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Saison (Bottle) - Odonata Beer Company

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Saison (Bottle)Saison (Bottle)

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Odonata Beer Company
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: popery on 06-15-2010)
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Reviews by WOTO97:
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big fizzy head that settles to a thin sudsy cap with a great bright orange sunset for body, some murkiness appropriate to style. Some sweet malts on the nose with a big bright citrus wallop accompany a slight note of clove and some slight funk, even a bit of banana as it reaches room temp. Alcohol becomes more noticeable upon warming. Flavors are pretty comparable to the nose here: lots of citrus with a touch of banana and sweet malt in the back. As the beer approaches room temp, notes of cinnamon and white pepper. Carbonation is well done for style here if not a bit too fizzy; the body provides a slight creamy yeast quality up front. Very enjoyable, refreshing, and a perfect summer accompaniment.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 18:23:49 | More by WOTO97
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up after reading Odonata is calling it quits.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a 1 inch off-white head. The head is very bubbly and boils down to a small cap. There is a single ring of lace that formed on the glass on the drink down. Smells of tart apples, yeast, spices, and wheat. Actually smells very much like a hefeweizen. Taste is exactly like the smell with wheat, spices, and yeast flavors of a hefeweizen and some citrus notes on the finish. I am also picking up a slight peppery aftertaste on the palate after each sip. A very nice level of carbonation making for a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. Very soda like but it works with the taste. Overall, this is a good saison that reminds me very much of a hefeweizen with a little extra.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 06:10:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of bigfnjoe


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- pours a perfectly transparent shade of gold with a one finger pure white head. Beer looks pretty amazing, that's for sure

S- yum lemongrass. Smells of Belgian yeast too.

T- it's lemony, it's got that Belgian twang to it, it's got some sweetness...really complex and very good

M- it's got some thickness to it, actually. Has more of a body than I'd expect from something so light tasting and smelling

O- this is some pretty good stuff, it's a shame the brewery wrapped production. I'd like some more.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 23:01:30 | More by bigfnjoe
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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold appearance, bubbly white head. Musty yet crisp aroma, good job.

Taste, nice and dry, wouldn't describe this as funky, tart nor sour, was more of a refreshing yet dry hefeweizen almost. Slight citrus taste to it, lemon. Tiny bit of banana to it. Good yeast flavor that doesn't impart a ton of that shit clove taste. Bitterness is just right.

Thanks to whomever sent this as an extra, a better than average saison in my book. At the same time, don't really see myself killing a 22oz of this to myself ever either.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 16:30:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another long time want taken care of by Chris. Thanks, bud!

Mildly hazy, this beer is orange-yellow with a dense, white head that recedes to a disk leaving little lacing. The nose is excellent. Perfectly balanced with a light peachy, fruity character, a little floral honey, a little spiciness with white pepper and just enough hops, herbal and mineraly to tie it all together. Dry and rustic, this has a nice bready yeastiness. Solid stuff

The palate opens crisp and fruity with a blend of peach and grapes working very well with a dry, pislner malt and wheat base. A little bread, a little honey are present as malt characteristics, but the mid-palate is where the yeast shines - the classic saison funk with a blend of white pepper and a little clove, as well as an earthy hop flavor. Drying and mildly spicy on the finish, this beer is light in body and highly carbonated. Excellent balance and array of flavors here, I'd make this a staple if I could.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:40:33 | More by DefenCorps
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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nanoslug for this beer as an extra!
Bottled: unk

A: Butter yellow ale with brilliant clarity. Single finger, loose soap sud foam head splits in half to leave a thick quilt of the same. Near sheet lacing.

S: cloves, sweet wheat, hints of white cherry. Grain backbone. Nice.

T: Mild yeast on this particular farmhouse. Slight bitterness on the back end. Alcohol evident here. Hint of copper. apple meats.

M: Medium, spritely, dries the palate.

O: well done, but not really THAT good. All the tastes are subtle. Nothing particularly unique in this.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 09:36:05 | More by harrymel
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a more than fun beer. Very bubbly, almost effervescent, and a bit dry, which I loved. The fruity and spicy-ness that can come with a Sasion was present and overall a joy to drink. Drink this one cool and then let it warm up a bit as you drink, brings out some very interesting flavors. I totally recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 20:51:49 | More by allanplaysguitar
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3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A--Straw colored brew, with an ivory head, decent lacing.

S--Not as herbaceously pungent as others in the style

T--Can't tell if this is supposed to be a pale ale or a saison. It seems to have a bittering hop note that detracts from the herby saison flavor. Also, completely lacking in the yeast that you find in most saisons.

M--A little too much carbonation here, probably from bottle conditioning.

D--The bitter note is very distracting and prevents me from wanting to drink this brew again.

This beer does not represent the Saison style well.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 07:16:23 | More by LBBeer
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3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm definitely excited to try it. Drank from my Surlyfest mug.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear bright yellow with a nice half finger creamy bright white head. An amazing cap and collar remains the entire time along with plenty of lacing. Great looking beer.
Smell- Nice potent nose with a bright sort of Saison funk. Has a nice lemony bite right from the start as the nose is pretty hoppy. Very citric and a really nice nose. A bit of clove and banana from the yeast adds a light funk in the background. Sort of peppery and spicy as well.
Taste- The beer starts much like the nose with a very bright citric kick. Lightly bitter at first with a nice touch of lemon and maybe even peach. I don't get much, if any, funk from the yeast but there is a light touch of spice. Some white pepper on the finish and a light bit of fruity citrus lingers.
Mouthfeel- Light body with a nice smooth feel and light crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Definitely a nice hoppy Saison. Reminds me a lot of Surly Cynic. It's somewhat fruity yet still has all the characteristics of a Saison. Very drinkable and very tasty. Thanks much Abel!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 03:09:15 | More by younger35
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Golden yellow, nice fluffy white head, nice lacing looks really good.

S= You get the citrus and the Belgium yeast. Really has a barnyard feel to get some wheat in very nice nose.

T= Taste is about the same as the nose but then it has a pepper aftertaste very nice. Clean and crisp.

M= Clean, crisp nice dry finish, kind of light in body nice carbonation.

D= Really nice beer glad I got to try this one really enjoy these farmhouse ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 06:44:57 | More by LiquidBread219
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber into a C&B Bruges glass.

A - Pours a beautifully hazy yellow with a two finger bone color head. Nice retention and lacing left as the head is receding.

S - Even though this is brewed in the US, it has a distinctively Belgian aroma, with that typical barnyard funk that i notice in spades here. Citrus zest and Belgian yeast dominate the aroma, but i cant say that its not to style.

T - I wasnt in the mood for a terribly heavy or complex beer tonight and thats what i got with this one. Its a perfect beer to DRINK, i mean really drink, not necessarily savor, unless thats what you are in the mood for. Wonderful citrus, mostly lemon flavors are the first thing i get, along with some hints of banana and Belgian yeast. It's really reminiscent of a hefe, but more funky.

M - This is a very well carbonated beer that leaves the finish fairly dry. Its also very smooth and soft, not like other saisons which are normally very spiky. The alcohol is also very well hidden here, not that its very high to begin with..

D - This is one of the more drinkable saisons i have had. The fact that its not overly dry not overly carbonated is what really makes it great for me. I could see myself really enjoying this during the hot summer days.

Well done Odonata, and the fact that its a local brewery makes me fairly excited to try the rest of their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:22:32 | More by dubinsky
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Saison (Bottle) from Odonata Beer Company
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