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Saison | Oast House Brewers

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Brewed by:
Oast House Brewers
Ontario, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Sammy on 02-11-2013

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 61
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of JMS1512
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Rhino winterfest. A bit funky. Not very drinkable for me today although smooth mouthfeel. Just off-putting spices and yeast that was too up front. Lasting head. This is his best effort so far, I would like to try the biere de garde which I would expect to be more understated.

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Photo of JahTurbo
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spesme
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gold colour with hazy clarity and a lasting, fizzy head. Aroma is sweet, citrus-y and clean. Taste is estery, more fruity than spicey. Silky mouthfeel with champagne-like carbonation. A finish that fades quickly and leaves much to the imagination. Would definitely consider buying another one, despite the price!

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Photo of DaveBar
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO with an aging date of March 2013. 750ml caged bottle served at 8deg C in a tulip glass.

A- Excellent carbonation. Opened with a hearty pop, poured with a 1.5" head that stayed for almost 5mins. Slightly cloudy off yellow colour.

S- Citrus overtones.

T- Citrus shines through right away. After warming slight sourness builds to a tart finish. Light on the palate surprisingly. Yeasty

M- Pretty good. Nice, light, full body with a touch of creaminess.

O- Not bad, will not go out of my way to get another however if I saw it on tap would definitely try it again. Interesting beer from Niagara on the Lake. New breweries are popping up all over Ontario these days and the future looks bright for some interesting finds.

Food Pairing

This wonderful yeasty brew went well with.... BBQ hamburgers! Top 'em how you like 'em!


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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty cloudy beige color male with a nice huge white foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma consists of light rustic flavours with some light yeasty and bready notes. Taste is dominated by quite a peppery yeasty punch with some rustic malt flavours with light hay notes. Body is full with great bottle conditioning and some strong carbonation. Very enjoyable and easily drinkable with nice spicy and peppery notes.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of dipso123
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of ssmack
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle from LCBO

Opened with a big pop.

Lemon amber colour. Two 1/2 inch very white head of bit bubbles. Fast large stream of carbonation in the centre of the glass which gives it a cool appearance. Great thick lacing with some retention that left a dotted pattern on the glass.

Nice brett, barnyard aroma but lacks complexity.

A mild saison but shows some complexity. Malt taste at first ... toffee on white bread with a hint of bubblegum. Ends with mild grassy hops bitterness with some brett taste.

Medium dry feel with a great bit.

A well-made, interesting saison but on the mild side. Accessible but the big price tag ($10) will leave it on the shelf for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from corked and caged bottle dated March 27, 2013. Purchased at the Brewery in Ontario on 5/29/13. Nifty lookin bottles...$12 CAD
Huge pop! Pours a burnt orange color with lots of carbonation and white head. It looks a little to dark in color for the style...
Nice aromas of peppery spice, orange zest, bready malts and a bit of noble hop.
Taste is a bit over-bready, but good spicy notes of black pepper and orange. Hops are a bit over bearing and make this a bot too bitter...but a decent Saison. Not amazing...
I expected a bit more from this literal farmhouse in the middle of Niagara Wine country.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Began aging on Jan 29 2014" per bottle; purchased June 2014 at brewery; cellared @50-55F for one year; consumed 6/26/15

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

750ml Bottle from the ottawa lcbo for $12

Appearance - Gold colour with an average size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes or so before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, floral, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste floral notes, cloves and lemon juice/zest. There is also a peppery spiciness and a honey sweetness.

Overall - Not mind blowing but pretty solid stuff. Maybe tastes a little like a wit beer but still a decent effort. Price might be a touch high but worth trying once.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, bananas, citrus, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of citrus, bananas, caramel and spices. There’s also a touch of tartness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a solid Saison to drink for a long time.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had a 750 ml bottle of this sitting in my cellar for awhile ever since my wife and I visited the brewery when we went to Niagra On The Lake, Ontario about a year and 8 months ago now. This bottle started aging on 1/29/14, so it is just over 2 years old now. POP! goes the cork when I opened this bottle. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a clear, light golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles continuously rising towards the beer's surface. Has a huge fluffy white head that is about 2 inches thick when first poured with excellent retention and excellent lacing. One of the most impressive heads I've seen on any beer in quite a long time indeed. Has quite a complex yeasty aroma along with some bready malts and herbal spices of coriander and clove. The taste is pretty much the same, with a nice, sweet, yeasty flavor with Belgian notes of candy sugars, a bit of barnyard must with a bit of grassy, hay like dryness that is followed by cereal and bread like malts that give way to a bit of apple, lemon zest and a hint of banana. All this is rounded out with the aforementioned coriander and clove herbal spice notes. No discernible hop presence here at all. A very complex and well rounded flavor profile indeed, yet so simple in some ways. Has a crisp, frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a well crafted beer ought to be. I really enjoyed this one and I hope I get the chance to drink it again.


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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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