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Icon Series: Bière De Saison - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | 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 Hops4Pops:
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Hops4Pops

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4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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
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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.

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Icon Series: Bière De Saison from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.