Chevalier Saison | Bridge Road Brewers

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Chevalier SaisonChevalier Saison

Brewed by:
Bridge Road Brewers

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brendan13 on 05-16-2007

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Photo of Decko
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy straw yellow in the glass with light head which faded fairly quickly. S: Plenty of fruit but I found it hard to settle on exactly what, little bit of spice too. T: Light on flavour with spice the most notable aftertaste and a dry finish. M: High carbonation is the main experience, bit too much at first. O: Only my 2nd or 3rd Saison and I'm not a huge fan of the brew. This one was fine and would probably be sessionable in summer if it weren't for the level of carbonation. Interesting enugh flavours but I wouldn't go for it over a porter, pale ale, IPA or a bunch of other brews.

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

Photo of doktorhops
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doing my (now) occasional wander through Dan Murphy’s I happened upon a certain Bridge Road I had yet to review, this Chevalier Saison, which did surprise me as I am quite fond of both Bridge Road and Saisons. They may not be the best brewer in the world, or indeed Australia, but their Chestnut Pilsner is IMHO a classic beer which I’ve always enjoyed. Here’s the rub: Saison is a style I’ve not had nailed by an Aussie brewer yet - it is indeed a difficult style to replicate due to the over-reliance on finicky yeast (I know, I’ve tried to homebrew one, it was a disaster). That said if any Australian brewer can nail a Saison I’m sure Bridge Road can.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy pale straw body with a massive 4 cm bleached white head that slowly recedes to a still decent 2 cm. Very much spot on Saison appearance, I’m giving it as good a score as Dupont here. 8/10.

S: Barnyard hay funk right on the nose with flourishes of apple/pear esters and musty yeast round out the aroma - this is about as Belgian as a beer can smell without actually being from Belgium - colour me impressed (which takes on an overall purple/gold hue). 9/10.

T: “The yeast is strong with this one” - Darth Brettanomyces. That said the yeast isn’t tarting up the brew like most yeast-driven beers it is more on the musty/dry/white wine style of yeast. Other flavours noted are: Cider apple with a slight orange juice citric note, and some Champagne Brut characters - quite a vinous Saison here, but in a good way. Refreshing on a hot summers day, and the Saison style was originally devised for parched hard working farmers, we owe a great debt to them! 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light but sharp carbonation - right in the Saison zone. 8/10.

D: So we Aussies can brew a half decent Saison. Chevalier is proof enough for me. Although it wasn’t a perfect replication as it could have used more funk in the flavour and less dry/musty/wine characters. Still in a blind taste test with Belgian Saisons I would be hard pressed to pick the Australian pretender, and that in itself is a major accomplishment by Bridge Road, bravo sirs, and at $14 a 750ml bottle it’s $1 cheaper than Saison Dupont (though I would pay that extra dollar for Dupont any day of the week). 8/10.

Food match: The bottle label recommends scallops or cheese platter - sounds about right to me.

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Photo of Refloosh
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of personpitch
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Gusmotel
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on Tap at Cookie in Melbourne, Australia on Melbourne Cup Day!

A: Hazy, creamy, brilliant (in the sun) yellowish gold colour. Solid 1 finger head that faded away after about 5 minutes into a solid lace.

S: Mix of yeast, fruit, and sour. Little funky, smelled delicious.

T: Sweet and sour with some unknown spice (my palate isn't there yet). A little acidic, but not bitter at all.

MF: Creamy, ale, light to medium bodied and bubbly, but not overly so.

Overall: A lovely beer for a day out in Melbourne. Was just sweet and sour enough to add to it's complexity and keep the drink interesting from the first to last sip. If I see it on tap again, I will definitely order one.

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Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of soju6
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Bridge Road.

A: Served a hazy light golden color with a nice head that fades to lacing.

S: Aroma of grapefruit, yeast, herbs and bit of sweetness in the background.

T: Taste is tart, with some herbs and fruit,with a bit of malt sweetness.

