Honey Saison - Almanac Beer Co.
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4.3/5 rDev +28.7%
From the bottle this pours a crisp, light golden-tan with a thick cloud that dies down into big foamy bubbles. I get a pleasing aroma of honeyed esters, like clove honey and flowering orange blossoms. Flavor has a welcoming delicate sweetness with similar esters followed by this incredibility distinct toasted biscuit finish. I dare say that I found this even more enjoyable from the bottle than on draught.
11-28-2012 22:48:39 | More by elNopalero
4.15/5 rDev +24.3%
Picked up a single bottle for $2.99 from Olive Tree Market here in Ocean Beach. Poured into a Forestinne stemmed tulip.
Pours a hazed unfiltered apricot hue with a solid fluffy white head, good retention giving way to a ring of bubbles, lacing could be better. Smell is biscuity, lightly funky, lemon zest, earthy root, stone fruit and cigar box notes as well. Flavor is sweet and grainy, very floral, slightly bitter from the ginger root, pepper corn, yeast funk, with a very earthy finish that seems to linger forever. Mouthfeel is pretty big for a saison, the effervescence is strong and very nice for the style, finishes crisp with a lingering bitterness from the ginger root. Definitely not your "traditional" saison, although I don't think Almanac is going for "traditional" with any of their brews. Very enjoyable saison regardless, and I wish there was more than one bottle left on the shelf when I was at the market earlier. Would definitely revisit this one.
09-07-2013 01:12:50 | More by DeanMoriarty
4.09/5 rDev +22.5%
The beer pours a cloudy, yellowed orange, like the place in a fire where the yellow core moves into the red fingers. The beer pours with a massive head of medium sized fizzy bubbles. The head mellows to about a finger’s width with a fluffy terrain running across the top of the glass. In body, the beer is completely opaque and cloudy, yet bright in color… I suspect that the honey and ginger found in the beer have a lot to do with the beer’s opacity. On the nose, the beer smells of rich barnyard hay, grass, and smooth wildflower honey. Touches of wheat bread and definite funky spice blend over the nostril hairs quite well. I like the smell of this beer, as it is subtle, but delightfully saison-like. The honey especially adds a smoothness to the scent that really balances out the funk and makes it quite inviting. I feel like I’m smelling a fresh meadow beside a farm yard. There is even a hint of nettles in the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes wonderfully subtle and balanced, moving from sweet honey to slight citrus acidity to grassy and herbal bitter characters. There is even a touch of spice on the yeast, and I think the ginger is adding to the spicy twang. In flavor, the beer starts grassy and then opens to herbal spice, hay, nettles, and all the while smooth honey slowly works through the flavors so that it almost feels like you’ve sucked on just a drop of fresh honey by the time you finish your sip. I don’t out right taste any ginger in this beer, but I do taste funky yeast spice, touches of pepper, and definite herbal flavors that even stray slightly towards minty freshness. Maybe it’s just because it is a cold and windy day here in winterized New England, but this beer reminds me very much of a warm spring meadow with bees, and nettles, and fresh hay, perhaps even with new grown mint leaves. It is quite nice for my winter-cold body to sit in the freshness of this beer. The finish of the beer is rich with honey and wheat malt flavors, while the aftertaste blends in spicy yeast and fresh herbal mint. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied with a little-too-harsh carbonation that definitely gives the beer a fresh snap, but digs into the tongue with a touch too much prickle. Mouthfeel is crisp and snappy with a slight gelling feeling, probably from the honey. Overall, I like this beer. As I said before, it may just be that I am wishing for spring, but this beer embodies that nicely for my taste buds, and though it is a little too aggressive in carbonation, it makes up for that by being superbly balanced in flavor and nuance. This is a beer to try.
02-26-2014 20:29:42 | More by Maxwell
4/5 rDev +19.8%
A - Pours a clear golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grains, honey Belgian yeast, lemon zest, coriander, some floral and citrus hops, and a touch of bread.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grains with some lemon zest and a bit of citrus, with some honey. Through the middle, some Belgian yeast comes through with some floral hops, a touch of bitterness, and a bit of pepper. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts with some lemon zest, Belgian yeasts, and honey.
M - Medium-minus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, estery, and lightly spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice lighter saison with the honey smoothing it out nicely.
09-08-2012 06:41:27 | More by ngeunit1
3.98/5 rDev +19.2%
Poured into a tall tumbler.
Very bubbly, clear golden honey with a snow white head reducing into a smooth frosting.
Floral and lemony notes on the nose.
Nice complexity. The saaz hops are recognizable and mingle nicely with the honey sweetness. The ginger sneaks in some bright spicy notes.
Nice full body for a saison, still easy enough to have a few. Definitely coats the mouth though.
Saisons are not usually my go to, but I like this one. A nice summer bbq beer with a little more body than a typical "summer" beer.
08-25-2013 05:05:33 | More by andyfrancis
3.94/5 rDev +18%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy golden amber with a massive white head and lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, Belgian spice, light bready malt, hints of honey, lightly floral and slight mineral. Interesting semi-sweet stone fruit, lemon and honey, drying out into a wild yeast inspired spicy finish with light fruit esters.Slightly astringent in the finish, but not outside the range of dry saisons. Medium bodied with pleasant sharp carbonation. An interesting take on a saison with a pleasant flavor progression that combines both saison dryness with sweet fruit esters that play off of each other. I'm not able to detect the ginger nor oak as separate elements, but the flavor is moderately complex so its hard to identify some components. Not traditional, but I liked this quite a bit.
07-31-2013 19:01:25 | More by LiquidAmber
3.76/5 rDev +12.6%
Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.
Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head pours three fingers of pillowy white foam with decent retention. A nice-looking beer.
Smell: sweet malt with a bit of a noble hop character and a middle-of-the-road saison funk. Pretty well balanced, although lacking a lot of unique character.
Taste: slightly sweet malt with a light graininess and more of those noble hops. Saison funk is, again, quite on the light side, but it still adds an interesting character to this light and sessionable beer.
Mouthfeel: light body with a good carbonation and a decent, if ephemeral, creaminess. Not too bad.
Overall: this beer is pretty light and might even be a bit over-attenuated, leaving little in the way of body. However, it is refreshing and drinkable and delivers quite a pleasing drinking experience.
09-03-2013 21:34:02 | More by flagmantho
Honey Saison from Almanac Beer Co.
77 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.