Saison De La Soeur Spicy - Heavyweight Brewing Co.
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Reviews by jakester:
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet.
Pours a pretty darn hazy amber with a one finger head of off-white foam. Carbonation appears medium. Head falls to islands and a ring, with intermittent splotches of lacing.
Aroma is fruity, spicy, and citrusy, with notes of lemons, pears, peaches, pepper, faint cinnamon, and sweet caramel candy. A little bit of phenols show up as it warms.
Flavor is sweet, spicy, fruity and just plain delicious. I love saison! Very faint phenols, but they're there. Very light citrus hop flavor? Bitterness low, but detectable. Residual sugars are pretty high. Aftertaste is spicy and sharp.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a medium level of carbonation. Body dries out a little in mid-sip.
This is a good saison. It's a little sweet, and maybe could use a little more spiciness and phenols, but I like it. I could have this anytime.
01-22-2006 14:00:54 | More by jakester
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4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
Large bottle, pours a warm shade of almond/dark melon, cloudy with an initially off white head, settling into a long lasting tiny bubble film and leaving nice sticky lacing. Nose is crackling with aromatic and fresh spicy hops. This is a fine, fine brew, lots of spicy hops, pepper, melon, and woody notes. Tasty, complex, world class saison, would stand up nicely to bold and spicy foods. I am suprised by the middle of the road reviews for this one. I found it to be stunningly well crafted and very enjoyable. Go get some and enjoy.
11-11-2005 17:12:19 | More by Billolick
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
Tasted on tap at the Grey Lodge; it seemed a bit flat. The lines are always kept in great shape there; and the beer turns quickly. Additionally, it poured very little head and left no lace. Normally I might rack that up to a dirty glass, but following 4 servings between myself and my girlfriend I'd have to say it was a little undercarbonated for the style.
The color was beautiful crystal-clear golden-brass, however, and it had an accessible and welcoming nose with a lightly sweet, honeyish, and mildly grassy malt character accompanied by some peppery spiciness.
The body was medium and dextrinous, and lightly caressed the palate with a very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation before warming gliding smoothly away.
The flavor was very similar to the "hoppy" version, and I'm going to assume it was brewed with the same Ardennes yeast, and probably to the same grain bill, but with spice instead of extra hops added. The bitterness is kept restrained, and it's sweetish and malty with a peppery spice side.
It's quite well-balanced and drinkable, and the spice lends it a nice bite, but a little more crispness would help (and that may be possible with some cellared 750's).
09-20-2005 23:27:51 | More by NeroFiddled
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
Cloudy light amber liquid capped by a thick off-white creamy head. Semi-sweet and spicy hop nose with sweet and fruity backdrop...almost a weizen-type nose with some Belgian barnyard thrown into the mix. Nice mix of hop and malt on the palate, finishes mostly sweet with a subtle hop bite...very well done, and the best Saison of the series IMO.
08-30-2005 00:29:24 | More by beerluvr
3.7/5 rDev -8.6%
Great looking on the pour big lively and dark amber. Nothing really outstanding or distinct on the nose. The spicy part of this is evident in the long and spicy aftertaste not spicy hot but some herbal, white pepper and even subtle but not distinct fruit. Im not sure when this was brewed but I dont think aging will help the beers shortcomings. Not bad but not great. Thanks to BeerBeing for sending this as part of Never Again BIF.
04-17-2006 03:40:02 | More by lou91
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
Yet another nice offering from Heavyweight, this being from their Saison de la Soeur Series.
The beer pours a very nice, semi-murky amber colour with a big frothy (but creamy) off-white head that is decently sticky.
The aroma is a combination of sweet candy (some licorice maybe?), fruit (sweet and tart), some spice and a touch of hops.
While the aroma was based in sweetness, the flavour hits more upon this brews namesake and is spciy throughout, with pepper dominating the spice flavouring. Sweet candy, yeast and fruit are still mixed in, but not as noticeable as one might think from the smell alone. Licorice kicks in just before the finish, at which time the spice flavouring is the most apparent.
This one is quite smooth overall and might actually be just a touch undercarbonated for the style, but its certainly nothing to fret over.
This is most definitely an enjoyable brew that would be a treat to anyone who can still find it.
