Saison | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

10 Ratings

Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Reflect as the hazy orange hue catches the sun while the refreshing, crisp citrus character and a classic Saison dryness offer an unexpectedly smooth mouthfeel.

Inhale the earthy, yet fruity aromatics influenced by the addition of ginger (Zingiber officinale) and grains of paradise (peppery seeds from the Aframomum melegueta plant).

Linger over the dry, slightly tannic finish enhanced by the Belgian yeast and the spicy, citrusy character of Saaz and East Kent Goldings hops.

A perfect summer ale.

Added by wordemupg on 08-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by stagger:
Photo of stagger
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


After a few disappointing seasonals in a row, Wild Rose hits it out of the ballpark with their saison. I'm a huge fan of the style and I think this is as good an everyday saison as they come. It's not flashy or funky or unusual in any way, but it's a hell of a session beer, with all the brightness, fruitiness, noble hops, dryness and endless drinkability that the style demands. Kind of reminds me of a chewier, bolder Blanche de Chambly. I only wish we had the weather to go with the beer...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't help but drop by the Taproom anytime I'm on my way to see the folks...

This beer appears a cloudy golden orange colour, with two fingers of thick soapy white head, which leaves a solid paintjob of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of of wheat grain, yeast, mild citrus, and peppery spice. The taste is yeasty wheat grain, green peppercorn, ginger, a bit of bitter citrus, and earthy, musty hops. The carbonation is quite strong, the body light, fruity, and somewhat wispy, and it finishes dry, musty, and yeasty.

Very reminiscent of an actual farmhouse, for sure, and refreshing, to a point. However, I found myself doing that tongue-scraping thing after a while, due to a cloying fuzziness that makes it increasingly difficult to want another.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had it a couple long random sessions on tap, first early eve sober review notes
A - cloudy golden orange, one finger of white head when it came out, dissipated fairly soon after
S - a mix of orange and classic fruity belgian yeast notes, clove spices and light grainy malts
T - orange citrus is prominent, the yeast does bring out classic belgian flavours or banana and clove, light wheat malt and citrus and leafy hop finish
M - somewhat chewy and heavy in flavour, it is a full mouth feel that somewhat belies its overall drinkability
D - full flavour and feel, but the refreshing citrus is a nice balance to the classic Belgian wheat flavours that might turn some off on their own, they should consider making this a full time keg brew

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Is a cloudy, yeast filled yellowish color, with hues of orange in the backround. There is an initial decent foamy white head, however, it recedes quickly, leaving a patchy layer of foam over the beer. There isn't too much lacing that clings to the glass either...not bad looking, but not the greatest.

S- There is a dominant citrus tone in the aroma, primarily of lemon/grapefruit. Following this is a fair bit of spices/herbal smells...coriander comes to mind first. Some hop bitterness is noticeable on the finish. A mildly tart aroma overall.

T- More of the same, in reference to the smells. I found it slightly tart, citrus like, earthy/herbal and bitter all rolled into one. The earthy root tartness of the ginger that is used in the wort is noticed on the palate somewhat, followed by hints of coriander, grapefruit and fresh floral hop cones on the finish. A thirst quenching flavor.

M- A decently full bodied has a generally good chewiness to it. The carbonation is a little zippy and scrubs the palate well, but that also brings out the citrus character better IMO. The finish feels somewhat oily like the rind of any citrus fruit would have.

D- I think that Wild Rose hit the nail on this one. It is a very decent beer to drink and would go well with something slightly spicy for lunch. As for on it's own, it's quite full and would fill me up way too quick to have more than a couple of pints. Still, I recommend giving this a try and I feel it is a good example of a Saison style.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in stemware, is a cloudy opaque apricot hue, capped by a creamy white head with moderate retention.

Sharp, clean, acidic aroma, some tangerine rind, light white pepper, earthy dryness.

Clean lemony flavour up front, dry grains, with lemon and tangerine on the finish, notes of white pepper and earthy ginger in the aftertaste.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, quite dry.

A decent locally brewed Saison, the addition of grains of paradise and ginger add a curious touch. Tends to be a little bit rough around the edges (some aging may remedy this perhaps), however makes a good hot weather thirst quencher, especially for the Belgian beer crowd.

