J. Marie
River North Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,875
Ranked #37,928
3.65 | pDev: 13.15%
River North Brewery
Colorado, United States
J. MarieJ. Marie
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 86 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Bitterbill
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Different label, different abv, 8.10, but those change all the time. The look could pass for a hazy IPA. Decent head of foam but doesn't last long. The smell is of coriander, light cloves, bit of pepper, rather sweet. Imperial...I get it. The spices are nice, maybe some orange citrus there, a bit too much on the sweet side for a Saison that I favour. Lower end of medium bodied with lightish carbonation. Got this in a trade with Wasatch. Nice to be given the chance to try it but it ain't my cup of tea.

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Photo of whynot44
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy opaque orange color, very nice thick foamy head which retains well and produces some very nice lacing.

The aroma is sweet light malt with hints of plum or apricot and hay.

The taste is complex - biscuits, bananas, grapes, spices (ginger, cloves), a bit of grass or hay, and a nice light malt background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very effervescent, but smooth and very drinkable.

Altogether a very brew for anytime of the year but especially fall.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice yellowish color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, spicy, with some banana/cloves. The taste is malty, yeasty, spicy, nice touch of banana/clove. Medium body. Overall, a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque orange with two fingers of white head. Head foams up quick, with good retention. Lacing is present, but mediocre. Aroma is a little soapy, with notes of dark fruits, hay, and wheat. Flavor profile features notes of soap, dark fruits, hay, wheat, and spices. It hits notes all over the place. Mouth feel is fizzy, with a medium thickness. Overall, lackluster. It has a few things going for it, but it's not worth sifting through the ehhh for the good, especially with the mouth feel.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of 3sheets2wind
2.47/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Smells like fancy soap. Tastes like a decent Saison poured into a soapy glass. I get some fruit and hay, but these are in the soapy background. Really pretty in the glass though.

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Photo of babaracas
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber. Pours a cloudy amber, thin off-white head, a few spots of lace. Smell: floral and herbal, lightly bread-y, grainy, fruity note. Taste: herbal, peppery, snappy grain drowned in a lot of pale malt…honey and notes of peach skin and overripe red apple.
Feel: medium-plus body, growing pillowy carbonation. Pretty nice.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Huge billowing head from even a slow pour (4 finger head +). It has a pale golden yellow color that is quite cloudy. The head diminishes a bit, but was left with plenty of lacing. There is a very nice glow with unusually large bubbles.

Smell: Smells of tart fruit and light malts. Has a nice earthy and grassy aroma.

Feel: Thinner, light bodied beer, but very effervescent on the tongue. Only a slight dryness that quickly fades.

Taste: First notes are of a tart green apple that quickly moves out of the way to let in the sweet yeasty earthiness. Among the other flavors are rich fruity flavors of peach and white grape.

Overall: This saison is quite impressive. I have not expanded much into the sours and saisons world (not liking sour beers). This one is so rich and sweet that it quickly pushes through the initial sour burst.

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Photo of jcalleniv
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Color is Autumn leaf yellow, with a medium amount of ivory head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Stone fruit dominates the nose, with ripe yellow peach and apricot dominating, with some slight yeastiness and wet straw behind.

Palate is creamy, refined. Big fruit is confirmed from the nose, with a fair amount of brown baking spices, with ginger being prevalent. Finishes like a saison should, chalky, minerally, and refreshing, with a very mild amount of bitterness.

Spectacular new world saison.

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Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dull gold with a big bubbled, fizzy white head that is quick to settle and leaves scattered foam, a little sticky looking.

Smell is fruity, over ripe banana, tropicals, and yeasty - very. A little spicy as well.

Taste is robust, huge esters, fruity more than spice, but some of all of that. In line with the exaggerated feel of the nose. Really lingers in the back of the throat on the after taste.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, sharp carbonation, very dry and light bodied.

Drinkability is ok. This is too in your face for my taste, like saison extract. Within the stylistic guidelines, but too much to really enjoy much of.

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Photo of jlazerus
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass. Brings up a bright white foam as expected which dies off, but never completely goes away. No lacing whatsoever. Hazy and slightly off-color.

Aroma: Nothing to admire here, maybe the least of this beer's qualities.

Taste: Sweet tasting without being cloying; tangy and citric. Mellow up front, finishing with a most pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated and smooth.

Good stuff. A favorite style right now, and this is a good one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich and tangy, bold-flavored brew. Handsome amber color on the golden side. Modest foam in the Petrus goblet. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue that stays around for the party in your mouth. Agreeable aroma of fermenting pineapple with a whiff of the barnyard.

There is an abundance of malty substance with a browned, toasty taste. Intensely fruity as it warms up, with an increasingly bitter edge as the yeast flavors take over. Apples and pear skins, apricots. Quite a dose of the meaty flavor as well.

Overall this is sweet and powerful with a snootfull of aromatics. This is hugely drinkable with a dry finish and lingering fruity tang. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

650ml brown glass bottle with understated label art and unbranded black pry-off pressure cap acquired via a friend and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average. Reviewed as a saison since the label identifies it as such.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm a bit over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Nice thickness and decent creaminess. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.

Body colour is a clear translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles/sediment is visible.

I'm a bit shocked it isn't hazy given it's a saison. It's not bad looking, but I can't say I'm overly optimistic.

Sm: Clean barley, Belgian malts, light vague spice (including clove), light honey, and some malty sweetness. I'm not finding the white pepper and/or milky notes of the best saisons. Floral hop character. Golden malts. A strange aroma of mild strength.

No alcohol is detectable.

T: Golden malts, floral hop character, light honey, clove, malty sweetness, clean barley, and coriander. There isn't much going on here given it's a saison. Okay balance. Too sweet for a saison.