02-17-2006 03:45:45 | More by SixpointJMH
3.15/5 rDev -22.2%
a: Light head, hazey dark gold. Some floating yeasts seen.
s: fruity sweet malt
t: strong phenol alcohol. As it warmed up, or perhaps as I warmed up, more fruity esters came to live. Strange after taste that I didn't care for.
m: medium mouth feel.
d: I wasn't overly impressed with this brew.
06-17-2006 22:58:52 | More by NiceGuyMike
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Mostly diminishing white head covers the hazy dark reddish orange body. Appealing indeed spicy nose. Hard to explain. It has that cookieish maltiness to form a foundation for disparate strawy, herbal and hay dryish parts that evolves in a hoppy, soapy, banana touched environment. Generous honeysuckle, lime, mint, sage, perfume whiffs. Theyre all pleasant single-picked and it feels very vibrant despite the relative chaos. Soft, smooth palate, bubble gummy sweetness, perfumey spicy bitterness is of moderate to high intensity. Sweet, tart and bitter, all at once. I wonder if it would lose its excellent dynamism or moreso gain some cohesion with a few months of relaxing, but it is very lively and interesting as it is, Id love to experiment with a few extra bottles. A good time.
09-12-2005 01:25:23 | More by Rastacouere
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
750ml bottle obtained via trade with hopdog. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head lasts nicely, with lots of sticky bubbly lacing. Aroma is sweet pale malt, spicy yeast. Taste has the Belgian-style impression working, spicy and sweet, with the peppery flavor and feel lingering. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pleasing, and as expected for the style. Tasty stuff.
04-19-2006 20:39:28 | More by ppoitras
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
dark and murky, but overall an iced-teaish brown with orange tinge. thick head of alternating hazy cream and bubbles of varying sizes. sludgy lacing. the aroma can be defined as spicy.. but in a less habenero-implying context. lots of summer fruit like apple and orange. mild black pepper and a plethora of clove and coriander... although not oppressive. monster yeasty doughy aroma underneath as well.
tastes spicy in a whole different way. huge clove. huge. like those purple clove mints they sell. good and plenty with fresh anise. minty bitterness meets hops in a beautiful marriage. black pepper, fresh leaves, oregano, sage.. herbal tea.. lots of natural flavor curiosites. crisp mouthfeel is nice and this beer is a fascinating achievement. i probably won't find myself craving it, but im glad i had the opportunity to try it once. third 10oz pour was a bit tough going down due to the flavor barrage this beverage brings upon you.
10-02-2005 20:19:28 | More by goodbyeohio
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Poured a dense white head of good size, and fades slowly fo a swirled film that looks like a hurricane from above. A few pocks of lace hold on above the hazy cider colored beer. Bready, yeasty aroma is much tamer then I was expecting. If I concentrate I can pick up a bit of "spicy" hops, but it's faint. The flavor is quite sweet. I'm not saying it's bad, but I was expecting something tart and dry. Big time caramel sweetness with a mild locorice quality that is joined by a solid dose of peppery hops. Mouthfeel is soft and solid making for a smooth drinker. I could suckle this one all day!
01-15-2006 01:49:47 | More by HappyHourHero
4.47/5 rDev +10.4%
The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.
Appearance: The beer pours a hazy golden/ coppery coloration. The beer has major amounts of sediment floating in the beer. The beer has a nice creamy off whited head. The head lasted during the entire beer drinking session. The beer left major lacing behind on my glass.
Smell: The smell is very nice. The beer has a very pleasing combo of smells. The beer has abundunt pepperyness to it. The beer has a nice vanilla and anise smell. The beer has a veritable sea of smells here. The beer is pleasingly complex.
Taste: The beer has a very interesting flavor profile. The beer has several taste I just cant identify. Honestly I am being hit with a solid saison. The beer has a very pleasing maltyness. The beer has a mixture of peppery spicyness, perhaps vanilla and a bit of black licorice. Again this is a pleasingly complex beer.
Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a slightly bigger body than medium. The beer has good carbonation. This beer is not meant to be quaffed quickly. My wife and I drank this beer over the course of about 1.5 hours. This beer is dam tasty.
