Nickel Brook Le Paysan Saison | Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Le Paysan SaisonNickel Brook Le Paysan Saison

Brewed by:
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of DaveBar
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO $3.00 for a 473ml can served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/2" head that films out within a minute or so. Medium gold colour and unfiltered

S- Nice yeast. Touch sour

T- Nice blend. Has that farmhouse yeasty goodness. Has good hops. Seem like noble hops. Nice light malt. Super refreshing to say the least

M- Creamy going down but dries out nicely

O- Nice brew. This is one I can get into. Great price point. Excellent value

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with....... Kielbasa and sauerkraut fried with onions. Super nice pairing. Salt and pepper the mix while frying in a heavy pan


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Photo of JPNesker
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from new can into pint glass - - -pretty sure I sampled this back when it was bottled but didn't review so here we go. Looks delicious in the glass. Pours dreamy like. Smell is barnyard funk and alcohol. Tastes bready and more than a bit boozy. Missing any kind of sour notes beyond smell, which ends up a bit of a tease. Overall good, but not great. That being said - Think it would rule fresh from a local tap.

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Photo of portwood
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Smell: lightly fruity, sour orange.
Taste: mildly tart, average carbonation.
Finish: medium bitterness, dry w/touch of spices and sourness.
(no date on can, sigh).

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent saison but it's missing what is needed to be a good saison. There is no sour funk in the taste which makes this end up in the very average bin. It's thin, with lots of peach, overly sweet, with a decent spice note in the finish.

I'd drink it again but I won't buy it again.

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Photo of Brew_Darrymore
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Delicious. I like that it's not as sour as some other saisons. Light-golden colour with typical for the style cloudiness, white long-lasting head. Very refreshing overall.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy deep golden yellow with three fingers of off white head that retains well with a bubbly lattice clinging to the glass edges. Looks inviting and full figured.

Super fruity esters on the nose with orange, lemon and tart yeasty funk. Mild spiciness in the back.

More tart citrus in the taste, fruit juice and lemon tartness. Hoppy in the back end with some herby bitterness that fades to a dry finish. Smooth and well carbonated on the tongue.

Overall this is a pretty nice saison - Nickle Brook has been delivering some solid stuff these days - if a bit simplistic in the flavours. This one focuses heavily on the fruity and citric esters and hops bitterness but doesnt have all that much in the way of barnyard funk or spicy pepperiness found is some of the great representations of the style. Still very drinkable and plenty there to keep your buds happy.

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Photo of akdo
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Once poured in a glass, the beer has a straw body that veers towards shades of orange. The light brown head was about two finger-high and was quite resilient. Although it is sub par to the Saison Dupont in terms of head retention, it is the Canadian Saison that lasted the longest, which means over 30 minutes. Moreover, as we drink it, the beer leaves foam on the glass.

Smell: Like its counterparts from Canada, Le Paysan is a re-interpretation of a Saison, a style of beer that originates from Belgium's country side. Instead of going for a grassy smell, the nose was close to wheat.

Taste: The palate welcomed us with wheat to the point of tasting like an organic cereal. It was later accompanied by zests of either oranges and citrus. It felt like tasting zests that have been boiled in whipping cream without chocolate. Overall, the bitterness, though lighter to that of a Dupont, is fresher, not skunky and darn close to a Belgian-style Saison.

Feel: In this department, Le Paysan beats Dupont. It is less watery and refreshing.

Overall: This beer strays away from what a typical Saison should be. However, it is a good re-invention from Nickel Brook Brewery. In the end, we get rid of the light skunkiness in favour of raw wheat and fruit zests. It is quite close to a New Zealander Sauvignon blanc that tastes like gooseberry on the front-end.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into tulip 4/10/14, cheers Phyl21ca for sending the bottle

A hazy light orange with lots of streams of tiny bubbles that feed a large, loose, and short lived foam that leaves a few random patches of lace
-perhaps a dirty glass because my second pour has great retention leaving spider web lace deep down the gass
S lots of white pepper, farmhouse yeast, a little banana and citrus peel, pineapple, and cereals

