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Saison By The Sea - Coronado Brewing Company

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 18.1%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 08-24-2008)
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-25-2014 07:44:35 | More by belm001
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-20-2014 02:48:56 | More by KAF
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

03-26-2014 01:14:17 | More by calcnerd
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

11-04-2013 02:29:13 | More by WynnO
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

06-09-2013 18:51:45 | More by atone315
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

10-13-2012 01:52:17 | More by bigred89
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

08-10-2012 22:50:54 | More by SFC21
Photo of CampusCrew


4/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured a dark amber orange college with some quickly disapating head. Lots of floral notes on the nose, some citrus, taste was similar, lots of floral flavors, some earth/and acidity. Medium bodied, on the heavy side for a saison. Overall a decent saison with high notes of floal.

06-18-2012 00:13:50 | More by CampusCrew
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

06-10-2012 04:18:58 | More by msarver16
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

06-08-2012 13:03:56 | More by DLS168
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +23%

Poured into a Southern Tier tulip style glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark orangish-amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains nicely before reducing to an 1/8 inch head. Resilient and fluffy lacing.

S- Smells very spicy, like potpourri. Ginger and the chamomile come through very well. Also a bit of cinnamon.

T- Tastes like cinnamon buns and gingersnaps. Doughy malts also provide a sense of balance amongst the special ingredients. Pronounced notes of ginger and subtle notes of spearmint.

M - Crisp and a bit prickly due to the spice. Medium carbonation and a semi-light body.

O- Doesn't taste so much like a saison than rather a straight up spiced beer since there is not much of a Belgian yeast tone. Still very good.

04-23-2012 01:58:55 | More by Immortale25
Photo of dbmernin83


2.63/5  rDev -24.4%

Pours an okay hazy orange with a decent soapy head that retreats quickly.
smells like spices. almost holiday-esque.
yep, tastes the same. this isn't a saison, IMO. Coriander and huge nutmeg and cinnamon, this is not far off of a decent pumpkin ale.
flat. could be an old bottle, but the carbonation lacks.
too overly spiced, even for a pumpkin ale.

04-16-2012 04:51:08 | More by dbmernin83
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

03-04-2012 04:36:27 | More by tomgossert
Photo of justintcoons


3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden amber with 1 finger of white head. Appears cloudy with low carbonation. Some yeast sediment is suspended in the glass. Has a thin layer of tight lacing.

N: Light grains, lemony citrus and pilsner malt with hints of apple and pear. Some subtle wheat also makes an appearance.

T: Lemon, cantaloupe, pilsner malt, caramel, honeydew and wheat upfront. Mid-palate shows both black and green tea, notes of apple & pear and hints of grassy noble hops. Finishes with Pinesol, faint chocolate, some dirty hay, ginger and faint black pepper.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, clean and slightly crisp.

O: The malts are really more dominant than what I want in a Saison although it does still retain some juiciness and is quite refreshing. The spices and funk are very subdued in the finish. Not bad, not great but slightly better than average. Alcohol is well hidden.

02-18-2012 16:50:18 | More by justintcoons
Photo of wesbrownyeah


2.83/5  rDev -18.7%

Coronado Brewing Co. Saison By The Sea, Belgian Style ale brewed with spices. 8.0% alcohol 22oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a golden orange fluid that glows in the light, mildly zesty head falls to a creamy white froth leaving decent patchy lacing on the glass.

S- Not much funk on the nose of this one just hints of sweet ginger, hibiscus, mint, and light notes of musky yeast.

T- Hard to explain why or how this one is a Farmhouse ale in the fact i've had quite a few in the past month... but I'll try to explain. Upfront are strong bites of allspice and mint with light notes of sushi grade ginger stinging the backbone of the initial flavor bite. Secondly it has a raw earthy dirt-like aftertaste of wheat and yeast. Mouthfeel is edgy with all that is going on flavorwise it boast water feel and light carbonation making the taste linger a little to long.

Overall very drinkable and different for the style and for a matter of fact any beer i've tried and for that it is a decent lawnmower beer. For a Saison/ Farmhouse it falls short of the funkiness and horseblanket you'd come to expect... If it makes any difference this beer was fully consumed within' this review in that case... Cheers!

02-17-2012 05:44:00 | More by wesbrownyeah
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-12-2012 15:46:31 | More by bpackertx
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-25-2011 00:26:14 | More by zerolux
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-25-2011 16:50:18 | More by deapokid
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2.8/5  rDev -19.5%

22 oz bomber pours a fairly clear, light copper color with a creamy off-white head. Pretty good looking brew, although a bit on the darker side for a saison.

