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Black Oak Summer Saison - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with wheat, orange zest, coriander and special yeast, this seasonal ale delivers continental character and flavour. Unfiltered with an orange hue, pleasant citrus aroma, slightly higher carbonation all combine for a thirst-quenching beer. Perfectly proportioned wheat and spice provides a smooth refreshing ale, just right for hot summer days.

(Beer added by: DrJay on 07-11-2004)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

irishkyle21, Oct 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

yancot, Sep 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

spinrsx, Sep 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Molson2000, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

hunterjames, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

KrisDLSmith, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle into nonic pint glass. can't find a freshness date but i bought it shortly after it hit the shelves at lcbo so this should be pretty fresh

a: opaque and tangerine in colour. one finger of sparse head dissipates quickly. didn't pour very aggressively, though i'm sure you can probably get a kilometer of head on this one

s: whoa, lively coriander up front. very spicy but it's also fruity. orange, banana, peach, yeast, wheaty bready malt, and lemon. some sort of overall jasmine tea aroma going on here too. smells awesome

t: just as i described the nose. like a spicy, fruity, and wheaty carbonated jasmine tea. some yeast notes towards the end as well. an earthy tea leafy bitterness dries the palate really well to close things out. wonderful stuff, and surprisingly complex too

m: light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation. very appropriate for this beer

o: delicious, pleasant, refreshing, and drinkable

kevinlater, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.6%

andrenaline, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

nullbort, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

RedAleMan, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of frothy white head that gradually dissipates over a period of minutes. The aroma is fruity and enticing, with the orange zest and coriander spice figuring in strongly. Sweet and yeasty, with some grassy hay notes, wheat malt and banana - I'm digging this one already.

Orange and lemon citrus rind come through strongly, with a sweet wheat malt backbone accented by some apricot and banana notes. There's a firm, peppery coriander spice at the finish, which is yeasty and only mildly bitter. This is a light-bodied, extremely refreshing farmhouse ale with aggressive, biting carbonation. Extremely refreshing; I can think of few other things I would rather drink after a summer bike ride (or mowing the lawn, or etc.).

Final Grade: 4.06, an A-. This is the second bottle of Black Oak's Saison I've had in as many days, and it probably won't be my last. It achieves an excellent balance between complexity and sessionability, with a light, thirst-quenching nature that makes it an ideal summer treat. Highly recommended - like all of Black Oak's offerings, this is well worth a try.

thehyperduck, Jun 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

ArrogantPrick, May 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.2%

dipso123, Sep 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

WillAndSarah, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of mick303
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Had from bottle into tulip, beer is an amber orange with good lacing. Smell is quite orangey and citrus forward with some earthy coriander notes, firm toasty malt base with some yeasty florals. Taste is mildly floral, then orange citrus with a light mineral aspect. Quite a light and earthy profile, yeast adds some interesting rustic aspects, wheat is also evident with a creamy and mildly lactic character. Overall a decently tasty light saison, relies quite a bit on the orange and spice, but some of the other flavour tries to come through. Decent and refreshing but far from being an amazing beer, feels a bit watery and dampened.

mick303, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

cfalovo97, Jul 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

evil_liver, Jul 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

kinguy, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of hopsolutely
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the brewery earlier this summer, so still reasonably fresh. A crisp and refreshing beer, perhaps even a transition beer that would appeal to a wide variety of palates.

Pours a beautifully hazy, golden amber with a dense white head that lingers. A wheaty and spicy Belgian yeast aroma that I believe to be very true to this style. Flavour starts sweet and fruity - orange and coriander - before ending on a pleasantly dry note with an underlying yeast tang.

Not a style that I personally choose very often, but think this is a good representative of it!

hopsolutely, Oct 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

DaveJanssen, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ WVRST. Served in pint glass.

A - Straw yellow, slightly hazy with a small layer of white head.

S - A crisp floral hop presence compliments Belgian yeast, clove, spice and some citrus.

T - Crisp floral hop aroma, Belgian yeast, clove,
light citrus, spice. Clean and refreshing.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - This is an extremely refreshing and sessionable saison. I find many saisons to be overly spiced to the point that the drinkability as a summer session beer suffers, but this one hits the mark. A great combination of depth of flavour and sessionability.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

chickenm, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Masterski for this.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A hazy peach colored body with thick foam and a nice ring of lacing all around.

Smell: Pears, citrus, banana and a good wheat profile.

Taste: Pears, mild hops, banana, very mild spicing and ends with a twinge of sweet fruit, like tropical fruit. Very vague tartness.

Mouthfeel: Airy, ever so light bitterness and a nice lingering after taste.

Overall: Refreshing, tasty and could easily convert a light beer drinker.

papat444, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Gigs in London. Pours a golden orange. Tastes slightly spicey with some hops and a bready like finish. A very nice treat overall and drinks down very smooth. I'm getting impressed with the improvement in this Province for craft beer. Good stuff.

WeedKing4, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a fairly clear golden. Small white head. Good lacing.

Smell contains yeast, dry cereal, lemon. A bit tart. Some light fruit. Smells like a berliner weisse to me.

Taste contains yeast, dry cereal. and an odd flavour that reminds me of Asian rice crackers- bizarre but I can't be more precise and the resemblance was startling. Lemon and other light fruit are present as well- perhaps papaya?

Light bodied, strongly carbonated. Too fizzy.

Overall. pretty good, but not exciting. Not what I hoped for.

jrenihan, Jul 20, 2012
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Black Oak Summer Saison from Black Oak Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.