Not real complex or subtle. It's not nuanced or intricate. Balance is okay at best. Build is far from gestalt, and isn't particularly cohesive either.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. A bit too heavy on the palate. Okay body. Suits the flavour profile decently in a general sense, but is far from custom-tailored to the flavour profile.

Not oily, astringent, hot, boozy, gushed, or harsh.

Dr: Drinkable but mediocre. I wouldn't want to try it again. It doesn't hide its ABV as well as it should. It's a disappointing saison. Very underwhelming. Outside of style conventions, it's not bad.


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Photo of denver10
2.89/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Golden with an orange hue and a white head. Aroma and flavor are matching, fruitier than spicier for a saison with some apple, pear, green grapes, and maybe a touch of apricot, a little floral, and a little bready, and just a slight touch of spice. A crisp, active mouthfeel. Overall, this one was not for me. Wouldn't drink again.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.09/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden yellow with a medium bubbly, creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grassy straw, bready malts and a little fruit with some funk.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with floral vanilla notes and some ripe fruit. Weirdly tastes a bit like a nitro cream ale. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, as it warms it degrades and get a bit vegetative.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 7.29.13

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a thin light tan head that moves to the edges slowly.

S - Saison yeast, lemons, banana.

T - Lots of banana ester, lemon, wheat, saison yeast.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Good saison, light and refreshing with lots of banana flavors.

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a hazy dirty blonde color with about an inch of airy white head that quickly recedes leaving a light surface layer and moderate lacing.

Typical saison aromas. Musty, peppery with that barnyard funk.

Flavors of sweet pears, peppery spice and a musty earthiness common to the style.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish with a mild aftertaste.

Overall a decent saison. I prefer mine with a little more funk and a little on the drier side, but not bad for an intro to the style.

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Photo of katan
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a bright golden color. Little bit hazy and thick. White head formation - not much lacing.

S- A nice belgian saison profile, light amounts of citrus and spiciness - coriander, white pepper. Hints of pilsner malts sneak through the yeast.

T- Starts off smooth and sweet, mostly a pilsner malt profile. The light graininess seems to give it away. Mid-stream more spicy flavors appear, citrus and some clove.. maybe even cardamom. Finishes clean and sweet. Not much of a farmhouse funk here, but it has the nice sweetness and smoothness of a tripel.

M - Full bodied, thick and sweet. Sticky. Not much for alcohol warmth.

O/D - A good beer. I think it shows how hard it is to do a modern replicable saison. THe funk is nearly impossible to do in a repeatable fashion, so we end up with these nice clean almost tripels.
Worth a try regardless of the opinion.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber served cold into a goblet. I picked this one up in Boulder for $8.99

J. Marie is a redish amber color with a slight haze. It barely forms a head even on an intentionally vigorous pour.

Aroma is sweet and funky, which is good, but also a bit musky. Not so good.

Flavor is much the same in that it has some positives but also some unfortunate negatives. It goes from sweet, almost cloying, to bready and yeasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a little too think and syrupy for the style.

Overall a real disappointment. I don't normally knock a beer but this is kind of a mess. Too sweet, too thick, too rich. A saison should really be more light, dry, crisp and should highlight the yeast. This seems to be under attenuated and maybe a bit oxidized. Hopefully the other bottle of Belgian IPA I bought is much better.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very full and very bready saison. Quite sweet and thick on the flavor profile. This is a heavier saison. Gotta be ready for it. It seems like a lot of the saisons produced in the U.S. are along this line: heavier and much thicker than their European counterparts. This follows suit. Some filtration might allow more subtle points to shine through?

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A new beer from a new brewery in Denver. Keep the new stuff coming! I love it.

Pours a light golden, clean and clear. Minimal head, but it was a bit too cold methinks. That's on me.
Light hefe aroma. Floral and citrus. Some light tropical. Semi sweet, semi dry.

A Saison that is a good start. A light biscuity malty base and a floral undertone. Light spices and tropics. Refreshing with a small zip at the end.

Feels a bit filmy. Maybe needs some more carbonation? Not sure. Nothing bad here and is a good place to start. Excited by all the new and good stuff coming out of CO and Denver these days

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

its a good beer, but its not a good saison. pours a glowing gold color with just minimal haze to it and a one inch white head that leaves some nice lacing. smell is very belgian yeasty, a touch of floral honey, and an interesting muffiny malt profile. flavor is similar, yeast is on center stage, fruity and sweet, robust. there is none of that farmhouse wild funky stuff at all that i like to see happening in my saisons, and there isnt nearly enough carbonation to carry the beer along where its trying to go. medium body is fine. overall this is a fine belgian golden ale, but as a saison its lacking in the funk department, as well as in feel. i heard rumors of barrel aging this beer, so that could be something to look for. all up not bad, but its somewhat bland, and it also benefits very little from being as strong as it is, theres not enough nuance here for the strength, and it seems a bit exposed. i like most all of what these guys do, but this was a bit of a letdown for me. needs a few tweaks...

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery the beer is served in a 10oz tulip glass. According to the chalkboard the beer has ~23 IBUs at 7.5%ABV. The beer arrives a hazy yellow straw color with a small 1/2 white head, some retention and lacing. The nose is dominated by pilsner malt supplemented with hints of belgian yeast, light fruit (mangos, citrus), and earthy hops. The flavor follows about the same. Pilsner malt base from which a grassy earthy flavor builds. Mildly bitter. Peppery spice in the middle. Finishes crisp and smooth. Dry. Well carbonated and lighter side of medium bodied. Overall, this really isn't what I expected in a saison. My business partner really enjoyed it, but it wasn't for me. I would have prefered more yeast character to get that wild flavor found in excellent siasons. The pilsner was too pronounced for my liking.

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J. Marie from River North Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 86 ratings