Saison Extra - Brouwerij West

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wowcoolman on 06-02-2012

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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 27
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, Los Altos, CA.

Pours a faintly hazed golden yellow colour, with a foamy but light head of white. Carbonation is strong and persistent, forming constant streams up the inside of the glass. Very light body, minimal lace. Overall, it looks pretty generic: indeed you'd be forgiven for mistaking this for a bland lager. Not that that's so bad in appearance.

Nose starts off with some spice: a little peppery with a note of crushed grass. Later, as it warms, and as it's swirled, there's a duskier character: some Belgian yeast characters, a dusty earth aroma, and some seedy, vegetative notes. It's actually rather pleasant, if a little light.

Taste is clean and crisp, with a light spice giving some dusky peppery notes on the front. This develops into a spicy, phenolic and slightly over-bitter character on the back, as it mingles from some of the esters and phenols from the yeast. The yeast itself owns the finish, with a combination of sharp phenols and rounded smoothness. The sharpness actually starts to build up after a while, meaning that it's more biting than it needs to be, and it ends up being the dominant character.

Feel is light and crisp, but with that roundness from the yeast in the flavour, which helps make it feel smoother.

Overall, it's quite pleasant, but with some detractions. I think it's a reasonably well-made saison, but it's a style that seems easy to do "reasonably well", and extremely difficult to do "extremely well". So this is probably only so good.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GRG1313
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this one since it needs the reviews.

Pours clear light amber orange with a nice white head that quickly fades. Pale orange in the glass after the head fades.

Nose is all oranges and sweet esters. Assertive sweet cooked bananas. Unfortunately, nose fades fast when in the glass even for a short time.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and a fresh character.

Flavor profile starts with an immediate "hit" of fresh fruit that quickly jumps to more typical grassy/green saison flavor profile.

Finish is nice celery bitter with a little salt character. Dry and long lasting in the mouth.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New arrival to the Chicago market. The clever original artwork stood out on the shelf, and the small variety of exclusively Belgian styles had appeal. Priced at $5.99.

Into a tulip glass it pours a pale straw gold, slightly hazy with a collar of foam around the edges. Aromas of sourdough, straw, slight bubblegum yeast esters in the background.

Smooth and clean, fairly crisp finish with dry grassy noble hops. Creamy carbonation, light floral traces, lemon rind, pilsner malt, and a moderate bitterness that lingers. Hint of bubblegum, not sweet though thankfully. Overall a nice little saison, one to try if you enjoy the style.

Photo of Jree261
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Golden yellow and foggy out of the bottle.

Smell-Straw, cream and banana

Taste-Straw, Stone fruit, peach, bitter citrus, banana

Mouthfeel-Medium body with a good size finish.

Overall-I feel like I've been saying this a lot lately but hooray summer!

Photo of eric5bellies
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Drank from my Mane tulip

A - Pours hazy golden colour. Head is white and reduces quickly

S - Little spice and floral hop

T - Same as the smell.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - This compared to Saison Dupont is like comparing Beverley Hills to Bangladesh. Avoid

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting @ Wally's. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a 1/2" white head which leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Peppery spices, grass/hay, yeasty, earthy and herbal.

T: Peppery spices, estery and yeasty. Fairly straightforward.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes with spices and yeast.

O: Enjoyable offering, but not top of class.

Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chill hazed golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and fresh cut apricot with a little raisin thrown in. Slightly musty and earthy malt aroma, more of a complexity than a brewing fault. faint coriander and sweet and sour pickle aroma. There is a trace of cinnamon and ginger in this one. This certainly has a complex aroma.

Starts out dry and a little bitter for the style something like a really hoppy Pilsner. Toasted grain and some coriander this doesn't taste as complex as the sent might promise. Still there is a hint of cucumber in the taste profile, quite unique for the style. Bitterness abates a bit as you drink it but this is one assertive Saison.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is unique for the style and a suggested try for anyone who likes this style. Bitter is strong with this one if you want a Saison that bites back this is your beer.

Photo of colforbin73
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

never heard of this brewery before... the label is cool and it is a saison from northern california.... so i had to try it.

the pour is a hazy yellow with a little foam. it retains a little and you get some nice sticky bubbles on the side of the glass as you drink.

i am getting very little aroma here, though i don't expect a lot from a saison... mild grassy malt smell, pleasant but that is all.

the taste is very dry, almost a little burnt.... and i get a pilsner taste, maybe there is some pilsner malt mixed in....? no real live yeast sensation which i associate with a good european saison. the finish is clean and dry which is positive. zero hop presence... again... i get pilsner type hops, saaz or other typical varieties.

this is a quality beer, but nothing really exciting -- i get no floral or citrus/fuity quality. i would cite a hint of banana if anything.

all things being said, this beer is brewed to style, and for that i applaud. it tastes like a saison should taste.... with a few tweeks this could turn into a CONTENDA!

