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

Photo of Haybeerman
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 sweemzander
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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 Act25
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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 -5.9%
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 +5.3%
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 chossboss
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of jzlyo
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +2.9%
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 -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Drinkdontthink
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Parmesan
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SheaDawg
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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