Le Cheval
Rockmill Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,080
ABV:
5%
Score:
87
Ranked #22,856
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 7.44%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
17
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Rockmill Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Found at The Beer Temple (Chicago.) Impressive packaging with cage, cork and contrasted black label with white lettering and silhoutte of the Cheval (an elegant horse.) The saison Looks not quite as good. Smells are mostly malt and citrus, let's say lemon. Smells are in there for Tastes, plus a few spices in addition to well-employed hops. Sits in my mouth nicely and finishes dry. Le Cheval paired well with a polenta dinner with red sauce.

Throughout I've noticed that if this ale had a richer yeast, then everything would be more complex and could rival the Belgian masters. As a young brewer in the Belgian tradition, Rockmill is doing a good job and certainly is a fast-learner of a craft that is passed on for generations. Rockmill's website shows their Tavern menu takes seriously the pairing of food and Belgian ales. I don't go to Columbus often (every four decades), so maybe I'll have to settle for another one of their fine ales.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear golden with visible effervescence and a sugar white lacing.

Smells of citrus, green apple and sourdough.

Flavor is of sourdough and cracker malt with sweet and tart citrus, white wine, lemongrass, coriander and a light grassy finish.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Decent saison, solid across the board but not quite superb. Could stand to have a better presentation. Drinks easy and is enjoyable. Worth a try.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden Hazy color and a nice aroma. A lot of flavor, wheat, yeast, banana, citrus, pepper, and more. It had a nice peppery/bitter/fruity aftertaste that lingered in a pleasant way.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/1/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice and slight tartness after the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice session saison style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy/earthy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A:Light orange with a billowey two-finger head that lingers
S: Wheat, hay, grass, a bit of coriander/spice
T: Wheat, bread, Belgian yeast, a bit of grain and spice
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, balanced
O: This tastes incredibly authentic, made with quality ingredients and with passion. Delicious and balanced

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 050115 printed on the label. This is a new release so I'm guessing that's the bottled on date. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch white head that didn't stay around for very long. There's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like wheat/grainy malt, apricots, hay, and also a general stone fruity-like aroma. I think the taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some peach, bitter earthy/herbalness and yeastiness noticeable. But overall I think this is an earthy, grainy brew that got better as it warmed up. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and is well carbonated. Rockmill has another winner with Le Cheval, it's definitely worth a try! $11.99 a bottle.

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Le Cheval from Rockmill Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 17 ratings