Saison Extra
Brouwerij West

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,886
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,518
Avg:
3.64 | pDev: 10.16%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
91
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Brouwerij West
 
California, United States
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Year-round
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83
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Photo of SABERG
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can dated 228 2019 into the test glass .
A - Golden straw color aggressive carbonation huge white rocky head. Aggressive carbonation feeds the surface through the entire experience .
S - White pepper East some nice grain quality, earthy hops
T - follows the nose quite well add a touch of spice maybe from the yeast.
M - Well carbonated, prickly, adds a nice touch, semi sweet, with a dry finish
O - A nice offering , leans more toward Pale Ale with Belgian yeast. That said a nice beer

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Photo of malrubius
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can. Golden and mostly clear. When it warms up it has a nice sweet aroma of apricot and grass. Medium-heavy sweat but in a nice lively light body. Very peppery finish. Light and lively. More of a golden ale (Duvel Single) than a farmhouse ale. Nevertheless. Excellent.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 16oz can to a flared pilsner glass—AZ Wilderness’ Wilderpils glass. This has no canning date from what I can tell, but it was purchased from the cooler at the brewery about two and a half weeks ago. It’s reasonably fresh.

Appearance (3.75): This pours three rather eager fingers of fine-grained, fizzly foam capping a nearly clear, light golden-colored body. It’s beautiful, and looks as a saison should. The head dies down at a suitably crackling pace, leaving a thin film and a few, low, scattered arcs of chunky foam lacing here and there around the edge of the glass.

Smell (4.25): In the nose, the beer expresses dried hay, a dusty grain bin, pear tarts, grains of paradise, just a shadow of clove (and a darker shadow of white pepper), a hint of toffee, multigrain country bread, a bit of fresh grass, and green herbs. It sure as hell smells like a saison, of the “clean” variety. It leans mostly into dusty hay and light orchard fruit aromas.

Taste (3.75): On the palate, it displays brighter spice notes, generally in the same vein as what was observed in the nose: grains of paradise, pepper, clove, y’know. But it also comes forward with a surprisingly full, fruity toffee-like sweetness at the same time, while remaining deceptively dry. The fruit on the palate shows baked pears, a light orange sweetness, and an unexpected vanilla cream note. It’s … weirdly smooth and malty—but again, still quite dry. The citrus note pops up a bit more on the back end, offering a gentle navel orange flesh and pith kind of flavor. The overall effect is like a light, drinkable fruitcake with grassy, dusty, typical farmhouse flavors and aromas It’s surprisingly lovely as such. No sign of booze, no sign of phenols, just a nice array of esters, malt, and gentle hops.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Somewhat full-feeling but medium-weight, the body is smooth and creamy without being heavy. The carbonation rolls in with a healthy, fizzly layer of carbonation that tingles thoroughly before washing out with a very nice, fluffy flourish. It remains dry nearly the whole time, though, and finishes off-dry, but clean and crisp. Eminently drinkable.

Overall (4.0): I previously had a can of this a week or so ago, and that experience was somewhat divergent from tonight. If you’re dissecting this beer, it drinks as smooth and malty; if you’re just tossing it back like it's best enjoyed, it feels crisper, brighter, and more quaffable. This isn’t funky, or bone-dry, or testing your phenolic threshold like a lot of saisons, but rather it’s drinkable and creamy in a way that would complement but also stand up to a lot of food pairings. It’s not my favorite “clean” saison, but it’s very solid, and it’s clear that Brouwerij West knows their fundamentals. Recommended if you’re into that type of clean, fruity saison—especially one that doesn’t display too many phenols.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this almost seems like a hybrid between a saison and a belgian pale, classic in some ways, new school in others, but a well made and highly drinkable beer here. its yeast driven sure, cleaner than a lot of the rustic type saisons out there, very little funk or anything to it, yet also not overly belgian estery, no bubblegum or taffy or green apple, its kind of an understated yeast strain, or at least in this context, and i did that, it sets up a very flavorful beer in a particularly subtle way, which is cool. there is some earthy spice to it which stands out over the very simple and dry grain base, which is as basic as it gets to my palate, its neat because the subtle yeast still comes through it really brightly. this is also uniquely hoppy for a saison, tastes like old world varietals, grassy with a little lime zest and green tea notes, bitter in the finish but still rather delicate. excellent carbonation and an absurd dryness, really refreshing and drinkable. it hits the right part of both the saison and the belgian pale styles for me, and despite its relatively simple make up, i think its a great beer. i wish these guys were still sending beer to colorado!

