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Icon Series: Bière De Saison - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 13 | 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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4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Hops4Pops, Nov 30, 2013
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T: Fantastic. Pear and banana hit the sweet spot. There are hints of hops, so it is not all consumingly sweet; quite balanced. Malty, but not so much that you are consumed with yeasty flavor. Overall, strong but balanced.

M: Full bodied, clean, dry, mild carbonation. I am not a fan of extreme carbonation, so this is just fantastic. Alcohol is strong; makes a good beer by the fireplace.

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Icon Series: Bière De Saison from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.