Saison Tropicale
Beyond the Pale Brewing Company

Saison TropicaleSaison Tropicale
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #310
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,043
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 11.48%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
29
From:
Beyond the Pale Brewing Company
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  6
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Saison TropicaleSaison Tropicale
Notes: For the Saison Tropicale we used a good amount of Rye and Oats to improve the mouthfeel and complexity of the spicyness of the Saison yeast. We adjusted the water with 5 mineral salts to accentuate the flavours we wanted. Finally we dry hopped the beer with juicy & fruity hops. This beer is quite dry however the mouthfeel is quite pleasant because of our grain bill strategy. Tastes and aroma of cantaloupe, pineapple, passion fruit, lychee and guava fill your mouth and nose all culminating with a refreshing, spicy and slightly tart finish.

40 IBU
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 29 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. An LCBO purchase for $4.50 CDN which is pretty decent given the high octane nature of this brew. No legible canning date. Excited about this one as there's been an absence of really good, new stuff in stores lately.

Appearance - Super turbid, hazy orange and gold brew. Massive three finger head on top, great retention and a plethora of spidery lacing all over all edges of the glass. Looks like a dream.

Smell - A little barnyard funk, with lots of fruity esters. Grapefruit, mango and cantaloupe are most prevalent. Nose is somewhat subdued when cold.

Taste - Initially quite fruity with sweet melon and cantaloupe shining through, transitioning to a more standard yeasty and funky saison with earthy undertones. Finishes more bitter than most with grapefruit pith and lemon and just a hint of cantaloupe sweetness. Quite interesting. Kind of a cross between a modern citra hop IPA and a saison.

Mouthfeel - Robust and full, with a bit of booze burn in the back of throat. Carbonation is expressive and the finish is a traditional dry finish.

Overall - Hard to describe, kind of a cross between an IPA and a saison with the ABV ramped up for a fulfilling fruity treat. Definitely worth the price tag and I'm looking forward to trying a couple more of these.

Sep 28, 2018
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

1.93/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Saison failure.
Not good enough as beer, not as a cooler, nor as juice - this is a Tropicale mess. From the nose, right down to the actual taste, this is not something I would recommend to anyone.
It is also highly acidic, giving instant heartburn. I can only imagine what they've added, something(s) they'd rather don't list on the can. My digestive system doesn't lie though: there is something up with this product and it's not a good thing.
One of my very few drain pours.

Mar 09, 2018
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tallboy can from a London-area LCBO; no packaging date. Served slightly chilled.

This saison is a muddy, turbid apricot-yellow colour; large flakes of sediment float freely throughout the liquid at first, but settle out of suspension quickly. The pour generates roughly one inch of foamy, soapy white head that recedes within five minutes or so, leaving behind a big, bubbly collar and a frothy cap of modest size, as well as some scattered swathes of uneven lace. Looks good, and the aroma only adds to my enticement - grainy pale barley malts, spicy rye and crackery wheat are detectable, as is a subtle, peppery yeast quality. I'm also getting an appropriately-tropical blend of grapefruit, lemon zest, pineapple, passion fruit and lychee.

Wow, this is a damn tasty beer, and quite fruit-forward for something with no actual fruit in it - it must be mostly hop-derived, which actually makes its intense flavour even more impressive. The pale malts and cereals provide a stable, unassuming backdrop which consists of grainy, crackery sweetness and a muted rye bread spiciness, but the hops remain firmly in the driver's seat throughout the sip. Juicy, citrusy notes of tangerine and grapefruit soon combine forces with pineapple, passion fruit, lychee, apricot and papaya. Hints of grassy, herbal hops and peppery, spicy yeastiness develop towards the finish, culminating in an off-dry back end; there's some very faint stone fruit and orange juiciness in the aftertaste, but almost no sign of the 7.7% whatsoever. Medium in body, with middling carbonation levels that gently brush the palate, providing a light prickly sensation; this strong ale is an order of magnitude more drinkable than it has any right to be.

