Saison De La Soeur Golden | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Saison De La Soeur GoldenSaison De La Soeur Golden

Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GeoffFromSJ on 03-14-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty gold with a large and vigorous head that settles to some light skim on the top of the beer. As the foam recedes, it laces the glass in large chunks.

The smell is something odd for a saison (as varied as the style is itself). I get wood aged red wine vinegar with a very light spice component.

Taste is like a very light gueuze. Slightly woody and sour with a spicy and citrus fruity component. Not really in line with most of the other saisons I've sampled.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully fluffy and smooth.

I started to get a bit bored with this by the end of the bottle.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted and enjoyed this American/Belgian @ Barcade in Brooklyn, NY. Poured a fairly dull and cloudy shade of medium golden . Nose was dull as well, but I did pick up a hint of citrus and earthyness. A white head was lifted and it stuck around for awhile, leaving minor lacing. I found this one to be an understated and semi-blah version of the style, seemed like it could use an injection of flavor to liven things up. I guess I just like my saisons on the spicy/punchy/flavorful side and this one took a more subtle approach.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A highly carbonated bottle of a Heavyweight OTOP is much welcomed considering there will be no more. Appearance is a deep golden honey hue with a cloudy effervescent hue coming through with a billowing pale off white head leaves behind thick patches of lacing I can't complain on appearance. Aromatics are frivilous with tart apple and pear tones, and an acidic grainy note mild spice background with ample barnyard funk true of many great saisons. Taste is upfront tart with a great amount of fruity character as mentioned before apple and pear notes is pretty accurate what a great example of tart Saison it's supposed to be more refreshing with a golden Saison but in this case we have funky yeast characterisitcs that won't let us get by that easy the hops contains some herbal notes with a spicy background. The mouthfeel is a light to medium bodied effervescent highly carbonated brew, what a godly creation thanks Tom Baker along with Peg at his side I'm not mad but I'm coming to visit the new brewpub. Drinkability...You know I would never complain about this number a truely great beer that will thoroughly enjoy on multiple levels I hope others continue to enjoy Tom's rare creations.

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts sour and fizzy carbonated yet smooth and then melds into a malty citrus with lovely spices, including coriander. Very good saison, between a regular saison and a biere de garde. A bit of horse aroma, almost as if on purpose. Nice mouthfeel and whitish appearance.
Nice job.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, my first (I'm guessing very fresh) bottle of this hadn't yet developed the sour twang that it now has (good thing I bought a case!!!). It's hazy golden-amber body reveals an active carbonation steadily streaming upwards beneath its creamy ivory head. The retention is excellent, and it leaves short walls of lace that move down in the glass as the level does. The nose is yeasty/fruity with notes of orange, apricot, and citrus rind over a wheatish, hay-like malt base. The body is medium-light, and it's bristly and then airy in the mouth as it's effervescent carbonation is released. The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests, with the inclusion of a bit of acidity and some more tangerine like fruitiness. The bitterness is kept restrained, and with the tartness not much is needed anyway to lead into a dry, citrusy finish. Superb!

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Photo of beerluvr
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gentle pour throws up a generous foamy white head with great lacing on the glass that stays 'til the end of the bottle. Hazy light golden colored brew, sharp and lemony/citrus-like nose with light yeasty background. Lightly tart, snappy and light-bodied, goes down easy. Refreshing acidity with light barnyard characteristic, not unlike an Orval Trappist ale...Orval Light perhaps? Subtle yet tasty hoppiness blends well. Finishes light on the palate with some delicate fruitiness and more bitterness...another well-crafted masterpiece from Tom @ Heavyweight, hits the mark!

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Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Goldorak
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very blurred creamy peach, with a fluffy head that clinged to my glass.

Smell: It smelled scrubbing a wet slice of multigrain bread on a slab of stainless steel. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but it was a strange mix of yeast with a metallic aroma, that's as good an analogy as I could think of.

Taste: A bit of fruity esters and a bit of spices, but nothing that really popped for me. Finish was very dry.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Capflu, DumDum and Lubière : Poured a dirty yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of funky yeast, strange spices probably including coriander. Taste is again a mix between the yeast and spices with well-balanced hops at the end. That is my second Heavyweight and I’m starting to be a big fan of them.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip. Hazy golden orange with a mammoth rocky head and very good retention and lacing. Nose is lemons and spices, with a good deal of funky yeast, smelling a little medicinal. Taste is tart lemon peels over a nice smooth wheat backbone and a semi-spicey finish. Full-bodied with a nice fine carbonation level. This is a really nice tasting beer-glad I picked this up. Never become too tart and is perfect drinking for the summer.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect cloudy gold appearance. Head is white, initially full, but receding to a light white film. Impressive nose with a very authentic feel. Despite their name, this brewery can definitely show great restraint when it’s the time, the under 6% ABV shows that. Very rural aromas, sniffing a meringous soaked in tangerines and banana esters. Gentle yeast backing. Fresh and diplomatic in every second of its short life. It doesn’t try to impress you, but remains efficient, very refreshing, limey, farmy, subtle. Beautiful mouthfeel, as soft as a rotting banana, perfumey. The texture might be my favourite part actually, fully carbonated yet comfortable and smooth, in total cohesion with the rest. Beautifully integrated, I’m definitely looking forward to the rest as much as any other new beers this year. Thank you Heavyweight for this refreshing potion. Do I have to thank Phil Markowski for the inspiration?

