Southern Saison
Fonta Flora Brewery

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From:
Fonta Flora Brewery
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
Saison
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 6.81%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
25
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 13, 2019
Added:
Apr 25, 2015
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  2
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Notes: Brewed with black tea, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
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Rated: 4.05 by Spenceto9 from North Carolina

Aug 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Jun 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.76 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Jun 08, 2019
 
Rated: 4.07 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jan 15, 2019
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: It pours cloudy yellow orange. It has a white head and head retention is low.

Smell: It has a high spicy aroma to start out. There is also a moderate orange flavor to it. It has a low herbal quality in the background. The grainy charter is in the background.

Taste: The flavors have orange with various spices that are balanced. It has a pepper like quality in the background.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a somewhat dry finish.

Overall, this is good saison highlight by orange and spicy flavors.
Dec 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by kjkinsey from Texas

Nov 18, 2018
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hazy pale orange with ample foam and minimal spotty lacing.
Earthy minerally aroma, citrusy lemon zest. Dry tea leaves surface later.

Taste is unique, it has a lemon and tea impression, slightly sweet though thankfully it finishes dry and crisp. Earthy saison yeast subtly weaves around a mild lemony tartness. Light to medium bodied, crisp and dry.

Overall it’s a pleasant beer that successfully delivers on it’s concept.
Arnold Palmer-esque.
Nov 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Benish from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Popped this bottle open and foam slowly gushed out, but not like champagne. The appearance is a bright yellowish peach with no translucence. Very hazy with a white half inch foam.

Smell: very floral and fragrant with a lemony scent. As it warmed up, there were notes of black paper and pitted fruits.

Taste: flavors are mild and herbal. It starts out lemony with subtle pitted fruits and yeast. There was just a touch of black pepper and an essence of tea. I would have no idea black tea was in this if it wasn’t for the label. I find this slightly sweet, tart, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: very light bodied and refreshing. Lots of carbonation initially but after my second pour an hour later (it was corked and in fridge) carbonation fell off quickly.

Overall: this was my post-run beer and it was perfectly suited. Or drink this outside when you are enjoying the weather. The low ABV really suits this beer well.
Sep 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.84 by jak from North Carolina

Aug 06, 2018
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Rated by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
2018 Bottle Thanks Sammy
Aug 05, 2018
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
neat beer, a cleanish saison brewed with black tea and lemons. for me it was a little overly subtle on the extra ingredients, the wheat took up a lot of the palate, and it didnt quite have the dryness or effervescent pop i like in the style, not flat or anything, but not as jovial and active as i think the flavors would like. cloudy with some sediment from the bottle, head fades fast and vinous, tangy, citrusy, summery aromas fill the glass, its hearty in the grain for being so low alcohol, but still dry at the same time. a little bready in taste there, a flash of pils type malt too, crackery and raw though, and then more of the lemon than the tea. i actually am left wanting more tea, the bitterness and the crispness it might add would clean this up a little i think. the yeast isnt as interesting as it is in their best beers, but it does have just a little twangy funk to it, before the beer dries up. orange notes more than lemon as it warms, familiar too, less distinctive than a lot of theirs are, but in the end delicious, drinkable, and right for this time of year. i really love what fonta flora is doing, and i want more of it!
Jul 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by redfox405 from California

Jun 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina

Jun 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by Sticksroom107 from North Carolina

Feb 03, 2017
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Rated by Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sampled at CBC 2016 - day 2. Hazy golden with a white head. Floral hops, yeast, lemonade, farmhouse funk, some green tea.
Aug 22, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by mikeincharleston from North Carolina

Jun 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.88 by dcmchew from Romania

Jun 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.11 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Mantooth from North Carolina

Apr 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by DontTellMom from North Carolina

Mar 31, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Mar 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.48 by KVNBGRY from Florida

Mar 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by Jamato14 from North Carolina

Feb 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4.13 by jaymo18 from Virginia

Oct 05, 2015
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Arrives with a hazy honey color; the fluffy head leaves a few clumps of lacing

Smell: Bready, floral and tropical, with lemon zest adding a zip to the aromatics

Taste: Opens with bread and tropical fruit tones, bringing pineapple, mango and a lemony citrus element; floral, spicy and bright with a somewhat sweet finish; the black tea leaves and lemon zest add interesting undertones

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is a tremendous accomplishment for Fonta Flora and I hope that we see this one return as a bottle release; really ups the ante in the saison category for North Carolina brewers
Jun 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.78 by Brewsed from North Carolina

Jun 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.19 by mst934 from North Carolina

Jun 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.29 by aleckpa from North Carolina

Jun 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4.2 by Ohiovania from Ohio

Jun 06, 2015
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had on tap. Now this is what we are talking about Fonta Flora! The smell is full of tropical and citrus fruits to go with the yeast backbone. Feel is right on target and taste has a delicate complexity
Jun 06, 2015
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Reviewed by Spiller from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Solid take on a saison! Great taste and aroma up front with citrus notes. Mouthfeel is smooth in the beginning and then mellows out to a very light feel. It finishes with a pleasant flora note that's not too sweet. This is my best interpretation without a description available.
May 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.87 by buckyp from South Carolina

Apr 27, 2015
Southern Saison from Fonta Flora Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 32 ratings