Elle
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #223
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #5,360
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 5.54%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
62
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
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SCORE
91
Outstanding
ElleElle
Notes: Mixed fermentation Saison, foeder aged for six months.
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 vintage 500 ml bottle. Sampled on April 24, 2019.

The appearance is mostly a clear looking yellow-olive tone with a quickly erupting then fading white fizzy head.

A whole lot of aroma characters include toasted bread crust, biscuit, lemon grass, wild yeast, feint berry, and a citrus zest.

The mouthfeel is light and effervescent but smooth and chewy.

The taste is tart but not as pucker-up as some in this style. A toasted breadiness leading to a dry finale. It fits the style well.

Apr 24, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful lemon-yellow brew, barely translucent through the haze. Head production and retention are solid.

Rustic, funky nose: honey, lemon, Brett, oak, and vanilla.

Flavor follows: it's a Brett-forward, funky farmhouse ale. Light notes of lemon, honey, and very light vinegar, contrasted against rather funky, rustic Brett notes of leather, earth, and must.

Very lively and exceptionally drinkable.

Jan 28, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle dated 2018 into the test glass.
A - Clear day afternoon sunlight colored, Nothing hides in this clear backdrop, gently carbonated, determined parade of spheres is almost hypnotizing. With a splash added you can coax out a quick to dissipate white froth.
S - Green grape skin, lemongrass, some light oak notes, lactic, some summer grains. very delicate in each aspect.
T - Lemon drops, citrus, musty rime, chardonnay on oak, lime, sweet light grains.
M - Delicate on the palate, very dry start, semi sweet, then quickly tart, with a bit of ash in the finish. wonderful feel. tis cries for rich cheese, and duck.
O - A very nice offering from Brad and Art's team. fouder touch is gently applied, grain bill is so delicate, hops are present but back seated to the mixed cultures. outstanding balance, well done.

Dec 23, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright, effervescent gold with a pinky of fast-falling beige colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Ripe pears, white grapes

T: Dryness, mostly oak, a little golden raisin up front, just al little white pepper & lemon as well. More oaky dryness, a little white grape, but no real sweetness to balance out the slight acidity that shows as this warms, maybe a little green apple

MF: Medium body, delicate, crisp carbonation

Fairly refreshing but was lacking enough flavor to really suck me in. If your are into dry white wines or ciders, this might be your jam, not really mine

Nov 15, 2018
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Very clear with a chardonnay/champagne colored appearance. A stream of bubbles rises steadily from the bottom of the glass to a top with no head whatsoever. If you didn't know better, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a glass of wine. Smell is lemon, citrus, tart, fruity, green apple and white grape. Overall, just smells very fresh and crisp. Taste is similar, with citrus and white grape up front giving way to a tart finish. Notes of oak and earthiness are also apparent. Feel is thin, light and very dry. Carbonation is high.

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) A really interesting and refreshing brew with some distinct flavors. Great for a warm day and almost drinks like a wine. I'd recommend this one if you get a chance.

Jul 24, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i continue to be impressed by these guys, and always love seeing their stuff on tap. i feel like i have seen a fair few wood aged wild type saison beers from these guys, but its something they always do so well. even though this is a bit hazy from the tap and has a little body to it, its quite delicate in a number of respects. for one, the wood ageing doesnt make it too earthy or heavy, there is enough tartness to cut any weighty oak feel, and it seems almost more of a vessel for developing funky characteristics from the yeast than it does for adding a lot of flavor from the wood. its there a bit in nose and taste, vinous too like oaky chardonnay, but its subtle and leaves the gentle grain profile in tact and doesnt overtake the yeast too much. some cool saison esters here, belgian floral and spice and grass characteristics, european and interesting, with a nice layer of bretty funk and light lactic tingle behind it, not overly wild but complex, which has been a commonality across several of these from jackie o. there is a lightness to this drink that i really like, an understanding of the process obvious as i sip it, these beers always seem so high end and professionally done, and this one is no exception. it tastes a bit young, and has all the promise of benefiting from some cellar time, but its enjoyable now too. i love these guys and this has become their wheelhouse!

Jun 25, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that quickly settled down, leaving a collar around the edge of the glass and a thin film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of funk, oak, and sourness are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts off with sour flavors of vinegar and funk and finishes with notes of oak from the foeder aging.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The light body and tart nature of this beer lend refreshing qualities and also make it very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

Jun 16, 2018
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL bottle, 2018 edition poured into a tulip
A: Light yellow with a one-finger fizzy head that quickly settles
S: Lemon, sour grape, yeast, a bit of light malt
T: Matches the nose, the malt turns into sourdough
M: Light-bodied, crisp and a light sourness
O: Not super sour/complex/oaky but has just enough of each that it makes for a light/crisp yet nuanced beer

Jun 13, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours cloudy and goldenstraw colored with a one finger head that fritters away while leaving a few strands

Smell: Bretty and funky with lemon and crusty bread tones

Taste: Tart and acetic, up front, with the lemon and leathery funk building; oaky and dry finish with lingering tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Rather a cross between and saison and a lambic; quite an interesting beer

Thanks, Stefko, for the opportunity

Jun 10, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Bit of a minor gush upon opening, but fills with little head creation and a very clear body. Head manages a fleeting bright white of barely a finger, but settles very strong to a solid half finger puck. Good middle column of roaring bubbles, with a very pale straw lemon body color. Slightly hazy yet clear, very nice and kind of different looking than your average saison.

