Saison - Rockmill Brewery
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Reviews by tlazaroff:
4.73/5 rDev +18.8%
Beautiful fruit on the nose. Peaches and the tartness of raspberries, bread, tobacco, and leather. It's exotic and enticing.
Purely clear orange color topped by a slightly off-white head. This beer is strangely vibrant with tons of carbonation heading to the surface.
That funk that you get is just dead-on to what a Saison should be. Light flavors of summertime fruits dance on my palate. A heavy dose of carbonation, light-ish body, and incredibly drying - this Saison hits on all points.
10-08-2012 23:32:46 | More by tlazaroff
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4.01/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
02-02-2013 03:39:44 | More by Romulos
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
09-30-2012 02:58:14 | More by prototypic
4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
10-05-2011 22:24:23 | More by beveritt
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
12-12-2010 22:48:18 | More by bluejacket74
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
04-09-2012 02:44:25 | More by EgadBananas
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
06-13-2014 00:10:26 | More by Greywulfken
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
08-16-2012 14:57:00 | More by metter98
3.54/5 rDev -11.1%
Bottle date: 04/25/14
A: This one pours an attractive apricot color. There is very little head with an aggressive pour, which dissipates into a small white rim. Much less head than typical saison.
S: A lemony funky aggressive nose. Lemon is totally dominant. Little sourness.
T: Funky, lemon, and a little weird. It is unbalanced with the lemon citrus totally in the forefront. It is dry and slightly sour
MF: light and effervescent.
O: I cannot believe this is $9 for a 375ml, when Dupont is in the $5 range. It basically tastes like a pale ale with lemon concentrate.
07-11-2014 23:09:10 | More by pknyc
4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
750 ml bottle received from normyk in my Birthday BIF box this week. First beer of the bunch reviewed.
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass.
Pours a hazy deep gold with orange overtones and a huge rocky white head of more than three fingers. Head slowly drops, leaving some nice lacing behind.
Aromas of lemons, pepper, sweet malt, a little barnyard funk. Faint hint of mint.
Flavors of pepper, bitter, lemon, funky cheese rind. Flinty. A little on the sweet side. Nice carbonic bite. Finish is short, with a yeasty, peppery flavor in the fade.
Mouthfeel is not as dry as most belgian examples. Good mouthcoating drying bitterness.
Overall an outstanding example. Not a cookie cutter by any stretch, pays homage to the originals, but sets its own path. Very nice. Wish I had some more. This one is worth a road trip, or at least a detour from a business trip in northern Ohio.
04-09-2011 01:16:23 | More by JamnesCameron
Saison from Rockmill Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.