Nose is laden with spices, I get all of the ones listed; ginger, chamomile and spearmint. Light malt backing and belgian yeast is not present, unfortunately.

Taste shows the mint and ginger plenty, and the chamomile adds a bit of perceived sweetness. This might fare better under the Herbed/Spice beer category. It is actually not all that bad, just not really saison-like. Most of the flavors are completely covered by the heavy spicing…yeast, malt and hop flavor for sure. A moderate hop bitterness on the finish pokes through. I had a somewhat interesting time working my way through the bomber, I certainly would not buy it again, but I am not regretting the purchase or the quaff. Unique, to be sure, but an average brew at best overall for me.

10-27-2011 01:31:11 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.88/5  rDev +11.5%

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a medium orange with a light white head, solid retention, spotty lace.

S: Quite spicy with sage, rosemary and spearmint. Nice to smell.

T: Some malt, but dominated by the spice, goes from coriander and a very yeasty flavour to almost a winter spice flavour at the end. Fun to drink.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Medium long aftertaste.

O: Nice beer, I like to see the spice in saisons if they do it right. Worth a try.

10-09-2011 04:08:29 | More by Halcyondays
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

A: The beer pours a fairly clear golden orange color with a tall, soapy white head.

S: This thing smells almost entirely of sage, ginger, and green peppercorn. Almost medicinal herbal notes with perhaps even a touch of eucalyptus. A light bread and malt sweetness, a bit of yeast.

T: Just way too much spice. Lots of cinnamon, ginger, and pepper. A moderate malt and bread sweetness, perhaps a touch of yeast. Just a light fruit flavor and sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Way too much spice and herbal character, it was just unpleasant.

09-15-2011 04:36:41 | More by womencantsail
Photo of HalfFull


3.03/5  rDev -12.9%

Fresh 22 oz. bomber poured into a globe glass. This 'Saison by the Sea' tilts the scales at 7.0%, not 8 as mentioned. Shows an orange golden in color with good clarity, and offering a short lived white cap of foam.

Aroma is strongly tilted towards the added spices vs. any Saison yeast influence, though surely present behind the curtains. Ginger is pronounced on the nose and carries firmly to the palate. Though it is a bit overwhelming to say the least, and hints of noble hops are oddly lacking prior to warming to room temperature at which point they deliver a light lemon character.

Flavor of floral spices, ginger and chamomile. The spearmint mentioned on the label is a bit too shy to reveal itself. Finish lingers with the ginger spice and offers a touch of faux picante pepper spice. Dry and clove/peppery on the finish with a subdued malt body. Average mouthfeel with the ginger spice seeking to disguise itself as the carbonation that isn't really there and lacking any yeast sourness.

Overall this brew is pleasant but flagrantly spiced and with a subdued yeast character and an underpowered carbonation level. To label it a Saison is arguable.

08-12-2011 07:49:30 | More by HalfFull
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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours dark straw yellow with a deep haze. Frothy white head. Belgian yeast aroma with spice and licorice. Creamy smooth, a bit buttery, and medium bodied. Wheat, bread, hop lemon, and apple cider in the beginning that quickly gives way to belgian yeast and a strong licorice flavor. Peppery tangy spicy thru the middle that slowly tapers toward the end but adds a semi-dry finish. Licorice tends to overwhelm the flavor profile a bit.

07-07-2011 18:13:36 | More by IronLover
Photo of weeare138


3.58/5  rDev +2.9%

Appears a hazy light gold with a frothy white head that slowly fades. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of chamomile up front with refreshing herbs, citrus, and teal blended with a wheat wheat addition.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Not a true saison by definition but I've been punished myself for that...not to mention that I don't really care that much about style guidelines. It's an alright beer. It would go great with sushi. Palate cleansing, refreshing, and dry. The herbs are there to be noticed. I would love to try this beer sans herbs. I bet I would like it that much more.

06-18-2011 21:17:45 | More by weeare138
Photo of rrmiii


4.7/5  rDev +35.1%

Looking at past reviews, I see they're all from '08-09. I had this beer today (30 May 2011) on draught at Coronado Brewing Co. Based on this experience, I suspect this recipe has been significantly altered from past years.

It reminded me a bit of 2010's Saison du BUFF (Dogfish Head/Stone/Victory). It's a saison, but with a fair amount of herbal adjuncts; specifically: ginger, chamomile, & spearmint. Grains used are barley, wheat, & toasted oats. The ABV is 7.1%.

I thought this was an exceptionally delicious beer and highly recommend it. The herbs really added complimentary flavors to the "base" saison.

Hope to enjoy this one much more during the summer here in San Diego.

05-31-2011 05:45:28 | More by rrmiii
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Saison By The Sea from Coronado Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.