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Photo of cbutova
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

No date on the bottle. Purchased a few months ago and kept in the fridge ever since. Full notes taken to phone; reviewed May 22nd.

A- Golden, clear pour from the 500ml into two tulips. Whispy foam rises at the sides of the glass without a real head. Lacing is rare.

S- Pale fruits and a sweet caramel note that seems rather out of place in this style. Apple, pear, pepper, lemon peel and general herbal spiciness.

T- Again, sweeter than any Saison I can think of off the top of my head and the obvious caramelized sugar flavors is out of place. Apple, white grape, lemon zest, peppercorn, cooking herbs, bread and wheat notes.

MF- Silky and somewhat slick medium bodied for a Saison. Carbonation at a medium level with a light herbal bitter finish.

Could be an older bottle but I have no way to know and other tasting notes are similar. Pleasant drinker but for a Saison it leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of spice and yeast characteristics.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy bright yellow with some creamy orange as well. largeeee 4 finger real solid white head that isn't seeming to fade too fast

s: spicy yeast - pepper, effervescent sweet caramel, sweet banana, juicy strawberry, faint funk

t: banana and funk right up front. sweet malts, a hint of pears and green apples. not a huge amount going on in the taste

m: medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation (which i like in a saison).

o: the mouthfeel is really nice, and the carbonation level helps some of the flavors pop more than it would have normally have. that said, the flavors a bit bland. i could take or leave this one.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger of slow dissipating head, a nice bit of lacing left behind. Smells sweet like a tripel with a bit of a funky Belgian traditional yeast, white pepper, honey, cereal, lemongrass.
Flavor is a bit herbal - earl grey, lots of honey, sugary sweet, grassy.
Medium in body with low carbonation - not what I really look for in this style.. I want that spark of higher carbonation.
This isn't a very impressive first selection to start from this brewery, but I did want to try it before I open up dog ate my honework.. At least for conparison.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of hops, hint of earthy malt, slight citrus, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, slight citrus, hint of caramel malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, decent appearance, decent aroma, and decent body.

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Drank from my Mane tulip

A - Pours hazy golden colour. Head is white and reduces quickly

S - Little spice and floral hop

T - Same as the smell.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - This compared to Saison Dupont is like comparing Beverley Hills to Bangladesh. Avoid

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here we go again. Another saison that is nowhere near the traditional and fully into Belgian Ale territory. Sweet and mildly bready. Mild yeast as well. If this were listed as a Belgian ale straight out, I’d probably feel different. But the label says saison. And that makes me a somewhat agitated beer nerd.

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Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chill hazed golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and fresh cut apricot with a little raisin thrown in. Slightly musty and earthy malt aroma, more of a complexity than a brewing fault. faint coriander and sweet and sour pickle aroma. There is a trace of cinnamon and ginger in this one. This certainly has a complex aroma.

Starts out dry and a little bitter for the style something like a really hoppy Pilsner. Toasted grain and some coriander this doesn't taste as complex as the sent might promise. Still there is a hint of cucumber in the taste profile, quite unique for the style. Bitterness abates a bit as you drink it but this is one assertive Saison.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is unique for the style and a suggested try for anyone who likes this style. Bitter is strong with this one if you want a Saison that bites back this is your beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazy dark yellow color with one finger of bubbly beige head. Light sheet of lacing left behind.

Light aroma of floral, earthy funk notes and a hint of spiciness.

The taste was like the aroma. Light floral and earthy funk notes along with spice and grainy malts.

Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation.

An easy drinking and pretty good saison but not in the great category.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brouwerij West Saison Extra Ale. 16.9 fl. oz. 6.5% ALC/VOL. Brewed and bottled by Brouwerij West, San Jose, CA.

Hazy, bright golden shade, solid, 1/2 inch lush, creamy head, leaving lacy film.

Aroma: sour at first, funky and fragrant. Lemon peel and spices. Just a little wild and wooly. I lke it.

