Sa!son | Invercargill Brewery

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Brewed by:
Invercargill Brewery
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CrazyDavros on 06-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by dansmcd:
Photo of dansmcd
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Big, soapy head capping the clear, bubbly body.

S - Very fruity on the nose. Kiwifruit, passionfruit, white grape and white wine. Touch of spice and sweet malt.

T - Sweet, zesty and spicy. An element of sour funk compliments. 6% abv is noticeable.

M - Moderate in body, haigh carbonation, could be dryer in the finish.

O - Nothing too tremendous here but a nice, sweet saison fit for a summer afternoon with the feet up.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows lots of fruit with lemon, orange, sherbet, kiwi-fruit and rose-like characters. Also a lot of spicy phenols I’d usually associate with tripels. Quite different but not particularly amazing or enticing.
Flavours show little of the aforementioned fruit, instead there is bready/grainy malt, cloves and soft piney hops.
Finishes rather dry, true to style.
Carbonation is pretty high.

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Photo of spicelab
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330mL bottle thanks to [email protected]

Clear and bright sandy orange with a finger of fluffy, white head, which recedes fast enough to be audible. Touches of spotty lace and a steady bead remain.

Nose has a tart edge, showing lemon pith, sour apple, leafy organics and dried apricots. It's rather sweet too, with candied citrus and boiled lollies occasionally coming through strongly. Definitely got character, but not great coherency.

Tart citrus dominates, while the sweet esters struggle to show their wares. The result is a bit one-dimensional. Grapefruit rind & pith, some unrefined candied sweetness and a slight muddy grain character.

Above average and prickly carbonation. Quite full across the palate with a noticeably dry and slightly puckering finish.

Hard to rate this overall because there's plenty of rough edges but also a lot to like. The main flaw is the astringency is overbearing to the detriment of the ester and malt profile.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.83/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured with a vigorous swirl part way through—I only belatedly discovered that there's actually no sediment in the bottle, which is already a big detraction for a Saison, even one with a "not" symbol in its name.

Body is a rather deep golden colour with a foamy but rather insipid head of off-white. Carbonation is fine but stilted and perfunctory. Colour is way, way too dark for a real saison in any case, but I'm not particularly enamoured by any of the other characters either.

Nose is slightly sour with carbonic acidity, but also layered with a sweet apple acetaldehyde character and a floury yeast note. Ooh, way too sweet, nothing enough to cut through the sweetness.

Taste carries this theme on, but makes it more pronounced and perceptible. Here, the sweet apple brandy character comes through more, leaving a sickly trail of booze sharpness and cloying sweetness in a great, violent sweep across the palate. Acidity, what there is, lends an old lemon rind character to the mix, but it's shy and backwards. Finish gives a hint of dried lentils.

Feel is over carbonated with a thickness that adds, perhaps, to the cloy.

Wow. This is a really bad saison, probably one of the worst I've had. Beyond that, it's not a particularly drinkable beer, and far from the refreshing summer drop they tout on the label. Drain pour for me.

Unfortunately, I've had two below par beers from Invercargill now, and I feel it's going to have to be a great effort by the third to avoid me writing them off entirely.

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Photo of ADZA
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a see through light honey hue with average carbonation that produces a fast vanishing two finger head and little lacing,the smell is quite average unfortunately with light hints of passionfruit,mandarin and honey malts,it has a light bodied averagely carbonated mouthfeel with tastes of passionfruit,honey,tangerine,orange zest and finished with a bitter,lemon dry finish and overall i honestly was expecting so much more from this as i like my Saisons and have had better.

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Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear golden colour with a moderate, off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly to a thin, foamy film over the beer.

Sweet malty aroma with some characteristic Saison spice and a touch of fruitiness. Very nice but seemingly too sweet.

Sweet malt with plenty of fruity character and some interesting musty hop notes. This would be excellent if it was drier.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. This lacks the dry, light crispness of the best Saisons.

This is a very nice beer and reminiscent of a cleanskin Sorachi Ace Saison brewed by Feral. There is a bit too much sweetness here but I still like it.

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Sa!son from Invercargill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 6 ratings