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Belgian Saison
Ranked #140
Ranked #2,840
4.17 | pDev: 10.79%
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
Notes: Belgian style Saison aged with Brett in used white wine barrels.
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 180
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Stamped bottling date on bottle neck is '12/06/16'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. One finger of fizzy white head stays around longer than expected, as bubbly cap. Leaves behind some strands of lacing.
Aroma of fruit (apple and pear) and lots of Brett funk. The note of oak white wine barrels is present also.
Taste has fruit (orange, pear, and apple), with strong notes of barnyard funk (horse blanket, leather, and grass). The oak white wine barrels introduce a vinous touch. The end is dry.
Medium plus mouth feel, very soft texture. Totally refreshing. Very good carbonation.
A Saison with white wine barrel notes, this beer is so easy to quaff. The Brett yeast has done wonders here.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you are looking for a unique beer try this one out. First there is so much going on. Bursts of wine, brett, belgian yeast, white grape, biscuit malt, oak, dried fig, pepper, pear, and esters, fill up the palate in a beautiful and soft complexity both in smell and especially taste. Transfixed by the mouthfeel, with elements of a dry white wine meet a yeasty and rich saison. A great experiment with great success, surly nailed this one. Pairs lovely with artisan cheese

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Photo of mrbelvebeer1
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Killer golden color. Nice cascading bubbles. Good sour, saison smell, and a great, bright lemony zest taste. Leaves that great "saison" taste at the back of your throat. A really solid saison.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz serving tasted in a snifter from draft at The Vine on April 14, 2018. This Belgian style saison ale is aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces. Golden in color, it has notes of tropical fruit and oak.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 750ml waxed and capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is peppercorn, Brett and lemon with a light, peppery, yeasty bitterness. Aromatic. Spot on with an appreciable funk. Beer opens bright. Hints of lemon zest, peppercorn, coriander, wet wood and a touch of Belgian yeast. A nice, Brett funk in the middle takes over the light, prickly saison flavors with a sprinkle of bitterness and finishes with a bit of hay and wet grass. Delicious! Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on palate and aggressive going down but with a surprisingly soft finish and a clean aftertaste. Goes down easy and makes me want to go back for more.

I haven't always appreciated Brett'd saisons but this is very very good. Super drinkable and great complexity. Definitely a sleeper for me.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Clear golden with a medium white head. Smells of oak, brett, a little fruity, and a bit sweet. Tastes very winey. Sweet and fruity. Oaky. Brett lends a little earthy bitterness. Kinda heavy and sweet, but it tastes good enough to justify it.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. 12/06/16 stamped on bottle.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow hue with high carbonation producing a 3+ inch frothy white head with excellent retention.
S: White wine hits first, quickly followed by the brett. Tart and funky with some citrus sweetness. Honeyed crackers.
T: Mild white wine, hint of barnyard funk, mild citrus, hint of white pepper. Not bad, but definitely lacking.
M: Light-medium body. Some citrus sweetness. Mildly tart. Doesn't linger on the palate at all. Feeling a bit irritable (not surly) right now.
D: I love Surly, but this is not one of their better offerings. It's a decent beer in a fancy package which convinces you to fork over the big bucks. There are better beers out there to drink...go find them.

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Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a stemmed glass. Golden in color with one finger of head that quickly settles into a solid cap. Constant streams of bubbles. Smell is of brett funk, oak, hay, lemon peel. Taste follows smell exactly with the slightest hint of white wine in the after taste. Feel is moderate with carbonation noticeable on the tongue. Overall, a well made beer but not worth $24 a bottle...

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Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We went to Surly's Brewer's Table in the Summer. My mother does not drink beer. Usually just white wine. I was concerned because all they serve there is beer. They recommended Misanthrope for her. She loved it!! She had two. I had to try it. Just wonderful. So complex. I wish they would can this year round. I would always have it in the fridge in the basement.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good saison, It's not over the top with the belgian yeast flavors, Taste is wood and white wine. Effervescent almost like a champagne. Little bit of sourness. Pretty unique

