Saison By The Sea | Coronado Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States
coronadobrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bitterbill on 08-24-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
43
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
18.02%
 
 
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2
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1
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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of andyinsdca
1/5  rDev -70.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of the most revolting beers I've had the misfortune to drink in 20+ years of drinking beers, and that includes skunked beers and crap brewed with formaldehyde. I took one sip and was assaulted by a very bizarre sweet/sour/fruity taste that I couldn't place. I got the strange aftertaste that I thought might be brewer's mustard. I took a second, very tiny sip and dumped the rest of the bottle in the sink.

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Photo of OStrungT
2.07/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a slear rusty brown color, with a thick, fluffy tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing. Many bubbles rise up on this one.

This beer smells slightly soapy. Some spicealso. Slightly clovey. A little pepper. It smells very slightly citrusy.

This beer taste like it smells. Soapy. Some spice. Not very good. I can taste a slightly fig like flavor also. Odd, but it dosent taste off, just odd.

This beer is carbonated a little high, but not much. It leaves a slightly fig like aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt be a great session beer. It is a little high in alcohol, and the flavor isnt too good.

Overall: I will never buy this one again. Coronado is hit or miss, and it is mostly miss. Oh well, I knew that going into it.

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Photo of dbmernin83
2.65/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an okay hazy orange with a decent soapy head that retreats quickly.
smells like spices. almost holiday-esque.
yep, tastes the same. this isn't a saison, IMO. Coriander and huge nutmeg and cinnamon, this is not far off of a decent pumpkin ale.
flat. could be an old bottle, but the carbonation lacks.
too overly spiced, even for a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of bigred89
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber pours a fairly clear, light copper color with a creamy off-white head. Pretty good looking brew, although a bit on the darker side for a saison.

Nose is laden with spices, I get all of the ones listed; ginger, chamomile and spearmint. Light malt backing and belgian yeast is not present, unfortunately.

Taste shows the mint and ginger plenty, and the chamomile adds a bit of perceived sweetness. This might fare better under the Herbed/Spice beer category. It is actually not all that bad, just not really saison-like. Most of the flavors are completely covered by the heavy spicing…yeast, malt and hop flavor for sure. A moderate hop bitterness on the finish pokes through. I had a somewhat interesting time working my way through the bomber, I certainly would not buy it again, but I am not regretting the purchase or the quaff. Unique, to be sure, but an average brew at best overall for me.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coronado Brewing Co. Saison By The Sea, Belgian Style ale brewed with spices. 8.0% alcohol 22oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a golden orange fluid that glows in the light, mildly zesty head falls to a creamy white froth leaving decent patchy lacing on the glass.

S- Not much funk on the nose of this one just hints of sweet ginger, hibiscus, mint, and light notes of musky yeast.

T- Hard to explain why or how this one is a Farmhouse ale in the fact i've had quite a few in the past month... but I'll try to explain. Upfront are strong bites of allspice and mint with light notes of sushi grade ginger stinging the backbone of the initial flavor bite. Secondly it has a raw earthy dirt-like aftertaste of wheat and yeast. Mouthfeel is edgy with all that is going on flavorwise it boast water feel and light carbonation making the taste linger a little to long.

Overall very drinkable and different for the style and for a matter of fact any beer i've tried and for that it is a decent lawnmower beer. For a Saison/ Farmhouse it falls short of the funkiness and horseblanket you'd come to expect... If it makes any difference this beer was fully consumed within' this review in that case... Cheers!

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Photo of maskednegator
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Tawny, opaque brew. Puffy head that deflates almost instantly, leaving no lacing.
Smell: Cloves! White wine, lemon peel, allspice.
Taste: Holy fuck that's sweet. Raisins, bananas, apples, yeast, slight malt presence, peppery finish.
Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, heavy body.
Drinkability: Not too bad. No alcohol bite with the 8% liquor, but it's really fucking sweet. It's gonna take me at least 3 episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to finish this bomber.

Verdict: Not terrible. Something I'd happily split between friends.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a fairly clear golden orange color with a tall, soapy white head.

