1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Saison (Bottle) - Odonata Beer Company

Not Rated.
Saison (Bottle)Saison (Bottle)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 55 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by beagle75:
Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, medium golden color with a white foam head of big, rocky bubbles that vanish in seconds, revealing the still liquid surface of the beer. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bright fruit, almonds, yeast, nutmeg, and delicate toast round out this great smelling saison.

T: Begins with off-dry fruit--apricots, grapes, and lemons--slightly acidic. Funky farm flavor is briefly detected in the middle, but departs quickly ahead of the mildly bitter finish.

M: Light to medium viscosity, slightly creamy on the palate, with light prickly carbonation.

D: This beer has some attractive sensory qualities and does not come across as challenging, yet it leaves behind a feeling of fatigue on the palate after a few glasses. Try it, but stick to a smaller serving and leave wanting more.

beagle75, Oct 12, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 06, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brewed and bottled by Sudwerk who make a reasonably decent hefeweizen (especially for a domestic producer). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Troubadour tulip.

Hazy golden poppy with sunglow highlights. A hefty pile of soft peaks crowns the glass, receding to a half finger of ivory fairly quickly. Nice thick lacing with art-nouveau-esque patterns.

Faint citrus and honey in the nose - light phenolics and a bit of grass perhaps - very subdued aromatics, but growing slightly more floral as it warms.

Dry yeasty palate entry with a lovely suggestion of spice from the use of wheat in the recipe. A mild bitterness along with faint banana-ish notes from hops and esters respectively add complexity and depth to the flavor profile. Clean zippy finish with a hint of tangerine seeds.

Effervescent, nearly medium bodied, and thoroughly refreshing.

A superb summer ale - an unassuming straight forward example of the style, with no off flavors or elements that are overdone. Among a small group of domestic brewers that get it right. Bravo.

augustgarage, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of g00dness
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this to celebrate my team finally winning a game, for a pre-dinner "light" beer. Poured from a 22oz into a stemless wine glass - came out straw-colored with a small creamy head and tiny bubbles coming through persistently.

Nose was banana runts mostly with undertones of yeast and lemongrass.

Taste was surprisingly spicy (didn't come out in the nose), and it also fulfilled the promise of bananas. The best part for me is the dry apricot finish.

Felt creamy with tiny bubbles in the mouth - really a beer i'd recommend to a champagne drinker looking to get into beers.

Drinkability is always kind of subjective. I really enjoy quaffing fruity wheat beers that aren't too sweet or sour, and this is no exception with its great dry finish.

Yet another fantastic local beer for me here in Northern Cal.

g00dness, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright gold with a bit of haze. light fizzy head. nice retention.

light lemon with a lot of funk. not too complex

light lemon and orange with plenty of funk. light citrus hops kind of flow through out. light sweetness!

moderate carbonation with a slight dryness.

not overly complex but light and easy. lots of flavor.

hooliganlife, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was happy to get a chance to tick - I mean savor - a bomber of this at City Beer today.

Pours a beautiful translucent golden color with a creamy lasting white head.

Aroma is nice for the style - pilsner malt and funk, citrus and spice. Flavor is fairly simple but very tasty.

Pale malt with some funk, pepper, and citrus fruit.

Great palate - dry and crisp with nice carbonation.

A very nice saison overall. Very drinkable. I killed the whole bomber.

nickd717, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
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.

WOTO97, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Diomede, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thrilled to be able to crack this one open, it was graciously sent to me last week. served chilled and into a white birch glass, i enjoyed this one while i was grillin, 09/12/2010.

really nice and crystal clear pour of golden amber with a huge billowing head of white that caps the glass sublimely. leveling out a nice round of lacing creeps around the edges of the glass.

aroma is spot on with quick hits of light fruit, lots of grains and a really nice clove an banana like aroma that blends really well with the yeast. crisp, clean, with a lightly dry finish it was dead spot on for the style, really just very well done. light notes of pears and apples throughout gave it a nice balance and the smooth grains really give a nice lift to it.

overall a really solid version of the style. incredibly smooth and drinkable, i could do this one over and over.

mikesgroove, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of crib
4/5  rDev -1.2%

crib, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, appears to be stamped batch 2. Golden with a light haziness and a firm white head that rises to two finger's height. Bright yeasty aroma, signature saison funk meets doughy bread, pilsner malt, overripe lemon, white pepper and clove, perhaps a touch of stonefruit. Spicy on the tongue, dry and peppery with citrusy fruit character. Sweet pilsner malt makes a brief appearance mid-palate, but this finishes dry and yeasty, like half-baked bread. There's little perceptible bitterness, but the spicy yeast flavors have longevity on the palate. Nicely crafted stuff, I'm hard-pressed to think of many better American saisons, and it's reasonably priced too.

largadeer, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mjl21 for the extra!

A: Pours a moderately hazy darkish golden, capped by one finger of fizzy white head. Retention is moderate and it leaves solid lacing down the glass.

S: Smells of honey, lemon zest, light citrus, earthy and grassy character, fresh biscuits, and some light funk swirling in the background.

T: Earthy notes over a bready base open up into some green grapes and lemon zest, followed by faint citrus and honey notes. Strong peppery character comes in near the finish along with moderate funk, following through to a long finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a touch syrupy and could use a little more carbonation.

D: Refreshing and has an extremely clean profile, very drinkable.

Xul, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Richard - thanks.

