Petite Saison | Rockmill Brewery

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Petite SaisonPetite Saison

Brewed by:
Rockmill Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RblWthACoz on 06-17-2014

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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 warnerry
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of rsquared59
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 smokescreen
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
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 prototypic
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of zimm421
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
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 Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Dranker
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of minterro
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Modernrickk
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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 dukeufo
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RobertConway
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of masterofsparks
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of DanoBear
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjcoy06
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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