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Siberia Rhubarb Saison - Ilkley Brewery Co.

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Siberia Rhubarb SaisonSiberia Rhubarb Saison

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25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ilkley Brewery Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Melissa Cole, we have used world famous Yorkshire Rhubarb to add a hint of sourness. There is earthy spice, and fresh vanilla from this naturally hazy Saison. Refreshing on the palate, with a long, satisfying bittersweet finish. Proving a big hit in the USA, this version is brewed specifically for keg dispense, and the carbonation lifts all of the composite flavours beautifully.

(Beer added by: StJamesGate on 05-28-2012)
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WayneWilsonSC

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

07-10-2014 17:27:19 | More by WayneWilsonSC
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ItyMeuh

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +15.9%

06-29-2014 16:55:47 | More by ItyMeuh
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

i wanted to love this, and i wanted it to be amazing, and i wanted to taste the rhubarb really strongly, but none of that really pans out in this beer, my first i think from ilkley. its a lighter copper to dark golden colored brew, mostly clear, but mostly flat looking too. the smell says to me neither rhubarb, or saison unfortunately. its just a bunch of dry pale malt and a slight apple fruitiness, with what seems to me to be a rather generic ale yeast, nothing saison about it. no wheat in the grain bill from what i can tell, and certainly no farmy or funky notes from the yeast at all. the disappointment for me in the taste here wasnt the yeast though, it was the lack of rhubarb. such an interesting and uncommon ingredient, i want it to shine, and the saison seems like such an ideal platform for it, the execution here is quite poor. not that the beer itself is all that bad, its really pretty decent ale, but the idea is so much better sounding than the beer is tasting, and i cant move past that. overall more bubbles would have helped it, but the lack of interesting yeast and any indication of rhubarb at all made it a real let down.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 20:21:40 | More by StonedTrippin
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

06-08-2014 01:04:20 | More by KevinGordon
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13%

06-06-2014 04:08:48 | More by Axnjxn
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kencarman

Tennessee

2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This really pisses me off. I'm a beer judge.

Where the hell is the rhubarb. I LOVE rhubarb! Slight sour in the mouthfeel. That's it.

Saison? Uh, NO. More a Scottish ale with some caramelized malts, no hops and, again, slight sour. The mouthfeel medium, low side of because caramelized malts can fool the palate. Carbonation low but hangs with quaff.

Nose is fruity, but not rhubarb. More caramelized malt and slightly sweet orange.

Good clarity with a 2-3srm. Urine color. (Not bad, just is what it is.) Head fades fast with fine bubbles. Great presentation.

Why "pissed off?" Because it's a fine beer. How many times have I been at the table and a pale ale pours darker than Guiness, or obviously has a hefe yeast and wheat in it? So I couldn't give it kudos because it's not what it claims to be: for example... rhubarb almost not there. Saison? If the Saison yeast is there is didn't do the job and the malt mix is wrong.

"Siberia?" What's up with that?

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 02:47:11 | More by kencarman
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

05-31-2014 12:57:37 | More by dvmin98
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LJWalker

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

05-28-2014 03:18:11 | More by LJWalker
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ajdemma

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-18-2014 00:13:00 | More by ajdemma
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

05-07-2014 22:27:02 | More by thatoneguymike
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter. BBE date stamp: Jan. 2015.

Pours golden-amber in color; clear; some bubbles that barely form a head before dying. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma: tart, fruity and earthy. Complex and quite variable.
Flavor: at least as bitter as it is tart, the rhubard is otherwise hard to detect. Mild for style but still complex. Some nice bready malt evident.

Feel: low carbonation seems adequate but lower than optimal. Light-medium body. Dry

O: better than feared; weaker than hoped. A touch timid but solidly refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2014 21:30:55 | More by chinchill
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bark

Sweden

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The colour is gold, the liquid is hazy. Finger thick white head. Nice thin lacing.

The smell is a bit metallic. Notes of yeast and tart fruits. Peaches and a bitterness reminding of a session IPA.

