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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beertooth on 03-23-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
365
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
27.88%
 
 
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13
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Photo of Sammy
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Decent and serviceable though not exceptional saison. This batch weighed in at 8.1%. It hits the style, apple flavour commingles with orange and grapefruit. Lacey, farmhouse aroma as compared to a peppery spicy saison aroma. Not too drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
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 BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a slinder tulip designed glass, a pint of Belgian authenticity resonates with the palate in a full fruity spicy balance with floral overtones and firm malt underpinnings.

The bright golden ale pours a little on the yellowish side with stray rays of light that penetrate the yeasty haze. The beer builds a frothy cap of white foam; a mix of big and bold froth continues to build upon a base of densely knit foam. Confident lace piles on the glass in very attractive fashion.

The bright and fruity aromas are on full display with pears, apples, oranges, lemons, apricots, and figs. Supported with a soft pillow of pilsner malt, the fruit flavors seem sprinkled with supple powdered sugar. This doughy brine of sweetness is balanced with a peppery note that triggers the olfactories with celery seed, dried orange peel, floral hops, musty hay, white pepper, and a dash of cumin.

The elegant fruit and earthy spice resonate with the palate as well with a balanced taste that starts with bready sweetness of sugar cookie. The confectionary elements develop into a estery and spicy mid palate of citrus, tropical, and domestic fruits let by apple, apricot, and pear. The sweetness and fruit flavors trail off heading into finish and allows for the growing intensity of spice to blend with hop flavor-turn-bitter of lemongrass and mild plastic to close the beer and linger in aftertaste.

Medium bodied, the carbonation tends to form a creamy and fuller impression rather than the champagney textures of true refermented Belgian varieties. Although the alcohol warmth, hop and spice dryness, and fading malt textures aid in overall dryness to finish, it still doesn't allow the beer to bounce off the tongue with the sprite prickle, drinkability, or refreshment of beers such as Saison du Pont or Fantome.

Pleasant enough to quench the thirst of the most die hard of Belgian saison drinkers, the beer does what American brewers to for these styles- deliver a cleaner and more simplified palate, offer creamy vs. dry carbonation, and under-attenuate for full flavor and weight without the whimsical complexities of true Belgium.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -15%
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.

C+

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity and spicy. Nice tart green apple aroma with some yeastiness.

T - It tasted of green apples with some sweet caramel and spicy bitterness. It was really tasty.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very clean, dry finish.

O - This is a really nice saison. I'm glad I brought this back from Chicago.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 mothman
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a white head. Color is a hazed sunset golden orange/yellow.

Aroma: Lots of yeast and spice. Bready. Some pepper. Belgiany. Cloves.

Taste: Lots of spices. It is very bready and yeasty. It tastes Belgian, but not very saison-like. Tastes more like a golden ale.

Mouthfeel: Dry and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a lot of spice.

Overall, not a fan of this one. Too heavy of a body and not enough barnyard funk.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass at the Bad Apple.

Gotta have somethin' whilst awaiting a bacon/peanut butter burger, so why not a local saison? This stuff pours a cloudy sunset gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, light orange zest, clove, black pepper, and a twinge of what may or may not be some sort of melon back there... The taste brings in more of the same, with the spices taking a back seat to the citrus. Not much in the way of funk or real "saison-ness", but still not bad; kinda like a more-spicy-than-usual Belgian hefe... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, again, more of a Belgian take on a hefe than a saison in my eyes, but still pretty tasty. Now for that burger...

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times - both a Revolution and at the Goose Island Belgian Beer Festival. Served in a pint-shaped taster glass at the latter.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin ring, leaving behind spotty lace and a wispy haze on top. Hazy dark golden body.

S - Stone fruits and yeast, with some spice and peppery character to it that is thankfully restrained. Some earthy hop character as well.

T - Taste is a bit more medicinal and less sweet. Mostly spicy yeast and bread, with a kiss of citrus, stone fruits, and pale malted grains.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, and sufficient heft for the ABV. Goes down quite easily with a lowish carbonation level. No obvious alcohol is present.

D - A solid beer that seems more like a Tripel of BSPA than a Saison in some ways. Still, I'd order this one again as a change of pace beer if I'd tried all of the new beers and old favorites already.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up this bomber at my local Jewel Grocery store. I love how they've expanded their beer selection.

Clear, dull, copper copper. Very quick head and no residual foam. There's a few lazy pillars of bubbles.

Earthy, light hops, chalky dry smelling yeast. Mildly toasted, crisp crackers. maybe a little dry caramel.

Dry, but syrupy palate. Chalky, dry fruit yeast flavor. A little alcoholic heat. The finish is crackers, toasty, caramel, and faint grass.

