French Oak Saison | New Belgium Brewing

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3.96/5
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64 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
To understand "Belgian-style beer" is to understand Belgium's nuanced regions and historical past. To the north, we have Flanders, a region invaded and occupied by many foreign powers over hundreds of years, known for everything from white beer to oak-aged sour brown ales.

To the south, we have Wallonia, a region known for its rich farmland, industrial coalfields, French culture and farmhouse ales like Biere de Garde and saison. Our French Oak Saison pulls inspiration from both regions by marrying a dry, hop-forward Wallonia-style saison with a golden ale soured in French oak foeders for 15 to 18 months -- a method derived from Flanders. The rye and spelt grains in the saison contribute to a medium-light body while the Huell Melon and Tettnang hops give aromas of honeydew and white pepper.

The result is a rustic, goldenrod yellow saison offering pleasant lemon and white grape aromas and a bright, mouthwatering sourness with a clean, dry finish.

A true blending of inspirations.

Added by Britt on 12-21-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,932
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
64
pDev:
6.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Ahypercube
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is the third aged sour ale I have had, and although I liked Eroica and Dark Swan, this is easily better than either of the two.

L: Pours with a hazy golden straw body and lots of bone-white head, which lasts impressively for a sour and does leave some decent lacing.

S: The sour funkiness from Brett is noted first; underneath that, a mellow and sweet fruity bouquet features white grape, lemon, nectarine, yellow grapefruit, plum, honeydew and white pepper. I find it very appetizing.

T: A sharp metallic blade of citric acid scrapes across the tongue, leaving behind a peppery tingle and a trail of warm, sweet bursts of plum, grape and yellow nectarine in its wake. Smooth white bread and melon sweetness ferry the tartness away in a hot air balloon.

F: Lighter than you'd expect, both in texture and flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel, very crisp finish.

O: This is the kind of beer you can share with a wine connoisseur, and they may actually be able to appreciate it.

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Photo of Chilmer
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drstalker
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from one pint, six fluid ounce bottle. Date code is '04MAR18'.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Fizzy, white head quickly settles to bubble fed ring. No lacing.
Aroma of lemon, white wine, and earthy funk. Some spice like coriander way in the background.
Taste includes the oak barrel, along with lemon and white grape. White pepper and coriander spices. Sour throughout, and has the funk. Dry finish.
Fizzy, medium mouth feel. Refreshing.
Well done and balanced.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiny copper penny colored with a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and most of the top. After about 5 minutes most of the foam is gone. There's plenty of oak in the aroma along with light pear and green grapes. I'm tasting a well balanced blend of oak, light pear, green apple, and light grains. The mouth is fairly smooth and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Apellonious
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass, orange, almost clear, with a thin rim of lace that dissipates immediately. Pear, peach, sour funk on the nose. The taste is right in line, with some slight wood notes buried underneath. The mouthfeel is medium light,carbonation is medium high and slightly sharp on the finish. A very tasty and interesting saison,just enough sour and funk mixed with fruit notes to keep it balanced.

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheHopsman
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of csmrx7
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, straw-yellow color with a thin, tan head of foam. It smelled of oak, yeasty, toasty caramel and green apple. Nice fruity flavor with a yeasty kick.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw gold with a head of foam that recedes slowly. In the nose I get cloves, tart fruit, bits of Brett, pepper. Okay tart taste up front, some barnyard, coriander and cloves. Extremely dry especially in the finish. Very lively carbonation, this is a good one.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of sendbeer
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BamfBacon
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of caahare
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jared40
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a golden slightly hazy look into the glass. Great head on the beer. Not too sour but very drinkable.Great smell to the beer as well. If you love farmhouse ales you will definitely love this beer.

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French Oak Saison from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 64 ratings