Red Rock Le Quatre Saison | Red Rock Brewing Company

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Red Rock Le Quatre SaisonRed Rock Le Quatre Saison

Brewed by:
Red Rock Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originating in the farmhouses of Wallonia in the French speaking region of Belgium, Saison (French, "season") was brewed for field workers during the harvest season. Red Rock is proud to present a modern version of this once endangered style of beer. Moderately hopped, this refreshing ale boasts a complex style of fruity aroma and flavor, some spiciness and a hint of tartness.

Added by Wasatch on 08-21-2011

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 48
Photo of BigGold
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had on at Red Rock Brewpub, SLC, poured from 16.9-oz. bottle into goblet. Hoppier than traditional saisons, but traditionally-hopped rather than trendily dry-hopped.

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Photo of MFMB
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great pour, cloudy, hazy super light straw color. Lots going on here. First the funk! Love it! Citrus and slight banana then the spices hit you. Clove/coriander, peppery goodness and some sweet grasses and ya then there is the yeasty funk! Funk ya! Good beer!

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours like a Belgian, with a huge frothy head that squats atop the clear golden liquid; great stickage and impressive lacing

Smell: Chalky, with peppery yeast and a grassy, lemony character

Taste: The grassy, lemony tones dominate the front end, with a hint of Juicy Fruit sweetness underneath; in the middle, the chalky, peppery yeast protrudes; the finish is herbal and lemony

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad stab at the style, though the lemony finish is a bit of a challenge

Thanks, benkuhns, for the opportunity

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Photo of Benish
4/5  rDev +1.5%

500 ml bottle. Poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: very thick and foamy head. About 3 inches which dissipated a couple minutes later to a half inch. Bright hay and hazy in color.

Smell: instantly smell strong yeast. Very bread with some melon and faint nose of citrus.

Taste: sweet and yeasty throughout with some earthy bitterness interlaced. Mild citrus and fruity notes.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth throughout.

Overall: there are no surprises in this beer but it is a solid Saison. Not overly hopped, not overly spiced; very fragrant and sweet. A very flavorful brew.

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Photo of Jsteez
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. bottle into a goblet.

Appearance was pale orange, white creamy head, and golden. Sticky lace left in glass. Cloudy and hazy.

Aroma was fruity, zesty, lemony, and funk; slight hop and spice presence; bit of floral. Quite boring as the aroma was so light that at times there was no aroma.

The taste began as light, flowery, and fruity, followed by bitter/earthy hops in the backend;peppery notes and phenols, but just ever so slightly; coriander and spice very present throughout consumption. There was a long bitter aftertaste which I was not expecting. Malt character was balanced throughout.

Mouthfeel was creamy, watery, and light bodied. Fresh and crisp for summer time quaffing pleasure.

Overall, was a decent saison. Great for summer: thin, flavorful, spicy, sweet, crisp. It reminded me of a witbier or a German hefeweizen. Not the best beer by Red Rock, but drinkable.

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Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear chill hazed yellow colored beer with an enormous white colored head.

Smells of flowers and coriander with a honeysuckle malt aroma. Smells spicy and herbal and almost spells bitter. Powdery yeast scent almost like a witbier.

Starts out herbal and dry. Sharp bitter note in the finish. Earthy flavor of mushroom. Tastes like a field of flowers. Bitterness level is very high for the style.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall an OK beer that is on the bitter extreme for the style.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

Stunning at first sip. Closing our eyes and hoping that when we open them again we would be transported to Belgium … nope, but our taste buds thought they were. A real treat to quaff.

LOOK: Clear golden yellow, three fingers of head

SMELL: Cotton candy, medicinal herbs, green peppercorn, chalky yeast, peaches

TASTE: Smooth, doughy biscuits, Juicy Fruit gum, mildly peppery, kiss of alcohol, shortbread, overripe peaches, citric rind, herbal, white cherries, semidry finish

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Bier Thirty tonight for $5.. Pricey for what it is. Poured into my HotD goblet.. 2 finger white head.. great lacing and retention.. the brew is polished straw golden.

Nose is both strongly phenolic and slightly lesser estery... peppery/light clove.. pieces of pink bubblegum... fruitiness shows more as pear and underripe apple.

Flavor mirrors the nose almost perfectly.. a bit of vinyl/plastic notes show on the finish with warmth.

Light body with a strong carbonation.

Overall, IMO it is much more of a BPA ... I get the saison qualities, but BSPA rings more true in my mind/palate.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer #26 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Oh my! What do we have in here? Do we have some brett? Whatever yeast was used, we've definitely got some funky going on, in a Berliner Weisse kind of way. Citric tones are there as an accent. Tartness, through and through, but not overdone or overbearing. Refreshing, yet biting. Chewy, yet smooth. I call this an outstanding beer. Especially considering the style. This may become my go-to beer for Utah. That is, after I try the however many there are left to try that I haven't yet.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - $5.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, golden body with a large-sized, white, actively foaming head.

