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Temple Saison | Temple Brewing Company

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Temple Brewing Company

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by brendan13 on 10-08-2007

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy amber pour, with small head that fades quickly.
Aroma pleases with mild floral hops, some orange, belgian doughy yeast, bready malt and and some cloves/spicy alcohol.
Flavour is quite similar, with an almost herbal doughy yeast and sweet malts before a bold, long-lasting bitterness. More spicy cloves/alcohol and light fruits.
Carbonation is very high and spritzy, slightly over the top.
Not all that much of a Belgian character, but a nice take on the style anyway.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of Macca
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a cloudy orange with one finger of head. A little lacing is evident. Aromas of banana and some spiciness. This carries on to the palate. High carbonation gives it a big mouthfeel. I expected more from this beer and it just felt a little shallow.

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Photo of juju7
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another pleasant surprise from Temple. This really looks the part with a vibrant honeyed orange body and a thick collar of foam that laced all the way to the end. The nose gives off some orange, spice, cloves and that Belgian yeast vibe. Good but a little subdued. It's quite highly carbonated and a touch prickly and light-weight but the flavours are there, just again, a little soft. Finishes well with dry bitterness. Not a show-stopper but a decent take on the style and something I'd get again.

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Photo of koolk
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light orange in colour with a strong white head that persists.

Slightly sour fruit aromas and also some green hops. Not overly exciting or complex.

Palate has more fruit flavours with some tight souring on the finish. Herbal aftertaste.

Good full mouthfeel is well balanced by the tartness, perhaps it is a touch light.

A really strange beer. Subtle yet enjoyable. Hard to identify a whole lot in here but it is decently drinkable. Seems a little clean for the style, but that is purely speculation.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: hazy orange color, little head settles to thin veil,
s: malty aromas with sour overtones
t: light malts upfront with a very heavy hoppy/spicy finish
m: light to medium body, good carbonation
d: haven't had too many saisons, but they've run the gamut thus far. this one was too hoppy/spicy for my palate.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty brown colour with a tinge of pink. Almost puce but more pale. Very cloudy opaque body with large cream-coloured head of visible bubbles. Sinks quite quickly, crown sticks around. Lacing is decent and speckled. Looks pretty nice.

Fairly sour on the nose with some dried citrus peel and some hints of light cinnamon spice. A hint of baked vegetables, pumpkin and sweet potato on there. Sweet edge, but distinct sour funk hints. Lacking a bit of barnyard character that I'd expect, nice aroma but not up there in power and complexity with other saisons.

Taste starts quite syrupy with a strong apricot flavour, then hijacked by a nice influx of sour barnyard funk character. Bitter in parts with some grain feed and a big tobacco character. Trails off quite ashy on the palate, with hints of an acerbic metallic flavour. Overall has a good saison character, but the harshness of the finish reminds me why I'm not in love with this style.

Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy with an interesting granulated texture. Good unfiltered feel.

Goes down alright, just a bit off-putting on the finish.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased from Leura Cellars in the Blue Mountains. I love saisons, and I love Temple. I probably already have unreasonably high expectations for this beer.

Pours a perfectly clear pure golden colour, with a really disappointingly minimal head of white, that forms a fine ring after it settles down. Carbonation is also pretty minimal, and a little bit limpid. Patchy lace. Looks ok. When I swirl in the yeast we get a bit of haze, minimal other change.

Nose is a little sweet with some clean, generic malt characters providing the bulk of the aroma: it's almost like a strong German aroma, perhaps a helles bock. Some faint green tinges to it, a little skunky funk, but little spice, little organics, and to be honest, very little that's clean or refreshing. Pretty pedestrian, unfortunately.

Taste is marginally better, but still not much in the way of Saison. Some grainy chewy malt characters, along with some green, faintly herbal European hop flavours and some phenolic bite on the back palate. Again, it reminds me of a German lager more than anything along the lines of a Saison. The phenolic characters on the back perhaps morph into something slightly peppery, but that feels like I'm clutching at straws knowing what style it's meant to be. It's disappointing.

