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Zeno - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Zeno
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BA SCORE
88
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Brewpub Exclusive saison is an interesting paradox; refreshing yet flavorful, light but complex. The Saison yeast strain takes center stage and contributes complex aromas of pineapple, mango, papaya, and pepper. A healthy dose of American hops at the end of the boil compliments the tropical fruit aromas with their own notes of citrus rinds and fruit.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-27-2010)
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at the Dogfish Head Rehoboth beach pub. 16 ounce poured into a pint glass, and served well after it was poured.

A: Orange copper body, extremely clear with an obvious filtered nature to it. No head, no retention, no lacing. Talk about a lackluster looking beer, this is just pretty sad.

S: Wet grassy hops, orange peel, black pepper, rose hips. A very faint grainy and hay-like base from the malt comes through but it doesn't seem to add any real diversity or depth to the aroma.

T: Initially the grain bill comes through with evidence of hay and milled grain flavors. Slight earthy, grassy hops provide a nice cut through the rather mundane profile so far. This ends a bit dry with some spice and peppery notes.

M: Nice and bubbly carbonation, a bit thin and watery though. Bordering on the low end of a medium-bodied beer. Dry in the finish.

For this small batch saison from one of my favorite breweries, this was simply disappointing. Serving the beer improperly is one thing, but the actual contents of the glass itself couldn't stand on their own. It wasn't bad in drinking, though I'd never order this again and many saisons are out there that put this attempt to shame.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 13:18:23 | More by ShanePB
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes. Had on tap at the DFH brewpub in Rehoboth Beach along with ShanePB.

A: Served in a 16oz glass, Zeno was a clear orange with very little bits of bubbles on top, not quite a head though. No lacing either.

S: Floral with some grassy hops, and a bit of orange peel. Not as much spice as I used to in a saison, just a hint of pepper.

T: Similar to the aroma, but a bit more subdued. Some grassy hops and sort of fruity with some graham cracker malt. The spices only come through right at the end again.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, but a bit watered down almost. Finishes dry.

O: A bit disappointing. Was hoping for more flavors from a brewery that makes flavorful beer. Maybe it was just this batch, as both ShanePB and I felt that this was a letdown.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 20:49:34 | More by mdaschaf
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Skott1123

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-13-2013 18:46:42 | More by Skott1123
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a pint glass, the beer is a bright, pale, gold color. Crystal clear with lots of carbonation and a thin, filmy head. Nose of lemon zest, hops, and floral highlights. The flavor is slightly sour, with a smokey undertone and spiced-citrus flavors, including some coriander. The aftertaste is all spice, leaving any of the fruit character overpowered. The finish is dry and quick.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 03:14:59 | More by GarthDanielson
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-14-2011 14:53:49 | More by justintcoons
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Phacoman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-01-2012 01:51:07 | More by Phacoman
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at DFH pub in Rehobeth. All that one would expect from a Saison, except the bar lists it as 5.9% ABV instead of BA's 5.2%. Very pleasant, wheaty summer flavours with a lingering bitter finish.

Aroma is limited to the wheat with a mild fruit sweetness in the background. Flavours follow, with none of the west-coast IPA hops I'd hoped for after the in-house description : "A refreshingly light Saison with a healthy dose of American hops in the finish".

Nicely bitter, but not terribly different from many other "craft" Saisons.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 21:27:03 | More by hopsolutely
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beerhan

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the attic in Toledo on draft.

Poured into a pint glass, golden orange color with a super thick foamy white head. Pretty cloudy. Very carbonated.

Smells like orange peel, coriander, and a little funkyness.

Taste is like a spicy wheat beer but with a belgian yeastyness to it. Somewhere in between wheat beer and saison but not really a true saison. I am more reminded of the taste of something like holy moses than a saison. Nonetheless super refreshing.

Overall this is just another dogfish beer to knock off the list. It is good but nothing to right home about. I like the idea of making a nice refreshing summer beer but this one was just a little too filling for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 15:49:08 | More by beerhan
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rehoboth pub tonight

Pouring a very light yellow with a dense white head that hangs around a while leaving no lace, this looks solid. Definitely one of the lighter saisons I've seen. On the nose, this is surprisingly good. Mildly grainy, mild honey and a moderate floral character are the first things that pop out. The floral character is moderately hop-like, but when combined with the honey, it really takes on an orange blossom honey character. Mildly spicy as well, this is a pretty good saison.

The palate opens just a touch astringent with some grainy bitterness immediately noticeable. Once my palate gets used to it (which is rather quick), the mildly sugary, mildly honey-like sweetness kicked in, along with a moderate hop flavor, very citrus-like with orange and lemon. Moderately spicy on the finish, this has a little pepper and maybe some clove? Despite the sweetness, this beer dries up on the finish. With the high carbonation, this is quite quenching and very refreshing. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

07-04-2010 03:11:43 | More by DefenCorps
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes had on draft at DFH:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: tropical fruit, funk, belgian yeast,

taste: tropical fruit, belgian yeast, spices

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice and refreshing beer just in time for summer.

