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Biere De Seigle - Door County Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Door County Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: allouez86 on 05-05-2014

It takes a certain Frenchman to fully understand joie de vivre. In the late 1600s, that man was Pierre Espirit Radisson. The adventurous French explorer wintered in Door County during a fur trading expedition and was never the same. “Oh là là,” he said, as he described the region as a place of such great bounty, whatever a man could desire was his for indulging. In honor of our rich land, we created Bière de Seigle. Brewed with our saison yeast, low alpha hops and two types of rye for added depth and spice, Bière de Seigle is a rustic American approach to a classic Belgian farmhouse ale. The range of flavors is a tour de force.
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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 9
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Photo of KFBR392
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Vibrant active head of about a finger and a half of head which continued to regenerate itself. The color is a darker orange/brown with a very murky body. Highly above average active carbonation.

Smell: Doughy, buttery rounded yeast on the front. Fresh cut straw and prairie grass crispness on the body. Medium bodied spices with rustic earthy fruits which I attribute to the rye keep on adding layers to this brew. The back end is open and all the wonderful aromas come together.

Taste: Rounded buttery yeast hits so evenly and cleanly on the front. Herbal and vegetal tones pop up after the front which compliment the grassy hop tones. Bananas, dark fruits, and continuing soft bready yeast pulls it all together. Easy delicious finish keeps you pulling on it.

Mouthfeel: So insanely drinkable, especially for the style. The rye is integrated well. Carbonation is bright and potent yet rolls on the palate so easily.

Overall: Well Door County is two for two with me. Both of their saisons I've had so far have been truly delightful and no doubt world class. Looking forward to trying the rest of their line and hoping for more craftsmanship like this.

Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- One inch off-white colored head on a light orange body. Sticky, clumpy lacing. Fairly good head retention, a cap throughout.

S- Notes of dry, tart, banana esters in the nose. the smell has me excited to try.

T- More with the esters that the style is known for. Not unlike a witbier in that regard. I wouldn't guess rye was used but because I know it is I can get a very subtle spiciness on the back end of each sip. Would put at 6%abv if I had to guess.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Pricky, small-bubble carbonation bites at the tongue.

D/O- While perhaps not standout, Door County's Biere de Seigle is solid enough to quench any saison fan's thirst while also being approachable enough for someone trying the style for the first time. My hats off to them.

Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Hazy dark gold with a 1.5 finger of white head. Good retention, thick collar and some lacing.

S - The aromas are spicy with Rye. Some grains, Belgian yeast, and light malts. Mild earthy hops.

T - Flavors of rye grain and black pepper lead off. This is followed by herbal grassy notes that seem to be from spices or yeast. The mid-palate is buttery and slightly sweet. Light earthy hops notes to cut the sweetness. Nice flavors in this beer.

M - Medium body with silky smooth carbonation. Low alcohol presence. Clean, crisp, dry and spicy.

O - I have had many Farmhouse ales, but this is my first brewed with rye. I will buy more since I really enjoyed it.

Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed golden. A creamy head leaves nice lacing.

The smell is of lemon meringue, grass, only vague rye.

The taste is of lemongrass with sweet and sour notes - bready background. Rye is mild but gives a minty touch in the aftertaste. It has a mild bitter/sour touch in the soft finish.

It is creamy/silky.

Nicely done! Fits into the "style" well enough while having a unique, subtle, rye touch. I was between scores on the "overall", but will give it the higher of the two. This is a definite "thumbs-up"!

Photo of djhowell
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Herbal, grassy, and some biscuity malts with a bitter peppery finish.

Photo of martyl1000
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Spot, Madison.

I'm not the right person to review this beer, as saisons just aren't my thing. But I do recognize the quality of this brew. Can't really pick out the rye. But the saison aspect, along with the yeasty European essence is spot on.

Note to self, wife is head over heals for this.

Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle courtesy of Duff27. Thanks, buddy!

BOTTLE: 355ml. Brown glass. Unbranded pry-off cap. Appealing label art & design.

Served cold into a goblet at low altitude in Austin, TX, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

Expectations are average; this is my first Door County beer.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1 inch wide. White colour. Creamy and thick, with a sticky even consistency. Holds together quite well. Fluffy and soft-looking enough. Leaves a nice even coating of light lacing as it recedes.; Good complexion.

Retention is good - ~6 minutes.

BODY: Vibrant golden copper. Translucent but nontransparent. No yeast is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice-looking saison, but lacks the style's trademark haziness. Still, I find it appealing.

AROMA: Clove honey, faint doughy yeast, a kiss of funkiness from the Belgian yeast, minty herbs on the backend, rustic Belgian pale malts, and vague spices - though I find none of rye's signature spice. A hint of banana, some mild grassy hops, and clove.

To its credit, there's no dry starchiness or dry crackery malts, and the funkiness is nicely handled.

The banana is fantastic in its subtlety. I'm excited to try this; it's suggestive of a more subtle build than I'm accustomed to in American attempts at saisons.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE: I can see the French influence in the form of biere de garde-esque malting; this has a nice core of Belgian pale malts, rustic rye with a hint of spice, subtle crackery malts, and doughy yeast with some accompanying faint funkiness. The spice profile is quite tame; this isn't Fantome level in its spice profile. But there's a bit of nice minty character, some clove, and some vitamin-y allspice. The subtle banana is nice, especially alongside the dialed-down grassy hop profile. Bready in its yeast profile.

Some drinkers will find this disappointing if they crave a saison heavy on either spices or funkiness, but those with open minds will enjoy it. It's a mellow build for a saison, and admittedly lacks the intricacy of superior examples of the style, but it really succeeds in terms of subtlety of execution. It's balanced and approachable, if a bit wanting. Depth, duration, and intensity of flavour are average.

Nearly a gestalt beer. Certainly cohesive.

TEXTURE: Soft and refreshing, with a smooth and wet presence on the palate and a medium body in addition to slight overcarbonation. Rolls across the palate nicely. Has adequate heft, weight, and thickness, but it's a biteen overbearing for a saison. This isn't the delicate, fragile feel of the best beers in the style, but it's passable.

This texture complements the taste nicely but doesn't elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Certainly a drinkable stab at a saison. It's more of a success than most American-brewed examples of the style, but it still leaves a lot to be desired when compared to style paragons. It has me curious to try more Door County beers, but the discerning drinker will find this unimpressive. Worth trying if you chance across it, sure, but those in the market for good domestic saisons would be better served with a trusty bottle from a brewery like Jolly Pumpkin or Hill Farmstead. That said, its soft mouthfeel really works well, and the subtlety of the banana is notable.

Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle!

B- (3.41)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Banana bread, tea, light lemon and grains, pervasive but slight yeast...quite enjoyable

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Poured into a snifter, the beer was a dark golden color with a bubbly white head. Lacing was left on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma was noted as being sweet lemon and the traditional farmhouse funk. It is not as potent as most saisons.

Taste - Mind lemon taste the initial taste, growing progressively more bitter. The grittiness of the style does not come through initially, more strengthens. Notes of chai tea, biscuits, and resin are present. The aftertaste yields more bitterness. This one will make you pucker.

Mouthfeel - The beer just does not stick in the mouth as the style should. It runs a little thin with the carbonation being slightly aggressive.

Overall - This is a solid impression of the style, but it feels as though something is lacking.

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Biere De Seigle from Door County Brewing Co.
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