Somerset Saison | The Wild Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
3.55/5
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92 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co.
England, United Kingdom
wildbeerco.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,785
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
92
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is my second from Wild Beer and I'm not sure why my ratings are so much more enthusiastic than the BA average. But, I'm glad United International took the chance to bring Wild Beer to Chicago.

Somerset Saison (love the alliteration) Looks like a true farmhouse ale. (Somerset is a rural English county.) Smells give me tree fruit (probably apples), a little tho not a lot. While laboring under what strikes me as an average yeast, flavors still become full with the hops making their presence known. (I just read the label and the hops are Sorachi Ace, one of my favorites for a saison and with food.) The balance makes my mouth Feel that all is right with this saison. I had it with a simple soup for dinner and they were good companions along with the salad.

The four Wild Beers with the largest number of BA ratings are all Belgians. Interesting. So, I went on their website and was totally impressed by how much attention they paid to it. Artful, arty and thoughtful. They are making it all go. They have four bars, each with 20 or so taps. They make barrel-aged beers and sell spirits. They claim to have captured the Somerset terroir, and I believe it.

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Photo of Mikexw
2.97/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MGoeltz
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am systematically eradicating the dreaded Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody! It was a long time in its (unintended) creation, thanks to too much travel & drinking away from home, but thanks (?) to unemployment/underemployment, I have been given the impetus to really plow into this mélange. It is paying off as I can see floor space & carpet where it was previously buried & some previously inaccessible doors are now available as ingresses/egresses.

Out of the Law of Unintended Consequences comes many opportunities to conduct horizontal tastings, defined as the same style and many breweries OR in my case, the same brewery, many styles. The obverse is a vertical tasting of the same beer with many vintages, generally ranging from freshest to oldest to gauge maturity (I have none) as well as the cumulative effects of the aging process. These next are an example of a horizontal.

From the bottle: "Crisp + Zesty + Spicy"; "Drink Wildly Different"; "We believe exceptional brewing stems from imagination and passion, it's not just a process. By introducing our love of wild yeast strains and not being confined by rules, tradition or ingredients, we can add a Wild 5th ingredient or process to our beers, We want to give you a truly memorable drinking experience, altering your perceptions and thrilling your taste buds"; "Drink Wildly Different."; "Epic by name, epic by nature, this Farmhouse Ale is a transcontinental fusion of Belgium's eclectic beer culture and the feisty hops of North America brought to life with the aid of West Country artisanal brewing wizardry and judicious use of the US-grown Sorachi Ace hop. On the nose, the hops deliver a big splash of tropical fruit, followed by ripples of well-seasoned spiciness spreading outwards. In the mouth a tangy, bittersweet hop fruitiness holds sway, whilst the finish is tangerine flavours from the hops that tap dance across the tongue."; "With such a complex beer, it's a no-brainer to partner it with food - how about stir-fried lemon chicken where the bright citrus notes lift the dish? Or be brave and invite the beer's spiciness for a tango with chicken satay. Like we said: Epic."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour, in keeping with my New Year's Resolution and my Lenten denial. Aggro pours from bottles are now (mostly) a thing of the past. I am really coming to embrace a vigorous in-glass swirl since it is much less likely to bungle things up. My latest endeavor raised just over a finger of foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention, slowly falling away to wisps. Color was a Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus until they smelled the nose & quickly ran off, gagging. Nose was, ah, pungent, but not really severe. It had a light cheesiness to it, but I have withstood worse ... MUCH worse. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big but not quite creamy, while big for its style. The taste was very pleasant, lightly tropical with a grassy, outdoorsy quality that made me think of "terroir". I could easily see this with a soft cheese and crackers on the porch on a breezy afternoon. I do not disagree with their choice of chicken dishes, but my bottle was aged, rounding what may have been some earlier edges. My my. I will readily cop to not being a huge fan of Saisons as a hophead, but this was quite tasty & the effervescence made it a really good candidate for pairing with cheese. Finish was both dry and slightly tropical, which may seem like an impossibility, but it worked in this beer. I am going to have to watch for more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of TheNakedStiletto
2.05/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of khargro2
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange. Firm head of foam from start to finish. Lacing all over the place.

Spicy hoppy yeasty nose. Hints of tartness but really more focused on spice and then hops.

Taste is hoppy, spicy, some mild Brett, no noticeable tartness to my palate. Dry throughout especially in the finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation and quite the excellent mouthfeel.

Loads of flavour and aroma in this 5% abv brew. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle - $6.50 at Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville, North Carolina.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, darkish yellow-orange body with a plume of airy white foam.

Smell: Gently toasted wheat with an edge of lightly sweet-scented honey glaze, peppery spices, a little layer of funk, and fruity aromas of citrus and passion fruit.

Taste: Honey-crisp lightly toasted wheat and a hint of dough on the fore followed closely by lemon and orange juices with an abundance snappy spiciness and pepperiness. Additional tropical fruitiness and florals blended with a shot of white wine. Middling grassy tone. Encroaching funkiness as it warms a tad. Drying, funky finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A fine, refreshing saison that's a little bit funky.

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Photo of mizx
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jborgschulte
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avitallo
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of toothirsty
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anvilx
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xtonytx
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SLeffler27
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber (SRM 6-7) with clouds of carbonation and a huge, four-inch, rocky-white head that slowly turns to sea foam, leaving thick patches of sticky lace on a Cisco fisheye pint.

Aroma is mostly sweet lemon with slight herbal tones. Lemongrass and light sourdough round out the profile.

Strong pepper, spice, and lemon zest. Herbal bitterness up front with a long, acidic finish that becomes crisp with warmth.

A light body and explosive carbonation over a satin texture with light astringency.

Somerset is an easy-drinking, zesty saison. While refreshing on its own, it is probably better with food as suggested on the bottle.

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Photo of Devil_Doc
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Mikedhoppy
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%

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Somerset Saison from The Wild Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 92 ratings