Single Batch Series - Elegans Saison | Sebago Brewing Company

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Sebago Brewing Company
United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison is a classic Belgian beer style traditionally brewed by farms to refresh the many seasonal workers.

This style is renowned for its complex fruitiness and aroma. Elegans Saison (6.1% ABV) is a smooth ruby red colored winter version brewed with Pineapple Sage, an herb from the mountains of Central America long used as a tension reliever. Pineapple sage (salvia elegans) imparts delicate fragrances of lemongrass and tangerine to compliment the bready malt aroma and caramelized sugar flavors. A balanced bitterness ends each sip and cleanses the palate, leaving you thirsty for more.

Added by BEERMILER12 on 03-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep hazy orange with a large fluffy off-white head atop it. Fades slowly lacing a pretty nice patchwork of lacing behind.

S: Very bright lemon, orange and some pineapple. Yeasty bread and some caramel. Hint of pepper and earthiness.

T: Very earthy up front and throughout. Yeasty with lots of pepper. Light pineapple and citrus to finish it off. Lingering grass, earth and black pepper in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, a touch drying and chalky.

O: I wasn't expecting much but this one is pretty good. Nice mix of light citrus with a heavy earthy and peppery punch.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this beer was copper-colored with a small white head.

Very sweet, fruity aroma. Earthy. Caramel malt background.

A fruity saison. Citrus, lemon and tangerine. Some spiciness. All layered over the caramel malt.

A nice enough beer. Titillating, but not too exciting.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle

Pours hazy/murky darker almond amber. Off white head, moderade retention and leaves nice low sheeting and moderate webs of fine lace on the glass.

Slight earthy note in the nose is all that I get.

Moderate pepper, more then moderate fruityness, earthy, tasty and different then the typical saison. Flavors sort of murky, with some spice poking its head up in the rear.

Ehh, nothing super special going on here

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with hints of orange trying to get through, smallish head but there seems to be a fair amount of sticky lacing on the glass, surprisingly clear, I would have expected it to be more cloudy.

Smell has a good aroma, picking up some light fruit notes, citrus, bit of an earthy herb scent as well, sweet malt to balance things out, lots going on with the nose.

Taste actually has a bit of an earthy bitterness to it which is surprising at first, soon however the sweetness comes into play, banana is quite prevalent, lightly spicy with citrus hints, sweetness from the malt smooths things over a bit, medium to high carbonation with a decent body.

Pineapple sage is an interesting component, I think it lends a nice earthy component while also imparting some nice lemon-like citrus.

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Photo of Etan
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Valdieu2. Thanks!

A: Pours a pretty dark orange with a nice spongy white head.

S: Smooth, sweet pale malt and yeasty esters - vanilla, white cake definitely a bit of pineapple and marshmallow.

T: Drier than the aroma - a little bit of sweetness from the esters, with a mild smoky, herbal note.

M: Light-bodied with somewhat frothy carbonation.

O: This was pleasant to drink. A bit mild, but the smoky herbal note (perhaps from the sage?) makes it a little interesting - reminds me of similar notes in some Fantome saisons.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/16/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some spice, some fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with mild flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of caramel and spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of MaineMike
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of EricDu
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle purchased a couple weeks ago. Served chilled into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a really full, creamy, three finger head with nice retention. Light caramel brown in color, much darker than I am used to for the style.

Aroma: The earthy quality of the pineapple sage really stands out. There is a caramel background that stands out nicely. Some belgian yeast tones are there as well, not really funky but very light.

Taste: The sage notes really do well to make a nice earthy, bitter background that remains refreshing. There is a lot of caramel that really comes through from the malt and I'm not sure it works completely. A touch of lemon in there as well. Pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. A little creamy as well.

Overall, a really nice and interesting saison. The pineapple sage really works well and makes the beer in my opinion by creating a nice earthy and bitter background. The caramel tones from the malt are a bit overdone, but overall this is a nice, refreshing take on the style.

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Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip; bottled on 2/16/12

Pours an orange amber with an ecru colored cap that rises two+ fingers and settles to a thin layer of tight foam. Really dark color for a saison.

The nose is of toasted nuts, prickly band-aid/medicinal/phenolic funk, and some slight notes of tangerine. The band-aid notes dominate.

On the palate, toasted nuts and caramel hit the palate first before a rush of band-aid/herbal/medicinal funk sweeps through. This is not your typical saison. Much heavier, stickier malt foundation than most with a prickly carbonation that takes away from the overall flavor as well as feel.

Medium body, heavier than it should be. Carbonation is way too high. The feel should be soft and delicate, this is almost the opposite.

I applaud these guys for trying something different and the flavor profile isn't all that bad, it's just the carbonation throws everything off.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 02/16/12

A: Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden yellow-orange color with a tiny head

S: Some Belgian yeast with blasts of fruitiness and spice. Some light malts in the background

T: Follows the nose with Belgian yeast, fruit, spice, and slight malt sweetness. Fruits are citrusy and light. Finishes with a light yet odd bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A little different than the saisons I'm used to, but not bad. The finish throws me off a little with the odd bitterness that seemingly comes from out of nowhere. If I were releasing this, I would wait a few more months to get more into the summer mood but oh well

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Photo of bootdown21
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this 22oz bomber for $7.99 at Koozie's (formerly Smiley's) of Dover NH. No code. Served cold in a tulip.

A: 3/4" of frothy white head settles to dense bubbles, leaving a thick foamy meniscus and some dense whispy stuff crowding the middle. Brew is semi-hazy, orange/ light copper in color, a bit dark for the style. On the second pour (after a bit of warming), it generates a generous head with stronger retention, pretty nice, but still not up to par with a decent saison.

S: A nice dose of yeast and light malt sweetness hits my nose before I'm done pouring. Closer inspection reveals a soft, smooth, creamy, sweet malty yeasty aroma. Its missing some of the bright , crisp, saline, belgian spice stuff typical for a saison. Smells plenty tasty, just not very typical for the style in my opinion. Mild hop character is of mixed florals and some very soft tropical/ citrus fruits. Tiny notes of vanilla and butter, a hint of cocoa powder even. Light caramel.

T: Fairly thick malt flavors, almost like a lighter brown ale. Jeeeez, do they even know what a SAISON is?! Definitely NOT true to style. Gingerbread, brown sugar, tannins, soda cracker. Hints of cocoa. Slight diacetyl in the finish. Moderate lemongrass, herb, and generic bittering hop.

After it airs and warms up a little bit, the heavier flavors seem to burn off a little. The hop bitterness develops and takes a more prominent role and the body feels a bit more crisp. making it maybe a tad bit more saison-y, but still not very close.

M: Perhaps the only thing even remotely like a saison is the mouthfeel due to its robust carbonation. Other than that, still not dry or crisp (attenuated) enough, too sweet and thick for the style. The combo of high carbo and moderate brown body does not mix well. Finish is slightly sweet and oily, not crisp, clean, or dry.

O: If I didn't know this was supposed to be a SAISON then I might actually like it. But the fact that this is so far outside of the supposed style has me really hung up and I don't know how to react. I opened the bottle expecting one thing and got something completely different.

Listen... I really love a great saison, it's one of my favorite styles to sip, quaff, chug, and brew. So when this thing ends up in my glass and it's not what I was expecting, I had a pretty strong negative reaction. Now that I've had my chance to vent, I think I'm coming to terms with this beer for what it is. It's not much as a saison, but it's pretty good as a beer, so I'm going to split the difference and weigh both of those factors equally (rather than completely slam it for not being true to style.

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Single Batch Series - Elegans Saison from Sebago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 20 ratings