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Summit Honeymoon Saison - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Honeymoon SaisonSummit Honeymoon Saison

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BA SCORE
81
good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Chaz on 07-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and deep golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three and a half finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is very fruity with orange, grapefruit, apple, and lemon giving a strong presence of citrus. Yeast and bready malts form the backbone. Hints of honey, pepper, and other spices. A very interesting aroma.

Taste: Tastes like it smells with more bitterness. Bready malts and yeast with a big kick of citrus and other fruits. Grapefruit, orange, apple, and lemon. Strong hints of honey and pepper throughout. Light hints of banana and clove. Has enough hoppy bitterness to balance the fruits nicely. A very good and unique taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: Another great brew from Summit's Unchained series. A very tasty and creative beer. Far from your typical Saison.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Clear, bubbly golden color. Smells of medicinal herbs, chai tea, fresh-cut hay, exotic fruit and chalky yeast. Smooth malty body. Dry maltiness, grainy but clean with overtones of dry biscuits. Hint of honey beneath the bitter phenols and hops. Some ripe fruit and spice in the back with a surprisingly expressive estery alcohol for its size. Certainly more in your face compared to many of the traditional restrained, yet still intricate, Saisons from Belgium and France.

Photo of warnerry
2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours clear golden honey color with a massive three fingers of dense white head. Head leaves great lacing.

S - Some pepper and a hint of lemon. Slight amount of funk. Something seems off here, but I can't quite place what the off notes are.

T - Similar taste as smell, though there is also a noticeable bitterness. Really doesn't taste like a saison, nor does it taste very good. Dry and bitter. Was expecting more.

M - Medium mouhfeel with a sharp bitterness.

O - This is dissapointing. I'll always have a bit of a soft spot for Summit as one of the breweries that got me into craft beer when I lived in MN, but this is unfortunately not a very good or memorable beer.

Photo of bsp77
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Bottled on July 12, 2011 (day 193 of the Julian calendar).

Appearance: Hazy burnished gold with moderate fluffy white head.

Smell: Very fruity and citrusy (tart grapefruit, lemon, apple) with nice notes of bread and honey. Not quite the aroma I expected, with almost a Lagunitas IPA quality to it.

Taste: Strong malt backbone of bread and cracker, but the hops really shine, with grapefruit and lemon taking center stage. Toward the end, it becomes more floral and spicy with some nice cracked pepper lingering. A lot hoppier than I expected.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body (probably made even lighter by the honey). Finish is somewhat dry and tart.

Overall: Very refreshing. Not really a traditional Saison (especially with the Nelson Sauvin hops), but nice stuff.

Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy goldenrod bodied with a good-sized stack of white suds that gradually retreat towards the surface leaving a good deal of lace.
Black pepper and lemongrass aroma, backed with sourdough, Pinot Gris, bitter herbs, and a stunted note of honey sweetness.
It enters the mouth with a doughy, generally non-descript breadiness, inching towards white toast. Lemon and apple fruitiness ensues, bringing it sweeter, as notions of yellow cupcake mix follow. A flash of sweet then dry honey precedes the yeast, which itself brings concrete, chalkdust, and black pepper. Hopping is thoroughly dry and earthy, conjoining the peppery yeast traits, and adding flashes of lemongrass and dried, bitter herbs.
Lively carbonation, taut feeling, though it sags and fizzles some as it rests in the glass. The body is just a notch below medium. It's dry and slaking enough to ensure drinkability.
I'm split on this. Initially, I didn't much care for it, as it seemed all too much like so many featureless Wheat Ales. Now, each time I have it, I tease out more Saison traits, and I dig it more and more. It's no world-beater, but it has it's charms.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden color with a two finger white head that left a little lacing as it receded.

Smell: Sweet with floral hops. Doesn't smell like a typical Saison style. This smells hoppier and maltier that the usual Saisons, with no hint of phenols from yeast.

