Saison Ardennes | Bruery Terreux

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4.1/5
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15 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
brueryterreux.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison Ardennes is a tart saison, hand-crafted to embody the dependable, spirited nature of a classic Belgian-style farmhouse ale. This includes a crisp malt profile, rustic floral and spice notes and lively carbonation. Our rendition expresses further depth and character from its fermentation and maturation in a large oak foeder. Saison Ardennes will continue to pleasantly evolve in the bottle, thanks to the presence of wild yeast added for bottle conditioning.

Added by rudzud on 03-07-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
15
pDev:
4.63%
 
 
Wants:
1
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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iguanodon
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375 ml bottle dated 02/02/18. Pours hazy gold with a small white head. Steady fine carbonation. Aroma is apple, pear, just a little funk. Taste is tart apple, spicy saison yeast, wood. Quite complex. An excellent saison.

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Photo of Mtn
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a short head that covered most of the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with notes of oak barrels.
T: The taste follows the smell and is rather sour from the aging in the oak feeders.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison is very sour and tart, making for an interesting change of pace compared to many of the other beers in this style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Andarel
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/1/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, melon, red/green apple, white wine, passion fruit, papaya, guava, berries, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, pale/wheat malts, and oak notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, melon, red/green apple, white wine, passion fruit, papaya, guava, berries, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast/oak tannin spiciness, lactic tartness, and wine tang on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, melon, red/green apple, white wine, passion fruit, papaya, guava, berries, peppercorn, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, white, bread, light leather/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, pale/wheat malts, and oak flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness and tangy oak balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness and tangy oak. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, acidic/sticky/tangy/tannic, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.3%. Overall this is a fantastic sour saison! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy/acidic yeast, pale/wheat malts, and oak flavors; very smooth, and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Wonderfully well developed Brett/Bacteria/Saison yeast complexity, with a balanced pale/wheat malt backbone, and great oak foeder presence. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. They really nailed this one.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a cloudy medium golden color, with 2 fingers of white head--------- the aromas are of tart lemon, funk, orange, stone fruit and a light band aid smell--------- the flavors are dry with lemon and orange peel, the beer has a thin to medium mouthfeel with a dry lemon like finish---------- overall this beer was exceptional - this was one tasty saison, it had a good amount of funk in the nose but was super clean and dry on the pallet, great beer for the hot weather

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Photo of Keene
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sample from the brewery. A deep gold or soft orange color with a mousse-like head of snow white foam, this ale certainly pleases the eye. It's a beautiful pour. The nose hints at the tart flavor to come and throws off aromas of apricot, kumquat, hard lemon candy, pale malt, and a smidge of barnyard funk. On the palate, Saison Ardennes is immediately tart and tangy with a medium-full body and a touch of rustic graininess. More fruit rounds out the sip though, and an herbal, earthy bitterness melds effortlessly with a sweeter, slightly doughy malt profile. Quenching and semi-dry overall, this beer is a fine example of a style that can be tricky to nail down. The Breury transports us to Belgium with this one, and I wouldn't have minded a bigger bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

these new bruery little bottles are awesome, the prices are killer, and i think its a great decision for their business. the beer has always been awesome, but this brings the barriers to entry way down, and i suspect a whole range of new fans of this operation are about to be born, great call there! this is a tasty beer, unfair to call it simple, its just a bit more of a straightforward classic style than i am used to from these guys, super drinkable for a sour, its clean and bacterial and not much more acidic than mellow tartness. its woody and funky too though, with an old worldy flare to it and a freshness that is really becoming. some green apple to this, white grape, currant, and wine, delicious and complex for being so drinkable. i like the rustic malt base, the body it has, and the dry effervescence of feel. it is really authentic and high end beer, especially for the price, good and fair enough that i will buy this again in this format. a great introduction to this type of style too, they have done a service to beer drinkers everywhere with this one. worthy of a fancy stemmed glass but still low brow in its vibe, despite the wonderful quality. awesome stuff!

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Photo of wedge
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

#B525 02/02/18

Hazy orange with a modest yet persistent layer of milky foam on top. A immediate funky tartness in the nose gives way to more traditional Saison aromas...hay, flowers, damp wood. Tart lemon, grass, and mild oaky spice in the flavor. Medium-light bodied, not terribly acidic, but properly dry. Well executed.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a yellow golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has pleasant lemongrass hints
T-The taste follows the nose with pleasant a lemongrass flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nice summer sour beer

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Photo of smithj4
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IKR
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden-yellow color with a generous white head that slowly subsided. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Moderate barnyard funk, hay/grassy notes, , and mild citrus notes.

Taste: Mild sweet citrus fruit notes, moderate grassy/straw notes, and mild funk notes. The beer finishes dry with some mild spicy and grassy/hay notes.

Mouth-feel: Light-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. true to the style.

Overall: Nice tasting Saison. Good taste profile with a light body and dry finish.

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Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, big nose of earthy, herbal farmhouse. Light under-ripe strawberry and mild pepper under lemon and oak. Pleasantly funky, not overwhelming, not sour, and well balanced. This is a well made beer. Bravo.

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Saison Ardennes from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 15 ratings