Saison De La Soeur Hoppy - Heavyweight Brewing Co.
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Reviews by erica:
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
I was very hesitant to open this 750ml bottle and drink it all by myself, because when I think Hoppy and Belgian, it scares me. However, I finally bit the bullet last night and popped the cap. It poured a cloudy medium brown color with an ivory frothy head that slowly settled to a thin layer of tiny bubbles. The color seemed kind of dark for a saison. Some nice lacing was left on the glass as I drank it down.. The 2nd pour from the bottle was extremely yeasty, first it was just all these bits suspended in mid-beer. As it sat, it settled until there was about a half-inch of sediment in the glass, which was a bit disturbing to see. In the bottle, fine, but not in my glass. I ended up dumping that half-inch after drinking everything else. You know what yeast can do to the digestive system..
Moving on, the beer smelled quite fresh, grassy, sort of hoppy, and spiced like saisons normally are. It was also a bit sour smelling as well.. Nice. It tasted much like it smelled, but more flavor than aroma. There was a definite spicy tartness to it, and not too hoppy until the aftertaste. This was a dry one too, really not at all what I had expected it to be, but in a good way. It was a bit grassy and outdoorsy, and grapey almost, with the dryness. Floral but not perfumey. Very very tasty.
Mouthfeel was very good, perfectly carbonated and the consistency was good, even with all the yeast in there. Not thick or chunky feeling at all, and not too carbonated as to make it thin. Drinkability is also very good, because it was a slightly tart spicy saison and not a bitter, overly-hopped one, which appeals to me greatly. Overall I thought this was a most surprisingly tasty beer, and now I feel silly for being scared if it. It's not scary at all, but well-balanced and spiced for a delightful drinking experience.
11-02-2005 20:34:03 | More by erica
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4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
My first Heavyweight brew..the Saison De La Soeur Hoppy pours from the 750ml into my SN tulip a deep, dingy cloudy amber orange with a big bubbly white head on top. A nice quarter inch head lingers on the brew. Aromas of fruity, husky grains mix with a backing of floral, grassy hops. Yeast tones meld with a mellow underlying mustiness. Slightly woody. Lemons, oranges, grapefruit.
First sip brings a melding of citrus fruits backed by a floral, grassy hop bitterness. Light lemony grainy maltiness abounds. Slighty spicy earthy yeast tones linger on the palate after each sip featuring hints of cloves. Mildly funky...quite complex, everything still works together. A unique interpretation of a saison for sure! A bit of a lemon tea-like finish. Enjoyable!
Mouthfeel is clean and fairly light with a steady rush of carbonation. Goes down easy and refreshes. I could see myself finishing this bottle in record time. I hope to be able to sample some more of Heavyweight's saison de la soeur brews as they're well worth seeking out. Thanks to ithacabaron for the chance to try this one.
08-27-2005 23:10:43 | More by orbitalr0x
4.43/5 rDev +11%
Note: For a variety of reasons I think this beer needs to cellar a bit more to come into proper condition. I'll try to grab another bottle or this (unlike the previous releases, I failed to buy a whole case!). UPDATE: 16 Feb 2006 - As suspected, a bit of aging has done wonders for this beer, reducing it's yeastiness and refining its flavor. Additionally, it's cleared and carbonated more, giving a much nicer appearance and better mouthfeel. It's former score of 3.5/4.5/4.5/4.0/4.5 has been increased.
It's hazy, brass-colored body reveals small particles of yeast and steadily rising, very-fine bubbles beneath its frothy white head. The retention is limited (although it might improve as the carbonation develops a bit more), and it leaves some minor spots and splashes of lace about the glass.
The nose is yeasty/fruity and hoppy/fruity with notes of orange rind, grapefruit, and some bubblegum-like phenolics and spice over a wheatish, hay-like malt base.
The body is medium, and it's lightly caresses the palate before warming to become more airy.
The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests, with a bit more wheaty character; more yeasty spice; and some floral/citrusy/grassy hops. The bitterness is kept restrained, even for a "hoppy" beer, and it's quite well-balanced and drinkable.