Taste: This is an odd tasting Saison. It's more dry and hopped than I was expecting. I was also looking for more sweetness from the honey, but there really wasn't much honey sweetness there. Also very little, if any, yeast flavor or phenols to this at all. It's less like a Farmhouse Saison and more like a hoppy wheat beer or slightly sweeter Pale Ale. The hops bitterness overpowers almost everything else, and it's an odd hopping. Not at all what I was looking forward to with this beer. It's not bad, but it's nothing special either.

Mouth feel: Dry, crisp and a bitter finish on the tongue. Light to medium body. Heavily carbonated.

Drinkability: Well, not what I really wanted from the style, and not something I would session with. It's not a bad beer, but there are better Saison's out there, and there are many better beers in general. So, this beer was a bit disappointing for me (especially given the higher standards I expect from Summit). I would not buy this one again.

Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed one of the few bottles at Abe's Cold Beer. From the start it reminds me of Southampton's Cuvee des Fleurs for the soft, candied floral character. It finishes with a rough, dry hops kick, also a little too tannic/tart. I'm not picking up any of the honey, but I like the Belgian yeast character, but the finish is a little off. Worth a try if you find one.

Photo of bashiba
2.45/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a great dark coppery orange, very clean with just a touch of haze, giant thick and fluffy off white head, very sticky with nice lacing.

The smell is not so good, very metallicy, possibly oxidized. A little bit of Belgian spice manages to get through the big tinny smell.

The flavor is flat with a dry crackery malt flavor, the tinny metallic quality is very apparent here as well, just a very minor smidge of Belgian yeast spices manages to make it through the weird malt flavors, just a hint of juniper and pine hops in the finish along with a strange medicinal flavor.

The mouthfeel is light and very dry.

A very poor Saison, seems to lack all the usual saison and farmhouse funkyness. Hopefully this is just an off bottle, if not I would take this back to the drawing board.

Photo of morimech
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber color with half inch of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Just small bits of lacing is left on the glass.

Phenolic and hoppy aroma. Not really what I look for in a Saison. Some honey is detected.

Looking at the hop bill of Crystal, Liberty, Mt. Hood, and Nelson Sauvin, and 40 IBUs, I have to ask why? The hops just do not mesh with the yeast and malt. Very dry. Reminds me a lot of Schell's attempt at a Saison. Searching hard for something I like in the flavor.

Seems a bit undercarbonated. Light to medium in body.

Even though I did not score the beer harshly, has to be the most disappointed Unchained beer Summit has released. Just another underwhelming, mediocre Saison that has found its way onto store shelves in recent years.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Strong visible carbonation presence creates a dark swirling yeasty haze within a dirty pale orange coloring. A mountainous rise of pearl white foam sits steadily in the vessel leaving splotchy deposits of lace.

S: Musky oranges, wheat, and dry wildflowers along with straw are on the nose.

T: For flavor there is honey wheat, herbal dry wildflowers and a dash of dry curaco orange spiciness. Light woodsy and peppery hints. Dry honey sweetness.

M: malty with a good carbonation presence, spicy of dry oranges lie on the tongue afterwards.

O: Overall dry honey sweetness with a dry herbal wildflower spicing. Not as complex as your Belgian examples flavor or aromatic wise.

Photo of bismarksays
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice golden color, about a two finger head, well carbonated, decent lacing

S-Belgian yeast, fruity, honey, maybe..a touch of hop

T/M-Sweet honey and a slightly funky yeast. A touch of black pepper toward the finish. Maybe a bit malty for a saison, but certainly interesting. A bit thicker of a mouthfeel, maybe not as crisp as come saisons, but certainly sessionable.

Overall- This was an intersting take on the farmhouse style. I am not as much of a stickler for style like some. Much like the Whole Hog Raspberry Saison, this took some things from the style, added its own things, and created a very drinkable beer. As strange as it seems, I think this would be very good with an herb roasted rotesserie chicken and corn bread.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden orange with a bright white head.

S: Citrusy spice, very appealing. Almost witbeer like, not as funked as other saisons.

T: The funk comes through a little more in the taste, where it covers up the spices. Very accessible, but less than interesting.

M: Creamy, very smooth, nice, but could be finer.

