Sonnet - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CloudStrife on 07-28-2013)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From a bomber bottle. (caveat: not a favored stye).

Hazy yellow gold color with a good head.

Fruity and yeasty with a clear but not strong contribution from wild yeast.
Lemon and floral notes.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Body is a translucent, uniformly hazy golden yellow hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy white head that fades to a thick collar with some lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is good and pretty typical for a saison. Lemongrass is at the forefront-but it is soft with a very prominent but sweet floral hop aroma. There is a mild bready smell in the background.

T- Upfront is a lot of lemon, citrus, a hint of banana with a bready yeast backbone and floral hop overtones. The finish is slightly tart with the lemon and floral hops really showing the most.

F- Medium to high carbonation, light to medium weight body with a dry finish.

O- Overall this is a good, pretty typical saison. The addition of lemongrass is fitting and doesn't really do anything crazy or unique to the flavor profile. This is a good brew from southern tier and a nice saison overall. As with most ST beers the alcohol is very well hidden behind a full body and flavor.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: "DOB 04/09/14." 8.50% ABV. 750ml brown glass bottle with gorgeous label art and branded black/grey pry-off pressure cap purchased at a local H-E-B grocery and served cold at low altitude in Austin, TX into a snifter.

Reviewed live as a saison per the label. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White colour. Nice thickness. Decent creaminess. Has a nice supple consistency and a soft complexion. Mild lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is pretty good - about 5-6 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent vibrant yellow-copper. Filled with gorgeous floating yeast particles which shine when backlit. Couldn't appear more alive. No hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good looking saison but I'm a bit perplexed by its clarity. I'm excited for the first sip.

AROMA: Doughy biscuity lively yeast. Lemongrass. Belgian pale malts. Lemon zest. Grassy hop notes. Light crackery malts. White pepper. Clove. Vague ripe fruits. A hint of mango. Floral hop notes.

The malts and hops blend well to suggest an effective saison, albeit one of limited spice. I'm really digging the yeasty notes.

A pleasant, fresh aroma of mild strength. Evokes a farmhouse vibe, sure.

TASTE: Lemon zest complements the lemongrass nicely, which is itself well-emphasized. Floral hop notes feel in place, as do some vague zesty fruit notes. Belgian pale malts provide the unobtrusive malt foundation, with a bit of pils malt in there too and maybe even some wheat. Clove, yeasty spice, and faint doughiness blends well with crackery malts. White pepper. A brief faint hint of apple. It's a bit grassy.

Well-balanced, with some lovely elements. The yeast character is a real highlight, and the beer does have a farmhouse Belgian character, even if it isn't real funky or brettanomyces-emphatic. I'm disappointed in the relative lack of spice; the modest white pepper and clove offered here seem unsubstantial when compared to the masterful spicing of superior saisons (i.e. Fantome). While it's not a simple brew, it isn't anywhere near as complex and/or intricate as the best examples of the style.

There's some lovely subtlety here, though, and I wouldn't say it isn't nuanced. Has a cohesive - but not a gestalt - build.

TEXTURE: Perfectly dry. Crisp, well-carbonated, and refreshing. Just coarse enough to amplify the duration of flavour, giving the drinker time to appreciate the more subtle flavours. It feels fresh and is a bit juicy, evoking orchard fruit (apt given the flavour profile's crisp apple and hints of pear). Aptly medium-bodied. Thickness is perfect.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough.

Presence on the palate is fantastic. This is a soft comforting texture which is somehow still coarse and dry enough to coax out more depth of flavour from the taste. Very well-executed. A terrific companion to the taste.

OVERALL: It hides its high ABV very well. Quite drinkable. A very pleasantly Belgian-mimetic farmhouse ale from the cats over at Southern Tier. I'd definitely say it's worth picking up at its reasonable price point, but it isn't quite on par with stylistic paragons like Fantome and Dupont. They do give fellow New York powerhouse Ommegang a run for their money in the saison category, which is saying a lot.


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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

750 ml bottle, bottled on 04/09/14. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice but somewhat light, the brew smells like lemongrass, hay, peppery spice, grainy/bready malt, and a bit of banana. Good thing the taste is stronger compared to the aroma. It tastes like lemongrass, peppery spice, pears, grainy/bready malt, apple, hay/straw, and some earthy/floralness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, worth a try if you've never had it before.

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Sonnet from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.