Summit Honeymoon Saison | Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Honeymoon SaisonSummit Honeymoon Saison

Brewed by:
Summit Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Chaz on 07-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by motorhed:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #55 (August 2011):

Clear, bubbly golden color. Smells of medicinal herbs, chai tea, fresh-cut hay, exotic fruit and chalky yeast. Smooth malty body. Dry maltiness, grainy but clean with overtones of dry biscuits. Hint of honey beneath the bitter phenols and hops. Some ripe fruit and spice in the back with a surprisingly expressive estery alcohol for its size. Certainly more in your face compared to many of the traditional restrained, yet still intricate, Saisons from Belgium and France.

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Photo of warnerry
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours clear golden honey color with a massive three fingers of dense white head. Head leaves great lacing.

S - Some pepper and a hint of lemon. Slight amount of funk. Something seems off here, but I can't quite place what the off notes are.

T - Similar taste as smell, though there is also a noticeable bitterness. Really doesn't taste like a saison, nor does it taste very good. Dry and bitter. Was expecting more.

M - Medium mouhfeel with a sharp bitterness.

O - This is dissapointing. I'll always have a bit of a soft spot for Summit as one of the breweries that got me into craft beer when I lived in MN, but this is unfortunately not a very good or memorable beer.

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Photo of bsp77
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Bottled on July 12, 2011 (day 193 of the Julian calendar).

Appearance: Hazy burnished gold with moderate fluffy white head.

Smell: Very fruity and citrusy (tart grapefruit, lemon, apple) with nice notes of bread and honey. Not quite the aroma I expected, with almost a Lagunitas IPA quality to it.

Taste: Strong malt backbone of bread and cracker, but the hops really shine, with grapefruit and lemon taking center stage. Toward the end, it becomes more floral and spicy with some nice cracked pepper lingering. A lot hoppier than I expected.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body (probably made even lighter by the honey). Finish is somewhat dry and tart.

Overall: Very refreshing. Not really a traditional Saison (especially with the Nelson Sauvin hops), but nice stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and deep golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big three and a half finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is very fruity with orange, grapefruit, apple, and lemon giving a strong presence of citrus. Yeast and bready malts form the backbone. Hints of honey, pepper, and other spices. A very interesting aroma.

Taste: Tastes like it smells with more bitterness. Bready malts and yeast with a big kick of citrus and other fruits. Grapefruit, orange, apple, and lemon. Strong hints of honey and pepper throughout. Light hints of banana and clove. Has enough hoppy bitterness to balance the fruits nicely. A very good and unique taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: Another great brew from Summit's Unchained series. A very tasty and creative beer. Far from your typical Saison.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy goldenrod bodied with a good-sized stack of white suds that gradually retreat towards the surface leaving a good deal of lace.
Black pepper and lemongrass aroma, backed with sourdough, Pinot Gris, bitter herbs, and a stunted note of honey sweetness.
It enters the mouth with a doughy, generally non-descript breadiness, inching towards white toast. Lemon and apple fruitiness ensues, bringing it sweeter, as notions of yellow cupcake mix follow. A flash of sweet then dry honey precedes the yeast, which itself brings concrete, chalkdust, and black pepper. Hopping is thoroughly dry and earthy, conjoining the peppery yeast traits, and adding flashes of lemongrass and dried, bitter herbs.
Lively carbonation, taut feeling, though it sags and fizzles some as it rests in the glass. The body is just a notch below medium. It's dry and slaking enough to ensure drinkability.
I'm split on this. Initially, I didn't much care for it, as it seemed all too much like so many featureless Wheat Ales. Now, each time I have it, I tease out more Saison traits, and I dig it more and more. It's no world-beater, but it has it's charms.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep golden color with a two finger white head that left a little lacing as it receded.

Smell: Sweet with floral hops. Doesn't smell like a typical Saison style. This smells hoppier and maltier that the usual Saisons, with no hint of phenols from yeast.

Taste: This is an odd tasting Saison. It's more dry and hopped than I was expecting. I was also looking for more sweetness from the honey, but there really wasn't much honey sweetness there. Also very little, if any, yeast flavor or phenols to this at all. It's less like a Farmhouse Saison and more like a hoppy wheat beer or slightly sweeter Pale Ale. The hops bitterness overpowers almost everything else, and it's an odd hopping. Not at all what I was looking forward to with this beer. It's not bad, but it's nothing special either.

Mouth feel: Dry, crisp and a bitter finish on the tongue. Light to medium body. Heavily carbonated.

