Saison Aux Baies Ameres | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Saison Aux Baies AmeresSaison Aux Baies Ameres

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison Ale brewed with Chokecherry juice and with Chokecherries added.

Dry and crisp farmhouse-style ale. Mild tartness with bitter Colorado Chokecherries.

10 IBU

Added by jsh420 on 03-19-2017

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Reviews by DrDemento456:
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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can. Pours clear gold with a little pink and a fizzy white head that retains fairly well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet fruit with grainy malt and dry alcohol.

The flavor is sweet cola malt with fruit and grain and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

Overall, just OK.

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Photo of chossboss
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. Can 4 pack. The Wife picked out

Golden amber color with ruby highlights. A sparkling, jumpy, white foam cap. Lowers down to just thin lace fast.

A classic Americanized version of the saison...Farmhouse style aroma. Sweet and sour yeast, and the Chokecherries add some wild sweetness. Rolled outs are an outstanding addition. Rye wheat gives further depth to the aroma.

Whatever the yeast strain is for most if the American Belgian-style Saison is...just doesn't cut it. It always smells and tastes more like a German Hefeweizen. Banana and herbs. But, besides the yeast effect, the malt, rye and rolled oat make for a very excellent malty complexity and rather chunky, hefty mouthfeel, still zippy. With a bite but also pretty substantial. Excellent lively overall with a longer, slicker than normal malty ride to the finish.

Sweet malt and sour adjunct blend makes for a very interesting, overall vibe. I'm really enjoying the Colorado ChokeCherries. Not really sweet, but more earthy and slightly bitter. The overall balance is good. Just imagine this as a different beer style., the American Fruit Saison. It comes across as more if a very nice, Lambic with a bit more earthy complexity.

I really enjoy the earthy, sour kick in the aftertaste. It really goes a long way.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing Company "Saison Au Baies Amères"
1 pint can, "BEST BY: 11/22/2018" and sampled on 05/31/2018
$3.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: I've never tasted a chokecherry so searched the internet and learned one of tow things, either they're delicious and you can use them to make jam and so forth, or they can kill you or harm you severely - thank you internet writers! So here goes... it's mostly clear, and straw gold with a pinkish sheen although it appears much more pinkish in the full glass. The white head doesn't seem that pink at all though, nor does it seem to have very good retention. The aroma is sweetish and fruity with just a hint of earthiness to it but I'm not sure how much of that is due to the malt and yeast or the addition of chokecherries. Regardless, it's not bright, but it's clean and pleasant and welcoming. On to the flavor... wow, that's nice! Again, I'm not sure what the chokecherry is doing but there is what I perceive to be a sweet cranberry or cherry flavor to it although I might be just imagining that as saison yeast can give off a lot of fruitiness. And it's sweetish to be sure, but that's coming from the malt I imagine as I'm not finding a lot of bitterness to it, maybe 15 IBUs or so, and maybe even less, but at the same time it's not cloyingly sweet, there's just enough. Maybe it could be a little more zesty though. Or may it's just out a lot of it's original carbonation by now though. I's call it medium-light in body, perhaps light-medium if you want to look at it more on the light side, and gently crisp. It's not that acidic, which is fine, but a touch more might help to balance it a bit although I like it as it is. The grainy and just lightly caramelish malt is clear but I'm not finding a lot of hops. It's somewhat floral though, so maybe it is? I'm not sure what's what really - I may need to investigate these chokecherries more closely. So have I missed anything? Haha, I just looked at the label - 10 IBUs, at least I was close. And it's made with chokecherries and chokecherry juice which is interesting. I would certainly buy this again, and I think I'll actually make a note and seek it out. It's a nice spring or summer beer, and to be honest, I could enjoy one of these in the dead of winter as well. At the very least, unless you're familiar with chokecherries it's worth checking out.
Review# 6,041

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber with a thumb of ivory colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Pears & yeastyness

T: Faint raspberry notes along with dryness & pears up front. A little juicy fruit as this warms, some more pear & sour & sweet cherry. Finishes dry with a little pear, grassyness & faint green banana notes

