Saison - Casey Brewing & Blending

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 6.83%
Wants: 110
Gots: 51 | FT: 10
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Casey Brewing & Blending visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LotsofLupulin on 07-09-2014

Our Saison is as old-world as it gets. We use 100% Colorado ingredients: Colorado water, malted and raw barley and wheat, Crystal hops and a yeast blend of saison yeast, brettanomyces and lactobacillus. We ferment the beer in custom-made open oak barrel fermenters. After this rustic primary fermentation, the beer goes to other barrels for further aging and flavor development. The result is a citrusy, dry, tart and effervescent beer worthy of sharing.

25 IBUs
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Photo of spoony
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle (First Blend, May 30, 2014) to a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces two fingers of white, clingy head. The lacing is pretty solid on the glass. Head retention is so-so, but a thin cap hangs around for a while. The beer is light and straw-colored with golden hues. It is murky, but I can see some carbonation in there.

S-The aroma is a pleasant mixture of musty, lactic funk with fruity, Brett-like aromas including lemon, lime, and bread dough. I also smell some straw, dried grass, and a bit of pepper. There is a surprising bit of tartness going on. This is a great example of what I expect a saison to smell like.

T-The taste is lightly tart with a similar lemon-lime flavor that tugs gently at my glands on the finish. It isn't sour, but there is some acidity here. The body of the beer has some bread dough flavors and a bit of saccharin-like sweetness. I also taste some dried grass, pepper, and straw. This beer tasted "young" to me and I suspect that the saccharin flavor would dissipate with age.

M-The feel is light to medium in body with a pretty smooth, above-average level of carbonation.

O-I really liked Troy Casey's beers from AC Golden, but this one is a step above those and better for everyday drinking. The lightly tart aroma and flavors pair beautifully with the grassy/doughy flavors to make for a drinkable, but hugely interesting saison. The beer looks and feels just like I think a saison should look and feel. As noted above, I think this beer will improve with age...I just wish I had more bottles. A great summer beer that would pair well with food, cheese, or drink well all alone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Devman171
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Magnum pour! hazy yellow with nice head. Aroma is light yeast and tart. taste is delicious tart and light Belgian yeast, super crushable

Photo of Beaver13
3.33/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, bottled 5/30/14. Pours hazy light yellow with a small creamy white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is banana and musty earthy yeast with a little lactic fruit.

The flavor is some tart/lactic and sweet fruitiness (lemon) with a little funk and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, interesting tart saison - it tastes kind of like a berliner weisse.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle sealed with a golden pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

batch 1; bottled on 05/30/2014.

Appearance: I got the bottom pour. Hazy and completely opaque golden yellow bodied beer. 2 full fingers of white head that has decent head retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wheat malts and light tartness. Hints of lemon and orange citrus. Not much funk to speak of.

Taste: Light tartness. Wheat malts and rotten hay. Orange and lemon citrus notes. Slightly fruity and earthy. Hint of pepper and minerals. Even tasting a hint of the oak barrel.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Creamy carbonation. Semidry finish. Pretty refreshing too. Nice level of drinkability. Bright, clean, and balanced saison.

Overall: This is the new big deal in Colorado in my opinion as far as new breweries go. This saison is at the same caliber as Hill Farmstead and Side Project saisons. The light acidity is a must for any world class saison and this casey saison has found that perfect amount of acidity in a saison. Great mouthfeel and this beer is a great example what all saisons should strive to be. This has got me really interested in trying some of the fruited saisons that this brewery is brewing now.

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blend 3, tasted 10/6/2014. Pretty poopy on the nose. 2.5

Blend 2, tasted 4/4/2015. very nice clean saison. 4.25

1/17/15 bottling, tasted 4/4/2015. A little bit of that poop. Would sit on this a little more. 3.5

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Belgian tulip. 10/9/2014 bottled on date slapped on the side of the bottle.

The pour produces a chewy yet wispy pale white head multiple fingers thick. It's got excellent persistence which isn't surprising given the robust carbonation visible in the body. As for that body, it's a glowing golden wheat color with slight bit of cloudiness, but I feel like a fly headed towards a zapper because there's something magnetizing about this bright-colored brew.

I wasn't sure to expect with the aroma but it's a potent lemony, zesty and tart nose with a nice touch of earthy funk. It's got enough subtle malt aroma to not be overrun by lemony acidity.

Lemon shines on this, but in a restrained way that doesn't assault the tongue. It's more in the tart vein with a crackery dryness and sweetness that makes for an exceptionally light-drinking beverage. The finish lingers like a fresh apple does, crisp and dry with a touch of tartness. Overall there's something vinous and refreshing about this beer. Very nice.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. First Blend! Bottled 5/30/2014.

Appearance - Hazy golden body. Nice white head. Some lacing.

Smell - Light wine barrel. Some oak. Yeast. A little fruity and bretty.

Taste - Very nice. Wine barrel is much stronger. Lightly acidic. A little grainy. White wine finish.

Mouthfeel - Bright and lightly tart. Well carbonated. Medium light body.

Overall - This is really good. Very nice wine barrel.

Photo of Irrenarzt
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Super nice saison. Just the right amount of funk without being too wild. I would put this above Bernice. Well done Troy!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with pagesofphotographs.

This pours a hazy golden yellow, with a one and a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like lemon, hay, smarties, grass, and lots of citrus.

This is delicious, and just tastes so fresh. Tons of citrus and brett funk, but in a nicely restrained way that doesn't block anything the other flavors. A bit of white pepper, lemon, grass, hay, and a bit of a perfumey taste as well. This one definitely embodies the farmhouse ale type feel in a near perfect way.

