Saison | Casey Brewing & Blending

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Casey Brewing & Blending
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of Myotus
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Rockthedashboard
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of frontrangefart
4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Tommo
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of CTFalcon
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of tleaver33
3.27/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of Zach136
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
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+

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with pagesofphotographs.

This pours a hazy golden yellow, with a one and a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like lemon, hay, smarties, grass, and lots of citrus.

This is delicious, and just tastes so fresh. Tons of citrus and brett funk, but in a nicely restrained way that doesn't block anything the other flavors. A bit of white pepper, lemon, grass, hay, and a bit of a perfumey taste as well. This one definitely embodies the farmhouse ale type feel in a near perfect way.

This is medium bodied, but light on the palate, with a very juicy mouthfeel.

A really excellent introduction to this brewery.

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Photo of vitaminvert
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy in color, lemony aroma, creamy and crisp mouth feel.

Flavor is slightly tart, yeasty, and light. Not a ton of funk, and not overly sour. Superbly balanced beer, easy to drink especially on a hot summer day. Holds up to some of the best representations of the style.

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Photo of UcDru
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color. Very murky and cloudy nice dense 2 finger head that coats the glass.
Quite sweet initially with some soapy, grassy almost floral notes followed by a slight funk.
Really crisp, citrus notes some grassy quality as well. Slightly tart before the finishes produces some mild funk. Extremely drinkable and very welcome on my palate
Mouth feel:
Super thick almost chewy. Coats my palate and just sits there.
Really enjoyed this Saison and found it extremely balanced in every aspect. I would highly recommend this brew on a nice warm day or paired with your favorite meal.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Second blend. Bottled 6/25/14.

Pours a murky whitish-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, funk, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of kevanb
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, January 2015 blend, poured into a Casey Brewing and Blending oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 4.11.2015, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours an incredibly murky, golden color, straw hues, almost sludgy with a thick, white head, almost two fingers high, very nice retention yielding spotted lace. The aroma is pleasant, sweet malts, a bit soapy, lightly funky, earthy wildflower, like dandelion, chewy oak, perhaps spelt, a touch of hop. The flavors are nice, pale grain is chewy and sweet, spelt and oakiness layer well with it, mild funk, light tartness, a bit of cheesiness with some earthy hop, a bit of dandelion and wildflower, very well balanced and nice complexity. The mouthfeel is thick, coating, chewy, soft and gentle with mild carbonation and a creamy finish.

Verdict: A nice saison from Casey, unusually murky and sweet, but with a nice variety of complex flavors and influences. Despite the appearance the sweetness, this is nicely balanced and refreshing, very enjoyable.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold.

Funky sour yeast.

Wildly hoppy. Lightly tart. Pretty pleasant. Lots of Brett.

I like it. Even if it's incoherent. Really surprising.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Belgian tulip. 10/9/2014 bottled on date slapped on the side of the bottle.

The pour produces a chewy yet wispy pale white head multiple fingers thick. It's got excellent persistence which isn't surprising given the robust carbonation visible in the body. As for that body, it's a glowing golden wheat color with slight bit of cloudiness, but I feel like a fly headed towards a zapper because there's something magnetizing about this bright-colored brew.

I wasn't sure to expect with the aroma but it's a potent lemony, zesty and tart nose with a nice touch of earthy funk. It's got enough subtle malt aroma to not be overrun by lemony acidity.

Lemon shines on this, but in a restrained way that doesn't assault the tongue. It's more in the tart vein with a crackery dryness and sweetness that makes for an exceptionally light-drinking beverage. The finish lingers like a fresh apple does, crisp and dry with a touch of tartness. Overall there's something vinous and refreshing about this beer. Very nice.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Second blend. Pour is pale golden yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is a bit heavy sulfur, moderate peppery spice, hint of lemon rind. Sulfur dominates too strongly. Taste follows suite, heavily sulfuric, a bit of mineral, moderate sweet lemon. Light body, soft carbonation, nice body. A bit simple and heavily sulfuric, lacks any real saison yeast quality.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

definitely one of the best saisons going right now, world wide i would imagine, and while i was slow to hop on this overnight celebrity train, i certainly am one of its more engaged passengers now, all of these beers are just insane. this one has a very light wheat malt base, pale and fresh, with one heck of a cool yeast profile, featuring a unique spicy saison strain and lively brett that makes this one of the funkier, drier saisons i have had in ages. i love the hoppiness to it too, not that its overloaded with hops, but that it has some real character, grassy and fruity and bitter enough to tame both yeasts. carbonation is epic, and the layers of flavor just blow by other saisons in terms of depth, balance, interestingness, and enjoyability. its low abv makes it a beer you could drink all day, and if it wasnt so expensive, i absolutely would! in some ways, this beer has ruined the style for me, its as good as it gets in basic form really. completely and utterly impressed, cant believe it took me this long to get into one of these!

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