Smell: Most sniffs present crisp wheat and tart lemon juice, but, otherwise, you get notes of licorice, coriander seed, oranges, coarse-ground pepper, and chewing gum.

Taste: White wheat and pilsner maltiness, a small, small bit of honeyish sweetness, then a sip of tart lemon juice. Accented by coriander, Mandarin orange, snippet of fresh basil, black pepper, bubblegum. The spicy characteristic settle, allowing the lemony tartness to spring back up. Nearly spritzy, spicy, lemony finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: It's a pretty good saison, actually. Nice range of flavors, decently carbonated, and, thankfully, not a big, slick, boozy disaster like so many American saisons.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Downtown location. Received a 500mL bottle and a pint glass.

3.5 A: Very lightly hazed dark yellow. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention isn't great and a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Good amount of herbal and floweriness. Lightly grainy malts. Grapefruit fruitiness. Good.

3.5 T: Grainy, big herbal, earthy fresh spring. Light bitterness and grapefruit.

3.0 M: Medium body. High carbonation for the style and lacking creaminess.

3.5 D: This might be closer to an herbal pale ale than a saison, but it's still a good beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Strong, malty aroma has a fruity overtone that is mostly apple with a hint of banana. It pours a clear golden-yellow with a decent white head that leaves only scattered lacing. Tasty flavor has a malty core and a fairly but not overly sweet fruit overtone and hints of butterscotch and hoppy bitterness. Firm texture has a good amount of fizz. A decent saison - if this is your preferred style, probably worth seeking.

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Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with a label that nicely illustrates the four seasons courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks John! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a bright golden color that immediately brought lemons to mind. Excellent clarity and extremely pale even for the style. Two fingers of fluffy white head lingers for a couple minutes leaving thick webs of lacing as it falls to the surface.

S - Quite grainy on the nose up front...lots of cereal grains, a bit biscuity too. Layered on top are some pungent saison spices and yeasty aromas - cinnamon, nutmeg, lemons, a bit of pepper, cloves, fruity esters, hints of wintergreen, doughy yeasty aromas in the background, low hop bitterness.

T - Quite a bit drier than the aroma would indicate and a good deal cleaner as well. Dry biscuity and bready malt base, a bit yeasty, a touch tart and distinctly citrusy with a sharp lemony note. Hop bitterness is noticeable, crisp and a bit more intense than I expected from the aroma and lingers into the aftertaste. Spices are actually not very noticeable, black pepper stands out, but the intense clovey, sweet and herbal aromas don't come thru with much intensity in the flavor.

M - Thinnish medium body with a strong carbonation that is quite lively and prickly on the tongue. Rather dry with a crisp hop bitterness that lingers. Not a particularly spicy saison, perhaps even fermented a bit too clean.

O - I'd definitely classify this as a saison but perhaps with a bit of a lean towards the Kolsch style. Fermentation seems a bit too clean for a saison, but the result is still a very solid and good tasting beer. Dry biscuity malt base that is a touch lemony, mild spices and very refreshing. Seems like it would be an excellent summer beer. Glad to have tried this one.

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Photo of mactrail
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A drier and lighter style of Saison.

Clear golden color in the tall tulip, excellent lacing. Well carbonated on the tongue. A suggestion of appley sourness at first sip. Some of the scratchy Belgian yeast flavors. Fruity with a tart finish. The typical Saison non-hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. Aroma is on the sourish side with some malt in the nose. Foam to last sip.

Would be an interesting quaff with its moderate alcohol and clean light body. From your friendly Utah State Liquor store.

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Photo of kagent777
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from the Utah system poured into my goblet.

Appearance: A clear pale yellow with a wonderful craggy perfectly white head. It settled after a little while to leave nice lacing the whole while. Carbonation streams up the middle look very nice also.

Smell: A little yeast phenols, funk, spice, earthy hops and malt all rolled up together in a happy little five-way. None seems to be dominating.

Taste: The taste follows the nose. The malts is light while the hops and spice go along for the ride. The yeasty phenols are a little more noticeable in the taste while the funk is less so. This is a clear saison. The finish is very nice and dry.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the light side, while the carbonation is strong, exact for the style. Again the finish is very dry but the lingers just long enough to savor.

Overall: An approachable saison. Maybe would be appropriate for someone experimenting with craft beer trying to broaden their horizons. A BMC drinker might say it is sour. Will get again. BM me if you want to trade for it, it should be readily available.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a pale cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, with a big oil slick left in the middle of the glass. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice little hop note, coriander, fruity, with a nice little touch of spice. The taste is very nice, malty, yeasty, nice touch of coriander/fruits/spice. Medium Body, this is not as hot as other Saison's, which I'm liking here. Slight dry/tart finish. A very tasty Saison, recommended.

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Red Rock Le Quatre Saison from Red Rock Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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