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Seventeen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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85
very good

263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-02-2012)
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cld253

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic take on a classic style. Sweeter than your standard Saison up front, but this hides the alcohol very, very well, then leads into a dry, spicy finish.
Some earthiness, some fruitiness, some kind of dangerous, ha.
Great anniversary beer, keep'em coming.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 16:49:44 | More by cld253
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light fizzy head covering typical of a beer with this abv, over hazy carrot orange colored beer.

Nose brings floral spices, almost ancient ale like spices or a strong Belgian tripel, coriander like, hint of a peppercorn almost, lots of wheat hefe like aromas as well with the coriander and clove almost, banana, plenty of citrus zest with orange and hint of lemon like, and the malts are more wheat based with hints of a malty saison rustic aroma, some light blood orange and clementine like.

Taste starts again with a hefe like flavor, but citrus fruit flavors as well. Juicy wheats, lots of wheat, with lots of citrus fruits, blood orange, clementine, hint of a pink grapefruit as well. Then spices, light spices overall, but fairly saison like with hints of a light peppercorn, hint of coriander and slightly clove like, as well as citrus peel, light orange and lemon zest even. The zest brings a decent bitterness, but nagging bitterness, and a light chalky like taste as well which is kinda weird. Light yeasty dry bready malt as well. Just a light warming booze which is hidden well. Finish is slightly dry and decent lingering bitterness, lots of orange zest, lemon peel, blood orange juice lingering, lots of wheat and hefe like spices also last a while.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb but not as much as I hoped, light warming booze that is hidden fairly well.

Overall not bad, almost like a very strong hefe blended with blood orange juice, light spices, zest, and some saison flavors, booze is hidden well, a good summer beer but overall not quite what I was expecting from a Weyerbacher beer, too much of various flavors blended together and don't seem to mesh as well as you would expect.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 23:07:39 | More by jlindros
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SFC21

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-04-2012 20:35:30 | More by SFC21
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vonnegut21

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-04-2012 01:29:11 | More by vonnegut21
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fizzles down to almost nothing in minutes

S: Nice, strong fruity Belgian yeast, with plenty of citrus. Get a light hint of peppercorn as well, but the 3 citrus peel additions stand out much more

T: Follows the nose, along with a fairly strong alcohol presence. Super-Saison indeed. I think the alcohol actually enhances the spice flavors of the beer and lends some spiciness itself, which suits the style well (aside from the dose of alcohol, which is obviously out of style)

M: Fuller than most saisons, but that is almost a must to help with the alcohol. Low-moderate carbonation

O: I like the fact that Weyerbacher pushed the limit of the style with this beer. For people who don't know already, they have a condition with their anniversary beers that states that the beers must be at least 10%, hence the 10.5%. I think it does the job very well, even though most consider the style to be light and summery. Way to push the envelope

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 05:16:33 | More by BEERMILER12
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-03-2012 02:06:28 | More by TonyTalon
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at 55 degrees

Pours a really nice hazy, copper. Tons of tiny bubbles rush to the top. There is a small but determined head that rests nicely on the beer.

Smells of fresh citrus rind and slight spice. It is a very 'fresh' smelling saison.

First taste is a refreshing, crisp lemon. Although is is citrusy, I'm getting much tartness at all. How the f#$k is this over 10%??? This is probably the most well hidden alcohol I've EVER had. I'm not sure why it needs to be this high, but they sure hid it well!

This beer coats the mouth. It is much 'thicker' than most saisons, but in a really good way. Swallows easy leaving me wanting more.

This is damn fine beer from Weyerbacher. If only some Brett was thrown in there....but I digress...This is really a fine saison, but I still don't quite 'get' how/why this is such a high ABV? Definately give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 22:41:10 | More by DaveHack
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HamGlade10

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

07-02-2012 02:25:28 | More by HamGlade10
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-01-2012 03:24:32 | More by xnicknj
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pwoody11

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-30-2012 14:12:54 | More by pwoody11
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-30-2012 01:31:33 | More by acurtis
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noyellowfizzbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-30-2012 01:16:24 | More by noyellowfizzbeer
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 10 oz chalice.

A- pours a cloudy lemon color with a 1 finger dense white head. Ring of lacing forms and settles immediately.

S- big lemon, clove, caramel, and spices.

T- citrus rind, lemon, spices, bitter off-flavor taste.

M- medium body and carbonation. I would have no idea this was 10.5% if I didn't see it on here.

