Red Saison - Black Shirt Brewing Co.

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Red SaisonRed Saison

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 9.21%
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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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of Nengleman
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"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.

High C+

Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Handsome medium amber color poured in the Gordon's thistle glass. Plenty of foam and quite tangy and spritzy in the mouth. Medium body with a malty presence.

Some sharp funkiness in the nose. A lemony tang. Long bitter yeasty aftertaste.

Another textbook example of a Saison, on the drier side, with a clean yeasty taste. Some fruity notes, a touch of mango but more citrus. Pleasant and woody with a bitter finish.

Great to see a Saison in cans. From the six-pack of 12 oz cans purchased at Grapevine Liquors on Monaco.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A solid offering from BSB. Their chinook/IPA was infected or something so I went with this one.

Reddish (surprise surprise) pour, some clouds. Nice head, although it didn't really take since the glass is one of this fancy half-cut deals.

Aroma is malty for a saison. Caramel and sweet baked dark bread. Spices do come out, along with a bit of funk.

Same goes for the flavor. Malty for a saison and not as dry as most. Spices dance around in the background and don't grab hold of the palate. A bit sweet on the end.
Very drinkable, perhaps a bit weak for the style in terms of flavor. Either more funk or more spice.
Still, a good beer

Photo of Haybeerman
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep amber color; excellent clarity. Wispy off-white head (almost reddish, but maybe it was the light). Random spots of lace that mostly washed down the side of the glass.

S: Cornucopia of spices; coriander, clove and peppery. Interesting floral character under it all. Caramel and toffee malt notes as well.

T: Like the nose with the caramel and toffee flavors up front. Active on the palate with dry peppery finish.

M: Light body; though a bit fuller than the average saison. Moderate carbonation at best. Acidity really stimulates the palate to a dry spicy finish.

O: Interesting malt character form the style that work really well.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

a beer thats better than its scores here, but it doesnt really jump out in any particular category. under ten bucks a sixer, its a fair buy. hazy brick red color with almost an inch of head, but fades almost instantly and doesnt hold on to hardly any carbonation. looking almost still after just a minute or so. the nose is french saison yeast and slightly sweet red malt. some fruity esters more like a belgian style, which makes it unique, but its a little acidic and funky in a not totally appealing way. the flavor matches the nose, with the malt up front and the fruit on the back end. not overly complex, and im not in love with the yeast strain, but the total package is pretty decent here, especially for the saison lover, its just a bit different than the lighter ones, and has a role for that reason, but its not as good as the other black shirt beers. more carbonation would put it more in line with the style, and improve its drinkabiity a lot, but a beer thats still worth picking up.

Photo of TaylorBrake
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Enjoyed via can; no idea.

S- Can says orange/tangerine, I get nothing citrusy, though it is a pleasant smell nonetheless. Pepper, biscuits, sweet tropical fruit, very slight funkiness (of the positive variety).

T- Similar to nose, with the addition of a hint of the aforementioned citrus notes. Very fruity, leaning towards apricot (as noted on can), and sweet, but not even remotely cloying. Light hint of pepper. Whole-grain-dinner-roll-esque malt backbone. Almost like an exceptionally sweet caramel mixed with tropical fruits and a bit of pepper, but with some soil remaining on the fruits. Definitely not an exact rendition of the saison style, but really, what is a style aside from a basic guideline from which to foster creative interpretations of?

M- Well carbonated, dry, slightly astringent. Follows the style well in this case, as far as experience can tell.

Overall, I don't really care that this beer isn't traditional saison, because it tastes good, and a six-pack is cheaper than most can find locally. Would purchase again, on repeat.

Photo of BeerWizard
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First try of anything from BSB. Pours hazy, rust red into a goblet, generating some minimal off-white head, nothing major. I noticed when I poured my wife one into a tulip, it poured almost totally clarified, so seems like there's some settlement down at the bottom that needs to be agitated (if you're into it).

Nose has some sour apple, a little strawberry, candy-caramel, mineral. Can boasts orange/tangerine, which I'm not getting out of the nose. No citrus for me.

Tastes kinda boozy for a 6.5, which I'm completely fine with. Dark, candied fruit and really light bitterness. Nice funkiness from the yeast, and quite tart and spicy. Mouthfeel is solid medium, but well packed with different flavors and sensations. I'd say medium to low carbonation.

Overall, I like it, but I probably wouldn't get it again. I will be trying more of their lineup, though.

Red Saison from Black Shirt Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.