Pro-AM 2009 (Saison) | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Pro-AM 2009 (Saison)Pro-AM 2009 (Saison)

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Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The winners of our "Best of Show" competition brewed the inaugural beer of this series on July 21st: Mark Kizer and Scott Wells of Austin. This beer is a hefty Saison style Ale that was brewed with a blend of spices, as well as the traditional beer ingredients.

Added by champ103 on 09-03-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Onslow:
Photo of Onslow
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at the H-Town Gingerman in rice village on Dec.13 2009 at 1:30pm after a slightly hazy Live Oak Pilz.. pours out a light copper colour with more than admirable head .. some delicious candy sweetness with a subtle smooth saison funk jazziness .. medium foam .. great great aftertaste!! .. another winner from the SS..

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap at the Libertine Bar in Dallas. The beer pours a nice golden copper color. The beer is slightly hazy and you cannot see clearly through the glass. The smell is heavy on the spice, with some pepper, coriander and a little citrus, but not much funk. The taste is just what I want from a saison, with lots of spiciness as well as some fruit. I may have even had some ginger towards the end of the glass, but I am not sure. There is also not a lot of funk/wildness in the taste, but that works fine in this beer. Overall, this is a very drinkable saison. I could drink this beer all day long. I hope Southern Star brews this beer again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass a very hazy, dusky copper color with a fat, creamy white head that displays good retention and lacing. Pretty good looking beer, if not a bit dark for the style.

Smell is heavy on the spices here...lemons, oranges, grains of paradise and peppercorns. Just a bit of farmhouse funk in there, but it is hard to find and pretty well buried. The nose seems a bit more wit-like than a saison, but not bad at all.

Taste is much more typical of a saison as more of the yeast ester flavors are discernable. It has a nice creamy texture to it that all Southern Star beers have. I am not digging the grains of paradise in here though, as it is a bit overpowering and I do not find them a tasty ingredient in beer. Other than that though, it is a very tasty saison. The lack of much funk flavor and the heavy dose of spices make me want to classify this as a very 'American' style saison. I hope SS makes more of this beer rather than just a one-off for the GAFB Pro-Am (it was a homebrew competition winner).

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Photo of hayalex6
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Austin Gingerman, drinking it as I type. Color is a great copper. This smells like a barn and I couldn't be happier with it, has great mouthfeel and fizziness, one of the better saison beers I've had. Taste is as funky as the nose, which is wonderful for this style.

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Photo of peterjk
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House in Austin, Texas.

A: Slightly cloudy orange amber

S: Earthy, Skunky, Herbal, Slight Apple sweetness

T: Crisp honey sweetness up front, big green herbs and dough/yeast middle, tangy and mildly bitter finish.

M: Thin up front, felt texture on finish from fine bubble carbonation.

D: This is an excellent easy drinking American Saison. It has enough herbal and yeast flavors to make it interesting but is not to dry. The mild sweetness makes it a saison you can session.

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Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper color. A two finger white head forms at first. The foam gently recedes to a ring. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Malty and sweet. Lots of fruity aromas. Orange, apples, pears. Some coriander and peppery spice. Hay, grass, and funky barnyard aromas linger on. Really complex and interesting.
T: Sweet malt with lots of fruity flavors again. Spicy and peppery flavors from the coriander and grains of parades.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Just enough crisp carbonation to make this very refreshing. Easy and smooth to drink. I can quaff several of these with no problem.

I love this beer. I hope Southern Star continues to make this, and it is not just a one off. If you can make it to the Flying Saucer to try this, I would highly recommended it.

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Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with an amber color and a hefty cap which lacks retention though it leaves some lace behind

Smell: Sweeter than I would have expected, with yeast and candi sugar elements along with coriander

Taste: Ripe pear and coriander, up front, along with white pepper - very fruity and sweet, with a candi sugar element, as well; after the swallow, there is a slight amount of yeasty funk, but the sweeter elements prevail in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very unusual saison, to say the least; more like a BSPA; ignoring the style discdorance, a rather nice brew

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/3/2009 (draught at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a clear reddish orange color body, small creamy whitish head, diminishing. Spicy aroma, very sweet. Very strong lemony aroma. Almost caustic smelling, nearly like cleaning fluid, but in a good way! Spicy taste, very seasoned. semi-sweet, dry and somewhat bitter. Pretty tasty. Some funkiness there too, though.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Pro-AM 2009 (Saison) from Southern Star Brewing Company
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