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Wild Dog Colorado Saison - Flying Dog Brewery

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Wild Dog Colorado SaisonWild Dog Colorado Saison

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61 Ratings
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 11-27-2006)
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Dimple based 750ml green Champagne style bottle. Gold colored wire cage and a gold metal disc hold the unmarked thumbed Cork in place. Cream colored parchment style label has lots of splodgy edgy psychotic looking artwork with the words ‘Wild Dog’ the most pronounced. Labeled as ‘Colorado Saison’ – ‘Ale brewed with honey and curaco orange peel’. I think they spelled curaco wrong on the label by the way, isn’t it Curacao?? …I digress. Listed as 7.3% Alc. By Vol. and denoted as a Limited Release. I did notice that this latest Wild Dog bottle did not have the little cardboard tag or individual bottle numbering that the Wild Dog Double Pale Ale had.

Left hand side of the label goes onto explain:
“This Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is a unique Colorado spin on a traditional Belgian Style. This unfiltered, bottle conditioned brew is gold in color and weighs in at 7.3% ABV. Brewed with imported Belgian ingredients including malts, hops, spices and yeast, this Saison has an authentic Belgian flavor with a unique Colorado twist from our addition of native Colorado ingredients”.

Appearance: A feisty “thrupp” from the tight fitting cork allows some gentle bubbling in the bottle prior to the pour. Intense conditioning assists the formation of a larger than wanted head and slows down the ensuing evacuation from the bottle affording some more care to the manual dispense. Pacing streamers rise quickly in the soft golden body which has some brassy-orange colored hints. The head is well behaved and has a decent longevity as it first decays from its monstrous 2-inch plus deep dirty-white start eventually falling to a more appealing ½” thick stabilized affair. Almost no lacing at all, but a solid appearance throughout nonetheless.

Nose: Lots of fruit, candied lemons, sharp oranges, faded dry hops and a healthy dollop of Belgian yeast. All the classic components that you would expect from a good Saison, if not a little more. A very enticing nose draws you in and keeps the interest peaked.

Taste: Punctuating flashes of Satsuma and candy sugar cross paths with a high rising lemon juice splash. Yeasty labia straddle the dry hop bitterness which sits below the gentle acidity of the tangy Curacao. Baked apples and a dusty powdered cinnamon seem to hide in the cracks between the hops and fruits. The finish benefits from a sweetness and viscosity from the honey. Over time a combination of tastes, Bubble Gum and Northern Pear Drops boiled sweets (you know the ones you used to get in Yorkshire Mixtures, er maybe not) seem to take over and start to mask the more delicate tastes long term, which is a shame.

Mouthfeel: Bold body, sprightly carbonation and a healthy toned body is bigger than what you would expect from most Saisons.

Drinkability: Saisons are perhaps, for me, by their very nature and existence, the epitome of Session beers and are one of my all time favorite styles. The finest Saisons combine a light body with an intensely flavorsome taste profile that is easy on the taste buds and can be, if wanted, pounded down. Whilst I am under no illusions that the Wild Dog Colorado Saison is not really supposed to be a “Session Saison”, or at least an affordable one at a mighty 7.3%, its main detraction is the Bubble Gum honey dew character that sticks around after only half a bottle. It reminds me of overdosing on honey filled cough lozenges when a child in England. Your throat is layered with a honey infused herbal coating, and the same thing happens here. I am sure this is supposed to be more of an Imperial Saison but it reduces the drinkability quite a ways.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed the Flying Dog – Wild Dog: Double Pale Ale, and to be fair I really enjoyed the Wild Dog: Colorado Saison, but to be fair this is more of an “average” offering. I hasten to add that though this is not an average Saison, far from it in fact it is very good, it does not really seem befitting of the “Wild Dog” moniker as the Double Pale Ale did. I guess the “Wild Dog” tag is meant to infer a more intense specialty brew, for which you obviously pay. Given the fact that Dupont’s products are on the same shelves, alongside bottles of Fantôme, both at lesser prices than what I paid for this I may add; then I have to conclude by saying that whilst this Wild Dog Colorado Saison is very good, in the real World it is not special enough for me to purchase this one again. But it is well worth trying, a damned good effort but a tad pricey for what it is at the end of the day.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 08:19:16 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure when I bought this. It's probably a few years old, but seems to have help up better than I thought.

