Saison De Brooklyn
Brooklyn Brewery

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Belgian Saison
4.15 | pDev: 8.67%
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 31 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich looking light amber color with a decent amount of haze to it. Nice looking head at first, but then wham, a full glass of foam on top that really just ruined everything. Took forever to settle down on me.

The aroma was far too light. Notes of grain, light peaches and hints of other fruit, but nothing really shocking here at all. The flavor was more of the same, not really sure what was going on here, but it was just not what I was looking for. The flavor was weak, too light, and just did not have the punch I wanted. Smooth, light carbonation, again could have been a bit more.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ BTAH. '05 vintage.

Pours a pale yellow, cloudy, with a white head.

Aroma is mellow, banana, spicy yeast,a bit of clove, citrus.

Taste is light, crisp wheat body, bit of banana, with a dryness from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is fluffy, light bodied.

Really an interesting beer to try after aging. Certainly a nice beer, but I found it to be much closer to a wit than to a saison at this point - the hops have really receded until you're left with a deliciously sessionable beer that's the very definition of mellow.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brooklyn Brewery. Yellow,cloudy and nice head.
The smell was of coriander,citrus,cloves and bananas.The taste was spicy,bubblegum and banana-vanilla. The feel was a little too aggressive and despite that it was still sweet and spicy. The carbonation was medium and there was a touch of yeast.
I had about three of these and I would have continued but they switched to brown ale. I must admit that it was a bit acidic/spicy and I felt that it was like having a Leffe Blond,but better.(No offense to either brew.)

Note: I enjoyed this beer, but I suppose when one has a brew at the Brewery one expects the very best taste.
I had a great time that day and everyone with me stayed away from this brew only because they felt it was too strong (wimps). The popular choice that night was the Pilsner.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint on tap at the Gramercy Tavern

Poured a hazy buttery popcorn gold with a thin head. Tons and Tons of lovely lace was clinging to the side of the glass after each sip

The nose displays strong wheat scents mixed with peppery and corriander notes, a hint of lemon and some sweet malts.

Grainy earthy wheat taste with flavors of clove lemon bubblegum, spicy on the start with peppery and corriander notes.

Medium bodied with active carbonation and a great finish

A wonderful beer that pair extremely well with the Bacon, Spaetzel and Fiddle Head Ferns I enjoyed for Dinner

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Mad Mex Robinson location, appears honey golden large soft white head forms with good retention leaves fine lacing down the 12 ounce offering. Aroma contains nice full spice tones one that's easy to pick out is coriander nice flowery hops with drizzled honey tones from the lucious malt profile, finishes with a touch of muskiness. Taste is uniform with balanced exotic spices also contains an herbal grassy herbal hop flavor sugary sweet malt tones tie it altogether not noticing too much barnyard funk finishs a tad dry. Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy with heightened carbonation somewhat syrupy textured overall medium bodied. Drinkability is very nice a saison that wasn't cloying yet was flavorful enough to captivate me.

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Photo of Jredner
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is both spicy and funky..and a tad citrus spritzy. Cloudy gold/yellow with a fast fading white head. Flavor is very spicy with a grainy feel and some sweet cream and vanilla notes. The musty notes stay from fore to finish and I personally enjoyed drinking enough that I ordered a second.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger for their tribute to Belgium extraveganza.
I've been meaning to try this brew for quite some time and was happy to see it still at the Tiga.
This was the first time I have been witness to an almost completely opaque saison. It was allllmost scary lookin but ultimately I thought it was cool. Almost looked like lemon meringue in a glass.
Smells pleasantly skunky and funky. Not overwhelmingly so. You know you're going to get something hearty into you when you drink.
Hearty it is! A very flavorful saison. I've never been to Belgium but I think this beer takes me there.
There was something a little harsh in the mouthfeel... a bit of a texture that seemed mildly out of place but it does not detract from the overall experience.
From the Blind Tiger's website: "Wednesday Oct. 19th @ 6:00PM Belgium Beer Event (the American Version) This list is so good that'll you'll cry...really."
I wouldn't say that I broke down in tears... but I did get a bit weepy.
I hope to see this brew on a regular basis.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones on 9/29/05

Interesting saison. Seemed to have a lot of characteristics I have come to expect of a hefe. Wheat and loads of banana with the usual saison spices toned down a bit.

Poured a cloudy gold with the appearance of coldness.

Nose was cloves and hints of yeast.