06-23-2006 07:04:52 | More by nlmartin
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. There are lots of floaties present. The aroma is good. It has a fruity, almost tart, scent with pale malts and a mild spiciness. It has a banana and clove aroma. The taste is great. It has a very smooth, malty flavor that boasts of pale and some light crystal malts. It has a weizen feel because it's fruity with that banana and clove taste; very nice. The mouthfeel is great as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an exceptional Saison. It has tremendous flavor and aroma. I love the banana/clove appeal; a good drinker.
09-16-2005 00:53:41 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev -1.2%
750 ml bottle. This beer pours out a hazy copper color with a small head. Malty flavor with apple cider and spice. Sweet honey flavor turns dry with fruit and spice. A little too much apple for me. Lots of herbal flavors. The finish is very spicy and dry with subtle hop flavors. Mouthfeel is full. Good drinkability. Another good beer from Heavyweight. I can't say if it's good for the style because every Saison I have is so unique.
11-09-2005 02:26:57 | More by beveragecaptain
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Really amazing belgian nose. Tons of spice and lots of esters. Good dose of malt too. I get high fermentation yeasty/bready esters, some bitter ornage, maybe a little anise. Plus there's a backbone of earthy malt behind all that.
Deep orange and a little cloudy. Small but long lasting thin white head that leaves nice lacing.
Flavor is, as expected hugely spicy. Lots of bitter ornage, some corriander, black pepper? or grains of paradise? All of it blends together pretty well. Very big malt backbone. Sweet like honey and oranges. Finishes with a pretty nice hoppy bitterness.
Medium bodied and very creamy. Carbontion level is lively and appropriate.
I really like it. Don't have any to put away but it could probably go a few years.
10-20-2005 03:26:03 | More by czechsaaz
3.23/5 rDev -20.2%
Pours a deep orange, slightly murky/cloudy, thick head, high lacing.
mildly fruity, some subtle ripe fruit...more aroma is to be expected, atleast, with a beer labeled 'spicy'.
taste is of rich malt. no sourness in this one. reminds me of a 2 year old bottle of chimay. it is more like an aged belgian abbaye - and the yeast seems to be more like the westmalle than the ardennes yeast...the chouffe would have given more fruitiness [depending on ferm. temp, of course]. the vanilla tone reminds me of the westmalle tripel - especially during the exhalation. the mouthfeel is light to mid, nice feel, good carb.
drinkability was average... i may not want another...unless it was a gift.
10-09-2005 18:58:06 | More by grassrootsVT
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
25oz. bottle served in a balloon wine glass.
I totally completely adore this beer.
Pours a dark hazy brown with a white head that fell pretty quickly to a ring and a thin island in the center of the glass.
Smell is amazing, at least 5 different types of fruit, spices, some hops, phenolic presence in the back that gives the beer a nice tart spine. Apples, berries, pears, cinnamon stick, banana, cloves, allspice, sweet/spicy peppers, all kinds of great stuff.
Tastes almost as good, but for some reason the tastes here are similar, but they're so much more pronounced in the smell. Taste is still great and once the beer is at room temp. there's a really nice lingering tartness that's like granny smith apples and some phenols and peppers.
Mouthfeel is pretty chewy and smooth and great. Not too carbonated, but not slick either.
Drinkability is great. This beer doesn't do one thing in such a huge way that you only want one. I could drink a lot of this. Perfect session saison.
01-28-2006 06:32:53 | More by veggiemafia
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
Pours an amber color with a medium head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some fruit, citrus, and hints of horseblanket. The flavor has the same fruit character - citrus, dark fruit as well as a decent spice. The mouthfeel is right on for a saison and the drinkability is good.
11-22-2005 12:31:37 | More by clvand0
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
This beer is so rich and complex that even after finishing a bomber of it, I was still discovering new tastes on the last sip.
The first sip was heavy and brandy-like. The next revealed tastes of tart fruit: black raspberries, cherries, and strawberries. Soon after, I noticed tastes of grain-based food...biscuits, cake, and artisan bread. There's are interesting hops tastes too. And, yes, there's spiceness--a crisp, sharp-on-the-tongue flavor that perks you up as you enjoy the other terrific tastes.
I recommend that you drink an entire bomber yourself rather than splitting one. I think you have to have a lot of swigs to fully appreciate the wonderful flavor. You'll like each sip more than the previous one.
