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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,435
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,118
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 12.63%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
75
From:
Ardent Craft Ales
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  17
SCORE
86
Very Good
SaisonSaison
Notes: A yeast-derived refreshing, spicy ale.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 75 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Seasmom:
Photo of Seasmom
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice effervescence and a spicy tone at first taste. Great summer beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of KMcGrath
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breakingbland
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice balance between a dry Saison and a malty one. Tastes best before it warms. Bought a case while in Richmond.

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Photo of bleandamb
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of burq
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ardent Craft Ales "Saison" 6.7% abv., 27.5 IBUs
on tap at the brewery, $5 for a 12 oz. goblet

Appearance: Crystal clear deep gold body beneath a limited head of white. Lacing is limited as well (possible dirty glass from a busy bar).

Aroma: Sweet malt and spice, phenols of plastic and light clove.

Flavor: Apple juice. Sweet with a hint of honey. Spice mix of clove, coriander, and light pepper. Some banana. Moderate bitterness. Drying finish as the sweetish malt dissipates.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-light in body with a standard carbonation that lends a touch of zestiness to the tongue.

Overall: Pleasant. Nicely done. Not as complex as many Belgian saisons, but refined, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Spindletop
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic saison in the vein of DuPont. Slightly phenolic in the nose, and bone dry on the palate. None of the sweetness common in other American saisons, and it drinks like a much lower ABV beer. Perfect for summertime. Great take on the style.

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Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, w/o freshness or bottling date info that I can find.

Pours typical looking Amber, moderate at best cap and leaving just some minor bits of lacing

Some sweet malt on the nose and peppermint spicing.

More mintyness and more sweetness...to sweet for my liking, saison is a pretty wide open style, but to me this is not really in the main lane of saisons

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Photo of edglodek
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Club Level Grill, Richmond Airport Terminal B, Richmond, VA

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount fo visible carbonation along with light hues of amber. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that has good retention properties and never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of farmhouse yeast are preset in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of yeast along with hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn't as spicy compared to some of the other beers in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a seethru (clear) golden body with one finger head and lace that quickly goes away. The aroma is more sweet than anything, with touches of candi sugar like sweetness and yeast (wheat twang) noticeable in aroma and also some spices. Simple saison that is mostly a sweet beer with tiny bits of spice and no funkiness. That being said, it's an enjoyable brew with a sugary sweetness that I can't pinpoint other than to say it's not a thick or sticky sweetness, more like a juicy sweetness mixed with some bubblegum yeast/wheat twang sweetness. Good beer and one worth trying but don't expect a traditional saison (or a saison at all, depending on your POV) awaiting you.

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Photo of nmann08
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Hopbully
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of seanchai
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sengsational
2.37/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not nearly dry enough for a saison....too sweet. Not saisony enough, funk-wise. Didn't have the chunky foam I find enjoyable. Too many less than Belgian saisons out there, and this is one of them.

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Saison from Ardent Craft Ales
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 75 ratings