Photo of happygnome
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber color with about an inch and a half of pillow like head that has nice retention. As the head disappears, there is plenty of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass. There is good lacing with this beer. Carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the beer.

S: Nice citrusy hop bitter aroma, sweet honey comes through. It kind of smells like a sweet lemon.

T: nice fruity flavor, sweet honey also comes out in this beer. The hop bitterness acts to balance

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I really enjoyed it. As far as rating it as compared to Summit's other unchained beers...this is not one of the best in the series. But still a solid beer.

Photo of gatornation
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A pours a slight hazed light orange sunshine color with a 1 finger head that receded fast with very little lacing but a fresh white cap

S- was malty and spicy smelling with some lemon and citrus hops and honey

T- was malt and bread with a fair amount of hops a touch of lemon.honey and pepper with a dry finish

M- low carbonation on this with a bitter citrus taste and spice very dry

O- not a great saison very little earthy or funky tastes,lemon grass and fruit was low with a bitter finish ..not a saison ill be buying but worth a try

Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a small, delicate, white head that left a bit of soapy lacing on the glass. Grassy aroma, wheat, grains, light citrus notes. Taste was lightly bready, crisp, honey-sugary, grassy with a touch of wet hay funk, with light hints of flowery herbs, gentle spice, and citrus zest. Mouthfeel is light, like the overall taste, but it's smooth and very easily drinkable, and at just over 5%ABV, quite sessionable, so on the whole, it's a very good beer.

Photo of pweis909
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really thick, mountainous forth composed of several inches of snowy white, 1-mm diamter bubbles. While watching the foam recede to the point that I can quaff some beer, I admire the brilliantly clear, orangey gold liquid below it.

The aroma is subtle, with citrus being the dominant component, followed by a bit of unnameable spiciness and fruitiness. Delicat.

When cold, the flavor is not easy to get, as the tongues is numb from the temperature while simultaneously bombarded by a sharp carbonation bite. The swallow leaves a lingering hop astringency. However, as the beer warms, as I swish the it around in my mouth, a subtle honeyish sweetness is revealed, and more floral aromas are detected. I wish this would be a bit softer in the mouth, a bit less sharp. A more inviting mouthfeel might make me crave each sip a bit more.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Keeping it in the Summit family for the second bottle opened at this Bliss tasting. It pours a mostly clear sunrise gold topped by a finger of dusty-white foam. The nose comprises pear, light black pepper, clove, light grapefruit, light red apple skins, wheat bread, and a touch of cardamom. The taste brings in more of the same, though a vague sweetness pervades, as though a bunch of candi sugar was drizzled over everything. Plus, some banana finds its way in there as well, which doesn't exactly help in drowning out the sweetness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, not my favorite saison in the world (in fact, I really don't like where they went with the style), but I can't day anything about it is particularly offensive, either.

Photo of beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color turning brassy golden as the glass empties; with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bready with intense yeast and aromatic malt. Lesser vinous and mixed citrus fruit are also detected along with minor savory spice.

T: Begins off-dry, with fairly character-less pale malt that is surprisingly tart with acetic acid, for the style. Fruit is slightly vinous at the very front but fading by the middle. Assertive and persistent black pepper joins grain that tasted increasingly fermented and fusel during the middle. Dry, crackery malt and attending yeast joins the flavors from the second act in the mildly bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate but otherwise balanced, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Summit managed to pack a lot of personality into this table-strength saison, yet no single aspect stands out as particularly remarkable. Nice yeast and peppery phenolics battle against dull early malt and surprisingly amped-up acidity in the flavor. The acidity is also felt enough to constrain texture a bit. It's rustic--which may not be such a bad thing in a saison.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy dark orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is reminds of a a good Marlborough sauvignon blanc. There is a bunch of passion fruit, mandarin orange, lemon, honey, and it also has a nice acidity to it. Although what I perceive as acidity is probably spices in the beer. It is a strong aroma too. I have never experienced a beer that smells anything like this, but I really like it. The taste is more beer like, and less wine like than the aroma. There is still a hint of the sauvignon blanc qualities from the aroma, but the taste has a distinguished barnyard funkiness that really adds to what is already going on. The finish is dry and fruity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately high carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very fine beer. It isn't a typical saison, but it sure is tasty. I will certainly enjoy drinking this beer multiple times while it is around.

