Little Sadie
Steel String Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,137
Ranked #24,549
3.88 | pDev: 9.54%
Steel String Brewery
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
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joe1510 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Salud Beer Shop - Charlotte

Little Sadie is orange, a little tarnished, a little dirty but when she's backlit she glows. The foam is easy to rouse and an easy pour produces close to three fingers worth of dirty white head. Carbonation shoots in bursts up through the body and, although the head falls to a thick crown, keeps that crown alive and kicking. Spotty lace speckles the glass.

Whoa, the yeast character is robust, and the star of the show. There is some spice present, mostly white pepper and a dash of cloves, but fruit is the star. Ripe pineapple and mango bring all sorts of juiciness to the table. Bubblegum weaves itself in and out. The malt is pale and a little tough to distinguish but there is a dappling of wheat and a sugar cookie sweetness.

The flavor profile is as unique and juicy as the nose. While I'm not a big fan of spicy yeast driven saisons this one does it so differently. Clove is first but it's soft, white pepper adds a touch of spice, those two fall to the back quikly adding depth to the nearly overripe pineapple and mango juiciness. Bubblegum brings another aspect. SUgar cookie maltiness and candi sugar brings up the rear. Soft floral hops ride front to back but simply compliment the dominant yeast character.

A mopderately weighted body is combines with a soft, slow moving carbonation. It's a small gripe but if the body was a touch lighter or the carbonation a touch higher it would help the overall product. Mild bitterness coats the tongue and while it does dry out it takes a while to do so. I could drink a metric ton of this is a sitting.

I smelled clove off the bat and while it was mild it was still clove. I figured I was going to be in for a long review. Luckily the sheer fruity juiciness and unique yeast strain make for a damn good beer. It kind of toes the line between saison and APA, leaning more toward saison. I would certainly buy this beer again and the price ain't too bad either.

Nov 30, 2014
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zeledonia from Washington

4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another local saison while I'm in the Triangle area. Tasted 22 June 2014.

Pours a hazy medium golden orange. 1.5 fingers of fuzzy, fluffy head. Great retention, outstanding lacing. Top-notch.

Smell is quite good. Warm, fruity and spicy in equal parts, with enough funk to make it interesting. Very strong yeast presence, and it brings all kinds of interesting aromas.

Taste is very nice as well. Drunk cold, it's clean and crisp, as those fruits and funk are suppressed. As it warms up, they come through more, but it's still quite clean. Right in the sweet spot of saisons, IMO, with all sorts of interesting characteristics coming out. Complex and subtle, in just the ways that it should be.

Feel is quite good. Medium-light body, plenty of carbonation. An excellent complement to the rest of the beer.

This is really freaking good. One of the better straight-up saisons I've had in a while.

Jul 19, 2014
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oberon from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 5/21/14."A rustic French country ale" per website,biere de garde or saison?Pours into a stemmed farmhouse ale glass a dull medium golden with a tinge of honey color,a nice frothy bone white head atop that settles very slowly.Spiced phenols and grilled sweet pineapple stand out in the nose.Yeasty clove-like phenols stand out on the palate but don't over power to much,nice juicy pineapple and mango flavors are there as well as some mild tartness in the finish,I get a tinge of toasted grain in the aftertaste as well.Not bad at all,it goes down great on a day of smoking meat outside on this warm day.Still don't know where to categorize this though,it seems a bit more French than Belgian...just my opinion.

Jun 03, 2014
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Tgmckinn from North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is insanely good. Cranking up the frementation temp on this beer did wonders. Totally different beer. Pinapple and tropical fruit in the aroma. Taste is a perfect blend of funky barnyard and citrus. Creamy mouthfeel but light with medium carbonation. Call me a homer, but this is tha shit! You'll missin' out...

May 11, 2014
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wedge from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Steel String

Foggy orange body with a small white ring of a head on top. Floral sweetness, phenolics, peppery yeast, dry grains, and honey in the nose. Flavors of clove, flowers, a slight chewy grain sweetness, and some earthy spice. Pretty light and crisp in the mouth. A bit too "clovey" for my taste, but otherwise pretty tasty.

Aug 05, 2013
Little Sadie from Steel String Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 24 ratings