La Sirène Urban Pale | La Sirène Brewing

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La Sirène Urban PaleLa Sirène Urban Pale
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La Sirène Urban PaleLa Sirène Urban Pale

Brewed by:
La Sirène Brewing

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 3
Reviews by shambeano:
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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml can, canned on the 30/04/2019, with a best before 01/02/2020. Poured into a tulip.
Look: A hazy pale gold, with about 3 cm of fluffy white head. Head slowly subsides, leaving sticky lacing.
Smell: Bit of yeast straight up, spice and clove. A touch estery. A little flowery too, and some citrus. Smells good.
Taste: A little bready, and then estery again. Spice, pepper, clove. Less citrus than on the nose, but its still in there. Mild bitterness towards the end.
Feel: light to mid bodied, but creamy and mouth filling. A little dry at the end and a good length of flavour.
Overall: Pleasantly surprised by this one. I really enjoyed it.

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More User Reviews:
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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of doktorhops
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every once and a while you find a brewer at the top of their game and for La Sirène is one of those brewers. They simply don’t seem to know how to put a foot wrong. Yes, yes, I get that all their brews are basically a variation on the same style: Saison, but I say if you can nail one style consistently whilst adding new elements to it then why would you give that mojo up? Alternatively there’s a time and place for being a revolutionary mad-brew-scientist like Ross Kenrick @ Bacchus as well. Frankly I love that there is one Aussie brewer out there who can ace a Saison like La Sirène can. This is Urban Pale - their first canned beer and I admit I tried one last night and it was so damn good I then proceeded to finish off the entire 6-pack [yep!].

Poured from a 330ml can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy tangerine body with a decent 2 centimetre off-white head that uniquely has a mixture of dense/sea foam bubbles - the head soon subsides to a splotchy lace blanket. This is one attractive Saison here. 8/10.

S: Punchy aroma of orange peel, floral hops, coriander spice, grapefruit hints and a tinge of bubble-gum… it’s quite an ester-driven brew thanks to some superb yeast action: The original La Sirène yeast strain was bought back from northern France and has over the years had Australian wild yeast introduced to give it a touch of funk… it’s obviously working - James Brown would get down with this funk! 9/10.

T: Begins lightly tart, floral hop notes come mid-palate, leading on to a citrus orange and grapefruit light bitter rind finish and a touch of pepper. Do what I did last night and let this baby warm up to 12°C and you’ll get more of a bubble-gum note and touches of clove - that’s the temp a real Belgian Saison should be drunk and it’s telling here that Urban Pale improves as it draws inexorably closer (in this Queensland summer heat!) to 12°C [Bill: Listen to this dude Doc, he knows what he’s talking about.]. 8/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a fairly dense and creamy carbonation. 8/10.

D: Hot damn, not since this La Sirène Urban Pale has a brewer of Saison reminded me of the brilliance of Brasserie Dupont. Beg/borrow/steal to get your hands on this exceptional Australian Saison [err, actually don’t steal, stealing is bad mkay]. Price-point-wise at $28 a 6-pack it’s a touch on the dear side… but it is mighty tasty… that old drinkers dilemma. If I had anything to constructively add in my critique - it could be ever so slightly sweeter. That’s it. 9/10.

Food match: Bit of an all-rounder flavourwise, let’s spin the wheel and go: Sushi!

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La Sirène Urban Pale from La Sirène Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3 ratings