Le Tub
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #881
Ranked #17,023
3.91 | pDev: 8.44%
Whiner Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Le TubLe Tub
Notes: Tart farmhouse ale blended with 10% Cabernet barrel aged house saison. A Blended Barrel-Aged Wild Saison. You'll want to bathe your mouth with it.

HOPS: Centennial, Amarillo
YEAST/BACTERIA: Saison / Lactobacillus
BARREL AGED: 10% Total Volume

20 IBU
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: crisp, semi sour, apple cider, apple vinegar acids, bright, white grapes, clear finish. Fruity sour, cider, some breadiness to the nose. Gold color hue, clear at first, wild yeast mage for a super tall foamy white head. Medium body. 20 IBUs

Mar 26, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No dating on the 12 ounce can.

It pours a hazy orange yellow with a finger of foam, and some nice lacing.

First thing I pick up in the smell is cloves, followed by coriander, a very earthy musty aroma, and some Brett.

The taste varies from the smell quite a bit. I get the cloves, I get some salt, definitely earthy musty, light Brett and light tartness. It IS wild after all. I reckon that the flavours meld pretty well.

Low end of medium bodied, pretty lively carbonation.

Bought in a mixed 6pack. I believe that would be my preference.

Feb 03, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a single 12 oz. can of this recently to try. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a somewhat cloudy/hazy pale, light golden color with some streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a fluffy looking, white head that's well over an inch thick when first poured. Settles eventually to a thin white ring lining the inside of the glass and not much else. Barely any lacing.Aromas of some bready malts along with tart notes of lemon and orange along with a big of oaked wine must that's followed by a bit of earthy spice. Has a very similar flavor profile, with breaded malts that give way to the aforementioned tart and slightly sour notes of lemon, orange, and grapefruit citrus. Next comes some oaked, grape wine musty funk that is rounded out with a nice a bit earthy spice and just a tough of hops. A very nicely balanced flavor profile, and the sour funk here is a bit more abrasive than it has been in most if not all other saisons I've had. And it works great here. Has a crisp, also smooth and slightly creamy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a nice bready, tart and sour aftertaste that linger on my palate for awhile after each sip. A very good beer and take on this style here.


Sep 28, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, orange, red grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of toasted oak, pine, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, pale/wheat malts, and light Cabernet barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, orange, red grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of toasted oak, pine, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate peppery yeast spiciness; light pine, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, bitterness; and Brett/Lactic tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, red grapefruit, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, citrus peel/zest, peppercorn, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, white bread, toasted oak, pine, musty/lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, pale/wheat malts, and light Cabernet barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/bitter/spicy/tart/tangy balance, with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spicy/tart/tangy and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and fairly acidic/tangy/sticky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.4%. Overall this is an outstanding wild saison. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity hops, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, pale/wheat malts, and light Cabernet barrel flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/spicy/tart/tangy/drying finish. Awesome balance of juicy/vibrant Centennial/Amarillo hops, and Brett/Lacto/Saison yeast complexity; with a great pale/wheat malt backbone. Solid Cabernet barrel presence for only 10% of the blend. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstadning spot on style example.

Sep 24, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a hefeweizen glass at 45 degrees,

Look: Pours a hazy, lemony yellow color
Smell: Spicy peppery yeast followed by Belgian yeast flavors- strong banana and clove. Some coriander and bready malts on the nose. A earthy, rubbery funk is present too.
Taste: A tart vinous fruity flavor of lemon, pear and grape. Finishes relatively sour on the tongue.
Feel: Medium bodied. Possibly undercarbonated, and rather flat. Leaves a strong sour astringency on the tongue like lemonade.

Compared side by side to Off Color's Apex Predator and the standard Saison Dupont, this one is fairly similar. It has similar fruit flavors of tart lemon, pear and vinous white grape. However it has a much stronger sour/tart fruit presence. Less funk. Less carbonation. Finishes rather sour on the tongue palate rather than dry.

Overall: A good take on a saison. Great dynamic aromas, however the flavor was lacking. Overpowering tart/sour fruit with underwhelming Belgian yeast bitterness/flavor and malt presence. Underwhelming carbonation. Based on other reviews of higher carbonation, maybe I got a bad batch from the can. Drinks like a peppery lemonade.

Mar 24, 2019
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Jonoesh5 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On the sour side on Saison, Le Tub is a funky, carbonated brew. Sour lemon and citrus is balanced with floral and stone fruit sweetness. Not my favorite Saison, but a fun experience from Whiner nevertheless.