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Photo of weeare138
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a bright gold with a nice fat 3 finger white puffy head. Chunky carbonation make their way up to the top. Tons of chunky lacing left behind.
Smell is of lemon and yeast with a tart apple aroma floating.
Taste is of tart citrus and lemongrass mixture over a earth toned wheatness.
Mouthfeel is light and sour yet dry. Nothing overkill with this. Just when you think that the sourness is about to get to be too much, it drops.
Drinkability is nice, especially in this hot weather.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of aaj1002
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has everything you expect in a great saison... Well, at least, what I expect...

This hazy golden hued ale has a wonderfully complex nose...the hits of earth and must are well balanced by the malt undertones.

The mouthfeel is active, keeping to tradition, but not overly so. It does not undermine the flavors...

The taste starts off with a slight tinge of tartness and musty earth boldness, yet is well rounded off with a subtle mix of sweetness and spice. Unlike some Saisons, it does not ride the overly sweet side of the fence, nor does it edge to is amazingly well balanced. The finish is not totally dry enough...well for me...but it still begs for another sip...

A great job by Tom...

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Photo of meathookjones
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Murky golden orange with streams of bubbles feeding the head. Tall foamy white head that leaves some sheets of lacing and keeps a decent cap of foam. Lightly funky yeastiness mixed with a pretty strong tart fruit aroma. Some green apples and light citric fruits add a bit of sweetness to the smell. Tart green apples mixed with other milder fruity sweetness over a nice yeasty flavor. This is plenty fruity provide a great mix of tart and sweet that balance each other to near perfection. Finishes up on a tart fruity note. Very lively with carbonation in the mouth and about a medium body. This stuff is very drinkable. I would have opened another bottled if I had it. If I come across this I will be stocking up.

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Photo of twilight
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A single bottle acquired from Slander who got it directly from the brewery on bottling day. No label, 750ml size.

The beer is a hazy light orange with a fine head of bubbles. The aroma is lemon and a faint sweetness in the back. I swear this kind of tastes like orval. It's lemony dry, and pretty bretty. Slight sweetness with a lemony finish that lingers on with the faintest hint of hops. The carbonation is spot on, complementing the dryness... MMMmmm. In a way it's reminiscent of Hennepin with lemon and brett added. Perhaps. Perhaps. Perhaps.

Another great brew from Tom. Am looking forward to the rest of the OTOPf's....

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled as part of 'heavyweight night' at moan and dove

appearance: gold and foamy. very yellow. very cloudy.

aroma: light. not much going on in my nose. partly the fault of m&d, serving all these beers in straight-up pints. the aroma of this delicate beer is lost to the air fairy.. will give it a 3.5 because that's how i imagine it.

taste: very lemony and fruity. light and refreshing. slight notes of bread, more textural. smooth and drinkable. in the middle of a sip, a complex note of bitterness hits. what an explosive brew. if i had to give it a name, t'would be 'chouffe light'. perfect descriptor, and great beer.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is very yeasty with a bit of candied lemony wheat aroma. Dense, fine bubbled, white colored head holds firm leaving some thick strings of lace. Incredibly hazy golden wheat colored beer. Mildly sweet pale malt, a bit of citrusy wheat and hops. Becomes just slightly tangy in the middle, and there are some interesting spicy notes in there as well. Finish is a faint sweet/tangy mix. Nice and interesting, easy drinking, enjoyable saison.
Thanks to beerluvr for picking this up from the brewery!

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky golden color that emerges with a massive sour and spicy Saaz aroma. Undetected sweet herbal character dominating throughout aroma.

Very complex, sour taste with a hint of acidity. Full, active carbonation leads to a lively and refreshing mouthfeel.

Finishes sour and tart and clenches the tastebuds. Slight horse blanket aftertaste. Farmhouse complexity through and through.

As usual, the "house character" of Heavyweight shines through. This beer is evidence of why they are so deserving of a strong following.

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Photo of grassrootsVT
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 3 month old bottle shared with a fellow advocate...after a long wait and much anticipation...
poured a cloudy/cidery [pear cider?] color with nice head retention and lacing. aroma of no alcohol with a light banana/apple. tastes of sour apple acidic fruit, a moist, fruit finish, sour front, a fresh taste that is not so spicy. good carbonation with a great finish that coats the mouth and leaves, quietly. to rape the categories....almost a hefe-weiss with a touch of flanders...refreshing and surprisingly slightly tart.

