Summertide | North Loop Brew Co

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Brewed by:
North Loop Brew Co
Minnesota, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by morimech on 07-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by zeledonia:
Photo of zeledonia
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted 7 September 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium-pale straw yellow. Mostly clear, just a bit of fuzz from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. One finger of white head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is nice, but it's weird for the style. As it says on the label, banana and clove come through. This is a saison? Smells like a hefeweizen. A bit of spice is the only sign of a saison.

Taste is at least half in line with the style. Slightly funky, slightly spicy, both of those mostly in the back-end. Front still feels like a hefe - yeast-forward, banana-fruity. Odd, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is a bit flat. Medium-light body, feels slick, in a way that's again sorta odd for the style.

This beer is weird. Did they use a yeast that's usually used for hefeweizens? Certainly doesn't strike me as saison, though it's tasty enough.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from tasting notes.
L: Pours hazy gold under a 1” foam collar S: Fruit, traces of banana, saison yeast.
T: Bready flavors, slight banana, citrus, fruit, a little sour after taste.
F: Medium light body and above average carbonation.
O: Refreshing and well priced.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and somewhat cloudy pale golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six finger white head with good retention. leaves a lot of lacing clumps around the glass.

Smell: A nice fruity and spicy aroma. Good scent of Belgian yeast with some clove and pepper spices. Hints of citrus esters with orange and lemon zest. Hints of banana, pear, apple, and bubblegum along with a little coriander. Some wheat and pale malts round it out. Solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a nice mix of spicy yeast, fruits, and malt. Spicy Belgian yeast up front with notes of clove, pepper, and coriander. Good mix of fruit esters with notes of banana, apple, pear, bubblegum, and citrus orange and lemon zest. Some pale malts and wheat add a little bready character. Good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat juicy. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A pretty nice take on a Saison. Spicy and a nice mix of fruits that avoids becoming cloying with the sweetness.

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Photo of pourmeadrink
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Good Belgian aroma. The yeast gives esters and phenols in equal amounts. I detect banana, pears, citrus, cloves, and pepper. Pale malt and I believe a touch of wheat rounds out the aroma.

Yeast driven flavor with notes of banana, citrus, and pepper. A little weak on the malt even with this ABV. Semi-dry charactor that I prefer in my Saisons.

Light body bordering on thin. The carbonation is not very spirited. It does nothing to compliment this beer.

Satisfies my personal requirements of a Saison. Refreshing with some good yeast qualities. After the lackluster Camo, I came into this beer with the lowest of expectations but it easily surpassed them.

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Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of blackdog1101
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into generic snifter.

A - pours a hazy golden color with a nice fluffy head. Looks lovely. Head recedes to a thin a cap and nice lacing on the glass.

S - modest notes of bubblegum, banana and citrus.

T - bubblegum and banana are the main notes. I'm not getting any pepper or spice. I'd prefer a sharper taste. A bit sweeter than I'd like.

M - thin, but within the style. Not much carbonation half way through the glass.

O - a good farmhouse ale, but not one I'd seek out again. So far I've had 4 different Lucid beers, and all are average at best. I'm hoping this local brewery finds some traction soon with a strong flagship beer.

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Photo of minneapolitanjim
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Doyle
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of billhelm
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Greggy
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a beer clean new belgium goblet, a cloudy straw color. Head is 2 fingers in height, white, and settled to a firm cap. Lacing is present.

S- Great yeast smell here, all kinds of lemon, clove, yeast, banana, herbaceous grassy notes, bits of apple, pear. Smells sweet but complex.

T- Starts out with big yeasty kick, lots of grassy notes/herbal hops and then transitions into a big peppery dryness with a little bit of pear note.

M- This beer coats the palette and the flavor builds well after the initial sip. This can be a touch cloying, however.

O- Overall, a nice take on a saison. I find the finish to be a little too long but with food, his can really shine. Definitely give this a swing, especially for the price and for the sake of supporting great local beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a creamy white head. Some lacing is present.

