Rosie Cheeks Saison | Argus Brewery

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Rosie Cheeks SaisonRosie Cheeks Saison
Rosie Cheeks SaisonRosie Cheeks Saison

Brewed by:
Argus Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Saison crafted with dried rose hips and New Zealand grown Nelson Sauvin hops. The malt bill consists mostly of Pilsner, as well as 10% wheat malt, which shows through in the texture and head retention. For fermentation the brewery employs a French Saison strain that they purposefully let do its work at lower temperatures to get the yeast profile just right. Overall, those wheat additions and the Saison yeast offer a nice and peppery, toasty core that threads through this whole beer. On the less traditional side, of course, are the hefty doses of dried rose hips and New Zealand grown Nelson Sauvin hops, which get added to the kettle.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 16
Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aaron for the assist!
Maintains good coverage for the duration of the glass, spotty lace. Bright golden orange color, sharp clarity and a pleasant look all around.

Aroma is slightly sweet rose hip, with a nice underripe guava from the Nelson Sauvin.
Saison yeast is noticeable, lending a light earthiness.

Taste has a really nice complexity, tart fruit, tea leaves, bitter and dry in the finish.
Crisp and medium bodied, good carbonation level. Overall this is a good saison, doesn't fall into the phenolic spicy category of so many mediocre American saisons.

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Photo of donspublic
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass (all I had available at restaurant). Nice 3 finger head, foams up quick and hangs around a while. Turbid golden to look at, some floaties hanging out in there (my wife drives really bad, so guessing the bottle go stirred up). Smells faintly of rose hips with a tang of funk. Doesn't taste per say like a traditional saison, I guess fermenting at a lower temp hides some of the esters. A little on the sweet side, but it had a pretty dry peppery finish. This is a pretty good beer to pair with food. Nothing way out there as far as taste goes, but it pairs well with lots of food and has a good crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of rdickey
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: First, sweet Stealie on the label – I’m digging it. But to business… Rosie pours a very deep gold into my tulip. A fairly rough pour generates a one finger head that does not still around very long. Fairly still under the surface.

Smell: The first thing that hits me in the nose is a very distinct vinous smell – think Sauvignon blanc or Sancerre. It is quickly surrounded, though, by an unusual sweetness, which must be the rose hips. Ripe fruit notes round it out.

Taste: A bunch more sweet fruit starts the party in my mouth, but the sweetness never out of hand, thanks to a crisp mouthfeel, white pepper and a hefty dose of the Nelson Sauvin hops. Despite the sweet beginning, the beer ends fairly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Despite the fairly flat nature of the beer, the mouthfeel is still pretty crisp. I wonder if my bottle got a little flat and, whether it did or not, whether the beer would be improved by tweaking the carbonation up a bit.

Overall: I love saisons in general, and I like to see experimentation within the style. Although the initial sweetness may mean this beer is not for everyone, it’s definitely worth a try for people who like the style. As Jerry said, “Our audience is like people who like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.”

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Photo of mwilbur
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear yellow with 1/4 white head that fairly quickly dissipates. Meh.
S: Sweet rose hips, soft white wine (courtesy of Nelson Sauvin), honey, white pepper, and mild earthy funk.
T: Sweet rose hips (a bit much for me), honeyed melon, dry white wine, dry cracker malt, white pepper and other spice.
M: Oily and sweet. Light-medium body. Fairly flat (there is adequate carbonation, but it just doesn't come across in the feel). Dry throughout.
D: Too sweet for me, especially for style. Interesting idea, but didn't come together well. Perhaps an end result of too many things going on in different directions. If you are big into rose hips, this might be right up your alley.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bronze-hued body with a medium-small, settling but lasting, white head.

Smell: Honey-brushed husky barley with the rosehips and hops offering up some brighter floral, citrusy, lightly fruit tones. Pinch of earthy spices.

Taste: A pils, wheat blend with a toasted grain element yielding a bit of huskiness. Lightly sweet with a vague honeyish tone. Fruity, citrusy vibe from the hops and the rosehips aided by the peppery yeast phenolics. Slight sourish quality nearing the earthy, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Passably pleasant!

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Rosie Cheeks Saison from Argus Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 16 ratings