Siberia Rhubarb Saison | Ilkley Brewery Co.

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Brewed by:
Ilkley Brewery Co.
England, United Kingdom

Style: Belgian Saison

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.

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Reviews by kencarman:
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2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This really pisses me off. I'm a beer judge.

Where the hell is the rhubarb. I LOVE rhubarb! Slight sour in the mouthfeel. That's it.

Saison? Uh, NO. More a Scottish ale with some caramelized malts, no hops and, again, slight sour. The mouthfeel medium, low side of because caramelized malts can fool the palate. Carbonation low but hangs with quaff.

Nose is fruity, but not rhubarb. More caramelized malt and slightly sweet orange.

Good clarity with a 2-3srm. Urine color. (Not bad, just is what it is.) Head fades fast with fine bubbles. Great presentation.

Why "pissed off?" Because it's a fine beer. How many times have I been at the table and a pale ale pours darker than Guiness, or obviously has a hefe yeast and wheat in it? So I couldn't give it kudos because it's not what it claims to be: for example... rhubarb almost not there. Saison? If the Saison yeast is there is didn't do the job and the malt mix is wrong.

"Siberia?" What's up with that?

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

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. ABV is stated as 5.9%. Acquired from Trembling Madness in York a while back and stored in my garage. Described on the label as a collaborative brew with beer writer Melissa Cole - a saison infused with rhubarb.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned and very highly carbonated, making it tricky to pour. A deeply hazy, almost opaque amber hue, though intense carbonation is visible until the yeast becomes fully suspended. Produces a massive head of frothy white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. Aroma of fruity, earthy yeast esters with hints of tart rhubarb, mild banana, faint clove and spice. Slightly sour, with a touch of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of tart fruit and earthy yeast, with a dry finish. Notes of acidic rhubarb, yeast esters, white pepper, mild clove, a hint of banana, spice and earthiness. Little malt or hop character to speak of. A slight herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, spicy and tingly, with prickly carbonation and nice body for the style. Quite astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of mild rhubarb and earthy yeast.

Rather nice - the tartness is pretty refreshing. This is all about the yeast; it's interesting how the malt and hops can be virtually MIA yet the result is still satisfying. Looks decent, though you could be forgiven for mistaking it for a weizen. The aroma and flavour are sharp, fruity and yeasty - much as you'd expect from a saison with rhubarb. Body is alright; dry and spritzy. A well-crafted brew with an unusual character. Worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter. BBE date stamp: Jan. 2015.

Pours golden-amber in color; clear; some bubbles that barely form a head before dying. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma: tart, fruity and earthy. Complex and quite variable.
Flavor: at least as bitter as it is tart, the rhubard is otherwise hard to detect. Mild for style but still complex. Some nice bready malt evident.

Feel: low carbonation seems adequate but lower than optimal. Light-medium body. Dry

O: better than feared; weaker than hoped. A touch timid but solidly refreshing.

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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 dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of KevinGordon
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

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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3.24/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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

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

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this amongst others last night

The hazy clouded amber body was a bit off putting

not a lot of aroma but the fruity nature of the brew is present on the nose

now all the tastes came through, the Saison and the yeast and some of the malt
but combined, I don't know man, it just didn't work
it reminded me of poorly looked after lines

it was heavy going I should have had a half

A decent enough beer
I think I enjoyed it :S

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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

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3.27/5  rDev -5.2%

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

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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