Nice Saison Seasonal Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Nice Saison Seasonal AleNice Saison Seasonal Ale

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A bright gold, effervescent summer ale brewed with a Belgian yeast strain that imparts a slightly tart flavor and spicy aroma.

Added by ChrisPratz on 05-07-2012

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4.01/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From The Fridge's cooler to my reefer to my glass in an effort to beat the oppressive heat. No guarantees that it will work, but perhaps if I am insensate, it won't bother me so much.

From the bottle: "Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer"; "A bright golden effervescent brew that is slightly tart with a spicy aroma"; "Tommyknocker Legend [-] Tommyknockers slipped into the mining camps of Idaho Springs in the 1800s with the discovery of gold in our mountains and streams. These mischievous elves, though hardly ever seen, were often heard singing and working. They guided many fortunate miners from harm's way and to the gold they sought."

Is this beer "Nice" as in "Wow, baby, you got some nice ditty-dats!" or "Nice" as in Nice, France?

I had a rocky finger of bone-white head that withered in the oppressive heat and humidity of the day and it is still early! The heat is not record-breaking, but it is back-breaking and ball-busting and I will do all that I can to beat it. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-yellow. Nose was musty with yeast, like the time we went into "Uncle" Ben Nutto's attic to clear out old newspapers and magazines prior to an estate sale following his being put into a home after "Aunt" Eva died. The beer smelled just like old newspapers. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was dry, like white wine, very vinous, yet with a yeast-driven mustiness that left me smacking my lips. The finish was extremely dry and now I was getting a lemony taste that puckered me up like I had been drinking alum. Holy Pucker, Batman! I could barely unlock my lips to get in another sip. It was not really my choice of style, but a good example of the style.

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3.99/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy amber with no head to speak of (which in my mind is a big no-no for a Farmhouse Ale. Come on man, have you seen the heads on those Belgian Saisons?)

Nose: Tart on the nose, plenty of citrus but also strong honey notes. The nose suggests a very tart beer. However...

Taste: No tartness whatsoever, despite the smell that suggests otherwise. Very spicy, with hints of unripe apricot (just the way I like it!). Belgian yeast esters all around.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light carbonation that is hardly noticeable.

Overall: My first impressions of this beer were not a great one but I gotta admit that it's a solid beer, with a fairly unique combination of flavors that makes it complex enough. I would drink it again

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3.9/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy yellowish-gold hue. 1-2 finger head upon pour and very nice lacing.

Very herbal and grassy. Slight sour smell with citrusy fruits mixed in.

First flavors noticeable are tart/slightly sour white grapes, pears, and green apples. Then, herbs, spices, and earthiness kicks in. Along with the spices is a slight saltiness. When the spices fade, there is a sweet yeasty and bready finish.

Medium bodied. Not very effervescent on the tongue as you would expect from a Saison brew. It did seem to be a bit slippery.

I did enjoy this one. It was pretty good, but not up there with the top Saisons. I would be okay with drinking this one again.

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3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tommyknocker Brewery "Saison"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY: DEC1916" and sampled on AUG1116

Appearance: Hazy orange & brass body beneath a short-lived head of frothy off-white. Lacing is average.

Aroma: Dried apricot and woody spiciness.

Flavor: As the aroma indicates with the addition of some sweet breadiness that's kind of like the shiny crust of a sweet Challah bread. It's a little tart, and then subtly sweet as the malt balances it out, softening it. The apricot-like fruitiness runs straight through it, lingering into the dry, slightly tart, and subtly spicy finish. It's not particularly bitter, nor very spicy - the listed 15 IBUs seems right, but the tart edge balances it nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a gently zesty effervescent carbonation that gives a little bolster to the spiciness. Slightly astringent.

Overall: As it warms it opens up to become a fuller beer, as expected, and I'd suggest you enjoy it at cellar temperature (as it would have been in the old days!). It's not particularly complex, and it's fruitiness, tartness, gently sweetish bread-crust malt and mild spiciness are basically all it offers - although is that really such a bad thing? Regardless, it's not as complex as many examples of the style, nor does it really hit home with any of its attributes, but it is interesting and drinkable... a refreshing change of pace.

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3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Passed on this a week ago, decided this time it was going down in my Build-a-Sixer.

A: Color pours to a very nice golden yellow, with a slight haze. Less then a fingers worth of head, quickly dissipates to small patches of lace scattered about with some all around the rim.

S: Picking up some sweet citrus, pineapple, with some apple and maybe a slight twinge of banana. Picking up some yeasty malt too with a little bit of spice. Aromas are rather light, i was expecting more as it warmed but this was not the case.

T: Very nice tart right from the get go. Sourness is very noticeable but its not overly sharp. Reminds me of sour and unripe tropical fruits, like tangerine and pineapple. Also some sour green apple candy. Spicyness comes in later, with some coriander and the yeasty flavoring going well with the tart. Alcohol is noticeable in the after taste.

M: Nice carbonation works well with the pucker factor of the tart. Needless to say its a nice crisp and clean flavor and your left with a nice dryness at the end.

O: Very good Saison. I've only had a few of these but the tartness is really enjoyable and the flavors all seem to work well. Not sure if I could drink more then 3 or 4 in a sitting but its very enjoyable for a nice spring or summer gathering.

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3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, cloudy yellow, with weak diminishing head. Some fermented soured fruit notes, and some barny mustiness, but a not unpleasant funk. Taste is sour-ish only, not super prominent withe with curious notes that seem mildly synthetic, or treated in a way... a leather-ish quality, and with some sweetness, but bitterness is low but isn't built for it anyway. Not really any scary off notes here either...just a tiny bit 'off.' Mouthfeel is refreshing, but the carbonation is low, and not at all dry. This is complex brew and respectful of the style, at least in my somewhat limited I can't go back to the 19th century to find out or something anyway. Maybe that's why it tastes a bit like a visit to a museum and I like museums, just not all the time.

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3.69/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tommyknockers nice Saison pours a hazy gold, and is capped with a thin white head and a moderate amount of lacing. The familiar earthiness of a saison yeast is backed by a slight citrus bouquet. Sweet and tart, a certain fruitiness dominates this brew, very tasty. Medium-light in body, Nice Saison is moderately high is carbonation. We enjoyed this brew again this weekend at the Colorado Brewers Festival, definitely a great way to beat the heat.


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3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Murky brownish orange color. Small, short lived white head.

3.5 S: Wet hay and grass. Apple orchard type funk with tart green apples. Hints of rotting log and the forest after a good rain. Red, sweet apple fruitiness to round this out.

3.5 T: Green apple-esque tartness. Hay and grassiness. It's spicy, but not in the typical peppercorn yeasty way. Rather, it's almost like a hot pepper that offers a bit of heat, but not much. Actually, it's not like that either, but it's more than just a peppercorn taste. Just try it and maybe you'll see what I mean.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Nice creaminess and super smooth.

4.0 D: A couple categories were borderline, so here's a bit of a bonus. Tasty, solid saison. I love the tartness in here. Give it a try.

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