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Sonnet Super Saison - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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87
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saison brewed with Lemongrass

(Beer added by: aasher on 05-11-2014)
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Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed gold with a finger of cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Faint yeastiness, apple skins & apple blossoms

T: Follows the nose, a little white grape, some hay & spelt notes as well up front. Some peppery notes as this warms along more spelt notes, plus golden delicious apples & just a little tartness once warm. Finishes a little fruity & with some dryness & a little bit of lemon & green bananas

MF: Medium bodied, delicate carbonation

Not a bad stab at the style, but there plenty of others out there doing it better. Still worth a go

More User Reviews:
Photo of ryser2k
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I thought this was the 5% sonnet this is the 8.5% Belgian style super sonnet. Slightly hazed brilliant golden color deep apricot if I have to get creative with the color, slightly off white head focused and full of fine effervescent foam with fine Belgian style lacing.

Aromatics on this one upfront citrus, earthy herbal notes, the label states lemongrass additions, I couldn't have told you that blindly. The citric notes and slightly spicy yeast components carry this beer well. Tropical fruit, passionfruit, pear very nice mix of fruit notes going on with a bit of banana and powdered yeast as well.

Flavor has a bright lemon citrus note, not peel big juicy mango/pear/banana tropical fruit esters rolling from the Belgian yeast notes. Alcohol pretty well hidden I wouldn't guess 8.5% abv on this big bottled offering. Really nice American made Belgian style farmhouse ale, the super saison as Southern Tier puts it.

Mouthfeel has a flowing carbonation, some residual sugars sit heavy on the palate not true to the mouthfeel of Belgian saisons but flavor wise it's quite nice. Dry powdered yeast on the finish, balances out the residual sugar sweetness a touch of alcohol comes through on the palate and let's you know it's there overall a pleasant experience thus far.

Overall, I'm impressed by these big bottles that Southern Tier have been putting out I missed the first release, but this one is doing just fine for me. I'm really into Belgian style ales, even the ones brewed here in the states...we are fortunate to have brewers adventurous to make great American, English, German, and Belgian style beers.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip. Different from the original Sonnet release.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden with a white head on top. A good amount of visible carbonation in the body. Leaves lacing for each sip I take.

S: Light Belgian aroma with a farmhouse character. Lemon and citrus in there which compliment the yeasty notes. Pale malts add a touch of sweetness to the backend.

T: The lemongrass is certainly in the forefront of this beer. A citrusy lemon makes up the front end of this beer. A smooth malt character comes into play in the middle evening things out. A slight bitterness from the hops comes through. Finish is on the Belgian side with a faint yeast spiciness.

M: Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel from the yeast. Carbonation is crisp and refreshing. Alcohol is faint in the background.

Overall this is an amped up saison with some pleasant Belgian notes. Can become a bit astringent as it warms up but overall remains drinkable.

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of DOCRW
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of connor4835
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Travcofarms
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dental
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of fourstringer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into some random old-fashioned glasses. Moderate hand. DOB 09/14.

A: Cloudy, pale yellow body. 1 finger of white head with ok retention. Nice lacing. Looks good.

S: Sweet lemon and vanilla. Black pepper that increases as it warms. Other indistinct spice and maybe some cardamom. Light bread. Slightly musty.

T: Sweet, light spice from the yeast initially. Slow swell of hop bitterness for a fairly dry finish. Moderate alcohol. Lightly earthy. Black pepper is emphasized.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light-to-moderate body. Good feel.

O: Cool, pepper-forward saison. Plays towards flavors that I particularly dig, namely the great pepper spice. A tad sweet, but overall this my favorite beer of the evening.

Prost!

Photo of CraftyViki
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

I purchased a 22 oz bottle of this Saison and it is indeed super. The level of lemongrass is perfect and not real sour at all. I will definitely be purchasing this one again in the near future.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Meadowlark restaurant. Served in a New Holland High Gravity Series stemmed glass / semi-tulip (I can't quite call it a tulip, and it's not a snifter...but it has aspects of both).

Appearance: Translucent golden color - glows when the light hits it. Lots of bubbles coming up through the glass - pleasant to watch. Served with a 1/16" thick head that died back a bit, but had plenty of persistent lacing - islands and fine strands. Great looking beer.

Smell: Citrus notes but not strong. Some hint of sweetness and some herbal spiciness under it all (lemongrass?)

Taste: Refreshing, flavorful, but not as bold in flavor as I expected. Good orange and lemon citrus notes, with some underlying malt sweetness that complements nicely. I'm not picking up a lot of spiciness or peppery notes from the lemongrass. There are some other fruit notes mixed in there with the citrus. Complex, but subtle - again, nothing really pops out. Well blended flavors would be a good way to describe this to me anyway. Alcohol well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Dry, but not overly so. A little bit of malt thickness thrown in. Just right carbonation - not fizzy at all even with all the bubbles I can see. Not spicy on the tongue either.

Overall: An interesting beer. Paired very well with spaghetti carbonara, and I think I could easily have a glass of this on a hot day, and with a wide range of food as well. More citrusy than I would have expected for a Saison, but still a good beer even if perhaps a bit different than the normal style Saison. A good take on it though. I will say that to my tastebuds though the Lemongrass is lost. If it is in there, I couldn't taste it distinctly, but that may go back to my comment about well blended flavors. Still, I think I could have had another glass if I didn't have to work more later this evening.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dank203
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

brand new beer apparently. pours an orange ish into tulip, good amt of white head. aromas and flavors are pretty sweet overall. good amount of citrus, floral candy sweetness, some orange cream, spice, sort of a tripel crossed with a saison. overall really enjoyable, and a good one to share

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of mattsucks
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Sonnet Super Saison from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.