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Preservation Series: Saison Tonnellerie - The Bruery

Preservation Series: Saison TonnelleriePreservation Series: Saison Tonnellerie

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BA SCORE
88
very good

209 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 209
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.91%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saison Tonnellerie is a new addition to our portfolio of Belgian-inspired saison ales and it could be argued that it is the most traditional as it was 100% fermented in oak barrels.

This sophisticated beer has picked up a rustic character akin to the original beers of the Belgian countryside that would be brewed in the colder months of the year, when fermentation temperatures were more forgiving, and served to the farm staff to keep their thirst quenched all summer long. With Spring upon us, you are just in time to stock up on this new ale for the warmer months.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 04-23-2013)
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flayedandskinned

California

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.

Appearance: (4)
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.

Aroma: (4.5)
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.

Taste: (3.75)
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.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Robust, Medium, creamy body from oak with high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
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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Preservation Series: Saison Tonnellerie from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.