Date Night Saison
Clown Shoes

Date Night SaisonDate Night Saison
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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.65%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
120
From:
Clown Shoes
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  34
SCORE
88
Very Good
Date Night SaisonDate Night Saison
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 120 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Doug6322:
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. Bottled 1/15/15. Served in a Shoes snifter.

Pours a clear, brilliant, pale yellow with a finger and a half white head. The foam settles to a small but persistent cap and leaves a good bit of chunky lace on the way down.

Aromas are familiar and saison-y. Grassy, mild funk, light citrus, spice and some vague sweet fruit.

Flavor is pretty much as expected for the style with the welcome addition of some hoppy tropical fruit notes. Hay, grass, yeasty funk, lemon rind, peach, marmalade, fruit skins and a little earth. It goes down smooth with no dicernable alcohol.

Crisp medium body with some lively carbonation. Dry finish with a blend of hay, yeast and light lemon peel.

Date Night is a well done, if not groundbreaking, saison. The array of hops used in dry hopping add a nice subtle fruitiness that, in my opinion, helps elevate this above the average saison.

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Photo of n2pux
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluejacket74
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 01/05/15. Served in a Prairie Teku, the beer pours a hazy golden color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like floral and citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus peel) hops, bready malt and some yeastiness. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy (tropical fruit, citrus peel) and floral hops, earthy yeast, bready malt, peppery spice and some grassiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky and has moderate carbonation. I think this is a good hoppy, earthy saison. I liked it more and more the longer I drank it. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of animal69
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge frothy 3 finger head that fades slowly with soapy lacing, crystal clear tan golden color. Nice, but for a saison?!

Nose starts with hops, grassy flask hops, little spicy note, a mild dank resin and light fruit notes. Mild grainy malt, grassy malts with faint lemongrass and toasty notes.

Taste brings some saison notes, mild grassy grainy malts, light doughy, with mild saison spices that increase as it goes, little coriander like note, with plenty of lemon peel and lemongrass, faint phenols. Then hops, grassy and floral to start, then spicy and chewy bitter with mild pine resin, and touch of fruity flavors from esters I think. Finish is drier but sticky, mild phenols, quite bitter ava piney spicy hops lingering, little hop oil.

Mouth is med bod, mild softness, decent carb.

Overall eh, hardly a good saison style, very little saison, crystal clear, too Hoppy, etc... But still a decent beer to enjoy.

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Photo of jsh420
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of churchillps
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kelp
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sparx1100
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split the bomber, I got the second half of the bottle which pours hazy gold color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly and left good foamy lacing coating the sides. The head stuck around for quite a while.

Smells of lemon zest, coriander, orange peel, toasted grains, honey, light caramel, wheat, clove, pepper, dry floral hops, white wine and a lot of earthy notes. The hops, wheat and peppery spices make for a nice complex nose.

Tastes of toasted grains, sweet malt, dry chalky yeast, lemon, orange peel, coriander, tangerine, clove, grapefruit, bubblegum, white pepper, Belgian sugar, citrus hops, rye or other mild spices, champagne,
and earthy notes which make this very typical for a saison. It's crisp, light and refreshing to drink, hiding the ABV and going down easy. Nice for the style, this is a session beer for me.

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Photo of MickeyHops
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Shaymus
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lillitnn92
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vermilcj
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Romance and Clown Shoes? You betcha! They go together like tweed jackets and sweater vests, like coins in a foundain, like anger management and therapy. We used a classic Belgian yeast strain in this Saison, and dry hopped it with Cascade, Amarillo and Galaxy hops for a refreshing twist on a traditional style." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Saison ale. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of a milky white color over a moderately hazy straw yellow body with ample, lively carbonation. Retention is above average and lacing is moderate and fluffy. 3.75

(Smell) Biscuity pale and cracker pilsner malt with a fruity, lightly spicy and effervescent yeast profile, light funk, barnyard and acidity forward and a moderately bitter yeast profile of mellow citrus, grapefruit and grass. Nicely balanced sweet to effervescent coriander bitterness with a moderate potency. 3.75

(Taste) Dank, musty cracker malt with a peppery yeast backbone, mild fruitiness, light funk and barnyard on the tongue, moderate dryness. Mild juicy hop citrus notes of tangerine and grapefruit, lemon. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, peppery, slick, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to effervescent peppery bitter and tangy. Alcohol presence is very low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) An interesting Americanized spin on the saison with a base of musty and peppery malt character, a touch of funk and acidity from the yeast and a juicy, citrus fruit heavy backbone. Nicely balanced, fairly accessible, and certainly far from traditional. I think there's something in this Saison for everybody, and it's one of the more pleasant Belgian ales of the American brewed variety for its subtlety, yet widespread diversity of flavor. 3.75

Clown Shoes'
Date Night Saison
3.75/5.00

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Photo of whatname
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopley
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date Night Saison from Clown Shoes
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 120 ratings