O- ok saison but drinks very well for the abv.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 02:13:40 | More by kawilliams81
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-27-2012 19:08:20 | More by Giantspace
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rkcrozier

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-27-2012 11:23:43 | More by rkcrozier
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Greywulfken

New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy amber beer with ivory head; slimmed down to a wisp of a collar; no lacing to speak of

S: citrus notes, soap, yeast

T: citrusy flavors and spices definitely, some herbal and floral background flavors; bitter apricot

M: denser than other saisons I've had - although the abv makes this like an "imperial" saison, so maybe it fits; slight tacky aftertaste

O: Weyerbacher has not had many hits with me, but this is my favorite of theirs so far - biased by my liking of strong pale ales and the few saisons I've had - this beer manages to be fairly crisp and slightly tart and bright despite a heavier-than-I-expected mouthfeel and strong abv. I was reminded of a tripel but with bitter qualities - almost like a tripel combined with DFH's Midas Touch. The more I drank this beer, the more I appreciated its qualities.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 23:37:57 | More by Greywulfken
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-26-2012 21:39:23 | More by mrebeka
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking bright yellow color color, the head was fizzy and white. Not much retention or lacing on this one. The smell of the beer has a nice fresh grainy, herbal/spiced aroma to it. The taste of the beer had some nice spicy notes to it and well has the sweetness of the grains in there too. The mouthfeel of the beer was clean and crisp feeling with a little bit of heat in the finish from the ABV. Overall it's a really interesting Saison to say the least. I found it enjoyable, wouldn't buy a case but it was nice to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 23:52:53 | More by Knapp85
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another very nice anniversary offering from Weyerbacher. A hazy, pale gold beer with a fluffy white head that settles slowly and strong lacing. Nose packs lots of citrus and tropical fruit aroma with some general Belgian-style yeastiness and the accompanying spice notes you’d expect. Cloves and pepper really pop out.

Flavor pretty much follows the nose. The beer is brewed with grapefruit, lemon, and orange peel so it’s no surprise there is a lot of citrus zing to it as well as some appealing bitterness from both the hops and the fruit. Light pith and aspirin notes, mild sweetness. Lots of spice and yeast character, the peppercorns really come out in the finish and provide a gentle tingle on the tongue. Really well balanced between all of the elements and that subtle, emerging peppery note ties it all together nicely.

Crisp feel on a medium body beer; lively carbonation; dry finish. Drinks clean, with absolutely no trace of the 10.5% ABV. Where did that go? Feels like it’s half that.

EDIT: I read the other reviews after writing mine. I've heard about batch variation issues, and Weyerbacher's in particular recently, but this is wild. Chewy and boozy? My bottle was the opposite of this. Booze was nowhere, and carbonation was crisp. Quite a refresher and one that felt right on in terms of body and carbonation for a Saison. Very odd. It can't just be perception. Flavors and aromas are one thing but carbonation and heft are much more concrete and straightforward.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 22:02:45 | More by tobelerone
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julian89

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer at work along with Innis & Gunn Independence day, Port Brewing Older Viscosity, Dogfish head Burton baton, Dogfish Festina Peche, and Port Old Viscosity. It made quit an expensive medley of a 6-pack. Oh and a good friend gave me a Great Lake Edmund Fitzgerald porter.

Appearance - Pours a typical hazy pale yellow, opaque. A 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates with no head.

Smell - Citrus dominates. Lemons, black pepper, orange and grapefruit peel, mild Belgian spice, bready backbone. No severe sweetness. Alcohol smell is absent.

Taste - The taste is complemented perfectly by the smell description. Plenty of citrus zest accompanied by Belgian yeast strain and bready backing. A powerful ABV saison, up there with Brasserie Dupont.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied saison, not a light one. Not as thich as I see other people describing. I think the temp plays a big factor there. The carbonation could use a little work. All in all its a differ3ent mouthfeel than a normal "imperial" saison (as if that actually exists).

Drinkability- I've always said that the Quad from Weyerbacher is my favorite from this Canadian brewery, this is a great saison though. I put it closer to a higher ABV Belgian white though. All in all the citrus and Belgian spice make this a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 01:37:18 | More by julian89
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-22-2012 22:26:06 | More by jwat
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InVinoVeritas

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-22-2012 02:16:13 | More by InVinoVeritas
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an extremely cloudy (almost milky) glowing golden straw yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus zest (both lemon and orange), sweet orange citrus, candi sugar, and some spicy yeast notes. Very light hints of alcohol.

T: There is a light amount of candi sugar sweetness along with citrus (orange) and citrus zest (lemon and orange). There is a pretty heavy amount of spicy yeast notes and some light amounts of alcohol.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Chewy.

O: Not the easiest beer to drink as the high ABV is not as well hidden as I would have appreciated. I like the spicy notes from the yeast but would have like just a hint of the barnyard funk I have come to expect in the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 22:40:22 | More by dbrauneis
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msarver16

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +26%

06-21-2012 04:32:30 | More by msarver16
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TongoRad

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-18-2012 17:09:40 | More by TongoRad
Seventeen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.