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Saison De La Soeur Golden - Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Saison De La Soeur GoldenSaison De La Soeur Golden

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BA SCORE
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33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GeoffFromSJ on 03-14-2005)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts sour and fizzy carbonated yet smooth and then melds into a malty citrus with lovely spices, including coriander. Very good saison, between a regular saison and a biere de garde. A bit of horse aroma, almost as if on purpose. Nice mouthfeel and whitish appearance.
Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2005 01:44:42 | More by Sammy
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Capflu, DumDum and Lubière : Poured a dirty yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of funky yeast, strange spices probably including coriander. Taste is again a mix between the yeast and spices with well-balanced hops at the end. That is my second Heavyweight and I’m starting to be a big fan of them.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 20:07:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, my first (I'm guessing very fresh) bottle of this hadn't yet developed the sour twang that it now has (good thing I bought a case!!!). It's hazy golden-amber body reveals an active carbonation steadily streaming upwards beneath its creamy ivory head. The retention is excellent, and it leaves short walls of lace that move down in the glass as the level does. The nose is yeasty/fruity with notes of orange, apricot, and citrus rind over a wheatish, hay-like malt base. The body is medium-light, and it's bristly and then airy in the mouth as it's effervescent carbonation is released. The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests, with the inclusion of a bit of acidity and some more tangerine like fruitiness. The bitterness is kept restrained, and with the tartness not much is needed anyway to lead into a dry, citrusy finish. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 18:39:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A highly carbonated bottle of a Heavyweight OTOP is much welcomed considering there will be no more. Appearance is a deep golden honey hue with a cloudy effervescent hue coming through with a billowing pale off white head leaves behind thick patches of lacing I can't complain on appearance. Aromatics are frivilous with tart apple and pear tones, and an acidic grainy note mild spice background with ample barnyard funk true of many great saisons. Taste is upfront tart with a great amount of fruity character as mentioned before apple and pear notes is pretty accurate what a great example of tart Saison it's supposed to be more refreshing with a golden Saison but in this case we have funky yeast characterisitcs that won't let us get by that easy the hops contains some herbal notes with a spicy background. The mouthfeel is a light to medium bodied effervescent highly carbonated brew, what a godly creation thanks Tom Baker along with Peg at his side I'm not mad but I'm coming to visit the new brewpub. Drinkability...You know I would never complain about this number a truely great beer that will thoroughly enjoy on multiple levels I hope others continue to enjoy Tom's rare creations.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 03:46:45 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 2005, Sampled June 2006
Pours a hazy, light-amber gold color and is topped by a frothy, creamy, two-finger thick, just off-white colored head that is held aloft by an ample carbonation for any beer except a Saison, for which it is merely customary. The creamy head sticks around for a goodly length of time and leaves a lacing pattern on the sides of the glass as I work my way through this beer. Fruity aromatic notes of apples and pears are noticeable as I pour this beer. Behind this fruitiness is a sharp, spicy, lightly musty note that is characteristic of a Saison. Underneath this is a lightly toasted, at times grassy (though that might be the hops), malt character that is just able to be noticed over the fruit and spice notes. After a couple sips of this beer a tart acidity begins to come through in the nose as well.

The taste is like eating a nicely tart pear. This beer has definitely been soured by something other than yeast. The tartness really plays up the fruit-like nature of this beer. As my palate gets used to the tartness, I notice that this beer is quite light on the palate perhaps even approaching thin. The finish is nicely sharp; a combination of the acidity, the spicy nature of this beer and the alcohol. The flavor of this beer seems to missing a lot of the sharp, spicy notes that I was getting in the aroma. Granted it may be drowned out by the pleasing tartness of this beer, but I don't think so as the acidity is quite soft.

This beer is sort of like a combination between Saison Dupont and Fantôme; it has the spiciness of Dupont in the nose, yet the fruitiness and bonus acidity of the regular Fantôme Saison in the flavor. That is certainly not something to complain about, but something seems to be keeping this from being world class. It has all of the elements though they just don't seem to mesh. This has hit the mark pretty well, it is definitely a pleasing beer to be drinking on the 100+ degree F day.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 23:49:02 | More by Gueuzedude
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bright gold with a nice fat 3 finger white puffy head. Chunky carbonation make their way up to the top. Tons of chunky lacing left behind.
Smell is of lemon and yeast with a tart apple aroma floating.
Taste is of tart citrus and lemongrass mixture over a earth toned wheatness.
Mouthfeel is light and sour yet dry. Nothing overkill with this. Just when you think that the sourness is about to get to be too much, it drops.
Drinkability is nice, especially in this hot weather.

