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Belgian Saison
3.78 | pDev: 10.85%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of Sabtos
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost fully opaque, sandy dark amber with a very large, overly active foam head that settles ever so slowly to an uneven blanket leaving thick lumps of spongy lace all over the glass.

Smell is apple, pear and light phenolic clove-like spice with hints of astringent hops, bread dough and caramel cubes.

Taste too brings the apple-pear combo, almost like softened apple pie without the cinnamon, but with an unfinished crust and a touch of clove and sweet corn.

Body is medium-light with crisp carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of FBarber
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange tinged hazy golden color. Thin white head dissipates leaving little lacing.

Smell has aromas of lemon, orange zest, biscuit malt, straw, and slight ester notes.

Taste follows the nose with notes of lemon, orange zest, a nice biscuit malt background. Undertones of straw, pepper, and clove peak through.

Feel is light, crisp and refreshing.

Overall a very nice albeit not outstanding saison. Solid choice anytime you want a saison.

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Photo of bnes09
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lemon-orange color. Weakish head with little lacing. Yeasty, funky, lemon, citric aroma. Flavor follows with a delicate, bready malt backbone and plenty of citrus and yeast funk. Medium body with a grainy, yeasty texture. Somewhat weak carbonation. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of Vixie
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden color with a decent sized off white head.

Kind of a grassy and floral smell. There is a bit of lemon in there as well. Basically a fairly earthy and outdoors type of smell.

Sweet and fruity at first. Bit of apricot and pear notes, finishing with some lingering hop bitterness.

Fairly good feel going down, bit high on the carbonation.

A fairly decent example of the style, although not the best i have tried. It does tend towards the sweet side, but I would have liked a bit more complexity. The hops do keep things in check and from getting too sweet. Definitely worth trying, but there are better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of tigg924
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy, gold in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is grass, hay, and light lemon and pepper. Easy to drink and it hits all of what I expect in the style. Would not rush out for this, but I would not pass it up either.

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Photo of bwood06
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL bottle into a small pint glass

A - clear golden beer in color. fast rising carbonation. white foamy head that dissipates slowly. 4/5

S - white bread, some yeast, along with a banana ester and clove. sweet toffee malt. finally a slight hint of pear along with some floral hops. 3.75/5

T - sweet malt up front immeiately followed by a banana ester and a bitter pear note. bitter floral hop finish with lingering bitterness. a bit of lemongrass as well. very light spiciness along with a bit of earthy/woodiness. 4/5

M - carbonation burn throughout. light and crisp. sits fairly heavy on the back end. 3.75/5

O - good saison with a nice varied palate. a bit different than normal saison but it keeps things interesting. not the easiest saison to review due to varied flavors. thanks to my buddy Matt for introducing me to this one! 3.75/5

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ Hopleaf Chicago. Truncated notes below taken live on a phone:

HEAD: None. No lacing.

BODY: Translucent nontransparent vibrant copper. Lack's a saison's signature haze. No yeast can be seen.

Not the liveliest look for a saison, but at least above average.

AROMA: Tangy orange fruit, citrusy hops, saison yeast (replete with biscuity vitaminy notes), Mandarin twang, slight acidity, and vague spice.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Mandarin orange twang dominates, supported by citrusy fruity Hops, fruitskin-redolent acids, and neutral Belgian malts. The saison yeast is an afterthought, and I find no brettanomyces funkiness. There's vague indistinct spice, but no intricate spice profile like you'd find in, say, Fantome.

Decently balanced, but simple and somewhat shallow for a saison. Duration and intensity of flavour are average.

Mouthfeel is acidic, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and Overcarbonated. Doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, but it's decently executed.

Overall: A forgettable swing at a saison, but drinkable and enjoyable. I wouldn't buy it again, but it'll scratch your saison itch so long as you aren't looking for funkiness or overt barnyard character. Glad I tried it.


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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours, appears, tastes, and feels like a tripel. Usually a saison will have a more crisp feel and dry finish, and this is sweet and sticky and wet from the first to the last. As a tripel, it is enjoyable, but not one I'd go back to, as it lacks the depth and complexity of a westmalle or karmeliat. The sticky finish lingers nicely, though.

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Photo of smbslt
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid saison. No risks taken which is a bit ironic given the name. I don't want to sound like it is not worth trying because it is, but I also don't want to be oversold.

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Photo of Trooper92292
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For this type of beer it's really well balanced. It's definitely a beer that's better when you pair it with food. I have a few options in mind but regardless, food will bring out the flavor more.

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Photo of Aschakes
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love saisons in the first place. It has the right hint of spice and hops but really smooth in the finish. Also really good in a ginger Orange cocktail.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours light hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, lemon, peach, pear, apple, light banana, clove, coriander, herbal, wheat, bread, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of apricot, lemon, peach, pear, apple, light banana, clove, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light amount of earthy yeast spice/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, lemon, peach, pear, apple, light banana, clove, coriander, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great yeast/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice French saison. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kitschkitch
2.26/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not what I expected at all. I got this on tap at the brew pub and it came in a tulip glass. A golden color with no head and very minimal lacing. It smells and tastes sour with no maltiness. After reading some other reviews from a longtime ago that thought the lines may be infected, I think it's not that, it's just a bad beer.

