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Seventeen - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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85
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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spicelab

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz shared with MrKennedy and heygeebee, courtesy of the former.

Piss yellow, near clear, on the first pour at least. Solid white head forms nicely before retreating to a collar.

Rather busy nose, mostly in a good way. Earthy grains, tangy spice, pear Danish, stewed apricots, doughy yeast and fennel. Quite evident honeyish, sweet malt base. Varying presence of solventy phenolics.

Sweeter with obvious booze presence, but still plenty of dry floral spice, bitter citrus pith and heather.

Hits the palate medium but quickly becomes heavier as the booze heat asserts. A little harsh until a deceptively dry late finish.

Worthwhile and fun. Mostly accommodating given the ingredient bill, but still rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 07:56:35 | More by spicelab
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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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Morey

Pennsylvania

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

APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with about a half of an inch of white foam sitting on top. The head settled pretty quick, but there's some decent retention & alcohol legs following each sip.

AROMA: Flower Petals, Lemon Rind, Wet Lawn, Grapefruit, Pepper, and some Alcohol in the nose.

TASTE: There's a nice dose of Belgian yeast flavor up front. It's fairly sweet with some nice citrus flavors that help to balance this some. I'm also getting a decent amount of alcohol coming through towards the middle. The big Belgian yeast characteristics come back for more towards the back-end with a some lingering alcohol heat on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a pretty low carbonation level.

MOREY'S BOTTOM LINE: This is the highest ABV that I've had in a Saison, which works, but makes it more of a sipper than a Saison would normally be. I could have used a bit more peppercorn. It cames through some in the aroma, but I didn't get much in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 12:05:09 | More by Morey
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one almost passed over the radar. Grabbed a single from the House of 1,000 beers for 4 bucks (a tad expensive but it's the only place I found it.

A - As expected it's a hazy amber in hue and for the ABV it's low in carbonation with a mere lace ring. It looks sticky though.

S - Smells fairly good for a Saison. Belgium yeasts, wheat, coriander, white pepper, and quite a bit of alcohol.

T - Ow damn the ABV is cloying as hell. A strong yet semi-balanced alcohol taste carries over mild waves of coriander spice, lemon like zest, and a touch of banana. Halfway though the glass the wheat thankfully comes into play balanced the ridiculous ABV of this beer but it's too little too late.

M - Heavy a sipper for sure.

Overall I am not really planning on getting this again and really as unimpressed with this as the 16th (braggot) Hopefully next years release with be a high octane stout since these releases are ridiculously high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 02:30:29 | More by DrDemento456
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy rusty gold color. Fluffy white foam which quickly dissipates to just a ring around the glass.

S - the aroma is bright with lots of fruity and spicy notes. Lots of black pepper. Strong banana note mixed with pink grapefruit and a dash of lemon zest to round it out.

T - slightly sweet bready malt character on the front of the tongue. Banana esters and peppery phenols resonant strongly mid palate along with hints of lemony acidity. They carry over while bitter notes of grapefruit rind shock the back palate. Bitterness lingers slightly along with a bit of pepper.

M - light bodied with a medium amount of carb and a round creamy texture.

O - interesting take on a Saison. Still light bodied for such big abv and big assertive flavors. A nice American Saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 00:12:19 | More by Teleweizen2
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fmccormi

New York

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of May 30, 2012 and a freshness date of May 30, 2017 printed in black ink on the shoulder of the bottle (“053012 053017”), so about five and a half months old on the date of consumption.

Appearance (2.5): Half a finger of rapidly diminishing head that’s slightly off-white comes off the pour, capping a glowing honey-orange body which is nicely hazy but not cloudy—very, very pretty. Essentially no head retention, just a thin ring around the edge of the glass on the surface of the body and almost no lacing, just a couple of stray suds here and there. Attractive body, terrible head.

Smell (4.0): The aroma’s basically a cross between a classic saison and a BSPA: clove, grains of paradise, and some white and black pepper underneath; boozy fruits, like pears and brandy with stewed apples. Candied orange peel, and some pale, grainy malt character rounds out the nose. Considering the size and composition of this beer, it’s pretty nice.

