Le Saisonniere | Cambridge Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grisette-style Saison aged in Gin Barrels

Added by jlindros on 06-25-2011

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 43
Photo of Givemebeer
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent. Aged in gin barrels and the balance is there. Up front, spicy saison yeast notes with high, but style appropriate carbonation. On the back end the gin portion shows itself, with not overpowering floral notes along with juniper. Extremely drinkable. Purchased for $10 and glad I did.

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Photo of Beric
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: 11 Sept 2016
Serving: On tap at Cambridge Brewing Company

Another tasty saison from CBC. Really happy to see another craft brewery attack a grisette successfully- nice soft malt flavors, some banana notes from the yeast, and muted floral hop notes. A very nicely drinkable beer and a style I would like to see other brewers attempt.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is best tasted warmer-48°F+ to bring out fruit, and balance.

Poured a golden color with a 4F head which resolved in minutes.

Light fruit aroma. No clove, possibly a hint of spice.

The body is light which works well as the beer warms up.

Taste: fruit, lots of oak- especially for a beer of low ABV. Excellent bitter finish.

This beer grows on me as it warms up. There is greater balance- the light body makes sense,
the light fruit and bitterness blend well. Usually, I drink my Saisons on the colder side.
Despite the low ABV, the serving temp should be slightly warmer for this beer.

An unusual approach- Gin Barrel aging. It's interesting that there are no notes of the CBC web page about the Gin barrel aging. The Gin barrels give the Saison a lot of oak character.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is pale yellow with a thin ring of white head. the aroma offers grainy, herbal teas, light spice. The flavor is a bit odd and muddled. Grainy with some malt and earth tones. Fairly light in body. This was ok.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewpub and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, yellow-gold coloring with a thin, sparse, filmy white surface coat. Nose of herbal and Belgian spice, with a heavy roasted grain character, as well as nutmeg, coriander, and clove spicing. Toasty backbone, with a heavily spiced forward flavor. Dark, old world fruit mixes in with some funky notes on the palate. Smooth and balanced, making the beer very drinkable. Spicy blend into the aftertaste, with a clean finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at the BBF. This beer is according to the guys at the booth (the ones who added this beer to the database), a different beer from Le Saisonneire.

A - Wow! Pours an awesome straw coloured crystal clear hue with a big billowy head that fades to leave sticky lacing.

S - Great saison notes here with good belgian funk and lemongrass, along with light floral hops and light belgian yeasts.

T - Just like the nose there are really nice, pleasant barnyard funk along with bright floral hops and some light pepperiness. Light sweet malt as well.

M - Just excellent mouthfeel. Great carbonation and so crisp and refreshing. The low ABV makes this super sessionable!

O - Yeah, we all came back time and time again for some CBC brews and this was a favorite of the ladies of our group. Great saison and definately worth buying a pint of at the brewery if available.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip. Poured a hazy, orange-gold with a quarter inch, bright white head. Delicate strands of lacing present during the session and exhibit excellent retention. Nose expresses citrus, coriander, clove and a trace of grass. Taste follows nose with the addition of a trace of candi sugar and a suggestion of diacetyl. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation that leaves a residual bite at the back of the throat. All and all, I have to say that I was quite impressed by the tremendous amount of flavor present in a 4% abv beer; however, that aspect also detracts from its sessionability in that the spice and buttery character gets to be a little much. If those aspects could be pared down a little this beer would be really quite fantastic.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewpub.

Huge fluffy pillowy head fades slowly with lacing, over mostly clear golden straw color.

Nose has some light toasty malts, straw, wheat like, lemongrass, light spicy and lemony and floral hops, hint of Belgian yeast fruit, and very light spices.

Taste starts with a creamy malt, light straw and toasted wheat, touch of sweet pale malts, some lemongrass, light lemony hops, light spices, mild grassy and floral hops as well. Bit of a chewy like farmhouse straw. Finishes a bit sticky and malty, straw, decent bitterness, little sweet still, and a taste of pure malted fresh pale malts.

Mouth is slightly lighter bodied decent carb, little sticky finish.

Overall pretty good, would have liked it a bit drier and maybe more spices, but light, easy drinking and pretty tasty, nice hop character.

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Le Saisonniere from Cambridge Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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