Ardenne Saison | Brasserie Minne

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Minne
Belgium
brasserieminne.be

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,270
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
24
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
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0
 
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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 24
Photo of FLima
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden hazy color with thick head with eternal retention.
Funky aroma with notes of pineapple, barnyard, pine and bread.
Flavor with notes of hay, pine, barn, lemon peel and lots of earthy and yeasty notes. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation .
Saison with lots of Bretta, earthy and yeasty notes and a hint of cascade hops.

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Photo of aleigator
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a solid white head.

Smells of wheat, wild flowers, grass and light caramel malts. Offers a subtle sourness atop this foundation, highlighting the floral hops outstandingly well.

Drinks very smooth due to its well pronounced yeast profile, which successfully hides the beers uprising effervescence until the finish, in which it adds a pleasant refrehment.

Tastes of matured grassy to floral hops with a crackery quality and doughy yeast, adding a light banana flavor. Turns aqueous during its middle part with a well integrated mineralic quality and an uprising bitterness. Finishes peppery, floral, soft on the tongue with just a whiff of dried herbs maintaining.

Great beer! While this is full of flavors, ranging between saison dupont and orval, its incredibly refreshing and light on the tongue, making this a perfect bbq beer.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

We do not have a consensus on this saison; actually the ratings and reviews are about as wild as the yeast. And the variance may be widened by the nature of brett. But as for my bottle....
It was a pleasure to drink and I am going to get another at my next opportunity... just to make sure.

Ardenne Saison opens with good Looks, though not great. Fluffy, tho not alluring. Smells are telling me I'm in for a yeasty treat; lots of fruit to make the malt even more interesting. Tastes certainly confirm the treat, adding some subtle spices beyond the hops... who seem to know their place. In the mouth, this is soft and satiny. A delight.

It was a wonderful accompaniment to a dinner of leftovers and even made them taste better that they did when fresh. Very much passes the test of a great saison.

I won't tell you where I got this bottle as I want to make sure there are some still there. But in the spirit of camaraderie,I'll give a hint: you will find it in Chicago.

4/2/18 Had another Ardenne Saison with left-overs. This is my go-to to make left-overs better.
3/3/19 Had again with left-overs. The hops play this trick on the left-overs by actually giving them flavor they have lost.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is, without a doubt, one of the best beers i have ever had. those who know me (or my liberal use of bold superlatives) well will argue that i say that all the time, but its really true this time. its a truly rustic farmhouse ale, hoppy for a belgian example of the style, and fermented with brett down to a crackling crispy dry, fragrant and funky finish, absurdly complex but also freakishly drinkable for something of such depth. washed out hazy pale beer, with a jovial white head several inches high and lasting, airy and wispy, with spider web lacing as i drink this down (way too fast). notes of dry pale wheat malt, raw wheat, dried grass, lemon pepper, and musty brett hit me immediately in the nose, with a more subdued pear and citrus complexion, lemongrass, bay, and some other starchy grains, maybe oats, nutty and earthy but soft. the flavor is amazing, and while this is surely yeast driven, its also really balanced. the hops have some light spice and bitterness, the grains are puffy and cerealy, but mild and dry as can be, and the yeast has some light belgian fruitiness to it, but really is an incredible expression of mature brett, must and hay and farm in the summertime. this seems ancient to me, and its hard to believe this brewery is still new, its at that trappist sort of timeless belgian level to me, believe it or not. incredible texture as well, round and expansive, carbonated like a bottle of champagne thats been dropped down the stairs, which is to say explosive, rushing, filling every part of the mouth with this godly beer. completely finished on the swallow. this is liquid art, a magic saison really, and a beer i absolutely must find again. unforgettably good!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ Moeder Lambic. Regrettably brief notes below:

A: Fluffy white head of 3 minute retention. Dull orange-copper body.

Sm: Belgian pale malt. Faint peach. Fruity esters. Suggests a soft brew that doesn't conform at all to saison conventions. No spice, no overt brettanomyces.

T: An unbalanced mix of Belgian pale malts, Subtle funkiness, and fruity esters. There's no spice profile here at all. Severely wanting in terms of intricacy given its style designation.

Mf: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and of average thickness and heft on the palate.

O: A forgettable stab at a style I love from a brewery I like. Treated as a Belgian pale ale, it's pretty good. As a saison? Way off the mark.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of amano_h
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Draft pour at Moeder Lambic Fontainas (Brussels, Belgium)

The aroma vaguely resembles Hill Farmstead's Arthur. Floral, slightly medicinal, citrus, dough and a whole lot of brett.

The nose translates rather poorly on the tongue as all the elements are there but kind of watered down; citrus is pretty dominant and I'm getting some of the dough as well, but not much of what I'm tasting screams out "Wild Saison"

The mouthfeel is very light but works kind of to the beer's favor. The unique but somewhat underrepresented characteristics from the brett kind of acts like a subtle undertone due to the light body; it actually feels more like I'm sipping on a cup of cold tea than a beer, except the cold tea is more refreshing than disgusting.

It's an interesting take on a saison to say the least.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely deep straw with slight haze. Head is fluffy white and leaves plenty of lacing. Nose has some citrus and sour notes, along with dough. Taste is rough grain and slightly off-balance citrus-sour notes. Too bad. Mouthfeel is also rough. Overall, it s good until it touches your tongue.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Brussels Beer Weekend.
Cloudy gold with crusty white head. 4
Dough, flowers, and wax nose. 4
More bread dough, flowers, bubblegum, some herb, lemon-apple jam, and slightly barny end. 4.25
Crisp, round, some chew. 4

A bit more wild than most saisons. (Refermented with Brett, which explains.) Low on phenols, and loses the typical clean prickly saison profile in favor of feety funk. Still, there is and should be huge range in this style, and this shows it. Real but easy. 4.25

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Ardenne Saison from Brasserie Minne
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 24 ratings