Photo of Strix
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pale orange, decent head with good retention.

Yeast and floral notes, pepper and citrus.

Mix of flavors, watery orange juice, coriander, black pepper, earthy hops, lingering metallic/cardboard aftertaste. Eh.

Quite carbonated.

Dropped the ball on the flavor here. Smelled fine, but didn't deliver.

Photo of herman77
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep golden color, bigger, bubbly off white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

S: A bit of honey sweetness (was hoping and thinking there would be more) grapes, pear and some black pepper spice.

T: Lots of black pepper spice. A little too much for my liking in a saison. Some fruity sweetness, again mainly grapes and pears. A bit of honey sweetness, but again, not much. Some hops as well. Pretty dry overall.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is fairly soft. Crisp.

O: Not one of my favorites in this series. Okay drinkability

Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely complex aroma. Sweet, tart, fruity, spice. Very nice.
Big full white head. Light golden slightly cloudy.
Complex flavors, as expected. Hopped more than anticipated (but this is Summit after all), both with flavor towards the finish (a little grassiness) and well defined bitterness that contributes to a prominent dryness (maybe even a little too much). Nice little toasty shot from the malt (yum, that was nice). Light on fruit, mild spice.
Moderately light body with full and very soft carbonation. Smooth feel overall.
This is nice. I think the drying is a little over the top, but it's minor. Many kudos, again and again, to Summit for putting out the batch series. It's very enjoyable.

Photo of zeledonia
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've been enjoying Summit's one-off series. So when one of them was from my favorite beer style, I had to pick this up.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow, like summer wheat, with hints of orange. Massive fluffy white head, great retention, good lacing. Nice stream of bubbles rising up. Saisons can be pretty beers, and this one is definitely up there.

Smell is just what I want - lightly sweet, but with a strong musty yeast aroma and a good citrus snap. Wheat lingering in the background. Very nice. If this tastes as good as it smells, I will be very happy.

Taste is good, but not on the level of the smell. There's a really solid beer underneath there, but I think it's dulled by the honey and too much bittering hops. The honey adds an odd sweetness that doesn't mix well. And the finish is dominated by a drying bitterness that doesn't work for me. It's good, but it could have been so much more.

Mouthfeel is rather odd. The body is fine, if a little thin. But it has a shockingly dry finish - it actually feels like it's sucking the saliva out of my mouth. One of the driest beers I've had. On top of that, it's overcarbonated. The mouthfeel definitely brings it down, as it combines with the bitterness to make the finish unpleasant.

I thought this beer started off well, but fell off. Taste is overdone - it would be better with less going on, so that the more subtle flavors are allowed to come through. And the mouthfeel doesn't help it, either. Not bad, but close to being so good.

Photo of Buebie
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looking like an unfiltered mildly hazey brew. Color is a pale golden which borders copper.
Head forms up off a rigorous pour to 2 inches of white froth. Settling to a thick cap and thicker collar of froth.
Spotty lace clumps.
Aroma seems fairly generous for the style. fruity and grain forward with a citrus kick and plenty of malt. mild clove and banana. Hints of spice as well.
Flavors are mimicking aroma nicely, a small amount of tartness, not really sour though, mild peppercorn, dry throughout, smack the lips grain flavors.
Finish is clean, dry and hopped with earthy spice linger.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Good brew, not usually a fan of this style, but I do enjoy this beer quite a bit.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a mostly clear light golden color with a single finger of off-white foamy head that leaves behind minimal amounts of lacing. Lighter side of medium strength carbonation and body.

Smells and tastes of light floral elements, some vague honey and white pepper, a tiny ghost of lemon peel, and some cracker malt. Not a very memorable or striking profile, although it does contain the basic elements of a saison. Everything is sort of wispy and thin, even for a style that *should* be lighter.

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Summit Honeymoon Saison from Summit Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.