Taste: Now comes the sweetness, the citrus and spice. A yeasty affair, smooth malt, very tasty. Terrific stuff, just right in the pocket for a saison. Nice pepper-y notes grace the palate, smooth, fruity and spicy all the way.

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Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy golden yellow color with 1/4 inch of white head that had low-to-moderate retention, thin lacing, and low carbonation.

The aroma while fairly typical, was very nice. Good grains and a nice yeast spice scent. The flavors were pretty much the same, a solid base malt, some light floral notes, and tangy yeast.

The body was crisp and clean, with a dry finish. Drinkability was very good, as I find Saisons to be in general. Overall, while not an outstanding example of the style, this is certainly a solid and enjoyable brew. Give it a shot.

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Photo of pants678
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear yellow, white head.

Yeast and some citric notes.

Certainly dry and a not so notable hop finish. The style's meant to be particularly floral and lean toward fruity but this beer has neither character. Everything here is slight and sub-par, nothing popping out, nothing offensive.

Has a cola-esque, semi-aggressive carbonation. Doesn't work against the beer.

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Photo of Jree261
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Golden yellow and foggy out of the bottle.

Smell-Straw, cream and banana

Taste-Straw, Stone fruit, peach, bitter citrus, banana

Mouthfeel-Medium body with a good size finish.

Overall-I feel like I've been saying this a lot lately but hooray summer!

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Photo of mhaugo
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured in a curved imperial pint glass.
Appearance: Dirty bronze with a lovely foam hat. It thins out rapidly, but a slim layer stays behind to lightly paint the sides of the glass.
Smell: I make a hell of a key lime pie. When I pull one fresh out of the oven, the aroma is to die for. Citrusy, tart key limes compete with toasty, sweet pie crust for superiority in my nose. This beer is that smell, but dialed back by about 80%.
Taste: It’s like a yard sale of seemingly random flavors. Unbaked bread, leaves, lemon pudding, old bananas, and the mustiness of an abandoned building. This odd parade is followed by a very nice, noble bitterness that ushers it all away.
Mouthfeel: Light body, high carbonation.
Overall: I am fascinated by this saison. I absolutely love the complexity in the flavor. It’s definitely unlike any saison I’ve ever had. I just wish it was a little drier. The sweetness becomes a touch cloying towards the end of the glass. But this pint has motivated me to search out the rest of the Brouwerij West beers and give them a whirl. Well done.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured carefully trying not to disturb the yeast. Pours out a very bright gold with an inch and a half of head, thick lace.

Citrus, bread, minerals and a hint of funk make up the smell, eh.

The taste is much better. Rye bread, funk, apple and slight citrus are followed by a mineral and spice middle. Nice, bitter grass aftertaste. Slightly thick and heavy for the style, but not bad, and not over carbonated.

I would grab one for the cellar. Though its a bit unbalanced, age might help out a lot.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods, Los Altos, CA.

Pours a faintly hazed golden yellow colour, with a foamy but light head of white. Carbonation is strong and persistent, forming constant streams up the inside of the glass. Very light body, minimal lace. Overall, it looks pretty generic: indeed you'd be forgiven for mistaking this for a bland lager. Not that that's so bad in appearance.

Nose starts off with some spice: a little peppery with a note of crushed grass. Later, as it warms, and as it's swirled, there's a duskier character: some Belgian yeast characters, a dusty earth aroma, and some seedy, vegetative notes. It's actually rather pleasant, if a little light.

Taste is clean and crisp, with a light spice giving some dusky peppery notes on the front. This develops into a spicy, phenolic and slightly over-bitter character on the back, as it mingles from some of the esters and phenols from the yeast. The yeast itself owns the finish, with a combination of sharp phenols and rounded smoothness. The sharpness actually starts to build up after a while, meaning that it's more biting than it needs to be, and it ends up being the dominant character.

Feel is light and crisp, but with that roundness from the yeast in the flavour, which helps make it feel smoother.

Overall, it's quite pleasant, but with some detractions. I think it's a reasonably well-made saison, but it's a style that seems easy to do "reasonably well", and extremely difficult to do "extremely well". So this is probably only so good.