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Photo of schleprock
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I had this in the brewpub on tap. It was served in a tulip glass.

This beer poured a golden coler but the head quickly disappeared and left no lacing to be had.

The smell was of sour grapes and not at all what I expected. I could not get any malt smell because the sourness was overpowering.

Very tart sour taste, low carbonation and not balanced at all. I'm thinking this beer has an infection or the beer lines aren't clean because this is not what I expected in a Saison.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz

Pours a slightly hazy lemon gold, some white suds and lacing for a head.

Smells of grassy malts and fresh banana esters, coriander, and clove.

Grassy malt and banana esters over clove and citrus sweetness with hints of coriander and a peppercorn crispness.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty nice saison with a very good flavor and aroma and a good body. Very enjoyable and worth having.

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Photo of REDAMI
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Pale, hazy, amber-gold with a creamy white head.

S - Tart dried apricots and straw.

T - Citrus rind, hops, grassy finish.

M - Crisp carbonation, medium body, mildly cloying hops.

I wish it tasted more like it smells. It's not bad, just missing the saison funk and overly hopped.

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Photo of Weston19
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Honey color, white foamy head; about two fingers worth.

S: Sweet honey smell, very perfumy. Has a hint of yeast and banana. Like a light smelling Hefe Weizen.

T: Bready, has a hop taste mid palate. The lingering flavor reminds me of the White Christmas from Samuel Adams. It's really good that it doesn't have any taste of alcohol since I've had beers at this alcohol level with present alcohol taste.

M: Light, and oily mouth feel. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste in your mouth.

O: Not a bad beer. There was nothing spectacular about this beer but there's nothing wrong with it either. I would have it again.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden straw color. Very clear transparent look. Half a finger of head on the pour which was present on the sides of the glass while drinking. Creamy lacing at each level after drinking.

Smell: earthy grains and yeast jumps out of the glass. Slightly spicy hop profile. Malt comes off with an interesting musty sweetness.

Taste: leafy greens and buttery yeast shine through. A medium to heavy body lingers on the palate. The malt sweetness blasts through on the back end of this brew. really pleasant earthy tones ride throughout.

Mouthfeel: easy drinking and refreshing but with plenty of full body to keep the palate entertained.

Overall: a lot of great things going on here. Great Mouthfeel with a ton of traditional flavors. Really enjoyed all the Revolution beers I have had so far.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is fairly hazy,appearing copper to orange hued with an off-white head. The aroma offers malt, sweet and sour apples, green, earth. Earth and mineral water character. Perhaps a mild tartness. Medium bodied, finishing dry with a hint of spice. Overall, this was okay.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 5/23/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Average orange color with a one-finger head and decent carbonation
S: Sour green apples, fresh malt, a touch of wet earth
T: Sour apple up front along with a nice earthy/floral mix and mats to back it up. Few if any hops, the acidity is pronounced along with a fairly long finish
M: Light to medium bodied, sour with pleasant carbonation
O: This may be too sour for some but I'm trying to explore Belgian styles and I like acidity so for me this is a very enjoyable beer to contemplate

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, sweet green apples and a small earthiness. In the taste, sweet earthiness with green apple like undertones. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spicy and green apple like aftertaste. Spicy, small earth, and big green apple, decent.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw golden yellow with a fair amount of white foam.

Bready and toasty malts, clove, banana, spicy yeast, and some light fruity aroma.

Banana, yeasty spiciness, clove, light citrus, bready, and earthy notes.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, soft, refreshing.

Overall, not the greatest saison out there but a solid and crushable brew.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled opened on 7.1.13

A - Pours a hazy lighter orange with a light tan head with solid retention.

S - Saison yeast, spicy, bannana.

T - Lots of spices and bannana.

D - Tons of carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Sasion style with lots of fruity bannana and Belgium spices.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the saison is in vogue these days, and as it turns out, they aren't all good. this one sort of straddles the line, and while it scores well from me in all categories, the overall leaves something to be desired. great pour on it though, brightly colored yellow despite the sediment, and the head is rich and foamy, bone white, and everlasting. the smell is like the wyeast French saison yeast I use in my home brew, and im not sure if I love that familiarity here or not. listed at 8.1% abv on the menu at the brewery, I cant smell the booze at all, which is impressive, but I don't get much else interesting in malt or hops. the flavor is yeast heavy, and it is definitely the same stuff I use at home. blanched sort of wheat malt base, uninspired. the alcohol remains subtle, but creeps in just a bit in the finish, which is warming and floral. not bad at all, just not as complex as I like them to be. good bubbles, good body, somewhere around medium, but plenty drinkable for its strength. not a beer I am eager to drink again, I feel like it is the sort of cookie cutter saison, which seems to be a contradictory phrase when the history and methods of the genre are considered, but there are too many of these out there right now that are not distinct. google saison recipe, click the first link, acquire ingredients, follow instructions. that's not what turns me on about beer and brewing, and it certainly isn't "revolution"ary.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden and clear color with a heavy white head. There was actually quite a bit if sticky lacing.

Heavy yeast aroma with banana and clove. There a nice tropical fruit scent, too.

Banana, band aid, clove, and really sweet tropical fruit that reminded me of a way overripe mango.

The mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky. Low carbonation.

Overall, a good beer but the sweetness was a bit off for a saison.

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