Saison Du Soleil - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Saison Du SoleilSaison Du Soleil

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 07-03-2013

We brewed this light, refreshing, saison with gallons of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and zest. It's a perfect brew to pair with a frozen pizza you've recently harvested from your freezer, or that vibrant, green, salad you foraged from Mariano's (or Jewel, what have you). What we're trying to say, is that it's a perfect accompaniment to the final moments of sweet, sweet, Chicago summer.
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Photo of ehammond1
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Hugonaut13!

Slightly hazed light golden with a huge, creamy, very persistent, off-white head. Small and tight bubbles with decent stick left down the glass. Without a doubt, an appropriately pretty saison.

Good amounts of grapefruit zest and juicy flesh in the aroma, along with mild grain, some lemon, saison yeast, and a very mild mustiness. Very appropriate.

The flavor follows the aroma. Saison yeast and mild grain lead the way but are backed up nicely by distinct citrus juice/flesh/and zest. Nicely balanced and incredibly drinkable. A great summer beer.

Medium bodied with high carbonation, but nothing distracting or detracting.

Really quite tasty. Very impressed with Pipeworks' quality and range, lately. Very nice.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a hazy orange body that trails strands of slow moving bubbles to the half glass of rocky snow white head.

S- The mineral yeasty aroma has some ripe orange skins aroma and an orange oil and green cinnamon spice hop smell in the finish.

T- The dry juicy orange flavor blends with some fruity esters that lead to an orange pith and hop bitterness in the finish. There is a earthy slightly dank hop character that blends in the finish aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight little fizz on the tongue and no alcohol heat.

O- This has a nice dry but juicy fruit flavor with a good dept that is well blended with the yeast profile and hop character. Nice twist to a good solid beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden orange body. Hazy. Big white head. Nice lacing and excellent retention.

Smell - Really herbal. Grassy all over. Citrus. Some yeastiness and pale malt.

Taste - The herbal character is diminished up front, giving way to more citrus. Grainy cracker malt in the middle. The grassy herbs come back and linger in the finish. Bitter, too.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated. Quite bitter.

Overall - I'm not sold on the combination of flavors, but it drinks well enough otherwise.

Photo of emerge077
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark opaque orange, fluffy white foam that billows to the rim of the glass, settling slowly and leaving behind random patterns of lacing. Lasting surface coverage, unbroken skim after half the glass.

Huge citrus aroma, grapefruit and orange, augmented by citrusy hop overtones that seem to take over. Some yeast esters, light bubblegum and spice from the Belgian yeast strain.

Creamy feel, dry bitterness, bitter orange and grapefruit peel/zest. Medium bodied and finishes dry, light honey traces in the aftertaste. Phenolic yeast notes, dry and spicy in lieu of anticipated juicy fruitiness. Overall it's a nice saison, would like a little more juicy fruit flavors and trace sweetness, but it's easy to drink.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with Batch #501-502 printed on the label. A new saison to me from Pipeworks, this one brewed with citrus zest and juice, according to the label. My bottle also lists an 8.00% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a murky golden body with four fingers of big bubbly white head, and lots of active carbonation streaming topside from the etching at the bottom of the glass. No real lacing to brag about, but it otherwise looks very nice. 4

S - The aroma is simple, yet pleasant enough - some musty yeast presence, some prickly carbonation, some earthy / herbal hoppiness, and a good deal of citrus fruits, although it's kind of unclear which ones.

T - The taste is juicy, fruity, yeasty, and bready. Notes of grapefruit, orange, & pineapple.

M - The feel is smooth & juicy with crisp, moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking despite the moderately high abv.

Pipeworks Saison Du Soleil -----4/5.

Photo of csparace
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell (4.50) – very floral. Yeasty like you would expect but not simply yeast. Also has a lemony fruit or otherwise bright character to it.

Appearance (4.00) – pours a hazy pale orange. Super white head of super small bubbles that sticks around and coats the sides nicely. Super carbonated pour so the head is huge (4 fingers before I start getting my shit together) Lacing is pretty good but not great.

Taste (4.50) – floral notes from smell very present. Yeastyness is not too big and is nice. Definitely lemon in the taste. Medium sour on the finish, but not offensive at all. Sweet body to it. Grassy and earthy notes in the middle.

