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Belgian Saison
Ranked #10,676
3.96 | pDev: 8.59%
New England Brewing Co.
Connecticut, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 115
Photo of CayseyW
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is an above average saison that is very drinkable. The aroma lacks the complexity I look for in this style and the same is true with the flavor profile. Not a beer I would seek out but would certainly drink again.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy blond body with a one finger soapy head.
The aroma is floral, earthy, yeasty and with a bit of lemon peel.
Nice malt backbone, touch of honey sweetness. Yeasty and with some citrus.
Lighter in body and mouthfeel. High but delicate carbonation.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; straw colored; 1+ finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: lemony bread dough;

T: complex; Belgian yeast morphed into lemon and orange at mid-palate followed by some lemon tartness, which faded to a mild bitterness and a little pepper on the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; crisp;

O: another great beer from NEBCO; refreshing; easy drinking;

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Photo of Roguer
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer, dark gold with a hint of copper, huge white head with nice retention, tons of lacing.

Lemongrass and slight banana aroma, some Belgian yeast, wet blanket.

Slightly sweet take on a Saison, with lemongrass, light citrus peel, grass, candi sugar, wheat, hay, light pepper, tobacco, and Belgian yeast.

Semi-dry, pleasantly alive with a mild sting. Cloying sweet aftertaste.

This is a nice Saison, on the sweet side, in the style of Hennepin. Very drinkable, and a nice ABV for the style.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the brewery and was impressed. Definitely heading back to pickup a growler.
Pours hazy golden/straw
Smells a bit like sweetbread, spiced apple and grapefruit
Taste quite good crisp but not dry, medium carbonation, medium/light body with decent complexity

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Photo of Sam21
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler filled for $10 at the brewery today. Very fresh.

A- Fluffy white head with excellent retention and a hazy golden body. Leaves nice sheets of lacing on the glass. Great looking beer.

S- Yeasty bubblegum and peppery spice atop a bed of lemon rind and sugary malt sweetness. Good balance between the spicy peppery notes and sweetness.

T- Sweet fruit malt flavors, peppery spice, yeasty clove notes, and plenty of lemony citrus notes. Some mild breadiness beneath and a snappy bitterness that cutes through in the finish. It's very balanced, nuanced, and dangerously drinkable with a dry finish.

MF- Medium-full body with lively carbonation. I really can't complain as it just suits the flavor profile so well.

O- This beer is just solid. I have no complaints and find myself wanting to fill my glass again and again. It's nuanced, interesting, and very well done. The lemon rind flavors are addictive and refreshing. This is a great saison that personally reminds me a bit of Saison Dupont. The low 5.6% alcohol (according to the chalkboard at the brewery) makes this a very approachable, quaffable, and interest beer.

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Photo of braugon
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Straight from the tank into a growler, which is pretty awesome in and of itself. Appearance is hazy, golden and milky-yellow. Lots of bubbles, and a two finger foamy head. Smells like hops, sour, sweet, sulfur, wheat. Taste is hoppy, very light fruit notes, fizzy but not champagne-like. Tad thin, really smooth, very sessionable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a cloudy yellow color. Head is large and very bubbly. Head leaves sporadic lacing bubbles. Head dies down to a bubbly thin layer.

S-Quite spicy. Peppery and yeast. Has that nice Barnyard aroma. Hops are surely not overshadowed. Grassy, clean and bitter are the hops. Tons going on. A nice, aromatic Saison.

T-Akin to the nose. Spicy pepper, other spices too. Yeasty and a bit funky too. Ends in a very delectable grassy hop wave. Very smooth, and the flavors seemingly melt together. Complexity abound.

M-Would prefer a bit more intense carbonation here. Body is medium. A bit slick. Smooth and creamy.

O/D-NEBCO always kills it in my opinion. This is a great Saison. It is not their most delicious beer, but for a $10 growler fill I am more than pleased with the results.

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Photo of davey101
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few sample pours of this on tap at NEBCO today. Took some notes on my phone.

A - Hazy golden yellow body with a massive white foamy head.

