Saint Arnold Icon Gold (Bière De Saison) - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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2.38/5 rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and black branded twist-off pressure cap acquired at my local H-E-B grocery and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Reviewed as a saison because the name and label identify it as such.
Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a half finger wide white colour head which dissipates inside ten seconds, leaving me no time to note its characteristics. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
Body colour is a transparent translucent amber of average vibrance. LOADED with abundant floating yeast particles - more yeast than I've seen in a beer in a long time. Wow, she's got some floaties. Not a clean presentation, but it's certainly unfiltered and alive.
It doesn't look great for a saison, but I'm optimistic.
Sm: Candi syrup, malt extract, artificial cherry, amber malts, heavy sticky sugary sweetness, and mild grape.
No hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol is detectable.
This is an abysmal aroma for a saison. No peppery character, no milky notes, no spices, and frankly no complexity. I'm very surprised by the aroma, but maybe this beer will be good outside style conventions. The aroma is of mild strength overall.
T: Unfortunately, the taste pretty much matches the aroma. Out-of-place artificial fruit dominates - artificial cherry extract and unbecoming grape, mainly - with some heavy sticky sugary sweetness in there too. Amber malts. Candi sugar. Syrup.
Wow is this imbalanced. None of the artful complexity or subtlety of the best saisons is present here, and even outside style conventions it's quite mediocre. Lacks nuance and intricacy. I'm having trouble enjoying it.
Mf: It's a thick, syrupy, sticky mess. Well-carbonated. Smooth and wet. Has too much weight on the palate. Poor presence. Quite filling. The texture doesn't suit the style or the flavour profile.
Not astringent, gushed, hot, boozy, oily, or harsh.
Dr: The heavy thick feel of the beer makes it difficult to quaff. It's also executed pretty poorly for a saison. I'm not sure what Saint Arnold's brewers were thinking with this one, but I won't be purchasing it again and I'd caution friends from doing so. Whatever they were going for, this really falls flat and just doesn't taste good. A horrid attempt at a saison, if you even want to call it that.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 19:45:39 | More by kojevergas
3.86/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A- 12 oz. bottle poured into a Teku. Cloudy and a little bit darker than expected in terms of appearance. Almost no head and light on the carbonation.
S- A definite yeast smell is the most apparent scent, but after that comes the malt tones and ripened fruit.
T- A surprisingly light tasting beer given the appearance. Initial taste is yeast, and slightly sour. Several tastes in reveals more of the ripened fruit that was apparent in the smell, along with slight citrus notes. It's great, but loses points in my book for being a little too light on the carbonation.
O- It's an outstanding, complex, and almost wine-like beer. I did not even realize the ABV was 9% until I checked at the end of this review, which came as a complete surprise to me. Another great addition from the Icon series, but probably not something I'd seek out constantly.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2014 03:40:24 | More by Elprico
4.16/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle
A: Aggressive pour into a tulip. Plenty of carbonation with a small and rapidly disappearing head off white in color. Minimal oily lacing. The color is a dark copper and somewhat cloudy. Looks very nice.
S: Great smell. Strong sweet malts. ABV is very detectable and is covering up some less subtle smells but not in a bad way. I am getting a hint of sweetness that is almost like bubble gum, again not in a bad way. Mustiness and earthy aromas.
T: Interesting flavors. Sweet malts. Alcohol is very present. Medium-Low hoppy bitterness and warmth on the back end. Aftertaste is earthy and musty. True to definition of this style.
M: Very nice. Incredible considering its 9 percent that it is not hotter than it is. I bet this one would be very good after some aging.
O: Will be buying more of this and let it age for a year. Very good for the price point.
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2013 23:34:29 | More by Hops4Pops
Saint Arnold Icon Gold (Bière De Saison) from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.