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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Added by Sammy on 06-22-2012

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Cramshawbar:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
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 wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Dinkel
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Tilly
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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 ConnorG
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of LanceH
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveBar
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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 StormAles
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ThinkAgain
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Mlkluther
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ssmack
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +5.1%
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 RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of liamt07
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Mousel
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
3.88/5  rDev +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 kier
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sofakingdrunk
3.88/5  rDev +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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