Deckhand Belgian Saison | Lighthouse Brewing Company

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Deckhand Belgian SaisonDeckhand Belgian Saison
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Deckhand Belgian SaisonDeckhand Belgian Saison

Brewed by:
Lighthouse Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deckhand Saison is a rich, golden, Belgian farmhouse style beer. Pilsner and Vienna malts added with flaked wheat gives this beer a soft malt character while the unique attributes of a true Belgian yeast strain add spicy, peppery and fruity flavours. The acidic sourness and dry finish complement the noble hop character of Styrian Goldings hops. True to this artisan style of beer we present it unfiltered so that you can taste the full flavour of this complex and very satisfying brew. A stemmed tulip glass will enhance the aroma and support the large foamy head.

Added by ericj551 on 01-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by Kakaraht:
Photo of Kakaraht
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy straw like yellow, with a nice foamy thumb of white head that has excellent retention.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast with a clove and sweet citrusy hoppiness. Te malt is faint and bready in the background, and there is a nice light sourness to the overall aroma.

T: This one hit the saison right on the nose, with a perfect balance of sourness that does not overwhelm the spiciness of the hops. The pale malt has a slight sweet vanilla essence to it, and the alcohol is undetectable.

M: Medium body good carbonation and a nice smooth sour dry finish.

D: Extremely, think I will open up another one right now.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chickenm
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Nice artwork on the bottle. A slightly hazy golden color with a white head that leaves a little lacing. Really nice sweet aroma with yeast, tropical fruits, honey, and grass. Taste is great as well, with lemon, pepper, yeast, and sweet malt. Medium-light body with a somewhat dry finish. The alcohol in this is not noticable at all. Very drinkable and refreshing, this was a pleasant suprise from Lighthouse. I'd love to have some of this for the summer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly drinkable beer, it grows on me. Bottle from Brewery Creek. Initially wafts saltwater toffee (taffee?) as I open it, but also initial cabbage and Belgian yeast aromas. Average mouthfeel showing a yellow-golden hazy body with lots of carbonation bubbles and crowned by a bubbly white head, lacey. Corriander, peppery, more or less a saison style overall. A little boozy in the aftertaste.

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Photo of pudoo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle from EskimoDave, thanks man!

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with pillowy head which has some great retention and leaves rings of lace down the glass.

This is a really fragrant beer. Loads of peppery spiciness, grassy Golding hops, caramel sweetness, hint of the ABV. Same in the flavor department, lemony sweetness, pepper, pineapple, biscuit and caramel malt, loads of hops in the finish which create a monster dry finish, some alcohol in the finish too. Thick, full body with creamy carbonation - could perhaps use something more refreshing in this dept. Pretty brash saison, perhaps it needs a little time to let some of the hopping die down.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear deep amber, similar to that of high quality polished amber set in jewellery.
delicate lacy trim around the glass
S: Strong scent of orange flower water with a chaser of grapefruit rind. A mix of fresh pine needles round out the scent.

T: Hoppy bitterness pops in the front followed with the acrid pairing of grapefruit rind and fresh pine. The alcohol is nearly undetectable, despite being 6.5%.

M: mouthfeel is fairly thin - which pairs well with the bold smell and flavour, too long on the tongue and this would overwhelm the tastebud with bitter.

D: I find this beer best drank with a meal, particularly something spicy and capable to balance out the bitter. I choose to match this with Pad Thai, the earthiness of the peanut sauce, heat from the chilies, hits of sweet of the tamarid and pineapple play off the bitter hops. That said, I'd definitely drink this on the patio mid summer for a refresher, excellent replacement for lemonade.

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Photo of LampertLand
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another big flavor series from Lighthouse "Deckhand" Belgian Saison
A-poured into a chalice a yellow/gold that was a bit cloudy with a good head
S-the combonation of pilsner and vienna malts create a soft malt to the nose at first followed by spice , pepper and fruit brought on by Belgian yeast
T-acidic sourness and very dry finish
MF-not much carbonation
Ov-the "unfiltering" leaves floaters at the bottom , no thanks , lesson learned

cheers LampertLand

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Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Happy to see this one in the Government store!

A: Golden bronze with a white head, ring of retention leaves some great lace.

S: Earthy, orange rind, steely/metallic, candied pineapple and toffee.

T: Metallic earthyness, orange rind, candied pineapple, grainy biscuit, light toffee sweetness with a balanced bitterness, alcohol has a slight warmth.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness.

D: A decent drinker.

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Photo of LazyL
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden honey yellow with a huge white foamy head. Heavy carmonation and lots of retention on the glass.
Very spicy on the nose, clove, cinnamon and some mild citrus.
You can feel the warmth of the alcohal but it is balanced by the spicy flavours. Some mild honey notes and a very slight bitterness on the finish.
Very drinkable at 8% with a creamy and somewhat sour mouthfeel. Lots of things going on here that get your taste buds going. Maybe a little pepper? Worth a tipple.

