Saison Man
Trinity Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 14.25%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
70
From:
Trinity Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Saison ManSaison Man
Notes: A 'Pre-Industry Session Saison', brewed with pilsen, rye, flaked wheat, flaked oats, spelt, coriander and grains of paradise. Fermented with a blend of Farmhouse yeast and Brettanomyces, dry hopped, and aged in Chardonnay barrels.
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

saison man is downright delicious, they always seem to be out of it the brewery, so nice to get on this finally. ancient grains with brett, always fun. the oats and rye and spelt and all give this a lot of sturdy body and a unique base for the brett to launch from. tart and fruity the brett comes across, i get as much malt as i do yeast, and this is really full of flavor for a low alcohol offering. impressed by the use of brett, its almost tangy but not in a lemony way, and the grains keep it a little sweet without being too much on the back end. layers of flavor, this is a solid four season saison, given its more substantial grain bill and not in your face brett complex. dry as can be, but still fuller bodied and beautifully carbonated. one of trinitys best saison types, one of the most drinkable, and one of the most affordable. dont pass on this one. great use of brett to finish it off.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 'Pre-Industry Session Saison', brewed with pilsen, rye, flaked wheat, flaked oats, spelt, coriander and grains of paradise. Fermented with a blend of Farmhouse yeast and Brettanomyces, dry hopped, and aged in Chardonnay barrels.

Getting back to basics, the brewers at Trinity look to the past farmhouse flavor for inspiration. Choosing a rustic blend of malts with earthy spice and rounding the character of fermentae with wild yeast harks back to the ale of two hundred years ago; but the slumber in chardonnay barrels brings the taste into the present.

Pale gold and crowned with a loosely knit and short lived froth, the ale swirls about the nose with a stern peppery twinge, tangy white wine and a brisk scent of sea air. Grainy sweet on the tongue, the taste of slightly stale bread, husken rye and sourdough has a whole grain gritty taste.

Light honey and powdered sugar are soon offset by the peppery spice that accumulates on the middle palate. Fresh cracked peppercorn, spicy rye and perfume complement the estery mix of pineapple, orange, lemon and grape to near perfection. As the taste of oak, chardonnay and grassy hops rise in finish, the ale takes on a spice forward balance with the mild funk of worn cork and burlap on the after palate.

Medium bodied but on a drying track, the hay-like hops, moderate alcohol, oak tannins and wine acidity all aid in a dry, crisp and digestible texture to close. The ale finishes oaky, briny and vinous with a medium long linger of citrus and spice.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy light gold color with a half inch white head that didn't stick around for very long. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like green apples, vinegar, white grapes/wine, and some funk. I think the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the flavors being less intense in comparison. There's also a bit of a grainy/bready malt and herbal flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating with a low/moderate amount of carbonation. Not a bad beer at all, but I thought it smelled better than it tasted. $6.49 a bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of funky yeast and Chardonnay are present in the nose along with hints of vanilla from the oak barrel aging.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that no vanilla is noticeable and there are notes of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison is very easy to drink and has some refreshing properties, and the Brett and Chardonnay add some interesting properties to the aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of birchstick
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison aged in oak barrels with Brett...yes, please!

A - pours a pale, straw yellow without much of a head. However, a small white ring forms around the glass

S - nose is funky, really lemony, and a touch of grains

T - starts off with lemon tartness, which moves on to more intense sour flavors, namely lemons again. The Brett funk is hanging over everything, but really makes its attack on the taste buds about 3/4s of the way down the palate. End funky and sour...nice!

M - smooth and creamy...not much carbonation

D - overall, this one was awesome. Wasn't expecting it to be this funky and sour. This was recommended by a local, and what a great call! Looking forward to having more from these guys very soon!

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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml wax capped bottle - 'Saison Man' reminds me of 'Sugar Man' by Sixto Rodriguez.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with one very skinny finger of wispy and bubbly off-white 'head', which blows off in mere moments, leaving a bit of low-rise mitochondrial lace in places around the glass.

It smells of musty white wine, mixed grainy and crackery malts, muted generic citrus rind, black pepper and coriander spice, a touch of wet woodsiness, and a relatively subtle earthy Brett funk. The taste is dry, gritty, and chaff-like malt (almost like a true gluten-free character), lemon and dried orange peel citrus, a surprisingly tame barnyard funkiness, sort of exotic rainbow peppercorn spice, a further earthy yeastiness, and some subdued white wine barrel wood (with very little butter or vanilla).