Finger licking good.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 00:34:30 | More by weeare138
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted and enjoyed this American/Belgian @ Barcade in Brooklyn, NY. Poured a fairly dull and cloudy shade of medium golden . Nose was dull as well, but I did pick up a hint of citrus and earthyness. A white head was lifted and it stuck around for awhile, leaving minor lacing. I found this one to be an understated and semi-blah version of the style, seemed like it could use an injection of flavor to liven things up. I guess I just like my saisons on the spicy/punchy/flavorful side and this one took a more subtle approach.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2005 16:19:37 | More by Billolick
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -5%

12-01-2011 07:11:05 | More by rab53
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes: mid-range-golden with a nice fluffy head of white foam that sticks around for the long haul leaving nice lacing as well. Aromas are yeasty and hoppy with some sort of funkiness abounding amidst the sea of fresh citrusy/floral hops and bready malts. The taste is thrillingly soft with lemon peel hops and funky farmhouse notions. Earthy in the middle with mineral-like features as well. Odd, but lovely. mouthfeel is medium bodied and not over carbonated at all. Finish is dry, but not too dry with a wonderfully fiery yeasty afterimage of funky wheaty notes. Drinkability is killer. Nice one.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2005 17:57:16 | More by francisweizen
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a 3 finger fluffy head that falls at a moderate rate. Nose is very nice. I get some corainder, pepper, lemony-citrus and slight mustyness. I like it. Flavor is definately more tart and citrusy than the nose. The initial sip yields a moderate blast of lemoney and lightly funkey musty sourness. The spices are very subdued. I'd like to see a touch more of the spice in the flavor to balance with the tartness. The feel is moderate at best with a nice very fine carbonation that makes the brew very smooth and almost velvety on the tongue. For me, this would be a great session brew. I'm really starting to get a taste for the saisons. I hope I get the chance to try a few more of this series. Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 23:27:38 | More by kmpitz2
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Crosling

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange haze. Doughy, fruit-laden aroma with hints of lemon, strawberry jam and a touch of spicy saaz and goldings. A wonderfully rich saison, big for its size in both its texture and its flavor. Hints of toasted bread and loaded with a variety of light fruits. Damn, good job Heavyweight. Heavyweight's saison yeast is very authentic.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 21:52:55 | More by Crosling
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very bright, hazy, shiney orange gold body, bursting with carbonation streams, topped by several fingers of tight white fuzzy foam. Outstanding lacing.

Nose is both spicey and fruity, featuring apricots and tangerines, and very fresh.

Taste follows nose, a bit spicey, but light and alive and fairly bursting with fruitiness. Besides some sweet fruits up front, there is a delectable light sour twang in the finish. Extraordinarily refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light, dancing across the tongue, a bit of a tingle.

Very good drinkability.

Damn, they may make me a saison convert.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 02:39:09 | More by RonfromJersey
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity with a slight bit of funk. Some citrus and a little hop spicing. The flavor is a lot more funky than the nose and it is fairly sweet. It has a bitter finish with some slight spices. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 23:23:37 | More by clvand0
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd bottle review: After sitting for some 9 months, de la soeur golden rounded to a more robust saison flavor than when new. Delicious!

Foggy cloudy amber hued pour containing speckled carbonation rising to a bone white ½” head cap that quickly settles to a coating. Light drippy lace.

Light musty dry hay and a touch of honey and vanilla malt aromas. Slightly peppery nose.

First swigs: Spicy mix of doughy clove and coriander. Crisp ripe peach, mango and hay hints of horse blanket. Yeasty imparted characteristics, vanilla malts more in the flavor than in the nose. Lingering fresh sushi ginger aftertaste.

Explosively immediate frothy reaction in the kisser. Maybe a bit overly frothy for my tastes. With a 5.8% ABV, and clean dry finish this is quite quaffable.

Last swigs: Doughy coriander peach kiss with a blitz of soft taunt carbonation. To compare to Saison Dupont, I’d say more vanilla and juicy peach flavors. Picked up at the brewery openhouse. Toast to Tom Baker's artistic touch. Now where's my Julia???

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 04:12:36 | More by blitheringidiot
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you StarChild. Much enjoyed. My first saison (that I recall) and I like. Pours a hazy and thick gold in color. Like a field of wheat. A whole field, with the rich and vibrant color and not the pale yellow of a single straw. Thick sticky head. Not much in the way of lace. Nose was very subtle. Sweet sugars, bit of wheat and some zesty lemons all going on in the glass. I would hate to go to a bar and order this only to have it arrive with a lemon. That would be a damn shame. Flavor is really complex. The predominant flavor is lemon skin. Sourish--but not wrong. Little bit of spices going on. Mostly from the desert end of the spice tray. And behind all this is a wheat background that gives the beer a nice full flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy on the tongue and a bit oily on the cheeks. Lightly carbonated--very soothing. Another beer that I was not able to put down as I drank. Some other folks all stole sips and they all gave thumbs up. I had to hide the bottle so they didn't take the rest for themselves when I was not looking.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 00:22:31 | More by MuddyFeet
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

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

sampled as part of 'heavyweight night' at moan and dove

appearance: gold and foamy. very yellow. very cloudy.

aroma: light. not much going on in my nose. partly the fault of m&d, serving all these beers in straight-up pints. the aroma of this delicate beer is lost to the air fairy.. will give it a 3.5 because that's how i imagine it.