The appearance is nice, with a rich head and dark brown/amber color. The mouthfeel and smell were nothing extraordinary, but maybe that's just because I was so focused on the wonderful taste.
10-28-2005 01:07:11 | More by GnomeKing
3.9/5 rDev -3.7%
Pours a hazy, light amber, orange tinted color, which is topped by a frothy, two-finger thick, tan colored head. The aroma is earthy and yeasty in a fresh dough kind of way. The aroma also has notes of orange peel, caramel, cocoa and some sort of sweet smelling spiciness, which I can't quite place. Is it clove (there are definitely some notes of this spice here), perhaps a hint of allspice, though I am not quite sure. Whatever, the aroma is pretty nice; on the sweet side, but not overly so, and it is quite inviting.
The beer is incredibly creamy, with quite a full body to it, especially for a Saison. With the full palate, there is a definite malt sweetness that makes me think of brown sugar. There is a rounded spice character here, which tries to balance the sweetness. I get spicy notes of muted ginger, clove, hints of pepper, orange and a hint of nutmeg. Whatever the mix of spices, it really reminds me of cocoa powder, could this actually be an ingredient?
This beer definitely has quite a bit more body and sweetness than many Saisons, but it makes it quite appropriate on this strangely chilly AZ evening (especially with the cocoa notes). This beer really has a certain richness to it that is not typical; keeps it from being light and quaffable but it is still quite enjoyable.
11-29-2005 21:47:43 | More by Gueuzedude
3.95/5 rDev -2.5%
Big ole 750 mL bottle pours a hazy copper amber hue loaded up with rising beading carbonation bubbles to an ivory dense pillowy head cap.
Scents of white grape and pear pop out.
First swigs: How to detect the spice is the trick here. Some spice wafer blend hits like a mix of ginger ale and cinnamon. I haven't researched the spices used so I can't say for sure. Middle of carmel and maple syrup candy reminiscent of an oddball Cadburry chocolate that you don't kow what flavor you grabbed.
Feel is rock solid with a delicate carbonation backed by a slick quaffer.
Last swigs: This really pushes the saison style towards an alt style. Several flavors comingle on a saison frame.
Beer is good. Happpy tricky beering.
02-17-2006 03:35:05 | More by blitheringidiot
3.88/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours a dark tea color with a 2 finger head that falls to a modest coating over top. Nose is slightly lemony, barnyardy musty, and a touch raisiny. Flavor is right up the same alley. Spicey raisin with a funky barnyard mustyness behind it and slight lemon zestyness. Reminds me more of a belgian dubbel or a biere de garde than a saison. Not bad, but not expected. Feel is moderate with a light-moderat carbonation. Overall, I like it. Not ro style for a saison in my opinion, but still a good brew.
11-16-2005 02:40:57 | More by kmpitz2
3.33/5 rDev -17.8%
750 bottle, poured into a regular 8 oz sample glass.
Pour/Taste - cloudy brown with a butterscotch hue, nice frothy white head that stays for a while. Very murky in color, spice evident similar to a Belgian beer; but more subdued.
Overall flavor - a bit on the hop side, not too strong, clean after-taste, no alcohol present.
Very different from Belgians without the (alcohol, candy/sugar water taste). However, does have some nice flavor, very different than I expected, and better than my other rated Saison.
Worth a shot trying, if you find it. This is no longer made, as in a few months this company will not produce any more beers.
05-31-2006 01:16:24 | More by HimerMan
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
Served in a wide mouth goblet. Pours with cloudy amber/broze color and thin full head that lasted until the last drop. Large yeast/sediment. Nice lacing.
Smell is not as complex as the taste. Smells of smoky vanilla bourbon, anise, and freshly mowed grass.
Taste as smells with lots of maltiness and was incredibly smooth. I had some other flavors/essences in it that I could not identify, but the overall taste is very good and complex. Not quite full bodied. Nice mouthfeel. It finishes with a slight dryness; not as dry as I expected. It seems to go back and forward between being sweet and sour in a pleasant way. Highly drinkable, but is a slow "sipping" type beer. If you want something to chug, this isn't it. I would gladly drink this again.
06-25-2006 06:48:58 | More by laintringulis
Saison De La Soeur Spicy from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.