Sonnet | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
69.7%
Liked This Beer
3.77 w/ 142 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This series is all about experimenting with unusual brewing ingredients. Sonnet uses lemongrass and at 8.5% alc/vol, we call it a Super Saison. With the addition of lemongrass, one expects a spicy, peppery and lemon aroma, with citrus and subtle hop character. Looking at the beer through a stemmed glass, you’ll notice pale straw-gold color and a thick and rocky white head with persistent lacing. Of course, because the 750ml bottle is conditioned, some haziness is to be expected. When pouring the bottle, be aware that some sediment may be present. Pour carefully to avoid this, or don’t. The choice is yours.

Added by CloudStrife on 07-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
142
Liked:
99
Avg:
3.77/5
pDev:
9.02%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
18
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of avalon07
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A decent aroma of barnyard funk, citrus, and a spicy quality.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of citrus (the advertised lemongrass), some malt (very aggressive in the finish), light hops, a fair amount of barnyard funk, and pepper. An interesting, if somewhat uneven, flavor. Could have used more of the lemongrass and less malt. Still, it's a lively flavor.

F: A highly carbonated beer with a prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Sonnet is an uneven beer, but definitely one worth trying. Generally pretty tasty vibrant.

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Photo of brauseboof
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of j-rod18
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into pint and teku glasses:

Appearance: pours somewhat hazy golden-yellow in color, with a super thick, fluffy, and purely white head. Head lingers foreeeeeeeeever, with loads of little bubbles replenishing the suds. Lots of sticky, soapy lacing as well.

Aroma: some moderate coriander and lemongrass taste, with some pepper spice as well. There's a touch of bitter/booziness that takes this down just a touch though. Nice saison notes, just a touch of something off putting.

Taste: lightly tart and with some peppery refreshing saison flavor. The lemongrass definitely comes through too, with some nice citrus and mildly bitter character.

Feel: medium-bodied, with a very dry and mildly tart finish.

Overall: a really nice saison! Refreshing and crisp.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good light and slightly sweet with some tiny hint of banana.

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Photo of hman43
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: It pours close to a straw color with a full white head. It is a bit cloudy. It has orange hues as well.

Smell: It has high fruit flavors that are highlighted by citrus fruits, lemons, bananas, some spices, and a bit of floral hops.

Taste: It has a slight tart taste to it with citrus fruit flavors, lemons, pepper, and other spices. It also has a slight bit of earthy flavors. The is a slight bit of sourness to it.

Feel: It feels medium light with a high bit of carbonation. It has a fruity, but tart slightly spice after taste with medium light bitterness in the finish.

Overall: A highly carbonated, fruity beer with some tart and sourness to it. The lemon and bananas add a quality touch to the overall beer.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is about as traditional as a saison can be. Pours hazy golden yellow - foamy white head, huge, great retention and solid lacing.

Nose of clove banana and spice.

Flavor is well rounded, nice funk spice and sweet balance.

Feel is a bit more full and soft than a lot of saisons. Nicely done.

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Photo of EMV
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pour is a clear deep golden color with 3 fingers of creamy white head. Generous lacing on the glass.

S: Citrus and belgian yeasts. Lemongrass and spice.

T/F: Creamy and refreshing... strong citrus presence with Belgian yeast complexity Thyme and coriander notes give it a spicy appeal but the citrus really carries the day. Lemongrass... yeah, they threw that in.

O: A very tasty saison. Lots of citrus and bready goodness from the Belgian yeasts. An excellent beer and a great pickup if you can find it.

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Photo of NateF90
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of justinp444
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow orange with a 2 inch thick frothy foamy slight yellow white head of 2 inches. Smell of yeast, sweet biscuit-y malt, hay, a little bit of tart sour, lots of citrus, spices, fruity esters, and lemongrass. Taste of citrus, lemongrass, bit of lemony sour, sweet floral, little bit of biscuit-y malt, very heavy creamy body, banana, spice, and hay. It has a nice crisp moderate mouth feel with a creamy full body. Overall a very drinkable and enjoyable saison not too overpowered by spice or funk but balanced and crisp.

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Photo of Bnoise11
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of B_G
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rolltide
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GTJayG
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jburd19
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZBowden
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden orange with a small white head, smells of yeasty maltiness and spice, tastes of slight citrus lemongrass bitter and sweetness slight banana and sharp hot alcohol finish, smooth creamy mouthfeel medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of Fenix2009
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Shnanign
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MemphisSooner
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Yeldarb92
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Sonnet from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 69.7% out of 100 with 142 ratings
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