J. Marie | River North Brewery

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J. MarieJ. Marie

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River North Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hopfacebrew on 03-12-2012

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev -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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Wasatch
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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 RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -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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3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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J. Marie from River North Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 85 ratings