Nadia Kali Hibiscus Saison
Great Divide Brewing Company

Nadia Kali Hibiscus SaisonNadia Kali Hibiscus Saison
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,868
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,961
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 10.38%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
78
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Colorado, United States
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Nadia Kali Hibiscus SaisonNadia Kali Hibiscus Saison
Notes: Nadia Kali is an inspired saison with cross-cultural influence. Nadia’s ruby pink glow comes from a generous infusion of hibiscus, while ginger root gives it a subtle spice and hint of woodsy maturity, and lemon peel adds a citrus tartness to keep you on your toes. Full of complexity and intrigue, this unfiltered beauty will show you just how deceiving looks can be..
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Photo of stcules
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A lot of foam, with big bubbles, not elegant. Dark amber to brown color.
Floreal smell, too much. Hibiscus.
Floral notes in the taste too, with ginger. Very peculiar and characterized.
Again flowers in the aftertaste, intense. And ginger.
A bit too peculiar, not bad per se, but not our taste.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 5/2/16; drank 8/6/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange/red appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big eggshell head; decent lace.

Lemon, fresh flowers & ginger notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Ginger & fresh flower flavors up front; clove bite & faint lemon notes on the finish.

Interesting enough, but this is ultimately not that enjoyable. Just OK.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a nice reddish amber with short head that all but dissipates quickly. I detect malt and a bit of ginger in the smell. There is a significant yeasty taste while it's other flavors are distinct and strong. I wouldn't have known what to think without the description, but I believe the ginger and there's definitely an unknown perfumey-but-dirty taste that I'm guessing might be hibiscus. I don't find it to be a particularly nice flavor for a beer. It's definitely different. This beer is just slightly bitter but very dry.

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Photo of Keepnitrl
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice and dry. You do taste the subtle spice but It does not scream ginger, nor is that what I would have guessed had it not been written on the label. This was bottled on 6/20/16 so I am not sure if there was any change in the flavor of it.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: tart, floral hibiscus, ginger, citrus, yeast notes. Herbal, fruit nose. Copper hue, cloudy, white foam head with some lace. Medium body. Pleasing semi sour, almost tea like.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have several Great Divide bottles hanging around & what with today being NBS (Week 653), I decided to make this the second beer in my next brewery horizontal. There is an upside to The Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody & the opportunity to conduct & CANduct such horizontals is it.

From the bottle: "Nadia Kali is an inspired saison with cross-cultural influence. Nadia’s ruby pink glow comes from a generous infusion of hibiscus, while ginger root gives it a subtle spice and hint of woodsy maturity, and lemon peel adds a citrus tartness to keep you on your toes. Full of complexity and intrigue, this unfiltered beauty will show you just how deceiving looks can be."; "Great Minds Drink Alike"; "Suggested Food Pairings: Eggs benedict, pan-cooked soft sheel crabs with papaya & lime, prosciutto-wrapped melon, Fenugreek gouda, pineapple pancakes."

I am going to be up front on this one before anything, including the Pop! of the cap, occurs. I have not been a fan, this far, of hibiscus being used as an adjunct. Its flowery, perfume-y quality just puts me off every time.

Having exited the Sunday CANfessional, I Pop!ped the cap. An inverted pour was on the Sunday brunch menu since even the label identified it as being "unfiltered". Man, the head rushed up like a puppy happy to see its owner on his/her return! I got this dense, foamy, rocky, pinkish three fingers of head that looked like fresh-spun pink cotton candy & then it began to gently fall back, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A). Nose smelled REALLY good, laden with ginger and I immediately began to wish that I had some sushi! Mouthfeel was medium, but highly carbonated. The taste was not subtle at all in terms of its ginger. Instead, the ginger did what nothing else prior had not - it tempered that perfume-yness of the previous hibiscus beers, giving the flowery aspect a chance to bloom (sorry), while interacting beautifully with the spice and woodiness. I thought of patchouli for a moment. Did I mention that I am reading the Bascomb & Sueno mystery series by Martin Limon? I identify with Ernie Bascomb & especially when Sueno mentions that Bascomb prefers his women hirsute & unshaven. Me, too! A little patchouli rubbed under the ears & on the neck & I am sent. TMI? Sorry. This all leads me back to their suggested pairings. The prosciutto & melon would be fabulous with this, especially as a side to Sunday brunch Eggs Benedict. Spot on, boys! Finish was dry, spicy, exciting & definitely worth exploring again of they put it in a CAN. Gotta mark them down on appearance, though, as we rate to style, not to taste.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep copper-red color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to nothing

S: Hibiscus, ginger, and lemon all up front along with some fruitiness and yeasty notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the hibiscus and ginger and slowly goes into some fruity notes and the lemon. Some underlying yeastiness is present throughout. Finishes with lingering hibiscus and yeasty notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate, lively carbonation

O: Quite hibiscus-forward and on the darker side. Fairly easy to drink. Try it out if you want something different

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a tulip glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear pale amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of floral notes and citrus. the taste has a bit of pepper to go along with the floral notes and citrus.

