Saison | Oast House Brewers

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3.82/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oast House Brewers
Ontario, Canada
oasthousebrewers.ca

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 02-11-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,385
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
67
pDev:
9.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oast House Saison has a foam dense enough you practically need a jackhammer to get to the golden liquid beneath it. Skip the spoon, reach for the ice cream scoop. Nevermind the backyard, you need to bury something, no one will find it underneath this mound of froth.

All that foam, however, does nothing to muffle the zestful and savoury aromatics of this yeast - even industrial ventilation is no match for bonafide Belgian strains. Notes of dried herbs (oregano) and fresh-cracked spice (coriander) compliment the the ale's straight-forwardly grainy smell.

The flavour plays out in similar fashion: simple, no frills cereal grain notes impart a dry straw- and hay-like profile that is lifted by hints of lemon zest, garden herbs, and black pepper. Faint tastes of apple and pear also run throughout, lending the impression of orchard fruits.

Saisons are traditionally farmers' beers. Indeed, with a pale, dry maltiness, underlying acidity and little peeps of tartness, it's an easy candidate for exhausted, hot weather quaffing. The only catch is the 6.5% alcohol - it's not exactly a "light" beer - but aside from the small rash of spice (fueled, really, by the yeast) it's a very chuggable beer.

Oast House Saison, though not quiet on the same level as, certainly invites comparisons to the great Belgian saisons. The only drawback is the price - something brewed an hour down the road shouldn't retail locally for almost double the cost of the highest rated offerings that crossed an ocean to get here. Still, this is a job very well done.

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Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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 deonreds
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of StormAles
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of tom10101
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mychalg9
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Electros
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

75 cl pour

Pours a clear golden with a white sudsy head.

Smells of banana esters and grass malts with some coriander.

Grassy citrusy malt with an estery flavor and a light floral hop.

Full body with a tingle of carbonation on the tongue.

A good but not quite great saison, still worth trying. Doesn't quite hold up to the top tier in this style.

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Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMS1512
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jotora
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Coronaeus
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with three fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - Clove, citrus, wheat, banana, spicy hops and yeast... spot on for the style.

Taste - Same as above with the aromas: spicy hops and yeast, citrus fruit, banana, clove. Spicy, peppery, and lively flavour. Touch of pleasant tartness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall - A spot-on representation of a saison by Oast House Brewers. Hits all the right notes for aroma and flavour - very refreshing. Nice to see more breweries popping up near my old hometown.

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Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 67 ratings