T reminds me of orange herbal tea with pepper, some marmalade and lots of earthy hops

M medium bodied, lots of bubbles, a little gritty, lots of rind and spice on the finish

O decent brew but nothing to really set it apart, lots of spice and its easy enough to drink

hits the style fairly well but missing just a little something, worth a try but not worth searching for

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Photo of Tilly
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Nice and light white head. Citrus lemongrass aroma. Pours a golden straw, hazy. Citrus with banana/marzipan back taste. Excellent amount of bitterness

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Photo of BeerWatcher
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a straw colour with moderate carbonation. Very active thick white head that will threaten to overflow your glass on every pour from the 750ml bottle. Aromas of citrusy fruits, grass, lemon drops, and a light pepperiness. Tastes are of citrus up front, but rather than the bitter grapefruit some other drinkers have observed I’m actually getting some sweet caramel on the finish, which might be a bit atypical for the style. Overall this is an interesting hybrid, part Saison, part something else I can’t put my finger on. Just know that I like it.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml, sturdy-ass bottle, with no mention of Better Bitters on the label at all - it's now the Nickel Brook Brewing Co., apparently.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, roiling, and ebulliently foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some splotchy Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things duly recede.

It smells of acrid earthy yeast, tart tropical fruit - peaches, gooseberries, and kumquat - edgy wheat grain, white pepper, lemongrass, and further herbal, leafy hops. The taste is quite fruity up front - lemon, underripe nectarine, dry banana, mostly - with a spicy pepper dust contingent, a benign wheat and grain malt backbone, fading yeast, and earthy, weedy, and kind of floral hops.

The bubbles are fairly active in their frizzante manifestations, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, the initial threat of yeast interference now long gone. It finishes quite dry, the yeast not so surprisingly re-emerging, alongside the lingering grainy wheatiness, and some bled-out fruit character.

A decent version of the style, with a nice, even fruitiness, and a complex and moody yeast character that I can get along with just fine. Easy to drink, especially as we are back to a proper summer, it would seem - yeah, all you doubters who switch the hell off come Labour Day around here - get wet, will ya? I'm gonna enjoy the rest of this in peace.

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Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

An interesting beer. Pale hazy apricot under a coarse white head that settles to a thin cap. Some soapy lace, but nothing really interesting to look at in that regard. Rest of it looks nice though.

Smell is quite interesting. Lots of fruit - apricot, passion fruit. And some weird alcohol/chemical thing. Fascinating to inhale, but with an aspect of weird.

Earthy, yeasty, dry and bitter. Notable element of alcohol. Fruity, almost perfumy finish.

Fascinating in a lot of ways, but just enough off notes that its something you want to try but be wary of. Try it, make your own call. I'm just not entirely sure what to make of it. Might have to work my way through another bottle ... could be one of those things you have to be acclimated to.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

750 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $7.95 CDN. Served cold into glassware.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful more orange than expected color and is fairly opaque and hazy. Capped by a wonderful two and a half finger head that takes its time in dissipating. Some nice lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Some lemon blended with some dark low hanging fruit, maybe currants and blackberries, although the lemon is more potent. Also rather floral and there's also some zesty grassiness that is probably going to taste a bit sour. Impressive nose and it comes through, even if it is a little colder than recommended.

Taste - Some lemon and then something akin to an under ripe tangerine. Some tartness. A bit of the traditional yeasty flavor although this is more sour than many in the style. Flavor doesn't match up to the appearance and nose. Maybe even a bit on the watery side of things. A peppery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Reasonably well carbonated, fairly lively mouthfeel but nothing brilliant.

Overall - This is a bit more bitter than many saisons I've had and while it looks and smells great the flavors don't quite do it justice. Given the hefty price tag, I will look elsewhere when buying another saison, but nonetheless it is fairly solid and those liking some extra bitterness will more likely than not enjoy this one.

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Photo of Sofakingdrunk
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from the LCBO for something like $9 for a 750ml. Poured into Innis and Gunn glass.

Appearance is a hazy golden orange, two big fingers or foamy white head, lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Looks quite inviting.

