Saison | Oast House Brewers

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

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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Ranking:
#19,987
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
67
pDev:
9.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Electros
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Wajohnst
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ssmack
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of mick303
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oast house saison
Poured quite a cloudy light gold, good retention and film. 3.75
S is lemony, yeasty and a decent barnyard presence, horse blankets and hay.
T is good, lot of creamy carbonation which makes up a lot of the flavour, leather, lemon, pale malt and some strong saison yeast, finish is dry
Body has lots of filling carbonation, moderate body, dry finish.
A fairly classic saison, high on carbonation with a good yeast bite to it. While there's not a lot of decent saisons in ontario, so this is welcome, the price is steep at 17 a bottle. The yeast sed adds some farmhouse complexity and mustiness, some good classic pale saison farmhouse notes, stone fruit, and plentiful spicy yeasty, but complexity could be better, this didn't come across as an exceptional or complex saison, covers the profile and is balanced, I like them with less carb than this. Meh, try it if you want, I would have again if I wasn't paying.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cylinsier
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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 spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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 -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Saison from Oast House Brewers
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 67 ratings