F: Medium body, with a smooth texture and nice balance.

O: Quite enjoyable beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of foles
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the IBS in Perth. Pours a lovely yellow, clear with a touch of haziness. Nice looking beer. Nice spicy yeast character on the nose. And that follows on the palate. Dry but not mouth-puckering. A great saison here. I enjoyed every sip. Great balance and one of the highlights of my weekend!

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Toffman
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a brilliant hiss, this beer pours a slightly cloudy pale straw colour out of the 750ml bottle. A fantastic head is quick to form and lingers into a soft, pillowy foam ontop.

Initial smell gives classic saison yeast characteristics (funky sour) and a pleasant floral scent.

First taste hits with a brilliant farmhouse ale character - sour with hint of spice. Very low bitterness helps this beer go down with about a 0.1 pucker factor. Just enough to know this yeast has done some good work. Carbonation is perfect for this style - nice and bubbly.

A slight acidity in the aftertaste is noticeable but certainly not out of character for this style.

Overall, I think this is a great example of the Saison style. Fresh flavours and very, VERY easy drinking.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Local Taphouse in Melbourne. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy golden colour with a one finger head. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Banana, lemon, citrus.

T - Lemon, citrus, some yeast as well.

M - Nice carbonation and a light-ish body. Sweet banana finish.

O/D - Not bad. Tasty, yeasty, and hoppy. Decent.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes @ Harts Pub. On bottle list at nice price.

Pours a cloudy straw colour, with a one finger head.

Aromas of yeast and lots of it, some lemons and a hint of grapefruit.

Taste is yeast driven, sour, and refreshing

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall, a genuinely good attempt at style. It doesn't have the cutting edge of other saisons that I have had but it is all the more drinkable for that

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Photo of joecast
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Considered saving this for a special occasion. Then I thought, hey... It's Wednesday!!

Classy label on a big 750ml bottle. Clear light golden straw color. Large white foamy head settles down to a manageable size. Medium carbonation with good lacing.

I'm not the biggest fan of Belgian ales but do appreciate the character and history behind them. This example has a restrained Belgian yeast aroma but it's well accompanied by gentle sweet malt. Light funkiness (wish I could think of a better term for it) with a very enjoyable spicy note.

Not as refined or clean as the best examples but still enjoyable. Light yeast spice character - well it seems to become more pronounced with the last pour. While most of the sediment remains in the bottle it does get a bit more cloudy. That cloud brings with it a punchier sharper spicer taste. Enough for an extra 0.5 in the scoring. The malt knows enough to stay in the background with just a very light dryness.

A very characterful beer which remains highly drinkable. Not an easy task but well executed here. Lovely.

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light white-lemon colour with good head and lacing.

Smell is typical funky Saison. Belgian yeast, some nut, umami. Quite hydroponic/leafy/hoppy. Fruit. Sometimes hints at the orchardy bliss of Saison Dupont but doesn't quite get there.

Taste is good too. Fruity, Belgian yeasty, some banana.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, highly carbed and good.

Overall this is a really impressive beer. Bridge Road have taken a traditional style, made a really faithful rendition of it and made it available at a reasonable price point. Kudos to them. Definitely a brewer to watch.

Personally I'd take their Black Saison over this- bit more interesting.

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Photo of Stew41
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very solid effort and probably the one of best of the Bridge Road beers. Very lively head early but settles quickly to leave chunky lacing. Glowing apricot orange with plenty of haze. Nose has character; a mild salty note underpin with fresh ( & pongy) cut lawn herbal notes, the latter certaintly not overpowering. Palate a touch bigger than expected with more herbal / salty notes and hints of sweet Belgian ale malts as a secondary note. A touch of spice and pepper to finish, albeit faint. Does tail off a fraction. Low fizz levels help the flavours come through easily but the structure could do with a little more lift.

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Chevalier Saison from Bridge Road Brewers
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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