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Photo of zachloveshisbeer
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle my last night in Summerland, BC at the BC gov't liquor store. As the beer is bottled conditioned and sitting on a nice bed of yeast, I wasn't in too much of a rush to drink it so I let it sit in a cold beer closet for a couple of months. Once I did open it, I poured it into a snifter and it exploded out of the glass with a bouquet of freshness that included orange and lemon peel, spiciness with hints of black and pink pepper, and a touch of sweetness from the Belgian yeast. When I took a sip, it firmly planted a suckerpunch to my taste buds and it was absolutely awesome! I really enjoyed a bulk of the 650 mL bottle, but wish it would have been a swingtop so I could have enjoyed it over more than one sitting. I was bottling my home brew at the time, and thought about how much cooler it would have been to enjoy this bottle with a friend and a nice plate of cheese and crackers. Good job Lighthouse!

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Photo of rogerdandy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of smekermann
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ericj551
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lighthouse Deckhand pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice foamy head that lingers as a think layer. The aroma is earthy, with sweet apple/pear like fruity esters, and a bit of a vinous character. There is some nice light malty sweetness in the flavor, followed by some nice fruity notes. The fruitiness leads into a dry, yeasty flavor, with some mild phenolics. The finish is herbal with a moderate bitterness, and the alcohol is well hidden. So far this is my favorite of Lighthouse's new series, I would love to see it as a regular offering!

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Photo of thefullpython
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of wordemupg
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into wine glass 26/1/12

A golden liquid with lots of tiny suspended particles preventing clarity, a few slowly raising bubbles feed a thumbs width of foam that lasts a few sips leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S lots of yeast with some peppery spice and some tropical notes work pretty well with a pile of noble hops and a little chewing gum, not sure where the 8% is hiding. I think they nailed it in this department

T a little spicier then the nose with lots of citric rind I didn't smell,
still very good but I prefer the nose

M pretty full for the colour with a little bite to it, leaves just a little grit behind for you to taste the spicy flavours and rind for a while. more bubbles then I would guess from looking at it

O I'm pretty stoked on my first offering from this brewery, great nose, long finish and solid all-around. I feel the booze but other then that I wouldn't guess 8%.

This one would kick the shit right out of me under a hot sun because it sunk fast even on this winter day. I'm a little surprised this one hasn't gotten more love, I liked it and may grab a few more bottles before I leave BC.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of canucklehead
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool tattoo inpsired artwork and a different offering from Lighthouse. This is a full bodied Saison slightly on the sweet side ( at times this was good and bad depending on the mouthfeel) that is creamy , easy drinking but has all the right notes. Not dry and earthy like a true Saison , this is more a take on the style with more hops and a fruity finish. I liked this beer for taking chances and being fun to drink.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another winner from Lighthouse. I'm a fan of all their beers, but this new series is just amazing, especially this one.

Big, fluffy head that one would expect from a saison. A little sour, and somewhat "off" smell, but I think that is really the only major detractor in this. Still, a yeasty, barnyard-y scent is very noticeable. The scent becomes less sour and the beer warms.

Sweet but spicy, earthy taste with a pronounced creamy, buttery taste. This lacks the punch of Belgian saisons, but the creaminess works hear and this is very nice and smooth and even at 8% quite drinkable. Served cold, this seems a bit watery, but as it warms everything balances out.

Very nice - true to the style, but not attempting to immitate the real thing. A true BC saison.

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Photo of belenita
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - golden yellow, white high foam when poured, settles like a lightly beaten eggwhite, with nice lacing that sticks along the glass in the end

S - Pinapples, honey, orange

T - Definitely vanilla, with the carbonation taking over for the majority of it. The latter has some kind of flavor, like a bitter, citrus peel, but nothing bothersome.

M - Fast and temporary carbonation, smooth afterfeel with some kind of light, spicy burn in the back of your throat. It kind of makes you thirsty.

D - I usually like Belgian Beers, but this is definitely not my favorite. It's a safe beer, though, and it's good beer to drink one after the other.

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Photo of spree92
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LazyL for shring this one with me.

A- Pours a clear golden ale. Carbonation still rises from the bottom after 10 minutes. Big head (my bad) that left unorganized lacing.

S- A lot goin' on here. Spicy, cloves, vanilla, hops and orange peel are all tickling the sinus. A touch of malt on the back end balance it out well.

T- Not overly powerful, which is good. The vanilla makes this smooth while there is a spice bite and something extra from the carbonation.
Can definately tell this is a belian beer.

M- I like how it doesn't stick around to long. Comes and goes fast leaving you wanting more.

D- For me, belgian beers are hit and miss. Right now, they are sweet and therefore not any everyday beer. Still, at 8%, I wouldn't have guessed that it was that high.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" off-white head over semi-cloudy honey amber coloured liquid.

S: Yeasty, peppery and honey malt.

T: Yeasty along with peppery, floral and grassy hops over a honey malt.

M: Medium viscosity and a high level of fine carbonation. A bit of drying effect.

O: I quite liked this B.C. saison, and found it to be quite drinkable.

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Photo of FinnHawk
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Deckhand Belgian Saison from Lighthouse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 24 ratings