taste: very lemony and fruity. light and refreshing. slight notes of bread, more textural. smooth and drinkable. in the middle of a sip, a complex note of bitterness hits. what an explosive brew. if i had to give it a name, t'would be 'chouffe light'. perfect descriptor, and great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2005 23:01:17 | More by goodbyeohio
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -5%

01-27-2012 16:46:43 | More by Beertracker
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is very yeasty with a bit of candied lemony wheat aroma. Dense, fine bubbled, white colored head holds firm leaving some thick strings of lace. Incredibly hazy golden wheat colored beer. Mildly sweet pale malt, a bit of citrusy wheat and hops. Becomes just slightly tangy in the middle, and there are some interesting spicy notes in there as well. Finish is a faint sweet/tangy mix. Nice and interesting, easy drinking, enjoyable saison.
Thanks to beerluvr for picking this up from the brewery!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 02:23:30 | More by HappyHourHero
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Murky golden orange with streams of bubbles feeding the head. Tall foamy white head that leaves some sheets of lacing and keeps a decent cap of foam. Lightly funky yeastiness mixed with a pretty strong tart fruit aroma. Some green apples and light citric fruits add a bit of sweetness to the smell. Tart green apples mixed with other milder fruity sweetness over a nice yeasty flavor. This is plenty fruity provide a great mix of tart and sweet that balance each other to near perfection. Finishes up on a tart fruity note. Very lively with carbonation in the mouth and about a medium body. This stuff is very drinkable. I would have opened another bottled if I had it. If I come across this I will be stocking up.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 12:28:50 | More by meathookjones
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect cloudy gold appearance. Head is white, initially full, but receding to a light white film. Impressive nose with a very authentic feel. Despite their name, this brewery can definitely show great restraint when it’s the time, the under 6% ABV shows that. Very rural aromas, sniffing a meringous soaked in tangerines and banana esters. Gentle yeast backing. Fresh and diplomatic in every second of its short life. It doesn’t try to impress you, but remains efficient, very refreshing, limey, farmy, subtle. Beautiful mouthfeel, as soft as a rotting banana, perfumey. The texture might be my favourite part actually, fully carbonated yet comfortable and smooth, in total cohesion with the rest. Beautifully integrated, I’m definitely looking forward to the rest as much as any other new beers this year. Thank you Heavyweight for this refreshing potion. Do I have to thank Phil Markowski for the inspiration?

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 15:40:45 | More by Rastacouere
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

A gentle pour throws up a generous foamy white head with great lacing on the glass that stays 'til the end of the bottle. Hazy light golden colored brew, sharp and lemony/citrus-like nose with light yeasty background. Lightly tart, snappy and light-bodied, goes down easy. Refreshing acidity with light barnyard characteristic, not unlike an Orval Trappist ale...Orval Light perhaps? Subtle yet tasty hoppiness blends well. Finishes light on the palate with some delicate fruitiness and more bitterness...another well-crafted masterpiece from Tom @ Heavyweight, hits the mark!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 23:52:20 | More by beerluvr
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walleye

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks goes to bbb63 , at the kuhnhenn gathering on 6/10. from the bottle, poured a golden orange, with a white head. aroma spicey, cloves, wheat, and a nice sourness, and just a touch of hops, they were hard to get but they did come out as it warmed. flavor, sour. lemon, pear, apple with a nice sweet tartness

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 03:18:13 | More by walleye
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Higravity

Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful straw hazed beer covered in a fluffy cloud. Lovely carbonation brings out both the decedant smells and taste. Served slightly chilled in a modified pint glass it still brought forth a bouquet of flowering citrus and yeast, the maltyness was a stunner. The flavors carry over the smell with a nice dry light finish with aloevly yeast tang. The only area I didn't like was a slight chalkyness in the aftertaste from what I am guessing is the hardness of the water. It is very potable and enjoyable good thing I have more.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 14:23:36 | More by Higravity
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very blurred creamy peach, with a fluffy head that clinged to my glass.

Smell: It smelled scrubbing a wet slice of multigrain bread on a slab of stainless steel. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but it was a strange mix of yeast with a metallic aroma, that's as good an analogy as I could think of.

Taste: A bit of fruity esters and a bit of spices, but nothing that really popped for me. Finish was very dry.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 01:52:42 | More by Goldorak
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GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An auspicious start to the 2005 OTOP (One Time One Place/Pfarmhouse) which will be all farmhouse beers this year. A major note: at the brewery this was very tart and hoppy on-tap. From the bottle, very different. But still very good.

It pours with a small head which goes to lacing quickly and then fades away. A very nice golden color. Hazy.

Smells very nice. Like Hennepin. Ok, this beer tastes a heck of a lot like Hennepin too. Very drinkable. I look forward to Heavyweight's next renditions of the saison style. Tom Baker is truly an artist.

I would pair this with young goat cheeses like Humboldt Fog just like...you can guess it by now...Hennepin.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2005 01:13:55 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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Saison De La Soeur Golden from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.