Taste (3.5): Kind of everything going on in the nose, but intensified on all counts: much spicier, much boozier, much fruity-sweeter, and all around just much more. There’s a ton going on: the spicy yeast character finishes with a spicy, grassy twang, capping off a boozy, slightly hot slurry of overripe fruit (bananas, poached pears, stewed apples again), brandy, slightly biscuity pale grain malts, toasted multigrain bread, and some fruitcake. This isn’t a saison, it’s more of a heavy, boozy BSPA with some rustic farmhouse spiciness. That said, it’s pretty tasty in its own right.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light, prickly carbonation gives way to a very soft, lush, smoothly foaming body that goes down very, very nicely. Moderately syrupy feel and medium-full bodied, but finishes with a mild dryness due in no small part to the vaporous booze character on the backend. Again, it’s not really a saison in mouthfeel, but it’s not unpleasant in its own right—actually feels pretty nice, along the heavy BSPA vein of Belgian-style beers.

Overall (3.5): To be honest, I enjoy this beer well enough in its own right, but it’s not a great example of a saison. That said, I would grade this more along the lines of a BSPA, but even following those standards it’s a bit heavy-handed and overly exuberant in all the shit that’s going on here. It’s good, but it doesn’t all come off with a natural feel. Good effort, interesting brew and worth a try, but I probably won’t seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 00:43:34 | More by fmccormi
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thank you to Maximum12 for this from a brewery I haven't tried nearly enough of.

Appearance. Pours a hazy straw gold with a skim of white head that quickly fades to a collar.

Smell. Spicy saison yeast, lemon and lime with a little bit of bananas and a trace of coriander and cloves.

Taste. Spicy saison yeast and caramel, some lemon and corriander with a little bananna and clove. Fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. An easy drinker with plenty of flavour. I prefer my saisons a little dryer, but this is a well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:44:47 | More by Rutager
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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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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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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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birchstick

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish orange color with a decent looking head on it. Nose is lots of orange with other citrus flavors coming through, namely lemon. Taste starts off with lemon citrus flavors. These soften up with some orange flavors...a touch of peppery spiciness comes through toward the back. Finishes with more citrusy orange flavors. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a well crafted saison. Although it is about 5% higher than I thought it was, still pretty good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 04:09:34 | More by birchstick
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WesM63

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a over sized wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a 1finger white head. Minor retention and some lacing.

S: Lots of funky yeast, some pale malts and hint of citrus.

T: Pretty close to the nose. Citrus, pale malts, funky yeast. Although about mid taste you get a huge hit of booze all the way to the end.

M: Medium body heavy feel.

O: Overall, interesting saison. I feel it's too boozy for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 01:09:23 | More by WesM63
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, 2012
Deschutes, tulip

A: Cloudy hazy light orange color. Initially about a half finger of bright white head. Faded into a bright ring of white.

S: Getting lots of citrus still. Most certainly the grapefruit hints. Some orange peel. That pink peppercorn spice is there too if you dig in.

T: First and foremost, those Belgian flavors. Some of that banana like character. Getting citrusy notes first. That grapefruit and orange peel like notes. You get that citrus and that pink peppercorn spice hint too. Then finish is certainly dry. It's a refreshing brew.

M: It's a big medium. Looks thinner than it would seem.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 14:34:49 | More by inlimbo77
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cmq103

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I picked up a 4-pack at the Shoprite Liquors in Hamilton, NJ.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour only got me a thin 1/8” off-white mostly diminishing head with a hazy amber hue background. Decent lacing as I tilt the glass sideways.

Smell: Belgian yeast and candied fruit sweetness erupts with a gentle swirl of the glass. The aroma reminds me more of a Belgian Triple with its fruity esters and boozy nose. I also catch a hint of spice, though not peppercorn as expected.