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Photo of BorisNorris
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep orange-red with only a thin ring of white foam on the edge of the glass. Lemons, flower petals, and coriander in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and floral with a heavy influence of Belgian yeast that lingers in the back. Carbonation is high, the body is light; slight numbing character as it leaves the palate. Interesting but definitely not my favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy pinkish-coppery color with off-white head. Hibiscus, flowers, saison yeast, wheat, and some citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with a lot of flowery notes, more herbal and flowery than what I would have liked on this one.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a tight glossy burnt pink (maybe an amber/red sort of color). A one finger white foamy head sustains for a good minute and a half and dissipates at a nice pace. The aroma takes on the sweet hibiscus up front and bold in a big floral sense. Sweet lemon peel and pulp slides in next. Ginger is super subdued. The flavor leans to the sweet floral side with the lemon and hibiscus coinciding. Sweetness runs into aftertaste and finish. Ginger seems barely there. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rides fairly low. Semi-sticky but reclusive to the body, this one does feel nice. Overall, good saison for the most part, perhaps again. But I do admit, perhaps, either the ginger could play a bigger part or maybe a touch less hibiscus, one of the two for a bit more balance.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pinkish/ruby amber with scattered bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The pour produces an aggressive but rapidly dissipating, off- white, champagne like head that leaves little lace. Aroma is yeast mustiness, vegetal, ginger, floral, citrus, banana, wheat & toast, pale malt. I'm not sure if this has either wheat or toasted malts but it sure smells like it does. Taste is subdued Belgian funk, ginger, floral, thin banana, clove, pepper, pale malt & toast. Finishes fruity with ginger & spice that diminish but linger well into the floral, fruity aftertaste. No wheat detected here. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, crisp in the finish & drying in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, pale malt, alcohol, slight spice, and a hint of floral. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, apple, slight pale malt, alcohol, hint of spice, hint of floral, slight yeast, hint of biscuit, and a hint of earthiness. Overall, weak appearance, complex, tasty but weak in body.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark reddish orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering about 90% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale + toasted malts, light fruit yeast (apple = pear), spicy saison yeast, and floral hibiscus along with light aromas of lemon peel citrus and hints of spicy ginger.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted + pale malts with a light to moderate amount of light fruit (apple + pear) sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of slightly tart lemon peel citrus and moderate flavors of floral hibiscus. Finally there are light flavors of spicy ginger and spicy saison yeast which leaves a light amount of lingering yeastiness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An interesting flavor and aroma to this beer with the ginger, lemon, and hibiscus in a saison. A little more malty/sweet than I expected for the style but still drinkable. Not bad but I probably won't be getting another of these.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber/ruby with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity Belgian style aroma with a scent of citrus and spices. Belgian yeast with a scent of clove, pepper, ginger, and hibiscus spicing. Fruit hints of banana, apple, and pear along with citrus hints of lemon and orange. Malt hints of wheat, grains, and cracker. Sweet hints of bubblegum. Subtle hints of floral hops. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity Belgian style taste with notes of spice and citrus. Belgian yeast with spice notes of clove, pepper, hibiscus, and ginger. Dried fruit notes of apple, banana, and pear. Zesty citrus notes of lemon and orange. Malt notes of wheat, grains, and cracker. Sweet taste of bubblegum and candied sugar. Light earthy hop bitterness. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a Saison. Nice mix of spices and fruit notes.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Rose red body, mostly opaque but semi-translucent, with a thin white head, persistent. Lots of lacing, a full coating on the sides of the glass.

S - A rustic nose, farmyard and mild fruit, plum flesh, and a pervasive floral note.

T - Mild sourness and another dose of plum flesh, dark plum skin, a bit of minerality and sour grains, and a floral honey note. The close fades to mild sourness and fruit, a hint of hibiscus tea.

M - Clean fresh open, but turns a touch sticky and persistent in the close.

O - This is an interesting one. Lots of fruit and the namesake hibiscus, but in a manner that is both restrained and welcome, offering a nice counterpoint to the grain and earthiness of the base. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice saison pours a clear light amber with a
nice rich head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thick frothy layer, and nice
lacing. Nose of floral hibiscus, subtle lime notes, light pepper, and sweet malts. Flavors
follow the nose with lime and floral hibiscus flavors touched by a light white pepper note
on the back with a touch of honey. Nice mouth feel; quenching, low carbonation, and a nice
dry finish. Overall a very nice ale excellent for the summer months.