Bright, sparkling gold under a towering head of frothy foam leaving behind clumpy lace. Spiced apple and Belgian yeast aroma...fruit, hay, herbs, flowers, and mild dusty funk. Sweet floral flavor with plenty of fruity yeast esters and grass. Spicy citrus peel and clove with a hint of honey and a small bite of alcohol. Medium-light body, prickly carbonation with a dry finish. I'm surprised! I thought I had let this one sit around too long for sure.

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3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared by Paul at the first Cleveland BA Tasting @ Buckeye Brewing. Poured into a tasting glass.

This beer looks decent in the glass. It's a hazy gold color with touches of straw and orange on the edges. There's some active carbonation but the head and lacing are minor at best.

The smell is interesting. Honestly, this is a bit past its prime. Some apple cider and almost a wood-like quality dominate, indicating that oxidation has taken over. Some orange and a touch of honey are smothered by corriander and basement notes.

The taste is much along the same lines. There's a heavy fruit component, but it comes across as apple and not the orange that the label professes. Some honey add earthiness. There's a woody spice and some oxidation. Not nearly as funky (in a good way) or as spicy as I like a saison to be.

The mouthfeel is light with some carbonation that quickly dissipates. The booze is noticeable and the apple and spice linger in the finish. Not something I'd persue at this time, but it was a nice thing to try. I think this beer has gone to the downside of the hill.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 19:57:30 | More by jampics2
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4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright gold with a yeasty haze and a fine looking white head that laced well. Even after sitting for a good 15 minutes there's still a decent film astride the beer, and things are looking good. The nose has all the hallmarks of a classic saison, with a pronounce dry funkiness giving off those tell-tale barnyard notes, backed by a zesty fruitiness, peppery spice and grain. Very decent and approachable on the nose.

I blindly bought this beer based solely on my appreciation for the style, but was a little concerned to find its merely average rating on BA as soon as I got home. Thankfully, the first sip lays this to rest. This is classic saison - no fancy twists of mega-souped up alcohol - just a damn good basic beer. Horseblanket combines nicely with grain and peppery yeast to provide the backbone of the brew, while there's always a zesty citrus fruitiness in the background. The finish is dry and peppery, just how I like it. The medium body also has a classy billowing carbonation which helps to bulk things up in the mouth.

A surprisingly excellent effort, which perhaps has been aided by age that has cancelled out some of the elements people find undesirable. For me, it was a basic saison, but when you do basic very well it can be brilliant.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 18:40:55 | More by bobsy
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date but I've been cellaring this one since 12/06. The pour created irregular white bubbles and a clear, bright golden body. A lush film of lacing slides down the sides of the glass. Cloudier on the second pour.

Smell was bright fruitiness. Not fresh but stewed. Chaulky Belgian yeast aroma.

Taste was dusty cellar. Spicy. Candied tangerines. Pretty dry. Dank yeastiness.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - this saison pours a pale yellow/dark orange color, wells up a huge rocky white head, moderate carbonation

S - yeasty base, with spice hints of clove or coriander, definite citrus notes, but couldnt pick out the orange specifically mentioned on the bottle

T - the light citrus and clove/coriander characteristics continue through to the taste from the aroma, but the biggest flavor component is a sweet honey flavor, its a mellow and natural sweetness that compliments the spicy/citrus/yeasty notes perfectly

M&D - the honey adds a superior smoothness to an already delectable flavor combo, it also adds layering and complexity, a wonderful beer

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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A - Poured yellow with a 2 fingered white head, which dissipated slow and left very nice lacing.

S/T - Notes of honey, grass, white fruit, possibly nectar, a little brett and some spicy hops.

M - Well balanced, but thin and slightly sweet. Was hoping for a medium to full-bodied saison.

D - Good. I think the lack of body took away from this beer.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle courtesy of oldstylecubfan poured into a tulip.

The first pour is a clear light golden with hints of orange underneath a huge fluffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing and small swirl of foam on top. The second pour is considerably more hazy.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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S- Smells really nice. Quite a bit of things jumping at me...little bit of a sour funk, fruity mainly apples, yeasty, and some peppery spice.

T- Bit of a let down after the smell. Nothing terrible just expected more from the smell. Some fruity apples, spice, and yeasty.

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Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 20:31:50 | More by nrbw23
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4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem at Stateline liquors in Elkton, MD...in late July. Poured into my Chimay chalice. My first review of a retired beer.

A- Nearly opaque golden yellow body with a giant frothy white head that takes forever to settle down (which is what is prohibiting it from a 5.0...I couldn't pour it without it overflowing). It finally settles to a 1 finger thick eggshell white head. Cloudiness is thick and dynamic. When held up to the light bubbles can be seen rising to the top. A truly beautiful beer.

