Into The Shade
Cameron's Brewing Co.

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,453
Ranked #29,981
3.78 | pDev: 6.08%
Cameron's Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
Very Good
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MAB from Canada

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An up and down review for me-- I don't think it's the best representation of a Saison, but it is a nice beer.
Very pale in color, with lots of thin lacey head that stuck around for quite awhile.
Yeasty nose, a touch of hops.
Felt good in the mouth, and I can't complain about the taste.

Dec 31, 2015
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Trosevear from Canada

4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Day 7 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar.

L: Cloudy yellow with a couple fingers of white head that stays around for a long time.

S: Sweet, coriander with some almost black pepper smell to it as well. A slight citrus smell to it as well.

T: A little tangy taste to it. and a lot of hop presence. It tastes more like a mild white IPA than a saison.

F: Full body mouth feel with a nice amount of carbination.

O: A very nice beer. Quite easy drinking but I don't feel that it has as much of a saison taste that I'm used to.

Dec 08, 2015
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headlessparrot from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An enjoyable but not life-changing saison: decently sour, slight lacto- type flavours, wheaty, spicy, peppery. More sour than many of the recent trend of North American saisons, but still fruity and sweet and accessibly drinkable. Nice head and nice colour, this is also low enough in ABV to have a couple.

Nov 01, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341 ml bottle served cold into a tulip. Purchased for about $2.50 CDN as part of the seasonal sampler pack from Cameron's.

Appearance - hazy rich golden color and topped by a finger and change of dense fluffy white head. Good head retention and a nice array of lacing markings left behind in the glass.

Smell - Wow, I wasn't expecting this. Huge pear and apricot aroma, plenty of powdery yeastiness. Some spices and lemon on the back end as well.

Taste - again plenty of pear and apricot, some banana shows up with a combined creamy flavor. Some light graininess and flowery flavours stick around in the background. Lacks the subtlety that the best saison shave, but still quite good.

Mouthfeel - fizzy carbonation, as expected, sortof a creaminess seems to take place combining the carbonation and the flavor profile, however just behind the final gulp a thinness also takes place. It's not bad, it's just different given everything that has happened with this beer so far.

Overall - a very worthy seasonal, I'm hoping to see this more often, as this is one of Cameron's best efforts. Reminds me a bit of Kronenbourg Blanc with all the apricot flavours, giving a fuzzy peach type characteristic. Into the Shade is an immensely flavourful and aromatic saison especially at 5.2% ABV. If you happen to see a seasonal 4 pack, this is certainly worth picking up since the two standard beers, the lager and the Auburn ale are both good as well.

Oct 10, 2015
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

341 mL bottle from their current Brewmaster's Selection mixed pack; bottled May 27 2015 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a translucent, sunny golden-yellow hue, generating one finger of loose, soapy white head. It fizzles away over the next couple of minutes, depositing some scattered strands of lace as it is replaced with a dense, creamy collar and filmy cap. The aroma is yeasty and a touch spicy, with notes of apricot, banana, lemon and orange giving it a decidedly estery, fruity, vaguely tart feel. There is some sugary sweetness and grainy malt backing, too, with notes of wet hay and silage; the nose is easy to like, if a bit straightforward.

Not bad at all! Grainy, wheaty malt flavours provide a relatively neutral backdrop, with juicy flavours of apricot, peach and tangy citrus obtaining my palate's undivided attention. Orange and a hint of sour lemon both come through, along with a bit of estery banana/bubblegum flavour mid-sip. The profile winds down with notes of grassy hay and earthy bitterness, with some lingering mild peppery-spice vibes from the yeast. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with fairly assertive carbonation levels that give this brew a lively, somewhat crisp, and highly refreshing mouthfeel. Speaking from experience, this is an ideal beer to drink after a long bike ride in the parching July sun.

Final Grade: 3.84, a B+. Cameron's Into the Shade may not be the most exciting saison that I've ever had, but it's definitely one of the most thirst-quenching ones. This style is derived from the type of beers that Wallonian farmers would supply for their farmhands during the summer months - and even though most modern examples of the style probably wouldn't be terribly effective in that role, this one is light and refreshing enough that I could definitely see it being used for that. Worth bringing into the LCBO - in a more convenient format, that is. A bomber in the 6-7 dollar range sounds about right.

Jul 20, 2015
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kevinlater from Canada

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at mississauga ribfest, july 19 2015. i know i know, not the best place for a new beer review

a: slightly opaque glowing yellow topped with a finger of frothy belgian-esque head

s: has that wheaty malt scent mixed with banana-y yeast and touches of lemon

t: follows the nose, nicely balanced wheat, tangy-tart lemon, and yeasty banana

m: really lovely. light and bubbly with a soft dryness at the end. love the sour lemon feel

o: a super refreshing brew, went well after eating ribs on a hot day outside

Jul 19, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada

3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle, part of Cameron's summer 2015 mixed pack.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with a looming tower of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some well-eroded concrete wall lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale and wheat malt, musty and mildly estery yeast, muted black and white pepper dust, muddled light orchard fruit (in its chewing gum format), and faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is bready, crackery malt, a bit of spicy wheat graininess, still edgy yeast, bubblegum, fading table pepper spice, and more weak earthy, leafy, and hay-like hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite tame in its traipsing across the froth-ready areas of my palate, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, I suppose, as that weird yeastiness kind of puts a minor damper on things here. It finishes off-dry, the Juicy-Fruit worthy fruitiness finding further life in this game.

An interesting and mostly approachable version of the style, the only sticking point being the continuing saga of the sort of clumsy and oafish yeast. Otherwise, easy enough to drink, and workable as a welcome tipple after doing some actual physical labour all day.

Jul 19, 2015
Into The Shade from Cameron's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 17 ratings