Chevalier Saison | Bridge Road Brewers

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Chevalier SaisonChevalier Saison

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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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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of spicelab
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw with a large fluffy white head. Sporadic lacing and a slight film remains after it falls over a couple of minutes.

Nose is relatively sour initially. Lashings of tart green apple and some bitter citrus peel lends a cidery twang. Sweet pear esters gain in prominence as it warms. Quite nice.

Grapefruit pith, straw and mild funk, with some lemon sherbet and pear sweetness. Nice and clean, although the flavour profile is relatively similar over the course.

Medium mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation and a moderately dry finish. Pretty refreshing.

A nicely executed offering whose only flaw is to lack the depth and charisma of the better Saisons.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a cloudy hazy yellow, small head formation, but was gone quickly.

S: Very funky, apple, sour, and a little bit of spice

T: Tart, belgian yeast. Reminds me of a sour almost. Has that barnyard funk.

M/D: Light bodied with high carbonation. Overall, it was different. I was not expecting the sour/tartness at all. I liked it, and it was easy to put down, just puzzling.

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Photo of vancurly
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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 dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle with about a year on it now. Age really does great things to this beer.

Hazy dark straw colour with a large, quickly receding white head. Not bad.

Lemony and spicy with a slight herbal finish. There is a lot at play here in the aroma.

Silky malt plays with lemony and almost funky yeast character. There is a mild tartness and some nice fruitiness. Really good.

Medium to medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A great saison with plenty of punch and some nice nuances as well.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of laituegonflable
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of Macca
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy straw colour with a finger of fluffy white head.

On the nose it's all sweet spices and green apple. A bit of earthiness.

The spiciness comes through on the palate. Not a lot of overt hops or malt characteristics. Seems to be all about the yeast, but that's good.

Creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

Like this one. Would love to try it with food - a quiche or something similar I reckon.

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Photo of jbowers56
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Local Taphouse 15/11/09.

This is my first saison so I wasnt totally sure what to expect.

A) Pale straw/yellow colour. Fairly enticing. Decent head which left a good amount of lacing.

S) Very interesting nose. Notes of esters, citrus, maybe a little spice.

T) Hmm. Not knowing what this style is meant to taste like, atleast from a first hand perspective this is hard. It has an initial citrus impression with some sweetness from the malts. Finishes with a kind of tart dryness which I quite liked, though apparently it is quite sweet for a saison. Sort of like a less in your face tripel, if that makes any sense.

M) Good carbonation, dont remember the mouthfeel clearly enough to make any other comments.

D) I could probably have a few of these, though with other beers like the Feral Hop Hog or the Mash Baltic Porter on tap im not sure why I would.

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Photo of juju7
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ridiculously over-carbonated. I lost about a thrid of the bottle to a sour tasting light frothy bubblebath head. Nose is slighlt earthy with some spicy, yeasty notes. There is some lactic sourness that bothers me. On the palate it's got some refreshing fruitiness and the yeasty earthiness is there as well, but the sour aftertaste is very off putting. As a saison it's noticeably lacking any Belgian characters on the nose and palate. Not much body or weight to this beer either unfortunately. I was really looking forward to this beer but right now I'm a little pissed off. Possibly has a bacterial infection but as I don't know how Bridge Road went about brewing this beer I don't know if this sourness was a desired effect. I know saisons can have a bit of sourness but this just doesn't sit well with me.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with loads of fine bubbles sustaining (building) an impressive white head.
Yeasty aroma, quite bready, but also showing lots of spicy phenols and tart orange peel.
Flavours are very similar: bready yeast, lots of citrus as well as cloves. Alcohol is soft and clean, but the mild bitterness is quite sharp.
High carbonation emphasises the dry finish, while the light body makes for a very refreshing beer.
A great attempt at the style.

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Photo of smithflipper
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a cloudy pale straw, 12 fingers of expertly poured creamy head which fades leaving thick lacing.

Cinnamon, cloves, some citrusy hops. sweet bready malt, white chocolate.

Cloves, coriander, toasty sweet bready. Plenty of spice. Then some citrus.

Mouthfeel, creamy but slightly dry.

All round good saison. Tasting the best it has ever (it changes regularly). Interesting and drinkable

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Photo of Lukie
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a delicious looking golden yellow, with sparkling bubbles and a nice head that slowly floated out into a great layer of lacing.

The smell is quite soft for a Saison. Slight spicy quality and sweetness, but nothing overpowering from what you would normally expect.

Again, slight spicy quality, but nothing overly apparent. It has some nice citrus sweetness aswell.

It is great to drink, and I think it was worth the price given that there aren't a lot of Saison's around in Australia.

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Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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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Chevalier Saison from Bridge Road Brewers
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