Saison Du Pinacle | Brasserie Dunham

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Saison Du PinacleSaison Du Pinacle

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hoppy Saison. Hopped-up Saison with Citra, Simcoe, Topaz and Sylva.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear pale yellow with moderately high carbonation producing a 3 inch frothy white head with excellent retention.
S: Citrus and pine hops hit from a good foot away, grassy and grainy, hint of brett funk, white pepper, and herbal mint. Definitely a hoppy saison.
T: Funky grapefruit, pine, hint of orange, spicy rye, and a hint of caramel malt. Hops mask too much.
M: Light-medium body. Dry and crisp. Moderately bitter with some funk.
D: I think the combo of the hops plus the brett was a bit much for this brew. The hops in particular masked some of the nice aspects of the saison. Interesting, but not outstanding.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a seven-fiddy....

Pours a hazy but not quite light-gold color, almost straw hued, but not quite that light. An ample foamy head that persists for quite some time. The lacing is outstanding. A fine-looking beer to be sure, especially for the style--though perhaps a bit light compared to expectations.

Orange rind, lemon zest, and piney hops all waft into the nose at once. The hoppiness is at first pretty strong, but the other notes fill in pretty quickly. Peppery yeast notes and floral aromas fill out the nose. Nice, if a bit subdued, and a little heavy on the hops.

The flavor is a bit sweeter and lacking in complexity compared to the nose. Citrus rinds and hops hit the tongue right away, with apple, pear, white pepper, and champagne notes. But the citrus and hops are a touch heavy-handed, with the hops winning that battle as well. A fine take on the style, but a little more "hoppy" than "sour" for the style. If one was going to identify a typical "Belgian IPA," this might be it.

The mouthfeel is the second-best aspect of the brew (after its look). Light, dry, and crisp, though not thin at all. A nice light -to-medium offering.

Overall, this isn't a classic Saison by any means, with a bit heavy-handed hop treatment, but the attributes are still there to be tasted. It is a very light crisp attractive beer that I would recommend to a hop-head that wants to try a farmhouse.

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Photo of smithj4
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pajfuwen
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet. 52 F.

Gold in colour and quite hazy. A giant, pillowy, white head that faded slowly to an immodest slip of lace.

Delicious hoppy aromas with bright citrus notes and a low funky undertone in support.

Moderate flavours of orange, lemon, white pepper and gentle Brett character. The balance is surprisingly bitter, with distinctly earthy hops, and a very delicate, bready malt. Finishes super dry but somewhat bitter.

Very light-bodied and rather fizzy.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abbott
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright dark straw color with a slight veil and very dense storming activity. It gets cloudy with more yeast pour. Thick frothy and creamy white 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with decent legs, moderate lacing, and a good reaction to a swirl. Flavor of cheese, butter, straw, grapefruits, orange, lemon, pineapples, clove, peppercorn, caramel, wild yeast, grassy and floral hops. Slick and smooth full body with extra crispy carbonation. Strong finish, quite long and tongue coating, a little dry but well intensified and nothing too excessive at first, yet the more yeast is poured the more hoppy and harsher it gets. Very fine rustic barnyard feel, highly sharp and edgy, rich tropical fruits with thick floral and piney spices. Powerful inviting smell. The complexity is quite high, with great balance in the flavors, a good freshness. Delicious taste with a pleasant oily body. Overall excellent quality craft, makes a really nice Saison / IPA.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into teku from 750ml bottle. The beer at first is a very clear golden ale color and then hazy as some yeast gets in with further pours. The fluffy white head has amazing retention.
The beer is crisp and dry, a nice yeast character and hop presence.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: As with most Dunham beers, this one looks fantastic. Great straw like color with a pure white head. Very fluffy carbonation with superb retention and lacing, especially considering the low abv.

S: Light smells of mangoes, clementines and a bit of pineapples. You get orange zest and cloves, nutmeg. Typical Belgian IPA smell but with some funk added in the back. Very light sweet smell. The overall smell is on the lighter side of things strength-wise.

T: Light clementines, pineapples and mangoes. Pretty strong orange zest. The spices are more present than in the smell with good amount of cloves and nutmeg, maybe even some cinnamon. Light honey, herbal like bitterness. Very much a Belgian IPA Saison.

M: Very light and fluffy, as it should. Some bit of stickiness that shouldn't be there is there, but is due to the residual sugars.

O: This is a solid brew. Nowhere near as complex and fascinating as the the special reserve is, but still very worth your time and money.

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Photo of Beerbom
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samallison
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat2016
4.51/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pletser
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Akeah
2.79/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sammartin68
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psweendogg
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derek
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bit like a Belgian IPA, and the hops don't mesh with the yeast (to my taste).

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Photo of wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 5/7/16

A hazy bright yellow, enough clarity to see a couple streams going up the side but there's bubbles in there somewhere because three fingers of foam has great retention leaving lots of random lace

S grapefruit rind, pineapple, lemon, lots of peppery spice, more spice I can't place, maybe some stone-fruit, some wet stone, mineral water, more citrus and spice, bread dough,I'm liking it

T more citrus peel, still spice, not as much fruity flesh the nose had going for it but still very nice

M light and fluffy, bitter and gritty, finishes dry with a grainy citrus rind lingering

O nice hopped up Saison that's got plenty going on, I'm having no problem with the 750ml bottle solo

A nice random birthday gift form my wife, had I known how much I'd enjoy this one I would've grabbed it for myself ages ago. I forgot Dunham was available in Alberta, I'm thinking I should grab more offerings from these guys while I can

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Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good saison but the bitterness does not fit the style in my opinion

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Photo of TheRiot
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden. Amazing rings of lace and retention is about a finger. Hop aromas are restrained with yeast playing a larger role. Yeast in the flavour with some juicy fruit. Drinkable but not the hop complexity that was expected.

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Photo of kristinc
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Saison Du Pinacle from Brasserie Dunham
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