Sour Saison | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

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: 153 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of Jason_cs
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MacStinson
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Czequershuus
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bold gold with a large head. The aroma is inviting with a big hit of belgian yeast, underipe banana, barnyar funk, clove, kiwi, sawdust, green strawberry, and peach skin. The flavor starts with generous burst of green banana, green apple, and pear, mild bubblegum, clove, fresh baked bread, and a solid level of barnyard funk. The mouthfeel is full upfront with effusive bubbly carbonation and a dry finish. Overall this is a fantastic beer, that is unfortunately all to easily ignored. I am actually amazed this is available in six packs - what a steal!

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Photo of LAM01833
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rangerred
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewsbeer55
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PuffySAJ
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Sour Saison is a traditional saison, brewed with a classic saison yeast strain, which imparts notes of clove, white pepper and coriander. The saison is then blended with sour Felix beer from New Belgium’s towering French oak foeders"
Brewed with pale, rye and wheat malts. Hopped with Target, Hallertau Mittelfruh, Saaz, Liberty .
18 IBU's, 7.0% ABV. Fermented with Hybrid Belgian, French Saison yeast, House-mixed culture in foeder, including numerous strains of lacto, bretta and pedio (partial batch)

Pours out to a sparkingly clear medium golden, forming a large bone white meringue head. Carbonation is moderate, about 2.5 carbs, a bit less than traditional saisons. The nose has fruity apple and kiwi esters, damp hay, a bit of green banana and pineapple and brett. Mouthfeel is moderately tart, finishing bone dry with a medium light body. The taste hits with initial tartness, vinous white wine esters, very mild bitterness, a bit of pepper, oak and alcohol in the finish. No perceptible off flavors or aromas for the style. A little bit of grainy malt lingers in the aftertaste.

I'm not really a fan of saisons, but as far as saisons go, this is an interesting and well brewed beer. It does have a strong dry white wine character that may appeal to wine drinkers. Worth trying if you like saisons, and it does stand up to it's description.

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Photo of caffeinelogic
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange amber color with a billowy white head of foam. The head has a great level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of a sour apple cider vinegar smell mixed with other fruit smells of apple, pear, peach, and melon. Along with these smells comes tons of hay and grass as well as a strong hit of herb and yeast. Overall the smell is very inviting and sour with a nice clean and intriguing smell.
Taste – The taste starts out with very dry saison flavor with a good showing of yeast, spice of coriander and clove, as well as a whole lot of hay and grass. Upfront there is also a good showing of apple cider and green apple sourness which both grow stronger as the taste advance. As the sour grows stronger, so too does the spice, all with more and more fruit flavors of pear, peach, and apple growing in as well. With a little bit of oak and more grass, yeast, and a dry herb tastes coming to the tongue, one is left with a dry, moderately sour, and very flavorful and enjoyable taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the lighter and thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of dry and sour taste the feel is spot on and makes for one easy drinking brew.
Overall – While I am not normally a huge sour fan, the mix of sour, yeast, saison, fruit, and hay makes for a nice easy sipper. I surprising really liked this brew and would definitely recommend.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at BeerNV a little while back (maybe a month ago) when Kim and I were in town for a conference. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with 1/3" white head on the top. The aroma lacked a solid saison yeast presence, so the hay feels were light at best. Nothing problematic though, just, tempered.

Taste, light sourness, probably around 3.5 on the 10 pt scale, it is refreshing, despite its large abv relative to style. The usual lemon input on the sour taste wise. Less hay. Almost nothing in the way of funk from the foeder. Just a relatively tame introductory level sour beer, intro level saison. Almost feels like they blended it 50/50 with a non foeder beer, just doesn't impart much wood, I dunno, maybe they only aged it in there for a short amount of time if not. I think if you go into this looking for a lot of wood effect, you'll be disappointed, but its a decent offering, especially to people beginning to wade into the shallow end of the pool so to speak.

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Photo of Shade1951
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid! Looks, smells, tastes and feels like a Belgian with the traditional banana and clove undertones. It's barely sour at all - but there is enough of a hint of sourness. I wouldn't mind if the sourness were ramped up a bit - but this is still pretty tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmh21
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MGibbons
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation rising in a column from the center of the glass. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that settled down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, a thin film of bubbles in between, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint amounts of sourness are present in the nose along with underlying hints of Belgian yeast.
T: The taste follows the smell and is a little sour with bits of saison yeast present in the background.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't overly sour and you can still taste the underlying saison. It is well balanced and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eman17
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from TJs (I think)

A clear orange with a large, voluminous head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a blend of sharp, grainy hay with noticeable Brett and mild white wine notes. The Brett notes are a blend of clove, white pepper and a touch of phenols. The palate opens crisp and grainy, with a rustic pils malt character, a noticeable white wine character and peppery Brett. Drying on the finish with a moderate vinous character. Despite the multiple components that are noticeable, this isn't particularly deep or layered. Decent.

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Photo of Mortarforker
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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