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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Reviews by ryan1788a5:
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crown capped 750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Hazy golden-orange. Foamy white head stands at an inch and a half. Jagged rings and spots of lacing.

S: Multi-grain aromas. Slight toast. Lemon grass. Grassy in general actually. Whiffs of various tropical fruits, from mandarin orange, to pulpy mango, to pineapple. Overripe bananas. Light tartness. Hints of yeast every now and then. The nose is rather clinched and stubborn. You really have to let it warm and pry at it before you get the whole picture.

T: The taste is more forthcoming. Sweetish toasty and honeyed malt base. Lots of tropical esters. Mandarin orange is prominent, hints of pineapple and mango. Quick flashes of overripe banana. Oily and herbal hops. Some yeasty and peppery flavors come toward the back end. Alcohol is well hidden for the most part, but comes out now and again. A lot of great contrasts bring balance. Slightly drying finish of oily hops, shortbread, and fleeting banana and clementine.

M: Hefty medium body. It presses down on the tongue with some weight. Moderately aggressive scrubbing effervescence adds texture but does little to lift the weight, which is fine. It also punctures the firm and silky feel, but again, it works.

O: Billed as a 'super saison' brewed with lemongrass. The nose is a bit shy, but otherwise it delivers. Definitely bigger that the average saison, though it remains drinkable enough. The lemongrass flavors could easily have been mistaken for normal fermentation by-products, not that I'm complaining. In the end it's a pretty decent saison that achieves balance through a series of interlocking contrasts.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy golden yellow color with a 1" head that falls to a spotty covering.

Smell: yeast, pepper, grass, and some citrus comes through to the nose.

Taste: grainy malt base with yeast, pepper, lemon zest, orange, crackers, and some grassy tones are wrapped in a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish, long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a nicely refreshing saison that hits the spot on a hot day.

Photo of MadScientist
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: A restrained Belgian yeast character that is mostly spice and ginger with a moderate lemongrass aroma. There is the aroma of Pils malt sweetness and a light alcohol sweetness as well. A light spicy hops aroma as well.

S: A pale yellow beer with a light hazy and a long lasting thin head of fine, white bubbles

T: Moderately strong fruit flavors of orange, lemon and lemon grass dominate with a medium amount of black pepper and ginger and some alcohol. There is a light, Pils sweetness against a moderate hops bitterness making for a balance that is moderately bitter. The finish is fairly dry with a lemon and spice aftertaste.

M: A light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: A strong saison with a bunch of fruit, moderate spice and a fair amount of alcohol presence. This is a dry, refreshing beer hitting the right notes.

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of chinchill
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 BraveMountie
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour into a dimpled mug.

A: Pours a hazy mostly opaque yellowish orange with a average white head. Leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the mug.

S: Farmhouse yeast and fruitiness dominates the aroma.

T: Balanced blend of Belgian yeast and pale malts. The yeast adds a depth of fruitiness to the beer reminiscent of banana. Light hopping is noticeable in the background.

M: Pretty light body with ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel its a good summer beer.

Overall loving the direction Southern Tier has been headed with the recent line of Belgian brews. This is a tasty and refreshing brew.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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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 mikeburd1128
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bluejacket74
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Sonnet from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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