Saison
Casey Brewing & Blending

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #29
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #629
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 7.11%
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
418
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Casey Brewing & Blending
 
Colorado, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  71
SCORE
96
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Notes: Our Saison is as old-world as it gets. We use 100% Colorado ingredients: Colorado water, malted and raw barley and wheat, Crystal hops and a yeast blend of saison yeast, brettanomyces and lactobacillus. We ferment the beer in custom-made open oak barrel fermenters. After this rustic primary fermentation, the beer goes to other barrels for further aging and flavor development. The result is a citrusy, dry, tart and effervescent beer worthy of sharing.

25 IBUs
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 3/28/17

First pour is clear golden yellow with a receding frothy white foam head and bubbling effervescence. Further pours are cloudy and hazy. Smells like tart vinegary funk, some barnyard notes, straw, toasty hay, light banana, apple, pear, white grapefruit, salty lemon, hints of apricot, peppercorn, clove spice, leathery bandaid, oak, bready crackery grainy malts, with mild earthy hops. Tastes tart, acidic, slightly sour, vinegary and sweet, with light barnyard funk notes, toasty hay, straw, oak, white bread, crackery grains, mild banana, apple, pear, apricot, lemon, white grapefruit pith, peppercorns, clove spice, leathery bandaid, horse blanket, with some floral earthy hops. Feels medium bodied, smooth and crisp, finishing dry with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice and complex oak aged saison.

Mar 09, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer appeared golden orange in color with a fair head. Nice fruity aroma with a touch of sourness; some initial barnyard funk. The taste mimicked the smell, perhaps a bit sweeter on the palate; some sweetness. Medium-heavy body; a bit fizzy; a tad residual sugar heaviness.

This was a bottle packaged March 2015, so the beer has been aged (but in unknown conditions to me). Overall, it was a nice enough farmhouse, shared by a neighbor this evening on his 58th birthday.

Sep 08, 2019
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Dankacheese from Illinois

4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Magnum. Show me how it can get better than this for this style and for what exactly it’s presented as. Take a blindfold to anything and tell me another more balanced, crisp and funky finished. World class.

Oct 01, 2018
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip. It is a light and clear gold with a 1 finger of white head. Fades quickly and leaves small spots of lacing on my glass. The aroma is definitely tart with lemon zest, sour apples, wet grass, slight funk and dry wine notes are all present. Starts off with yeast, sour notes of lemon zest, and sour apple. Good amount of Brett and wet grass, along with some grain. Light body, prickly carbonation and a dry finish. Definitely more of a light tart Saison than a funky one.

May 26, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to cracking this.

Pours a hazy pure gold very bright!

Smell is muted, citrus, earth, Brett minimal bacteria must that quite often come with this style.

Extremely tart right.on the tongue but a complex citrus tartness with many layers. Followed by mellow.malt and wheat flavors and a some Brett which adds to the dryness.

Light and dryouth feel as.would be expected. A touch more carbonation would be welcome.

Sep 10, 2017
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FFFjunkie from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is a lemon-lime tinted straw color. Poured with 1.5 fingers of effervescent white head.

Aroma is tart citrus, wheat, hay and some oak.

Taste is tart lemony citrus followed by some barrel and light fruit and finishes with a touch of hay and some lasting tartness.

Feel is crisp and slightly dry as carb is moderate to high.

Overall a fantastic saison that is really simple yet really complex. My first Casey to date and easily one of the best saisons that I've had so far. Just a wonderful beer.

Aug 21, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-draught @ the brewery during a tour in June 2017:

B+ / VERY GOOD

***
11.07.18 750ml brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a teku. Bottled 03/30/15 (2015 vintage).

"Saison" "Ale aged in oak barrels." 5.5% ABV.

A: Looks luxurious, appearing like bubble champagne were it not for the white head. Vibrant golden body colour. Ample rising bubbes (carbonation seems perfect owing to the bottle conditioning). ~5 minute head retention.

Even lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

AROMA: Crisp orchard apple, dry 2-row...attenuation seems perfect, rendering this on the bone-dry side. Aroma suggests a nice dry cidre. Mild sweetness balances out the dryness judging by the aroma. Hop aromatics are floral but faint, with faint fruitiness creeping in.

Kisses of oak punctuate this pleasant aroma, but I don't find any overt brettanomyces funkiness.

Scintillae of hay and leather.

A terrific saison aroma on par with non-brettanomyces fermented Belgian expressions of the style.

TASTE: Delivers on the promises of the aroma but brings a puckering acidity and clean funkiness along for the ride too. Ochard apple, floral hops, slight sourness, Belgian saccharomyces, attenuated 2-row, subtle underlying oak...it's wonderfully balanced and built.

