Sonnet Super Saison - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aasher on 05-11-2014

Saison brewed with Lemongrass
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 15
Reviews by russpowell:
Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
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 MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and somewhat hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge three finger white head with decent retention.

Smell: A zesty and spicy yeast driven aroma with hints of spices, lemon, and other fruits. Belgian yeast with hints of peppers, clove, and funk. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. Big scent of lemongrass along with fruit hints of green apple, banana, pear, and white grapes. Also some subtle hints of candied sugar and grassy hops. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity yeast driven taste with notes of lemongrass, spices, and fruit. Belgian yeast with some notes of clove, peppers, and farmhouse funk. Pale malt with notes of grains, wheat, straw, and cracker. Big taste of lemongrass along with other typical Belgian fruit esters of banana, pear, green apple, and white grapes. Sweet taste of candied sugar. Background notes of grassy hops. A pretty nice Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and somewhat prickly with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian style Saison. Good mix of zesty fruit esters and spices.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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 -0.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light lemongrass notes with some sweet Belgian style malt notes also noticeable. Taste is dominated by a mix of light lemongrass notes with a rather sweet Belgian style malt base with light bready and yeasty ester. Body is about average with good carbonation. Too sweet for its own good IMHO.

Photo of fourstringer
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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 +19%

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
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 WineGuy3000
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into a pint.

A: Slightly hazy straw/gold with 2/3" white head that sits down almost instantly. Retention is OK, pretty much no lacing going on.

S: Some solid semi-funky yeast, cracker, banana, hints of clove & white pepper. Assertive nose on this one.

T: Big banana, clove, sweetish yeastiness, grapefruit, plum & for lack of a better word: ink.

M: High carb with a medium body. Surprisingly dense yet delicate on the tongue. Slightly soapy.

O: Pretty cool, complex Saison.

Photo of dank203
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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 BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

DOB 04/09/14

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that settles to a frothy cap decently quickly

S: Belgian yeast, banana, lemon peel and lemongrass, and quite a bit of general fruitiness. Fairly well balanced

T: Starts off with a light Belgian yeast and farmhouse kick, with some of the fruitiness and banana notes in the back. Lemon and lemongrass come through near the end, finishing with some lingering yeasty fruitiness

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I think the 6 months in the bottle with both the yeast and abv has helped this one out a bit. Much better suited for the transition from summer to fall than spring to summer, just because of the higher abv and feel of it. Definitely worth drinking now if you still have some left over or can still find some on the shelves for the time being until next spring

Photo of argock
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a Three Notch'd Brewing Co. tulip. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Hazy golden wtih 1-finger of foamy, frothy, white head with exceptional retention and a few lace formations at the top of the glass.

S: Lemony aromas are strongest but the pilsner malt is no slouch with plenty of raw grainy textures. The hoppiness and/or lemongrass addition bring an herbal nature. The alcohol is not evident. Yeast aromas bring another fruity and slightly bready angle to this remarkable brew.

T: The flavor is impeccable for the style, unbelievable smoothness for the ABV with a stellar balance of citrus lemon-lime and herbal/earthy character with a hint of vegetative/grassy quality and a slightly funky and musty yeast character. The pilsner maltiness holds this beer together with a grainy, barely sweet note that adds some complexity. Alcohol is dangerously well-hidden. A really stellar super saison which rivals Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux for depth of flavor. Do not pass up this beer.

M: Smooth and silky but with a spiky edge from the high carbonation. There are likely some oats in the mix to give the smooth feel. Really crazy drinakability.

O: This is an amazing achievement by ST -- their Oak-Aged Unearthly is an exceptional beer that holds up for months. Sonnet, however, works the crisp, highly drinkable yet high ABV end of the spectrum with a silky smooth and complex malty and hoppy lemony but not too much brew. Unbelievable and I am going to be looking for this anywhere I can find it. An excellent brew with superb flavor and feel that nails the style.

Photo of arizcards
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from The Wine Seller in Williamsburg, VA earlier today for $8.75. Bottled on 3-15-2015.

Bee poured golden with a beautiful white head on the initial pour.

Nose has all the classic fruity Belgian fruit esters to be expected from saison yeast with lemon and grass being the most prominent.

Taste is lemony and grassy with pepper dancing on the palate in the after taste. Finish is dry, very champagne like.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent - very nice.

Overall this is an excellent representation of the style. Glad I had the opportunity to try!

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pleasantly surprise by this beer, tasty and a nice representation of the style.

Photo of ougawha
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Fruity. Can definitely get the lemon taste but it's not overpowering. Has bitter bite but but doesn't last. Finishes with clean alcohol lingering.

Sonnet Super Saison from Southern Tier Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.