Bubblegum and banana nose.

Cloves are more prominent in the flavor, giving a brief shot of spice before yielding to banana and bubblegum. Slightly sweet, then another brief appearance of spice and bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium but does hold together well. Carbonation is moderate, and adds a little zing.

Finish is fairly clean. Bonus points for high drinkability. This Is an easy to quaff summer weight belgian, just as the name implies? Pretty good, even if not outstanding for the style.

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Photo of doucmehu
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of koes0024
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of jimmah120
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Hopstout
2.25/5  rDev -38%

Photo of stealth
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mjryan
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Catagorically speaking a strange beast. Really a family of Belgian and Belgian inspired beers. Saison Dupont is probably the best known commercial example, with it's hoppy nose, strange peppercorn yeast character and bone dry, bitter finish. A beer does not need to be a Saison Dupont clone to be a saison though, and Summertide is no Dupont clone. It is however pretty good. Hazy orange colour. Bubblegum, clove, mild banana aroma. Vaguely reminiscent of a German Hefeweizen. As the aroma is very yeast driven, so to is the flavour. Here, the beer seems more typical of a Saison. Peppercorn, clove, floral hops and slight banana. A touch sweet, but it has just enough bitterness to balance. Perhaps a bit fuller bodied than I would care for, carbonation seems right. Overall though, this is a nice beer. Lots going on, certainly interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Dark Yellow with some carbonated bubbles along the sides. There's some mild cloudiness and the 2 finger head is rather soapy but has some surprisingly excellent retention. Lacing is also on the mild side, but it's sticky nonetheless

Smell - Bubblegum, Bananas, Cloves, Cotton Candy, Yeasts, Wheat, and Malts. For a Saison, this is very sweet smelling but pleasent; Almost like a desert beer.

Taste - Cloves, Bubblegum, Yeasts, Wheat, Barley and Malts. Again, this is a very sweet tasting Saison with it's Hefe-Cloves and sweetness. Add that in with the Wheat flavor and you get a very sweet and summery ale.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and some mild carbonation. Feels surprisingly crisp and it's very easy to drink. Perhaps a bit too easy to drink, but I am one not to complain about this.

Overall - Since this is my first offering from Lucid, I have to say I'm very impressed by Summertide. It's got rich flavors and some excellent drinkability to back it up. Hopefully the other offerings they have will be just as good as this. With all the breweries popping up all around Minnesota, I can only hope that the quality gets even better than it already is.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

No freshness dating

A= Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a thick white finger of head on it that keeps steady retention and lacing.

S= Smells bubblegummy with a nice spicy yeast character. A little coriander and some sort of clove and bannana mix. The dominate character is definitally spicy yeast.

T= The taste follows suit. Bubblegum up front with a clove bannana mix to follow. The finish is a little sweet for a saison in my opinion but not totally bad.

M= A little low on the carbonation for a saison.

O= Not bad. The camo from lucid disappointed me to be honest. A lot of these new Minnesota breweries I have written off because of bad beer. This isn't a bad beer. Saison with a sort of American twist I would say. A little sweet on the finish and a little light on the carbonation but to be honest it works. Lucid Camo doesn't follow style and neither does this. Lucid is transending style guidelines and in this case it works.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucid Summertide was featured as Kevin's Keg Choice at Tiffany's in St. Paul a couple of days ago. I appreciated the opportunity to try it.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with 3/4" of foam. Quite a bit of lacing. Didn't see a lot of carbonation.
Smell: Tons of banana and some yeast like the smell rising bread. Some flowery, spicy notes. Reminded me of carnations. Overall, a very fresh smell.
Taste: Belgian banana taste was dominant, but there was a bit of spice, perhaps cloves. Very subdued hops presence. Lovely blend of flavors.
Mouthfeel: Sparkly,effervescent, light mouthfeel with a spicy finish.
Drinkability: Very drinkable and very refreshing.

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1.5/5  rDev -58.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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Summertide from North Loop Brew Co
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