Saison | Ore Dock Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ore Dock Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by feelin_iffy on 02-12-2013

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Photo of Blackop555
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy orange. Foamy, super tall white head fades fast.

Smells citrus, grassy, funk, clove spice, apple and malt.

Tastes yeast Funk, fruit, pale malt, spice. Finish is dry with light funk and an interesting drying bitterness. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation

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Photo of mothman
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StoutHunter
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Ore Dock's Saison at Boyne Country Provisions. I was in the mood for a new saison and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a golden orange color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light and it has five fingers worth of very fluffy and chunky white head that died down to a thick layer that stayed till the end and left lots of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking Saison, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the saison yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a typical saison yeast aroma, it's lighter on the spices with a little funkiness coming through and there's also some stone fruits showing up. Up next comes some sweet malts. pale malts and slightly grainy aroma. Towards the end comes the hops which impart a herbal and slightly soapy aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but I could go with out the soapy aspect.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the saison yeast still being the first to show up and this time it's lighter and it imparts all the same aspects with just a little bit of stone fruit coming through and hardly any funkiness. Up next comes the malts and they dhow up more than they did in the aroma and they impart all the same aspect with the grainy malts showing up the most. Up next comes the hops which still impart that herbal hop aspect, but no soapy taste this time. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and it had a grainy and saison yeast like aftertaste. This is a decent tasting saison, it's a little bland for the style.

M- Smooth, very crisp, a little prickly, a little clean, medium bodied with too high of carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but the carbonation is too high.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and it was pretty close to being average for the style, it's not bad, but the taste was lighter than I was hoping for and when combined with the super high carbonation t made it rough around the edges. This beer didn't have good drinkability, one is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, those are the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and carbonation, both those aspects need some work. I don't think I would buy this beer again unless i knew it was really fresh and I can't say I would recommend. All in all I thought this beer was ok, but it has some potential, it just needs some more work. It's not a favorite Ore Dock beer and it's pretty close to average for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cotton_27
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bung
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of amalburg
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, no discernible date:
Nice straw-yellow color, fairly cloudy, with loads of head. Given a little time the head ends up a lovely fluffy white, pillow ing the edges and icing the surface. Nose is sweet Belgian, fruity with apple juice, banana, some herbal notes.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. The herbal notes come out a bit more in the taste, so the fruit-dry balance is better than expected from the nose. The carbonation plays too much early, but fades a tad with some time in the glass.

An enjoyable saison for me, the fruit a tad more than I've had in some versions, but not betraying the style. A tad less action on the tongue from carbonation would work even more, but I'm getting a bit picky.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kidrogers
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Random bottle left by a Michigan cousin, a pleasant surprise from a brewery that's a complete unknown here in Chicago

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Photo of Joey1566
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of whatsleftofyou
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jordanmtate
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Twal
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of lewdwig
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of drbenderdo
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of olafphysics
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of feelin_iffy
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this Saison poured into a fluted pint glass off the Taproom tap. Board states its brewed with a French malt, house Saison yeast and single Crystal hop.

A- Wild flower honey gold with a light haze. A thin one finger arctic snow white head that settles to a sticky lacing with a light sea of popping foam.

S- Belgian yeast, lemon citrus, cantaloupe and clover

T- Big up front of Belgian yeast, apricot, peach, lemon zest. A pungent aromatic, with a nice dry bubble gum like finish.

O- A well balanced example of a style that has a propensity to lead to a cloying palate when poorly made. I will give this beer a 80's movie slow clap that leads to a roar of appreciation. Bravo once again Ore Dock.

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Saison from Ore Dock Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 22 ratings