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Icon Series: Bière De Saison - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
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 is retired; no longer brewed.

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 twiggamortis420:
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed copper color with a modest cap of off-white head. Not a whole lot going on in the retention and lacing department.

Nose has some nice yeasty esters, clove galore with some light mace and honey. Malts are a little toasty, but take a backseat to the yeast.

Taste throws down some serious yeast and has a nice sweet compliment. It is not a traditional dry saison/BdG with farmhouse yeast....I actually would have guessed weizenbock if I had it blind. Mouthfeel is rich and dense. As a saison, it is not really all that satisfying. But it is a decent beer - maybe BSDA lite?? I did buy a 4-pack of it as it first came out, unfortunately it lasted a couple weeks in the fridge and I havnt been a eager beaver to go seek out some more.

twiggamortis420, Sep 12, 2013
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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.

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 154 ratings.