08-08-2005 23:00:20 | More by NeroFiddled
4.18/5 rDev +4.8%
The Saison de la Souer Hoppy is served in a 750 mL bottle at the Brewer's Art in Baltimore, Md. The ale is served in a Brewer's Art goblet and is slightly chilled.
Appearance: The ale pours with a hazy colour that resembles a weizen. Yeast is evident in the glass, both at the bottom and suspended throughout. The ale did not pour with a vigorous head, however it does not appear to be flat.
Smell: Unlike the natural aromas in most saisons, this one has a light hoppy aroma. The aroma is that of a European hop, somewhat earthy and lacking the the citrus/pine smell associated with Northwest US hops.
Taste: Again the hops assert themselves, moreso than in any saison I've had before. The hops are not overpowering like an DIPA. but they provide an interesting counterpunch to the normal yeastiness and wildness of a saison.
Mouthfeel: The hops in the ale provide a pleasant punch that normally doesn't come with a saison. It does lack, however, the characteristic natural, wildlife-like flavor of a saison.
Drinkability: I think that the combination of the hops and yeast in the saison give this ale a surprisingly high drinkability.
03-24-2006 02:40:23 | More by akorsak
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours with a big white head on top of a cloudy, golden yellow and amber hues. Minimal lace on the glass.
Aroma has some spicy yeast profiles giving way to citurs and floral hop notes with a slightly sweet light caramel smattering in the background.
Flavor has some cracked wheat a bit of white pepper and lots of citrusy, especially orange and grapfruit. Well blended, almost like an IPA-light but deliciously thirst quenching.
Mouthfeel isn't quite medium-bodied but it does linger on the palate a bit more than expected for style. Relatively high ABV for style is hidden and the bitterness does not go over the top but really compliments the malty, bready and citrus undertones.
Drinkability is always good from Heavyweight, really nice brew and very interesting spin on the style. Core is a saison but the IPA-like additions really create an interesting hybrid.
06-19-2006 20:53:43 | More by CRJMellor
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
The Hoppy version of the OTOP Saison Series pours a great looking cloudy orange/amber colour with a big creamy off-white head that does not retain itself for very long but is plenty sticky.
Aromas include a nice mixture of sweet candy and sugar from the Belgian yeast, fruit notes (orange and berry?) and a hint of hops.
The flavour is nice, albiet a tad thin/watery at times and is basically a touch more tame than the aroma. Sweetness and fruit notes are still present and mixed in well, but the hop influence is stepped up a notch but not so much as to be dominant or offensive to the other flavours in any way.
This is a medium bodied brew with an appropriate amount of carbonation.
I definitely enjoyed this one and, while it was quite similar to the Spicy OTOP Saison, I enojyed the Spicy a bit more. It had more character and flavour to it overall. This should in no way turn you off from the Hoppy, which is nice in its own right.
02-24-2006 02:47:20 | More by SixpointJMH
4.63/5 rDev +16%
Poured into a pilsner glass, this is a bright hazy copper with a huge off-white dense head, excelllent retention, huge strings of lacing on the glass, looks absolutely perfect. Nose is a musty haylike aroma with floral hops, freshly picked vegetables, spices, grapefruit, yeasty funk, and a slight mintiness--very nice. Taste is very hoppy, floral and grassy, with a big lingering bitterness, a smooth wheat backbone, hints of orange peels, melon, sweet tarts, earthiness, grapefruit, and lemon. Mouthfeel is medium body, crisp and very dry, a nice refreshing feel for a saison. This is a suberb beer, better than the golden IMO, an excellent example of a saison with a strong assertive hop presence. Well done Heavyweight Brewing.
09-11-2005 01:32:11 | More by cubedbee
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
Appearence: Pours a hazy golden brown with a thin, dissapating white head. The yeast chunks are everywhere, but not too huge.
Smell: The smell is a very strong, yeasty/malty flavor with strong, almost noble hops.
Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor, although the label says this is the hoppy version of their Saison, is very balanced, and almost malt accented. The flavor blend nicely, and include some fruits and an incredibly authentic famrhouse flavor. Hay and grass are also present. The mouthfeel is thick and full.
Drinkability and Overall: Excellent. A great Heavyweight brew, and one of the better and more authentic American saisons available. This is a new one and it's great. I wish I would've picked one more up to age, because with about two years on this, it'd be perfect.
