Saison Du Pinacle | Brasserie Dunham

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Saison Du PinacleSaison Du Pinacle

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dunham
Quebec, Canada | website

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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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 57
Photo of wordemupg
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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 tbeckett
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - apparently this one is worth pursuing, according to local beer traders!

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and softly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some randomly splattered snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of somewhat funky white cheese, doughy pale malt, a further earthy and edgy yeastiness, white pepper and a few of its indistinct spice shelf friends, muddled tropical fruit, and zesty leafy and floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready, doughy, and crackery pale malt, a gently acerbic dirty gym socks funkiness, some lemongrass-led citrus character, mixed table-top spice (if your table was in India, that is), waning earthy yeast, and more leafy, floral, and lightly herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its probing and teasing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, the yeast, hops, and spice alike not exactly looking where they are going here. It finishes trending dry, as the lingering melange of flavours just seems to possess that innate sense of direction, y'know?

Wow, a pretty heady and enjoyable version of the style, and a veritable kitchen sink (in more than one way) of robust tastiness. Fruity, yeasty, funky, adequately malty, spicy, and hoppy - all held together by a weird balancing force. Very worthy of checking out if you are a fan of this sort of thing, I would duly imagine.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is what saison should be, its everything i love about a good example of the style, and a very impressive bottle of beer overall. it pours really yellow and clear from the bottle, amazingly light and delicate looking, no sediment at all until a gentle swirl of the bottle releases some creamy haze in the last few ounces. airy rising champagne type of head on it, but it sticks around really well, and just looks sensational in the glass. the nose is awesome too, the yeast first, its incredible. delicate for sure, but interesting as can be, not a strain i am familiar with, a little bready, less belgian than a million others, but with a little floral and fruity aspects to it, and definitely some funk without being bretty at all. i love it. its quite hoppy too, but the strains seem largely unfamiliar, and i just love the way it comes together, very springtime, very appealing. the flavor matches the nose pretty well, the hops are grassy and floral as well, almost has an elderflower character about it, with a hint of soft citrus and even pineapple for a second, but its bone dry and bitter enough on the back end. lighter wheat base, the beer is very light in body but quite expressive. dancing carbonation and a nice lively vibe overall, fresh with the hops, and very old world and professional overall. i havent had a ton of beer from these guys, but this was stunning on the whole, as good as the style gets for me. this is proof all good saison doesnt need brett in it, despite the current trends in the style. incredibly good.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden in color a littly cloudy but mostly see-through with a beautiful 1 inch white foamy head. Intense hop aromas, grapefruits, bananas, oranges, citrus. In the nose you also smell some wild yeast, really really nice smell. Nice taste it's more floral and earthy in the mouth tan the nose. You get some spiciness, somehow of a tea flavor too. Some sweetness in the mouth too but it's subtle, nice long hoppy finish without being really bitter.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Just added to the chalk board, freshly tapped keg at the Bier Market.
Poured hazy orange tan color, large off white foam. Good head retention, nice looking lace.
Aroma of floral hops, with some funky yeast.
Taste has the same yeastiness, floral hops, malt base.
Body is on the full side, good carbonation level.
A good tasting hoppy saison.

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Photo of Franck
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Nose of farmhouse yeasts and hops
In mouth, I searched the hops but they're gone! It's only this acrid and soil taste with a dry final.
Not my style at all

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy golden tea color with three fingers of soapy white head that pops and fizzes down to islands of foam. Good retention; long majestic lines of gloppy lacing. (4.25)

Super fruity with lots going on. Sweet dough, flowers, cinnamon, lemon, orange, vanilla, potpurri, mango, pepper. (4.25)

Dry and evenly hoppy. Black tea, pine, herbs, lemon grass, mineral water bready yeast backbone. (3.75)

Fairly light body that is quite drinkable with a lasting dry finish and a pretty thin feel to it. (3.75)

Excellent Saison.
This has just about everything I like about Saisons pretty well covered.
It looks pretty nice in the glass, but is no Belgian. Aroma-wise it is excellent with really strong aromatic hop notes and strong yeast characteristics mingling perfectly. You can pick everything out but it is very busy. It tastes very contrary to the aroma which is kind of a nice contrast. Very dry and even and dusty-bitter. It is a touch thin for my taste, but that makes it easier to quench your thirst while getting hay for the long European winter. Right?
Will definitely pick this one up again; well worth seeking out. (4)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of dry hoppy notes with some floral notes with some funky yeast notes also clearly identifiable. Taste is also dominated by a mix of dry hoppy notes with nice floral undertones and some dry funky yeasty notes with some rustic malt also noticeable. Body is pretty full with good carbonation. Nice tasting beer but I would have like the hoppy notes to be more upfront with less of the funky yeast note apparent.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Top of the 750 was very clear but eventually hazed as the sediment was distributed. Heavy, thick sedimentary particles were visible. Creamy two and a half finger head. Amazing lacing and retention. Pale blonde in color.

S: Immediately out of the bottle I could detect citra and tropical smelling hops. Some peppery and citrus aromas come through as well as well as a slight tinge of alcohol as the beer warmed.

T: Perhaps the hops are the most dominant in this beer. They aren't overdone though and it doesn't taste like an IP-saison, if that's a thing. Bitterness is good and backing. Malt is very slightly sweet. Pepper and ester characters come through but take a bit of a back seat to the hops. Citra is the most prominent in the beer and I really don't get the piney flavors of something like Simcoe.

M: Absolutely bone dry, perhaps a bit much even for something like a saison. Carbonation is high but aids the beer in its refreshing quality.

O: Okay but it could have been better. Actual hop flavor wasn't really that close to the aroma. None the less though good beer just not everything I thought it was going to be.

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Photo of Luk13
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 750ml. Pours a beautiful blonde with a thick rocky white head. Aroma is farmhouse (hay and barnyard) and nicely hopped, I can definitly smell citra hops. Very crisp and dry. Hop bitterness, cereal and belgiant yeast. Another awesome wild-ish saison by Dunham.

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Saison Du Pinacle from Brasserie Dunham
3.85 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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