Siberia Rhubarb Saison | Ilkley Brewery Co.

Siberia Rhubarb SaisonSiberia Rhubarb Saison
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Siberia Rhubarb SaisonSiberia Rhubarb Saison

Brewed by:
Ilkley Brewery Co.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in collaboration with Melissa Cole, we have used world famous Yorkshire Rhubarb to add a hint of sourness. There is earthy spice, and fresh vanilla from this naturally hazy Saison. Refreshing on the palate, with a long, satisfying bittersweet finish. Proving a big hit in the USA, this version is brewed specifically for keg dispense, and the carbonation lifts all of the composite flavours beautifully.

Added by StJamesGate on 05-28-2012

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3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BWH3
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Proclarush
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cantal
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spike
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of innominat
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brheuer
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of werehereforthebeer
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LazyHank
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IPAchris
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tonafernandez
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color. The clarity worries me in a saison, but I do see dregs in the bottom of the bottle, so I won't lowball the score. The head is a finger high and barely off-white in shade. Its texture is typical for a saison - foamy and sticky, decent duration, and lots of lacing left on the glass. Actually, the lacing level is downright exemplary (it's practically a consistent wall). (4)

Smell: It seems quite sour at first. Afterwards, it fades away to reveal more generic saison notes. Muted ones, at that. I only pick up light black pepper and minimally detailed herbal qualities. Is this brewed with brett? Smells like it has it...albeit in a rudimentary manner. Rhubarb appears nicely at first, only to practically disappear after opening up. What's left is a rather average saison. (3)

Taste: This opens up a little tart, which I always like. It seems like it's coming from rhubarb instead of brett, though. This trails off into gentle savory notes (some vanilla, too), and an earthy finish. I really like the rhubarb flavor at first, but after a while, this beer's simplicity makes it hard work. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Creamy like any good saison should be, but the finish is heavy and sweet for the style. It also doesn't have enough carbonation to help will it down any easier. (2.75)

Overall: It isn't a bad beer, really, it's not. My problem stems from the fact my enjoyment is coming from the rhubarb itself rather than how it integrates with the base saison. The latter is frankly boring and generic, and that ultimately spoils everything else about it. I won't be revisiting this one anytime soon, or even at all. (2.75)

2.89/5: Much like Siberia, it leaves me cold

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Photo of Drknight
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fourstringer
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (maybe 0.5L?) into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. Best before 03/15 is stamped on the label.

A: Hazy, somewhat dull, golden yellow body. A thin layer of coarse, white head slowly forms and quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with notes of apple, grape, bread. Brown sugar. Hay. Indistinct spice. Belgian yeast.

T: An unexpected earthy peat and smoke open. A lightly toasted maltiness swells before a light hop bitterness closes it out semi-dry. Lingering smoke and noble-type hop notes in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: Low carbonation with a light to medium body. Suspect a bad seal on this one.

O: Carbonation issues aside, this one landed squarely in middle-of-the-road territory. Advertised rhubarb is conspicuously absent.


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Photo of beerjamieson
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
1.5/5  rDev -56.5%

Drainpour. Tasted like watery, overly sour crap. I love saisons and this was utterly disappointing. Maybe it was infected. I'm not really sure, but a lot of reviews here says its supposed to smell and tasted funky and earthy. This tasted like dirt.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale, transparent amber with no head at all.

The smell is cloves, banana, sour rhubarb.

The taste is sour rhubarb, cloves, some earthy notes.

The mouthfeel is light with low carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty beer. The rhubarb works well here. I wouldn't call this a saison though, it more of a hefeweizen with English hops. Although it looks more like a pale ale.

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3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.27/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.24/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rangerred
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a nonic.

Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a small half-finger white head. Quite unusual for a Saison as I was expecting a nice, big, billowy head. The head retention and lacing are pretty good, though.

Immediately in the aroma the fruitiness from the rhubarb is noticeable. Very nice creamy Belgian notes along with a touch of toast and caramel. Definitely can tell this is a saison but it has some uniqueness.

The flavor closely follows the aroma with lots of fruit that stands out. Peach and strawberry along with maybe a bit of cherry. Spicy belgian yeasty notes along with more light toast. Some light tartness coupled with some sweetness on the finish. This one lacks that dry crispness I've come to look for in the style.

Overall, a nice take on a saison and very unique coming from an English brewer. Almost an English/Belgian hybrid. While this beer doesn't quite hold true to the style, the end result is definitely worth seeking out.

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3.24/5  rDev -6.1%

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