This is medium bodied, but light on the palate, with a very juicy mouthfeel.

A really excellent introduction to this brewery.

Photo of ShanePB
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle. First blend 05/30/14

Photo of More_betterness
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

A: Hazy and glowing bright golden with a two finger pearl white head after a vigorous pour. Recedes to a small ring around the rim of the glass. Highly effervescent. Great looking saison.

S: Zesty lemon, clove, and spritzy lactic notes. As it warms brett makes itself more known with tropical fruit and musty funk.

T: Tart but not sour lactic acidity, followed by lime and lemon pith. A hint of sweet tangerine and some doughy malt. Hints of brett funk and slight notes of oak close everything out.

M: Light/medium and effervescent. Long dry astringent finish.

O: Rustic, balanced, beautiful. Can't wait to see what the Brett will do in my other bottle after a few months.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Blend 3 7/31/2014

Beer pours straw yellow with a nice soft head that clings to the glass. Beer is slightly clouded by yeast from the bottle.

Aroma has some citrus, acidity, and brett barnyard funk.

Flavor is similar to a wheat beer but with a brett finish that has some acidity, donkey, and funk going on.

Light and refreshing, enjoyable, nice to sip despite the low alcohol due to the complexity of the beer.

Photo of vitaminvert
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy in color, lemony aroma, creamy and crisp mouth feel.

Flavor is slightly tart, yeasty, and light. Not a ton of funk, and not overly sour. Superbly balanced beer, easy to drink especially on a hot summer day. Holds up to some of the best representations of the style.

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Would give blend one a 4.45 and blend two a 4.65, blend four 4.7

Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another thanks to rudzud. Second blend 6/25/14.

Light fizzy head, fades semi quickly, decent lacing, hazy murky straw lemony yellow color.

Nose big lemon and farmhouse, nice farmhouse funk with straw and toasty malt, little yeasty, plenty of apples and vinous notes, chardonnay like wine grapes, mild acid, faint floral, bright saison and floral notes. Very little barrel if any.

Taste nice fruity, good fresh saison and mild funk, etc. Quite complex and blended smoothly, with mild creamy wheat, little farmhouse funk, mild grainy toasty wheat, etc. Mild lemony tartness, rind like, lemongrass, little sour flemmy funk and very dry. Mild dry apricot like stone fruit, nice farmhouse. Finish still quite, little flemmy feel and tart lemony and farmhouse funk lingering, grassy etc.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, quite dry, little flemmy feel, little creamy, decent carb.

Overall quite nice, enjoyable and very drinkable with how dry it is. Nice saison farmhouse funk, lemony, tart, refreshing and pretty tasty.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

WTF? In Denver 10.2.14

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

4.5 for blend one, 4.25 for blend two. Both tasted on 8/20/14.

Photo of captainkrad
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better saison/ farmhouse ales that I've had. I really love this one!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

magnum from something, maybe april 5, 2014? thanks for sharing mark. pours a cloudy golden yellow. thin lace spotty lace. nice lemony citric with great sweetness. little dry smelling. refreshing and tasty saison with great sweetness...candy like. prickly and a bit of a rubbery dry feel. nice beer to have a giant pour of

Photo of Zach136
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy gold, thin head. Acceptable for BA brew.

Aroma: Fruity brett funk with a touch of pickle-esqu acidity. Bready.

Flavor: Soft bright acidity, not sour. Medium intensity tropical fruit. Very impressive balance between the acidity and fruit. It's not easy to get both in a saison. I've tried and failed.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, refreshing.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.59/5  rDev -18.2%

A solid saison from the tart/sour inspired category. If you're looking for a spicy Belgian style, this ain't it. Think lighter and tart.
Light color, pretty good head that settles out. Little lacing

Apple/pear skin aroma, some sweetness. Very few spice going on. Same with the flavor. A hint of citrus and lemongrass. Very small notes of apricot and persimmon. As it drinks, it tries to dry out, but it remains a bit filmy and slick. More bubbles could mitigate this, or higher attenuation. I think. ..

Photo of cpetrone84
2.93/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Second blend. Pour is pale golden yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is a bit heavy sulfur, moderate peppery spice, hint of lemon rind. Sulfur dominates too strongly. Taste follows suite, heavily sulfuric, a bit of mineral, moderate sweet lemon. Light body, soft carbonation, nice body. A bit simple and heavily sulfuric, lacks any real saison yeast quality.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Second blend. Bottled 6/25/14.

Pours a murky whitish-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold.

Funky sour yeast.

Wildly hoppy. Lightly tart. Pretty pleasant. Lots of Brett.

I like it. Even if it's incoherent. Really surprising.

Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 3/30/2015 blend. Served in a stemmed glass.

Lighter orange-straw yellow hued body, clear, one finger white head, fair amount of retention, a bit of lacing. Smells primarily of tart apples, white vinous notes, mild vinegar, grain, wheat, minerals. Flavour is mildly funky, a fair bit of lemon zest that is actually quite tart, rind, a bit of floral notes, wheat, sulfuric minerals and more lemon on the finish. Moderate tartness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fair carbonation, dry, with an oaky sulfuric, mineral finish. Overall, very good saison that is interesting enough; moderately dry and lemony with a nice tartness. Similar to its coastal counterparts (e.g. Arthur and Saison Bernice), but with a bit less complexity.

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Saison from Casey Brewing & Blending
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