Barrel Aged Belgian Saison | Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mothman on 07-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by mothman:
Photo of mothman
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a Saison aged in American oak honey wine barrels. Served in a goblet.

Pours a 1 finger white head. Ok retention. Leaves decent lace but I am savoring it. Color is a hazed dull copper orange.

Aroma: wow this is great! Honey and oak/wood. I really smell the wine. A lot of orange and fruits. A nice spice aroma. Simply amazing.

Taste: big honey and wine flavor. Then the spices hit. Pepper with nice orange peel. Very zesty. Nice and funky. I am impressed.

Mouthfeel: a litter sour, but very smooth. Medium bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry honey flavor.

Overall, this beer is off the hook. I came here for the ris but this beer took me away. Very drinkable. I am sipping this because of the price. Get this if you can!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Town Hall in August 2009.

Pours a nice copper color with a decent white head. The aroma is somewhat pleasant overall but is subjected to far too much honey. The wood is a nice touch, especially alongside a little bit of fruitiness; however, the honey seems to keep crawling back and is just a little too overpowering. There is a slight spiciness that brings back the honey a tad, but one of the two needs to be tweaked to create a bit more balance. The brew itself is medium bodied and, if not for the excessive honey, would be a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of grub
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

sampled on tap at the brewpub aug 1/09.

pours deep orangey amber with lots of chill haze that fades to crystal clear as it warms. a small cap of dense white head forms, quickly dropping to a ring around the glass. spotty lace.

aroma is wacky. tons of oak. belgian spice. alcohol. orange peel. bit of honey. coriander. cracker and wheat bread. vanilla and raw oak.

taste is neat. huge oak presence. raw oak, vanilla, tons of tannin. white bread and cracker. warming alcohol. lots of spice. orange peel. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is nice. light astringency. just over medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice, and gets better as it warms. the oak is pretty intense and dominating. neat, but not something i'd be looking to have more than a small glass of.

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Photo of KeefD
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what an interesting beer this was. Had it on tap today. Pale golden color with a nice collar of foam. Nose has an incredible amount of wood and spice, but the wood dominates everything else, a little bit of fruitiness in the background. Flavor is right on with the nose. It's got a nice interesting spiciness too it, a good dose of noble hops and a faint honey taste. Lightly acidic in the back. Oak barrels comes out on the long dry finish. What an amazing, complex brew. Very tasty, but the wood could be a bit cloying if having more than one. A must try, though!

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Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub, in a goblet.

Pours a very cloudy tangerine colour, orange and brown, thin off white head forms, quickly disappears to a very thin ring, few lace spots stick. Smell is weird, very wacky, tons of oak, honey, spice, coriander, very fruity, vanilla, very strong wood character, lightly sour and funky. Taste is similar, very heavy and astringent oak character, honey and spices, apricots, grapefruit, touch of tropical, vanilla, more oak, gets better as it warms but I found this very astringent. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, spicy and bitter oak character, don't get much of the base saison. Maybe too long in the barrels, but a cool experiment.

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Barrel Aged Belgian Saison from Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 5 ratings