Taste: Boozy-fruity sweetness rolls off the tongue right away, followed by some lemon zest and spices. I can taste just a hint of peppercorns in the finish. Again, this reminds me a Belgian Triple with its boozy sweetness blended with the fruitiness and spices of a Saison. This beer is very different, yet inviting at the same time. Don’t kid yourself though; the booziness doesn’t pretend to be shy. This one is bold and brash throughout each and every sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with lively carbonation with a fruity and boozy dry finish that leaves you feeling warm and toasty in the summer.

Overall: Certainly a unique beer that’s well worth a try. I haven’t met a Weyerbacher beer that I didn’t like. Their Slam Dunkel is one of my favorites, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to find it in a 1/6 keg like last year. A well done “big” Saison with a Belgian Tripel feel. Enjoy!!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:17:01 | More by cmq103
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Lare453

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a dfh glass

A yellow with a tiny hint or orange, small, fast dissipating white head. Very hazy.

S overpowering pepper. Light citrus, light hops... Mostly pepper.

T light beginning, with a bold citrus middle and an overpowering pepper ending. The aftertaste is also peppery with a light boozyness. The high alcohol is not detected at all, which is always impressive.

M a little more than thin, light carbonation. Almost smooth.

O a good and different beer. I would drink it again but I am going to wait a while to open another.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 02:25:34 | More by Lare453
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 Fl. Ozs
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is a sunset orange/yellow color to it with some golden highlights. It is cloudy, and the last of my pour dumped in chunks of yeast.

S - The aroma has some lemon grass and spicy yeast. There is a pear smell, as well.

T - The tastebuds are dazzled by a spicy yeast. Some lemon, alcohol, and pear come on the finish.

M - Medium

O - This is a pretty good beer. I should have probably sit on it longer to cover let the alcohol mellow out. This beer has tons of flavor, and it definitely warmed me up.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 23:37:57 | More by buschbeer
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter, deep copper pour, light head, light lacing. The aroma is typical saison, lemony, zesty, spicy. Nothing really stands out in the taste, spicy, lemony, zesty. I did not pick up the peppercorns. The body is light, good carbonation, alcohol is extremely well hidden. A decent saison, not sure if a 10% abv is a good idea, but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 01:43:56 | More by bonkers
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a murky yellow-orange pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated.

smells of apples, bread yeast, pepper, orange peel. the taste is much sweeter than the scents, very fruit heavy - orange, pepper spice, herbal earth flavors hit the palate strongly. alcohol flavor is well masked.

medium body, nicely carbonated, creamy feel on lips, boozy warmth.

overall this is a nice beer - nothing honestly too special considering some of the brewery's year round beers are better than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 00:24:20 | More by facundoCNB
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with good clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. There are some floaties throughout the whole beer too. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Belgian spice, pepper, powder yeast aromas, rosemary, thyme, vanilla, bready notes, and some sweetness.

Taste: All the above aromas with bit more sweetness and a little bit of subtle bitterness too. The spices mellow out quite a bit too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: A nice Saison that I can add to the collection. I do have my select favorites, but thus can be enjoyed from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 06:30:00 | More by Flounder57
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian Brewing pint glass. No freshness date but one can assume this has been sitting a while since it came out last year.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch head that soon retires to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Small amount of lacing is spotty.

S- Sharp, somewhat effervescent aroma of spice and some mildly funky yeast. Also, plenty of booze. Doesn't smell like a saison but rather a straight up strong Belgian pale.

T- The booze continues in the flavor along with a medley of spices such as coriander, ginger, allspice and clove. Slightly tart and sort of sweet. Hint of oxidation.

M- Unfortunately, the carbonation is lacking in this bottle. I had a bottle of this nearly a year ago and it was much more lively, but now it's lost a lot of bubbles since it's been sitting so long. Body's on the lighter side and there's a chalky feel.