Flavor was heavy with wheat and the bananas were a bit of a surprise. Yeast came through rather potent and were actually kind of soothing like cold milk. Lots of cloves and spices danced around the edges. Bits of sweet citrus rinds tried to poke their way through.

Mouthfeel was citrus bitterness with a small bite with a creamy feel.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

03 edition at the Blind Tiger's Brooklyn VSK night, 8/05.

Sits in the glass with a medium white eggshell head that leaves a decent amount of lace with each sip. Lots of carbonation shooting through.

Smell is great for a saison, yeasty and cut with just the right proportion of fruit, spice, and a bit of malt.

Flavor is a spicy/sweet wallop with a nice yeasty backbone and some bready malt flavors. Banana comes through pretty clearly as does a bit of crisp pear. My companion and I both thought it had some witbier characteristics, but the prominent yeast and spicy bite establish it firmly in saison territory. Mouthfeel is medium and crisp, nicely done.

Overall: Incredibly surprising for a domestic saison; the best I've ever had. Great effort and one that I suspect is a bit sweeter on the initial gulp after some aging, but I'm not sure. Nicely done.

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Photo of alexgash
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Redbones. Dull, cloudy peach body with a thick, whipped, white head. I'm a sucker for these peachy saisons with big white heads. Aroma is spicy, earthy, with orange, coriander, and fruity esters. Taste is much like the smell. Nice, not overly sweet fruity esters, balanced with a good mix of spices and skunky (good skunky) Saazish hops. Has that organic, earthy, farmhouse feel to it too. And that's a good thing. I can taste the alcohol, but it's just right strength-wise. Medium, creamy bodied, with lively carbonation up front. Is it safe to say that this was ispired by Dupont??

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.62/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This saison was a light golden color with a modest, but lacing head. I sampled it from one of the Sunset's 112 tap lines. The brew had an interesting aroma hinting at clove, citrus, and sugars. The brew was very sweet with a nice blend of banana, subtle, clove, and grain flavors. Unfortunately, it seemed a bit too mild and watery. It was a pleasant wheat based beer, but no rival to the Fantome line, Hennepin or Dupont.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a hazy, dark yellow body, and a thin, frothy head. Very fruity aromas, almost tropical, with lots of banana, and a bit of yeast. The fruit and yeast flavors cary over to the taste, with a nice balance of dryness, sweetness, and fruit characters.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Eli's.

A pillowy bright white head that fades to a thin sheet after a moment. Some thin lacing with above average strength throughout the pint glass. A murky, cloudy golden straw color. Some noticeable sediment floating around in the glass.

Some citrus aromatics: lemon and orange that are balanced well with a bold pepper and corriander.

Well balanced citrus quality (hints of apple, lemon, and orange) with a moderate spiciness. The pepper/corriander flavors cut through the citrus right from the beginning and this Saison's flavor is skewed more to the spicy end of the spectrum than its tartness. A bit watery at points.

Light bodied; Thin on the palate (watery IMO). The spiciness of this ale tries to alleviate how light it feels on the palate.

A good version of the style. Not my favorite, but it's worth a try if you can find it. At 6.8% abv, it's a lighter ale that can do some damage if you're not careful.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Redbones this past week. Pour was the color of dep goldenrod, topped with a faint, filmy, white head. This beer was big on aroma, I thought there were some sweet notes, some eyastness, and also some peppery qualities to teh aroma. Tastewise, it wasn't as sip, I got powdery yeastiness, the next bubblegum. Alternate that over and over, and that was my taste experience with this one. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at the Waterfront ale house in Brooklyn. Poured hazy dull golden, with a soft puffy, tiny bubble head with respectable lacing. Musky, yeasty, spicy nose. Soft well rounded mouthfeel. Notes of spice, flowers, slight bublegum, peppery. Tasty, flavorful and complex take on the style. Seek out and enjoy.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sports a white head over super cloudy orange hued liquid. Spicy Belgian witbier nose with a sweet malt base, flavors of lightly sweet citrus fruit, malty without being too too sweet. Easy drinking with an aftertaste of tanginess, finishes light, refreshing & very drinkable.

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Photo of pgroove
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I maintain that this stuff is liquid crack. Every time I go to the brooklyn brewery I'll try a different brew but inevitably I always end up with the saison in hand after a pint of the other stuff. The last time I went there I was just getting over being sick and after a few pints of this brown goodness I was feeling 100% better. I know. sounds ridiculous but it's true. No lie.

