Sunday In Saigon | Half Acre Beer Company

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Half Acre Beer Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
While vacationing from the reservation, we took a trip down the path of questionable endeavors and mixed up “Sunday In Saigon,” what we’re calling a French Vietnamese Saison brewed with Thai Basil & Lemongrass. This ethnic juggernaut is a churner of taste sensation that’s sure to leave you wondering what in the Sam Hill is happening in your mouth. Take a break from the heat and chaos and toss some of this snake juice into a tall one and let it all drain from your mind. After all, Sundays are just for you.

Added by MasterSki on 07-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 5
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at Piece.

Gotta wonder why it's called "Sunday in Saigon" when there's Thai basil used... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden brass topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises bay leaves, earthy and spicy greens, lemon zest, black pepper, and lime peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spices coming through even stronger than before, a tad more lime, and a hint of banana. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very tasty saison, one that, for some reason, really seemed to hit the spot for me this particular afternoon. Good times.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Half Acre. Served in a pint glass at thetomG's place.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lace. The body is a mostly transparent straw color.

S - Lots of lemongrass, peppery yeast, a touch of sulfur, and an odd anise note - is that the basil?

T - Taste has a lot of lemongrass, but more basil and a bit of the aforementioned anise bitterness - guessing that's a yeast flavor? Pleasant Saison flavors underneath the adjuncts, with Fairly clean finish and less sulfurous than the aroma.

M - Medium body, dry texture, pleasant carbonation, and a nice refreshing finish.

D - Pleasant stuff that manages to integrate the base Saison and adjuncts quite well. Still, it's not the easiest beer to drink in large quantities - I think Tom ended up with a good deal of beer still remaining when I left. Would be really nice to use for steamed rice or quinoa.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into Russian River -tion glass. Growler was filled yesterday. The appearance is a cloudy yellowish orange with some fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. The nose starts with a big evident wave of basil which is countered with strong lemon and herbs. Notes of wintergreen and spruce come through with dash of tartness at the end. The taste is much like the nose with an emphasis of basil. It provides an almost savory quality, but is then balanced nicely by fresh lemon zest and notes of yeast. The saison base provides a nice bit of esters which play off of the specialty ingredients well. The balance is great and makes for quite the refreshing treat. The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall, an incredibly unique offering from Half Acre... the basil and lemon come through very strong in the finished product and work very nicely with the saison style.

EDIT: As I poured glasses from the growler, I picked up a sulfuric quality as mentioned in the review before mine. At first, I thought it was the basil, but as the brew warms, it is evident that it is the base beer. It doesn't really show up in the taste, but it doesn't take a little away from the aroma.

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3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy bright light yellow in color. Forms a large fizzy white head that quickly drops down to just the thinnest of surface coatings. Very light lacing - almost non-existent.

S: Aroma is rather sulfurous (interestingly I remember this exact aroma with Dripping Saison and seems to be a hallmark of HA saisons) Also notes of lemon, basil, and sweet green peppers.

T: Starts off with a strong basil flavor before the beer's flavor turns more yeasty. Then yeast-derived spice flavors, lemon, and pepper. Finishes with just a hint of lemongrass. Finish is fairly quick.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Somewhat spicy, spry, and prickly. Dry on the finish.

O: It appears this one originated from a trip down to Argyle more so than a Summer in Ho Chi Minh City, but the results are still a nice, fresh take on the style. The combination of herbs works with the style, though it's far from a mind-blowing combination of flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of GbVDave
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours light gold with a lovely haziness. A bright white head quickly forms on top, reaches about 1 1/2 fingers, and just as quickly disappears. A sliver of collar doesn't leave a trace of lace behind.

S: Interestingly earthy. Big smack of yeast with some white pepper, basil, mildly sweet orchard fruit, hints of toasty malt, and lemongrass. A faint whiff of tart citrus in the background.

T: Follows the smell closely with even more herbal presence. Lemongrass and fresh basil lead the charge with white pepper, cardamom, mild fruit, and yeast buttoning things up. The lemongrass comes through beautifully in the finish. Nice and subtle, not at all like Lemon Pledge.

M: Suprisingly full mouthfeel. The yeast and herbs do a nice spicy herbal tapdance on my tongue. Slightly sweet fruit when first poured straight out of the fridge. As it warms, a citrus tang creeps into it and really keeps things interesting.

O: Congratulations to MTC for whipping up another one using non-traditional ingredients. This paired extremely well with some Pho from the local Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Dung Gia.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Sunday In Saigon from Half Acre Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 12 ratings