Reserve Sour Saison | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
101 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): 7.00%

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,517
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
101
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good beer with food,. Lite on the sour

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kuhndog
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of micropale
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paresis
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcrawford
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

SAVOR DC 2018

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Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6/2/18 draft @ New Belgium Asheville

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Photo of benros222
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbehlar
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edthehead
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. Massive foamy white head. Solid retention. Decent lacing.

S: Lemony and tart.. mild funk and oak. Grassy.

T/F: Light grains... honey sweetness and tart lemon. Not overly sour... wheat/grass and mild spice. Light bodied... effervescent carbonation. A little sticky on the tongue. The finish is somewhat tea-like with lemon

O: A solid tart Saison. Not elite and there are much better out there, but clean and very drinkable.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kelseyr713
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kkazemi
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, bottled on 10/20/2017. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, clove, oak, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of banana, bubblegum, leather/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, clove, oak, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with light notes of banana, bubblegum, leather/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate pepper yeast/oak spiciness; light yeast tartness, and wheat tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, peach, pear, red/green apple, melon, white grape/wine, hay, straw, grass, peppercorn, clove, oak, wheat, cracker, white bread, light banana/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 7%. Overall this is an excellent wild saison! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/light acidic yeast, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink for the ABV, with the modestly spicy/tannic/acidic/drying finish. Really great well rounded Brett/Lacto/Saison yeast complexity; nice oak foeder presence and pale/wheat malt backbone. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Beejay
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: bright yellow in color, very hazy with a large soft white head.

S: a touch of citrus and lemongrass, slightly acidic with a touch of funk.

T: lemon, citrus, and some nice shot notes with fruit in the finish.

M: light and soft with fairly aggressive carbonation.

O: over a pretty pleasing brew.

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Photo of ODBoyer
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kds2437
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dillinger
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Reserve Sour Saison from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 101 ratings