S: This thing smells almost entirely of sage, ginger, and green peppercorn. Almost medicinal herbal notes with perhaps even a touch of eucalyptus. A light bread and malt sweetness, a bit of yeast.

T: Just way too much spice. Lots of cinnamon, ginger, and pepper. A moderate malt and bread sweetness, perhaps a touch of yeast. Just a light fruit flavor and sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Way too much spice and herbal character, it was just unpleasant.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh 22 oz. bomber poured into a globe glass. This 'Saison by the Sea' tilts the scales at 7.0%, not 8 as mentioned. Shows an orange golden in color with good clarity, and offering a short lived white cap of foam.

Aroma is strongly tilted towards the added spices vs. any Saison yeast influence, though surely present behind the curtains. Ginger is pronounced on the nose and carries firmly to the palate. Though it is a bit overwhelming to say the least, and hints of noble hops are oddly lacking prior to warming to room temperature at which point they deliver a light lemon character.

Flavor of floral spices, ginger and chamomile. The spearmint mentioned on the label is a bit too shy to reveal itself. Finish lingers with the ginger spice and offers a touch of faux picante pepper spice. Dry and clove/peppery on the finish with a subdued malt body. Average mouthfeel with the ginger spice seeking to disguise itself as the carbonation that isn't really there and lacking any yeast sourness.

Overall this brew is pleasant but flagrantly spiced and with a subdued yeast character and an underpowered carbonation level. To label it a Saison is arguable.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Obtained a bottle from Jw347. Thanks!

Very hazy orange colors with golden hues throughout. Clear white head that fades quickly. The nose consists heavily of banana-nut bread, citrus, coriander, and yeasty qualities. Not very aromatic, really.

Very buttery taste and very sweet. Very subtle hop qualities. Some grape and citrus flavors, as well. Not much else to say. The mouthfeel is very slick and light to medium in body. OK beer but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of belm001
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of magictrokini
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a bubbly white head. TONS of spice in the aroma; coriander, clove, cinnamon, pepper, ang maybe ginger. It smelled like opening a bag of spice gumdrops. The taste was also TONS of spice. More of the same, with a good helping of citrus hops. The beer got to be overwhelming. The only thing I could compare it to would be eating a spice cake blended with a fruitcake in the middle of an old chuch during Christmas time while they were burning incense. Just too much after a while.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep golden-amber body with a small, whitish head.

Smell: Rather malty nose dipped in caramel with notes of added spices, fruit, toasted grains, and a particularly strong jolt of aromatic ginger.

Taste: Caramel maltiness, a touch grainy, and having a honeyed sweetness. Hmm, the certainly didn't skimp on the spices. Again, that ginger comes through pretty strongly. Middling fruitiness with a hint even of candied orange wedges. Fairly phenolic at times. No more than a mild hop bitterness. Picks up a bit of bread crusts in the lightly sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Shows some promise (and spicy promise at that), but it comes off a bit too sweet and a bit lacking in carbonation for what I'm looking for in a saison. Maybe some other time, Ariel.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date 08.08.08; Sampled August 2008
As I pour this into my 25cl tulip glass it is quite obviously spicy and aromatic with notes of earthy coriander and freshly grated ginger being quite prominent. The beer pours with a three finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a ruddy, amber color that shows a hazy, amber-tinged, copper color when held up to the light. The spices clearly dominate the aroma of this beer, with the two mentioned spice notes being the most prominent. There are also aromas of clove, candied apple, dusty slight stale cracker like malt, woody pepper in the nose, some nail polish and a concentrated pear note.

Lightly sweet, which accentuates fruity flavors of pear, some light sweetened lemon zest and sweet apple cider. The spice flavors actually numb the tongue a bit with the prominent ginger and turpene-driven clove notes. Finishes a bit on the warm side from both the piquant spice character and some touches of higher alcohols. This definitely has an earthy spiciness to it, certainly contributed by the yeast character, but there might also be a touch of coriander here (though then again maybe not). Really gets phenolic, especially as it warms up; strong clove notes are joined by lacquer and nail polish flavors that, while not overwhelming or harsh, are definitely noticeable. Medium bodied for a saison, though I would not say it has too much heft, though I prefer both a drier and lighter version of the style.

