Le Paysan
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
3.72 | pDev: 10.48%
Oct 23, 2017
Jun 22, 2012
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Rated: 3.79 by kier from Canada (ON)

Oct 23, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by ConnorG from Canada (ON)

Sep 29, 2017
Rated: 3.57 by groleau from Canada (QC)

Jul 14, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Jun 29, 2017
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Reviewed by SenorBiggles from Canada (ON)

4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A dry, funky saison that has much more in common with the original Belgian style than the excessively sweet saisons that many North American breweries are putting out. Lemon and orange aromas, quite bitter, and a dry finish.
Jun 26, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by JavierGC from Spain

Jun 16, 2017
Rated: 4 by hunterjames from Canada (ON)

Dec 13, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by LanceH from Canada (ON)

Aug 27, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by Jerk_Store from Canada (QC)

Aug 12, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON)

Jul 15, 2016
Rated: 3.71 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Jul 09, 2016
Rated: 3 by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

Jun 28, 2016
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Reviewed by DaveBar from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +14%
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

Jun 19, 2016
Rated: 3.63 by Mousel from Canada (ON)

Jun 13, 2016
Rated: 3.18 by Rukeli76 from Canada (ON)

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by kevinlater from Canada (ON)

Jun 09, 2016
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Reviewed by JPNesker from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.
Jun 09, 2016
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Reviewed by portwood from Canada (ON)

3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
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).
Jun 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
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.
Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 3.46 by Electros from Canada (ON)

Jan 01, 2016
Rated: 4 by Simon212 from Canada (ON)

Nov 18, 2015
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Reviewed by Brew_Darrymore from Bulgaria

4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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.
Nov 13, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by Bf_89 from Canada (ON)

Oct 23, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by Rutager from Canada (BC)

Sep 09, 2015
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Reviewed by EricVonStein from Canada (ON)

3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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.
Sep 07, 2015
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Reviewed by akdo from Canada (ON)

4.71/5  rDev +26.6%
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.
Aug 12, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by Wajohnst from Canada (ON)

Jul 11, 2015
Rated: 3.48 by MatChar from Canada (QC)

Jul 07, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by Glorithm from Canada (ON)

Jun 27, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by TDotScott from Canada (ON)

Jun 25, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by DamoTO700 from Canada (ON)

Dec 09, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Long813 from Canada (ON)

Nov 06, 2014
Rated: 4 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

Oct 22, 2014
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Reviewed by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Oct 06, 2014
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Reviewed by Tilly from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +21%
Nice and light white head. Citrus lemongrass aroma. Pours a golden straw, hazy. Citrus with banana/marzipan back taste. Excellent amount of bitterness
Oct 05, 2014
Rated: 3.76 by headstash from Canada (ON)

Oct 03, 2014
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Reviewed by BeerWatcher from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.
Oct 03, 2014
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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.
Sep 17, 2014
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Reviewed by TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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.
Sep 17, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by andrenaline from Canada (ON)

Aug 17, 2014
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