Final Grade: 4.29, on the high end of an A-. BtP's Saison Tropicale is a legitimate, top quality brew, and one of the best Ontario-made farmhouse ales I've tried in quite a long time - I wish I'd had the foresight to grab a few more cans. If you see this beer on the shelf, do not hesitate to put it into your basket, because it is absolutely worth the $4.50. I am seriously starting to wish that I could find BtP products in Sarnia, because - as a wise, yellow-skinned Duff-swiller once mused - I'd step over my own mother just to get another one.

Feb 04, 2018
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks magnificent. Big head, lots of lace, appearance of orange juice down below. Smells great. Hoppy, fresh orange, yeast and grain. Tasty, but somehow not quite up to its look and aroma. Mouthfeel not quite right. Mostly good, but something ifgish I can't quite put a finger on. Will try it again.

Feb 03, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy copper with soda like carbonation and 3 fingers of well formed, whipped egg yolk head.

Smells of fresh tropical fruits, mangos, oranges, and pineapple.

Tastes of huge, fresh tropical fruit juice notes, with a matching sweetness. There's a nice piney, resinous taste on the finish, that is much like the bitterness in some orange juices, or ruby red grapefruit juice.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation.

Got in Toronto, drinking in New Hamburg, ON, Dec 30th, 2017. Excellent brew! Different from any saison.

Dec 31, 2017
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, at the 13th anniversary of Vices & Versa, Montreal, Canada. Orange opaque liquid with a white foamy head that grabs the glass to stay up. Aromas are yeast, tropical fruits, pine resin, tangerine, orange, citrus. Nice sparkling in the mouth and tongue, very nice bitterness well balanced with the citrus, tropical fruitness, pine resin. The mouth feel is great as well, looks almost like a NEIPA with a more forward yeasty taste.

Apr 30, 2017
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Service: Can
No date


A:
Cloudy powder light hay color with three fingers of soapy white head that eases down to a finger or so. Some puffy lacing; decent retention. (4)

S:
Pungent, bright fruitiness with orange, lime, lemon, some funky spicy yeast, mango, black pepper, floral. (4.25)

T:
Citrus melange with some meatier yeast flavors underneath, peppery/spicy finish (rye/yeast); sweet with a slightly sticky hop flavor at the end. There is the slightest tartness, that is so subtle I am not even sure that it is really there. There is just a little pucker at the end that is very nice. (4.25)

M:
Soft, fuzzy and creamy. Medium carbonation, lingering finish (pretty mild). (4.5)

O:
Tasty take on a saison.
Looks nice. Very together aroma/flavor. Very fruity with nice balance with the yeast. Yeast takes a complimentary, but secondary, seat in the smell department and is at the forefront in the flavor with the hops painting a fruity, floral, resinous backdrop for it. Lovely, luscious feel and very drinkable (I actually wish it was a touch less boozy for this purpose). Would have again; worth seeking out. (4.25)

Jul 18, 2016
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured great, looking pale gold and hazy with a lovely two or three finger white fluffy head. The nose is all tropical fruits and is quite nice, but there just seems to be missing a touch of that saison grassy/funky smell. The tropical notes definitely continue on the taste. They are very dominant, but then the grassy I was looking for earlier does sneak in a touch. Full body with very full carbonation. All in all a great beer. This one will make a good summer go to on the patio.

May 07, 2016
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byronic from Canada (ON)

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange yellow with a nice layer of fluffy white head. The nose on this is beautiful. Very citrus forward and a touch of tartness enough to make your mouth water. The flavour follows the nose and delivers a really nice bouquet of sweet with a hint of sour. Goes down far to smoothly at it's ABV. It's very refreshing and will leave you wanting more.

Mar 13, 2016
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mtomlins from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the new can. Poured a cloudy hay color with a tall sudzy white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a resounding bouquet of tropical fruit with some herbal notes. The taste is is also a tropical blast with some light toasted malt, grassy notes. Full round body with good carbonation. A surprising light but flavorful beer; can't wait for summer.

Feb 29, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits with some dry herbal hops notes. Taste is a great mix of herbal dry hops notes with some tropical fruits notes, light rustic malt notes with some tropical fruits notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Very enjoyable beer with nice mix of drinkability while maintaining a goods level of complexity.

Nov 11, 2015
Saison Tropicale from Beyond the Pale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 29 ratings