TEXTURE: Bone dry and effervescent. Smooth. Somewhat refreshing in spite of its dryness and above average acidity.

OVERALL: A very well executed American attempt at a saison and one of Casey's most classic beers. The cidery notes coupled with the guiding oak make this a must-try, though fans of more herbed/spiced/peppery saisons (e.g. Fantome) will find this leaves something to be desired.

B+ / VERY GOOD

Jul 08, 2017
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TH28 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Bottled 3/9/16. Appearance: Straw yello, brilliantly clear, and a low lying white head.
Aroma: Lemon juice, black pepper, lactic acid, and a touch of brett funk.
Taste: Apple juice like flavor up front, turning to lemon zest, some saltiness, and finishes with light hay and brett funkiness and a moderate bitterness. Lactic acid bite kicks in on the swallow.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a low but sharp carbonation.
Finish: Very dry with lingering lemon and lactic acid.
Overall: Really nice complex saison, balancing the various saison yeast, brett, and lacto qualities that shine against a very light malt base. Fruity, funky, and acidic. Thirst quenching

Apr 02, 2017
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Myotus from Texas

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently at 46°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled 09Mar16) into a tulip. Consumed on 05Sep16.
SMELL: Strong waves of earthy yeast are supported by mild aromas of hay, sour green apple, white grape, pear, peach, and oak along with subtle tobacco, wheat, banana, cantaloupe, salty mineral, lemon grass, and black pepper aromas.
4.5 out of 5
TASTE: A sour funk is instantly established as strong earthy yeast flavors fuse with mild flavors of sour green apple. Mild flavors of hay and subtle salty mineral flavors give this brew a Farmhouse characteristic as the tartness significantly increases. A mild, fruity barrel explosion next floods the palate with flavors of white grape, pear, peach, and oak as the mineral aspect of the brew grows slightly stronger. The complexity of the beer continues to evolve as subtle banana, wheat, and lemon grass flavors commingle with the others. Subtle flavors of black pepper and hints of cantaloupe trail lastly as the lemon grass flavors grow to mild and all other flavors maintain.
4.5 out of 5
NOTE: This easily makes my top 5 list of the best Saisons that I have experienced. I loved how their was nothing extravagant done with this besides barrel-aging. It was not dry-hopped nor did it have fruit or spices added. It was simply a spectacle of complexity that took my taste buds on one heck of a roller coaster ride. I greatly look forward to trying more brews from Casey.

Sep 10, 2016
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Stolenface1 from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with foamy white head. Aroma of hay, citrus, other obscure fruits, wheat, malt, floral(dandelion, wildflower, hops), pepper, with an awesome, delicate funk profile to round things out. The flavor is amazingly balanced with all of the same goodies in the aroma description along with slight oak. Slightly tart and very slightly bitter. The feel is light and generously carbonated, but has a slightly creamy and coating quality, which extends the finish in a very good way. Overall, Casey Saison was definitely in my top 20 of a 100+ bottle "cool dude saison" tasting this weekend, which included many of the best saisons from around the world. I don't understand some of the lower ratings on here AT ALL. Excellent beer.

Jul 07, 2016
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Rockthedashboard from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into Allagash tulip

A: Hazy yellow color; thin persistent head hangs around
S: Green apple, soft sour smell, slightly musty funk
T: green apple, acidity is well balanced and not overpowering, slight peppery, spicy flavor
M: creamy, soft-medium bodied for the style

Overall: really nice, barrel aged saison that I would gladly revisit

Jun 07, 2016
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frontrangefart from Colorado

4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, perfect amount of funk and fruit flavors. Apparently, this recent release is supposed to be a little different from releases in the past. This beer is the best saison I've ever had though. Will add more tasting notes when I open another bottle.

May 01, 2016
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Balanced oak, white grape, hay, and tartness. Quenching throughout with a nicely dry finish. Could pair with almost any meal. Light bodied and easy to drink.

Apr 04, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.87/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with some retention and limited lacing. Aroma of light tart notes with some light flora cereal notes is pretty pleasant. Taste is a mix between some delicate rustic malt notes with light tart notes and green apple notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Easily drinkable with loads of subtle flavours and a delicate ending.

Mar 14, 2016
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angelmonster from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle is dated 3/30/15

Pours almost exactly same color as the label, a yellow orange hue. Body is hazy and bubbly with a 1\4 inch pearl white head. Head retention was average and lacing was great.

Aromas are of classic saison, peppery yeast, witch hazel/clove, and some lemongrass. Pale straw malts are faint with light bitter, citrus hop notes. Not much alcohol at 5.5%

First taste is sour lemon peel with a good dose of acidity. A little bit of hay/barnyard funk mixed with oak notes from the barrel come through. Sweet malt and wheat counteract the funk and tartness while clove/pepper yeast reminds you you're drinking a saison. Not much hops or alcohol detected.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and well carbonated. Body is thin, head dissipated rather quickly unfortunately. Finish was slightly puckering.