Nov 09, 2018
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Jmatz from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Funky stuff! Sour, salty, and somewhat floral...

Pours an uninteresting pale amber, slightly cloudy, lots of carbonation but almost no head.

Smell is sea salt, malt, alcoholy sourness...a very good description of what's to come.

Taste is sour, salty, and yes, a little fruity floral like a farmhouse should be...it's like the illicit love child of a threescore between a gose, sour, and farmhouse ale.

Very crisp and drinkable. Will definitely have it again, just wish I had stumbled upon it in May and not September.

Sep 08, 2018
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Mmcpartlon from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to be objective since I’m not into the sour brews and this beer is down right pungent.
Had some nice characteristics, and I’d imagine that someone looking for a sour farm house - saison ale would enjoy this

May 10, 2018
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I liked this a lot.. Sour punch finish preceded by an earthy saison base. I'm guessing the Cabernet barrel adds the sourness and it works here... I love the subdued tartness... Very tasty stuff..

Feb 17, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 6/17/16; drank 7/2/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy yellow/orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big, noisy bright white head; frothy lace.

Banana, honeyed wheat, mild orange citrus & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Apple cider, banana & honeyed wheat flavors up front; mild lemon notes on the finish.

Mild, with some depth; I'd prefer more boldness but this wasn't bad at all.

Feb 15, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz serving tasted in a snifter from draught at Firkin on November 10, 2017. Tart farmhouse ale blended with 10% Cabernet barrel aged house saison. Very good.

Nov 11, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at my boss' house. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that did not leave any lace. The scent had floral tones with ripe fruit. The taste leaned sour with tart cherry presence. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was ok.

Nov 07, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. There's minor sediment. The aromas have some hints of funk along with some yeasts and malts. The flavors seem to follow the nose. It's starts off tart and sweet, but becomes more balanced the more you get into it. Hints of vinegar and white wine. Some lemon and citrus in the finish. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate to carbonation. It's smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid brew. It's unique for the style. It's refreshing and enjoyable stuff.

Oct 11, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this for the wrong reasons - the can was really cool. I still haven't figured out the cartoon, but it is fun trying. Oh, and the brew is pretty nifty too. I hope the others from this brewer are also good - I bought three.

It pours a cloudy yellow with smallish fizz. The rating is also for the can. The aroma is sweet flora yeasty, like a weisse but more delicate. The taste is mildly sour, yeasty, slightly malty (but light malts). No hops or bitterness and not very boozy. The aftertaste is fresh, tart and pleasant, and it lingers.

Recommended if you are into a tart more than sour wild ale.

Aug 26, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light hazy, yellow. Foamy, medium, white head fades fast.

Smells citrus, lemon, light grassy, plenty of tart fruit and other yeast funk notes.

Tastes light tart apple, citrus, yeast funk. Tartness fades quickly to a dry finish with light yeast hints and Orange peel. Medium body and fizzy higher carbonation.

May 24, 2017
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Barnoloid from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was somewhat surprised by this one. I've seen it on shelves for months now but my first time trying it, was not expecting it to be such a deep sour. Plenty of funk, and refreshing carbonation and feel to it. This is a wild ale I can anticipate enjoying in warmer months quite a bit. Wine and fruit salad notes come out from the barrel. Leaves the feel of a fizzy fruit candy. Dry finish leaves you satisfied - if you're looking for a mid range sour then you came to the right place.

Apr 22, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

First, I have Had this probably five times and my ratings vary greatly. (I improved it again, but the previous batch may have had some bad yeast. So, I suspect Quality Control is an issue driving my ratings wild.)

Second and probably depending on the yeast and brett treatment, Le Tub is much closer to an American Wild Ale.
It has been too tart to be called a Saison which is characteristically malty and spicy... but not sour.
But, this last copy was not too tart for a sandwich and went well with a burrata appetizer. So, we can go with a Saison style.

That said, I'm also not a big fan of tart beers. They tend not to go well with food, or at least the food I eat. And largely speaking, I drink beer that goes with food. So, I like saisons.
That said (again), tarty Le Tub goes better with more foods than some other Chicagoland brewers who have not yet upped their game to brewing Belgians.

Overall: I like Whiner's lineup and its Belgian focus and I am glad to see a young brewer trying to make this difficult style.... even it ended up a little too tart.

Mar 14, 2017
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c014572 from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can. Light golden cloudy color, nice head that won't quit, beer is pretty carbonated.
Initial smell was of bread and faint spice.
Very light bodied on the taste. Not as much spice (pepper like) flavor as I've had in most saisons. Some lemon notes from the lacto.
What came across here is what a wonderful light bodied (comparatively) beer this is. The lacto gives it just a hint of bitterness that balances off perfectly between the malt and light hops profile. This is an absolute gem for a hot summer day. So glad I picked this up.

