Nice Saison Seasonal Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
tommyknocker.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
109
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.25
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, some citrus. Taste is spices, lemons, a touch of vinegar, green apples at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not bad, but I won't be drinking it again.

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Photo of cts309
3.59/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.99/5  rDev +22.8%
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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Photo of V1per41
3.69/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeremiah87
1.96/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours straw yellowish gold with 1 finger of head. Smell is very faint but consists of herb and vanilla. Medicinal, grassy, leathery taste.
Not a fan. Will never drink again.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of madelf66
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sjdevel
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

had this on tap at the brewery
pours pale yellow with a white head
smell fruity
taste sweet and fruity with a sour finish
fruit to sour didnt work for me overall but not terrible
astringent feel

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Photo of atone315
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JB62
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of bpkrippner
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Blazer22
3.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrMullet
2.64/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow. There is a faint, musty fruit smell.
Bitter and acidic taste.
Sour in an unpleasant way. I'd drink this again, but only if it's because I lost some kind of bet.

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Photo of Beastcpa
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mflamar
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gruss004
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BallsDeep
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of RavenForBeer
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of chris1919
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Gerred
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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Nice Saison Seasonal Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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