Nice Saison Seasonal Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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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

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109
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28
Avg:
3.25
pDev:
16.92%
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -7.7%

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

a very weak saison, a very watered down and Americanized in a bad way. it pours a charming golden color with some opaqueness and a good inch of white head, but it fades fast as the beer warms. the nose is more Belgian yeast than traditional saison yeast, and I don't get a lot of wheat malt in here, just some leftover feeling sweetness. there is a lot of citrus in the taste, and the hops do appear to have influenced this one at least a little bit, but it tastes and feels thin, weirdly herbal, and the yeast just isn't quite right. carbonation is also lacking, and it gets filling even though its thin for this reason. tommyknocker has the best chicken wings ever, and their beers have always been on the right side of the fence for me, albeit barely and not all of them. I wanted this to propel them to a new level, but to me it was a beer that exposes the worst parts of the brewery, and while not a bad beer at all, its unexceptional, and will fade out of memory as fast as the carbonation leaves the glass of this one. a golden opportunity squandered.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

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 Rifugium
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

Poured a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a small fizzy head; minimal retention and lacing. Mild floral notes in the nose, hints of funky yeast and ripe fruits. Taste of grains, pale malts, light sugar, musty, hints of citrus zest and apple skins, vaguely grassy. It was decent, but kind of lacking in complexity and just overall flavor/goodness. Light-bodied, a tad watery, nothing too memorable. "Nice" is about it, and nothing more.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a heavily clouded, darkened gold body with a small, deficient, white head.

Smell: Whoa! A definitely tart nose, with sour lemon, phenolic clove-like hints, and some understated creamyish wheat notes.

Taste: Pale malted barley and wheat with some sweetness at its base, but this 'nice' ale is wild, it's vulgar. Some spiciness. This tart, sour fruit presence cut with staunchly acidic lemon juices makes up the bulk of the flavor, here.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation, rather crisp.

Overall: Not so raunchy it'll come sailing back out as soon as you put it down, but close. Though, it's still somewhat intriguing, like Wesley Willis.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +23.4%
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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2.75/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle with Best By dating printed on the label.

Pour is clouded tangerine, quickly receding tan head, goes to a spotty film and minor slippery lacing.

Over ripe fruit in the nose, wheat malts, and some moldy sour lurking in the rear.

Grape juice sweet fruitiness, some more wheat notes, and again that sour note pops in. Problem is this is not a sharp/tart kind of sour, its more of a mushy, off tasting sour note, not really doing it for me, and not really fitting in well with this beer. Ehh, defiantly not my favorite take on the style…only wish I had consulted BA before buying a six pack…

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Photo of DrDemento456
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Spring release? Damn I guess I got this too late (5 or more months late)

A - Pours a bright clear yellow with some carbonation coming from the base. Head is a mere 1/4 inch that clears to nothing not even a lace ring.

S - Smell is funky with a decent tart level and sharp lemons. Malt smells pretty good and the spices smell balanced.

T - Very weird each taste is different. Some are tasty with balanced tart lemon and some coriander and others I get some weird malt or hop presence that muddles up the mid palate.

M - Light to medium spot on for the ABV.

Overall not bad but I think they could do better. Similar to the small patch pumpkin ale it's just a weird saison.

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Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of illidurit
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, best by 7/30/12. Pours slightly hazy gold with a small white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, soapy floral spices.

The flavor is sweet malts with some odd soapy spices and a little sour old fruitiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, it's too sweet with lots of odd spicing and some overripe fruit.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

IM sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a bright clear copper hue with a bleached white head of .5 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer fairly quickly after the pour.
The aroma is slightly tart almost like a Flanders Ale. Didnt expect that from this beer. There is also a bit of graininess and that is about it, with the nose being fairly mild.
First sip reveals a fairly light body with fine and tingly carbonation that tickles my palate after each sip. The flavor is sweet grain and a bit of light fruit with maybe white grape or white wine notes. Finishes with a tartness overall but still a mild piece here. The beer is an easy drinker, but the tartness could make it slightly less sessionable.
I enjoy the beer but wouldnt chase it down and not sure I would want more than one at a setting since the tartness is purging my palate.
An okay beer but not something outstanding and the tartness may turn off lots of other folks at the onset of a sampling.

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Photo of Mitchster
1.79/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

$1.89 for a 12 oz bottle at Bevco. 5.5% ABV, 15 IBUs. "This light bodied ale combines a blend of 4 Belgian Yeast strains with an addition of Perle hops", however the website graphic says "Hops used: Sterling". Hrmmmm.

Pours out to a slightly hazy peach. Unfiltered. Thin layer of sediment in the bottle. No head, no lacing. Mild carbonation, ~1.5, very low for the style. Looks like an English bitter! The aroma is quite nice...Typical saison nose...rotting peaches, some pepper, mango and pineapple. Mouthfeel is VERY tart...tastes like kiwi fruit, citric acid, and vinegar...obviously infected, unless they specifically dumped lactobacillus and Brett into it thinking they were doing something right. Thin body.

A crappy beer. I can't tell if this mistake of a beer was intentional or not, but this shouldn't have been bottled. I haven't been impressed with Tommyknocker. I've tried their beers over at least ten years and have visited the brewery and still find myself continually disappointed. Shame on them for releasing this.

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Nice Saison Seasonal Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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