07-11-2005 01:30:03 | More by santoslhalper
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
Huge rocky, perfect foam shaped off-white head tops the sunset deep sand (orange-amber) colored body. The gentle malt sweetness comes up biscuity and toasty, honeyish while the yeast is all about its multiple range of esters with hard to pick up individual spices and fruits while the obviously spicy, earthy hops act like a mellow perfume. Musty, peppery nature, pineapple touched sage? Notes. Elegant, very pleasant soft medium body, expanding foamy texture, citric, mineral hard wateriness and the mellowest alcohol are all part of the journey. Delicious, once again. The last of the 4 Heavyweight Saisons and Id gladly drink a 750 of any of them by my lonesome, truly a successful line of experiments.
09-12-2005 01:24:48 | More by Rastacouere
4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
Clear dark amber color with a tall off white foamy head. Thick rings of clingy lace covered the glass as this was consumed. The aroma was very interesting, funky yeast with a light spiciness mixed with a crisp floral and earthy hoppiness. There was some light sweetness detectable as well. It kind of struck me as a Belgian IPA of sorts. The Saison qualities were there but the hops were quite potent. The taste was similar with light fruit notes up front over a yeast notes and doughy malts. Plenty of floral hops here as expected lending to a nice bitterness. Mild spice notes also played well in the mix. Damn there is a lot going on in the flavor. Ends on a funky bitter note. Bubbly and lively on the tongue with a light hop prickliness slightly raking the tongue. Damn good drinkability here. There is plenty going on here and the 750 went much quicker than expected. Hats off to Heavyweight for doing such an interesting version of one of my favorite styles.
07-25-2005 14:29:19 | More by meathookjones
4.03/5 rDev +1%
750ml bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity...
Hearty pfft upon uncapping. Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 3/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy honey amber brew. Head rejuvenates as it fades, and as such holds its own for quite some time, with heavy bubbly lace. Aroma is light pale malts, with spicy yeast and floral hops. Taste starts with spices and sweetness, giving way to delicate yet intense floral hoppiness, if that makes sense. Hops linger in the aftertaste as well. Mouthfeel is nice over the tongue, and drinkability is pleasing as well. Could revisit this easily, and remarkably light for the 6.2abv.
04-16-2006 17:11:20 | More by ppoitras
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
Interesting aroma that hops back and forth between spicy saison and floral hops with some mildly sweet caramel malt floating underneath. Huge, foamy, bright cream colored head holds like a champ leaving the thickest lace I've ever seen. Hazy dark amber colored beer with a few streams of small bubbles rising slowly from the middle of the glass. Intensely floral hop aroma blends with the butterscotch and mildly sweet malt flavors in the middle. The flavors take on an almost tea flavor towards the end, and the finish leaves you breathing hop flowers. Smells great, looks awesome, but I was expecting something more in the flavor. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but it reminded me more of hoppy english ipa brewed with Ringwood yeast then it did a spicy/funky saison.
07-24-2005 20:29:31 | More by HappyHourHero
4.03/5 rDev +1%
Presentation: 750ml flat bottomed brown glass Belgium flask. Simple brass colored crown cap and no cork. Single obverse gray label has the letters OTOP rotated 90° counterclockwise with the word beer superimposed over it on the right hand side. Does OTOP stand for Ocean TOwnshiP!?!?** Maybe. To the left of this, the words Saison De La Soeur with the word hoppy alc. 6.2% by vol. underneath, indicating, or at least hinting, that this is just one of a range of HW Saisons, which it is.
Appearance: Massive crispy white head is befitting of my Duvel glass. Light orange and perfectly polished amber body sits comfortably below the cap which soon collapses to a thin covering. Fine carbonation throughout but low in strength. The remaining soft off-white crusty island head floats majestically above the hoppy Sea. Patchy lacing which slowly slides down the curved glass walls when the beer comes to rest.
Nose: Spicy start, laying low at first, this Saison was more grassy and backyard rather than farmyard. Medium bitterness with a little toasted malt.