Not a bad saison, but I probably won't buy this again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.32/5  rDev -11%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
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 jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer pours a cloudy orange with a nice white head, good retention and lacing.

The aroma is light, a little more citrus than you would expect in a saison, with a little wheat, and a slight bitter finish. The server described as super sweet, it was sweet for a saison but not super sweet, nor do I think its a traditional saison.

The taste is also pretty light starting off with some citrus, then finishes with a slight sour bitter finish.

Decent feel, nice carbonation and a fine dry finish.

Overall, pretty good, a sweeter take on a saison.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewpub, a saison dry-hopped with Spalt hops. The beer is hazy orange color with a thick and dry-looking white foam, some clumpy lacing. The aroma is really good, some spice but that just might come from the hops, a little sweetness too. It tastes citrusy and sweet, some good malt presence which shouldn't be a surprise with 7.5% ABV, a peppery bite to the mid-sip and a little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. The hops seem to add a lot to this saison. Well carbonated with a full body, very nice.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
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 AgentZero
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice cloudy look to a golden orangish brew with a small white head and a tiny bit of sticking.

S - I would not suspect this is a saison, very yeasty, like a triple more than anything else. Not the grass notes I was expecting, more citrus and fruity.

T - If you gave this to me blind folded, I would have guess Belgian Strong Ale or Tripple. Is there such thing as an Imperial Saison or something? Huge belgian yeast and a fruity citrus with a very dry finish. It's fairly tasty, but not classified right.

M - Dry, medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

D - It's not bad, a little too much with the yeast and sweetness to do tons of.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes a saison is … just a saison. This was such a saison.

It poured a cloudy golden color. It has a rich, floral hop aroma. Flavor is sharply bitter up front followed by a long floral finish. The beer itself has a sweet floral character with some noticeable coriander and spices coming through as it warms.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rev Kedzie Grand Opening Party.

A - Pours a golden yellow-color, white head, sticky lacing.

S - Nose is spices, yeast, light pears, malty sweetness, fruity.

T - Lightly hopped with spices, yeast, sweet fruit, and hay. Perhaps hopped up a bit too much for my tastes, but this could be contributed to how fresh this batch is. Alcohol is detectible for 7.5% and perhaps a bit too much for this beer. Finish is funky yeast and a herbal/floral sweetness.

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A forgettable saison compared to stuff coming from Hill Farmstead here in the US and many others in Europe. There's too many other offerings from Rev that I enjoy more then this beer, so I'll just stick with those.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into glass. Appearance is clear gold with minimal head present. No lacing present. The smell is fruity with plenty of yeast and familiar Belgian esters. Notes of lemon, black pepper, and bubblegum. Taste is somewhat sweet up front with cloves, bubblegum, peppercorn, and a spicy finish. A hair on the sweet side with a nice crisp finish. Carbonation is somewhat high and body is medium. Overall, this is a very drinkable Saison with a decent level of sweetness. Another solid brew from Revolution.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution brewpub.

A - Golden color with a lively foam. Some lacing is noted.

S - Scents of fresh lemon and grain.

T - Flavor is tangy and slightly sour. borders on the profile of a wild ale. Finishes with a wheat flavor.

M - Light feel, crisp, and finishes with mild tartness.

O - Overall solid saison and probably my favorite offering at Revolution.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at Revolution 7/12/11.

A: Served a hazy, pale-gold with two fingers of bright white meringue perched on top. Carbonation was ample and head retention and lace were plentiful.

S: Quite spicy and grassy. Was looking for a bit more citrus but wasn't disappointed with all the other things going on here.

T: See above. Belgian yeast and white pepper figure into the flavor pretty strongly. Light funkiness.

M: Starts off full and slightly sweet before turning dry and bitter during the middle and finish.

O: Kinda of a hybrid of a Saison and a BSPA. Whatever it is, it was very refreshing and wouldn't hesitate to order again.

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Photo of matjack85
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 22oz brown bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $7.99. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazy pale gold color with less than a ½-finger's worth of white head that dissipated quickly to a thin rim and left very little lacing.

The beer had a fruity smell with a whiff of spicy yeast, but overall there wasn't much to the smell.

It has some fruit flavor, but overall it's more spicy than fruity. It has an earthiness to it as well. There's a touch of alcohol in the finish and 50 IBU's worth of bitterness.

Medium mouthfeel, crisp, and with a dry finish. Carbonation is on the high side.

Not sure how saison-y it is, but I liked it.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy pale yellow, slight head, nice lacing

S: lemongrass, earthy, spices, belgian yeast

T: sweet yeast, earthy middle, mild dry spicy finish

M: med/light, hint of dry crisp feel

O: Nice saison, has potential for greatness.
Good not amazing.
ABV well hidden, terrific Summer/gateway brew.
Alcohol sneaks up on you.

GOOD, WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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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