Saison Bellaire - West Sixth Brewing Company
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Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
3.45/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
The West Sixth Brewery steps into the classy and characterful world of Belgium by capturing the balance of fruit and spice with wine-like backdrop and mild earthy hops. But its added residual sweetness, extra heft, and creamy carbonation veers ever so slightly from traditional saisons.
Deep gold in color, the beer strikes the eye with its hazy diffused glow from suspended yeast. While building a semi-persistent densely foamed head and off white in color, its moderate spotty lace is slightly off of Belgian brewed varieties.
Fruit dominates the nose, first with citrus but then with tropical fruit as the beer warms. Balanced with a spicy note of clove and white pepper, the beer's fruit-to-spice balance seems even keel. Light caramel, bread, and honeyish notes support the spices and phenols as they play out in a slightly more bold display. Herbal hops and white wine complement the balance with earthy grass and must.
As the beer meets the tongue, the supple sweetness of honey, bread, sugar cookie, and soft caramel applies a layer of malt across the mouth and braces it for the fruit and spice embattlement to play out across the palate. Apples and appricots blend with richer papaya, banana, peaches, and the bready tartness of yeasty dough. The mid palate brings the spicy flavors of clove, white pepper, and mulled herbs and grasses from hops. Hop flavor turns to earthen bitterness in finish while a persistence of malt sweetness and fruit continue its presence to close the session.
Firmly texutred, the residual malt sweetness, dextrin, and starch lays on the mouth with more permanence than is expected for saison. Creamy and full carbonation replaces the zesty and champagne-like prickle of saisons that are refermented with the more characterful wild yeast. This doesn't allow the caronation to pull the beer from the tongue or usher in the digestible fruity-dry, spicy palates that I enjoy. A clean alcohol warmth provides a semi-dry finish with spice and pepper for a semi-succulent close.
As a tasty and truely Belgian-style ale, it's simplified palate is typical of American-made varieties that offer subdued taste and less complexity than those from Belgium. It's malty weight is the main culprit as the carbonation causes creaminess instead of dryness and makes this beer much more of a Belgian Pale Ale, in line with Ommegang's BPA rather than the classy Saison DuPont.
Serving type: on-tap
07-11-2012 14:26:12 | More by BEERchitect
3.73/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy apricot color with a dense one inch ivory head that dissipates into a ring of foam, leaving no lacing.
Aroma is a bit funky, with a fairly musty barnyard character accented by wheat, a touch of bready malt, apricot, and peach.
Flavor is fairly fruity, with notes of peaches, apricots, lemons, and sweettart sourness playing against a background of bready malt. There's a bit of yeast funkiness, coriander, and a confectioner sugar sweetness, along with a bit of alcohol. The finish is slightly peppery. Notes of banana esters surface as it warms.
Body is moderate, with a fairly high amount of carbonation and significant alcohol warmth at the finish.
Overall, a fairly fruity saison, less funky than some. Could be a little more refreshing if the abv was dialed down a notch.
Serving type: on-tap
06-25-2012 20:49:30 | More by barczar
3.35/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Cloudy yellow in appearance with a touch of brightness this saison had a light fluffy head.
The scent was rather tame with tinges of clove, banana, bread, sweetness and maybe fruit.
The taste was simply stupifying. Is this the watered down version of Dead Heat Wheat or a new beer? Clove drives through with a backdrop of banana and a little bready malt. Watery taste and feel follows through with no alcohol hints as some may have experienced. Underwhelmed and thoroughly confused I simply didn't find this to be West Sixths best effort.
Serving type: on-tap
05-05-2013 02:08:40 | More by KYGunner
3.95/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a quickly receding white head.
S: Aromas of clove, banana, fennel, and anise are underscored by biscuit, straw, grass, and mild citrus. Very interesting. This beer is definitely a saison, but certain aromas here are reminiscent of a Bavarian weissbier.
T: Notes of spicy yeast are immediately evident, and are quickly supported by notes of crackers, biscuits, bitter orange, kumquat, lemon, lime, white pepper, straw, minerals, grass, and fresh herbs. The finish is peppery and prickly with notes of spicy yeast, lemon, lime, grass, minerals, and herbs in abundance.
M: Surprisingly firm, dry, and prickly on the entry, but quickly mellows, revealing creamy, silky sensations. Carbonation starts out fairly intense, but becomes increasingly restrained. Alcohol presence is minimal. Very drinkable for an ale of this strength.
O: This beer gets better every time the guys at West Sixth brew it. As is, it is a very good summer seasonal, but I could also see this ale being a knockout by this time next year. Very complex, very well crafted, and highly recommended overall.
Serving type: growler
05-18-2013 15:12:24 | More by mrfrancis
5/5 rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I've never done this, but I have to. This beer was perfect. Poured into a snifter at the brewpub. This was amazing. Fruity, rich, complex, a bit of hops, alcohol burn, all perfectly balanced in a glorious, glorious beer. There's nothing negative I can possibly say. It looks beautiful, it smells beautiful, it is beautiful. Go buy this beer and drink it and be happy.
Serving type: on-tap
04-13-2013 14:36:04 | More by beerme626
Saison Bellaire from West Sixth Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.