Saison Aux Baies Ameres | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

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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#27,097
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
63
pDev:
8.02%
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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 21
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 Act25
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Love the brewer, Love the concept of seasonal with seasonal additions, like natural tangy chokeberries. Well done.

A) Pours a pinkish, golden amber body with ruby highlights. Like most saisons a bright, sparky head, but as with most fruit beers, fades fast and laces little, still great effort on the color.
S) Classic but fruity aroma of a saison...Farmhouse belgian style aromas of sweet and sour yeast with noticable wine-like notes from the chokeberries. Great first beer of the evening or apertif. I'd serve in tiny glasses with either a first course, a salad, oysters, or with a change course like a sorbet.
T) Follows smell, but a bit too sweet and fruity. Wine-like. Liked the aroma 1 notch better. As noted more in direction of German Hefeweizen with banana and herbs, than true Belgique saison.
F) Crisp, zippy, brightly carbonated, finishes clean. This grew on me.

O) Sweet malt and sour ChokeCherries make for an earthy, balanced, wine-like, and slightly tart and bitter beer.. earthy, sour kick in the aftertaste is winning.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

RJT

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Photo of chossboss
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kkazemi
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 jkn09
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andyjeigh
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jkblr
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can bb 10/31/17 poured into an imperial pint with nucleation point at fridge temp 6.8% ABV 10 IBU. The beer is somewhat hazy and amber colored with short lived blush head. The head retention is better than the last addition and it keeps a cap as consumed. Aroma is slight saison yeast and perhaps a bit of chokecherry (as if I know what that is.) Taste is mildly sweet & malt, then berry, then slight tart/funk from the yeast. The sweetness is not cloying and the tart is very subtle. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft, with a dry finish. Carbonation is sharp. Overall, good plus. According to the can this beer is brewed with barley, rye, wheat & rolled oats plus chokecherry juice and chokecherries. It makes for an interesting take on the style. I am enjoying this more than the first quarterly addition with honey.

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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 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. ...like, 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 Drinkdontthink
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Parmesan
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Brillant dark orange color with a minimal white head that dissipates almost immediately with not lacing on the glass.

S: Strong notes of Belgian yeast, a little bit of spice and floral, a little bit of barnyard note. I don't get much if any cherry in this beer.

T: Strong note of Belgian yeast, a nice bit of spice and floral, that finishes off with a slight tartness from the cherry. I don't get much of the cherry other than the tartness, but still a nice saison base.

F: Medium body and higher carbonation.

O: Don't get as much chokecherry as I expected, but it is a very solid saison base.

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

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

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, golden color with pink highlights and a small white head. It smelled of chokecherries (I guess) and saison-like qualities. Nice yeasty flavor with a cherry/tart bite.

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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 11-52_4hops
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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