Le Sexxxy Saison | Catawba Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Catawba Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 05-31-2010

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of baklo
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In the landscape of the ever-changing craft beer climate, Belgian beer, in particular saison, had been a constant. Protected by brewers like those at Catawba, the style thrives with a spice-forward but fruit balanced taste. Dry, winey and pleasantly rustic, Le Sexxxy is always a crowd pleaser.

Bright straw and with a glimmer of haze, the turbulent beer quickly builds a creamy, stark-white column of froth. Its spicy scent is decorated with pepper and wine with a subtle backbone of bread and grain. Perfumy in scent, its taste is dryly of sugar cookie, fresh baking bread and a cracker-like briskness.

But over the course of the middle palate, the story is all about the fruit and spice balance. Apple, orange, pear and lemon all align on the tongue with a strong rebuttal from fresh-cracked peppercorn, clove, vanilla and a mild cider and white wine acidity. Trailing with a mild soapy but spicy hop bitterness and the flavors quickly favor the spice over that of fruit.

Medium-bodied, the exuberent ale carries a strongly carbonated texture that breaks up the tepid residual malt and further promotes a mild sparkling white wine character. Firmly hopped, the bitterness of fress, straw and tea lingers with a mid-length aftertaste.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mantooth
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and faint honey orange highlights. The beer has a four finger tall dense sudsy foamy beige head that very slowly reduces to a very thick (almost finger thick) layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy/peppery saison yeast, light fruit sweetness (apple/pear), and banana + clove. Hints of hay/barnyard but minimal amount of funk.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of pale malts and wheat malts. That is followed by moderate flavor of spicy/peppery saison yeast and a light amount of light fruit sweetness (apple/pear) which fades away pretty quickly. Finally there is a light flavor of banana + clove.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness are present in the finish.

O: This is a decent saison though slightly maltier than expected for the style. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is easy to drink. I'd grab it again but it might not be my first choice.

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Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jamato14
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of italianstallion
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Terp96
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tlema1
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I didn't get as much fruitiness as I hoped, but overall it's a nice beer

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Photo of Dave1999
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with a bright white head.

The smell is yeasty,cloves,pepper.

The taste is yeast,pepper, very bitter for the style.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall not my favourite saison but not too bad.

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Photo of ariceclemson
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of midlifec
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of EigenBeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is clear amber-yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that dissipated and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has notes of spices and hints of the underlying malts.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be a little maltier compared to other saisons, but it still had some refreshing properties due to the dryness.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden body with an excellent head. Smells floral, fruity and quite pleasant. Virtually no funk in this saison but seems a bit hoppy. Somewhat unusual aroma also due, most likely, to the "exclusive blend of five Belgian yeast strains". A modicum of funk in the flavor, along with some bread, honey, and earthy hops.
This beer has a light body and finishes dry.

O: a refreshing and relatively clean and hoppy saison.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of AlexFields
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium light wooden color, light head but very pretty color.

Smells of dry peppery yeast, some banana and flowers.

Taste is moderately sweet, floral and mild farmhouse yeast, notes of light fruit. Tasty, nothing special.

Mouthfeel is good--good carb, fairly creamy, pretty full body.


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Le Sexxxy Saison from Catawba Brewing Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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