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Saison - Rockmill Brewery

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Rockmill Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 12-12-2010

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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by MCDuhamel:
Photo of MCDuhamel
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cork and caged 750 ml bottle into a chalice. Turbid dark orange beer, with a dense, large head that lingers. Lots of lacing; lots of small bubbles. The aroma is of orange peel, clove, maybe cardamom. These reappear in the flavor, with a vanilla like light toffee note. The finish is very dry. Some alcoholic heat seems present, a bit surprising given that this is not that strong a brew. The mouthfeel is generally light to moderate, but it does coat a bit. Overall, this is a decent enough saison, but a bit more rustic and less refined than some others. I did find it a bit tough to get through the whole bottle.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Romulos
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewery tasting room alongside the bottled version.
Sound: Sprightly carbonation escaping the surface, as if to say "I am ready".
Appearance: Light toffee color, light up from the light behind the glass, but cloudy. Tight head that persisted through the first few sips.
Smell: Orange peel, grapefruit, limoncello,
Taste: sweet but not sugary, malt, orange, lemon, bready
Mouthfeel: smooth and full mouthfeel, but it didn't taste underattenuated. Balanced.
Overall: A saison that stays dry enough to make you want another glass, but sweet enough to convince you you're having dessert. It's a magical little beer, that way. While there's the requisite orange, it's other citrus fruits that surprised me on the nose and the taste. A clean and quenching beer.

Photo of marmstrong1212
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Very sweet, with lots of lemon and a bit of pepper. Huge fluffy head.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of fthegiants
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison pours a gold color. It’s very cloudy and hazy. Backlighting gives it a bit of an orange look. It’s capped with a very full, foamy head of lace. It stands over two fingers tall and is extremely slow to recede. I’m not sure that it will completely. Lacing was very sticky and thick. Good lookin’ stuff.

The nose is good. It’s very earthy and features some really nice herbal notes up front. It’s a tad musky and grassy. Belgian yeast is very prominent in the mix and smells excellent. It adds some nice spicy notes of white pepper and very faint clove. There are some light fruity notes that are surprising. Maybe a little orange and pineapple. They work pretty well into the mix though. Alcohol is blended pretty and doesn’t seem all that strong.

The flavor is impressive. This is good stuff. It is very earthy, herbal, and grassy throughout. There’s a bit of a musky note that’s noted at times. Seems to come and go. It is fruitier than expected. It has a bit of a sweet side and features nice pineapple and orange flavors. Belgian yeast is definitely in the mix and tastes nice. It is spicy. Pepper and light clove are noted. The blend of citric fruit and spices works really well. It’s tasty. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through all that strong. Finishes earthy, fruity, and spicy. I like it.

Saison has a medium body. It feel s nice and smooth despite its active carbonation. The bubbles are light and soft. It’s enjoyable, smooth, easy drinking. This bottle won’t be much of a challenge.

Rockmill Brewery did a nice job with Saison. This is tasty stuff. I really like the fruity flavors. They seem a bit novel for the style, but it works. It isn’t going to win any wars with the world’s best authentic Belgian Saisons, but it is good. Definitely worth trying at some point.

Photo of beveritt
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with ½ finger of light tan head that settles slowly to a thin, almost complete cap. Nice spotty lacing is left behind and refreshed after each sip. The beer itself is the color of burnished copper with the slightest of chill haze and shows significant activity. Last pour arouses some compacted sediment.

Smell: Sweet candy malt with hint of alcohol sweetness.This blends/fades into mild hop bitterness.

Taste: Very mildly sweet malt blends seamlessly into mild hop bitterness. Finishes with lingering layers of candi sugar sweetness and more hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average plus carbonation with decent body.

Drinkability: Another hit from Rockmill Brewery and a sure to be regular in my rotation.

Photo of gotweid
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color of a dirty penny. 1-2" head that settles to a small film that sits on top the whole time. The aroma & taste is true to the style, very earthy, malty with a touch of sweetness & a little dry in the finish. Light on hops but a full flavored body of a beer. Rockmill hit the target on this one. Fantastic representation of the style!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, purchased at a tasting event at the brewery last weekend. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is good, with a lot of lacing left on the glass, too. The brew smells like bready malt, Belgian yeast, orange peel, peppery spice, pineapple and lemon. It's a nice spicy and fruity aroma. It tastes like peppery spice, lemon peel, bready malt, yeast and some earthy hops. Good earthy/spicy finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's well carbonated and a bit dry. Drinkability is good, it's certainly easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, another quality Rockmill beer in my opinion. I wouldn't have any problems buying this again.

Photo of Gregvg
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker orange, hazy with a slight yellowish finger of fluffy head. Aroma was slightly bready, with some lemongrass notes, citrus, a very light funk/hay note and a fruity yeasty aroma. The taste had a nice bit of citrus and lemon, bread crust, fruity Belgian yeast, light funk and a faintly tart finish. The feel was a tad creamy, more medium bodied with a modest carbonation. Pretty good, though a crisper more effervescent feel would have been better.

A solid, easy drinking, tasty Saison.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep cloudy amber with a finger of ivory foam, drank fairly clean down the glass

S: citrus with herbal accents, soft orchard fruits, something drying and woodsy

T: sweet spiced orchard fruit, wet grains and drying wood; distant dank funk, forward dark citrus pith

M: medium-bodied, smooth and fuzzy at the same times; soft with a tingle of spice and herb

O: I'm elevating the ranking on this saison - this was the result of some precision craftsmanship, and while my review may not be gushing with descriptors, this is worth your while. It's pricey ($10-15?) but for a saison fan or any experienced BA, I gotta believe its worth the buy. Top-notch stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark golden yellow in color. It poured with a two finger high beige head that has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a large head and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the beer definitely tastes unfiltered and has lots of flavors of Belgian yeast, especially as you get to the bottom of the bottom. There are subtle hints of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit chewy (from the yeast) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice farmhouse ale if you like yeast. It seems like this beer, particularly its finish, could use a little dryness.

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4.9/5  rDev +22.2%

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Saison from Rockmill Brewery
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