Saison A Pleine Voile | Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

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Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by John_M on 08-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Mahlik
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at North 45. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a golden straw/hazy copper color. Nice creamy, white head with decent retention. Good lacing. Could see some carbonation racing up my glass.

S - Pretty typical for the style. Bready malts, yeast, spices, coriander, peppery, lemon zest.

T - Bready malts with a floral dry finish. I had trouble picking out much more than that. A little disappointing.

M - Medium carbonation, light bodied, nice crispness on the tongue, very easy to drink.

O - I found this beer to be somewhat enjoyable. Nothing special going on here. I definitely find others within the style more enjoyable. Still, it's an easy drinking, refreshing brew.

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Photo of dtivp
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw gold with half a finger white head that fades quickly into a thin ring with thin lacing.

Aroma of floral hops, bread and light spices.

Taste of bready malt, lemon, floral hops and a slight hint of pepper.

Mouth Feel was light body, light carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

Overall a nice light enjoyable summer drinking beer.

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Photo of dgilks
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colour with a creamy, white head. Poor head retention.

Bright, lemony citrus aroma with a touch of herbal character. Okay.

Very bright herbal spiciness with a good clove note. Mild lemon. Soft malt. Good.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A nice, light, crisp Belgian ale. Nice yeast character but the herbal character is a touch odd.

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Photo of jdense
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Harborside Pilsener Room PDX, enjoyed during a respite from Waterfront Blues Festival Poured into slightly chilled shaker pint glass 7.1.11.

Clear straw gold body, half finger pure white head due to full pour, small bubbles, medium dissipation, minimal rising carbonation. Hard to pick up much in the way of aroma, poured at much too cold of a temperature, some pilsener malts and grassy hops. Taste is close to style, I pick up some coriander re peppery notes balanced by floral and grassy hops. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, minimal effervescence. Not very assertive taste-wise a good summer brew but not a great saison.

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

On tap at McCormick & Schmicks Pilsner Room on the waterfront, Portland.

Body is a transparent but hazy gold. Half inch head dissipates to a fine ring and leaves thin curtains of lacing.

Smells of biscuity malt, floral/grassy hops, some salt, light honey, and spice.

Malt tastes biscuity and sweet. There is some fruit, but it is hard to identify. There is a floral/green grassy dry hoppy finish to this one.

Body is light as is the carbonation. The tight bubbles give this a really crisp, lively, and refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a hoppy version of a saison, in the style of Saison Dupont, although it doesn't quite reach that level. It is also a bit malty for the style, but I thought it was a good drinking beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint poured at Capt. Ankeny's Well a couple Wednesdays ago, with some cheese pizza. There's always a dedicated Full Sail tap at the Well, but this was a bit of a surprise, given I haven't seen/heard much about this local saison.

A: Hazy and golden, perfectly saison-like. Pretty lax on the carbonation, just a few lazy streams, but a lofty white cream cap, dense and a finger-high. Coating lace in broken bands.

S: Sweet and floral, plenty of baked bread and spice. Grassy and drier as time wears on.

T: Lacks some of the complexities of the best of the style, but still enough spice, yeast/dough and cut hay/lemon zest to satisfy. Dry finish, peppery and a little medicinal/chalky.

M: A little thin but balanced between a crisp bite and mellowed finish.

D: Fresh and clean and VERY easy to consume at just a touch over 5%. Not revolutionary, but a solid example of a favorite style. Certainly worth a pint or two and a beer I hope will make a return next year. Upright Brewing aside, there are far too few brewers making farmhouse ales here in the Northwest.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horsebrass tonight. If memory serves, they had it listed with the "a pleine voile" nomenclature. In any event...

The beer pours a striking gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty much text book saison, showing honey, clove and light pepper. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose, though I thought the beer a bit more interesting on the palate, with a nice wash of hoppy bitterness in the finish to counter the moderate sweetness. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with a fairly long, somewhat hoppy, bitter finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though frankly I was surprised the abv. was only 5.2%. I could pretty much tell it was a low abv. beer, but I was surprised it was that low.

In any event... while hardly anything special, unique or spectacular, this is still a pretty solid, enjoyable beer from FS.

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Saison A Pleine Voile from Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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