O- I meant to review this beer earlier but didn't get around to it until it was past its prime. Needless to say, I don't recommend aging this one. Note: the real date of this review is 4/13/13. The original date is when I first "had" it and I rated it a 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 02:58:56 | More by Immortale25
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having difficulty spotting the bottling date on the 12oz bottle. They're still using the old font and label format for this one. Saison brewed with orange peel, lemon peel, grapefruit peel, and pink peppercorns.

Pours into a goblet with a very hazy/cloudy tangerine glow. A little more earthy in tone than that, actually. The head never really amounted to much. A ring is all to show-for after something like 90 seconds.

Citrus peel, yes. Pink peppercorns, definitely. Very aromatic in fruit and spice. Wheat-like malts seem pretty prominent. Great yeasty aroma; typical farmhouse strain used. Very inviting aroma. Slightly sweet and nicely boozy, so it suggests.

Ah, much drier than I had expected. The peppercorns are a great addition with the uber-dry chalky yeast. The bright tartness of the grapefruit peel is very noticeable, along with the sour lemon and sweet orange. Coriander, alcohol, and white wine. A mega-big saison. The strength shows. It's a bit meddlesome, but the body is still back at medium, which is nice. A little sparkle in effervescence to wrap up a decent mouthfeel. Hot for a saison, but in all honesty, not the apparent 10.5% hot. Trying to be delicate, but bold in flavor. Satisfyingly lacking any malt sweetness or candy quality to the fruit peels. Dry and big. Certainly, more drinkable than it really ought to be. Almost a sipper, yet it should be. Somewhat refreshing, yet not enough. All in all, ridiculous in a really good way.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 03:49:04 | More by thecheapies
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of banana and candi sugar in the nose along with notes of spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some malty sweetness with flavors of bananas. Peppery spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The taste and strength of this beer make it seem much more like a tripel instead of a saison. It definitely tastes strong but the alcohol is relatively well masked considering its strength. Nevertheless, it is a beer that needs to be slowly sipped.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:51:21 | More by metter98
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale yellow, very murky, lots of carbonation and a pure white fluffy head. Has a tart/funky smell with some hefeweiss yeast in the background. Tart in the taste but the booziness dominates. It doesn't hide the 10+ abv so well.Overall not bad but I think it would be better with a smaller alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 20:31:16 | More by confer
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – It was served a light orange color with a tiny white head. The head disappeared quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of sweet citrus. Notes of orange, tangerine and a sweeter lemon are all there. Mixed with this is a lighter aroma of grapefruit as well as a good Belgian yeasty and spice aroma. As expected for a 10.5 % abv brew, there is also a light presence of an alcohol aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with the fruit sweetness. The fruit is of banana, orange, and some lemon. These flavors are mixed with a yeasty flavor right up front. As the taste moves on some of the spicy flavors come to the tongue, with a decent presence of pepper and clove. The alcohol that was detected in the nose then hits the scene. It starts out weaker, but as the taste goes on it a bit stronger, but never comes to a very potent taste. In the light alcohol mixed with the spiced fruit flavors leaves a sweet warming feel on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the thicker side with a carbonation level that is just below average. Both suit the fruity and spiced flavors of the beer quite well.

Overall – At 10.5 % this was a very easy to drink and pleasant brew. A very nice saison if I would say.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 00:10:00 | More by Darkmagus82
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cavedave

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden, lots of floaties, quick to leave skim of head that leaves a thin island and ring, bits of bubbly cling from a swirl.

Medium aroma topped by a tart fruity yeast and some righteous black pepper. Seems to be a bit of citrus/tropical hop in there as well. Nice.

Very full taste. It starts with a bang of crackery sweet, citrus, and pepper, hits some nice bitterish herb, some almost wine tart makes an appearance, and it ends with bittering hop carrying the tart and pepper for quite a spin. Not as balanced as one would want, and somehow not as delicious as those flavors together might be.

Highly viscous, coating, low carb., exc. finish, not as clean as one would hope.

A bit thick and not as refreshing a saison as one would guess field hands might enjoy to quaff on break, but a very tasty and potent saison for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 22:57:12 | More by cavedave
Seventeen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.