La Sirène Saison - La Sirène Brewing
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
United Kingdom (England)
3.96/5 rDev -2.5%
0.75cl Bottle: brought to the Belgian Beer Board Pre-Brugge beer festival bottle exchange by Filip, thanks mate. An Australian Saison, what a surprise to see this in Brugge.
I loved it. Misty golden body (it had been poured a few times before I got my hands on it) with a white covering, I managed to get just under a half-pint into my glass: didn’t want to appear greedy did I?
Yeasty farmyard; proper Saison smells in other words. Sour yeastiness in the mouth along with a sweet undertone that blend together giving a truly memorable experience and a wonderful taste.
So different to anything else at the bottle swap: some cracking brews, but this and the Ommegang 3 Philosophers really stood out for me in their classiness, even though they are worlds apart in styles.
02-19-2014 12:31:38 | More by BlackHaddock
3.58/5 rDev -11.8%
Pours a pale golden colour, slight cloud. Head is white and fluffy. Lace is fairly sparse, but still looks nice.
Smells spicy, with wildish barnyard characters. Slight cherry back note, with pepper, a touch of vanilla and almond meal. Phenolic tartness on the back. Decent but standard.
Taste is big and saisony. Odd sort of funk throughout, with tangy peach overtones, crisp apple and mediciney, cherry-cola notes. Red pepper, capsicum and beetroot, even. A little too phenolic on the back for my liking, but nice natural flavours and esters coming through.
Fluid body, with a bit of texture. Not bad.
Decent, but quite phenolic saison. Very Belgian in style.
04-03-2013 05:00:33 | More by laituegonflable
4.13/5 rDev +1.7%
Cloudy straw colour. Big white head. Fair head retention. Good.
Banana, clove and wheat aroma. Nice. Lovely spicy note. A little herbal. Good.
Another solid beer. Good clove and coriander notes. Some fruit. Very light malt. Tasty.
Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. The way it should be.
A solid beer. It doesn't have all of the same earthy deliciousness of the best Belgian examples. Good but not phenomenal.
03-06-2013 06:28:45 | More by dgilks
4.3/5 rDev +5.9%
A - explodes out of the bottle and all over the table, and when I manage to get the glass in place it pours a cloudy apple juice colour with a huge fizzy head.
S - big funky and complex, with stone fruit, and plenty of yeast.
T - tart, yeasty, vinuous, fruity, fresh yellow flesh peach, backed by pear
M - high carbonation, really alive in the mouth, dances on the palate.
O - comparable to any Saison I've had before for intricacies and pure taste. Fckn great summer brew.
12-16-2012 05:58:02 | More by dansmcd
4.08/5 rDev +0.5%
Golden straw, moderately clouded with a voluminous fine-bubbled white head that eventually subsides leaving an impressive 1cm raised ring.
On the sweeter side with loads of doughy yeast character. There's an abundance of nicely rounded ester notes, pear, lemon sorbet and apple danish most prominently, against a backdrop of vinous, chardonnnay-esque notes and dried hay. The occasional hint of phenolic band-aid character, but overall a beautifully balanced nose.
Flavours are still great, but the integrity and clarity breaks down a little. The chewy yeast character muscles in a little over the sweet high notes, meaning the vegetal wet hay character takes centre stage, combined with a mild citric sourness. Not sure if there's wheat in this, but there's a strong resemblance to a Witbier here.
Creamy and pretty big given the modest ABV. Dusty carbonation softens it a little and helps contribute the demure tartness.
Yep this is really good stuff and extremely well really brewed. Only criticism is that it lacks the latent wildness and unkempt character of the very best Saisons.
12-07-2012 06:47:23 | More by spicelab
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a massive, pillowy head over a hazy straw body
Amazingly complex aromas, yeast barnyard lemon sherbet. Integrated and none stand out/dominate
Taste is also amazing. Light and delicate and full of complexity. Lemons on front palate then add in the light sourness and yeast. Finishes with a lengthy palate despite moderation in flavour. Going down far too easily as I type. Hides alcohol well.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp. And, if that is possible, Slightly creamy as well... Think champagne.
Overall a top local drop. Half a point off overall, not cheap.
11-05-2012 06:04:36 | More by heygeebee
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
Bottle purchased for me by @LaitueGonflable. I'd previously had this at Beer Deluxe in Melbourne, but had not reviewed it.
Pours a lovely clear golden colour, with a massive foamy heady of snow white. Lace is webbing and thick, leaving big streaky lacework down the inside of the glass. Body is pretty light, which is good for the style. Overall, I really couldn't hope for better appearance.
Nose is bright and fresh, with a clean crisp funk and a crushed vegetative aroma. Some mild grainy malt gives its odd earthiness: its connection to the farmhouse. It's quite pleasant.
Taste is better. It has a sweaty sweetness to it, mingled with all the sharp, crisp but fresh characters apparent on the nose. The funk is just right, it gives it an oddity, a sharp rustic note like ripe cheese, but it also leavens the palate while giving it its purpose, its gravity.
Feel is light, but pleasant, and perfectly suited to the beer.
Yes indeed. This is a very, very good saison. I'm impressed (and let's face it, a little proud) that Australia has produced such an exemplary Saison. This is easily the best Saison I've had from our shores, and it's a very, very damn good one too.
09-01-2012 07:59:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.68/5 rDev -9.4%
Been looking forwards to this and it pours a hazy pale straw hue with a frothy three finger head that stays and leaves nice lacing,the smell is funky yeast,white grape vinegar,wet hay and cloves,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad creamy and has tastes of funky bananna esters,white grapes,buckwheat,lemongrass and finished a creamy peach dryness and overall its not bad and easy to drink while forgetting its high ABV.
07-26-2012 04:26:45 | More by ADZA
3.48/5 rDev -14.3%
Pours straw yellow with a large, white head.
Nose shows citrus, banana, and spicy phenols. Pretty spot-on for the style.
Flavours include soft light malt, hay notes and soft spicy hops, all rounded off by a dry, slightly tart finish.
Carbonation is a bit full-on.
05-22-2012 10:08:26 | More by CrazyDavros
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Bottle from Beer Deluxe. Best before October 2012. From notes.
A - Poured hazy golden with a three finger fluffy white head and strong carbonation. Leaves great thick drapes of lace and a half finger of retention.
S - Citrus, hay, hops, grass, gentle funk.
T - Hops, hay is strong, citrus, grass, orange, lemon, and a good wheaty sorta character. Seems very much like how a saison should traditionally be.
M - Good carbonation with medium body and a dry finish with some hay notes.
O/D - A good saison. Standard while nailing everything without being in your face with one element. The lack of spice is nice for my tastes while the 'farmhouse' element really seems to be captured well. Good stuff.
03-05-2012 01:02:33 | More by tbeckett
La Sirène Saison from La Sirène Brewing
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