The saison can be hard to find, even in nyc. I have actually never seen it outside of the brewery itself, where it is only available on tap. This makes it especially worth the trip to the willy-b for a friday evening at the brewery.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap poured into a pint glass. It pours a mirky orange-yellow color with two fingers of head. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and fruity with a little bit of lemon and orange. There is a hint of coriander as well. The taste is fruity at first, with more citrus coming through. A very spicy peppery finish. The mouthfeel is very thick and heavy. The drinkability is really good as well. A nice Saison.

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Photo of Gavage
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All I can say is wow. Got on tap and it arrived in the glass with a light gold color color with a thick head. Nice lacing developed through the drink. The aroma was of sweetness, spice and yeast. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices similiar to white beers, but with an orange kick and some honey.

The mouthfeel was light on the tongue, but full bore on the tastebuds. Carbonation levels provided a bit of crispness during the swallow. This can be quaffed all day long without thinking of another beer.

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Photo of sparkydoyle
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Monk's in Philadelphia, in a snifter.

Poured a hazy straw color with a dense white head (about 1" in the glass). Smells like a wheat beer (cloves and bananas), and tastes like one too. Flavors achieve some complexity—there’s a musky, almost mushroom like note in the middle, and a pronounced pepper spiciness in the finish. Good balance and certainly an enjoyable beer, but nothing astounding to set it apart from the rest of the wheat beer crowd.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the opportunity to sample this on tap at Mug's Ale House, right down the street from the brewery.
The beer arrives in a tall, thin goblet, looking a bright, sparkling yellow. Very happy and sunny. A thick froth of white head tops the brew, formed of thousands of tiny bubbles (Don Ho represent). Excellent clarity on this beer, with tons of rapidly climbing bubbles feeding the head.
The aroma is bright and sunny, as well. Slightly sour, with a spicy hoppiness and loads of summery fruit. A bit of phenolic clove, with hints of green apple and banana. I feel refreshed just breathing in this beer's perfume.
The flavor starts with a mild sweet maltiness, some sour estery fruit moving through into the middle. Green apple, banana, pineapple and a touch of clove towards the end, continuing through the rest of the sip. A slight sourness that builds into the finish. Some spicy hopping compliments the sour flavor, building into a rather dry finish and tapering off quickly. Almost no aftertaste, save a very mild sourness. Light bodied, with a bright, sparkly mouthfeel and effervescent carbonation. Excellent.
Very clean flavor. Well done. I'd love to see this bottled for summer, or convince my local to get a keg or two of this come June. I could savor a (very) tall glass of this any time of year, but it's got to be incredible when paired with sunglasses and a lawn chair.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty brew. Tried a 2 oz. sample and thought I wouldn't like it at all. I went for the chalice of it anyway and was pleasently surprised. Poured a hazy yellow with a large fluffy white head and lacing. Smell at first was like a straight wit beer. Lots of corny wheat notes, but as the beer warmed it had more honey and cracker malts nuck in. The taste was crisp and refreshing with tns of malts and more of that sticky honey sweetness eounded out by good carbonation. Less hoppy than the Hennepin but still a very good beer for the style.

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Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick sticky ring of lace over a slightly hazed pale golden bubbly brew. Burst of anise, black pepper and a faint cinnamon / nutmeg aroma hit the nose followed by a fruity, yeasty and honey malt sweetness. Big honey like malt flavours, very spicy and quite effervescent. The large popping crispness helps to clean the palate for the next sip. Touch of medicinal phenols mingle with the spicing and yeasty finish.

Absolutely delicious, one of the more beautiful beers I came across during the BA rally in Brooklyn.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure white, whipped cream head atop a pleasingly hazy, golden straw-colored body. Very nice head retention and lace.
Classic wheat/yeast nose with a whiff of grapefruit and hop flower.
Taste is surprisingly light (yeast component is much more subdued than other examples I've had), very smooth, with floral hops, and finishing refreshingly dry with a bitter pepper/citrus aftertaste.
Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with perfectly complementing carbonation level.
This is a very drinkable wheat-style beer. Wouldn't mind quaffing a growler of this on a hot summer day...and this from a guy who doesn't really like this style of beer.

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Photo of Kwak
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Yellow hazy color with a thick cloudy head, good carbonation.
Smell: Lemon, honey and, citric aroma as the bubbles break the surface. Very good nose.
Body: Full and rich, creamy as the beer warmed.
Taste: Tasty hops and mild spicy flavors, with a hint of sour lemon. Crisp finish with a peppered aftertaste.
Excellent summer drink refreshing, very easy to drink. Another fine Brooklyn beer!!

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