Mouthfeel (4.25) – big carbonation level which really compliments the flavor. Lips slightly sticky afterwards. Bitter and sour finish gives this a satisfying and quenching quality.

Overall (4.25) – Super awesome summer beer. I was actually quite surprised by the tastiness of this one. Its lemon and floralness without that summer shandy shit quality. Mouthfeel makes this perfect for someone living in chicago summer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

The label's text tells me this is brewed with some random "citrus" zest and juice, but the picture leads me to believe it's grapefruit in particular. I guess it could be a blood orange, but I've never seen one in person, so I couldn't tell you for sure. Regardless, this stuff pours a cloudy golden-straw topped by a short finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light cream, light clove, very mild glass, flowers, light banana, a twinge of mandarin orange, and a slight smattering of general Belgian yeast goodness. Though the grapefruit is decidedly front and center, it prefers to be considered merely primus inter pares. The taste continues this trend, but now the grapefruit is definitely leaning heavily on its rind. The resulting bitterness mildly clashes with the spicy yeast surrounding it, but not enough to lend any real negativity to the proceedings. Speaking of, the yeast comes across earthier, more rustic, than before. Right on. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty tasty saison, one that works fairly well with the fruit it employs.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 9.18.13
Bottle # 155

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a huge light tan head that slowly bubbles away.

S - Earthy, dirty, fruit rind, Belgian yeast.

T - Saison - Belgian yeast with some citrus rind.

D - tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - Light and dirty, citrus with a nice saison body.

Photo of KFBR392
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a soft fluffy head of about one to one and a half fingers. Some average head retention throughout. Scattered random lacing. Above average carbonation in glass while drinking. Color and body look a lot like heady topper.

Smell: Lime and above average zest are very present. A solid year backbone but gets swallowed up by bright fruit accents. Slightly spicy hop notes from the Amarillo hops. Accents of leafy greens can be picked up as well too.

Taste: Lots and lots of lime and sweet fruits on the front. A slight bready yeast body compliments the fruity tones as well. A lot of carbonation picked up as well. Finish is a medium bodied dryness which I did not see coming. Finish has fruit accents more then a yeasty finish. Amarillo hop really brighten this beer up.

Mouthfeel: Interesting transition from creamy yeast to a hop dominated finish. Much drier then I expected.

Overall: An interesting Saison. Much more hop presence then you would expect. Limey accents stick out, and dominate the beer overall.

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a teku.

Pours a hazy light orange with a 2" white head. Big trails and clumps of lacing.

Tart citrus, grapefruit and lemon, peppercorns, light pine

Light sweet pale malts, tart grapefruit zest, light lemon, peppercorns and spices.

Favorite Saison from Pipeworks to date. Nice grapefruit and citrus notes and enough tartness and peppercorns to balance the Saison.

Photo of Treebs
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch # 157.

A: Pours a hazy peach color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thick ring with a wispy film still coating the top. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Nice underlying citrus notes right off the bat. Slightly sweet with more of an orange flesh note to it. Once it warms up the yeasty notes come out with a little it of stone fruit and slight spice.

T: Normal saison notes are there with some the slightly spiced yeast, a little coriander with a hint of lavender. It's not soapy, however. Light bready malt body provides a touch of sweetness and there is an ever so slight drying bitterness on the finish. I'm not getting as much zest as I would have hoped for, but it is there in the periphery.

M: Medium to light bodied with a nice dry texture. Medium carbonation level with a slight bitterness on the finish.

O: The zest was a little to understated in the taste for me, but the saison base was nice. Overall I'd definitely have this again and it's probably the best Saison that Pipeworks has put out thus far.

Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-06-16 in Columbia, PA from a 22oz bomber bottled on 2014-09-09.

A - Mostly-clear gold with a huge 3-finger head and pillowy white head. Moderate lace. Gorgeous on the pour.

S - Lots of Saison yeast esters! Grass, celery, grape, carrots and earthy spice.

T - Sourdough bread, lemon, white pepper, earthy spice, grass, grape. Finishes dry with a flourish of herbal bitterness for balance. The alcohol is almost invisible.

M - Light body and high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O - One of the better Saisons for my tastes. Lots of pleasant aromas and flavors. I like them on the lighter, more refreshing side and this does it.

Photo of MasterSki
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Chris (Spycow). Thanks! Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and splotches of lace. Hazy peach juice body that is style-appropriate.

