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Icon Series: Bière De Saison - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Bière De SaisonIcon Series: Bière De Saison

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BA SCORE
88
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer has a complex spicy nose with notes of brown sugar and plums. The taste starts with big spicy malt and alcohol moving to fruity in the middle and then an earthy, spicy finish. High complexity reminiscent of something between a dubbel and a quadruppel. Here is what brewer Aaron Inkrott says about this beer:

The inspiration for this beer comes from the traditional French and Belgian farmhouse style ales; Bière de Noel and Saison. The malts used were focused on creating a complex malt backbone, with subtle floral characteristics from the Hersbrucker hops. The yeast is an aromatic Belgian Saison strain that produces complex esters balanced with earthy/spicy notes.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 08-16-2013)
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
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BryanCarey

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4.31/5  rDev +9.9%

Copper colored with a slight haze, Icon Gold has an interesting nose that emits scents of caramel, banana, brown sugar, and yeast. The yeastiness is the scent that really catches your attention, and it is quite pronounced.

Moving to the taste, Icon Gold pleases the senses even further. You get flavors of banana and yeast, like before, but with additional flavors such as toasted malt, plum/prune, and biscuits. The beer finishes with a peppery note and it does have a somewhat alcoholic presence presiding over its medium to full body.

Icon Gold is the fourth installment in Saint Arnold’s Icon series. I found the others good, but this one beats them all in terms of overall taste, complexity, and quality. It is definitely a beer you want to try before supplies run out, so seek it out and grab a four pack or two while it is still available. It seems like the type of beer that would age well, so go ahead and stock up, if you get the chance. It’s the best Icon beer to date and hopefully a sign of even more greatness to come from Texas’ oldest craft brewery.

08-22-2013 03:45:04 | More by BryanCarey
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S: Wow, fruity, peary, plumish, and in all honesty regal (if you can call that a scent). The scent is actually quite strong, but balanced with the above fruity sweetness and the darker complexion of the beer malts.

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Icon Series: Bière De Saison from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.