Sunken City
Insight Brewing

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #737
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,172
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.14%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
106
From:
Insight Brewing
 
Minnesota, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  34
SCORE
88
Very Good
Sunken CitySunken City
Notes: Formerly Saison De Blanc and Chapter VII: In The Halls Of The Sunken City

The fruity and light spiciness of the beer blends delicately with the grassy herbal characters of the sauvignon blanc grapes, leading to a wonderfully complex and exuberant beer.
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defunksta from Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, but clear light golden color with a billowing, foamy, white head. SRM of 12. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of grape juice, a little white wine, with some citrus and bready notes. A little bit of banana and bread in the back. (4.00)

Flavor: Moderate aromas of sparkling grapejuice, white wine. A metallic note with some Belgian esters and funk. Grape and orange citrus with a funk. Some scone on the back end. Finishes neither too dry nor too sweet. (4.00)

Feel: Light bodied as expected. Great carbonation to make it crisp, yet it's heavy enough to provide a sweetness on the back end. (4.00)

Overall: It's a great saison. A little metallic notes which I didn't like, but otherwise really great and complete flavors. The grape notes are unique. It's very similar to Off Color's Apex Predator, but this one has more of a grape juice and metallic flavor and less stonefruit, pear, and citrus. It's more robust and sweet. It has less of a subtle complex juicyfruit flavor profile. Yet, this Sunken City is definitely a good saison. (Final Rating: 4.00)

Sep 07, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can at The Sheridan Room, Minneapolis, MN

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of Belgian yeast but isn't really spicy.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison isn't as spicy compared to other beers in the style, but has nice flavors of Belgian yeast.

Serving type: can

Aug 03, 2019
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BrendanJ from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: This beer poured a clear yellow-gold color, with a very light head that dissipated quickly.
S: Crackery, with very subtle wine hints. And I mean VERY subtle. Other notes included slight peppery-ness and very slight malty aroma.
T: The taste was a crisp, crackery malt. Very lightly toasted with, again, very very subtle hints of grape, and white wine. The taste was edging more toward lager than I expected it to be.
F: Very light and airy on the feel, with a sharp, crisp carbonation bite to it.
O: While I'm not entirely ready to call this beer a Saison (I feel it more resembles a lager), the term Saison stays pretty loose and inclusive as it does include the slightest hint of white wine. Don't get me wrong, this beer is very refreshing, and I wish it were summer time so I had an excuse to crush a couple in a row. Good stuff to Insight, keep it up.
Cheers,
-B

Nov 19, 2018
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Bulldog in Lowertown. The beer had a copper appearance wit no head. The aromas included a slight, white wine smell, but it was generally airy. The flavors were more vocal with that white wine grape flavor while the mouthfeel was somewhat thick, even a little syrupy. Overall, really enjoyed the flavor complexity.

May 17, 2018
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz CAN into a tulip

Pours a pale and hazy gold with ample foamy head and plenty of small champagne-like bubbles. A nice-looking brew.

The nose has floral, citrus, light stone-fruit and spice notes, with a good yeasty background.

The flavor is aggressively floral and citrusy on the front end, and then quickly flips to a sweet winey flavor. The grape is noticeable. It has an interesting flavor, but it isn't a saison flavor.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. Light, effervescent, and bubbly. Fairly crisp despite its sweetness.

An interesting brew. It's really too sweet for a saison, but it's still pretty good.

Oct 08, 2017
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow colour. Smells like cereal malts, grainy and Belgian yeast. Tastes like it smells; sweet and malty upfront, banana, a little bitter, and a yeasty dry finish. Hints of spice and clove. I can taste a touch of grape but seems more nuanced than expected.

Aug 15, 2017
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WaveDragon from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I saw this in the store yesterday and thought it looked interesting so I picked one up. Cracked it open later that evening and the immediate smell I got was a little hoppy with some fruity notes. On first taste I thought I had mistakenly picked up an IPA but as quick as the bitterness arrived it was overpowered by a sweet fruitiness flavor of grapes and I fell in love with it.