Yes indeed, disappointing. Temple should be able to do better than this, surely? Did I just get an bad or old bottle? I note that it's a bit better with the yeast sediment, but perhaps it's just adding character to a beer that's otherwise pretty bland.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wrote this review on a piece of paper nearly six months ago, and it has been sitting behind my computer monitor for all that time. I only just found it now. Damn.

Appearance - Cloudy, light amber in colour. 1 finger of head with good retention.

Smell - Strong and sweet, fruity.

Taste - Well balanced, but not quite as fruity or complex as I would like.

Mouthfeel - Very good texture and carbonation.

Drinkability - Good for a saison.

Overall - Another good Australian interpretation of a Belgian style beer.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dull cloudy orange with a finger of foamy white head and short streaks of lacing.

S - Some barnyard funk mixes with citrus and granny smith apples. Nice.

T - Follows the nose with some mustiness, which complements spice, apple, pear and herbs.

M - Light body, moderate to high carbonation, dry finish.

O - Nice little saison here. Interesting, thist quenching, affordable and tasty.

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Photo of ADZA
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wanted to review this again after i noticed the changed ABV which is now 6% so i thought it deserved a second review and it pours a murky golden amber hue which leaves a wispy one finger head that quickly recedes and leaves sporadic lacing,the smell is bananna,barnhouse funk,tropical punch and bready malts,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and suits with tastes of ripely peeled banannas,barnhouse funk,peaches,sourgrass,nectarines,a touch of sour grapes and finished with a nice distinct wheaty dryness and overall i like it and find it better than last time i tasted it even though it was alright on last taste i feel its improved since then and i would definately buy this again cheers.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

no BB - from Slowbeer

Pours a cloudy dark gold, one finger fully white head. great looking. Spotty lace.

Funky zesty citrus aromas, Lemons sherbert.

Taste not quite as intense as nose. Lemon/Lime and funk. Sharp dry finish. As the bottle goes down, the taste seems to dilute, leaving me wanting a bit more.

Mouthfeel highly carbonated.

Good, if not exceptional, saison. Lacks both bite and depth of flavour.

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Photo of Stew41
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few times but this sitting was the first time I’d bothered to pen some thoughts. Light orange in colour, quite murkey, and a very thin head. Aromas are mild but hit the right spots; spice, minerals, corriander and some fruit sweetness. Spice and some liquorice is more pronounced on the palate, and drives some bitterness. Flavour weight is relatively mild but no problem here. A very good local effort.

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Photo of brendan13
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass a hazy orange colour with a couple of centimetres of off white head.
S - Big use of wheat malt is evident backed up with some citrus notes. Bit of a musty presence.
T - Wheat malt also comes through on the taste as well as some biscuit maltiness. Fairly dry, spicey & herbal presence in the back.
M - Quite light bodied, moderate carbonation.
D - Looking for something different to quench that summer thirst? This is it for me. Interesting, not too full on, lowish ABV%.

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Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, effervescent gold colour with a fluffy, white head. Good head retention. Some lacing.

Fruity aroma with lots of orange. A hint of lemon and spice is also present. Well constructed even if it isn't the most complex saison ever.

The flavour doesn't quite match the nose. A little astringency on the tip of the tongue is followed by some light malt, a hint of orange and some very light spice. Quite a bit of carbonic bite. Very, very dry finish. Good bitterness which is present but doesn't overwhelm. Bitterness lingers. Quite good but missing an X factor to bring it all together. More yeast character would be desirable.

Medlium-light body with very high carbonation. Very prickly on the tongue but crisp and refreshing.

Refreshing and it ticks all the boxes. It just doesn't come together as well as the classics like Saison Dupont.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Pours two fingers of off-white head over a hazy golden to amber body with small suspended sediment.

Smell - 3.5
Just a little sweetness on the nose, a little hop and malt character and a lot of fruity, funky yeast. Quite a subdued aroma for style.

Taste - 3.5
Very dry with a lot of yeast character and moderate hoppy bitterness. Tastes of dry, cracker-like malt, lemon, slightly metallic hops and tart, dusty yeast.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Light bodied with lively carbonation that scours the mouth. Just right for a Saison.

Drinkability - 4.0
Very refreshing, I enjoyed drinking it and would buy it again, though not in winter.

A good example of the Saison style, though a step behind the Duponts of the world.

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Temple Saison from Temple Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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