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Decadence Pomegranate Saison - Valley Brewing Company

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19 Ratings
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: photomike on 01-21-2010)
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4/5  rDev +9%

swungomonkey, Jan 09, 2013
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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

Pours a pinkish red/orange with a very small white head. The aroma is very fruity, I guess that is pomegranate but I am not real familiar with the fruit. The flavor is more of the same with pomegranate and cherry as well as some light funk and Belgian yeast character. Thin mouthfeel and a high, biting carbonation. The beer finishes very dry.

Mora2000, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Troubadour tulip.

Clear orange kissed scarlet body with a rocky tower of foam which quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Light soapy lacing...

Sweet and sour aroma from the pomegranate is backed by a light funk (like that from the inedible pith of the fruit). There is an unwelcome caramel element. From the nose I was concerned this would be cloying...

Pomegranate juice, and faint red wine vinegar acidity on the palate. Light hop bitterness and maybe citrus (though it merges oddly with the pomegranate) comes on next. There is also a faint sherried malt element but this is totally overwhelmed by the fruit.

Well carbonated, slick yet thin...not at all crisp or refreshing.

All an all an interesting experiment but hard to call this a Saison any longer. The label with a pin-up girl against a stained glass window seems to be a fitting metaphor for Valley's concern for traditional Belgian styles...

augustgarage, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from K&L Redwood City. What's up with Valley Brewing having like 20 beers called "Decadence" or "Decadent" something? Gets confusing. This one was enjoyed during Bay to Breakers.

Pours a hazy reddish-amber color with a fairly well-formed whitish head. I'm just not the biggest fan of how this one looks for some reason.

Aroma is nice with pomegranate, barnyard funk, Belgian yeast, and spice.

Flavor is also pretty good. Slightly tart with nice pomegranate flavor, along with a solid base saison: pale malt, peppery spice, yeast, and funk.

Palate has moderate crispness and medium body. Not quite as lively as I'd like, but good.

An enjoyable beer overall. Drinkable. I like to see Valley coming out with more beer in bottles.

nickd717, May 18, 2010
Photo of vacax
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery restaurant. Brownish crimson in color with a small amount of head. Decent retention on the head, though hard to notice. The pomegranate presence is obvious in the color. Aromas of the pomegranate dominate the nose, eluding toward pomegranate arils, seeds and skins included. The fruit provides a tart twang, and I'm sure some of that is the saison yeast as well. Tastes earthy, of seedy arils of pomegranate, tart, and with a long finish with cookielike malts pairing up with the fruit. Feels medium bodied with a full prickly carbonation.

This beer really carries the pomegranate flavor in it well, however, little else really comes through here. I would be much more likely to call this a fruit ale before I would call it a saison (while surely it is both, but the classification system does not allow tags). Interesting beer, but besides sating my curiosity to taste pomegranate beer I found little reward in this.

vacax, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Murchmac
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Proceed with caution. I think this was an old bottle as everything feels a little stale on it.

White sea foam, 1 finger head, grapefruit looking carbonated beverage in the budweiser goblet.

Yeasty smells mixed with pomegranate, grapefruit, citrusy.

Good bodied saison with a nice pomegranate citrus taste, a little stale however.

Aftertaste is dry, like the dryness after eating some pomegranates.

Good beer, but mine was a bit muted. Still worth getting.

Murchmac, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Ghenna
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber procured from the Davis foods coop. Pours a hazy amber with 1.5 fingers of white tightly packed head. Lacing is minimal, only showing a ring from the last sip. Smells slightly sweet, along with a bit of Saison/pom tart that matches quite well. To describe its smell in a word, it would be: delicious.

For all of its good odor, the taste is a little of a letdown. It is by no means bland, though a little plain. The Pom and the Saison sour are there in the initial wave of flavor (I need to find a better word to describe that) and the funk lingers on the tongue a bit afterwards (especially as the beer warms). Although the beer isn't really chewy, the farmy flavor lingers in the mouth after a bit.

Not at all a bad beer, though not really my goto for a saison (that would be Le Merle) but kind of nice for a bit of a change. My only real gripe would be that it lacks the refreshing quality that I find desirable in the saisons that I like. There are plenty of better Saisons at this price point though.

Ghenna, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of Chambic
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

01.24.10 at City Beer Store

A: really gorgeous, like an ombré sunset. The gradient ruby is really amazing

S: fruity and tart, with lots of promise

T: unfortunately, the taste didn't live up to the smell. The fruit was missing, and it tart quality wasn't as sharp or funky as I wanted it to be

M: crisp and refreshing because of the fair fizz level

D: shared a 750mL, which is recommended

Chambic, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice and clear pinkish amber color with a nice white head.

Aromas are of sour fruits and spicy yeast.

Taste is creamy sweet with a definite tart and sour fruit flavor. Finish is crisp, fairly dry, and with a light mineral hoppiness, as well as some spicy yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Full, crisp, and not too heavy, fits the style pretty well.

Drinkability is good. These are the type of fruit beers I dig. Plenty of Saison flavors, and just a hint of fruits. I think the tart and sourness blend well with the traditional flavors that this style imparts. I don't think I'd want more than one of these in a session, but I'd happily drink this again another day. Good stuff!

flexabull, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tjmodica for sharing a bottle.

A: Pours a golden/orange/copper color. This is a gusher. A large white head rises quickly, and fades to a ring that sticks throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Tart fruits, that I assume are the pomegranate. A light acidity that works well in the nose. Funky Belgian yeast that is spicy and very dry. I love the nose.
T: Similar to the nose. Lightly tart fruits and some acidity. Funky yeast and spice. A more sweetness that I detected in the nose.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Crisp, clean, and very dry. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

This is a great fruit/saison combination. Really well done. Something I would highly recommend.

champ103, May 09, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Woody and sourish malty beer.