Photo of sweethome
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is clear golden yellow with decent white head. Nose of lemon rind, soap, and a bit of barnyard/yeast.

Sweet entry is pleasant. Orange zest, pepper, a hint of honey. Nice spicy flavors in back. Mouthfeel is rather full and slightly thick - lacks spritzy, carbonation I expect for style. Despite my expectations, I just felt this had a nice heft, but failed to finish on mouthfeel.

There is a lot to like with this beer. Complex but rather simple flavors (which I love about saison), fresh, satisfying.

I would like this as a lawnmower beer. I look forward to trying more from this brewer.

Photo of hopsputin
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy bright yellow with some creamy orange as well. largeeee 4 finger real solid white head that isn't seeming to fade too fast

s: spicy yeast - pepper, effervescent sweet caramel, sweet banana, juicy strawberry, faint funk

t: banana and funk right up front. sweet malts, a hint of pears and green apples. not a huge amount going on in the taste

m: medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation (which i like in a saison).

o: the mouthfeel is really nice, and the carbonation level helps some of the flavors pop more than it would have normally have. that said, the flavors a bit bland. i could take or leave this one.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazy dark yellow color with one finger of bubbly beige head. Light sheet of lacing left behind.

Light aroma of floral, earthy funk notes and a hint of spiciness.

The taste was like the aroma. Light floral and earthy funk notes along with spice and grainy malts.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking and pretty good saison but not in the great category.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of hops, hint of earthy malt, slight citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, slight citrus, hint of caramel malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, decent appearance, decent aroma, and decent body.

Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 415, bottled 8 May 2012. Thanks to match1112 for the BIF beer. Tasted 2 January 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium olden yellow, hazy with dewdrops on the edges. Enough head that I had to be careful to keep it in the glass. White, fluffy, and delicious. Good retention and loads of lacing. Very nice!

Smell is an inviting mix of musty and floral. Starts out like an earth-floor basement, earthy and musty. Then it surges through with flower-petal squeaky lightness. The play of the two back and forth is delightful.

Taste is decent, but on the bland side. I'm struggling to say what it tastes like. A touch peppery, a hair bitter. The intro is a little grainy, followed by the flavor of chewing on flower petals. What's with the flower petal thing in so many saisons? Is it the hops used? The yeast strains? I'm confused. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I find it overpowering, and here I can't quite decide.

Mouthfeel is okay. Medium-bodied, slick, almost enough carbonation. Make that almost almost enough carbonation. Kinda falls flat.

The look and the smell make this beer for me, and their quality brings it up into the middle-upper tier. Taste is lacking - not bad, but just lacking some pizazz. And mouthfeel is meh.

Photo of mactrail
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber in the Duvel tulip. Modest head but a persistent ring of foam. Virtually no lacing, however. Yeast and a hint of apple and straw in the nose.

Starts out slightly fruity and ends with the dry, dry yeasty flavor. This is quite drinkable, and it's on the lower side of alcohol for a lot of Saisons. Spicy with some herbal flavor that reminds me of chamomile. Otherwise it's kind of plain and the flavor evaporates, leaving a little too much bitterness. Hardly any visible sediment in the bottle, but the last pour is slightly cloudy.

Overall, this seems very clear and clean-- which would be great in a Pilsener, but not exactly what I'm looking for in a Saison. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Bine and Vine on Adams St.