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Photo of popery
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fun label. Pours a cloudy and dull orangish shade of yellow. Not quite opaque, and it's hard to tell how much of the cloudiness is from my pour. Nice, thick, slightly off-white head. Great retention. Some lacing. Lots of fine bubbles. Aroma is sweet with simple malt sugariness. A bit bready. There's also a tart, lemony twist, possibly just from the hops. Little bit of herbal hoppiness. It smells kinda like a sweet pilsner-ish beer. Some light stone fruit and bubblegum, maybe even some banana. The taste is somewhat sweeter than I'd prefer and never quite dries out as much as I'd like. Herbal, grassy hoppiness, particularly in the finish. A bit less lemon and musty yeast than in the aroma. The malt is just a bit simple and lacks that fresh, bright flavor of better saisons. Mouthfeel is fairly effervescent. Prickly bubbles. Despite that, it's a bit too full for the simple maltiness. Pretty disappointing. It's not really a bad beer, but it's not my taste in the style, even though I love a range of flavors in saisons. It just hits some key points of the style wrong for me. If I were to review the beer strictly by style, I might go even lower with my scores.

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Photo of impending
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

B+

500ml into a tulip. Pours a hazy light amber tinged yellow, off white minor head, ok lacing.

The aroma is yeasty, citrusy and lightly spicy, rounded by a grassy earth note.

Lightly sweet fruity flavor is balanced by a nice equal measure dry and bitter finish. Some earth notes appear at the far end. Warms well. Shy of medium creamy mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Florida9
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly Haley dull yellow in color. Forms a modest bubbly white head that sticks around for a bit. Leaves som light lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly pleasant with notes of citrus, citrus peel, and lemon pepper.

T: Unfortunately, the taste is not nearly as inviting as the aroma. Starts off with a moderate, slightly vinous, by mostly grainy maltiness. Notes of dry apple cider. Finish has more green apple. But aside from this, there is little else.

M: lighter bodied. Very mil bitterness. Easy carbonation. Mildly dry, especially towards the finish.

O: I like a good Saison. Unfortunately, this one was fairly average. With very little yeast character, little funk, and no sourness, this one could almost pass for a Belgian Pale Ale.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 415, bottled 8 May 2012. Thanks to match1112 for the BIF beer. Tasted 2 January 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium olden yellow, hazy with dewdrops on the edges. Enough head that I had to be careful to keep it in the glass. White, fluffy, and delicious. Good retention and loads of lacing. Very nice!

Smell is an inviting mix of musty and floral. Starts out like an earth-floor basement, earthy and musty. Then it surges through with flower-petal squeaky lightness. The play of the two back and forth is delightful.

Taste is decent, but on the bland side. I'm struggling to say what it tastes like. A touch peppery, a hair bitter. The intro is a little grainy, followed by the flavor of chewing on flower petals. What's with the flower petal thing in so many saisons? Is it the hops used? The yeast strains? I'm confused. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I find it overpowering, and here I can't quite decide.

Mouthfeel is okay. Medium-bodied, slick, almost enough carbonation. Make that almost almost enough carbonation. Kinda falls flat.

The look and the smell make this beer for me, and their quality brings it up into the middle-upper tier. Taste is lacking - not bad, but just lacking some pizazz. And mouthfeel is meh.

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Photo of colforbin73
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

never heard of this brewery before... the label is cool and it is a saison from northern california.... so i had to try it.

the pour is a hazy yellow with a little foam. it retains a little and you get some nice sticky bubbles on the side of the glass as you drink.

i am getting very little aroma here, though i don't expect a lot from a saison... mild grassy malt smell, pleasant but that is all.

the taste is very dry, almost a little burnt.... and i get a pilsner taste, maybe there is some pilsner malt mixed in....? no real live yeast sensation which i associate with a good european saison. the finish is clean and dry which is positive. zero hop presence... again... i get pilsner type hops, saaz or other typical varieties.

this is a quality beer, but nothing really exciting -- i get no floral or citrus/fuity quality. i would cite a hint of banana if anything.

all things being said, this beer is brewed to style, and for that i applaud. it tastes like a saison should taste.... with a few tweeks this could turn into a CONTENDA!

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Saison Extra from Brouwerij West
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 91 ratings