Very spicy interpretation of a Saison; they used both a very spicy yeast strain and chose to spice it quite well were one or the other probably would have sufficed. Not bad and even somewhat tasty, it just comes off as being a bit overboard.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

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Photo of justintcoons
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a golden amber with 1 finger of white head. Appears cloudy with low carbonation. Some yeast sediment is suspended in the glass. Has a thin layer of tight lacing.

N: Light grains, lemony citrus and pilsner malt with hints of apple and pear. Some subtle wheat also makes an appearance.

T: Lemon, cantaloupe, pilsner malt, caramel, honeydew and wheat upfront. Mid-palate shows both black and green tea, notes of apple & pear and hints of grassy noble hops. Finishes with Pinesol, faint chocolate, some dirty hay, ginger and faint black pepper.

M: Light-medium bodied, smooth, clean and slightly crisp.

O: The malts are really more dominant than what I want in a Saison although it does still retain some juiciness and is quite refreshing. The spices and funk are very subdued in the finish. Not bad, not great but slightly better than average. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of bpackertx
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this bottle from South Bay D&L. Thanks Joey!

It pours a hazy orange with a 2 finger head of foam. It leaves some nice sticky lacing but the head retention degraded as the session went on.

The smell is fruity and spicy! I get notes of pear, lemon, some peach, corriander, clove, and an earthy yeasty tone. Nice and complex.

The taste starts off both earthy and sweetish. The fruit plays it big here. Lots of pear and peach tops, with some apple, with a lemon twang that I find mostly in the finish. Plenty of spiciness as well with some big notes of ginger and lesser notes of pepper and clove. Underlining it all is an earthy yeasty presence.

It has a light body, the carbonation is light, and it finishes slightly bitter and ginger spicy...a very dry finish. I can feel the alcohol after I finished my first pour but it doesn't show up in the smell nor the taste. Just some light warming after the swallow.

Bottom line: I think this is a good example of a Saison, lots of fruity and spicy flavours going on but...and this is no slight to Coronado but, I think there is something about it that, well, doesn't inspire me to seek it out again. I can't really pinpoint my reason for saying that. Maybe too much fruit and/ or too much spice? Though I "will" finish this 22oz bottle, the more I sipped on it, the more difficult it became to take another sip. Maybe I just picked a bad time to pop the cap on this one...

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into my glass a golden orange with nice two finger head on top and some active bubbles. Aromas start off with a mixture of caramel and fruit salad malts along with a forward yeasty spiciness that brings notes of pepper. There is a lot of spice here with hints of clove, ginger, coriander and more. Sweeter and more robust than a typical saison.

First sip brings sweet malts upfront that move into a rush of spice and fruit tones. Hints of pepper, clove, ginger and cinnamon all come through as it flows down with a yeasty kick. There's a touch of alcohol on the finish. It's a bit too sweet overall though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat chewy. It's a bit heavier than I would like personally. Overall, an interesting brew but a bit off from a traditional saison. The bottle goes down easy enough and I'm glad to have the chance to sample it. Thanks to KingG for offering it at his store.

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Photo of weeare138
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a frothy white head that slowly fades. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of chamomile up front with refreshing herbs, citrus, and teal blended with a wheat wheat addition.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas. Not a true saison by definition but I've been punished myself for that...not to mention that I don't really care that much about style guidelines. It's an alright beer. It would go great with sushi. Palate cleansing, refreshing, and dry. The herbs are there to be noticed. I would love to try this beer sans herbs. I bet I would like it that much more.

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Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with Dunk (thanks!).

Poured a deeper golden / orangish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of ginger (stronger), citrus (oranges), caramel, and other spices. Tastes of citrus, ginger, caramel (more than aromas), and honey sweetness.

Notes from: 9/26/08

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Saison By The Sea from Coronado Brewing Company
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