Saison Surfine
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,364
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,464
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 8.14%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
32
From:
Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  6
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of puboflyons
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle with an old 10/15/2017 date. Sampled on February 10, 2019.

It has a murky looking medium amber brown pour with a tremendous fluffy white head and sediments in the view.

There aroma brings out characters of pear, apple, and maybe white grape with a balance of Belgian bread dough and a touch of clove.

Medium body and fairly smooth.

Same Belgian dough sweetness in the taste with the meaty fruit characters played down some. It ends mildly dry. It improves as it warms.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appallingly overcarbinated.

Pours hazy light copper.
Light phenolic aroma

Taste adds some mineral that you don't often find in Belgian beers of this ilk . Bit of bitterness, fairly light overall, light mouthfeel. Drying finish.

It's not bad but it's no Dupont.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - slightly hazy golden body with a huge white head

S - candied tangerine, peppercorn, herbal notes

T - Follows the smell plus a certain malt sweetness which is enjoyable. A bit of tartness

M - Smooth and gently carbonated

O - An enjoyable saison

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Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Bottle is dated 10/15/17; I'm assuming that's the bottling date.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a ton of effervescence. Head is four fingers of super-frothy ivory foam; I'm loving the look!

Smell: a bit sweet and quite malty; there's not much farmhouse funk here at all. A little bit of hop character comes through in the aroma, although not a ton. While this beer doesn't remind me much of a saison, it definitely reminds me of a tripel, so I really like this beer's aroma.

Taste: very malty with just a soupçon of funk. The hop character is more pronounced than in the aroma, although it's still relatively mild. Like the aroma, this seems to me more "tripel" than "saison", but that is no problem at all in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and creaminess. Very good.

Overall: I quite like this beer. Its saison character comes out a little bit more as it warms, but it really is much more reminiscent of a tripel. Good stuff!

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Photo of patre_tim
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold with a hint of copper, filtered with a little Chanpagne like carbonation, and topped with 2 fingers of yellowish head.

Smells amazingly floral and fruity, like an edible perfume. Malt and phenols as well.

The taste follows the nose, ending in a bready, yeasty quality.

Light body feel, with moderate carbonation.

Got in Hang Dong, drinking in Chiang Mai July 1st 2017. Good brew, some acrid qualities in the taste, but great aroma.

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Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 10/15/2017. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon zest, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, peppercorn, wheat, biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate bready malt/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, peppercorn, wheat, biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good sized yeast spiciness, and moderate herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon zest, peach, pear, apple, orange peel, peppercorn, wheat, biscuit, hay, straw, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate bready malt/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. High carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.5%. Overall this is a fantastic saison! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and moderate bready malt/earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and quite refreshing to drink. A very classic tasting saison, with an incredible level of complexity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz.bottle

Burnt golden color, unfiltered floatie bits swirling around, classic Belgian Saison carbonation and a tower of light, bubbly sea foam that never really seems to dissipate. When it does, it has that funny little island of foam only in the middle with lots of little clumpy lacy bits hanging around. Lots of big lace!!

Dank, funky herbs and very earthy nose ! spicy yeast/and dry, excellent old world hop aspects with Herbs and spices man, right on for this style. A rather gentle nose but featuring all of the aroma's I like with really good depth.

A very spicy and herb filled flavor, semi-funky yeast, mild banana and cloves with decent depth. A very light, crispy malt and very earthy. The taste is very clean and super easy to drink with all of the "old world flavor's and nuance's of the style. The "triple" saison title comes from the fact that is brewed with 3 different malts, hops and yeast strains. Bottle conditioned for 2 months with 2 more yeast strains!! Complexity of flavor and depth is good, not mind blowing like some other authentic Belgians's of this style, but still a masterful brew. The yeast is not as "funky" as some, much more straight forward, dry, earthy and herbal effect. No real tangy, fruits or sour edges, just straight, crispy, earthy goodness.

The mouthfeel is light, crisp with an earthy dry bite finish. Overall: Lush.

A very straight-foward, no frills version. Excellent experience and masterfully brewed, but I really like more of a unique signature to the yeast strain (s). My favorite style, so I hold these in very high regard. Not the most complex version, but certainly not without it's various charms.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Pours a deep golden color with a slight haze. A steady pour tapering off yields an inch of bubbly head that has some staying power.

SMELL: Aroma is bready, with a hint of lemongrass and perhaps mint from the hops employed. A little bit spicy and earthy like a true saison.

TASTE: The taste is bright with some peppercorn, lemon peel and biscuit flavors. A touch of herbal hops round out this spicy little number. Nice peppercorn and slight tartness.

FEEL: Full bodied and well carbonated, it finishes dry. Very clean finish, and crisp on the palate.

OVERALL: Brewery Dubuisson delivers a very accurate example of a Belgian styled saison. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Should you want to try this, I found this at Beer Temple.
Head is full, very rocky, and lacing looks typical of saisons. A pretty amberish Blonde, too.
Smell also is typical, got the Belgian yeast creating complexity. Nose doesn't get big clues on the spicing.
The taste is hoppy in the attack and has dry finish. (I have a lower tolerance for hops than most in the BA network, but these hops are blended well.)
And this has more hops than I remember from my other three from Dubuisson (Bush) family brewery.
Feel is carbonated, but this cuts through the fats of food. So, it does its job.
Overall, try this if you can find it.

Had again two month later. No change in rating. Worth trying a third time... if I can find it.
3/17/17 Found again, Had with pesto pasta. Saison spicing complemented the basil.
6/6/19 Had again in London without food, but is a sessionable saison as well.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recent Brussels supermarket purchase in 33cl bottle. Poured with a monstrous, rocky head, ivory color, filling most of my tulip glass with big bubbles audibly breaking down. After a while, ah there it is, enough coppery gold liquid to admire its strong bubbling action and, not quite clear, but decently transparent, not as murky as some in this style. Yeasty and bready smells prevailing, with some herbal notes, for a complex but not the most enticing smell. Saison character really comes into its own in the flavor -- packed with cereals but dry, dry, dry. That herbal spicy note is even bigger on the palate than in the nose, a real bouquet garnis. Just a lash of bitterness arises after a swallow. This is not in the fruity or funky school of saison belge. The mouthfeel has some heft but is clean and edgy.

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Saison Surfine from Brasserie Dubuisson Frères sprl
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 32 ratings