Sierra Nevada Brown Saison | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brown SaisonSierra Nevada Brown Saison

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.85%

Availability: Summer

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Added by MisterClean on 04-24-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1/5  rDev -73.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of DNICE555
2.76/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the B. What a fine local establishment.

A - Light brown body. Off white head. Very carbonated. Lots of lacing. Pretty.

S - There that dreaded Belgian yeast. That banana wheat sugary stank.

T - Banana bread, malt, not much in the realm of hops. Not impressed.

M - Heavily carbonated. Overpowering.

D - Not feelin it. This sample glass will be enough thank you.

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Photo of Cakanator
2.82/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap @Sierra. Pours a red/brown hue with thin head. I got a really strong banana aroma which is a little off putting, but alas no funk at least in the nose. Thicker mouthfeel with an almost dried almonds finish and very bitter. The finish is what really did me in, but seemed too rough on the palate with not enough flavor.

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Photo of Floydster
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Mug at Hollingshead for around six dollars yesterday, reviewed from notes, heard rumors that Sierra Nevada might be bottling this one shortly, color is medium to dark brown with orange mixed in, 1/2 inch bubbly off white head, not much retention or lacing, aroma consists of brown sugar, slightly roasted malts, caramel, light spices, and berries, flavor starts off with fruity like flavors that are pretty dry, sweet malts that are mostly caramel in the middle, finish has a bit of spice but is dominated by the malt still, sweet, fruity, and malty mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, too much carbonation, taste lingered for a few seconds, not easy to drink and far from smooth, alcohol out in the open, too sweet once it warms, seemed too strong for what it is, odd flavors and while I like the uniqueness this beer did not really wow me, would skip in the future, might be worth trying

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served up a clear, dark mahogany-hued body with a thin, wispy, off-white head.

Smell: Fairly spicy, herbaceous aroma with notes of everything from cloves to peppercorns leading the way. Lesser background hints of brown sugar, toasted malts, and banana.

Taste: Dry malt character with darkened toasty tones and light touches of brown sugar and nuts. Mild banana fruitiness. Then, the tongue gets a blitz of zesty herbaceousness and pops of black pepper and cracked cloves. Modest hop bitterness. Furthering of spice flavors, a touch of alcohol, and some crackling crispness (it's like Pop Rocks in my mouth!) on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, sharp carbonation, giving this one a really snappy carbonic bite to it.

Drinkability: I was curious to sample this blending of styles, but this was a beer that, well, I just didn't care for from sip one. I fought my way through to the bottom of the sixteen ounces, through all the aggressive carbonation and felt totally exhausted.

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3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown body with off white head that emits aromas of phenolic spice and sweetish malt. The aroma is faint, but there nonetheless. The flavor is way more Belgian quality than I expected from reading other reviews. I guess I went in expecting more malt quality and got more Belgian yeast quality than expected. The mouthfeel is somewhat of a letdown as well since it is the lighter side of medium and at 7.8... why? Maybe I went in with too high of expectations, but I won't be going back to this beer anytime soon.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served ontap. Pours a rich brown in color with an off white head.

Smell: Bready malts and some sweetness lurking.

Taste: A blending of styles and the first "brown saison" I've had. Lots of malt sweetness almost to the point of being cloying. Little to no hop profile which was interesting, light citrus coupled with some sourness. Restrained funk which dissappointed me slightly. All in all, its alright.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and chewey.

Drinkability: An odd-ball beer from Sierra Nevada Co. It has its moments, but left me wishing for the pale ale instead.

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3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Solid brown in color, slightly cloudy, with a light brown foam head of about 2 fingers or so. Head dissipates very quickly, leaving just a ring around the glass. Lacing was moderate to light.

Smells were a little... odd. There are some definite and familiar notes of a brown session style brew - the malts, minimal hops, and the like. Then there are the other notes, the hops and spices of the saison poking through. Just not something I had experienced together before.

Taste was also a bit different. Plenty of the moderate complex malts mix with so many other flavors: nuttiness, yeast, grassy earthiness, and spices. Finish is long, malty, with a bit of spiciness in the linger. Different, yes. Good? It wasn't bad.

Carbonation is light, persistent, and provides a nice moderate base for the overall mouthfeel. The overall drinkability is better than average but not awesome. I think I could do one of these at a time, but really, it's not for me.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler from Big Z's. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of spices, yeast, melon. Flavor of yeast and bready malts initially with some sweet fruit in the finish. Palate is a bit weak, very sweet, especially as you continue to drink. Just kind of weak overall, nothing special here. It was a bit disappointing.

