, and overall satisfying. Notes of apples, pears, and banana phenolic yeastiness finish it off, alongside a grassy, slightly herbal and floral hop profile (everything from light pine to lavender is here), as well as a toffee sweetened and bready finish with some slight oak woody notes and baking spices (baking soda, caramel, and light tobacco come to mind). The star of the show is by far the yeast, which provides an undeniable funkiness and spicy flavor that enhances the fruit notes and grassy characteristics, and it seems evident from the initial flavor that this is developing well. Thick, creamy, and well carbonated, yet not heavy at all in feel, which is what I usually prefer in a saison. Not bad at all - it seems this has really reached a sweet spot at this point.
With that said, this could only get better over time, despite the yeast reaching a fully blossomed character at this point. Refreshing, flavorful, and very easy to drink, as it should be. This is probably the most laid back beer The Bruery has brewed to date, and I do hope they make this a year round offering. Very recommended for those looking for an easy going American made saison of sorts.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 07:11:20 | More by magictacosinus
4.08/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
as dynamic as any straight saison around. this is a beautiful beer, with a glazed yellow color, pale and well carbonated under an inch of white fluffy head with great retention. it smells like awesome belgian saison yeast, light wheat malt, and a bit of an apple vibe, maybe green apples, tart and crisp. the flavors are similar, and i still get that apple in here, but i also get a ton of new oak barrel that has made this particularly earthen and mellow, rich and nuanced, bold but delicate at the same time. it is extremely well done. the yeast is really prominent in the flavor, its spicy and tart, almost like a wild ale here but its got a fruity component too. its cleaned up all sugar and produced and extremely dry saison with great carbonation, exactly how i like mine. lots of wood and fruit in the finish without being sweet. yeast finishes the job completely. yet another beautiful beer from the bruery, who cannot seem to miss on these saison types. this is killer.
Serving type: bottle
01-19-2014 17:12:37 | More by StonedTrippin
Preservation Series: Saison Tonnellerie from The Bruery
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