The taste is sweet-tart with some American wild ale-flavours of minerals, earth and growing sourness. Hints of wheat flour and alcohol. Medium body. The aftertaste got some clean alcohol and hints of refreshing/cooling mint. Un-sweeten rhubarb jam in the finish.

The carbonation is light to medium strong, the bubbles long-lasting. The liquid is semi-smooth.

The carbonation was a bit too weak for a saison. And as usual, the Bishops Arms pub chain serves their (non-pilsener) beers way too cold. This one got stronger rhubarb flavours when the temperature rose.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 17:46:40 | More by bark
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

04-08-2014 12:04:17 | More by Mattias
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SlamLord

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13%

02-09-2014 02:25:51 | More by SlamLord
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WGO

United Kingdom (England)

2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

02-08-2014 22:06:30 | More by WGO
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.9%

02-05-2014 01:08:57 | More by AngusOg
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windypete

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

01-21-2014 18:08:40 | More by windypete
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

12-28-2013 18:06:16 | More by Kirk
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Chrisives

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

10-24-2013 20:48:36 | More by Chrisives
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Ilkleybrewery

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

10-24-2013 20:23:05 | More by Ilkleybrewery
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this amongst others last night

The hazy clouded amber body was a bit off putting

not a lot of aroma but the fruity nature of the brew is present on the nose

now all the tastes came through, the Saison and the yeast and some of the malt
but combined, I don't know man, it just didn't work
it reminded me of poorly looked after lines

it was heavy going I should have had a half

A decent enough beer
I think I enjoyed it :S

Serving type: cask

10-10-2013 20:47:44 | More by EmperorBevis
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. ABV is stated as 5.9%. Acquired from Trembling Madness in York a while back and stored in my garage. Described on the label as a collaborative brew with beer writer Melissa Cole - a saison infused with rhubarb.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned and very highly carbonated, making it tricky to pour. A deeply hazy, almost opaque amber hue, though intense carbonation is visible until the yeast becomes fully suspended. Produces a massive head of frothy white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Aroma of fruity, earthy yeast esters with hints of tart rhubarb, mild banana, faint clove and spice. Slightly sour, with a touch of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of tart fruit and earthy yeast, with a dry finish. Notes of acidic rhubarb, yeast esters, white pepper, mild clove, a hint of banana, spice and earthiness. Little malt or hop character to speak of. A slight herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, spicy and tingly, with prickly carbonation and nice body for the style. Quite astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of mild rhubarb and earthy yeast.

Rather nice - the tartness is pretty refreshing. This is all about the yeast; it's interesting how the malt and hops can be virtually MIA yet the result is still satisfying. Looks decent, though you could be forgiven for mistaking it for a weizen. The aroma and flavour are sharp, fruity and yeasty - much as you'd expect from a saison with rhubarb. Body is alright; dry and spritzy. A well-crafted brew with an unusual character. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 00:28:32 | More by jazzyjeff13
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dimpled pint mug.

Pours a clear golden colour, with a lively but short lived white head.

Smells warm and spicey.

Tastes odd. Like a pale ale, but with more emphasis on spicy yeast, perhaps too heavy as it turns into a significant 'tang'. Tart fruit, which I assume is the rhubarb and hops, dominates. Biscuit-like, and sweet malts form a significant body, preventing it from really being as refreshing as I'd like from a saison.

Overall an odd one. I think you have to be a lover of rhubarb to really like it.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2013 17:50:01 | More by CwrwAmByth
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

02-13-2013 21:12:19 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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StJamesGate

New York

3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Mason & Taylor, Bethnal Green, London.

Murky blonde with cream film. Waxy yeast and a rhubarb sweetness that I might be imagining on the nose.
Polenta, some yoghurty yeast and white pepper to end.
Red currant finish, a lemon yeast comeback and a tight, tart linger. Light to medium, surprisingly chewy, soft.

How is this not a BSPA? I need to learn more about yeast, but I don’t see the Saison doing much here. A hint of rhubarb, but not as refreshing as I’d expect for the style.

Serving type: cask

05-28-2012 15:24:57 | More by StJamesGate
Siberia Rhubarb Saison from Ilkley Brewery Co.
80 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.