4 out of 5 will buy again. (but in a 4 pack not a single)

Aug 10, 2017
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pours a crisp, clear, lighter golden color. The head was 2 finger, white frothy, and did dissipate quickly.
The nose is quite interesting. I get the nice floral aroma that I like with this style. It is very pleasing.
The taste is got a nice crisp start. I get a nice floral taste also. I do get a boozy feel from it.
It feels somewhat watery, but not overly so.
Overall, not a bad beer, but it might be even better at a lower ABV.

May 12, 2017
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tempest from New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A lovely farmhouse ale. You wouldn't know it's brewed with grapes without reading the label, and that's how it should be. Big spicy, coriander, cracked pepper, and honey character. I get a touch of doughy malts and light apricot and white grape notes. Fun beer, check it out.

Oct 15, 2016
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bsp77 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The rapidly diminishing head was a warning that this does not have the proper Saison mouthfeel, and that is the case. Not effervescent, a little syrupy and somewhat cloying.

Otherwise, the aroma is mostly good (banana, fleshy fruit, stale wine, cloves) and the taste is okay (similar profile) but the stale wine flavors leave a distracting aftertaste.

Update: this beer has become much more consistent over the last couple years and the mouthfeel is better.

Aug 07, 2016
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Sunken City pours a golden color with a small head. Big creamy candy like aromas. The taste is creamy, yeasty, noticeable Belgian candies, and a hint of grape near the end. Good feel. Overall, a little lighter, and sweeter for a Saison, but very good.

Jul 21, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this beer is absolutely delicious, brewed with white wine grapes, they really shine in here. its also dry, hoppy, rustic on the yeast, and clean for the style. a very easy drinking beer despite being layered with distinctive flavors, and quite pretty to look at too. a full inch of airy white head, tiny bubbles on top of a slightly hazy golden base, soft looking from the tap, attractive in a tulip. it smells tangy like the skins of the grape, but actually more like the finished zesty white wine than the fruit itself, which i really like in a saison type like this. wheatier than their blackberry saison, you can really taste and feel and appreciate the malt side of this one, its more grounded, more beery, excellent. the yeast is simple here, nothing far out and funky, although this would be killer with a brett pitch. instead its clean and a bright, a little soft spice, but nothing lingering. its hoppy in the end, bitter enough to contrast with the fruit, gentle enough not to overtake anything. like a citrus twist in there that accentuates and unites the other elements. incredibly well carbonated too. this is next level saison, well designed and brewed, and a very memorable beer. this should put them on the map pretty well, i loved it and cant wait for another one in the future! this is the best beer i have had from these guys by leaps and bounds.

Jun 18, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours clear and golden with a head that fritters away quickly; spotty lacing

Smell: Bready, with a vinous character; honey tones, too

Taste: The tropical fruit character of the Sauvignon Blanc arrives early, bringing vinous elements to the bready malt base; sweeter honey tones build, after the swallow; spicy Saison yeast phenols are also apparent; a bit of heat in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very low carbonation

Overall An interesting beer that gives you a few things to think about though there are some elements that could bear improving

Thanks, ta_hagen, for the opportunity

Jun 12, 2016
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Peepskp from Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really like this but am newer to the style. I can see trying more saisons after this. Definitely picking up the sb grapes and a slightly sour nose. Great wine presence and nice hop profile. A little vanilla present. Nice.

May 20, 2016
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the grape aspect of this is interesting, but it doesn't really help an otherwise uninteresting saison.

color is golden with little to no head and some floaters.

smell is grape and must and a little funk.

taste is sweet grape, cracker, maybe some apple and "spice".

mouth is effervescent but the grapes change the feel of the saison entirely. kind of throws me here.

i like the idea, but i'm not a fan.

Mar 26, 2016
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First got to taste this on tap at Insight so I had to buy a sixer.
Poured into my New Belgium goblet.
A - Pours a beautiful clear golden orange color with tiny bubbles dancing around.
S - Aroma is of apples and grapes.
T - Flavor is a little funky, some cracker, some pepper and clove. And just a little wine. Tart but muted.
M - Refreshing, light mouth feel, above average carbonation, dry on finish.
O - I would call this a starter saison, particularly good for those new to the style. Well balanced, nothing out of line or over the top. That being said, I really like this beer and I will drink a lot more of it.

Feb 10, 2016
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Cannibalgasm from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz. can.