Cheers,
the CPJ

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

05-27-2011 13:18:18 | More by THECPJ
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-25-2012 22:03:13 | More by SPRichard
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-05-2013 00:21:14 | More by pathman
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NumberNone

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-12-2012 17:30:20 | More by NumberNone
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jmeyers78

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pale golden orange with about a finger of foamy white lacing.

S-Citrus, Belgian yeast

T-Peppery flavors, and like the aroma, I get a little Belgian yeast.

M-Dry and bitter

O-A good beer by Dogfish Head. Very complex and interesting brew. Definitely something I'd get again.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-06-2011 18:01:06 | More by jmeyers78
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Discordian

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-15-2011 04:16:21 | More by Discordian
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mattcrill

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lots of white pepper and spicy notes up front. Melon-like esters and funky fermentation character. No hop aroma. Ok for style.

Appearance: Slighty cloudy with a golden hue in the glass. A tight white head retains well.

Flavor: More melon-like esters up front, cracker-like Pils malt character, and spicy pepper notes follow. Balance is even with esters and spices knitting well together. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high, spritzy carbonation. Slight alcohol heat noted.

Overall impression: A bigger, well done Saison. Impressive that DFH can obey the style parameters. Would like to see more of that. Nice job.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-06-2011 00:45:10 | More by mattcrill
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-15-2011 17:12:22 | More by BeerThursdays
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-13-2011 20:13:34 | More by DeutschesBier
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dwaz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-08-2011 23:40:58 | More by dwaz
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dw2430

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-15-2011 18:34:39 | More by dw2430
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in the matching glassware at Winking Lizard on 6/2/11

Eye catching gold with a subtle haze. One finger head dissipates but a thin layer remains. Regardless, there is a good showing of lace.

Zeno boasts an utmost crisp aroma. Citrus zest and spice lead off and are engulfed in swaths of grass. Lemon grass and prairie. Hints of pepper; perhaps from the French yeast. Apple tartness. Nips of orange. Clove is apparent as it warms. Very Clean.

Ooh, packs a bit of a punch, too. It's a restless critter. Lemon zest and a touch of tangy light fruits take up the front half. Grassy flavor mid way through that holds until the finish. Undertones of grains; thank you, pilsner malts. Spicy finish with grassy residuals and citrus zest, orange pith. The flavor profile is seamless. Cracked white pepper lingers long. Herbal notions as it warms up.

The body is crisp and filled out with ample carbonation - half fluffy, half prickly. The only downside is that the carbonation prevents it from being anything more than a sipper. Other than that, it's clean with a pleasant finish.

Overall impression: plenty of good things going on with little room for gripes.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

07-21-2011 02:20:13 | More by Ryan011235
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rehoboth Beach Brewpub. From notes, 7-11-2011

A - slightly cloudy yellow body, small white head.

S - crisp, a slight tartness, some lemon zestiness

T - light malts, lemony tartness.

M - light-bodied, good carbonation, giving the beer a nice presence.

O - A super solid saison, very tasty, drinkable. Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

07-13-2011 19:32:21 | More by ColdPoncho
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden orange color with a white head. Pretty solid retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Picking up some citrus mainly lemons, quite a bit of yeast, some funkiness as well, and very light malts.

T- Quiite a bit going on here. A bit of spice, pepper, lemons, yeast and some funk. A touch of bitterness from a herbal earthy type hop.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and good amount of carbonation.

O- Not usually my style of brew, but I thought this one was pretty solid. Nothing over the top going on here.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-03-2011 18:20:43 | More by nrbw23
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap as Winking Lizard's glass-of-the-month offering.

Poured a mostly clear light orange-amber, as I recall. A white head stuck in rings all over the glass. Smell was fresh and herbal. Taste was very crisp and refreshing. Spicy. A lot of sour grapefruit. Unique yeast, I could tell. Tart aftertaste. A good, complex, and easily sessionable beer. I can't believe this beer isn't bottled!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-14-2011 05:39:26 | More by sixerofelixir
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass.

This is an unusual saison. It pours a very hazy golden straw, looking a helluva lot like fresh pineapple juice, topped by a small head of white micro-foam. The nose comprises lemon, lemon zest (there's a difference, I'm tellin' ya!), cardamom, mango, wheat, lemongrass (did I mention there was some lemony goodness here?), orange peel, pineapple, some light florals, and a dash of pepper. It's fruitier than most saisons I've had, but still has that sorta saison-y feel. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, a more sour bit o' lemon than before, peppercorns, cardamom, coriander, lemongrass, and a slight, though rather perceptible, hoppy bitterness. The body is pretty light, with a sharp but short carbpnation and a dry, refreshing finish. Honestly, I really enjoyed this beer, especially after sweltering in my car for the couple hours to the brewpub. I think it more closely resembles a wit, what with the cloudy, fruity characters, but the feel is more in line with a saison (and I'm not one to argue with the folks at DFH...). Good times.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach

06-27-2010 06:37:05 | More by TMoney2591
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Zeno from Dogfish Head Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.