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Saison D'Austin - South Austin Brewery

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 38
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 22.8%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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South Austin Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Lawl3ss on 02-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 38
Photo of vcoggins
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - As with other reports this was an explosive opening and a gusher. This is the first beer i have had trouble pouring as each pour caused a massive head in the glass. Constant stream of carbonation from the bottom of the glass so the head remained thinly across the beer the entire time. Slightly hazy golden orange color.

S - Definitely a Saison. Belgian yeasts. Sweet smell of light fruits like nectarines, peaches and apples.

T - Very sweet rich flavors that follow the nose. Apples and peach. A little bit of spice but not much.

M - Sticky oily feel but not really thick. The carbonation is there but it is a smooth easy drinker.

O - This is sweeter than others of style that I have had. But I like sweet beers so that is good for my tastes. Not a session beer though. I got this mislabeled at Specs for $1.99. The beer girl actually pointed out the price so I could grab one before they corrected the label. I really like this beer and would definitely drink this again. (1,020 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Explosive pop when the cork finally gave up the fight. Half glass of foam but the bottle didn't gush and it settled down to a thin cover that held and left spotty lace.

Smell: Like a Saison, over ripe peach nectar esters on a light tonic bitter base. Not particularly farmy (which I like) and smells like it means business in the alcohol department.

Taste: Rich flavor, very sweet, fruity must, the alcohol drives a lot of the punch, all the volume knobs are turned to 11. It's a bit much after a while, this is going to be a slow sipper as the sweetness is almost candy like.

Mouthfeel: Thick viscous texture, heavy body slowly fades out. Starts oily and rich, then the alcohol vaporizes taking most of the finish, then it transforms into a bone dry puckering demand for the next sip.

Overall: A flavorful rich beer, but this is outside the Saison range. It's a double Saison, an Imperial Saison, something, but the style is generally a lawn mower beer. Something to refresh after working on the farm. This is just too heavy, like drinking syrup rather than water. Yummy syrup, just not what you want right then.
So, recommended just as a good bold tasting beer. The bottle conditioning seems a bit strong, I'd recommend taking reasonable precautions if cellaring, but this could stand up to some aging.
First taste of a new Austin brewery; Good luck! This is a fine howdy, I'll be looking for more. (1,420 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
1.5/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This was just a very nasty beer. Tasted like fermented rot. Wet leaves with stale fruit. Maybe it was a bad or old bottle, but it was enough that I would not try it again anyway. (181 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A passable saison. Thanks Steven Beerenberger. Lots of head. A tad of funk. Very overcarbonated. A little rye taste, some banana yeast, otherwise not all that spicy. Still good drinkability. Too much alcohol for the taste gained. Needs more delicacy to get at the herbs. (270 characters)

Photo of ChrisKuhns
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a snifter glasses

A: Clearly gold orange with no head.

S: Notes of peach, apricot, and earthy.

T: For sure, it is a Belgian beer; its taste is sweet and clean farmhousey flavors.

M: Sticky resin and interesting way to finish this beer with smooth of a nice fruit linger.

O: Very American-like style saison. Definitely wants to keep it in my cellar! (368 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle nearly took my head off when I unwound the cage. Im still wondering if it broke my skylight 25 feet up from where I opened it. I actually have cork-burn on my forehead from this bitch. I have never, ever had a cork fly out like this one did. Use extreme caution when opening. Gushed a bit, not as much as expected for the flying projectiles, and poured 1/4 hazy gold beer and 3/4 fluffy white head. Retention lasted through that whole paragraph and still persists. Leaves some spotty lace.

Nose is a fairly pleasant blend of red apples, honey, fresh crushed grains and pears. A nice smelling brew.

