W'12 Dark Saison - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.26/5 rDev -4.4%
Sampled on tap @ 1702, Tucson; February 2012
A dark Saison for sure, but only a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, full amber hue with gold highlights to it. The head is a nice, tan color and starts out about one-finger thick and it leaves some nice layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma is quite subtle after having the our-side, but is softly musty, with a touch of phenolics, some cracker like grain character and there is a fruitiness that gets more noticeable with time. The fruit character provides hints of pear, a touch of apple, and even a touch of floral / tart melon character.
The beer has a sweetness that is accentuated by the fruit character; it is actually fairly light bodied though does have a touch of viscous character to it (especially considering the lower alcohol). The fruit notes have lots of floral apple character, a touch of red plum and perhaps some pear notes to it. There is a touch of spiciness to this brew that has some light peppery character (brought out by the soft carbonation), some subtle though lingering clove, and perhaps even a touch of ginger. The spiciness has a muted mustiness to it that affects the malt character quite a bit; the grain character comes through a touch muddied, but with flavors of slightly stale crackers and whole grain character as well as a touch of caramelized, brown bread like malt character.
This is a decent Saison, but it certainly pales in comparison to the Stillwater Our Side that I just had. The yeast character isn’t quite defining enough and somehow it seems to muddle the malt character here. The fruitiness is the defining part of the flavor here, and it doesn’t quite do it for me as it sort of reminds me of oxidized cider.
08-31-2013 20:22:50 | More by Gueuzedude
3.43/5 rDev +0.6%
A: The beer is very hazy brownish yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving a few bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of toasted malts and hints of fruits and spices.
T: Flavors of earthy yeast and toasted malts are present in the overall taste; notes of cloves and spices are present in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn’t taste like your typical saison and seems to be closer to a bière de garde, especially with the flavors of earthy yeast. I think I would have enjoyed this more if it had a little more carbonation and dryness.
07-04-2013 02:44:22 | More by metter98
3.74/5 rDev +9.7%
A: Cloudy copper with minimal head retention.
S: Warm and chocolatey with underlying citrus notes.
T: Crisp, prominent chocolate/caramel flavor; aftertaste of lemon and yeast.
M: Light, mild carbonation.
O: Pleasant and refreshing, nothing too bold, good for a warm afternoon but really not much of a saison.
05-08-2013 00:15:40 | More by Bernard_Lettuce
3.19/5 rDev -6.5%
A- Clear amber body with white head that dissipates to white foam ring.
A- Sweet caramel syrup. Cloves and belgian spice.
T- Light sweet belgian flavor. Light stale caramel malt flavor with a slightly sour finish.
M- Medium light body and moderate carbonation.
D- Meh. Alright, but I was hoping for better.
05-07-2013 07:18:55 | More by gpogo
3.8/5 rDev +11.4%
Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a darker copper hue, very little head, no lacing, This is an older bottle, but I've had it many times in 2012.
S - Nice complex smell, lots of belgian scents coming out of this, bubblegum oddly, some roasted coffee beans, spices and herbs, a light grapefruit peel smell.
T - You kinda feel the spices pop in this, a mild tart flavor of citrus, some nutty malts, and a little yeast.
M - I dont remember it having that bubble gum flavor linger, but now it certainly is, still gets a sourness and complex spice flavor.
O - I thought this was a pretty good beer, I know a lot thought it was garbage, but I enjoyed it, its a different kind of saison, one that was easily drinkable and had lots of unique qualities.
03-25-2013 01:12:23 | More by Omnium
W'12 Dark Saison from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.