S - Spicy coriander, grass, lemons, earthy grass, biscuity malts and Belgian yeast. A bitter hoppy presence on the finish but very light.

T - Biscuity malts with some spice and grass. Slightly earthy with some hops. Crisp and refreshing. Mouth feel is lively yet dry.

O - Great American saison. Highly drinkable and the low ABV is a plus. Makes 668 seem like a Belgian booze bomb.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is bangin', yo.

I drank a taster, then bought a growler. I downed most of it, my stepmom enjoyed a glass as well.

Pours a mostly golden yellow, 2 fingers of head that dissapears. Nice lacing for a saison.

Smell is fruity, with a phenolic yeast note. Taste follows, orange peel, peppercorn, a zest/spice from the yeast. Sweet like rosewater, yeah, let's call it rosewater.

This beer is light enough on the tongue, low ABV, no sign of it, and a joy to drink.

This beer is bangin', yo. Blew through a growler like 'Whoa'.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass at Gingerman sono. Pours a hazy straw golden thick foam and a bit of lacing. Hay and fruity hop aromas. Very mild hay and yeasty fruity funk flavors. Easy drinker and nice mellow balance but not my favorite saison. Deff worth a try though.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.79/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, light amber with a small head.
Smells great ! Earthy, spicey and slightly fruity.
Taste starts off with a doughy , slightly sweet base, but then it's off and running. There's lemon, pepper, grassy earthy hops
( Saaz ? ),perfect amount of bitter ; hints of cider way in the background; a bit of belgian bubblegum...very crisp and dry...super drinkable.
This is a really nice, spot-on saison !
The low ABV is a big plus. I hope that NEB does this again really soon.
A difficult style to really nail, but they have nailed it for sure.
Want more !!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a pint glass

A hazy golden yellow body with a foamy, soapy white cap. Head rose about a finger and subsided to a thin layer, with some extra cling around the edges.

The nose is somewhat tame. Soft and subtle. Spicy and estery. Some medicinal/herbal notes with some breadiness while the hops lay low.

Clean saison, classic in style. The body is light and clean with soft, delicate spices and a balance of alcoholic phenols and fruity esters. Nothing is overly aggressive, everything plays nice together.

Light on the feel, but creamy. Almost so much that it makes this medium bodied. Dry, really dry on the finish with a touch of white pepper and earthy hops.

A damn fine saison. Extremely easy to drink, perfectly dry. I would like this to be a little more funky, but still this is a solid saison on all fronts.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery, poured into a tulip. Thanks, Matt and Rob!

A: Hazy pale orange body with a finger of dense, creamy off-white head. Great retention, light lace. Nice.

S: Light, delicate, classic Saison aroma: very spicy, herbal, and earthy, with a bit of breadiness as it warms. Lovely balance of esters and phenols, with no harsh medicinal aspects at all. Nice minerality, and faint hops. Really, really nice. Happily, the sulfur that plagued this beer when I first sampled it from the fermenter is entirely gone.

T: Very dry and spicy up front, with some major pepper and mineral components. Some light apple esters come in midway through, with a very dry, chalky finish. So, so dry. I feel like there's a vacuum in my cheeks. Crazy, and hugely drinkable.

M: Light, lively, and puckeringly dry. Challenging, in a good way.

O: Terrific Saison! I know Matt's hopes were high for this one, and I think he nailed it. I love that it's not the least bit sweet or boozy, problems that seem to derail many American "bigger is better" takes on this style. The dryness of this beer was incredible, and impressively free of astringency. Highly recommended.


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Photo of modernartblues
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tulip on 03.25.12

A: beautiful golden body, slight haze, huge white head, nice retention, splash lacing

S: very similar to 668 in the nose, makes sense given its the same yeast strain, green apple, hint of wheat, belgian estery quality

T: green fruits, lemon, sweet and slight funk, with a dry finish and a light herbal bitter ending note, pepper and clove also appear

M: Medium, decent carbonation, may be a bit full for the style, but still nice

O: Matt and Rob kick ass and this beer is no exception, I may even prefer to 668, especially with the lower ABV

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