Saison Lunaire | Forest & Main Brewing Company

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4.11/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Forest & Main Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
forestandmain.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A terroir driven Saison aged in wine barrels for roughly six months with our unique resident microflora.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,443
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
111
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
10
Trade:
2
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 111
Photo of floyd_pugman
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle bought in December 2017; poured into a 3 Floyds teku. Pours a hazy yet radiant pale orange, with decent carb. On the nose I get peach, tangerine, oak, and chardonnay grape. Palate is a medley of lighter fruits, light-to-moderate funk, and oak, which finishes with fresh cut grass. Low acidity; very enjoyable and easy to drink. Not super complex in terms of funk, but love it nonetheless.

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Photo of glass_house
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a white wine glass. Bottled May 2014.

Pours a brilliant deep gold with orange highlights and three fingers of fizzy white head that recedes to a tiny collar with minimal lacing.

Aroma is a pleasant mix of peach, lemon, white grape, and a touch of funk. Taste is more of the same. And delicious. A zesty medley of sweet, tart and lightly sour with the funk somewhat subdued but present throughout. There are some light grassy hop notes, but no real bitterness. Body is light and crisp and finishes clean and dry.

Wow, this was the perfect beer for sitting outside on a warm sunny Easter Sunday. I don't drink a lot of saisons but this is probably my favorite I've ever had.

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Photo of dar482
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma hist of grape, lemon zest, white wine. A pretty tart aroma.

The flavor continues with white wine, white grapes, a soft fruitiness with a vinous and dry oaky finish.

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Photo of Alequine
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a straw color into a tulip glass. Slightly hazy with a light clear tan head hugging the glass. Light funky aroma. Excellent light tartness and balanced carbonation with light white wine finish towards the end. This was an outstanding saison.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks so much to Tim, my brother for sharing this enjoyed chilled in a willybecker


I really like the funkiness of this while is is a very enjoyable refreshing if not exceedingly complex taste

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Photo of stakem
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Rifugium for gifting me with a bottle of this during one of our exchanges. 750ml bottle #28 of 204 poured into an oversized snifter. The brew appears hazy copper in color with a white cap that leaves patchy lace.

This smells vinous and fruity with light grain essence and yeastiness. The taste is mutually vinous, tart and slightly yeasty in a typical phenolic sense. This is light in body with modest carbonation. A very nice easy drinking brew that I would love to have again.

Ive heard people claim that these guys do great work in bottle form while their draft offerings are kinda lacking...wow, that certainly is the case here. Far exceeded my expectations and easily the best beer ive had from them to date.

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Photo of mahi1040
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dry, brett, and funk on the nose but not in the mouth. I like the comparison to a well-polished Arthur Nothing crazy about it, just perfectly executed. Exceeded expectations in every way.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Minerally , slightly tart and a bit funky. Only a hint of wine barrel shines through. Dry, very short finish. Reminds me of a less polished Arthur. Still, pretty good.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Pour is clear golden amber with lots of tight white head that sits around for a while and leaves a nice lacing. Nose is similar to the dochter, a little less harsh, more rounded. Moderate dusty brett and a little peppery spice, very fruity back end with gold fruits aplenty with some juicy red grape notes. Flavor is dusty up front, very light peppery spice mid palate, a faint watery up front. Back is lots of golden fruits towards the back. Light sourness in the finish with a touch of hop bitterness. Body is very similar to dochter, strong carb, body is still light and airy.

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Photo of nmann08
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a bright golden yellow color with a well carbonated white head.

The smell is white grape, saison yeast, barnyard funk, wood pulp, peach and just faint hint of butter. This smells really really good. The flavor follows the nose, more white wine grape, saison yeast, funky, citrus and lemon notes. Very zesty and spice filled finish. This is delicious and a great twist on the style.

The barrel treatment was a great on this!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer is hazy straw yellow with a white head. Aromas of saison yeast, white wine, light spice, lemon, floral notes. Complex and tasty. Citrus and white grape and bright on the palate. Tasty.

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Photo of Jonada
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. 6% ABV. Bottled 5/21/2014. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color with 2 fingers of an eggshell colored head with nice retention and lacing. Body is lightly hazy with some very fine suspended sediment. Moderate visible carbonation.

Smell: Peach, floral, white grape, oak, slight grassiness and lacto.

Taste: Lots of wine barrel character along with, peach, underlying saison yeast, mild funk and some herbal/grassy character. Highly tart and dry, but only lightly sour, with a mild hop bitterness that peaks in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a soft almost creamy mouthfeel and medium levels of carbonation.

Overall: Another really good beer from F&M. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Amber with 3 fingers of loose, white head. Very low carbonation with good clarity. Great retention leaves behind thick, fluffy rings of lacing.

Nose
Peach, white grape, barnyard and nectarine.

Taste
Subtle lactic tartness along with notes of peach, tangy wheat and drops of lemon juice. Pinot Grigio wine characteristics. Hints of nectarine, white oak and chestnut. Great barnyard/Brett personality.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, tart and refreshing.

Overall
A well done sour Saison with an excellent wine barrel character.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at F&M, Ambler, PA

Listed as a saison aged for two months on wine barrels.

This is a beer with potential, but I think it hasn't quite reached it yet, and I'd be interested to see how (or if) this one progresses with the years. On the other hand, this is a beer made to be more on the sessionable side, and not a "big beer," so you can't go in expecting a RR Damnation or something. A medium amber body, slightly hazy, with a small white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles but laced nicely. Aroma was actually quite vinous, with notes of caramel and herbal hops. Taste of toasted grains, a more subtle wine quality than was picked up in the aroma, woody, leafy. Light-medium body and quite drinkable. In an attempt at constructive criticism, I'd sum this beer up by saying: it's good, but the recipe needs a little tweaking to make it great.

*Edit - Already showing improvement in the bottle.

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Saison Lunaire from Forest & Main Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 111 ratings