Le Paysan
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,773
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3.72 | pDev: 10.48%
Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
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LanceH from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 27, 2016
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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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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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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
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Jun 22, 2012
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Mindsquall from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Aug 02, 2014
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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+.

Jul 02, 2014
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Electros from Canada (ON)

3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Jan 01, 2016
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irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Jul 23, 2014
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RedAleMan from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Jul 14, 2014
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.72/5  rDev 0%
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.

Aug 04, 2013
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev -19.4%

Sep 16, 2013
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bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Jul 26, 2013
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Long813 from Canada (ON)

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Nov 06, 2014
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.5/5  rDev +21%

Aug 17, 2014
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Dec 02, 2013
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Sep 20, 2013
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DaPan from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Jun 30, 2014
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joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Oct 22, 2014
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Jul 14, 2014
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sep 09, 2015
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dipso123 from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Oct 15, 2013
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ssmack from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Jul 15, 2014
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KeKeKumba from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Nov 02, 2013
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ThinkAgain from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Sep 08, 2012
Le Paysan from Nickel Brook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 74 ratings