Its not infected, just way overcarbonated...so the CO2 is the first thing I taste along with a fruity yeast and grainy malt. The yeast might be a bit too rampant and seems to be fermented too warm with a disappointing hop presence and an overmatched malt profile. Its not horrible and would pass for a pretty good homebrew...but more than $10 a bottle for this absurdity?? Really? That annoys me more than the flaws of the brew. I will not be buying the Golden Ale at $11 a bottle and I was hoping this would be a good local to send out in BIFs...but Im afraid I might get arrested for blowing up a FedEx truck. NOT willing to take that risk on a shiesty bottle of lackluster brew. (1,295 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: And again, this is a huge gusher. Pours a dark burnt orange color. Yeast floaties all over the place. A massive white head pours out of the bottle. The foam vanishes in the glass in a second and can not be rejuvenated. Light lace.
S: Earthy yeast, phenols, pepper. I can't get much else.
T: Up front is dry earthy yeast. Phenolic, kind of plastic like. Burnt caramelized brown sugar.
M/D: A medium body with prickly carbonation. Initially the earthy yeast makes this dry, but finishes to much on the sweet side for me. Fairly easy to drink, though not coming back to this one.

Pretty much just like the Golden Ale, but a bit sweeter. Especially in the finish. Again, too expensive for what is here, and another gusher. Not something I am going to revisit. (760 characters)

Photo of driftlessbrewin
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at a brewery party during my trip to Austin. They were giving it away because laws prohibit the distribution brewery from selling beer on site. Lame Law very similar to Minnesota were I currently reside. Lets get these laws changed!

Appearance- Nice clean and clear golden color with about a finger of soft white head which dissipates slowly. No lacing carbonation which is sometimes common for the style.

Smell- Nice tangerine, citrusy, black pepper spice wafts out of this beer with a hint of sweet bread similar to a cinnamon toast, but not cinnamon exactly. Very nice bright aroma.

Taste- Very clean with wonderful sweet citrus flavors, hints of spice and funkiness, not brett but something reminiscent of a earthy cheese. As the ale warmed it lost a bit of carbonation quicker than expected, and a slightly tart flavor emerged which was not unpleasant. Very easy to drink at 8% there is no presence of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Smooth with a light carbonation. The carbonation seemed to come out of this Saison rather quickly, which let to a sweet ester flavor to lingering on the tongue.

Overall- This is a delicious session 8% saison. Would be great on a hot Texas day sitting on any patio. The flavor is great, aroma wonderful, I would just raise the carbonation a bit, but that is only my personal preference. The beer is fine as is with no noticeable flaws. I look forward to trying more beers from this up and coming belgian style brewery.

Thanks for the free beer. (1,491 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip In during the RateBeer Winter Gathering. My first beer from this brand new brewery. Definitely excited to give this a try.

As expected, the beer pours a hazy golden color with a large white head. The aroma has some biscuit and Belgian yeast notes, as well as a little bit of citrus. The flavor follows suit. There is a little bit of orange citrus, as well as some pepper and spice from the yeast and some biscuit malt. The beer is fairly dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (504 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(based on notes)

Had this at the brewery launch 2.11.12. Barely even managed to snag it- they were out about five minutes later, the place was packed. Served in a 9 oz. stemmed tulip.

Look- Almost clear medium amber leaning towards tangerine. Didn't have much of a head when it got to me, but there was a reasonable amount of foam coming out of the keg. Good stick, swirling brought out some soapy-looking bubbles that stuck to the sides of the tulip.

Smell- Not too bold, maybe due to the lack of head. A bit of toasty malt, light lemon, and yeasty spice. Appealing, but nothing to shout about.

Taste- Tart, mild feeling, with touches of light toast and white raisin. Fairly malty and earthy. Mild sourness to start, and a light piney aftertaste. Alcohol only shows up as another spicy note.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, smooth carb. Slick. Mild pucker towards the end. Clean finish.

Overall- Mild for a saison, but quite good and very drinkable. It's sour, but not at the tongue-curling level. Works for the style, works for me, works for my girlfriend- what more do I need to say? I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this one when it hits shelves- It definitely deserves a more in-depth investigation. (1,211 characters)

Saison D'Austin from South Austin Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.