Overall, was an interesting take on a classic style. Open fermentation and oak aging really set the beer apart.

Nov 13, 2015
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Tommo from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled march 2015, drank august 2015. Really really good, very surprised by how much i like this. Best casey beer ive had. Light saison with very present lactic notes, however balanced.

Aug 27, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a nice yellow color, a nice fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer has a nice citrusy aroma coming off of it, it's also got some nice funk too. The taste of the beer is a little tart but has a nice malt profile to it. The feel of the beer has a nice medium body, good carbonation and finished dry. Overall it's a very good Saison.

Aug 08, 2015
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GilGarp from Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with cork and cage. Bottled 4/29/2015.

Casey Saison is a hazy, pale golden colored ale with thin fizzy head. It never actually develops a cap but rather fizzes down to nothing.

Aroma is very slightly like that of a saison but more so that of a sour. It has a tart and fruity character that comes from the wild yeast.

Flavor is similar with tart fruit and wild yeast. It really doesn't have the character of a saison.

Mouthfeel is thin and light with mild carbonation.

Overall a disappointment especially given the price. Not a bad beer by any means but also not a saison in my mind either.

Aug 07, 2015
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CTFalcon from Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Golden and effervescent, bright white head that fades and leaves an edge around the glass.
A: Bright and sharp, less aggressive yeast aromas and more oak.
T: Beautiful, tannic and crisp. Reminds me of a fruity white wine, perfect level of tart and funk.
F: Light and crisp with the right amount of carb.
O: Fantastic beer, exemplary saison.

Jul 26, 2015
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tleaver33 from California

3.27/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Way too much apple cider going on for my liking. Tastes like apples and vinegar. Not much barrel flavor. Definitely not on the hill farmstead or SARA level.

Jul 11, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 3/30/2015 blend. Served in a stemmed glass.

Lighter orange-straw yellow hued body, clear, one finger white head, fair amount of retention, a bit of lacing. Smells primarily of tart apples, white vinous notes, mild vinegar, grain, wheat, minerals. Flavour is mildly funky, a fair bit of lemon zest that is actually quite tart, rind, a bit of floral notes, wheat, sulfuric minerals and more lemon on the finish. Moderate tartness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fair carbonation, dry, with an oaky sulfuric, mineral finish. Overall, very good saison that is interesting enough; moderately dry and lemony with a nice tartness. Similar to its coastal counterparts (e.g. Arthur and Saison Bernice), but with a bit less complexity.

Jul 04, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

magnum from something, maybe april 5, 2014? thanks for sharing mark. pours a cloudy golden yellow. thin lace spotty lace. nice lemony citric with great sweetness. little dry smelling. refreshing and tasty saison with great sweetness...candy like. prickly and a bit of a rubbery dry feel. nice beer to have a giant pour of

Jun 26, 2015
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Zach136 from Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy gold, thin head. Acceptable for BA brew.

Aroma: Fruity brett funk with a touch of pickle-esqu acidity. Bready.

Flavor: Soft bright acidity, not sour. Medium intensity tropical fruit. Very impressive balance between the acidity and fruit. It's not easy to get both in a saison. I've tried and failed.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, refreshing.

Jun 13, 2015
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Type: 750ml bottle (25.4 oz.)
Glass: Trappist Westvleteren XII glass
From: Beer Advocate’s ucsbmullett
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on April 16, 2015
Consumed: May 25, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 7, 2015; Champagne top (cork & twist)

Thanks Nick!

Poured a golden, straw, semi-clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of white, frothy head. Lots of bubble streams coming from the bottom of the glass, kind of looking like a snow globe. Semi-layered, spiderweb, foamy lacing with occasional spots on the sides of the glass. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled green apple, green grapes, slight vomit, grassy notes, cereal and lime zest. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted much better than the nose. Got green apple tart, green grapes, kiwi, lime and lemon zest, Smarties, more tart, Citra notes, 7-Up or Sprite and grass. About as good as a Saison could taste. (Taste - 4.75)

Light body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Long, tarty finish. Just lovely. (Feel - 4.75)

This was just awesome. I would love to have it again. (Overall - 4.75)

4.54 | 100 | A+

May 26, 2015
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle batch 01/13/2015. Hazy yellow color, massive head. Aroma is tart lemon, yeast, pretty nice. Flavor is brett, citrus, lemon, tart but not full on sour. The finish was really nice and I just kept thinking that it felt like a top quality beer. My only gripe would be the price point.

May 11, 2015
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