Zola Cinq (5th Anniversary Saison) | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by jsbrendle on 04-23-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by CharlesDarwin:
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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On draft at Zola’s Bistro - Sep 21, 2007. Busty aroma of bright fruity esters, rich with floral perfumes, coffee acid, and fresh tomato juice. Delightful, perky and rich. Pours a real tawny copper and gold, with a soapy elixir of foam atop. Flavor is a dense, sprightly minerals and fruit. Complex, floral and tangy. There’s a myriad of middle eastern spices, reduced pale fruit sauce and tangible chewy grains in a good sense. Toothy. Body is a nip heavy and sticky, but it carries the flavors well. Some heavily developed yeast character and signature mineral marker. Delicious. Finishes on the gobs of gooey noble hop resin. This is great stuff and how I like a heavier, more robust Saison.

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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer twice. The day it was tapped (4/14) and again about a week later.

Unfiltered draft poured into a 16oz shaker glass.

Appearance is a copper color. initially it was very hazy. on my second visit the haze had settled down a good deal, much less opaque. but the beer still seems somewhat more darkly colored than other saisons I've had (perhaps closer to a farmhouse ale in the french style?), although lighting in the restaurant was poor to judge this definitively.

Shows a fine-bubbled head, which drops quickly, leaving some lace. Not as fizzy as I expect from other saisons, not as much of a prickly carbonation, nor as abundant and thick/rocky a head. Perhaps it is still "too young"?

Aroma is spicy/yeasty with some clove/"funk" but not sharp/tart.Initially I would've said it was nearly unpleasantly yeasty (like smelling the cup of yeast that you've just rehydrated for bread baking), but that too has calmed down.Perhaps a bit more Bret might help here? (I am a big fan of Fantome and DuPont & miss some of the sharp, tart, barnyard sort of elements)

Flavor is rather complex for something brewed right up the street, but not quite what I was expecting compared to other saisons. Predominant yeastiness (perhaps some Chimay Cinq-esque flavors), there is a tingle of hops on the tonque. There are some alcohol notes. And perhaps some stone-fruit although not juicy like peach, perhaps slightly drier and more puckering like a nectarine? There isn't as much sharpness, lighter fruit (apple/pear), citric (lemon/grapefruit) or spicy (black pepper, etc) character as I would've expected from a saison.On second tasting, the yeast "bite" that I didn't really care for did decline and some more of these flavors were apparent, but my overall impression is that this is less of a saison than of a "small triple", I think.

Finish is rather dry, body is on the full side, but it is not too thick & it comes with some lingering hops, and somewhat warming alcohol. I would say you can guess the ABV reliably, it didn't seem particularly well hidden, perhaps with more carbonation it'd seem lighter? Does take away from drinkability for me.

Overall an interesting beer and one which I am sure the good folks at Zola will enjoy serving and matching with their excellent food. (The GM/Sommelier mentioned being a Saison fan.)

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Zola Cinq (5th Anniversary Saison) from Otto's Pub and Brewery
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