The House Of Louis | 5 Seasons Westside

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5 Seasons Westside
Georgia, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by gford217 on 03-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by glid02:
Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a tan head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of smooth dark malts, slight pepper, dark grapes, and tannic oak. Also present are mild amounts of heavy pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as complex. Medium to dark malts up front are joined quickly by hints of red grapes. Midway through moderate amounts of vinous flavors come into play before slight oak carries through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was a very tasty beer and another hit from 5S West with regard to their barrel program. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Westside.

Pours dark for a saison, a hazy reddish amber with a big creamy beige head that recedes to a bubbly cap and leaves only spotty lacing.

Aroma is actually pretty fruity from the yeast with some sugary fruits mixed together with the more vinous red wine character. There is a light spiciness from the oak and yeast but the sweetness is most apparent.

The taste is a little "hotter" than I was expecting with the wine barrel and alcohol burn very evident. The underlying sugary sweetness is still present with apricots and peaches dipped in sugar. The finish is dry with lots of alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated for the style but the barrel is the dominant feature for me in the feel. Boozy, oak and wine character throughout.

Another excellent saison from Crawford. Probably not the stunner that Crouching Tiger Hidden Poulet was for me, but still an excellent brew.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub

A: Pours a very hazy dark orange/Amber color, obviously influenced by the pinot noir. Poured with very little head, but ample carbonation. I fault the bartender, not the beer.

S: Wow - very vinous, tart fruitiness with a little saison funk in the back. Very juicy smelling with some sourness.

T: Again, wow. Very sweet with lots of juicy pinot noir flavor along with some berries and slight spiciness. I also interestingly get a touch of whiskey. Also quite boozy. Nice, but I wish the base beer was more up front. This is in your face wine barrel.

M: On the thicker side with fairly light carbonation.

O: Very interesting, but boozy with a bit too much barrel/wine influence. Worth a shot if at the brewpub.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served a matte mahogany-hued body with a small-sized, white head.

Smell: Raw oak well moistened with red wine in the aroma, notes of spice and spicy-scented herbs with a hint of berries, maybe red currants. Low touch of cooked honey.

Taste: A leading taste of tart-tasting red wine dosed with a small sprinkling of wild berries. A big burst of tannic, vanilla-hinting oakiness follows. A glaze of sweet honey atop pils, pale malts. Hint of sliced peaches dosed with alcohol. Then a touch of fruit loaf dusted in earthy spices. Quite warming at the end with a taste of mulled wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Good stuff. The original Cinq Saison was a nicely complex brew, but this really takes it up a notch.

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The House Of Louis from 5 Seasons Westside
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 4 ratings