Flower Envy
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,326
Ranked #24,104
3.82 | pDev: 8.9%
Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Very hazy gold with lots of fine streams of carbonation, huge billowing head suggestive of high alpha acids. I already see some nasty sunken debris at the bottom of my glass, and I've only poured about 15% of the bottle. Dislike the Microsoft Word font on the label, and the art style is a little '95 graphics-esque, but on the whole it's a pleasing image. On the upshot, some things are great, some... no.

S: Wow, fragrant with herbs, some mild fruit (honeydew & cantaloupe). Nice and floral, but probably overdone for the style.

T: I swear I taste cinnamon, followed by apple and melon. Fades away to muddled chalky yeast, a sad note with which to finish.

F: Sure.

O: I wish they made candles with its aroma, and the flavor was very good until then end. Definitely a fun summer brew, if it was more economical than a bomber I might return.

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Photo of nophunk
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Deschutes snifter from a bomber.

Color is golden and slightly on the amber side. Small head, nice lacing.

Smell is of musty hops, banana, and spice.

Taste starts out heavy on the spice typical of a traditional saison, but quickly a large juicy wave of hops hits you. Stays on the citrusy side throughout the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and the beer is appropriately dry and crisp. It definitely lingers for quite some time.

It's not the best or most adventurous hoppy saison ever, but it's a pretty good interpretation of the style at a pretty nice price point. This is the best beer I've had from Slumbrew to date, and I have bought a couple over the course of the summer for this reason.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says Bottled On 08/06/12.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Floral, as expected, with notes of lavender and honeysuckle. Plenty of wheat and yeast bring some banana to the table.

T- Flavor's pretty much your standard light saison. Plenty of fruity esters play off the yeast well and there's a sweetness throughout that's pleasant. Alcohol taste is hardly recognizable as it should be for the ABV.

M- A bit zesty and tangy with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Pretty damn good for being a year old (my girlfriend bought it for me and didn't notice the bottled on dates (that's right, there were two of them) until she got home). My first Slumbrew beer and it certainly won't be my last.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Harpoon limited edition tulip glass.

The color is golden orange with two fingers of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is malty with a great Belgian-like yeast aroma in the nose. There is a sweetness to the aroma that has a earthy character.

The taste is grassy and has a hop presence that was unexpected. There is a mix of mild hops and sweet Belgian malts that has a light tickle of flavor that kicks with a slight bitterness toward the end.

The feel of this beer is smooth with a lighter to mild body. There is a great softness to this beer that has a subtle thump of bitterness that also springs a nice sweetness that softens any bitterness from weighting on your palate.

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Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes from our annual Sour/Saison tasting on 05/04.

A- Tulip glass with semi-hazy golden yellow body. Foamy fine bubbled head that is white with about one finger in height. Decent retention and a foamy ring leaves some webs of thinner lace.

S- Very floral aroma as the name might suggest with coriander and peppercorn shining as well as general spicy, grassy hints. Light biscuit, caramel. Orange citrus is big.

T- Main flavors are of orange juice/peel and spices like coriander and peppercorns. Lemon zest also big with a pretty herbal and floral feel overall. Slight sweetness.

MF- Lighter end body with bubbly high end carbonation. Slight bitterness in the finish with a fairly creamy, silky feel.

Orange and spice forward but a good amount of flavor out of the yeast strain. Juicy citrus with time and warmth.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)
Bottled 6/8/12
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow body with a trail of microbubbles and a dense cobweb of buttercream head.

S- The hints of saison yeast have some nice farmhouse ester with more of a clove phenol growing in the finish. There is a pleasant soap quality in the finish aswell.

T- The slight tart note fades to a soft saison yeasty flavor that takes on some dry bubble gum character and a spicy green hop note in the finish. There is a ripe fruit ester and clove flavor in the slightly dry finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight spicy fizz that enhances the spice in the taste.

O- The soft yeast character has a bit more clove flavor than ester yeast character which I would prefer the other way around. The hops are nice and I wish this wasn’t 1 year old.

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Photo of bmwats
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Cloudy, golden hue. Pours a giant, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving giant peaks, valleys, craters, and lots of dry sticky residue. Plenty of dry, sticky lacing.

S: Raspberry, wheat, and lavender are prominent.

T: Fresh flora, including grass and lavender, with a slight fruitiness.

M: Light, crisp, and fruity.

D: Drink at will, but a slightly steely finish.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice coloration, really nice head, ad plenty of lacing. Nose is really full...fruit and flora. Flavor is wheaty, fruity, and flowery. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange with a creamy white head. Retention is excellent, and rings and globs of lacing stick everywhere.

