Icon Series: Bière De Saison | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Icon Series: Bière De SaisonIcon Series: Bière De Saison
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Icon Series: Bière De SaisonIcon Series: Bière De Saison

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer has a complex spicy nose with notes of brown sugar and plums. The taste starts with big spicy malt and alcohol moving to fruity in the middle and then an earthy, spicy finish. High complexity reminiscent of something between a dubbel and a quadruppel. Here is what brewer Aaron Inkrott says about this beer:

The inspiration for this beer comes from the traditional French and Belgian farmhouse style ales; Bière de Noel and Saison. The malts used were focused on creating a complex malt backbone, with subtle floral characteristics from the Hersbrucker hops. The yeast is an aromatic Belgian Saison strain that produces complex esters balanced with earthy/spicy notes.

Added by champ103 on 08-16-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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A: Dark, deep ruby. Beautiful. Surprisingly, very little head with this one.

S: Wow, fruity, peary, plumish, and in all honesty regal (if you can call that a scent). The scent is actually quite strong, but balanced with the above fruity sweetness and the darker complexion of the beer malts.

T: Fantastic. Pear and banana hit the sweet spot. There are hints of hops, so it is not all consumingly sweet; quite balanced. Malty, but not so much that you are consumed with yeasty flavor. Overall, strong but balanced.

M: Full bodied, clean, dry, mild carbonation. I am not a fan of extreme carbonation, so this is just fantastic. Alcohol is strong; makes a good beer by the fireplace.

Fantastic local Houston brew. Will be getting this again next Autumn.

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Saint Arnold Icon Gold has a thin, cream-colored head, a clear, deep, brilliant, caramel appearance, a few ascending bubbles, and not much lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, pungent, dense, caramelized candi sugar, medium-roasted barley malt, cilantro, and black pepper. Taste is of spicy, sweet, rich, caramel, brown bread crust, a slight bitterness, butter, banana filling, and sugar. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Saint Arnold Icon Gold finishes sweet, semi-dry, rich, and somewhat cloying. This a great beer, and I highly recommend it!


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Icon Series: Bière De Saison from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 160 ratings