A: Pours a clear golden straw color with one finger of bubbly white head that fades rather quickly and leaves a spotty layer atop the brew. There is some bubbly visible carbonation as well. Brew leaves little to no lacing.

S: Aromas so sweet malts, Belgian yeast, apple, white pepper, coriander, grains, sauv blanc grapes, and a hoppy spiciness. Very herbal and funky.

T: Funky farmhouse flavors, crackers, Belgian yeast, slightly sweet malts, apple, sauv blanc grapes, oak, pepper, coriander, and spices. Then you get some orange peel, pear, lemon, clove, and herbal hops. Nice balanced flavors with a hint of wine flavor balances quite well. Very funky and unique like a Saison should be.

M: Medium bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very full and smooth feel with a slightly crisp finish. Easy to drink with a slightly drying effect.

O: A very nice Saison. I'm not typically a huge fan of the style but find this brew to be quite enjoyable. Well balanced funky aromas and a nice unique flavor profile make this one that is defiantly worth trying. Overall a nice beer that I would gladly drink again.

Jan 29, 2016
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GStone899 from Minnesota

4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is delicious! When I poured it I wondered if it was flat as the lack of head. Nope, just highly carbonated and delicious. Smell is big sauveign blanc grapes with orange n citrus. Taste is citrusy with grape n very smooth.The 7.8% alcohol is not noticeable. This one could be dangerous.

Jan 23, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About a finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A juicy and fairly sweet Belgian style aroma with a scent of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some hints of pepper, clove, coriander, and famhouse funk. Big scent of sauvignon blanc grapes. Also some fruit hints of orange, pear, and lemon. Pale malt with hints of straw, cracker, and grains. Light earthy hop hints. A pretty solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and sweet Belgian style taste with notes of fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some spice hints of pepper, corainder, clove, and farmhouse funk. Good notes of the added sauvignon blanc grapes. More fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, and pear. Pale malt with bready notes of cracker, straw, and grains. Light earthy hop bitterness. A pretty solid juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbobation. Juicy, prickly, and pretty smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid spin on a Saison. The grapes add a nice juicy kick.

Dec 29, 2015
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look; Golden, average head and lacing
Smell: floral, fruity (belgian yeast)
Taste: Somewhat on the sweet and malty side for a saison, which I tend to prefer dry. Still, pretty tasty and the balance is within reason
Feel: medium body, high carbonation

Overall: I didn't know what this was when I tried it. It seemed like a solid golden belgian ale to me.

Dec 27, 2015
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Metalsnota from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic Saison. It's dry and light, but it has a nice fruity and funkyness as well. Thesauvignon blanc grapes add a lot to this beer as well. I would definitely get it again.

Sep 19, 2015
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ceanderson from Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Usually I just stick with IPAs. I like IPAs, I know IPAs. But I gave this a try at Insights tap room, and I'm glad I did. Pours a very light golden color, great light fruit smell with some tartness and slight spiciness to the taste. I didn't taste much bitterness, but then again my palette is pretty much used to hoppy beers, so I probably wouldn't have. Overall, I thought it was a great beer with grilled chicken and potatoes.

Aug 18, 2015
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Wobbly from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Misses the mark, I am afraid. Not a bad beer and fairly refreshing, but not a true saison by any stretch of the imagination. Just does not have the complexity or body to merit consideration.

Aug 14, 2015
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deebo from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My favorite beer from this new brewery. This saison is on point and drinks easy for a high ABV saison. Of note from this beer is it has a fair amount of tartness and a real dry quality in the finish. Nice saison.

May 25, 2015
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KarlHungus from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Re-review 2/10/17, original score 3.94)

This beer pours a cloudy dark yellow color. The head is a solid inch in height, and recedes very slowly leaving a think cap of foam, and a lot of lacing. The aroma is very fruit forward. Lemon, kiwi, and grapes. There is also some barnyard notes of leather and hay. The taste is less fruit driven than the aroma with stronger traditional saison notes. There is, however, a persistent bitterness that isn't too style, and clashes with the yeasty characteristics of this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriately high carbonation. Overall, this is quite a unique saison. I like what the sauvignon blanc grapes do in the aroma, and wish the bitterness in the taste didn't cover them up.

May 03, 2015
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