S: Very yeasty and spicy on the nose. Chalk, dash of confectioner's sugar, white pepper and spices. A touch musty. Hops are mildly floral and spicy. Malt scents of baked bread underneath.

T: As in the nose, this beer is very yeast-forward on the attack. Very spicy, hints of white pepper, subtle chalk and a touch earthy. Citrusy and floral hops muscle through on the mid-palate and bring bold flavors of orange pith, wildflowers, and a slight herbal spice. Bitterness is slightly sharp for the style. Mild tropical esters are hard to detect. Malt tastes of musty bread and biscuit barely register. The hops calm down a bit and the yeast begins to come out again toward the finish. Finishes with a fading tide of oily and somewhat citrusy hops and musty, chalky yeast.

M: Medium bodied. Highly effervescent with a prickling, scrubbing carbonation. A slight enamel-clinging feel from the hops. Creamy.

O: A pretty decent saison that has been augmented with a bolder hop addition. A good choice if you crave something a little different, but still want the hops.

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Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amazingly hazed golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Spiderweb like lace is left behind. I love the color and lacing.
S: A bit muted in the nose. A musky funk up front, with some nice fruity esters. Banana, phenolic spice, light sweetness. Very nice.
T: This is were it shines. There is a great Belgian musky funky that I love. Certainly not Brett or any of the other buzz words. Just old fashioned earthy, rustic goodness. A bit of sweetness, and a nice fruity ester compliment. Bananas, clove, phenolic spice, but with a dry finish.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and smooth. There is an initial sweetness, but finished with an amazing dry bite. Very easy to sip on. The bottle is gone in no time.

A very good Saison. I am glad I found this. A great American example of a the style. Something I would highly recommend.

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Photo of BradKingston
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance 3.5- Beer was a a very foamy golden unfiltered look

Smell 3.5-Beer had nice flowery and typical saison notes

Taste-4.0- Great typical saison with flowery citrusy flavors that don't appear too sweet like many others.

Mouthfeel 3.0- Felt very average but smooth and great drinkability.

Overall- Typical saison, nothing too over powering and very tasty, I love this out of a local brewery being from the Boston area myself.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice fizzy 1.5 finger head fades at a med pace with soapy lacing, mostly clear tan golden color.

Nose saison comes through first, light floral spices, earthy saison almost farmhouse like aromas, light wheat like malts and fruity apple like esters, little yeasty and bready, and some flower like floral and grassy hops.

taste starts with a slight wants to be sweet malt but never comes sweet, stays dry, with a light Belgian golden like malt and some light wheat like almost hay flavors, some saison earthy flavors, little yeasty and bready, light floral spices. A hint of warming booze comes on surprisingly more warm than I expected for 6%, and light fruity esters. Then hops, a nice hoppy bitterness with some grassy and slightly spicy noble hops, and some floral grassy flowery hop flavors. Finish is dry and light bitterness, lingering grassy floral hops, touch spicy, light floral spices, and a bit of citrus.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, a hint of warming booze.

Overall pretty good, I'm glad the saison flavors were able to stay in the front, with some nice noble like hops in the back, nice floral flavors hops and spices, little citrus on the finish, nice earthy and tasty, fairly drinkable but feels a bit hot for only 6%.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" linen off-white head with decent lifespan. Hazy raw sienna yellow color. Does indeed smell a little floral, as well as mildly of malt and hops. The taste mirrors the smell and has a substantially long vegetal finish. Easy drinking yet extra satisfying like an IPA, just not as hoppy. Decent beer.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says this was bottled in August. Poured into a tulip. There i a nice orange color. There is a medium sized fluffy white head.

Grassy hops and mildly spicy yeast is present.

The taste blends herbal hop flavor with slightly sweet malt with a peppery yeast finish.

This is medium bodied, if it was just a little lighter I'd probably love this beer. There is nice crisp carbonation.

This is tasty. I've enjoyed what I've tried from Slumbrew thus far.

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Photo of EtOHMD
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lower Depths. Described as a saison by the server and the Slumbrew site.

Appearance: translucent orange rust color with thin white head. Lots of lacing. Tons or carbonation with continuous stream in middle.

Aroma: As the name implies very floral. Earthy funk emerges as beer warms.

Taste: black tea, floral, mild clove, pepper. Taste gets better and better each sip.

Mouthfeel: crisp, dry, clean.

Overall: not a classic saison but very nice. Would definitely have again. Website says coming to stores soon - will be looking out.

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Flower Envy from Somerville Brewing Company (Slumbrew)
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 78 ratings