Reserve Sour Saison | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This intriguing Saison took years to perfect. Our Brewers worked tirelessly to brew an exquisite French-style Saison, while our industry leading Wood Cellar Team worked to mature the perfect Sour Golden Ale in large, French oak barrels called Foeders. The best of both worlds is brought-out with this Sour Saison – a traditional barrel-aged sour ale artfully blended with a rustic, champagne-like Farmhouse Ale. With over 20 years of barrel-aged sour experience and the largest Wood Cellar in the United States, we’re proud to offer Sour Saison as our first ever year-round, traditional sour ale that’s so uniquely New Belgium, it can’t be replicated.

Added by Haybeerman on 09-01-2017

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Ratings: 70 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of MJSFS
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured hazy with a white head of Belgian style foam that lasted well and clung with lace. The appearance is a 4. The lace after the foam popped and fell was that good. We often talk about what we can tick down as reviewers but how about when to tick up. When you see something exemplary tick it up. Light lemon tart nose with crisp cracker malts and cookie dough. Lemony herbal funk with peppery spice. Funk and pepper. Drinks with a bubbly body and little bitterness at the end. Herbs and crisp cracker. A sour funk. Finishes not 100% dry but with a light sweetness and breaddy bubbles. Light tartness in the finish.

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Photo of MJ64
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part lambic and part farmhouse ale, the taste of the lowlands where France and Belgium converge in Colorado's New Belgium brewery for a medley of refreshment that's charming, rustic and meticulous.

Tangy, fruity and spicy, the ale first pours with a pale golden haze as the rim is adorned with a creamy white lather. Lemon, apple and white grape give the nose a tart counterpart to a mild winey must that's dusted with oak. Supple with sweetness, the ale greets the tongue with a light breadiness of sourdough, angel food cake and a kiss of honey.

And as the fruit and spice hit a crescendo on the middle palate, the malt influence is quickly cast to the wayside. Lemon, pear, apple and white grape once again emerge in a fruit forward taste. But a quick followup from white pepper, coriander and oak tannins, the fruit is neutralized and the bitterness of hops creep into the fray. Straw, dried grass and a peppery hop bite dries the late palate and welcomes a brisk acidity to ensure a clean finish.

Medium light but remaining creamy and expressive, the ale hits a sparkling white wine playfulness while an aftertaste of earthen burlap, oaken cashew and a piquant spice of peppercorn tease the after palate into a medium linger of dried citrus and white wine.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty tasty! Tart and sour with unique characteristics from the barrel. Holds it's own and stands out amongst the New Belgium lineup yet amongst other sours it is middle of the pack.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear pale to medium golden apricot in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint copper + medium golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense fizzy foamy bright white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly funky, slightly tart spicy/peppery + light fruity (white grape/pear) yeast along with light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus and pale + bready malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale + bready malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of spicy/peppery + light fruity (white grape/pear) yeast along with a light amount of tart lemon citrus. Light hints of hay-like funkiness and virtually no hop presence or bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness and a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Exactly what I would have expected from a beer described as a sour saison - lots of saison flavors + aromas with a light amount of tartness/sourness. Enjoyable and easy to drink with very well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of corywalston
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mchegash
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice SRM 5 or so, with a small amount of white head. A bit hazy. A below-average amount of carbonation seen rising up the beer.
S: Slightly sour fruit flavors. Aroma not very strong.
T: You can tell that a sour has been blended with a saison, as the flavors don't seem to work well together. You can taste aspects of both. But not particularly great. It's like a bad sour, more than a saison.
F: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

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Photo of entenduintransit
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1313
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 1/5/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with bubbles racing upwards; big chunky white head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas have some yeasts, malts and funk. Some citrus. Everything is balanced. The flavors are clean and refreshing. It's tart and sour, but nothing crazy or over the top. Subtle hints of vinegar. More lemon and citrus. More funk. Yeasts and malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's medium-bodied with fluffy moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy and slightly creamy. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a really nice brew. It's exactly what you would expect from a "sour saison". The craftsmanship is impressive and on point. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Well done.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Brewing "Sour Saison"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "ENJOY BY: 5104 21OCT18 17102010111846"
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours a hazy golden body beneath a short head of white foam that fades rather quickly. That's probably due to the acid from the souring, and the haze is because it's bottle-conditioned; I should have been more careful with my pour. Moving forward, the aroma is fruity and tartish with some grainy malt and a bit of light mineral character to it. Perhaps there's some wood adding to it as well as this is barrel aged, but I'm not finding it clearly. The flavor follows. The fruitiness is clear but not particularly specific. I'm finding notes of apple and orange, red berries and dark raisins but nothing really sticks out beyond the apple, it's more like a fruit salad. It's not as tart as you might expect as there's a good deal of sweetish malt there as well. And again, I'm not finding a whole lot of barrel character although there is some oaky dryness in the finish. Still, there is something quite special about it. A moderate bitterness helps to balance it along with the soft tartness and oak and it finishes mostly dry with a dollop of sweetish malt fading to leave an apple cider-like note of tartness lingering. Medium-light in body with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it smooth and doesn't emphasize the tartness with additional carbonic bite. Nicely done.

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Photo of jakea
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Look is hazy orange with a 1/4" head that quickly dissappears. Smell is sour, not super strong, but citrus also comes thru with the brett. Taste is exactly as described by the beer name-- farmhouse with a slight sour taste. Feel is lightly carbonated, average weighted, well blended, and leaves a pleasant citrus aftertaste. Beer is not very sour, and very well done overall.

This was a pleasant beer, and probably a very refreshing choice for summertime too. At $16.99 for a 6-pack, it is a bit pricey, and was hard to find. I hope NB keeps brewing this beer, but finds a way to lower the price to the level of it's other outstanding beers. Recommended, especially for someone wanting to try their first sour beer or farmhouse style beer.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WadeBridgman
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lloyddas
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with billowing carbonation. 1/2 inch head that is short lived . Citrus bouquet with slightly perfumed nature. Moderately sour with honey that finished with floral and citrus accents. Nicely thick mouth feel. Very quenching and session-able. Very nice pasta and meat sauce . Leaves one wanting more on a warm day.

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Photo of MurphDog14
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of golf4collet
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gdobber
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a tulip
Look: hazy, light orange gold. thin white head with small bubbles
smell: acidic, peach, apples
Taste: tart, apples, tangy, not too acidic to make you pucker. solid mid level sour
feel: good tingle to it. a bit dry
overall: good beer. would be a good starter sour for those that aren't into sours.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HungarianCount
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hoonia
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Golden with a light white head. Yeasty sour apple nose. Taste is simalr to the nose. I don't dig it. “Sour” is a stretch for me. Does not have the complexity that it touts. Very slight tartness.

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Reserve Sour Saison from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 70 ratings