Saison De Mai | Brasserie Saint-Monon

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Brasserie Saint-Monon

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GreenCard on 12-19-2003

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by DaPeculierDane:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Beer Mania in Brussels. I'm a big fan of Ermesinde so I was very excited to get to try this saison from the same brewery. Pours a dark amber with a foam that is quick to rise and equally quick to bubble to a thin lace. Aroma is dominated by a fruity and spicy yeast quality that is so wonderfully reminiscent of Belgian saison. Caramel/toffee malt blends with fruit yeast, raspberry, pear, and a touch of orange followed by peppery and lemony hops. On the sweet side, full bodied, and boozy. Very enjoyable and extremely drinkable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Antyk
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle - Poured a deep amber brew with a nice resistant white head. Aroma of roastiness/caramel with a touch of floral and sweetness. Good carbonation with great body. Alcohol is subtle, which is very good, with a sweet aftertaste that might originate from honey. Overall, this is a great beer that I was lucky enough to obtain from a friend visiting Belgium. I haven't had enough of Saison to say if this one really respect the style but I still enjoyed it!

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Photo of GreenCard
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: copperish hue, nice fine-beaded off-white head, good stability, some haze

Aroma: sweet maltiness, a touch of caramel, nice continental hop nose, slightly fruity, some sherry, somewhat herbal

Flavor: malty sweet, some caramel, a touch of hop flavor but not much bitterness, finish is slightly sweet w/ a long honey-like aftertaste, a hint of peppery alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, tight carbonation, alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: A pretty good beer, but not very Saison-like. It is much fuller, sweeter, and much less hoppy. The "yard-stick" which I use to measure saisons is Saison Dupont or maybe Fantome.

Since I had to add this beer to the database, I took the liberty of pegging it as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale since that is what it most resembles.

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Photo of sclitch
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paterlodie
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB nov 2007. Good and lasting white head and a amber brown beer with lots of big particles floating. Nose is good being heavily spiced, hoppy, candysugar, sweet and overal very fruity and estery nose making it fresh. Taste is strong being alcoholic, good body, some caramel candy and a heavy bitterness of spice and hops. Alltogether heavy and very spiced. Edgy mouthfeel and to me far from balanced and harmonic taste. Drinkable and something else but prefer most others from Monon.

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Photo of marburg
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heavily hazed orange-copper hue with a scant foam across the top. Moderately sweet aroma indicates some alcohol rather than sugars; lemon selzter, a touch of flowers, and perhaps some grassy qualities emerge as minor notes.

Sweet earthy must, lemon zest, alcohol. That's about it. Thins and becomes strongly alcoholic as it warms. The dirty sweetness fades. Finishes with a lemon rind bitterness.

Not sure why this is listed as a strong pale. This is an off-spec saison in some ways, but if the brewer's calling it a saison, I'll simple argue that it's a mediocre one.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was really surprised by how little saison or farmhouse ale I saw in Belgium. Most of the beer-selling venues were focused on celebrating the Trappist and Abbey-style beers. When I asked Nasser at Beer Mania to recommend a saison, this is what he brought me, and it was OK. I left Belgium with the impression that we celebrate the idea of farmhouse brewing more in America (with both imports and craft brews) than is done in Belgium. I drank this in his store in Brussels.

Color was amber, and the head was champagne-like. Aroma was sweet maltiness and floral with some toffee notes. Flavor was more toffee with some fruity component (raspberry?) that offered lots of sweetness. Oddly, I also got some chocolate...raspberry and chocolate are not flavors that saisons available in the US had led me to believe typically go in beers of this style, but there they were. Mouthfeel was a bit cloying and sticky, but not bad.

I didn't love this wasn't what I expected from a saison, and the flavors present (raspberry, chocolate) didn't really accentuate the other qualities of this beer. Still, I'd recommend it.

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Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Saison De Mai from Brasserie Saint-Monon
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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