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Saison | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TastyTaste on 06-01-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of herman77
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of errantnight
2.09/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I've been plowing through Saison's like crazy (it rapidly is approaching IPAs and Russian and Oatmeal Stouts as my favorite style) and was anticipating this almost as much as the Masala Mama and....


A misfire.

The growler cracked and a nice pfft and waft of smoke rose out of the growler and... what's that smell? Intense coriander and spice notes... it doesn't smell like something I'd like to drink.

It pours beautifully, a deep golden hue with gorgeous yeasty head.

It doesn't smell any better decanted. There's little to no subtlety, and the spice completely overwhelms the malt and yeast notes. They're there, in the background, and from what I can gauge are spot on, but they'd better come to the forefront if this beer is to be drinkable.

They don't. And they cling desperately to the palate in the aftertaste, which is disconcerting and terribly annoying. The beer itself is that smooth, medium-to-light body with moderate carbonation that would lend itself to the style... I WANT to like this beer, it just thwarts me at every turn.

I shared as much of this as I could to get other opinions (I did, in fairness, find one person who disagreed with me and felt the spice was not overwhelming), but it was a chore to finish this growler (although when I came back the next day I was hoping that perhaps it was my palate that was off... but my experience was the same. Albeit with less carbonation second go-round).

Just a bitter disappointment.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper glow. Decent sized cap of white froth. Lacing is spotty in nature but quite full. Aroma is sweet and spicy. And doughy and yeasty as well. White pepper, cardamon and corriander spice up the lemony fruit scents. Very appealing aroma. Quite bright. Fresh yeast and bready doughiness play over lemon zest and cardamon on the buds. Spiciness is ever evident. The corriander. The pepper. The orange peel. Cardamon?? Not sure if all these spice tones are coming from the fermentation byproducts of the yeast or if some spices were added to this beer. In any case, they fit perfectly. This beer is bright in flavor, fruity, spicy and refreshing. A great blend for a saison.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm deep orange body with a slight haze and a soapy white head that fades to a ring. There is a nice gentle carbonation that is slightly visible through the haze.

S- The smell of bright fruit with an orange note has some notes of green peppercorn and a spicy finish.

T- The taste of orange is blended with pale malt and a faint tartness of grapefruit. There is a black peppercorn finish that has more of a Szechwan peppercorn note as it warms. There is also a faint alcohol taste to the pepper.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel

D- This beer has a bright smooth start with a nice spicy bite at the finish but I didn't feel the bite came from hops. The spice was strong enough that I didn't miss the hop flavor.

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Photo of bucko
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice copper/orange color with a small, light head that disappears rather quickly (though to be fair, so did the beer...) The aroma is sweet and slightly spicy. The taste is hard to pin down... it's slightly tangy, fruity, faintly earthy and spicy. The spice stands out and though corriander is most likely what's being used, I can't help but detect notes of lavendar, having recently tasted a gruit that was heavy on the lavendar. Mouthfeel is nice... heavy and smooth, slightly dry. Very drinkable, and had I not moved on to try another seasonal brew, I would have gladly had another, two perhaps.

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Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've yet to have a satisfactory American-made saison. I had high hopes for this beer thinking it could be the first and while it was good, it just can't match the Belgian counterparts. While looking nice with its golden body and white head (could have had better retention), the corriander was over powering in the aroma and flavor. Good body and whatnot, but just too much corriander. Still a very nice beer, but lacks the subtle complexity of a Fantome.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub: Husky and murky, pale golden orange hue with a slimming off-white top of soft, delicate foam. Lace is minimal in a few spots and strings.

Aroma is of dulled orangy sweetness and a fair wheaty snap More wheat then orange on the nose. Kinda pale in its sweetness, definately wheaty and tanged with a smaller orange tone then the recently released Surly Cynic, mostly dulled sweetness and malty clean in a snappier tang with a little spicy zest of orange peel, corriander, clove, and yeasty dryness. Mostly big wheat tones.

Taste is thickly set in nicely rounded areas of wheaty, dulled tang with an ever persuing orangey sweetness trying to make a bigger surfacing. Fairly tangy and snappy, paled in a dark citrusy sweetness. Spice is boldly set within the wheaty factions of hold and snap. Kinda crunchy but mellow. Huge wheat flavored backing. Has that certain Belgian candyish tang about it.
Much like Cynic, its thicker on the buds then a hefe; totally reminding me of the double hefe that Hoops put out a couple summers ago; just not as citrusy.
Continuing on...well-rounded wheaty malt profile allows mild orange flavors and solidly smoothed over tangyness to set up a home on your palate. Some very small spices of corrainder and clove have a brief drying sensation late after the malts have finally left some room for them to roam. Mostly left over wheat spicing is left with a creamy, sweetly cloying middle. Nice!

Feel is thick and creamy with lots of tangy wheatyness set within a very solid carbonation thats got lots of body to it. This is a big beer; no doubt. Heavy set with malts with only a simple, easy going texture, mild spice, and even milder dryness making it beyond the norm for most other Saisons.

A heavenly heavy, bold, rich, creamy, tangy treat. Not sure of the ABV content, but its got to be up there around 8%, which can catch up to ya right quick if ya ain't payin' attention to what you're really drinkin'. This ain't no simple summer quaffer by any means, as this stuff has some serious teeth to it.

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Photo of dfried
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is slightly cloudy, rust/orange in appearance, with a head that quickly dissapates to a ring which provides lacing for about the first half of the beer. The smell is very much of coriander and spice, and a thick sweet undertone from the malt. I believe that coriander can be overdone in a beer, and this beer is definitely strong in coriander, but it balances quite well with the medium toasted Belgian wheat malt. The malt is slightly coarse, but in a good way, it balances all of the other refreshing flavors, orange zest, almost a ginger flavor, strong coriander, and many more. The mouthfeel is always quite good in these spicy beers, the flavor persists after a while and kind of dances around. Before this is out at Town Hall, I will probably have to sit on the patio on a hot day and put down a coulpe pitchers of this stuff, very drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange appearance, brief, perfunctory white head.

Wide open aroma, wafts out instantly, sweet, citric and spicy...now to raise it up for further examination. Deep, this nose, with a candi sugar coating, but spice and orange keep it interesting. Liking it.

Taste: light, but vastly flavorful, with orange peel and spice riding high on top. Zesty, and refreshing. Hops are busy, too, and keep the tongue tingling.

Here's a style I hope catches on more and more with the typical ale imbiber. I've grown weary of hefe weizens and would love to find more examples of this fresh and lively Belgian style around in the summertime.

Quite quenching and enjoyable, this Saison! I'll be back for more!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed whilst belly up to the bar at Town Hall.
An extremely sessionable saison this is. The beer was orange-rust in color, nice white head. Smell is orange marmalade and pepper, very nice, which leads to the flavor. I may have never had a smoother drinking and more sessionable Saison than this, the flavors are interesting and sharp, yet not overpowering. Another hit from Town Hall.

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Saison from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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