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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #656
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,229
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 8.79%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
41
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Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Honestly, I was prepared to be slightly disappointed with this. And I wasn't. It was the proverbial don't judge a book by its cover. This is a perfect summertime beer with sweet floral and honey notes on the nose. The tangy Saison hits you immediately on the first taste, but finishes with a surprisingly smooth honey character. Really a smooth and pleasant sipper. Would buy again.

Look: Amber honey color with a thin and fleeting head.
Smell: The Chardonnay dominates the nose, to no surprise. I get hints of floral as well
Taste: Awesome
Feel: Total opposite of the finish I was expecting, And was pleasantly surprised by how smooth this beer is
Overall: I found it in my local store. If you see it, pick it up. You won't be disappointed.

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Eyenigma from California, Jun 23, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White head. Golden color.

Lots of wine barrel flavors. White grapes. Peppercorn. Spice. Herbal and lemon. Orange peel. Honey. Sweet and malty.

Medium bodied. Easy drinking. Tons of flavor. Great wine flavors.

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mothman from Minnesota, Aug 14, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snowy film that speckles over bright orange. 4
Flowers, herb garden, lemon rind, + cider vinegar. 4.5
Thread of wheat, melon rind cut, bright green herbal thing, lemon zest, and a long woody linger. 4.5
Almost medium, fizzy, some stick. 4

Orange blossom honey, holy basil, pink peppercorn, aged in Chardonnay barrels.

Amazingly, each element of the additions is there - so many facets. 11 levels to the finish: spice, honey sweet, then whisky oaky vanilla. Besides the additions, there is - crucially - a solid sasion underneath. “Watered down Yellow Spot,” said one person. Now I know why Bottle Logic has their reputation. 4.5

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StJamesGate from New York, Aug 12, 2016
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4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden wit ha nice white head. Smells of honey and grain (a little wine like), Taste is great. Honey and spices followed by white wine and barrel. The finish is nice and dry. Great beer!

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Beer_Line from California, Jul 23, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- A nice golden color with about a 1/2 finger of eggshell white head

S- Nice sweet honey mixed in with the chardonnay barrel. Picking up the herbs as well

T- Very sweet and spicy. A bit of an herbal kick at the tail-end.

F- Velvety

O- A good change up from the norm. To be honest I prefer the Dr. Strangematter collaboration with Iron Fist which blew my mind.

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DaltonCastle from California, Apr 28, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 500ML bottle to tulip.
Look: Good head and amber. Looks like an IPA.
Smell: Citrus and spices.
Taste: I get the chardonnay, some sweetness from the honey then it gets odd but not terrible.
Feel: Too carbonated, finishes a little boozy, numbing likely from the peppercorns.
Overall: A good example of an experimental beer. This could of been better if it was sour. Think of pairing this with Thai food.

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KMachHops from California, Apr 20, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark honey orange with a white head that did not retain, low amount of carbonation, beer is clear, no lacing.

A: Honey, lots of sweet honey, spice, slight Belgian yeast, some basil, hints of oak and green grapes from the barrels, very pungent, lots of aroma, alcohol is not coming through at all.

T: Honey, spice from the peppercorns and yeast, touch of basil, slight oak and green grape notes but the honey and spice dominate the taste especially as the beer warms, alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium/light bodied, could use some more carbonation especially for a saison/farmhouse ale, semi-dry finish.

O: Very nice, lots of flavor, complexity and depth, I would like the honey toned down a bit to allow the yeast to come forward, it's very sweet, would also like to taste more green grape notes, but overall another well brewed beer from Bottle Logic. If you like the contrasting characteristics of honey and spice in a beer, then this is for you. For me, it's just a little too sweet but it is good.

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Brolo75 from California, Apr 03, 2016
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pushing limits and making no apologies, the "impeial" saison that Bottle Logic has devised takes on a deeper, richer and decidedly more characterful taste than is common to the farmhouse landscape, largely due to its own bigness for a taste that's partly dark saison, partly Belgian dubbel, yet bigger than either.

Its burnt orange and slight rust color preludes the beer's more robust character while a frothy white cap ensues. Racing effervescence spills over with aromas of orchard fruit, cider, stone fruit and peppercorn with a boozy tingle to the nose. Its malty taste is lightly caramelized and honey-like with a lightly toasty, peanut-type savoriness.

The middle comes alive with classic Belgianesque fruit and spice as the malty sweetness and its toasty edges begin to dissipate. Earthy sultan, fig, date and dried apple and cherry enliven the middle palate with its dark fruit flavor while the beer's spicy rebuttal is largely of peppercorn but a tinge of cinnamon and cumin seem to lurk in the recesses of taste. Aided by the piquant vinous taste of rosé wine.

Despite its large flavor and added heft, the beer's alcohol, yeast spices and fledgling malts all ensure a medium-bodied texture with the carbonic bite of champage and a linger of stone fruit, pepper and wine.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Feb 25, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium copper with a light tan head. Smell and flavors are of raisin and dark fruits up front (surprisingly!) plus some barnyard funk, white pepper, lemon, and warming alcohol as well. The 10.5% isn't kidding around!

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crob3888 from California, Jan 28, 2016
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Semi-hazed orange with a two finger fizzy bubbly off white head, light lacing.
S - Lots of orange, very floral, sweet malt, some cedar, definitely some darker fruit of fig and cherry,
T - The flavor is has a lot of mead qualities to it, lots of orange and honey, slight lemongrass, very very little of that saison bite/funk, hints of a slight woody tone, definitely some white grape in here too.
M - A little clingy and some warmth from the alcohol, but remarkably smooth for the abv, shocked at how well this goes down.
O - First beer I opened in the first trade I've done, great beer. It's been a good while since I've had any kind of a saison, and this was a real treat. The flavor profile is certainly unique, and so is the feel. Incredibly taste and smooth.

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Omnium from Pennsylvania, Jan 22, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted at the brewery.

Copper color surprises for a saison.

Aroma and flavor are raisin and dark fruit heavy. Touches of tartness in both. Tobacco and caramel presence is strong. Interesting nose and flavor for the style.

Malty and burlier in body than what most might expect from a saison. It's a touch tart, plenty floral and rich.

It's tasty but very contrary to all the light, delicate qualities of many great saisons I love.

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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico, Jan 09, 2016
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 41 ratings