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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.

Added by Jason on 03-11-2014

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of RobinLee
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stengelfoot
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, but consistently left a short head covering the surface and traces of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral, grassy, and spicy hops along with hints of passionfruit and brett funk.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional notes of pine in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The varieties of hops used in this saison lend to lots of complexities in the smell and taste. I found this beer to be very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 750ml bottle as part of a shipment from the Rare Beer Club.

Look: transparent for the most part unless you agitate the bottle, golden in color, tiny bubbled and dense head, spotty lacing, pretty.

Smell: stinky citrus fruits, almost a canned fruit quality, some grass, touch of resin, orange peel. Wheaty malt aroma, funky earthy spice character.

Taste: citrus peel up front, no sweetness, mild to moderate bitterness, not tart or acidic, black pepper and rye in the middle to the finish.

Feel: dry first and foremost, crisp, refreshing.

Overall: really nicely hopped saison, has some alcohol bite despite being below 7% which I actually kinda dig. Would buy again. Should not be cellared because the hops are what make this special. If you want a really brett dominated saison to age there are plenty of others to choose from.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sendbeer
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eberesford
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwilbur
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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%
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
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pajfuwen
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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 -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abbott
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +12.1%
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 +1.5%
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 -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samallison
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pat2016
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pletser
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Akeah
2.79/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sammartin68
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdm9465
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Saison Du Pinacle from Brasserie Dunham
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 81 ratings
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