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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Photo of bonbini26
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ d.b.a Manhattan 04/30/2009

Served into a tulip glass, pours a medium brown color with a touch of ruby red in, very clear, small head. A lot of aromas but the scent is a little on the light side, really have to sniff hard on this one, sweet and spicy mix of orange, coriander, pepper, breadiness and malt. The taste has a lot going on too, sweet fruity spice, peppery, and a suttle bitterness from the hops at the end. Figs, roasted notes, molasses. The mouthfeel is pretty good, minus a metallic finish i am getting. Drinkability isn't as smooth as most saisons, but this beer is really in its own catagory, the ABV doesn't show that much either. Overall I like the Sierra Nevada is trying something new, worth a try

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Photo of Proteus93
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville.

A: Mahogany brown, sporting a modest but creamy offwhite head. Lacing is nice, woven and fairly tight.

S: A rather complex scent that takes a few deep smells to really get a grasp on. Warm malts, caramel scents, some fruity aromas - both green apple and green grape stand out, with a spot of hay kind of buried in there.

T: Like the aroma, it's an interesting and complex flavour. An even blend of malts and a tart fruity flavour, most like apple, but tart rather than outright sour. A bit of a pungent barnyard flavour and a little bit of earthiness round it out.

M + D: Sparkling and richer bodied, with a spot of alcohol on the finish. Even though the body is a little more bold, it finishes refreshing - it's not sticky, thick, and yet not dry either. Just 'wet' and assertively carbonated. An interesting offering, do make a point of giving it a try.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly translucent brown body with a small white head that leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

The aroma comes with a ton of sweet, caramel malt, some citrus and some peppery scents.

This beer tastes exactly like what I expected from the name: half brown ale and half saison. Up front comes the brown ale characteristics, with lots of sweet malts, followed by a slightly fruity taste. The beer finishes like a saison, peppery and dry.

Definitely some body to this beer, but not too heavy. Well carbonated, rather crisp. Finishes dry.

Overall a pretty good beer that I could drink again.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 100th review! So glad I picked this one for it.
Poured from a growler into a Hennepin flute.

A--Pours up two fingers of white creamy foam that lasts well and laces down the glass. Super head retention. The body is the color of almonds, just a tad lighter than most brown ales, with maybe a blush of deep rep in there. It's almost maroon when held away from the light. Very pretty beer. Clarity is unfreakingreal==looks almost like wine.

S--Complex, perfume-like. I can sniff out the sweetness of oranges, which almost smells like orange blossoms, combined with the more spicy back-end that's not pepper--too sweet--but does lend a kick to the nose. I'm also catching some wet slaps of breadiness, of dark bread crusts, though it's not as nutty as a brown. This is subtle and strong at the same time, and very enjoyable.

T--Holy crap. There are at least four levels to this beer, distinct and each one surprisingly compatible with the other. The first layer is the fruit and spice of the nose, with a little less of the pepper and more of a deep damp pine taste which isn't bright and parching like hops. Definite orange, definite anise in there. Second comes dark fruits, namely plums and figs. Combined with the sweetness and spice it almost drinks like a dubbel. Third layer is all malt, rich nutty roasted character that's almost cocoa-like at the end, but absolutely billowing with fresh dark made with molasses breadcrust. The cocoa happens when the nutty roasted slips into the fourth layer, which is hops. But not your usual Sierra Nevada hops--this is bittered but not flavored so much, and the restraint is impressive. Still, I could see Belgians calling this a saison IPA, or a strong dark IPA, or an IPA-dubbel-brown ale with a twist of lime, or some crap like that. To me it's an American brown with a Belgian character to it.

M&D--Mouthfeel's great, as the carbonation softens and distributes the flavors well. The drinkability is also good, as the flavor is interesting and complex without being heavy, and the 7.8 ABV, while high in the grand scheme of things, is well within range for the style. I mean, six of the top ten saisons are 7.4% or higher, for God's sakes.

Drinking this is like smelling a wet tulip or daffodil after a storm clears. A wonderful rainy April day beer. One disclaimer: drinking this may transform you into a Japanese poet. In any event, it's different and challenging, but the craft is so well-honored and so much in the spirit of the best of American brewing, it's well worth a shot.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sunset as part of the Sierra Nevada Artisan Ale Experience. Served in a 13 oz tulip glass. Leather brown color. Thin white head. Faint smell of grass. Taste was really refreshing. A bit malty at the beginning, then it fades into dark seedy fruit such as fig. Finishes with a bit of a citrus tang on the palate. There is a bit of body to this beer, but it was quite light and drinkable. The high abv was a noticeable, which was a bit out of style for a saison. Overall a nice one-off beer from SN, and I would love to order this beer again if it were to re-appear to better beer bars in the area.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sac Brew Company's Sierra Nevada night.

A - Poured a light mahogany, with a 1-fingered white head. It dissipated slow and left little lacing.

S - Wow! Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and coriander.

T - Chocolate, caramel, pepper, and bitterness. Um, the smell lied to me.

M - Well-balanced, thin, and dry.

D - Good, but beer could be more consistent.

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