Preservation Series: Saison Tonnellerie | The Bruery

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Preservation Series: Saison TonnelleriePreservation Series: Saison Tonnellerie
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison Tonnellerie is a new addition to our portfolio of Belgian-inspired saison ales and it could be argued that it is the most traditional as it was 100% fermented in oak barrels.

This sophisticated beer has picked up a rustic character akin to the original beers of the Belgian countryside that would be brewed in the colder months of the year, when fermentation temperatures were more forgiving, and served to the farm staff to keep their thirst quenched all summer long. With Spring upon us, you are just in time to stock up on this new ale for the warmer months.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 04-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
263
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
25.25%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
38
For Trade:
7
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw with a very vigorous head. Champagne-like.

S: Belgian yeast esters, oak, a touch of pineapple and banana.

T: Oak, banana, hay, cloves.

M: Crisp, dry, aggressive carbonation.

O: A great saison. The Bruery is one of my favorite breweries but I've been disappointed with all of their saisons so far. This was quite the departure. Perhaps I'll try giving their other saisons more time to develop in the bottle.

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Seems like the way saison beers would taste from the old country years ago. Poured a bit hazy, with a medium head that dissipated. Notably yeasty nose with elements of citrus. Across the palate, a pleasant mouthfeel that coats the tongue. I get tangy qualities and a discernible sour taste on the finish. Vinous is the first word that comes to mind. Refreshingly bright, but not as complex as some in this category. The sour qualities, while not overpowering, do linger. Fine summer sippin, though.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head that lasts quite a while.

Smell - Belgiany aromas. Yeasty. Some oak. Fruity esters.

Taste - Sweet malts. Esters. Extremely oaky. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for my tastes. Well carbonated. Bitter and oaky

Overall - The oak becomes harsh as it warms. Less pleasant after a while.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 3/19/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a beautiful, hazy straw gold with a luscious cap of a 2 fingers tall, tightly bubbled, pure white head. The head retention is adequate, but I've seen better on Saisons. As the head recedes, it leaves some minor lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: (4.5)
Spicy Saison yeast envelopes your senses as you bring the glass towards your face; notes of ripe, juicy pear, white pepper and clove. There is a bright, lemon-y tartness to the nose, which really syncs up with the grassy hop character that is underneath the yeast. Behind the tartness, there is a subtle, earthy funkiness and soft, cracker like malt presence that both become more apparent as the beer warms. Whispers of vanilla are preciously intertwined inside the malt character, which I assume is due to fact that this Saison was 100% fermented in oak.

Taste: (3.75)
Similar to the nose; Spicy saison yeast upfront; fresh hay interlaced with notes of pear, banana, clove and white pepper. A bright burst of orange blossom hoppiness follows the the yeast into the musty, Brettanomyces laden middle. The beer finishes bitter, dry and ever-so-slightly-tart, with a kiss of a cracker-like malt presence. The oak lends a creaminess to the malt character. Lingering notes of vanilla, barnyard funk, pepper and bread. Light tannin presence.

Mouthfeel: (3.75)
Robust, Medium, creamy body from oak with high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
To reign this very widely interpreted style back into it's rustic beginnings, the Bruery decided to 100% ferment this Saison in oak barrels. This process adds a very distinct, vanilla heavy woodsiness to the beer. The oak also lends a lightly creamy body to the ale. This saison smells absolutely wonderful with a lovely tart streak. Unfortunately, the taste isn't quite as layered and nuanced as the nose. Overall this is a fun beer, but I definitely would take Saison Rue over this any day of the week.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly cloudy golden-yellow with a generous white head that slowly subsides. Good looking beer.

Smell:mild barnyard funk, tart apples, and some hay aromas..

Taste: Mild nondescript fruit notes, slight leather, slight funk notes, finishing with some mild tannic/oak notes.

Mouth-feel: Light-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation.

Overall: Not one of the styles I usually pick up but this one is alright with me..

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Preservation Series: Saison Tonnellerie from The Bruery
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