Photo of mhaugo
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured in a curved imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Dirty bronze with a lovely foam hat. It thins out rapidly, but a slim layer stays behind to lightly paint the sides of the glass.
Smell: I make a hell of a key lime pie. When I pull one fresh out of the oven, the aroma is to die for. Citrusy, tart key limes compete with toasty, sweet pie crust for superiority in my nose. This beer is that smell, but dialed back by about 80%.
Taste: It’s like a yard sale of seemingly random flavors. Unbaked bread, leaves, lemon pudding, old bananas, and the mustiness of an abandoned building. This odd parade is followed by a very nice, noble bitterness that ushers it all away.
Mouthfeel: Light body, high carbonation.
Overall: I am fascinated by this saison. I absolutely love the complexity in the flavor. It’s definitely unlike any saison I’ve ever had. I just wish it was a little drier. The sweetness becomes a touch cloying towards the end of the glass. But this pint has motivated me to search out the rest of the Brouwerij West beers and give them a whirl. Well done.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of spice and yeast characteristics.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here we go again. Another saison that is nowhere near the traditional and fully into Belgian Ale territory. Sweet and mildly bready. Mild yeast as well. If this were listed as a Belgian ale straight out, I’d probably feel different. But the label says saison. And that makes me a somewhat agitated beer nerd.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Crow Burger Kitchen, on to the beer:

A yellow sunshine color with a rather clean body. The white head holds a semi-creamy texture, and its lacing is creamy and spotted all over the glass. It's a mild nose, one that's grassy, features som pale malt sweetness, and a little barnyard.

Dry, refreshing, and almost pilsneresque. If funk is what you want, your craving may not be satisfied. The overall flavor, which features a minty touch, pilsner malts, and grassy hops, is very well balanced. However, its soft crispness and surprisingly light body take the cake from this BA. As an added bonus,the beer is very easy to drink.

My favorite so far from Brouwerij West. This is just an awesome beer to have during the lunch hour on a warm day.

Photo of pants678
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear yellow, white head.

Yeast and some citric notes.

Certainly dry and a not so notable hop finish. The style's meant to be particularly floral and lean toward fruity but this beer has neither character. Everything here is slight and sub-par, nothing popping out, nothing offensive.

Has a cola-esque, semi-aggressive carbonation. Doesn't work against the beer.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured carefully trying not to disturb the yeast. Pours out a very bright gold with an inch and a half of head, thick lace.

Citrus, bread, minerals and a hint of funk make up the smell, eh.

The taste is much better. Rye bread, funk, apple and slight citrus are followed by a mineral and spice middle. Nice, bitter grass aftertaste. Slightly thick and heavy for the style, but not bad, and not over carbonated.

I would grab one for the cellar. Though its a bit unbalanced, age might help out a lot.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger of slow dissipating head, a nice bit of lacing left behind. Smells sweet like a tripel with a bit of a funky Belgian traditional yeast, white pepper, honey, cereal, lemongrass.
Flavor is a bit herbal - earl grey, lots of honey, sugary sweet, grassy.
Medium in body with low carbonation - not what I really look for in this style.. I want that spark of higher carbonation.
This isn't a very impressive first selection to start from this brewery, but I did want to try it before I open up dog ate my honework.. At least for conparison.

Photo of Florida9
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly Haley dull yellow in color. Forms a modest bubbly white head that sticks around for a bit. Leaves som light lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly pleasant with notes of citrus, citrus peel, and lemon pepper.

T: Unfortunately, the taste is not nearly as inviting as the aroma. Starts off with a moderate, slightly vinous, by mostly grainy maltiness. Notes of dry apple cider. Finish has more green apple. But aside from this, there is little else.

M: lighter bodied. Very mil bitterness. Easy carbonation. Mildly dry, especially towards the finish.

O: I like a good Saison. Unfortunately, this one was fairly average. With very little yeast character, little funk, and no sourness, this one could almost pass for a Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of impending
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

B+

500ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy light amber tinged yellow, off white minor head, ok lacing.

The aroma is yeasty, citrusy and lightly spicy, rounded by a grassy earth note.

Lightly sweet fruity flavor is balanced by a nice equal measure dry and bitter finish. Some earth notes appear at the far end. Warms well. Shy of medium creamy mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Photo of Wowcoolman
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at Whole Foods as part of a Brouwerij West tasting. Pours a yellow orange. Slight bready nose, but not so much spiciness as you might be expecting. Has a single, dry note with an astringent finish. I was not very impressed by this one. The brewer explained that he was going for a character different from Dupont. Wish the beer could define itself better.

Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy golden yellow color with 1/4 inch of white head that had low-to-moderate retention, thin lacing, and low carbonation.

The aroma while fairly typical, was very nice. Good grains and a nice yeast spice scent. The flavors were pretty much the same, a solid base malt, some light floral notes, and tangy yeast.

The body was crisp and clean, with a dry finish. Drinkability was very good, as I find Saisons to be in general. Overall, while not an outstanding example of the style, this is certainly a solid and enjoyable brew. Give it a shot.

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Saison Extra from Brouwerij West
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.