Seventeen | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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3.76 w/ 286 ratings

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rifugium on 06-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a glowing honey hue. Head is tiny. Barely a full film atop the beer. The beer glows but is shockingly quite hazy. Light lacing.

S-A deep, concentrated yeastiness. Bananas soaked in liquor. Definitely boozy. Herbaceous and spicy. Smells very robust.

T-A big ass Saison.Expressive yeastiness.Long alcoholic bite. Bananas and pepper and cloves. Syrupy sweetness and a lingering herbal quality.

M-Syrupy with a low carbonation level. A bit cloying with a considerable bite.

O/D-I now see why most Farmhouse Ales aren't such a high alcohol level. The flavors (especially the yeast) are turned up too high. But all-in-all, this was well worth trying at a decent pice ($3.00 a 12oz. single). Just a cool brew that is far from perfect but worth experimenting with.

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Photo of YoPo
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of astebelton
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of juliusseizure
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin film of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of banana and candi sugar in the nose along with notes of spices.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some malty sweetness with flavors of bananas. Peppery spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The taste and strength of this beer make it seem much more like a tripel instead of a saison. It definitely tastes strong but the alcohol is relatively well masked considering its strength. Nevertheless, it is a beer that needs to be slowly sipped.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - hazy color with a white head that stayed as a ring.

S - lots of citrus and spice make the taste so great

T - starts with a yeasty wheat taste before the citrus rind, spice and peppercorn all come through finishing dry and a little peppery.

M - awesome with mild carbonation.

O - a good saison/triple with a kick.

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cavedave
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden, lots of floaties, quick to leave skim of head that leaves a thin island and ring, bits of bubbly cling from a swirl.

Medium aroma topped by a tart fruity yeast and some righteous black pepper. Seems to be a bit of citrus/tropical hop in there as well. Nice.

Very full taste. It starts with a bang of crackery sweet, citrus, and pepper, hits some nice bitterish herb, some almost wine tart makes an appearance, and it ends with bittering hop carrying the tart and pepper for quite a spin. Not as balanced as one would want, and somehow not as delicious as those flavors together might be.

Highly viscous, coating, low carb., exc. finish, not as clean as one would hope.

A bit thick and not as refreshing a saison as one would guess field hands might enjoy to quaff on break, but a very tasty and potent saison for sure.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with about a half of an inch of white foam sitting on top. The head settled pretty quick, but there's some decent retention & alcohol legs following each sip.

AROMA: Flower Petals, Lemon Rind, Wet Lawn, Grapefruit, Pepper, and some Alcohol in the nose.

TASTE: There's a nice dose of Belgian yeast flavor up front. It's fairly sweet with some nice citrus flavors that help to balance this some. I'm also getting a decent amount of alcohol coming through towards the middle. The big Belgian yeast characteristics come back for more towards the back-end with a some lingering alcohol heat on the finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a pretty low carbonation level.

MOREY'S BOTTOM LINE: This is the highest ABV that I've had in a Saison, which works, but makes it more of a sipper than a Saison would normally be. I could have used a bit more peppercorn. It cames through some in the aroma, but I didn't get much in the taste.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of WesM63
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a over sized wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a 1finger white head. Minor retention and some lacing.

S: Lots of funky yeast, some pale malts and hint of citrus.

T: Pretty close to the nose. Citrus, pale malts, funky yeast. Although about mid taste you get a huge hit of booze all the way to the end.

M: Medium body heavy feel.

O: Overall, interesting saison. I feel it's too boozy for the style.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I saw the alcohol level on this one, I thought it would be just a boozy, lemon zest heavy beer without much Saison qualities. I was wrong, this beer stayed fairly true to the Saison style, but with a richness and higher abv level...kind of an Imperial Saison. Pours a hazy straw gold color with the typical delicately bubbly head. Due to the alcohol level, the head retention was not that good. Minimal lacing as well.

Aroma was "on". Lemon zest funky Belgian yeastiness and some spices (pepper). The grapefruit was a nice addition and there was a hint of the higher alcohol level

Taste was "Imperial" Saison. The funk, spices and lemon zest were there in the right amount. The addition of grapefruit and higher alcohol did not take from the enjoyment of this beer.

Mouthfeel was right. Crisp and funky, but with a richness that most Saisons don't have.

Overall, I liked this beer. My idea of a Saison is more like 7.00 abv, in corked and caged bomber. A warm weather treat, good with food. 750 ml of this beer would be a bit much as a typical Saison if tackled by myself. The 12 oz bottle is just right. Maybe an unusual Saison but I would buy this again.

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Photo of ksimons
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-cloudy golden with a fingers worth of white head that quickly disappears

S-pale malts, floral notes, citrus and a light funky yeast aroma

T-taste is pretty good and matches the smell well. Backbone of pale malts with citrus, light fruits, yeast, and a spicy peppery finish. Alcohol is well balanced.

M-medium body, good carbonation, spicy finish

Overall I liked this one more than I expected. I thought the peppercorns added a nice touch. I would definitely have this again.

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seventeen pours a cloudy golden color, with a small head, the smell is of many citrus fruits with a bit of pepper, and a bit spicey, a little soapy however. The taste has that pepper like backbone of a sasion however the various fruits come up, lots of lemon, and grapefruit. Good flavors, strong flavors, blends together well. Overall a fantastic Saison, great flavors, all the fruits blend perfectly.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This is one mighty saison, clocking in at 10.50%. Can't wait to try this.

3.5 A: Opaque golden brown color. Less than one finger of frothy white head. Retention and lacing aren't worth mentioning since so little head developed.

4.5 S: The first thing you'll notice with this is how spicy it is. The peels (orange, lemon, grapefruit) both meld together and stand on their own. The pink peppercorns (what the hell is a PINK peppercorn anyway) offers a healthy peppery kick. Otherwise this is surprisingly floral without being very herbal. Yeast also gives you a touch of clove. Quite clean, especially given the murky yeasty color. Booze is extremely well hidden.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, but perhaps a bit less unrefined. Plenty of peels and pepper again. More clove than the nose hinted at. Overall quite spicy. Mild herbalness enters the scene. Rich neutral malt flavor, moderate yeastiness. Hay and wet grass. The booze is apparent in the taste, but doesn't distract too much.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Probably the heaviest saison I've ever had. Good moderate carbonation, though I'd prefer it to be spritzier. I'm not much of a fan of this kind of body on a saison, but it's decent enough.

4.0 D: Really tasty imperial saison that is worthy of an anniversary.

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Seventeen from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 61.2% out of 100 with 286 ratings
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