Refuge Brewery

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Belgian Saison
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3.7 | pDev: 0%
Refuge Brewery
California, United States
Reviews: 1 | Ratings: 2
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3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery – 04/12/14
Full pint served in a Tulip style glass

Listed as a Dry-Hopped Saison – 6.6% ABV

A: Dark caramel amber body with modest clarity through the glass. Looks darker than any Saison I have witnessed. Nice finger width of bone white suds retains for a few moments eventually subsiding to some sudsy remnants. Messy sheets of lace are scattered about the glass upon each sip.

S: The nose opens with rifts of Farmhouse ale yeast. I get lots of sour orange peel, coriander, and dry grass notes as well as a slight sulfur note to it. The hops seem a bit stale in contrast however they do provide a nice floral quality. Touch of caramel malt sweetness and white biscuit noted. Smell is fairly nice and inviting overall.

T: The flavors expand more of the spiced yeast components with dry orange peel, coriander, white pepper, and banana peel. Again I get a mild Sulfur like component. Malt is rather firm here with a sweet suggestion of caramelized crackers. Floral pines intermingle with a touch of fruity hops and the balance is nice with a lower amount of actual bitterness on the palate. Nice dry and crisp action with no alcohol flavor making it through. Pretty good but definitely not your traditional Saison.

M: Medium light to moderate body with a nice even consistency from the carbonation. Low amount of bitterness. Finishes with a nice drying crisp. Very balanced feel overall between wet and dry.

D: Not a favorite from Refuge and definitely not my favorite Saison but this is a nice and unique offering. I think the base recipe could use some small fine-tuning. Comes off a bit too sweet and malty compared to most Saisons I have sampled. Fun to try and still enjoyable however.

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