Taste: Bitterness is low key, but the hoppy character is wheat-like, yet it blends well with the usual Saison traits and some orange and grapefruit, but all are reticent in strength. There are no dominant elements in this brew; its more of a synergistic team effort from all the components. A clean flowery Saison of sorts, but it lacks the usual funky aspects.
Mouthfeel: Feels good in the mouth, a yeasty mushroom texture lends an airy soft palate with some background carbonation to lighten the load.
Drinkability: I polished off the whole 750 without any safety nets or harnesses, all on my own, all too easily I have to say. Bloody Hell the whole bottles gone.
Overall: Looks a little too flat rather too quickly unfortunately, but it soon picks up from the initial disappointment. The nose invites, the taste captures and the mouthfeel enthralls with a Drinkability that pushes this one up into the upper percentiles. It would be interesting to sample this one after 12 months I think.
A massive Thanks to my good friend BA (lower case e for) erica for this fine surprise. Nice One e, much appreciated.
**Edit, seems like I was worng my mate erica tells me that OTOP = One Time One Place. Meaning, this one won't be brewed again. That's what they call all their 'one-off' beers...so there!
11-23-2005 09:06:51 | More by TheLongBeachBum
2.38/5 rDev -40.4%
Pours a cloudy yellow/gold. Zero head nearly zero carbonation, even in my Corsendonk glass. Spicy, grass like nose. Slightly dusty and floral.
Taste is part cider and part dirt. Very yeasty. More body than it should have. Aftertaste is slightly dry and earthy Im assuming from the dirt
This did not taste like a saison or any style for that matter. I will split another bottle soon to make sure this was not just a bad bottle. Barnyard or Horseblanket OK, but dirt?
edit: Am I missing something? I will be sure to update my review after a second bottle. But for now, this is just not a good beer. I can't believe my review is so much lower than the others. Please feel free to beer mail me if you are sure that I just got a bum bottle.
01-20-2006 01:49:38 | More by sacfly
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
Pours a hazy, orangish tinted amber color and is topped by a frothy, fairly thick pale tan colored head. The aroma is at first hoppy with a grassy herbal note, but then picks up a suprising amount of maltiness to it (notes of fresh toasted bread, and a bit of a caramel note to it as well). The taste is at once spritzy, yet lightly swee. Of course there is a bracing hop note throughout: from the bitterness that starts up front and continues through to the finish, to the mix herbal, grassy, and perhaps lemon-like hop flavors. This beer has a fair amount of body to it, which I normally would not like in a Saison, but it works here, the ample hop levels even require it in order for this beer to gain some balance. With the body there is a definite malty background that is reminiscent of a slightly toasted crust on a fresh baget of french bread; toasty and biscuit-like.
This beer is quite quaffable, even the hoppiness of the beer does not interfere with the easy drinking frame-set. Especially as it warms up, the hop notes become a bit softer and the maltiness becomes a little more assertive. The hop note on this is really a spicy mix of pine, mint, basil, hints of lemon. This is a nice easy drinking beer, and I really like the sharp spicy character that this beer picked up from the yeast; a mix of ginger and pepper, but really not either.
09-28-2005 03:31:08 | More by Gueuzedude
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
750ml. Pours a slightly browned orange color with a 2 finger head that falls to a sparse coating over top. Leaves a bit of stickey lace as it recedes. Nose is actually almost malty. I get a touch of spun sugar sweetness, a light lemon, and a moderate noble hoppy floral character. Flavor is nice and balanced. I get a nice barnyard mustyness and lemon citrusy zing that has a very mild floral noble hop in there. Not obtrusive, but still there. I like it. Mouthfeel is moderate with a nice moderate carbonation. Overall, I'm a fan. Its drinkability is pretty good. The hoppyness keeps it from being something that disappears too fast, but it still is very nice. Glad to have had this one.
12-22-2005 02:28:41 | More by kmpitz2
3.38/5 rDev -15.3%
Dark rusted orange color, similar to the spicy, with a full saisonish head. Very floral fruity hop smell, weedy and mildly herbaceous, with hints of peach, tangerine and pineapple. I thought the hop aroma was nice, but it covered up everything I was to smell in a saison. Flavor is overwhelming with hops, with an herbal and floral blend. Very little yeast or fruit character, which I found disappointing. Was hoping for a better balanced hoppy saison.