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i have been wanting to try this one for a long while now, finally got my chance at the great american beer festival. this was one of the top beers on my list this year, very unique for how simply they describe it. been a long time fan of surly, so this was pretty cool to get into. its a belgian strong golden as a base, mostly clear in appearance with bubbles like a ginger ale and a similarly airy white head. it smells great, you get the herbaceous belgian yeast right up front and a sweeter round pils and honey type malt base. what makes the beer interesting though, is the wine barrels and the brett. the acidity is there from the wine, which is often lacking in straight brett beers, so that was a smart choice. the fruity wine flavor marries with the fruity esters in the yeast, and a lovely synergy is formed. the brett is moderately immature, its not the funkiest thing on the block, but it absolutely adds a layer of rustic appeal and yeast depth that would be missing if it wasnt there. mild tang in the finish, a ton of carbonation, and dried right out form the brett. what i dont get is a lot of wood character, it makes the beer feel more fresh and alive, i dont really miss it. one of my favorite non-hoppy beers i have had from surly, and i am looking to get my hands on some more of this. a fascinating and delicious specimen!

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Photo of ajevne
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light hazy golden color good head with nice lacing.
Aromas of tart woody peach apple and pear
Flavors of wood, wine, a bit of funky tartness with a stone fruit tone.
A bit thin but nice spritz from the carb level
A nice very drinkable sour saison

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Photo of zeledonia
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Favorite style from my favorite brewery. On-tap at Muddy Waters in Minneapolis. Tasted 15 January 2014, reviewed from notes.

Pours mostly clear medium-dark golden yellow. One finger of white head. Excellent retention and astounding lacing.

Smell is amazing. Has those slightly moldy funky notes from the brett, complemented so well by the white wine. Both light and ethereal, and earthy and funky, at the same time. Light-brightness, nearly perfect.

Taste is white wine heavy and not as clean or as potently saison as the smell. I get a little more funk and spice in the back as it warms, hanging out back there with golden grains. But the wine overpowers the rest of the beer.

Feel is a little funny. A bit too vinous - flat and slick.

The smell carries it a long way, but not all the way. It gets better as it warms. Overall, it's stellar, but I want more beer, less wine.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, brouwers

hazy orange body - very brett forward, some nice barrel notes, chardonnay, hay, wood, white pepper, clove. This was a nice beer - a nice prelude to heavier barrel aged beers on this day. Pentagram was a dud, but misanthrope is solid

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Surly Tap room 10 oz seving

A-pours a hazed yellow color with slight orange striations a brilliant white head that revedes to a fresh collar thru-out
S- spicy with white wine and fruit smells wet hay and funk
T-follows the nose sweet chardonnay with pepper and wet hay a touch of wood mixed with white fruit and tropical fruit
M-a bouquet of fruit and wine mixed with spice its sour and sweet
O-my what a great saison

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Photo of mothman
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

White head. Color is a golden orange.

Flavor profile: Lots of wine flavors and oak. Grapes and tannin. Yeasty.Very funky for a surly brew. A bit sour, but not tart. Cherries and some other fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry, but pretty clean.

Overall, one of my favorite beers from surly. Very drinkable. Great flavors.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Surly's taproom. 10 oz. serving in a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Color is a bright and somewhat hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that slowly recedes into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A very funky and yeasty Belgian style aroma with lots of fruit esters. Belgian yeast upfront with some farmhouse funk, white and black peppers, and clove. Huge scent of Brett funk with a white wine presence. Fruit hints of banana, cherry, pear, orange, pineapple, apricot, and peach. Pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and crackers. Subtle earthy hop hints in the background. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a very funky Belgian yeast driven taste with lots of fruity notes. Belgian yeast notes with some farmhouse funk, clove, and some white and black pepper. A very big taste of the Brett funk giving some sour white wine notes. Fruity notes of bananas, pear, tart cherry, pineapple, orange, apricot, and peach. Bready pale malt presence with notes of grains, straw, and cracker. Very forward with the sour funk. Pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Sour, fruity, and pretty drying on the finish. Pretty smooth with well masked alcohol.

Overall: Another very good Brett beer from Surly. This is like a Cynic mixed with Pentagram. Nice combination of farmhouse esters with the Brett.

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Photo of deebo
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz darkness snifter in the tap room.
A-a burnt hazy golden color with a thin white head that quickly recedes to a thin film on the glass.
S-sweet funky earthy aroma with a noticeable white wine aroma. Spicy phenols here too.
T-a bit sour upfront with a sweet white wine taste. A bit black peppery with a dry finish
M-plenty of tingly carbonation with a warming finish. Not much body with a very dry tart finish.
O-tastes like a lot of wild beers. Fairly easy to drink with moderate funkiness and sourness with a white wine quality. Needs some more barley or "beery" flavor for my tastes.

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Misanthrope from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 180 ratings