Saison Extra | Brouwerij West

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Saison ExtraSaison Extra

Brewed by:
Brouwerij West
California, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 89
Reviews by colforbin73:
Photo of colforbin73
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevenwoo
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Zorro
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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 lacqueredmouse
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
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 sweethome
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is clear golden yellow with decent white head. Nose of lemon rind, soap, and a bit of barnyard/yeast.

Sweet entry is pleasant. Orange zest, pepper, a hint of honey. Nice spicy flavors in back. Mouthfeel is rather full and slightly thick - lacks spritzy, carbonation I expect for style. Despite my expectations, I just felt this had a nice heft, but failed to finish on mouthfeel.

There is a lot to like with this beer. Complex but rather simple flavors (which I love about saison), fresh, satisfying.

I would like this as a lawnmower beer. I look forward to trying more from this brewer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New arrival to the Chicago market. The clever original artwork stood out on the shelf, and the small variety of exclusively Belgian styles had appeal. Priced at $5.99.

Into a tulip glass it pours a pale straw gold, slightly hazy with a collar of foam around the edges. Aromas of sourdough, straw, slight bubblegum yeast esters in the background.

Smooth and clean, fairly crisp finish with dry grassy noble hops. Creamy carbonation, light floral traces, lemon rind, pilsner malt, and a moderate bitterness that lingers. Hint of bubblegum, not sweet though thankfully. Overall a nice little saison, one to try if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of hayesjw
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of eric5bellies
2.73/5  rDev -24%
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 -1.9%
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 sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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 malrubius
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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 kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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 DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Crow Burger Kitchen, on to the beer:

A yellow sunshine color with a rather clean body. The white head holds a semi-creamy texture, and its lacing is creamy and spotted all over the glass. It's a mild nose, one that's grassy, features som pale malt sweetness, and a little barnyard.

Dry, refreshing, and almost pilsneresque. If funk is what you want, your craving may not be satisfied. The overall flavor, which features a minty touch, pilsner malts, and grassy hops, is very well balanced. However, its soft crispness and surprisingly light body take the cake from this BA. As an added bonus,the beer is very easy to drink.

My favorite so far from Brouwerij West. This is just an awesome beer to have during the lunch hour on a warm day.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of popery
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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 cbutova
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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 zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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 DangerDawg
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting @ Wally's. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a 1/2" white head which leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Peppery spices, grass/hay, yeasty, earthy and herbal.

T: Peppery spices, estery and yeasty. Fairly straightforward.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes with spices and yeast.

O: Enjoyable offering, but not top of class.

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Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev +11.4%

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Saison Extra from Brouwerij West
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 89 ratings