Pours a slightly hazy sunburst orangish yellow with a nice finger-thick white head which slowly fades to a sparse cap with minimal lace. Smells of pepper, grains, damp/musty earth, hay, grass and yeast. Taste is dry lemon citrus with a mild funky fruit quality. Slightly tart with lots of cracked pepper on the finish. Mouthfeel is refreshingly crisp, and a lingering dryness. Overall, very enjoyable.

wethorseblanket, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of Murchmac
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer that brings the funk. Cloudy head that dissipates into a yellow gold body. Cures rhuematoid arthritis.

Peppery, spice, funk nose that has that yeasty.

Full bodied taste with lemons, tangerines, peppery spice, some funk.

Overall a solid saison that is at a great price. Pretty stoked this beer is around and within reach. If you like saisons seek this one out.

Murchmac, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of GbVDave
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Boulevard tulip. Special thanks to errantnight for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange hue. Immediately, two fingers of fizzy, bright-white head climbed up over the edge of the glass and threatened to spill over the side, but quickly calmed down and settled into a thin skim and thick collar. Carbonation was quite active and some specky lace was evident.

S: Pretty awesome aroma going on here. Fresh, bright citrus, earthy/fruity yeast, banana, coriander, grassy hops, and sweet toasted grains. Pretty simple and uncluttered. Very nice!

T: Everything mentioned above with some slightly tangy berry in the finish. A nice, earthy yeast flavor develops as it comes up to temp as does some green, grassy hops. Excellent level of citrus. After I swirled in the sediment for the second pour, the flavor of white pepper made its' presence felt.

M: At once tangy, sweet, earthy, and quite dry (especially during the finish). Some welcome flashes of pepper and astringent hops, too.

D: Man, what a Saison! Thank you, Derek, for the chance to try this!

GbVDave, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jeff for this one

Pours a nice orange/yellow color with two fingers of head that recedes down to a 1/4 inch and camps out.

The aroma is a very clean herbal/grassy mix with a healthy amount of lemon zest and tangerine. First sniff and I'm like "nice," next sniff and I'm like "wow," third sniff and I'm up to "daaaammnn"....this one is just begging to be swallowed.

The flavor is very nice and extremely refreshing. Mostly herbal and grassy, but those citrus notes are still present in smaller doses. Quite a peppery finish. Green grapes.

The body is medium light and carbonation is high, but normal for the style. Overall this is a highly drinkable beer due to its crisp, clean flavor profile and its bold, refreshing taste. At $7 I would buy this quite often if it wasn't so limited.

alcstradamus, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Ghenna
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged this at either at Bevmo in Citrus Heights, or Total Wines in Roseville (memory escapes).

Poured a golden straw into a tulip glass, with 2 fingers of billowy head that fairly quickly dissipates (at least in my glass, there is still some on top of my wife's). Smells of citrus/saison sour/spice. The orange and malt flavors initially make themselves known- delicious. The Saison sour becomes evident through the mid/late flavor. MF is nice and effervescent.

One of the better Saisons that I've had the opportunity to try- especially given the mediocre farmhouse ale's I had at the Clips of Faith festival the day before yesterday. I'm really looking forward to Odonata opening up their own brewery in Sacramento this year.

Ghenna, Jul 26, 2010
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.

bigfnjoe, May 13, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy straw color with a full white head that leaves moderate lacing. The nose is funky and citric, with touches of black pepper and fresh grains. The mouthfeel is a bit drier than your average Belgian saison, and very crisp. Everything about this beer is fresh and lively. Simple flavors of sweet malt, funky yeast, lightly bitter hops and peppery spice all come together beautifully. The finish is dry, with a lingering yeastiness. One of the best releases of the season so far, and definitely a beer I will be drinking regularly throughout the summer.

DaveHS, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of floraday
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into snifter

A: Brilliant gold with a two finger head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin foam layer. Lots of carbonation.

S: Citrus is dominate in the nose, followed by yeast and with just a hint of spice.

T: Lots of lemon and yeast esters. Light whipping cream. Light all-spice at the end.

M: Very creamy on the palate. Fantastic!

D: An all day drinker. Went perfect with my grilled halibut and veggies. My new favorite domestic saison!

floraday, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass and shared with Jared and Amyliz4.

Pours a moderate yellow-golden color with a two-finger head and a bit of white lacing. Not as much as I would expect from a saison and the retention time wasn't the best. The nose brings some mild stone fruits and a bit of white pepper. There isn't too much going on but this is fairly pleasant.

The flavor consists of a slight amount of light pepper and earth plus some very faint peach and other orange stone fruits. The body is a bit thin with lowish levels of carbonation. This is fairly light and sessionable. It's not all that complex, but it does drink well.

Thorpe429, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of waltonc
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this as an extra from ipa247. Thanks Jeff.

Pours hazy gold with poofy white head and lots of bubbles rising up from the bottom of my Brooklyn snifter. Smells earthy, with bright citrus notes, pepper and other undefined spices, and that distinctive saison yeast. Tastes sweet, lemony, earthy, spicy, and with the slightest hint of funk. Some honey in there too. Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. A nice refreshing beer for a hot-as-hell Denver day.

This was my second Odonata beer after also having Rorie's Ale a while back. Both have been great.

waltonc, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, peppery, citrus and somewhat wheaty. In the taste, spicy pepper, orange citrus, wheat notes, and a small yeasty presence. A spicy bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, spicy aftertaste. Nice spice presence, wheaty and quite tasty.

OWSLEY069, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jeff1973, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of LBBeer
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.

LBBeer, Mar 12, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Saison (Bottle) from Odonata Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.