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Saison Gee - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%


Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mississipping on 05-22-2012)
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humuloner22

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best Saison's I have had thus far. It was poured into a tulip chalice allowed to open up to the air for a few minutes and to allow the yeast to settle a bit. Lots of carbonation and very effervescent. The head grew tall at first but settled into a nice lacing pattern. The color was a beautiful erubescent golden color. Different from others I had tried, maybe from being aged in the Chardonnay barrels. One reason I love this brewery is they really have aging down.

The smell was funky, fruit and clove. This seems to be a solid characteristic of this style.

The taste was fruit, dried apricot, raisin, and something else... Once again a funkiness that I have grown to love about this style and that strong musty clove flavor. This blends well into a sharp clean mouthfeel and a well balanced beer.

Overall it is an awesome beer from this brewery. I wish I had gotten a chance to pick up more, but I with limited funds I couldn't this time around. Hopefully, this isn't a one and done, because these guys have done a fantastic job with this one. Also, this was the best of the bunch. They released two more in this style and I felt this one was definitely the best of the lot. If you can find it, pick one up. I highly recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 23:51:53 | More by humuloner22
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3, reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright but deep medium orange. Very clear, with a sparse curtain of bubbles rising up. One finger of white head, decent retention, fine lacing. Nice.

Smells bright and pungently fruity. Sweet, in a juicy way. Loads of stone fruit - I feel like I just cut a peach and an apricot, and am rubbing my nose in their flesh. This is Belgian yeast style fruit, and I'm liking it. Also a big hit of white grapes. Really nice, though I do wish it had a little more saison in it.

Taste is similarly juicy, but less fruit, more grain. What fruit there is leans more towards the white grape. A dash of black pepper, a slice of banana, and a few flower petals thrown on top. All smooth edges, rounded off and sanded clean. Complex and varied, and quite tasty.

Medium-bodied with an upwelling of carbonation. It feels like it's boiling up from the depths, starting slowly, then coming on in a rush.

This is a really tasty saison. It's fruity, and juicy, and really well put together. I'm impressed, and had no trouble finishing a 750 of it. Wish I had some more of it, actually.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:50:35 | More by zeledonia
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wedge

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ BrewMasters

Dark gold color with a solid head that plasters the glass with lace and comes to a rest as a permanent creamy covering. Buttery, somewhat bourbon-like aromas upfront...slight vanilla, lemon funk, bread, faint banana, and some booze lurking beneath it all. Wine barrel creaminess, floral notes, peppery esters, some more banana-ish fruitiness. Creamy in the mouth and drying in the finish. This is not your average Saison, but it's a pretty nice, unique take on the style. The creamy smooth Chardonnay barrel quality isn't overdone and is pretty enjoyable. Glad I tried it...

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 22:56:46 | More by wedge
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Woodrow for this one!

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger white head, nice tight foam with nice retention and thick lacing all around the glass.

S: Decent aroma of faint Belgian spice, fruit, and some grass. There is a little bit of green grape and banana for the fruit.

T: A good bit of the chardonnay barrels coming through, a little bit of a wine flavor, more green grapes, some grass, and a bit of spice. As it warms a bit of banana comes out.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slight alcohol presence.

O: Liked it more as it warmed, but seemed a bit big for a saison and not as delicate as I prefer them.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 01:41:56 | More by mdaschaf
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PJC1979


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden-honey color. It had a floral citrusy aroma, and upon taste an equally nice body. There was a slight honey-esque aftertaste that lingers on the tongue, which although a stronger beer, just glides down the mouth. Overall, a nice Saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 00:23:26 | More by PJC1979
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with thin wispy head that's a bit shy. Wonderful aroma that makes itself known the minute you open the bottle. Big whiff of Belgian yeast, booze, wine and apples. Kind of smells like my granddaddy's homemade hard apple cider. I love that smell.
Very much an americanized version of the Saison style as it's missing much of the traditional Saison funkyness but that doesn't mean it's not a good beer. In fact it is delicious. Belgian yeast, grapes, apples, sweet malts, and both red and white wine flavors. This is definately a well-crafted beer. Full-bodied with a slick feel in the mouth. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 03:51:57 | More by wcudwight
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh

A - copper, no head

S - winy, buttery, oak

T - winy, oak, butter, apple, alcohol

M - viscous, winy, warm, smooth, little carbonation, medium bodied

This is a different saison. It doesn't have the typical Belgian funk and it definitely leans more towards wine than beer, but overall it's a rather enjoyable offering. If you're a Chardonnay fan this is for you.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 11:11:04 | More by tdm168
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aasher

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is courtesy of Scott, aka MordorMongo, who shared it at a Kahns tasting event. This beer pours a murky dingy gold in color with a one finger bright white head that reduced to a sticky lacing around the glass. The nose is of honey cream, red apples, pale malts, and funky yeast. The flavors follow suit with the yeast dominating along with an odd bitterness and some light honey in the finish. It's solid. It drinks medium in body with a lingering, almost sweet yeastiness. It's a decent saison but nothing too crazy and definitely more American in style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 00:20:18 | More by aasher
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive been waiting for this beer since the new year. I snagged a bottle at TJs Beverage in Carrboro, and couldnt wait until tomorrow.

Body is deep yellow with no head whatsoever.

I get an odd smell of mint for no reason whatsoever. No idea where its coming from. Lots of chardonnay on the nose (dry wine to be specific). Hints of Saison yeast. Hints of crusty dried bread (reminiscent of DFH Ta Henket).

Uh oh. The taste. Its light, which was unexpected. Slight citrus notes, but dominated by flavors I didnt expect from a Saison. hints of dry crusty bread, strong taste of white wine, and hints of citrus. Lots of roasted grains, which give it a crusty feel. Theres an odd balance between slick sweet wine and saison yeast.

Its definitely more of a malty saison than a yeasty saison. I like it alot.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 23:26:11 | More by VncentLIFE
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Mississipping

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up two bottles after meeting Steven at the Tap Room and getting the inside "scoop" on the beer. Came back two days later to find it on tap. An unexpected treat!

A: Arrived a coppery color with a a small white head that dissipated fairly quickly to leave behind a thin ring and spotty lacing. A little darker than I was expecting, but it looks nice nonetheless.

S: Initially smells spicy, boozy, and fruity. Has quite a bit going on as it warms. Quite spicy with some grass up front. The barrel characteristics a pretty evident as well ... chardonnay grapes and tannins. A touch of banana and some booze are mixed in, too.

T: Very spicy up front. I don't get much of the farmhouse characteristics that I usually enjoy in saisons, but it's still nice. Horse blanket, and funk are missing, but it's spicy and grassy. Belgian yeast and banana and chardonnay and oak. Quite a bit in the taste as well. A good bit of booze, but after all, this is a 9% saison, which is pretty big for the style.

M: Medium bodied with spritzy, yet gentle, carbonation. Starts out spicy, moves to subtle sweetness, and finishes boozy and dry. The mouthfeel is one of the better parts of the beer, although it's definitely enjoyable overall.

O: This is definitely more Belgian than a lot of other saisons. A good bit of Belgian yeast, banana, and grass are all there, but it's missing some of the funk and barnyard must that I really look for in the style. A really nice take on the style that doesn't disappoint, just isn't quite what I was hoping for or expecting. As it warms it really opens up and the spiciness mellows out with some of the other characteristics. Barrel treatment is very, very evident. A bit boozy, which may mellow out over time. I'm thrilled to have been in Hickory at the time of the release. Tried on tap and took two bottles home. Let's see how this puppy ages!

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 03:32:21 | More by Mississipping
Saison Gee from Olde Hickory Brewery
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