03-23-2006 21:58:55 | More by Crosling
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
Fairly opaque orange body, topped by a hefty off white head which is actually leaning to one side at the moment. Looks delightfully weird. Through the clouds seems there's a lot of life in the glass.Really good heaps of lace stretching down the glass.
'Tis a very quiet nose, but I did get a definite sweet and orange twang in it.
To me, most beers arrive in stages: the malt first across the tongue, followed by hops, in widely varying degrees. This beer seems to get there all at once. Its sweet like candy and fruit, but there is a dose of hop sandpaper taken to the sweetness that cuts it down to enjoyable levels. Bits of spice in the finish.
Mouthfeel is all a tingly. Lots of liveliness at play here. And while its a bit more complex than a summer quencher, real good drinkability.
This has been a surprising interesting series to me. I mean, I've been surprised how much I've enjoyed the saisons. A real learning experience. Good beers, and educational.
09-05-2005 04:31:33 | More by RonfromJersey
4.35/5 rDev +9%
Particulate-laden rustic orange topped by a large cap of ivory foam that is some kind of impressive. The cap is rocky, chunky and firm and shows off a rough, cobbled surface with no shortage of tiny, pearl-like bubbles. Lace is of the sudsy variety more than the thick and crusty variety, but that's fully in keeping with the style. Despite the 'Hoppy' moniker, this ain't no hop resiny IPA. I love the filthy, cluttered look of the beer.
Brewed on April 22. Bottled on May 30. So, will a beer that is meant to impress with its hoppiness still be good after nearly a year of rest? If the nose is any sort of barometer, the hops have faded quite a bit while the spicy yeastiness is still going strong. The hops (Brewer's Gold, East Kent Goldings and Hallertau) aren't completely absent, but they're more subdued than I'd like. No matter, this still a fine, zestily aromatic Saison.
The flavor won't be a threat to those truly great Saisons of the world, but it's still immensely enjoyable beer. Its only downfall is a lack of that otherworldly, endlessly fascinating, nearly impenetrable complexity that the best versions possess. It's surprisingly malty and substantial in the mouth, an unforeseen development that is fine by me. I like my Saisons light and airy too, but I rarely complain about beer that favors the other end of the spectrum.
As I continue to drink and pour... drink and pour... more yeast is, naturally enough, being added to the glass. This has the wonderful effect of clouding up the appearance and jacking up what wasn't really a subtle flavor profile to begin with. The hops may have faded (though they're becoming more aggressive as well), but it's the yeast that makes this beer what it is. Clove, cardamon and white pepper are present in tastebud saturating amounts that, nevertheless, don't cross the line into 'too much'.
I may have to revise my earlier assessment regarding a lack of complexity. I've often thought about gently agitating some bottles of yeasty beer prior to drinking since the bottom half of the bottle is usually superior to the top half. This is one case where that would have been a great idea. Another thought: if De La Soeur Hoppy tastes this spicy, what does De La Soeur Spicy taste like? Yikes.
Again, thanks to the generous quantity of ingredients, the body/mouthfeel is bigger than most Saisons in my somewhat limited experience. Not a problem. The better to flood the palate with wonderful flavor and keep it there long enough to be fully appreciated. The carbonation is spunky without being annoying and is pleasantly soft in the bargain.
Saison De La Soeur Hoppy is my first OTOP (OneTimeOnlyPfarmhouse) beer from Heavyweight. Given the fact that I've loved every beer from this brewery that I've had so far, with the possible exception of the always interesting Two Druids gruit, I'm not surprised that I love this one as well. It may not be classic in every sense of the word, but it's a damn fine Saison as far as I'm concerned. Heavyweight is a heavyweight among craft brewers; a sentiment that this beer brings home with the force of a knockout blow.
04-10-2006 15:27:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
Thanks to Beerbeing for the bottle. Pours with enormous head and magnificent lacing. The body is the color of honey. Aroma is spiced and malty.
Initial taste is malty, spices follow. Finishes with intense floral hoppiness. Mouthfeel is prickly at first, then smooth on the finish. Drinkability is good.
05-07-2006 20:48:47 | More by Sephiroth
Saison De La Soeur Hoppy from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.