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Red Saison - Black Shirt Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 38
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Shirt Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Haybeerman on 02-24-2013

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Apperance: Amber with a white head. Does not look like a saison.

Smell: Caramel and Pepper. Very unique smell.

Taste: Caramel and Pepper. It veered more towards a red ale then a saison but there was some sips that had a pepper kick to it.

Mouthfeel: Light, carbonated.

Overall: This was a unique beer that didn't make me go holy moly. It definitely had more of a red ale vibe to it. There were times that the saison vibe started to battle with my tastebuds. I would definitely get it again since I enjoy red ales and it's cool to see a brewery that has a heavy emphasis on red ales.

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"Red saison." Whatever that means. I wasn't aware the saison was a style that needed an "updated version." The label description oozes pretension on part of the brewers; let's see if they can walk the walk.

Black aluminum can served at fridge temp into a nonical pint glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the purported style and the fact that I've never tried a beer from these brewers.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two finger wide head. Pale khaki colour. Decent thickness and okay creaminess. Nice lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good - about 4-5 minutes.

BODY: Translucent copper of above average vibrance. Semitransparent. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Seems shockingly filtered for a purported saison.

Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it looks poor for a saison - more like an American amber. I can't say the appearance is great, but I can't say it's bad per se either. Outside style conventions, it's a generally appealing beer.

AROMA: Sickeningly prominent amber malts. Thankfully, it has some white pepper. A dab of biscuity yeast character. Caramel. Dark bread. A kiss of toffee. Clove.

Lacks the funky brettanomyces yeast of a good saison, as well as either the intricate spicing or milky character I'd expect, but overall it's not bad. Just more like an amber is all. A pleasant aroma of above average strength.

No hop character or alcohol is detectable. I don't find any off-notes.

TEXTURE: Lightly dry and a touch coarse, which helps coax more depth out of the flavours. Nicely carbonated, if a bit overdone. Aptly thick for the style. Unrefreshing. Medium-bodied, with moderate heft on the palate. Texture complements the taste nicely.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

TASTE: Surprisingly good, actually. Red malts and white pepper coalesce nicely, with a bit of caramel and light toastiness in there too. It's a clean taste for a saison, but doesn't quite feel too filtered.

Nicely balanced for its underwhelming simplicity. There's little intricacy and nuance here, but I do like it for what it is - which is essentially a red ale with some white pepper added.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Bad for an alleged saison, but as a red ale it's pretty interesting.

OVERALL: I was skeptical, but in the end they did marry a red malt base to a white pepper spice well. But did they brew a good saison, or even a saison-like brew? Not really. It's certainly a drinkable beer, and I'll happily drink every can in the six pack, but it's far from fantastic - and it doesn't hit style conventions at all. These cats talk a big game, and while they didn't quite deliver on their obvious bravado, they did brew a solid beer for the premise. I look forward to seeing what Black Shirt's other beers bring to the table, and I always applaud niche brewing. It doesn't fall neatly into one style, and they should stop marketing it that way. What they have here is pretty good stuff.

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Red Saison from Black Shirt Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.