S-The smell good but not as potent as the rest of the brew. Mild floral hops tingle the nostril first followed by a fruity scent of pear and apples.

T-Upfront is a semi-tart/semi-sweet fruity flavor of pear and apples. This is accented by minimal floral hop flavor and a big bready yeast backbone. The finish has a sudden presence of floral hop bitterness along with a touch of alcohol. What lingers is a hint of floral hops and the bready yeast.

M-Medium carbonation and a mouthfeel full of yeast. Its much thicker than others I have tried of this style (which may come with age). Big silky and smooth.

D- I really liked this and I wish I would have picked up more than one bottle. I know the other reviews for this are much lower than mine...but maybe all this beer needed was some aging...I'm sure it was much boozier in the beginning. This is a wonderful brew overall and the best I have tried from this brewing co.

edit: when sorted high to low...all of the highest ratings are from 2008...just more suggestion that this one needed some aging.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy light orange color with a 2 finger bright white head.

S: lemons and oranges, along with with fresh baked bread and a nice underlying fruitiness.

T: For flavor there was some citrus peel and a touch of pepper along with a yeasty bite. There was some tropical fruitiness, dried pineapple, bananas, cloves, and sour oranges as well.

M: very creamy and tart, and active delivering a nice carbonation bite.

D: Very good drinkability and a good recommend.

Serving type: bottle

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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a mostly clear to slightly cloudy yellow straw color with two fingers of white suds.
Smell is malty sugar malt with orange peel and sour apple. Some alcohol and a dark sweetness finish off the aroma on this one.
Taste is a bit weak but I get an orange juice flavor in the aftertaste. Mostly spices like corriander and pepper with some clove or cinnamon stick. Very faint though.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but I think it adds quite a bit to the overall appeal of this brew.
Drinkability is good here despite it being discontinued.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 01:24:04 | More by peabody
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I might be feeling generous today, but this is a fantastic effort from Flying Dog. Pours golden with a fairly thin head. The smell is very much citrusy. It definitely tastes like a saison, but it is not overly powerful in any one way. Very well balance and tasteful. One could drink these without feeling too much overwhelmed. This is highly recommended and the friends you want to keep will enjoy it, provided they like saisons.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 01:08:04 | More by andrewm190
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy orange/amber, thin ring settles down, tons of chunky white lace. Smell is neat, hay, some iron/metallic character, honey, grass, wood, sugars, pretty nice. Taste is sweet and sugary at first, oranges, hay, grass, apricot, sour and tart finish, with a dry woody character, some light spice and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to light carbonation. Pretty good stuff, thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 17:27:04 | More by Viggo
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A mild pour yields a tulip full of big frothy head atop a small amount of pale orange beer. The tulip's etching is sending a vigorous stream of bubbles up from the bottom. As the head recedes, rocky chunks of larger bubbles are left, but there is little lacing.

S: Huge bready, yeasty notes are right up front with a slightly sour note reminiscent of wheat beers lurking in the background.

T: Forward ester flavors of mild clove and a hint of bubblegum. Definite sour twang that smacks of wheat (not sure if this beer USES wheat though). Just enough hop bite late to create a bit of balance, but preserve this as a malt forward beer.

M: Medium body with just a hint of slickness on the tongue. Good carbonation levels even after all the head formation.

D: Dangerously drinkable alone or with food... I'm just having a sandwich today, but it still goes down smooth.

I hate giving beers straight scores, but this one is a strong 4 across the board. Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 16:15:17 | More by ewright
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New York

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a funky farmhouse ale scent that's musty with hints of orange peel. It has nice pale malt scent along with some light honey character. The taste is average. It has a very dry pale malt flavor that goes down slow with some off-flavors. The yeast and honey contribute their own set of issues. The honey dries it up considerably while the yeast esters really kill the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This was a beer that sat on my wants list for some time. I was a huge fan of the DIPA Wild Dog, but this one and the doppelbock were a big disappointment. Thanks to jjayjaye though for grabbing this one for me. Thanks again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 17:32:18 | More by WesWes
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by BgThang, at the monthly tasting at the DH. Thanks!
Pours a bright orange color with bright fruity, orange spiced smell. Taste is earthy, and mildly spiced malt with some coriander, orange, and wheat like flavors. Medium bodied and pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 20:59:04 | More by JDV
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Wild Dog Colorado Saison from Flying Dog Brewery
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