Petite Saison
Rockmill Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,284
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3.83 | pDev: 9.14%
Rockmill Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Petite SaisonPetite Saison
Notes: Dry hopped Belgian Saison: Refreshing and bright, smells like bubblegum. This easy drinking beer pays homage to its roots with floral and spicy flavors, peaches and something like pistachio.

IBU: 32
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 70 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BB1313
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a pale golden with some haze to it; fluffy eggshell white head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas have lots of citrus leading the way along with some wheat and yeast. Some hop aromas as well. Subtle funk and vinegar notes. The flavors follow the nose. More citrus leading the way, especially lemon. Some black pepper coming through. Some spicy notes. Subtle hints of banana and bubblegum in the mix. Wheat and yeasts come through. Malts do their thing without dominating. This one has a solid bitterness to it. Finishes juicy and dry, but it's definitely more on the drier side. Alcohol goes unnoticed for the most part. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp and slightly fluffy.

This is a really nice saison. It's very bold. This one definitely has a hop bite to it. The craftsmanship is on point. I like it.

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Photo of Bum4ever
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Little darker than I expected, sort of dark goldish, with a ton of white bubbly head.
Smell is bread, clove, lemon, other citrus and what I am going to call pepper.
Some bread and citrus, but the finish is all black pepper. This distracts from the overall flavor.
I would call this medium bodied for a saison, and it doesn't leave that nice sort of salty finish I associate with saison's.
Overall this wasn't a bad beer, and even though it had a pepper flavor, I still liked the way it tasted, but it just didn't hit the notes of a saison.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 100716. I sure hope this is not a 20 month old bottle. I got it at the taproom. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a hazy gold with a 1/2 finger off-white fizzy head that lasts. Not much visible carb to speak of. Poured without disturbing sediment.

S: right off the bat, loaded with lovely wheaty, Belgian phenolic character. A little funky, a little fruity. More funk than fruit, for sure.

T: dry and spicy, herbal, wheaty, arrival. This is Saison flavor country! Mid palate it fills out with some funk and tartness, a little complex fruit, then a spicy and herbal noble hop note at the finish that lingers, but not too much.

M: lighter end of midweight, more carbonated than it looks, but less than Saison DuPont. Fairly clean on the finish. Feels very refreshing.

O: What I get from this is what I expected to get from Saison DuPont. Less aggressive than Sorachi Ace or Tank 7; I like this about as much as Hennepin, a little less than Apex Predator. Certainly drinkable. A complex and refreshing saison. Age certainly did not hurt this one.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly haze yellow-gold with a soft white blanket of foam.

Smell is banana, clove, grass, and breadiness.

Taste is perfumey and herbal, with that banana clove yeast combo, but an odd bit of bitter gasoline emerges.

Frothy feel.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden hazy hue, and a pleasant citrusy aroma. The taste is wheat and lemon, other fruits, almost like a sour, maybe some spices, overall mild and crisp. It is very drinkable but perhaps a tad bland.

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Photo of Nife
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A good simple saison. Fruity but not overly. Small hop background balances fruitiness. Easy to drink- would probably appeal to new saison drinkers, but still enjoyable for more experienced tastes.

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Photo of smokescreen
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at Sunset Beer Co, Los Angeles on 07/06/15.

Beautifully printed label, limited run, wonderful answer to a hot LA afternoon, little extra birthday money still swimming around in the pockets, all systems were go on this unknown brewery from Ohio. But Rockmill's take on a farmhouse ale turns out to be a bait-and-switch: this is not so much a saison as an unusually flat Belgian golden ale.

The beer pours densely cloudy, with an incredible amount of yeast exiting the bottom. This could be exciting, but the nose doesn't do much to promote itself: a kind of hollow nose with a whimper of Belgian yeast and sickly sweet grapefruit, oddly sterile for such a funky-looking ale.

Once the beer hits the palate, there's a little more life: rubbery, resiny, mouthfeel gives way to a bulbous wall of sugary yeast swallowing-up the suggestion of hefeweizen's funkified citrus - a style not much liked by me, for transparency, but also not a particularly successful use of the profile here. There is some candied lemon peel, and I think some watermelon, although I might be reaching. The flatness of the beer combined with the relative lack of acid makes for a muddled brew which does not ripen with temperature adjustment. In all, a beer with pretty flat dynamics which could have really been bolstered by way more effervescence and a cleaner profile.

I wish I could say more for this beer, but even if I'm charitable enough to depart from my expectations of the saison style and listen to the beer as it exists in the wild, naked of corked bottle or sexy label or limited availability, I still wouldn't be very excited about it. I can imagine certain excellent food pairings with it, like thai chicken wings or grilled swordfish, but there is invariably something I'd prefer to it in a paring, even then.

My conclusion: this is not going to help you much on a hot day, even if the back label suggests that you pair it "with sunshine". Pair this with being out of any good Belgian blonde.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess I didn't particularly care for this one. For starters I probably should have just poured, but no, I decided to pour, swirl, pour, swirl and repeat . . . Beer was the haziest I've ever seen. Decent feel I suppose but in my opinion this "saison" was all over the place and barley resembled a farmhouse ale. Aromas of lemon and a hot humid country afternoon after the rain. Taste is similar . . . not sure what else to say.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 750ml bottle in a snifter. This saison pours a lightly cloudy yellowish amber with a moderate white head of foam that dissipates to a thin layer and thick ring with solid lacing. Nose of lemongrass, apples, pears, light Belgian yeast, and light candy sugars. Flavors exceed the nose with a nice mellow fresh bread and apple note that blends nicely with the sweet Belgian candy sugars. Lemon zest notes come through on the sides and back and softened by the yeast at the end making for a light mellow brew with a decent sweet tartness. Lightly carbonated and creamy mouth feel finishes moderately dry. Very subtle and more complex than the nose would let on. A solid saison. Need to visit this brewery.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was pleased to find this one. I want to try as much as I can from this brewery, so will not pass up any chance I have to do so.

Very light and vibrant beer. Citrus tones are clearly here with lemon mostly showing. Smooth and easy to drink. Very mild earthiness on the back end (very mild).

I could drink this all day and all night. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.87/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours beautifully with great clear color and a lovely full white head. Tastes decent with notes of straw, hay, citrus and fresh bread. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but decent.

The big detractor is the smell! It is awful. It smells like smoked skunk mixed with burnt rubber and old lime juice. I don't think that this is/was a bad bottle since the taste is pretty good. However, smell is perhaps one of worst I've ever had in over 8,000+ beers.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, labeled as 6% ABV. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, bready malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness and bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 7/23/14. 6% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus, earth, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, citrus fruit, citrus juice, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells good and has a taste that is very citrus forward.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +4.4%

12.7oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Goldenrod color, opaque/hazy with a thin head that quickly settles
S: Bluejacket nails this: wheat, hay, yeast, citrus and apricot
T: Wheat, citrus, a distinct sourness that seems almost like it's yeast-based (more complex and distinct from just the citrus), and a bit of stone fruit
P: Light-bodied, sour, crisp and carbonated
O: Really enjoyable and complex. One of my favorite Rockmill brews to date

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle (labeled as Petite Saison, 6% ABV). Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a half inch off-white head that sticked around for a while. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like grainy malt, hay, citrus peel, yeast and some apricots. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like grainy malt, peppery spice, hay, citrus peel, bananas, apricots, and some earthy mustiness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's nice and refreshing with moderate carbonation. I thought this was good, but then I don't think I've ever had anything from Rockmill that I haven't liked. Definitely worth picking up! $12.99 a bottle.

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Petite Saison from Rockmill Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 70 ratings