Chevalier Saison
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Belgian Saison
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3.77 | pDev: 8.49%
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Reviews by Decko:
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3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Soft golden and hazy with little carbonation, and 6 fingers of white head.

Smells of phenols, gold leafs, candy, pears, and sugar.

Tastes of phenols, ripe yellow pears, and toffee.

Light body, with little carbonation.

Got in Chiang Mai where I am drinking it, June 9th, 2018. Decent brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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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3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In the five weeks that I've been gone from Chicago, I've been on a mission to try brewers who don't get distribution in Illinois. So, I've been been drinking hoppy beers from the Bay Area, NZ and now Australia. Since most are young brewers, they tend to rely on hops to sell enough beers to make it in the marketplace. Understandably it is to difficult a process to cultivate Belgian yeasts.

My dilemma is I am a Belgo-phile and I was really starting to miss my favorite stuff.

Along comes Chevalier. And saves the day. Bridge Road has been brewing this Saison for ten years and it shows. Wonderfully yeasty. Fruity in the nose. Full in the Taste. Soft, soft, soft in the mouth. Best yet, it went very well with Greek food; cutting through the oils, complementing the spices.

Who will step-up and distribute Chevalier in Chicago ?

Chevalier is reviewed at more length on BA and in Roger Prosts' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die!" and he notes how this homebrewer also opened a restaurant with his wife. It shows.

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Photo of joecast
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Taphouse Darlo.

Pours a hazy yellow colour with a very fine but lively and bubbly head of white. The cloudiness in the body is nice, and smack on style. The body itself is quite light, but that again suits the style. Overall, pretty nice.

Lovely aromas on the nose. Some fruitiness is predominant, with fresh peach and lemon tartness the biggest contributors. Organics come in a little later, with a wood bark character giving a restrained depth to the beer, while a sweet pastry character mingles with the tartness to round it out. Not a lot of classic Saison funk, but the acidity is well done.

Taste is extremely refreshing, which is perfect for a saison. Light phenols give a crispness throughout and a restrained bitterness on the back cleans the palate. There's not a lot of acidity or true saison funk, but there's an earthy bite and a touch of musty organics that bring it into line nicely. Feel is light and crisp.

A very drinkable Saison. This is a great style of beer, and Bridge Road have done a good job with it here.

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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750ml olive green bottle, gold-capped. Poured to a tulip and a teardrop, split with my wife over a bool kogi, skewered pepper/onion/mushroom and rice dish in the backyard. Big thanks to dgilks for lugging this big bottle all the way from Down Under on a recent PacNW adventure.

Alc/Vol 6% = 4 Std. Drinks

A: A paler-hued saison, golden and milkier the further into the sediment we ventured. First pour is a magnificent 3-fingers of brilliant whiteness, a fizzy/fluffy crackle that drops a little too quickly but leaves an impressive spackle of twinkling lace. Decent carbonation visible through the haze.

S: Lemon/citrus twitches the nose right away. Hmmmm, not what I expected - a drier and breadier scent, with notable tartness.. Good strength: hints of sage and clover, hay.

T: A curious take on a saison, but that appealed to both of us instantly. A musty spicing and loads of lemon zest, pithy to the point of tartness. Tart apple and even some bitter cherry, medicinal/chalky dryness at times. Nothing of the more candy-sweet elements I've had from some Belgians, this is full-on tang and dry grass.

M: Crisp and refreshing, bright and lively carbonation - yet not overstepping its bounds. Lighter feel, but a chewier/lip-smacking finish. Tingles on the tongue, that lasting zestiness.

O: Again, not a 'traditional' saison when compared to most Belgian/French versions, but ~ wow~ tasty and interesting from top to bottom. Tastes like 'summer'. Would like to have this one again, on its on or to pair with similarly spicy meal like the one we prepared tonight.

Thanks, David... we both really enjoyed this one.

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4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery 07/11/10.

Pours a very pale straw colour with healthy haze through the body. Head is white, retaining quite thinly with a steady carbonation stream feeding from beneath. Pretty good saison, not amazing.

Smell is nice and crisp. Tart but with lots of malt and rich funk. Lots of rusty metallic character, a hint of barnyard aroma and a touch of cinnamon spice. I like that underlying sweetness though, it really balances the funk well. Great enticing aroma, all the right complexities here and there.

Taste is quite tart, with some wheat notes actually, fresh banana and pineapple on the front and mid as well. Gets that slight barnyard funk flavour with a touch of wet lucerne or something on the back and a touch of leather. Finish is sweet, with underlying brown sugar and fruit that has nice residuals from that tart funk. Bit of lemon curd on there and a woody bitterness lingering behind. Fairly good saison really. Nothing special but all the right flavours handled well.

Very fizzy mouthfeel. Body is a bit thin for the amount of carbonation it's producing so it's actually a bit harsh on the palate. A shame really, I've discovered the dark sheep aspect of this beer.

A nice balanced saison for drinking, very refreshing and enjoyable.

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stamped "le printemps" which according to the web translators means "spring".

a) Pours a white pillowy head, almost whipped egg-white. Cloudy orange, with good bubbling. Looks nutritious

s) Sherbet/citrus, some wit-like spice, wursty/fleshy yeast, wet hessian/hay.

t) Rosewater/turkish delight, some funky farmyard, some lactic cheesiness, late grapefruit note, and bitterness like lemon pith. Complex and interesting, and an improvement on the 2008 tasting.

m) Light and dry, like a cremant champagne, refreshing and easy to consume.

d) Like an aged, if not past-it, sparkling wine, but easy to drink; not for everyone, but lovers of lambics, sours, and wits should find it enjoyable.

**** 21 Oct 2008 ****
a) Pale yellow gold, heavy white foam.
s) Green apple initially, then spicy touch that hinted at coriander seed, white pepper, musk, with some caramel.
f) Tart & fruity, touch of spice, light lime note. Fairly straightforward; little subtlety for mine. Lightly bitter.
m) Tart, and slightly astringent.
d) Refreshing & uncomplicated. I would like more points of interest in a Saison.
Perhaps a good champagne substitute.

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Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy pale straw colour with a pretty big head that settles quite quickly.
Has quite a pleasent spicy slightly sweet smell with a touch of a freshly juiced green apple.
I find the sweetness comes through a touch more in the taste, but not over powering. There is a very mild pepper touch towards the back.
Medium, slighty creamy mouthfeel. The sweetness lingers a bit.
Quite a drinkable beer for sure. I've only had one other Saison (Dupont) but this seems quite true to style, maybe a little sweeter than the norm but thats OK by me.
More Saison and less bog standard pale ales is what I say!

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