Sour Saison | New Belgium Brewing

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3.87/5
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137 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,767
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
137
pDev:
8.79%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
28
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of MGibbons
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eman17
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DefenCorps
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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 +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Heymecalvy
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CR2036
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this in a craft-your-own 6 pack for $11.99 because it was a pretty good deal to me. Poured into a Guinness 200th anniversary glass.

L: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with 2 fingers of decent white foam with good retention, but not much lacing.
S: Smells very fruity with hints of pear, apple, and a hint of banana. Could also be some white grape as well.
T: At first I got a mild sour punch, followed by white grape, banana, apple, and pear. No real bitterness to be had.
F: Okay to weak carbonation with a slightly wet mouthfeel at first, but finishes dry and sort of refreshing.

O: I think this made a great addition to my craft pack, but I wouldn't see myself buying this one too often. It's crafted really well, but it just isn't my cup of tea. It is good, though. Enjoy!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

best before 1/6/19; reviewed 8/19/18

Look- cloudy golden yellow with a billowing 2 finger off-white head that recedes very slowly

Aroma- hay, slight banana, lemon zest

Taste- follows the nose pretty closely with the hay and banana, but there's also a mild lemony tartness that compliments that. Also getting light crackery malt and a quick zesty black pepper note and some mild herbal bitterness

feel- medium bodied and soft with medium carbonation; finishes semi-dry with a little lingering tartness and bitterness

Overall- excellent slightly tart saison with flavors that compliment one another very nicely

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Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NextBestThing
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy gold/orange, I get a half inch head of foam after a semi-aggressive pour into a tulip. I had to hold the glass up to the light and look very closely to see tiny bubbles rushing from bottom to top. It's a good looking beer.

Nose is extremely fruity. I do get the banana, typical of the style, but also slightly sour apple.

Oddly, this beer tastes a little different than it's aroma. I say this because in addition to banana and under ripe apple, I'm getting a significant white grape presence on the back palate. Really nice and the highlight of the beer in my book. Medium in the mouth, carbonation is certainly present and detectable.

Very nice beer. I could drink quite a few of these and sort of wish it would become a standard offering. A little pricey but in the Hudson valley of New York State all beer is pricey. Recommend with zero reservation for those who enjoy a beer devoid of bitterness.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With this saison, New Belgium has elevated the art.
While this is my 24th from them, I shied away from their sours and wilds after panning La Folie some three years ago. (But I seemed to enjoy watching New Belgium's Overall ride to success.)
And since panning La Folie, a plethora of American brewers have emerged specializing in a style I cannot get used to.

Until now. I can get used to Sour Saison.... because it really is not sour; it is tart. And a nice tart, too.
Looks like a champ; lots of protein swirling and coagulating life. Smells are less dramatic, but Tastes bring home the balance of this ale. And it finishes that way, also.

OA: I give new Belgium credit for figuring out how to control this tart phenomenon that has become the latest fad and, frankly, is not understood by enough brewers; many whom tend to the extreme. New Belgium is proof that if you work hard enough and apply yourself, you will figure out the secret of the Belgian masters... and you got a good chance of improving on it. I enjoyed this Reserve so much that I just may go back and find another copy of that La Folie... and see how much I have improved.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A
This beer looks handsome in my tulip glass... poured out of a 12 ounce bottle, the head sat at the lip just perfectly.
S
Nothing too unexpected or obscure. It is predominantly yeasty with hints of grass, white grape juice, and a salivating tartness. Some migut interprate a banana smell.
T
The taste well-resembles its smell, with the fruity aspects appearing first, and the yeast/grass aspects tapering off at the end.
F
This haa the precise mouth feel I desire...lively, crisp, not too syrupy. Being a fan of sours, I would admit that this one is a bit sweet for what I look for, but it shifts towards a saison, hence the descriptor being sour, not the style.
O
Overall, I'm surprised at the quality and style accuracy from New Belgium. I used to drink fat tire when first began enjoying beer many years ago, and I'm pleased to see that they are venturing out to try new styles.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Sour Saison from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 137 ratings