Cheers

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a reddish-amber body with a small-sized, near-white head.

Smell: Hibiscus flower and peppery phenolic spices with a light touch of citrus.

Taste: Sweetish biscuity, cookie-esque malts with fruity, slightly savory hibiscus. Not much ginger. Moderate spiciness showing from the yeast. A little citrus. Tangy, lightly warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Overall: Not good and overpriced to boot. Frankly, to call this a "saison" is a misnomer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Handsome reddish orange color with plenty of white foam in the tall goblet. Thick and fizzy mouthfeel. Some strange fruity taste, but not bad. Flavor is a little bready with a touch of cola.

Tastes more malty than yeasty, but it has that unmistakable Belgian character of starting out sweet and ending up dry. Overall an enjoyable fruity summer brew that's not entirely unlike a Saison. Tastes better cold. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/11/2016. Pours hazy reddish orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, berry, pear, apple, ginger, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, lemon/hibiscus/ginger, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, berry, pear, apple, ginger, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spiciness and light hibiscus tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, berry, pear, apple, ginger, pepper, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, lemon/hibiscus/ginger, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.3%. Overall this is a great spiced saison. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, lemon/hibiscus/ginger, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours cloudy gold with a reddish tint and a thin white head with no lacing

Aroma is floral and fruity

Taste is heavy on Belgian yeast with notes of Ginger and fairly strong floral and tart notes. Sounds all over the map but it works nicely.

Crisp and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

Overall a refreshing saison. The flavor is unique but ticks all the boxes for a good saison. Not surprising given the brewery.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled May 12, 2016 printed on the label in white; nearly unreadable. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop. A 'Hibiscus Saison' with ginger and lemon also.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a burnt sienna orange body with pinkish-ruby highlights from the hibiscus infusion. About a finger of thin foamy pinkish-tinted white head that stays as a surface skimming and leaves some okay fluffy lace. Body is hazy with adequate carbonation. Looks good.

S - Aroma is pleasant enough - the hibiscus takes the forefront, with light citrusy spice from the ginger invoking slight hints of cola second, and finally the juicy citrusy lemon coming in on the end, lending a bit of a tartness. Together, the three are an ideal pairing, and gives off impressions of earth, tea leaves, and cranberries.

T - Flavor profile is equally interesting: notes of mineral water strikes me first, earthy / leafy / fruity hibiscus comes second, invoking notes of cranberries. Ginger and the lemon sort of meld together, lending light tart citrus notes, amidst crisp saison yeast & pale bready malt content.

M - Feel is super smooth, crisp, & drinkable. Light-bodied with excellent carbonation. Goes down very easily for 6.30% abv; i could definitely have multiple of these in a session.

Overall, a nice summer saison from Great Divide. Definitely recommended.

Great Divide Nadia Kali Hibiscus Saison -----4/5.

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Photo of donspublic
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into a sniffer nice 2 finger cream colored head dissipates to a pool rather quickly. Burnt amber to look at somewhat opaque. Nice saison esters to the nose, hibiscus peeking thru. Great hibiscus up front with a pretty solid peppery finish. Semi dry finish with a lot of spice hanging around

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

on tap at jakes, this is a cool new beer from great divide. not much new from them lately, so this is nice to see. its not the prettiest beer though, while it has a lasting tall white head to save it, its a murky wheaty thick brew, goldenrod in color with a little red staining it, not pink and sexy like some, but i appreciate the authenticity. it smells and tastes great, less perfume than the normal hibiscus complexion in beer, i think its aided by the yeast strain, which may or may not be the same one as colette, but with the hibiscus becomes something more distinct and less generic, which is my main critique of that beer. bright polleny honey sort of sweetness here, the hibiscus is not out in front, its still yeasty and wheaty, which i love for the style, easy to let this ingredient get carried away. a little tang from it, lots of body and texture from the wheat, almost proteiny, carbonated nicely, and with the hibiscus really rising toward the finish. cool beer, maybe not quite perfectly dialed in and refined, but a pretty bold step for these guys, and i like it.

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Photo of avalon07
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark copper color and a cloudy, almost murky texture. There was a big foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Sparse lacing.

S: An OK, but underwhelming aroma of a floral quality, yeast, and some spices.

T: Tasted of some Belgian-style yeast, light malt, pepper, and the hibiscus. The big problem with this beer is that it's pretty thin and watery, especially in the finish. This blunts its attempts to be like a saison. The fact that it doesn't really taste like a saison isn't the problem; it's that it's kind of bland.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a thin, watery finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a nice idea for a saison, but it doesn't necessarily come off. Unspectacular.

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Nadia Kali Hibiscus Saison from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 78 ratings