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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,311
Ranked #25,005
3.82 | pDev: 8.12%
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Pilsner, wheat, and oats. Blend of French and American yeasts.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 39 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving some light lacing that slides into the beer. The smell started off with a mostly spicy to light floral touch of sweet lemon. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined to flavor. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a clear sessionability about it. Slight peppery feel rolls over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good saison, slightly refreshing and crisp, might be lacking in breadiness but still worthy of having again.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled March 2016, Batch 461.

Big supper gleaming clear body color, with a bright golden orange and green appearance and nearly crystal perception. Excellent roaring middle column of carbonation in the center of the glass, and even some fine fast streams on the side. Excellent Belgian rocking like white head. Three fingers foaming and bright and constantly getting repopulated. Nearly perfected and classic looking Belgian in the glass.

Bright hop aroma and funk even still at this stage of the game. Earthy and light floral tone with moderate sensing brett action. Hints of light pepper, faint honey, and excellent soft earthy hop flavor. Hints of green herbs abound, rosemary and sage like, definitely feeling like grass and Spring is coming. Very nicely done.

Palate is just a great playful singer. Belgian sweetness abounds but tolerable and nice put together. A creamy palate is also there but is plasted by lots of carbonation which exacerbates the brett sharpness. Honey and earth with soft herbal tea like warmth. Light hop bitterness on the finish giving some more mint like qualities. Carbonation is playful, but also leaves just a little too much gaseous and carbon dioxide like flavors.

Overall a great flavorful Saison, nicely done here.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (it’s a Hill Farmstead globe—nice and sturdy). This has a bottling date of March, 2016 printed in black ink on the upper-right corner of the label (“[BATCH] 461. [BORN] 03.2016”).

Appearance (4.0): This pours with a generous, 2.5-finger(ish) head of fat, coarse bubbles, ivory colored, capping a crystal-clear, perfectly golden body (at first—a nice, even haze falls over the body as the bottle is swirled and emptied). Not a ton of lacing as the head recedes, and it doesn’t leave much residue on surface in the end. As the body goes down, it leaves a wide, dipping collar with spindly legs and webby, patchy lacing beneath it. It’s actually much more attractive as the drink goes on.

Smell (3.75): Classic, crisp, dry saison notes: light and citrusy with lemon zest, smooth and bready with crisp pilsner aromas, light pepper and spice notes (white pepper, a touch of coriander), grassy and floral scents. Orangeade, mixed but gentle peppercorns, fresh-baked common crackers, and fresh-cut grass in the finish. Nothing flashy, but it hits all the right notes and has a nice balance.

Taste (4.0): Ooh, now here there’s some more going on. The peppery notes stand out a little more brightly, with a touch more coriander and definitely mixed peppercorns on the palate, boosted by an herbal bitterness that’s blended with just a touch of grapefruit peel astringency—which distracts from the medicinal capacity of the phenols present. The malt comes out lean and crisp, as pilsner is wont to be in small doses: common crackers, a touch of baking soda biscuits, and country white bread crusts. A relatively bold, floral bitterness crops up toward the finish, again blurring lines with phenolic notes, and carries through to the end with a touch of citrus, boosted by the slight, coriander-reminiscent spice.

Mouthfeel (5.0): This is perfect, for a classic take on the saison style. The carbonation is voluminous and soft at first but tingly in the finish, covering all surfaces and foaming eagerly. The body is fairly light, edging toward medium-weight, and dry, with its soft malt body being subsumed by grassy, floral hop oils. Perfectly drinkable.

Overall (4.0): This is, to me, a fairly classic, non-funky take on the style with a relatively restrained but still dynamic American-variety hop presence. It’s not trying to break new ground or open some mind-expanding window unto the style; instead, it’s taking aim at tradition and hitting its mark. Recommended, but don’t expect it to blaze any trails.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle date 02-28-15. Sampled on May 21, 2015.

Slightly cloudy yellow, heady pour. Lacing.

Aroma of toasted pale malts, Belgian yeast, thin spice, and thin grassy hops. No sourness or tartness to speak of.

The body is medium to better than medium. It holds together well and does not deteriorate into carbonation.

Lovely toasty Belgian flavors with nothing anywhere near sour. Clean and soft finish.

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Photo of JAFoley
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - blonde crystal clear body with bubbly white head. Ok retention with sudsy lacing.

S - huge cinnamon, peppermint, vanilla, banana, and spices

T - just like it smells. Dry start with pine, into spices, cinnamon, and into sweet bananas. Citrus in the finish along with a cinnamon aftertaste and heat

M - medium body with moderate/high carbonation. Slick and refreshing

O - this was a real surprise. Intense flavors and very complex. I can't say I'd drink more than a 12oz bottle, but I did enjoy every sip. Very impressed to try such a brew from Rising Tide

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a ring of lace around the glass

S: Fruity, spicy, and estery yeast up front, along with some light maltiness (pilsner and wheat). Definitely very yeast-note-forward, but clean

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity and spicy notes, driven home by the yeasty esters. Pilsner malt comes out a little, along with more intense spicy peppery notes as it opens up. Finishes with moderate citrus and spice notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice saison that portrays spring nicely, especially when compared to their other seasonal saisons. Very easy to drink and stays refreshing throughout. Very much worth trying if you're into the style

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Photo of illpass78
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Note: this beer is not retired. I just bought this at their brewery. It's on for spring '15.

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy yellow with a one-and-a-half finger white head that recedes steadily over a few minutes. Lots of carbonation. Almost looks like sparklingly white wine.

Aroma: Peaches, grain, bread, some faint peppery spice.

Taste: Peaches hit the palate first, followed by a more pronounced pepper note than the nose indicated. Kind of yeasty and bready. Refreshing. Some apple notes in there, too. Not surprised to learn this is made with pilsner malt, as it has a pilsner-like character to it.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. More summery than springy, but it works in both seasons.

Overall: Nice saison. Not as daring or challenging or flavorful as some of the others in this series, but worth trying. Matches well with most meals; I had it with a falafel salad and briefly forgot it was -10 degrees outside.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A review based on a pint glass filled from a growler purchased earlier today at the brewery.

The beer is golden in color with a slight touch of haze. A good sized white foam head settles to a thin layer. Lots of rising carbonation.

The beer has a good aroma. It's not funky but does have a slightly musty quality. Lots of pale malts and maybe some wheat. There may be soem Belgian candi sugar as well; something is providing a distinct sweet aroma.

Good flavor. Lots of pale malts and a complex yeast that is musty and spicy. There is a dry sweetness in the finish.

The beer has a water feel, which seems to contrast with the dry flavors. Carbonation is high, especially considering this is a growler pour. It has bubbles like it was refermented in a bottle.

An interesting addition to this series. It wouldn't be my go-to Maine brewed saison (Oxbow has that honor), but I would drink this one again. I'm glad it was sold by the growler, not the bottle.

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