S - Aroma is quite unique. Loads of grapefruit peel, zest, pith, and rind. Some lightly peppery Belgian yeast and a bit of sweet malt supports the citrus bombardment. There's also an odd, slightly chemical note that crops up as the beer warms. Intense, and perhaps a bit rough around the edges.

T - The taste is a bit more smoothed out, with the base Saison providing some balance. Peppery yeast, sharp cereal grains, a bit of pear and stone fruit sweetness, and less intense citrus flavors. Mild bitterness from the zest as well.

M - Active carbonation, medium body, slightly chewy, and a touch of lingering stickiness that lingers through the dryish finish. No obvious alcohol.

D - The smell occasionally verges towards harsh, but otherwise I enjoyed this quite a bit. The beer definitely grew on me and I went back for a number of refills. Would definitely grab a bottle of this if they made it again.

Photo of Florida9
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellowish orange. Forms a large, fluffy, white head. Good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma. Bright and full of citrus fruit. Orange and lemon zest. Some coriander and a slight floral component to round things out.

T: Unfortunately the taste falls off. The bright citrus character becomes more of a (lightly) astringent pithiness. Grapefruit. Bitter citrus zest. Some yeast-derived spice, mostly coriander. Dry.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Moderate astringent bitterness. Dry. Appropriate carbonation.

O: I have mixed feelings about this beer. I enjoyed the citrus-twist, but it almost seems as if it is overdone, with too much of a zest-derived astringency and too little of the citrus juiciness. But, in the end, this is still a nice beer for the warm summer months.

Photo of Fcolle2
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours murky gold in color with a 2 finger head that has great retention.

Nose has a big citrus character that dominates the beer with some good hop aromas somewhere in the middle and a good sweet light malt backbone.

Taste starts with light citrus fruit that is quickly overrun by a sharp acidity and yeasty esters. Hops and malt are somewhat lost in the acidity but what is detectable is sweet

Mouthfeel light carbonated and refreshing however also acidic.

Overall not bad however I would prefer a little less citrus juice as it seems to have contributed to the high acidity and some sulfuric esters. I like the idea, This has potential to be a great summer Sasion.

Photo of mjohnson17
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a finger of dense white head. Extremely hazy opaque yellow/orange with nice carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom.

S: A very traditional saison nose; lots of light wheat malt, bready, yeast esters, a bit of banana, and lemon zest. Behind that there's a tinge of grapefruit and sweetly tart fruits.

T: The taste is where the citrus comes through. Great grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange flavors. Really nice citrus flavors. There's also a nice wheat malt backbone that balances well. This is extremely refreshing, especially because I"m drinking this on a 94 degree day.

M: Solid body, nice carbonation, a bit of citrus tartness in the aftertaste. The type of beer that makes you want to pick it up and take another sip right after you put it down.

O: When drinking this beer it will forever evoke memories of summer. As the label says it's perfect for drinking outdoors on patios. It's a solid saison base but the big grapefruit tart zest it raises it above a lot of farmhouse ales. I drank this on a hot day and it was refreshingly delicious.

Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's keep the citrus saison train a'rollin'. This here is another selection from super hypey Chicago brewery Pipeworks, and it's one of the approximately 900 beers they currently have available in bombers. Don't know much about it, hype-wise, but they had the good sense and decency to announce its style right on the front of the bottle, and for that I applaud them. (Seriously, other brewers: take note. If you refer to your beer as "an electrifying dark ale" or "an impassioned wheat concoction" that's usually a sign that your beer is shit.)

Anyhow, grapefruit saison. The word "saison" is right thre, along with the picture of a grapefruit. Everybody (me) starts getting a halfie because this should logically be just as good as Sofie Paradisi, which is damn near divine.

Only it falls a little short. Like So' P, the front end is dry and deceptively bitter. Unlike Paradisi, the dry bitterness lingers throughout and gets all up in the grapefruit's grill. Everything comes together quite well, though, even if it lacks the manic high of its crosstown counterpart.

Just—fuck… did I just write the phrase "crosstown counterpart," like this post was from the WGN beer blog? What would they call that? Would Tom Skilling be involved, or would they go for someone edgier and more youthful like Jim Belushi? God, Chicago is horrible. This beer isn't, though. It's good. Just—drink it.

(Full Review, with pic:

Saison Du Soleil from Pipeworks Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.