Drinkability: Well, not what I really wanted from the style, and not something I would session with. It's not a bad beer, but there are better Saison's out there, and there are many better beers in general. So, this beer was a bit disappointing for me (especially given the higher standards I expect from Summit). I would not buy this one again.

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed one of the few bottles at Abe's Cold Beer. From the start it reminds me of Southampton's Cuvee des Fleurs for the soft, candied floral character. It finishes with a rough, dry hops kick, also a little too tannic/tart. I'm not picking up any of the honey, but I like the Belgian yeast character, but the finish is a little off. Worth a try if you find one.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of bashiba
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a great dark coppery orange, very clean with just a touch of haze, giant thick and fluffy off white head, very sticky with nice lacing.

The smell is not so good, very metallicy, possibly oxidized. A little bit of Belgian spice manages to get through the big tinny smell.

The flavor is flat with a dry crackery malt flavor, the tinny metallic quality is very apparent here as well, just a very minor smidge of Belgian yeast spices manages to make it through the weird malt flavors, just a hint of juniper and pine hops in the finish along with a strange medicinal flavor.

The mouthfeel is light and very dry.

A very poor Saison, seems to lack all the usual saison and farmhouse funkyness. Hopefully this is just an off bottle, if not I would take this back to the drawing board.

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Photo of morimech
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber color with half inch of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Just small bits of lacing is left on the glass.

Phenolic and hoppy aroma. Not really what I look for in a Saison. Some honey is detected.

Looking at the hop bill of Crystal, Liberty, Mt. Hood, and Nelson Sauvin, and 40 IBUs, I have to ask why? The hops just do not mesh with the yeast and malt. Very dry. Reminds me a lot of Schell's attempt at a Saison. Searching hard for something I like in the flavor.

Seems a bit undercarbonated. Light to medium in body.

Even though I did not score the beer harshly, has to be the most disappointed Unchained beer Summit has released. Just another underwhelming, mediocre Saison that has found its way onto store shelves in recent years.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Strong visible carbonation presence creates a dark swirling yeasty haze within a dirty pale orange coloring. A mountainous rise of pearl white foam sits steadily in the vessel leaving splotchy deposits of lace.

S: Musky oranges, wheat, and dry wildflowers along with straw are on the nose.

T: For flavor there is honey wheat, herbal dry wildflowers and a dash of dry curaco orange spiciness. Light woodsy and peppery hints. Dry honey sweetness.

M: malty with a good carbonation presence, spicy of dry oranges lie on the tongue afterwards.

O: Overall dry honey sweetness with a dry herbal wildflower spicing. Not as complex as your Belgian examples flavor or aromatic wise.

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Photo of Yulles
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of bismarksays
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice golden color, about a two finger head, well carbonated, decent lacing

S-Belgian yeast, fruity, honey, maybe..a touch of hop

T/M-Sweet honey and a slightly funky yeast. A touch of black pepper toward the finish. Maybe a bit malty for a saison, but certainly interesting. A bit thicker of a mouthfeel, maybe not as crisp as come saisons, but certainly sessionable.

Overall- This was an intersting take on the farmhouse style. I am not as much of a stickler for style like some. Much like the Whole Hog Raspberry Saison, this took some things from the style, added its own things, and created a very drinkable beer. As strange as it seems, I think this would be very good with an herb roasted rotesserie chicken and corn bread.

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Photo of CWhite
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden orange with a bright white head.

S: Citrusy spice, very appealing. Almost witbeer like, not as funked as other saisons.

T: The funk comes through a little more in the taste, where it covers up the spices. Very accessible, but less than interesting.

M: Creamy, very smooth, nice, but could be finer.

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Photo of happygnome
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber color with about an inch and a half of pillow like head that has nice retention. As the head disappears, there is plenty of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass. There is good lacing with this beer. Carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the beer.

S: Nice citrusy hop bitter aroma, sweet honey comes through. It kind of smells like a sweet lemon.

T: nice fruity flavor, sweet honey also comes out in this beer. The hop bitterness acts to balance

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I really enjoyed it. As far as rating it as compared to Summit's other unchained beers...this is not one of the best in the series. But still a solid beer.

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Photo of gatornation
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from 12 oz bottle

A pours a slight hazed light orange sunshine color with a 1 finger head that receded fast with very little lacing but a fresh white cap

S- was malty and spicy smelling with some lemon and citrus hops and honey

T- was malt and bread with a fair amount of hops a touch of lemon.honey and pepper with a dry finish

M- low carbonation on this with a bitter citrus taste and spice very dry

O- not a great saison very little earthy or funky tastes,lemon grass and fruit was low with a bitter finish ..not a saison ill be buying but worth a try

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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Summit Honeymoon Saison from Summit Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 87 ratings