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Black Oak Summer Saison - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Summer SaisonBlack Oak Summer Saison

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very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 6
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:
Beer added by: DrJay on 07-11-2004

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.
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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle served cold into a Sam smiths pint glass. Purchased for $6 CDN from LCBO.

Appearance - mildly cloudy orange beer with two fingers of white head. Plenty of lively bubble so throughout. Great retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell - powdery yeast aroma with plenty of fruit namely nectarine. A touch of peppery goodness too. Some mineral aroma too.

Taste - light flowery aspect, with some nectarine taste fitting with the aroma. Also some wildness from the yeast. Very light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light body and light carbonation. Some juiciness transitioning to a drier finish.

Overall - a nice saison that's on the lighter side of things. Very refreshing with a nice light fruit flavor.

Photo of CRObighit2
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, coriander, Saison yeast, light peppery spices and some cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has citrus, coriander, wheat malts, yeast, some peppery spices and light cloves.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Overall very well executed and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of hunterjames
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of nullbort
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

Photo of ArrogantPrick
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of dipso123
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of evil_liver
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kinguy
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Black Oak Summer Saison from Black Oak Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.