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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at Naja's Place in Redondo Beach.

Crystal clear orange-brown with amber highlights, capped by a thin head of cream-colored foam which lingers. Leaves good lacing.

Sweet malt, toasted wheat bread, some banana and clove phenols, hint of gingery spiciness, and a bit of wet earth. So far this isn't very much like a saison, more like a rich dunkleweizen or maybe even a dubbel.

Plenty of dark malty sweetness and phenols-- bananas in brown sugar. It loses much of the sweetness through the middle, and gains some significant herbal bitterness. Goes bready and tart (sourdough!) at the end. Earthy and mildly spicy finish.

Medium-bodied, round, and smooth under generous, finely-textured carbonation. Almost frothy in the mouth.

This is an odd one. There are many voices in here (sweet, spicy, tart), but they aren't singing together very well. Possibly the sweetest saison I've ever tried. Interesting, but not really successful. I would only have this again if it would help Naja's clear a tap for the Sierra Nevada Empire Strikes Black which is apparently "on-deck."

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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap last night at Spike's in San Luis Obispo.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Deep, clear, crimson-brown body filled with streams of carbonation. Ooooo, purrdy. Head isn't much to speak of: an off-white film that holds it's shape for the entire session. Light lacing.

Smell: Sweet malty aromas and sugar, with a touch of sourness and alcohol.

Taste: Brown malt, red currants, spicy hops, and a touch of saison sourness. Finishes dry and sour; aftertaste is light yet prevailing. Alcohol is noticeable but not offensive. Not getting a whole lot of saison in this one; it's more like a weird brown ale.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, dry, and medium-bodied. Carbonation feels a little rough, and body is a little watery-feeling. A tad warm, and possibly filling (though I ate a massive burrito about an hour beforehand). Was hoping for a little creaminess, though it was nowhere to be found.

Drinkability: I was hoping for something a little more saison-like. The flavor is okay, but as stated above the brown aspect dominates. I might order this again, but only to give it a second chance. Still a decent brew, but that's all - decent.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky, earthen brown body, medium sized off-white head with little lacing left behind.

S: Figs, oranges, raisins, dates, lots of malt. Slight pepper present. Not much in the way of the funky, yeasty, tart, earthen flavors typical to the style.

T: Rich caramel malt, figs, raisins, and orange. A little yeast comes through here, but not much else stands out.

M: Sweet. Medium body brew. Well carbonated.

D: While enjoyable, this doesn't fit the saison profile (nor the profile of specialty noel saisons or dark saisons). The earthy, yeasty, farmhouse funk just ain't here. This beer could have been marketed a dozen other ways that would have made more sense then calling it a brown saison.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass. This beer has eluded me ever since it was released a few months ago, I was excited to try it.

Brown Saison is a brown saison, that pretty much sums it up. It has a light brown color that you cant see through plus some tan head on the top for a nice appearance, extremely minimal lacing. The smell was that of a lot of malt with some yeast and a light basket of fruits, not alot going on, not very pungent. The taste is a tad better with the malts taking center stage giving off some baked bread with some apple slices and other lighter fruits. The belgian yeast is apparent. I did not get much in the way of hops, I guess they faded in the time spent in the keg, they would have made this a bit more full in terms of flavor. Perhaps I should try this again if it's ever released again fresh. The feel was a bit fuller than your average saison with a big medium feel and light carb. I enjoyed this and finished my pint with some ease, but it's a tad one sided.

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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap, same day I had this at the Craft Ale House and TJs.

Pours chestnut brown with a nice, effervescent head.

Lots of interesting notes in the nose, - caramel dominates, then chocolate, malt, and some spices.

The taste is a bit less than the nose, the spice and chocolate come through a bit inconsistently. A bit complex, and not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Thin ans dry, easy and fun to drink - not sure if I would call this a Saison, but worth finding.

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3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color with an average off-white head, that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of light bubble gum, clove, and hay. The tastes starts off with a lemony sweet & sour, followed by some bubble gum and cloves, finishes with a traditional brown ale lightly roasted malt and light hops. I can taste the saison flavors, mostly sour and tart, and can taste the brown ale flavors. I would like to see some more farmhouse flavor. Moderate body with prickly carbonation, ranges from sweet to sour to dry/bitter. I think I would like to see this a little more yeasty and sweet and not such a range of senses on the palate. A different take on the saison. Seems to be bit all over the place but has some nice flavors.

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Sierra Nevada Brown Saison from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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