Some cloudiness, head dissipates rapidly, but a nice reddish amber in the glass. Main flavor is a sour fruitiness. Hops seem to be on the low end of the Saison spectrum, but a bitter bite very slowly creeps up. More like a dry cider than a beer, with that touch of appley bitterness. Or a blend of cider and a sour Belgian.

Not like the usual Saison, but a refreshing, tart beer. More like a Berliner Weiss, it's that much on the sour side. Maybe some pomegranate seeds give it the woody tartness. Even with the low alcohol it has a robust maltiness that balances the acidity. Flavors change as you drink it. Better than other sour Belgian-style beers, to my taste.

mactrail, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of bigbankhank
3/5  rDev -18.3%

bigbankhank, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of hophead247
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been to Valley Brew Co. many a time and have always tried all they have to offer...this is yet another. Pours an orange/crimson color with a nice white head and medium lacing down the glass. You can definitely smell the pomegranate in the nose followed by that sour scent you get in many saisons. Tart... but not too much where you wince while drinking it. A definite sour pom flavor followed by a dry finish. Not too much else to say about this one...very tasty and drinkable, but one I could pass up on next time around.

hophead247, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of armock
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a thin white head

S - Is of pomegranate scents with some funk and Belgian yeast

T - Starts off with slightly tart pomegranate then has a funky Belgian yeast finish

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit its an interesting twist on the style thats making it easy to finish off this bomber by myself worth picking up if your at the brewpub or find a bottle

armock, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of photomike
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear pink-orange with a frothy, slightly pink white head. Some wet lacing exists, and there's some pretty decent retention going on here.

Smell is pretty dominantly of pomegranate/grape juice. Slight twinge of buttery funk.

Taste is a lightly tart blend of pomegranate and belgian yeast. Slightly spicy and dry with a bit too much bitterness that doesn't meld well with the fruit.

The carbonation on this one is rather aggressive, and it works well for the beer. Slightly chewy, in a not so nice way. Light body.

Highly drinkable. Goes down easy and is relatively tasty, if you don't read too much into it--refreshing. Could be a good gateway beer.

photomike, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of mjl21
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Comes in at 5.5%. No bottling info is given, but it was just released a few days ago.

A-This is a really nice looking beer. It pours a very clear light amber color with a lot of red shining through. It has a one finger white head that has incredible retention. Lots of bubbles can be seen rising throughout the time it is in the glass. The thick head produces a ton of lace in between sips.

S-It smells of tart fruit, although I can't specifically say it is pomegranate. The smell reminds me of tart cherries. The tartness level is not overly abrasive. There is lots of yeast and some decent funk. It also has a sweet touch.

T-The taste follows the nose. It starts with slightly tart fruit. There is also sweetness early on that keeps the pomegranates natural tartness in check. There is also yeast and funk flavors in each sip. The funk gets stronger as it warms in the glass.

M-Lower end of the medium spectrum and it is very creamy from the nice head.

D-A very accessible saison. Nicely blended between tart, sweet, and funky. The lower abv makes this quite sessionable. I did find that later that night the acidity hit my stomach pretty hard.

I really enjoyed this beer. I am not the biggest fruit in my beer guy, but this one worked. A good gateway beer for the saison category.

mjl21, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Alrighty, I'm not sure I like the stream of conciousness reviews already...Pours a teensy weensy bit cloudy with a red amber hue. No real head forms, and what there is is soda-like. Dissipates into a thin wisp of carbonations and some slight lacing. Very Lambic ale-ish on the nose - some of the leathery qualities, some of the cherry, berry tang. Very sharp and dry smelling. Nice, actually...Flavor is very sour, almost brett-like...If I had to guess, I'd bet they're using juice concentrates. Booo....Flavor carries some maltiness along with the berry and citrus qualities. Not bad, actually, but I don't know if I'd really call this a saison...Some off flavors in the finish, like dish soap, but not harsh and very subtle. Nice dryness too...$7.49/bomber so it's pretty pricey. Overall, looks like another novelty to try if you see it, but generally not worth it...

SolomonGrundy, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much better than expected and a rather good, fruity saison. I saw pomegranate and assumed that this one was going to be weird and bad, but Mr. Altimari pulled off a nice saison that manages to stay on style despite the fruit. It pours golden with a white head. I can imagine some red in there, but it's not pink or anything. The aroma has some excellent funk, good malt and an interesting fruitiness. There's definitely some pomegranate in there, but it's playing a supporting role to the strong farmhouse flavors. The beer starts with honey-ish malt sweetness, leading into some earthy yeast and tart fruit and finishes dry and tart. The mouthfeel is fine, though the finish is nearly acrid. This is quite enjoyable. Lots of great funk and fruit.

popery, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it turned out to be a very characterful, complex beer with only a subtle pomegranate flavour.

Slightly hazy, faintly pinkish amber, it has a small-medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a ring and a few wisps.

Aroma is slightly funky, rustic yeastiness and grain with some juiciness and hint of pomegranate and a hint of slightly vinegary turned fruit. The Rustic yeastiness is on the stronger side for a saison, leaning to almost lambic-like.

Taste is lightly funky and rustic yeastiness with hint of wet grass, plenty of juiciness in overall character but with only a very, very faint hint of actual pomegranate. The juiciness mostly adds to the lightly sweet, tart character, with the tartness stronger at the finish, which also has light peppery bitterness plus a faint hint of sour turned fruit. It is clean, quenching, the elements are well balanced and nothing is over done, rough, or dominant. The pomegranate, though faintly noticeable as such, is simply one light element in the more complex whole, which is very nice.

Offa, Sep 25, 2010
Decadence Pomegranate Saison from Valley Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.