Feb 22, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a Bottle Logic "Stasis Project" snifter glass. Enjoyed on 9.23.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a golden copper color, lightly hazy with bits of sediment floating in the glass with a fizzy white head, about a finger high that has no retention nor lace. The aroma is pleasant, grainy at first with some citrus, funk and buggy aromas with some peppercorn and yeastiness typical of a saison. It's quite simple and to the point, but the blend of an aged saison with the inherently tart base beer is nice and well executed. The flavors are nice, loads of tart citrus straight away, lightly floral, tons of cereal grain and hearty bread flavor with mild funk, some bugginess and a bit of earthiness and some wine like acidity. Much more complex flavor wise than on the nose and are really refreshing. The mouthfeel is nice, lighter body that is quite crisp with a very lively amount of carbonation and a tart but easy finish.

Verdict: A nice wild saison/farmhouse beer from Whiner Beer Company. It's my first experience from them, and certainly won't be my last, especially for a product of this style, quality and at a great price point. Nice funk, nice tartness, complex and delicate and very refreshing. While it's not a world beater, it definitely satisfies an itch and the fact it's in a 6 pack of cans and affordable is great.

Oct 16, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp yellow straw color. Thick fizzy white head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing or residual head. Wish the head stuck around a bit more.

Aroma is slightly sweet, touch of straw with a hint of spice.

Taste is sweet with hints of straw, peach, fruit and a slight funky tartness - slight not overpowering. The wine comes through in the slight tart granny smith apple flavor. There is also a nice spice to the finish. Its a really interesting saison. Original yet true to the style.

Feel is appropriate for the style. Medium carbonation, hint of tart on the finish.

Overall this is a really interesting saison - reminds me of Sofie in some ways - particularly in that this is a sweeter saison. However this veers to the fruity side with some strong apple and peach notes. Really interesting saison - definitely worth trying.

Oct 15, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aww. A kitter kat. And a french man showering himself with beer. My kind of label.

This starts with a hazy blonde pour, with tiny effervescent bubbles cresting up to the head, forming a 3 finger head, and rapidly diminishing to a thin ring, but saving moss on the top for a solid appearance.

Aromas of saltines, nectarine, and pineapple. Pale malt. Salt continues through the nose.

Dumptrucks of tasteless salt to start, following with peach and nectarine flesh, some caramel malt (40 lov) and crystal malts. A slight herbal quality freshens it up towards the finish.

Feel is crisp, refreshing, carbonated, tight. Love how this is panning out.

Overall, this is one sick ass Saison. I am ashamed for not picking up more. Easily one of the best beers I've had from Chicago yet. Saisons do not have to be boring (as so many of them are...yawn), they can be fruity, herbal, and tasty, as this beer proves. Recommended.

Oct 09, 2016
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mschrei from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter, had more head than a porn film and it finished up even quicker. Great farmhouse funk smell-you open the can, you know what you're going to get. Tastes as advertised too, tart, crisp, refreshing. The feel is the only weakness-maybe the low ABV hurts it, but I expect a bit something more from this type of beer. Overall, though, I was impressed by these hometown guys (and BA magazine coverboys).

Sep 19, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Goofy art on these vans, looks like something prairie would do, it would be wholly original if it weren't for them. The beer is good but not great, lots of hype for this new operation already, I think a lot of wild and barrel aged beers await us, but this is aprettybasic saison, looking like their flagship. Cloudy straw yellow color with a full inch of expanding white head with nice retention. Smells pretty rustic, unfiltered, raw white wheat, maybe some oats, grassy old world sort of hops, bitter enough, and with a yeasts trainload to the generic French saison type, but more mellow and less sharp in this application. The flavor is just like the aroma, a bit more of the hops coming through, but retry clean in the finish for how bready and malty and even thick the base is. Fuller bodied for sure, but made to feel delicate and fluffy by high carbonation. They nailed that part. Overall less impressive than its been talked up to be, but a very good base saison, I look forward to seeing what cool stuff they have in the works!

edit: seems better now than it used to in a can, so bubbly and dry, just a little tart and funky, not fully wild but very much interesting. this has likely gotten better over time. i could pound on these if i had more of them, and best when ice cold in my experience! increasing a few scores here.

Jul 29, 2016
Le Tub from Whiner Beer Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 73 ratings