Super Saison - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
Tasted On: 06-11-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Purchased: Received in a trade
A: Hazy orange color, topped by an off-white head of 3 fingers. The head fades quickly, leaving just a fair amount of lacing.
S: Very spicy aromas, with Belgian yeast characteristics, plus a malty, caramel sweetness, alcohol, and fruitiness. In many ways the aromas remind me of a barleywine.
T: The taste features a citrus tartness, with spicy hop bittering and a bit of alcohol warmth. What's surprising is I get none of the malty sweet flavors I expected based on the aroma. To me, this is one of those beers that smelled better than it tasted.
M: Very prickly feel from the high carbonation levels combined with the citrus flavors. Medium bodied, the finish is dry, zesty, and somewhat bitter.
O: A good farmhouse ale, but the wonderful aromas led to a letdown in the taste.
Thanks to TheBishopco for this one!
06-11-2012 23:55:18 | More by sommersb
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy honey orange, off white head retains nicely, nice lacing.
Aroma is surprising off putting as if glazed with oxidation, traditional saison sits below. I appreciated it more as the glass was emptied but the initial impression was not favorable.
Taste is grassy but not musty, lightly fruity, tiny citrus. More bitter than dry in the finish. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel. No sharp notes, competent.
03-20-2012 00:11:14 | More by impending
3.33/5 rDev -11.4%
A ~ Pours dirty blonde/tangerine w/ red hue. Tiny bubbles of Carbonation typical of the style. Light lacing, with poor retention.
S ~ Aromas of white bread, orange & a hint of medicine. Smelled more Phenolic after warming.
T ~ Breadyness follows throughout, as well as flavors reminiscent of fruit compote (lemon juice, sugar, raspberry & apples). Bit of OJ & melon... Fresh cut wheat, white pepper (very mild) with a splash of yeast & booze on the finish.
M ~ Very aggressive carbonation... Gaseous! Semi-dry finish.
D ~ Overall I'd say this is an average Saison with good drinkability, but it is as carbonated as a bottle of Mountain Dew, it's nuts. This turned down the drinkability for me. A good attempt, just needs major tweaking.
07-22-2011 21:17:58 | More by chocosushi
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
Hazy, slightly darker orange color, light white head of a couple of fingers, sparse lacing. Spicy, earthy nose, with a zesty, predominant citrus backing. Tastes slightly sweet, fairly spicy/zesty/peppery, plenty of earthy notes, and some noticeable hoppiness. Crisp and lighter in body, clean finish. Easy drinking, but not one of the better Saison's I've had.
07-17-2011 16:53:30 | More by EgadBananas
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
A solid American-brewed saison ale that favors a creamier, more hearty body, and malt flavor/feel than more authentic Belgian varieties. But does this make it 'Super'?
Glowing and hazy, the golden ale builds a dense blanket of foam that coats the beer with a solid white hue. Superb retention and lace makes for an impressive appearance.
Fruity with aromas of peach, pear, appricot, apple, and a little lemony acidity that tickles the nose. Cracker-like maltiness illudes to a crisp bread flavor that's light but forms the structure for aromas. Herbal and floral with an earthy spice of lemongrass, hay, and honey suckle. Phenolic spice takes the shape of white pepper, orange zest, coriander, and a hint of plastic.
Rich flavors of the fruity esters described in the nose along with those poinant spicy phenols give a fair depth of complexity that feed off each other and bounce off of the malt sweetness. Partly grainy, partly caramel-sweet, the base flavors are rich and biscuity in comparisons to Belgian varieties. Herbal and floral early aromas and taste turn lightly bitter in finish for a clean and snappy finish.
Medium bodied and creamy throughout, the beer seems heavy for the style because of the firm malt character and the struggle for full dryness late.
Though delicious for beer's sake, this saison is very malty rich and never allows for the expressive carbonation or evaporative dryness that more authentic Belgian saisons exhibit. In comparison, this version seems very English ale-like because of the heavy fruit esters and moderate attenuation. It could also use more character from more expressive Belgian yeast blends; this one's low on earthy must, zesty hops, and vinous acidity that make those Belgian saisons so seductive. Still, we're talking about separating the world class examples from simply good ones- such as this.
06-01-2011 03:53:08 | More by BEERchitect
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
22oz bottle, received from Wrigley1 as part of a Poker BIF shipment. This poured a dark golden color, very hazy (lots of sediment that I wasn't too careful with), maybe 2 fingers of foam. Nice aroma, herbal and spicy, maybe some light pear and apple. It tastes grassy, more from hops than spices I'd guess, with a bitter aftertaste that brings some Belgian Saisons to mind. Maybe a little yeasty. A little lower carb than usual, if there is a usual for the style, but it works wonderfully. Excellent Saison. From Oklahoma!
04-23-2011 03:00:33 | More by TurdFurgison
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
Thanks to Freddy at BierGarten in Tulsa for pointing out Choc Signature Series Super Saison.
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe, this Saison is golden and hazed with two-plus fingers of white froth. The head develops peaks as it mellows into a long lasting quarter-inch layer and leaves decent lace all the way down. Looks great.
Aromas are pleasant: green grapes, apple, subtle lemon-lime, bubble gum hint, and that musty wet horse blanket funk.
Flavor is good: green apple, lemon-lime, green banana, cut green grass blades, some breadiness, and a slight alcohol finish (upon warming). The tartness is better while cold and fades after warming. There is a peppery note that shows up just as the funk makes a strange flash appearance before the finish.
Feel is a bit prickly for my taste. I was anticipating smoothness given the look of the head.
Overall enjoyable. Wouldn't be opposed to another run at it.
04-20-2011 23:44:53 | More by DelMontiac
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
Review from notes 4/08/11.
