Saison D'Ete | Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by treehugger02010 on 07-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with a slight haze beneath a short white cap that slowly fades to a thin cap and bubbly collar. Thin rings and craggy splashes of lace are left about the glass. Nice!

Smell: The aroma was not overly bold, but it was full of nuance: chalky yeast, mild fruit, flowers, grass/leaves, herbs, citrus.

Taste: Chalky yeast, golden malt, tropical fruits and sugar (pineapple, papaya), flowers, citrus, soft earth, and a hint of clove & vanilla. The fruit-sweet-malt-earthiness all falls into place and balances against a firm bitterness that leads it to a mainly dry finish that lingers as the separate flavors steadily erode.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-full bodied with a delicately zesty, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability: With marks for both flavor & desire to taste more, and the overall volume of drinkability given its accessability and alcohol content, the D'Ete scores very well. Nicely done!

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Photo of deapokid
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Born on Date: 6/24

Drank this seasonal offering on tap yesterday evening at the Rock Bottom Restaurant (reviewed from notes):

Poured a deep orange/dark yellow, possessing a thick head and body that isn't usually as pronounced in most Saisons (in my experience, at least).

First scent brought out banana and coriander, much like a hefeweizen, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, it was lacking the spiciness and acidity usually prominent in the nose.

Taste reminded me of an American Pale Wheat Ale, but with a dryer finish. This is definitely not what was expected or desired. Gone are the lemon zest and sour bite most farmhouse ales pack in spades.

It did have a bit of dryness on the end, but was rather mild and not exemplary.

I could see this as drinkable, but that's sort of besides the point. Something was definitely lost in the translation here and I don't believe this reflects the characteristics of the style well, if at all.

*Retried on 9-10-11, chalkboard subtitles it as "Harry & Baldy's Summer Ale"

Figured I'd give this another spin, just to be fair. The flavors seem to have developed since I last drank it. The dry conclusion feels more authentic and the wheat flavor is no longer overpowering. I can also sense some much needed coriander, which adds a dry, peppery characteristic. It's great to see a brewer constantly improving on his recipes.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thin soapy head. Spotty lacing. Color is like a slightly hazy pils.

Smell - Mild ester fruit

Taste - Spice and hops in the finish with fruit up front; citrus. Some flowery perfume as well.

Mouthfeel - Thin with bite from spice and hops.

Drinkability Higher drinkability due to weight and sharp finish.

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Photo of Umbra
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden brew with a bit of haze. It was served to me with no head, but there was some spotty lacing that was created with the thin ring it did have.
Earthy, herbal aroma with some lemon.
Citrus and spice are the main taste, with lemon and peppar coming though. The lemon comes up front, with the spice on the end.
Light to medium bodied brew, finishing dry.
Drinkability: Wouldn't mind having a few.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rock Bottom KOP on 8/5/08. Served in a Muf Club mug.

A - Very clear pale golden/straw-colored body with short white head that dissipated but left behind all kinds of sticky Brussels lace. There's just a sparse amount of slow-rising carbonation present.

S - Some clove and spicy yeast up front, reminiscent of a wheat beer or hefe. Mild fleshy fruit akin to apple or pear is also present. There's some pepper sprinkled into the mix as well. Mild sour funky notes are quite subdued for a saison.

T - A little bit of sour funky yeast, but pretty mild for a farmhouse ale. Very earthy flavor with some mild musty notes. Fruity esters mingle with clove and pepper spiciness. A mild bitterness creeps out in the finish, possessing an earthy and grassy hop quality.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Texture is a bit watery with a mild syrupy mouthfeel. Finishes a little on the bitter side and lingers for a while on the palate.

D - This saison is a little light on the funk and heavier on the hops. Not one of my favorite styles, but this is a pretty good example of a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright straw with a nice two finger fluffy white head that settles quickly to about a half inch leaving nice lacing.

S: Grainy, husky, sour, citus and funk.

T: Sour and graininess compete with a bit of lemon zest in between and only a bit of spiciness.

M: Dry, crisp, and refreshing.

D: This is a good saison that I could drink all day and night especially in the summer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer arrived at the table a slightly hazed gold colour with a fine cap of sticky, white foam that settled very slowly. The aroma was grassy and floral, a little yeasty, with light lemony citrus. The flavour was similar to the aroma, but with a fruity, almost tropical, sweetness, a hint of vanilla, and more malt character. Medium bodied with a bit of dryness at the end. My glass was a little light on carbonation, but the texture was solid. Enjoyable and refreshing. Quite good.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy, light gold with a small, white cap that slowly fades into a mild head and bubbly collar. Tons of tubular lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of flowers, earth, herbal, citrus, with funky notes of brett and magnolias.
Taste is the same as the aromas with notes of pineapple, sugar, flowers, herbs, and generous spicing on top of authentic farmhouse funk, along with esters of bubblegum, and vanilla.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, spritzy, sugary up front, semi-dry in the finish. A fine example of a farmhouse ale. Well done!

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this beer on-tap at Rock Bottom in King of Prussia.
Appearance: Yellow body with a small white head, leaving bits of thin lace on the side.
Smell: banana esters bits of sweet malt
Taste: a bit of banana, not as much as the aroma, some spices but nothing I could descern
Mouthfeel: crisp, very lagery
Drinkability: decent
Don't drink and review.

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Saison D'Ete from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 9 ratings