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation

A solid, not great saison

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a glossy pink color with a fair transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. Several pours didn't allow any head to form. Just a wisp of concave lace slides with the sips.
The aroma definitely has genuine chokecherries up front, sweet with a sly tartness adequately melding with strong saison qualities such as hay, grass, touch of barnyard, coriander then semi-doughy to Belgian bready/yeastiness.
The flavor meshes finely from the chokecherries to the saison sweet Belgian yeasty to doughiness flowing into each other nicely. Mild saison aftertaste with some chokecherries melding pretty nice.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation was a bit lower than I thought but I wasn't too bothered by that. ABV felt good. Finish was moderately sweet with a touch sour then a little bit of tart with the chokecherries.
Overall, though not normally a fan of Left Hand's lighter beers, I believe they did a good job of taking a saison and adding chokecherries to it. And this actually worked.

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3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrcraft
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saison Aux Baies Ameres has a medium, pinkish-white, somewhat fizzy head, a rose appearance, with powdery sediment throughout, some lazy ascending bubbles, and minimal glass lacing. Aroma is rather muted, but one can, with effort, detect faint fruit and cereal grain. Taste is of the farmhouse brett, Cherrios, and berry fruit. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Saison Aux Baies Ameres finishes mostly dry.


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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a can of Left Hand's Saison Aux Baies Ameres last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. I'm not sure I've had a beer that's been brewed with Chokecherry and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so let see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a 16oz pint can into a stemless tulip.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice and simple design to it and it's just a little eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy orange amber color that didn't change when held to the light and it had a finger and a half worth of bubbly off white head that didn't leave much lacing behind and and it died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away. This is a nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head retention and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a combination of spicy saison yeast aromas and lightly funky aromas with a little bit of a barnyard like aroma coming through. Up next comes the chokecherries which a sharp and tart cherry like aroma with some berry aspects showing up in the background. Towards the end comes the malts which impart some grainy, pale malt, bready, doughy and sweet malt like aroma. The aroma is pretty nice, there's just enough complexity to it and the chokecherry aromas are nice.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with yeast this time which shows up just as much as it did in the aroma, but this time there's no funky aspects, it's just straight up spicy saison yeast like flavors and that goes into the malts which are lighter than they were in the aroma and they are as bready and dough y as they were in the aroma. Up next comes the chokecherries which are lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart the same aspects and they show up enough to still be noticeable. On the finish there's hardly any bitterness with just a little bit of tartness showing up and it has a saison yeast and chokecherry like aftertaste. This a pretty nice tasting beer, I think the balance could be a little better, but I liked how the chokecherries worked with the saison base.

M- Smooth, fairly refreshing, slightly fizzy, a little crisp, medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a solid example of the style, I wasn't really sure what to expect from the Chokecherries, but they ended up imparting a nice flavors that worked well with the saison base. This beer had nice drinkability, I could drink a couple of these, especially in the summertime. What I like the most about this beer is that the chokecherries, they were nice and they worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer is the appearance, it's not bad looking, but it would be nice if it had better lacing and head retention. I would buy this beer again when looking for a fruity saison that's a little on the lighter side and I would recommend it to anyone looking for the same. All in all I was happy with this beer and it turned out to be a nice summertime beer and I liked more than I thought I would. It's one of the better Left Hand beers that I've had lately and it's a nice example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a nice and unique saison, keep it up.

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Photo of jkn09
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkazemi
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/6/17. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and has bubbles racing upwards; small white head that quickly fades leaving okay retention and little lacing. The aromas have subtle hints of banana and bubblegum. The yeasts are there and blend well with the sweet malts. Hints of honey. Nice fruity aromas. The flavors follow the nose for the most part. More banana and bubblegum. I'm not too familiar with chokeberries, but I do pick up some mild berry flavors. The yeasts blend well with a solid malt backbone. Slightly sweet, but nothing crazy. It doesn't seem tart at all. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's fluffy and sharp. Easy drinking stuff.

This is a solid saison. It might not be the most traditional example of the style, but it's close enough. It's clean and refreshing. Enjoyable stuff. It's possibly even better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slarson7
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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