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Photo of clvand0
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a tall head that has great retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity with a slight bit of funk. Some citrus and a little hop spicing. The flavor is a lot more funky than the nose and it is fairly sweet. It has a bitter finish with some slight spices. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thank you StarChild. Much enjoyed. My first saison (that I recall) and I like. Pours a hazy and thick gold in color. Like a field of wheat. A whole field, with the rich and vibrant color and not the pale yellow of a single straw. Thick sticky head. Not much in the way of lace. Nose was very subtle. Sweet sugars, bit of wheat and some zesty lemons all going on in the glass. I would hate to go to a bar and order this only to have it arrive with a lemon. That would be a damn shame. Flavor is really complex. The predominant flavor is lemon skin. Sourish--but not wrong. Little bit of spices going on. Mostly from the desert end of the spice tray. And behind all this is a wheat background that gives the beer a nice full flavor. Mouthfeel is heavy on the tongue and a bit oily on the cheeks. Lightly carbonated--very soothing. Another beer that I was not able to put down as I drank. Some other folks all stole sips and they all gave thumbs up. I had to hide the bottle so they didn't take the rest for themselves when I was not looking.

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Photo of mkobes
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle purchased at the brewery. Hazy golden in color with a nice big fluffy white head. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Malty and fruity flavor with some tartness. Malty, citrus flavor. Nice hop character. Smooth tasting. Well balanced. Interesting. Nice beer. Very refreshing. Enjoyable. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 2005, Sampled June 2006
Pours a hazy, light-amber gold color and is topped by a frothy, creamy, two-finger thick, just off-white colored head that is held aloft by an ample carbonation for any beer except a Saison, for which it is merely customary. The creamy head sticks around for a goodly length of time and leaves a lacing pattern on the sides of the glass as I work my way through this beer. Fruity aromatic notes of apples and pears are noticeable as I pour this beer. Behind this fruitiness is a sharp, spicy, lightly musty note that is characteristic of a Saison. Underneath this is a lightly toasted, at times grassy (though that might be the hops), malt character that is just able to be noticed over the fruit and spice notes. After a couple sips of this beer a tart acidity begins to come through in the nose as well.

The taste is like eating a nicely tart pear. This beer has definitely been soured by something other than yeast. The tartness really plays up the fruit-like nature of this beer. As my palate gets used to the tartness, I notice that this beer is quite light on the palate perhaps even approaching thin. The finish is nicely sharp; a combination of the acidity, the spicy nature of this beer and the alcohol. The flavor of this beer seems to missing a lot of the sharp, spicy notes that I was getting in the aroma. Granted it may be drowned out by the pleasing tartness of this beer, but I don't think so as the acidity is quite soft.

This beer is sort of like a combination between Saison Dupont and Fantôme; it has the spiciness of Dupont in the nose, yet the fruitiness and bonus acidity of the regular Fantôme Saison in the flavor. That is certainly not something to complain about, but something seems to be keeping this from being world class. It has all of the elements though they just don't seem to mesh. This has hit the mark pretty well, it is definitely a pleasing beer to be drinking on the 100+ degree F day.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd bottle review: After sitting for some 9 months, de la soeur golden rounded to a more robust saison flavor than when new. Delicious!

Foggy cloudy amber hued pour containing speckled carbonation rising to a bone white ½” head cap that quickly settles to a coating. Light drippy lace.

Light musty dry hay and a touch of honey and vanilla malt aromas. Slightly peppery nose.

First swigs: Spicy mix of doughy clove and coriander. Crisp ripe peach, mango and hay hints of horse blanket. Yeasty imparted characteristics, vanilla malts more in the flavor than in the nose. Lingering fresh sushi ginger aftertaste.

Explosively immediate frothy reaction in the kisser. Maybe a bit overly frothy for my tastes. With a 5.8% ABV, and clean dry finish this is quite quaffable.

Last swigs: Doughy coriander peach kiss with a blitz of soft taunt carbonation. To compare to Saison Dupont, I’d say more vanilla and juicy peach flavors. Picked up at the brewery openhouse. Toast to Tom Baker's artistic touch. Now where's my Julia???

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazy golden color with a 3 finger fluffy head that falls at a moderate rate. Nose is very nice. I get some corainder, pepper, lemony-citrus and slight mustyness. I like it. Flavor is definately more tart and citrusy than the nose. The initial sip yields a moderate blast of lemoney and lightly funkey musty sourness. The spices are very subdued. I'd like to see a touch more of the spice in the flavor to balance with the tartness. The feel is moderate at best with a nice very fine carbonation that makes the brew very smooth and almost velvety on the tongue. For me, this would be a great session brew. I'm really starting to get a taste for the saisons. I hope I get the chance to try a few more of this series. Highly enjoyable.

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Saison De La Soeur Golden from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 33 ratings