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: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of Beaver13
2.61/5  rDev -30.2%
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 Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SheaDawg
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of djrn2
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zazzi82
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ffshore545
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chippo33
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of babaracas
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pink-tinged clear orange with fizzy insta-fade white head. Smell: pils malt, midlly floral and spicy, vague stonefruit. Taste: a bite of peach, backdrop is semisweet pale malt with mild clove and spicy hopping, a mild cranberry-like bitterness takes hold, then finishes with more peach. Light-medium bodied, aggressive but agreeable carbonation, crisp finish. Far less sweet than the first entry in the series (au Miel) and more enjoyable for it. I get the idea of making a fairly clean beer to showcase the seasonal ingredient, but a lot of the background players (rye, wheat, oats) are not doing anything here... could we get some head retention by season 4?

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with minimal foam and little lacing. I smell Brett, flowery and fruity mix of bitter and very light tartness. Some yeasty notes with a dash of pepper. Cherries come across as lightly tart, some bitterness, kinda spicy, honey like flavour. Light bodied, pretty good mouthfeel overall. Good enough but not a beer that I would buy/drink often.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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 ONUMello
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can bb 11/6/17 poured into a tulip
A: Gold with a pink tinge with a one-finger head and plenty of bubbles
S: Belgian yeast, a touch bready, floral with generic fruit notes
T: Belgian yeast, banana and a touch of what I presume is the chokecherry
M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation
O: Overall a pleasant but unmemorable saison, I wish the chokecherry was more prevalent

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

Photo of BB1313
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i think its a great idea and an exciting series they have here, making saison seasonal again, doing all these special ones with seasonal ingredients, although where i really dug the honey one they did in the spring, the chokecherry version leaves a little to be desired. where the honey filled in some of the holes of simplicity in that one, this seems thin and one dimensional from a yeast standpoint, and not as wheaty and full and fresh tasting as the honey one either. a little overly belgian in the nose, and sort of winey in taste. the cherries add a little tartness and are highly floral, almost cherry blossom as much as the fruit itself. i like that part, but the chokecherry is both tart and sweet, and sort of strange and a little medicinal with the belgiany yeast strain, tastes fermented too warm also. i can see the appeal, but next to the better cherry saisons in the game, this seems almost amateurish. i was so impressed with the honey one and was really looking forward to this, but its not even close to as good, at least in my opinion. hey, at least the cans look pretty! some will love this im sure, but for me it didnt quite get there...

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Photo of MacStinson
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottspencer
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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 liquorpig
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzlyo
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is berries/fruit, malts and earthy. The flavor is berries, fruit, a hint of tea, malts and a mix of sweet, spices and slight earthiness in the finish.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz can into Bell's Hopslam Tulip. Best by Halloween 2017.

L: Pinkish orange, finger width white head has decent retention but fades into a ring after a minute or two.

S: Floral and spicy, pale malts, a fruity note which I would assume is from the Chokecherry. Not a bad aroma.

T: Floral and spicy beginning, with a touch of peach like fruit in the middle that turns to a yeast and pale malt lingering aftertaste. Not unpleasant but not great. Good enough.

F: Light bodied, crisp.

O: Not bad but I have had much better Saisons.

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Saison Aux Baies Ameres from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 63 ratings