A: Pours a hazy darker copper color with a chunky, off-white 2.5 finger head. Nice retention and lacing.
S: Some farmhouse hay, nice green apples, some pear, hints of spices. There is some biscuity/doughy malt to round it out.
T: Nice fruit flavors, lots of applies, they are the predominant flavor. Also some bananas and a little bit of pear. There is a good bit of peppery spice as well.
M: A little heavy for a saison, but its not really a problem. Nice carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.
O: A pretty good saison, enjoyed the apple flavor a good bit.
04-12-2011 00:21:33 | More by mdaschaf
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
Reviewed from notes:
Thanks to Bitterbill for sending this my way so I could cross this state off my list.
Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a 2 finger off white head
smell: farmhouse, citrus, wheat, little apple
taste: apple, sweet, little funk
mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,
overall: a good representation of a saison.
04-10-2011 20:49:05 | More by THECPJ
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
A: Pours a honey color with a slightly off white head that sticks around forever.
S: Strong aromas of apricots and apples with a yeasty sour note too.
T: Apricot, apple, and pear flavors noticeable right away but, not as strong as the smell would lead you to believe. Finishes dry with a light malt note.
O: Not bad really but I would have liked to have a little stronger fruit flavor.
04-10-2011 20:48:44 | More by rebel1771
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
Appearance: Nice orange-peach pour with a decent head. Slighly hazy
Smell: Nice earthy funk, pears, apricots, apples. A bit bready. Very spring-appropriate beer
Taste: Nice earthy funk and light tartness, again I get pears, lemongrass, granny smith apples and lemons. Also the typical spices like coriander and clove.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, good but slightly aggressive.
Overall: I was impressed with this one, one of the better american saisons out there. I'd love to have something like this on tap locally.
04-01-2011 02:36:34 | More by craytonic
3.1/5 rDev -17.6%
This beer pours a hazy golden color with a finger of foamy white head with no lacing as you drink. The aroma has some fruity notes, but is mainly dominated by bitterness. The taste starts sweet and then becomes fairly empty and then ends sweet again. It is definitely missing something in the middle. The mouthfeel is ok, with a slight hint of overcarbonation. Overall an middle of the road saison.
03-18-2011 19:22:21 | More by csiewert
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.
Sediment stays intact on the bottom of the bottle to ensure that this bright golden brew stays clear, lacing is the expected epic retention and stickage on the glass for the style. Fresh pear juice, faint tartness, hay, nutty yeast and some herbal phenols in the nose. Crispness is spot on and so is the lighter body. Light fruitiness and alcohol, bite of yeast and then more of a dried grass flavor. Spicy middle with a vague tartness, hops jump in with a mild oily herbal flavor. Suggestions of bubble gum and evergreen in the spicy dry finish.
Very fresh tasting, closing my eyes I almost feel like I am in a cafe somewhere deep in West Flanders. Each sip pulls me in, pretty stellar beer here.
03-18-2011 03:55:08 | More by Jason
4.18/5 rDev +11.2%
Review from notes, drank this about a month+ ago...
Pours an effervescent bronze/orange with 3 fingers of fluffy tan head. Hazes a tad at the bottom, above average head retention & lacing.
S: Pears, earthy funk, phenols, pear & apple blossom; plus grainy bread notes
T: Tartness, appleskins, pears, dryness & hay notes plus lemony hops as well up front. Golden delicious apples & a touch of grapefruit as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit bitterness, tartness, dryness & appleskins
MF: Fairly light bodied, effervescent & with good balance
Drank so easy, reminded me a bit of Boulevard Tank #7 (not quite that good, but still no slouch!) Nice job Krebs!
01-12-2011 04:09:15 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
A - Pours a hazy burnt orange with 2 fingers of off-white head. The head retains quite well and forms a solid center of super tight bubbles while leaving 3D patterns of lace.
S - Lots of bright green fruits. Tart green apples, grapes, pears, as well as apricots, peaches,oranges and a hint of banana. Coriander and clove along with other spices mixes with doughy and dusty yeast. Has an underlying mineral note.
T - A sweet fruity malt base with some spicy pepper up front. The fruits roll in and have more of a dense sugary character than the nose. Apples stand out the most and are more pronounced toward the end. The musty yeast is evident from front to back. The spices are bold and blend with the hops to turn earthy towards the finish. Finishes on the sweet side.
M - Slightly heavy on the body for a Saison. Defiantly soft and creamy.
A very good stab at the style. This was better than expected. The yeast could have been a little funkier and it could be dryer. But other than that I was pleasantly surprised. Excellent fruit profile. I'll defiantly pick this one up again.
12-27-2010 23:33:41 | More by StaveHooks
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of pepper, wheat and orange citrus notes. The beer smells like a nice fruity, spicy saison.
The flavor is heavy on the spices - both pepper and coriander - as well as some oranges, apples and biscuit malt.
Medium mouthfeel and a high, prickly carbonation.
The only complaint I have is that I wish the carbonation was dialed back a bit. Other than that, this is a nice American-made saison.
12-23-2010 06:00:26 | More by Mora2000
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
22 oz bottle, 7% abv. Cloudy, golden color with an orange tint. Very fine rocky white head. Decent retention, but there is a good amount of lace. Lots of streaming bubbles.
Earthy and herbal hops come to mind at first. Very soft spice, ripe fruit, and subtle yeasty notes.
Cracker base malt, with a slight touch of caramel. Some peppery notes. Earthy, and subtle spices.
Body seems just a tad heavy. There is a good amount of carbonation. Some heat from the alcohol, but not overwhelming. Not bad. A bit sweet still, but good.
11-25-2010 18:56:00 | More by Bierguy5
Super Saison from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
84 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.