Honeysuckle Saison Ale
Thomas Creek Brewery

Honeysuckle Saison AleHoneysuckle Saison Ale
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,846
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #37,586
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 11.02%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
31
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Thomas Creek Brewery
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  5
SCORE
84
Good
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this chilled from the bottle in a tulip
The color is amber with hazed clarity with white head and tight bead with lace that sticks.
The smell has a sweet herbal aroma with yeast aroma that is vinous and light citrus scent
the feel is bitter on entry with spice in the light yeast texture with mild sweetness and toasted dry element of moderately highly carbonated body
The taste is mildly fruity with herbal and spice from the yeast and slight sweet malt in middle with mild toasted taste and light tea-like taste with slight astringent quality in the back. The flavor is drying with a nuttiness as it finishes with lively carbonation scrubbing the palate.
Overall an ok saison but not much honeysuckle in the taste

Aug 30, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am just chipping away at the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody at this point, but I gotta say, the idea of a honeysuckle Saison on a hot, humid Summer evening sounds great!

From the Bottle: "Sink the Status Quo"; "This product does not contain honeysuckle." 8=O

8=( How did they get away with naming their beer like this?!? What low-rent nonsense! I was so angry that once I had Pop!ped off the cap, I immediately went with a heavy-handed C-line pour. This caused the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with great retention, leaving behind loads of lacing in its wake. Color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. What?!? Don't tell me that they filtered a Saison! Nose had a light barnyard funkiness as well as a coriander/black pepper spiciness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big with its inherent carbonation. The taste was definitely yeast-driven with an earthy funkiness along with a peppery spiciness. Finish was dry, spicy and a clear indication that the yeast had done its job. It was a decent interpretation of the style, but I was still torqued over the name & curious about the clarity.

Aug 29, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some yeast and banana. Taste is also mild, spices, light banana, some malts and yeast. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is ok, but nothing special.

Mar 27, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an semi clear gold with a few rising bubbles & dusty sediment in the bottom of the glass. Produces a solid 2 fingers of white, frothy, short-lived head that leaves little lace. Aroma is delicate Belgian yeast mustiness, white fruit, banana, citrus, spice, floral & pale malt. Taste is subdued Belgian funk, apple, thin banana, pale malt, clove, pepper & a floral hint that I guess could be referenced as honeysuckle. Finishes fruity with spice hints that diminish rapidly to become a lightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp in the finish & drying in the aftertaste. Drinkable & delicately flavored.

Oct 08, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured with an over-sized, thick, sudsy head that has great retention.
Hazy amber body.
Funky-earthy-floral aroma.
Flavor: Lightly funky and fruity, more floral, with some hops showing.

O: Mild but good for style.

Jul 07, 2015
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Budinetz from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft at The Bayou in Bethlehem, Pa.

Pours an almost copper color with a white frothy head that clings to the glass with each sip. Great lacing all around the glass.

Smells very mild. Some bready malts are detected and a definite underlying bitterness is also prevelant on the nose. Something is missing though...I'm not getting that beautiful Belgian saison yeast smell or funk...but it's ok. Not all saisons are geared around that hit I figured with the honey suckle it would be there.

Tastes like an awesome, well balanced saison up front...as I swish around the mouth and the beer hits my palate in all directions, I can pick up the honey suckle ever so slightly. It's not overwhelming and not TOO floral. It's just right. The beer then finishes with a dry, refreshing bitterness that lingers in and makes me want to take another sip. At 4.2% I think I will drink this one quite fast.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice carbonation wth a not too overwhelming flower profile and a pleasant bitterness that balances this beer out so perfectly that I'm quite impressed with it.

Overall an awesome beer to try! Thomas creek hasn't come out with anything that I have been really excited about in a while until now. Try this beer if you like saisons!

Cheers!

Jun 02, 2015
Honeysuckle Saison Ale from Thomas Creek Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 31 ratings