The carbonation is quite understated in its wan-seeming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, that is if you've come to terms with the required cognitive dissonance here. It finishes rather dry, the mutt malt having pretty much bled out long ago, while the funk and spice keep on churning out the hits.

Overall, this is a fairly agreeable rustic Saison, with the added spices enhancing the base yeast/infection essences. However, I think the Chardonnay barrel gets lost in the mire, and thus doesn't pull its weight when considering the added shelf tag 'value'.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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1/5  rDev -73.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mactrail
2.26/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Light vinegar smell. Mouthfeel is the kind of acidity that makes your teeth feel like they are eroding. But some jolly bubbles in the glass. It tastes exactly like the raw apple cider I let ferment with wild yeast in the garage, only I forgot about it for a few weeks. Thin and harsh with the ghost of cider. Watery in a bad way.

This is the 2013 bottled version and the lactic acid bacteria have eaten its lunch. Nasty chemical bitter aftertaste. No hints of oak, vanilla, or any other barrel flavor.

How is this a Saison? If that's what it's supposed to be, Trinity should keep track of their barrels so they don't infect all their beers with Lactobacillus. Don't we have categories for sour beers? And if it's supposed to be a sour it's the kind of spoiled dregs that give sour beers a bad name. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver for a stupid price.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of Quirkzoo

Pours fairly opaque and bright golden color with a frothy white sticky head.
Quite a bit of brett in the nose with it's distinct funk and a bit of pepper and lemon.
A nice earthy flavor all up in there with the typical saison spice, pepper and lemon combo. This one happens to be extremely refreshing, with a fairly wet mouthfeel. A solid medium body.
Solid beer that I'm very pleased to have a growler of.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 2015 vintage. Crown cap is waxed over as is usual with Trinity. Brown glass.

4.90% ABV. Session saison. Brewed with pilsen, rye, flaked wheat, flaked oats, spelt, coriander and grains of paradise. Aged in Chardonnay barrels.

Regrettably brief notes below:

APPEARANCE: Gorgeous 3-4 finger head of white colour. Fluffy and soft looking with a good consistency. Lasts a good 8 minutes, leaving no lacing as it recedes.

Body colour is a clear vibrant cider gold. For a beer aged on lees and brettanomyces, it's surprisingly clear and obviously filtered.

Not the usual hazy look of a proper saison, but it's inviting outside of strict style conventions.

AROMA: Very inviting. Crisp red apples, wine-like acidity, obvious chardonnay wine character, pilsner malts, grains of paradise (when I look for them), wheat, coriander, clean brettanomyces-induced funkiness. There isn't much farmhouse twang to this nor are there any really overt barnyard notes (lemon, lemongrass, hay/straw, etc.), but there is a hint of leather and, surprisingly. some sourness - maybe lambicus was used in addition to bruxellensis?

Suggests a clean, balanced, refreshing brew with plenty of interesting flavours.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Soft yet acidic, with a definite sour bite to it (it's maybe a 4-5/10 in terms of sourness, but the acidity amplifies it). Clean funkiness dominates the brew, bending those easily-imposed-upon pilsner and flaked wheat malts to the funky side. Crisp orchard apples. Coriander spice. Slightly earthy farmhouse yeast.

No straw/hay here, nor is there the leather from the aroma - and the chardonnay is quite restrained (some might even say reticent or shallow). Speaking of shallow, this doesn't boast the best depth of flavour, but it gets the job done. Complex to style, though it doesn't adhere strictly to style conventions, venturing well away from safe shore into the far-out waters of sour ales and American wilds; I'd care a lot more if it wasn't so tasty.

Adding the remainder of the bottle to my tulip does make the colour a bit more murky and the flavour slightly doughy (indicating yeast).

I do find some slight starchiness (possibly from the oats) but it's minor.

Texture is smooth, wet, aptly medium-bodied, and almost perfectly carbonated. Refreshing, approachable, and luscious. This will please any fan of the style.

In short, it's exactly the balanced refreshing brew the aroma promises, and I find it hard to put down. The low ABV seems to make this quite a drinkable brew, and in that respect I can see what they're getting at with the otherwise dubious "session saison" label.

OVERALL: More solid work from Trinity that I won't be buying again in spite of its high quality merely because the price just isn't justified in comparison to other beers in the same market. That aside, it's damn drinkable and I'd definitely recommend others to try it once. Nitpicking, there are missed opportunities in terms of intricacy of build and depth of flavour, and I'd like to see the wine barrel brought out more, ideally with some accompanying oak presence.

High B- (3.50) / WORTHY

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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saison Man from Trinity Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 70 ratings