The smell is belgian yeast, green apple, white pepper funk,toasted corriander seed,orange blossoms and peach skins.

The taste brings in some apricot,sourdough bread,lemon peel, soft herbs....lemon thyme maybe. The hop undertone is nice and tastes like more than the listed IBU. Medium bodies with a nice dryness and carbonation.

Overall a nice drink, i'd have to say that this is the best Saison i've had out of Ontario.

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Photo of ssmack
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden apricot colour that is slightly hazy. One inch of good white head that hangs in to the bottom of the glasses. Some carbonation bubbles. Good lacing and retention.

The aroma is all lemon and spices to me. Black pepper and cloves. Also the floral smell of chrysanthemums.

The taste is complex and integrated into one taste of citrus and spices. There is a tart, bitter herby aftertaste. More bitterness than I expected at 27 IBU.

A good medium feel with dryness and carbonation nip.

A well-made, refreshing saison. Better than some other Ontario breweries' attempted at this style but not the best which I reserve for GLB.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $10 or so

Appearance - Gold colour with a large size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, apricots, herbal notes breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste apricot,breads/grains, and hops. There is also a yeasty flavour and some herbal/grassy notes.

Overall - At times it reminded me of a belgian IPA. Also had some similarities to the Brooklyn Soriachi Ace beer. It's a very solid brew that was perfect on a warm summer night. Price is a tad high perhaps - if this was in in a tall can for 3-4$ I'd drink it often.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from the LCBO; packaged on Jun. 26 2014 which makes this exceedingly fresh by my standards. Served well-chilled, poured into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy golden-blonde colour, generating two fingers of sparkling, pillowy white head at the surface. Excellent retention; it takes quite a while for the head to seep away into a frothy cap and collar, with a sponge-print pattern of lace left to decorate the perimeter of the glass. The aroma is rather fruity and fresh-feeling, with lots of orange and lemon peel, in addition to wheaty sweetness, apricot and banana.

Grainy pale malt/wheat sweetness comprises the backbone here, while the more citrus-focused notes of the hops grab the bulk of my palate's attention. Lemon and white grapefruit come to mind, with a floral, herbal feel toward the finish; quite spicy and peppery, with a drying, astringent effect on the tongue after each sip followed by a lingering pithiness. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with lively carbonation of the sort you'd expect from a saison, providing a pleasant bite which complements the spiciness of the tail end.

Nickel Brook's Le Paysan Saison makes for a nice summer diversion, particularly if you'll be drinking it outside (as opposed to inside an air conditioned room, like my lame ass). While I'm sure it'd taste fine in either situation, its crisp, refreshing, and highly quaffable nature will undoubtedly shine brighter on a hot patio. While there are either saisons I would rank higher, there's nothing wrong with this brew at all and I'm sure I'll be back for more before stock runs out. Worth a try.

[Updated Oct 4 2015]

Another bottle (dated July 27 2015), served at cellar temperature. The aroma has a bit of a funky yeast/barnyard vibe going on compared to last year; not that I'm one to complain about something like that. Finishes spicy, with a lingering grassy, floral hop astringency that reminds me of their Continental Drift. Drinking it at this temperature really allows this beer's various nuances come to the surface. There are a slew of Ontario-made saisons to pick from these days, and Le Paysan is one of the above average ones. I might save another bottle for the winter months, when samples of this style are harder to come by.

Final Grade: 3.88, a B+.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Wellington Gastropub. From notes.

A - Poured light golden with a mild haze. Light carbonation and one finger of fluffy white head. Bright with good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Orange, yeast, citrus.

T - More citrus, orange, yeast, some sweet spice.

M - Good carbonation, medium body and a sweet fruity finish.

O/D - This was a pretty good saison. I expected more hop character for something with the name amarillo in it, but it played nicely. Balanced between good saison elements. No complaints.

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Bryden's. Another incarnation of their saisons. Passable not great but not bad. Light golden with a Caesar head. Malty aroma, malty taste with yeast. A lace sheet. Some hop bitterness at 25 IBU helps. Kind of flat carbonation. A bit light mouthfeel.

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Nickel Brook Le Paysan Saison from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
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