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Seventeen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.


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very good

249 Ratings
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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%

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:
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(Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-02-2012)
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Photo of julian89


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
Photo of 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


2.08/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle to tulip. $5.00 for the single. Sampled 6/15/12.

A: A smooth but quick pour produces a fizzy/foamy ivory colored cap, quick to rise to a finger and a half - and fades audibly over 20 seconds or so. A small amount of tight knit bubbles collect around the edge of the glass. Lacing is improbable. The body has a glowing rustic orange hue, medium-light in intensity with above average haze. By now, the only visible activity is created from the bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Lemon and grapefruit peel standout above the other listed ingredients - and come through in a sour, bitter, pithy way. Peppery spice with a deeper layer of clove plus bar-of-soap and other cleaning agents. ABV-wise, the size of the beer is boastfully apparent.

T: Brash, abrasive and unapologetic. Headache. Bitter citrus fruit flavors with dried flower and a generic malt bill.

M: Well, it's definitely the chewiest saison I ever had. Low carbonation on the front end with a gently tingling effervescence from mid palate on. Dryness is accentuated by the high alcohol and bitterness. This beer is either allergic to - or at war with refreshment. Suffice it to say: Not saison-like at all.

O: Brewing is all about having fun and trying new things - I get that. Why shouldn't Weyerbacher do something whacky to celebrate their anniversary? (Congratulations guys!) On the other hand, I think the world would be a much better place if "super saisons" didn't exist. They are unnatural. And the concept alone is even more paradoxical than the Black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 22:52:16 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of BARFLYB


3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Old Eagle Tavern.

Served in a ten ounce portion, this 'super saison' pours out a deep dark golden look with some burnt orange in between. There is some depth in the look as it is not entirely clear, cant see through the glass. By the time it got to me, there was a off white skim on top, leaving nothing. Smell is pretty earthy with grassy notes and some weird musky scents. Some floral notes and a whiff of alcohol. Orange comes to mind and some weird spicing going on. All in all, weird. Taste leaves where the nose leaves me, what exactly is this. Tastes include a variation of Merry Monk's yeast or perhaps some more of it. Earthy hop flavor, grassy notes,Some Belgian sweet flavor with orange, alcohol, and deep plum. The peppercorns are throwing me off though. Feel is bigger than medium with less and less carb as time goes by. Some warming which really should not happen in a saison, but this is 10 plus percent, which I think is the problem, to much for it's own good. One glass was more than plenty for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 04:49:02 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of philbe311


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - No real head to speak of... Instead there is a slightly lopsided lacing comprised of big chunky bubbles that quickly fizzes away leaving only the thinnest of collars around the edge of the glass... The color is a medium golden honey... There is a haziness throughout... Some small streaks of quick paced carbonation can be seen towards the top of the glass...

S - Lemon zest... Belgian yeast... A light candied sugar presence... Some mandarin orange notes... A very subtle spice component as well... Fairly complex... Very pleasant and quite well rounded...

T - Lemon zest... Orange zest... A strong spice component... Belgian yeast... The finish is an interesting mix of bitter grapefruit and peppercorns...

M - Medium to full bodied... A bit thicker than is typical for the style... Lightly carbonated... Sleek... A bit sticky... A bit chewy...

D - The booze is a bit hard to hide at 10.5% ABV and while not typical for the style it's an interesting twist... Treads over several Belgian styles in arriving at its Saison classification... I've always been partial to the Weyerbacher anniversary brews and this one is no exception... Howerver, some time in the bottle will probably serve this one quite well to mellow it out just a tad...

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 21:53:48 | More by philbe311
Photo of jzeilinger


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, cloudy tan/orange/gold color with a one fingered head that quickly dies down to a really thin layer across the top, mild carbonation.

S - Earthy, lemons, black pepper, bitter orange peel, mild Belgian spice, bready, and some barnyard funk going on. Aroma is funky with some tangy pungency.

T - Zesty lemons, grapefruit, and funk come into play immediately with a nice blend of peppery spice and some orange bitterness. Yeasty, a little bready, and alot of funkiness going on - not at all complex but a nice even blend of flavors through the entire sip. The 10.5% comes through slightly in the flavor, but doesn't overpower the beer at all.

M - Very thick and low carbonation for a Saison, the bubbles are gentle on the tongue. Leaves a pretty healthy coating of lemon pepper and bitter orange peel in the mouth. I'm torn on the mouthfeel because I am enjoying it but it's "thick like bull" which goes against the style. Then again, we're Americans and we like to wrench things up to the next level so I applaud the boundaries being pushed.

O - This is very enjoyable and definitely worth a try. It doesn't top Thirteen or Fourteen (my two personal favorites), but still, pretty darn interesting, I look forward to the Anniversary beer every year. There's very few Saisons out there with this kind of punch and considering the low detection of alcohol, I think that's pretty impressive. If you're a traditionalist who prefers their Saisons more to style you may not enjoy this one...it's loud, bold, retains alot of the Saison flavors, but is in your face at 10.5%. For some reason, compared to other beers at this ABV, this one seems more potent for some reason, very strange. Overall, nice job, Weyerbacher.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:17:23 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of nrs207


3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Weyerbacher as a sample. Served in a 3.5 ounce plastic cup.

A - From the small sample, nice fluffy white head. Hazy yellow just like a typical saison. Really refreshing looking.

S - The smell had the right amount of funk from Belgian yeast, but clearly had a lot of the grapefruit, orange, and lemon coming through. Didn't really get a lot of pink peppercorn in the smell.

T - The peppercorn comes through at the end in the taste, and has a nice little spice. Super refreshing, very well done saison. The fruit really comes through with a bit of funkiness.

M - Hides the 10.5% fairly well. Nice carbonation.

O - I walked in thinking it'd be a good saison and I might grab a bottle (yay new PA no case laws). I walked out with a 4 pack. I went with 4 other guys and they all liked it too. It's not mind blowing, but it's worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 16:56:52 | More by nrs207
Photo of Rifugium


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Barcade, Philly, PA

Served in a goblet, an impenetrably hazy golden yellow color with a thin cap of white-yellow head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma was pretty light, essence of citrus zest, and peppery spice, Belgian yeast and a bit of funk. Taste reflected the aroma, with notes of lemon and grapefruit, bready yeast, peppery spice, grassy funk, quite earthy...all the classic makings of a good saison were there, but it was still lacking a bit in the flavor department I thought. Light-medium mouthfeel, and definitely easily drinkable. Nothing amazing here, but I was definitely happy to get a chance to try it before it's gone.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2012 00:48:11 | More by Rifugium
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