Somerset Saison - The Wild Beer Co.

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdfb79 on 06-24-2013

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Green Lady, quick review from written notes.

Light hazy gold, sticky collar all around the edges that covers the glass in a sheet of lace. Good surface coverage with plenty more lace as the glass is sipped.

Grassy, earthy aroma, slightly vegetal hops and earthy Belgian yeast.

Moderately bitter up front with grassy botanical hop character, and a toasted grain kernels in the aftertaste. Mellow and medium bodied with an ample bitterness, toasty dry finish, and a slight dried citrus peel character. Interesting rustic saison from the UK that's a welcome departure from overly phenolic American saisons.

Photo of Gobigvt7
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle into tall chalice.

A- Should have used a different glass, we've got a live one on our hands. 5 fingers of bright white froth spring forth, filling over half of the glass. Tight, tiny bubbles form ranks that seem impenetrable and stubborn as hell.

S- bright lemon pith and white/pink peppercorns, dry and clean with mild funk. Straw.

T- Utterly confusing. The first thing I get smacks of slightly metallic smoke. The smoke carries through the entire taste, tainting everything in its wake. Some lemon, light cracker malt, light pepper spice. And smoke. This is truly odd.

M- Steely and clean, really bright and sharp. Practically levitates off the tongue with vigorous carbonation.

O- Expectations drinking a beer by someone called "The Wild Beer Co." completely shattered. Smoke offputting and ridiculous. Some shreds of decent beer here, but balance and offs ruin the potential. Nothing wild about this. Smoke??? Confused and disappointed.

Photo of Amalak
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. It has a straw gold color, hazy with a bit of sediment. Some bubbles rising up. A thick bubbly white head with some lacing.

S. Metallic, a bit of wheat, an odd grassy scent underneath.

T/M. It has a really tart taste. Kind of metallic. It's both grassy and wheaty, but it doesn't blend all that well. Some sweet grape taste. Carbonated. Light body.

O. The aftertaste isn't all that pleasant. It's not bad, just very odd.

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Taproom No. 307, New York, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down and left lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass as well as a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spices are present in the nose along with hints of lemon citrus. The lemon becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and the spices linger through the finish. The spices don't seem quite as strong as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice lemony and spicy saison that is quite easy to drink.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Taproom No. 307 in New York, NY

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium apricot in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the surface of the beer and some faint golden yellow + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized thick cap surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy saison yeast and spices along with a slightly lighter aromas of lemon citrus. There is also a light amount of funkiness/horse blanket smell here in the background as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts with moderate amounts of spicy saison yeast and lighter flavors of spices (pink and white peppercorns). That is followed by light flavors of light fruits (white grape) and lemon citrus. Finally, there is a light funkiness that comes through giving it a straw-like barnyard flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than light amounts of carbonation. Slightly more than moderate amounts of dryness.

O: Enjoyable and a little different than I was expecting - a saison with some elements of a wild ale...lightly funky but refreshing and enjoyable. I think this is one that I would grab again if I came across it.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed straw color with a white head and some lacing. The aroma is funky, full of must, hay and a bit of sour, moldy lemons.

In the taste, expressive, earthy Belgian yeast, a strong spicy, woody dryness and a bit of tartness tied in as well. Light, earthy tart Saison, pretty impressive.

Photo of KFBR392
4.07/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a huge head of multiple fingers which slowly dissipated but was present throughout drinking. Banana/straw yellow color. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Lots of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Getting a lot of peppercorns, spicy yeast, and leafy greens filled with cloves. Rustic grassy tones and earthy malts provide a good base for the aroma. For all the strong accents going on there is a lingering sweetness.

Taste: The Sorachi Ace hop is all over this. Bright front of tropical fruits and leafy greens. The body is filled with tangy, slightly sour bitter hop presence which really peaks on the palate. Peppery finish with a definitely saison yeast body rounds this one out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel with nice accents of sweet and bitter.

Overall: Sorachi Ace hops are made for saisons in my opinion. Perfect accents of sweet, bitter, and sour that play along perfect with the properties of a saison. Glad I gave this one a shot, certainly a nice treat from across the pond.

Photo of mdfb79
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From 06/23/13 notes. Had an 8 oz. pour of this on tap at TØRST in Brooklyn, NY. Listed as a
Sorachi Ace saison on the menu.

a - Pours a hazy, golden-yellow color with one inch of fluffy bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of yeast, sorachi ace hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, pepper, spice, and bready malts. Lots of hops in the nose; quite nice.

t - Tastes of pepper, spice, yeast, citrus, fruits, bready malts, and wheat. Not as hoppy as the nose, and more spice. Decent taste.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A touch overcarbonated, otherwise easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent saison, though I preferred the ET Ryan and the Beaster Bunny saison I had that date. Nose has the sorachi ace hops I was hoping for, but they weren't as storng in the taste. Worth checking out once but not my fvaorite saison.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a snifter. no bottling date but im assuming some time in 2013

pours a bright yellow with a big fizzy head. par for the course of the style. the smell is slightly hoppy..slightly bitter..slightly tangy..good mix. the taste is tangy but definitely not like a normal saison. more like a belgian ale. its quite bitter and dry. it reminds me a lot of De Ranke's XX bitter, though not quite as bitter as that one, but its close in overall flavor. light bodied with high carbonation.

overall im not a fan of overly dry, bitter belgian ales so i cant say i liked this one very much. but if that kind of beer is your thing, thend youd enjoy this.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap at bangers and lace in Chicago, a place worth a visit for sure. a sorachi ace hop brew from England? whoa baby! I am in! pours in a 10 ounce globe, cloudy but bright shade of rusting yellow, very thick looking, with a tall and creamy white head. its got a sensational nose. I love that buttery lemon cream aroma and taste of the sorachi ace hop, probably my favorite variety when used appropriately, and this is spot on. some intriguing wild feeling yeast in there too, this is a bigger beer than the Brooklyn version in terms of body and intensity, but the aromatic profile is similar. the hops are so good to the taste, just perfect on a hot day. real fruity, with shades of oranges and grapefruits in there with the soft lemon. yeast provides some real tartness and just a little spice kick, a great compliment to the hops. its this beer or brewery new or something? why isn't there more info or reviewers here? if they are, I expect this to blow up, its that good. easily the best beer ive had from England, not even close. nice and dry finish too is a great way to wrap up such a dynamic brew. get me more of this ASAP!

Photo of SLeffler27
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber (SRM 6-7) with clouds of carbonation and a huge, four-inch, rocky-white head that slowly turns to sea foam, leaving thick patches of sticky lace on a Cisco fisheye pint.

Aroma is mostly sweet lemon with slight herbal tones. Lemongrass and light sourdough round out the profile.

Strong pepper, spice, and lemon zest. Herbal bitterness up front with a long, acidic finish that becomes crisp with warmth.

A light body and explosive carbonation over a satin texture with light astringency.

Somerset is an easy-drinking, zesty saison. While refreshing on its own, it is probably better with food as suggested on the bottle.

Somerset Saison from The Wild Beer Co.
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.