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Photo of berley31
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Ship and Anchor in Calgary.

A: Poured with virtually no head, although this may have been due to the actual pourer, and not the beer. Body is dark yellow and slightly hazy.

S: Strong aroma of spices, none of which I could place precisely. Slight citrus fruit as well, with no detectable spicy-hop aroma that is normal for the style.

T: The spices are easily detectable, but thankfully do not overpower the beer. Some slight fruitiness, and a very low hop spiciness. Finish was not as dry as I would have expected from the style. No sourness.

M: Moderate-light body, with moderate-high carbonation.

D: Not a bad Saison, but nowhere near my favorite, and one of the weaker WR beers I've had yet.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one on tap at our local watering hole, Fergus & Bix.

A - Pours a hazy golden orange, paper thin layer of head, little retention and no real lacing.

S - Belgian style scent, with the wheat coming off strong followed by fruity flavours (orange and a bit of a strawberry scent making an appearance).

T - Taste is nicely balanced between sweet and tart, with the wheat and sour lemon hitting you first, then following through with sweet fruity flavours, with a bit of a peach-y flavour. Spices are also coming through with cloves and a bit of ginger noticeable.

M - No complaints in this department, nicely balanced carbonation, goes down smooth. Definitely a lighter feel to it, and it finished a tad dry, but not a turn-off.

D - Pretty tasty, but it would be tough to do more than one pint. There's lots of spices, and some unique fruit flavours. The sour flavour makes it difficult to consume several, but definitely a worthy offering to any fan of Saison style brews.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the release at the tap room july30 2010

A cloudy golden orange with a thumbs width of head that quicky fell leaving a patch of lace

S lots of yeast and spice with a decent amount of hops and citrus

T rather spicy with the citrus more focused on orange rind and the yeast works well for it but it's missing the funk

M not overly thick and enough carbonation to give it a slightly creamy feel to go along with just a little bite

D I drank a few of these before I knew it and could see myself drinking this under the hot sun

Had a couple of these from a cask that day to, I picked up on more spice and hops. At the end of the day a pretty good beer that's worth trying my only complaint would be the lack of funk but don't let that stop you

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Photo of biegaman
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Grizzly Paw Brewpub in Canmore.

Although its colour is bright and golden like the summer's sun, its complexion is hazy and chilled over like a winter's pond. The combination is a little bewitching and it makes for a tasteful looking saison. Its head is laid out like a blanket of pure white fleece; where it splashes against the glass baroque-like vestiges of lacing do endure.

I think I've reached nirvana just smelling it - lemony hops, a dollop of barnyard funk and an archetypal saison yeast rich with notes of citrus zest, fresh-picked flowers and savory spices. If I keep taking such big sniffs at this rate I worry I'll soon suck the smell right out of the thing. I'd market soaps and shampoos with this smell, it's so charming.

This is a picnic basket in a bottle. Each sip conjures the bready, wholesome flavours of prairie-farm wheat and white loaf, orange marmalade, summer peaches, a field of flowers, luscious fruits that emulate a sip of pinot grigio and a refreshing dessert of lemon tart. It feels as though the summer's bright sun was somehow bottled in there too.

It is truly delightful. And with just a few minor tweaks this beer might be indistinguishable from one actually brewed in Belgium; a dash more spice and a little more horsepower with regards to carbonation are probably all that's needed. As it stands though, Wild Rose needn't worry too much about making changes, they've gotten it right.

Indeed, this brewery's saison outshines most other commercially available North American renditions and can likely hold its weight with even some of the more famous Belgian ones. Style guidelines aside, this exceeds in all the other important categories as well: it's flavourful, pleasing, irresistibly drinkable, charming and downright delightful.

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Photo of scott451
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Served in a glass pint flute at the brewery. A two finger bubbly head diminishes to a ring after a while. A very hazy apricot colour. Strong persistent lacing. Yeasty smells. Tastes yeasty up front with a dry, slightly tart finish. Some citrusy notes. A bit of a yeasty finish too. The body is medium light. The medium carbonation goes well with the dry finish. Drinkability is very high. Refreshingly tart with just the right amount of carbonation.

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Saison from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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