Very clean and brett sensing on the nose. Chewy bit of a malt quality, but more of a simple but excellent brett funk. Doesn't divulge much into fruity ester so much, but sticks to a good solid thick basic aroma.

Palate comes with much more to enjoy. Lemon and lime qualities in the mid palate, with less of a zest and more of an almost cidery flavor. Light bodied but supportive, and an excellent sharp wonderful mint aroma on the finish, that lingers like a chewed leaf. Crisp almost champagne like qualities, but with more malt richness to stay away from a wet mouthfeel. Not much hint of wood character, or rounded mouthfeel unfortunately.

Very solid saison from these guys all things considered.

Apr 25, 2018
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle. Lightly hazy bright golden body. Smells of oak, soft sourdough yeast, and some lemon acidity. Tastes of lemon, grain, soft doughy bread. Has a little of that sourdough flavor too. Lightly tart. Sharp and oaky finish. Medium body. Well carbonated. Very pleasant.

Feb 07, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy pale straw yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, red/green apple, white grape, white wine, berries, hay, straw, grass, pepper, oak, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, red/green apple, white grape, white wine, berries, hay, straw, grass, pepper, oak, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate lactic tart/sourness, yeast/oak tannin spiciness; and light wine tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, melon, red/green apple, white grape, white wine, berries, hay, straw, grass, pepper, oak, wheat, cracker, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; with and awesome malt/tart/sour/spiciness balance; and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from tart/sourness, yeast/oak spiciness, and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a fantastic wild saison! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink; with the modestly lactic/spicy/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced Brett/Lacto/Saison yeast complexity, nice oak presence, and a solid wheat/pale malt backbone to balance acidity. They definitely have a distinct house profile across all of their wild ales that I have had so far. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

Jan 20, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Continuously effervescent, lightly cloudy goldenrod. Straw, barnhouse funk, lemon, nectarine, and lemongrass. Bright acidity on the palate, quite refreshing and moderately tart.

Dec 12, 2017
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PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Body is a beautiful uniformly cloudy straw yellow color. Pours with a nice soapy 1-2 finger white head.

Nose is very funky and a tad sour. Notes of lemongrass and freshly baked bread,
Sour lemon upfront with a mild barnyard funk and bready yeast backbone. Finish is sour and funky with a lingering funk bitterness.

Mouthfeel has medium carbonation and a rather dry body.

Overall a good beer that to me has more wild ale than saison on character. Another great beer from Jackie Os but ideally this would be smoother,breadier, and less dry.

Nov 27, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While the beer is a little eager to get out of the bottle, the body pours a hazy yellow-apricot and the head is a large, foamy white that isn't too active, settling to a creamy central film and ring.

First whiff is kind of like a wild Pilsener, with notes of corn, hay, grass, white grape, orange blossom and a slight, pungent kiwi funk.

Taste is light, refreshing, and super drinkably tart. Elle is just perfectly crisp with a round, medium body and a soft, measured froth finishing semi-wet. While the notes from the nose are present in flavor, a hint of cheesy, woody funk comes out in the swallow. However, for the most part, it actually mimics a clean, lemony champagne.

Nov 13, 2017
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Grizzarky from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light straw color, slightly cloudy, 1 inch bubbley white head that settled quickly.

S: huge lemon notes, with musty hay

T: funk dominates on the front, tart lemon zest, then a earthy barnyard hay like finish.

M: light and crisp, high carb

O: Not real complex, lemon, and hay is about all I'm getting. But a great example of the style, I would certaibly drink again.

Oct 21, 2017
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle, 2017 vintage. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy pale gold color with about an inch white head that stuck around for a long time. There's also a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like lemon, straw, and some funkiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some lime, grainy malt and earthiness. Nice amount of tartness in this! Mouthfeel/body is light, it's refreshing and easy to drink with a good amount of soft carbonation. Really enjoyed this, definitely worth picking up! $10.99 a bottle.

Oct 20, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017 16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter/tulip

It is a very pale straw yellow. Almost entirely clear until you dump the sediment, then it is cloudy. A good amount of bright white soapy head with incredible retention.

It smells like lemon, pear, and funky yeast.

The initial flavor is very tart, and acidic with some lemon sourness, and a lot of bret. It transitions into an earthy/wet straw with some oak and lingering grains. The overall flavor falls a bit flat though. I did notice a big difference (improved) with the second pour by dumping the sediment though.

It is a crisp and lively feel, but finishes clean and smooth.

I like Pockets of Sunlight better, but this is still a very good beer.

Jul 09, 2017
Elle from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 62 ratings