Zarabanda | Deschutes Brewery

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Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with lemon verbena, pink peppercorn, sumac and dried lime.

Added by AnalogErik on 06-03-2014

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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by scottfrie:
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear dark golden with a finger of soft white head that faded to a thin collar.
S: Dry crackery malt, tons of earthy spicy yeast, pepper corn and slight lemon verbena. The spices really come through and mix well with the Belgian style yeast. I get scents of golden fruits as well.
T: Follows the nose but a bit sweeter. I get notes of golden fruits and apple juice, earthy yeast, drying spices, and mild citrus. The finish has hints of lime and spicy peppercorn, and the aftertaste is drying with a sticky sweetness.
M: Medium body, sticky and slick mouthfeel with a light and drying finish, bubbly carbonation that is soft for the most part but has a tingliness to it. .
O: A solid saison with a nice easy to drink flavor that's fairly complex. I liked it for what it is, and it went good with food, but it could be softer and creamier.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

A flavored saison ... ok. Crystal clear pale amber, dissipating head. In the nose I get some of the lemon verbena and perhaps the dried lime, smells Belgian-like but not like a Saison. Lighter than anticipated crispness, hint of chewy malt. Spicing is a bit vague and mingles with some of the Belgian yeast flavors. Mild tartness, hint of the lime in the finish, and some spice that could be the peppercorn but its hard to tell if it is just the yeast.

For a food inspired beer something a bit more simple and dry would have gone over better. Perhaps one or two of the components could have been used. Not half bad but I think the intention was lost.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts Belgian yeast and fruits.

The flavor is lots of sweet citric fruit with a Belgian base and a little pepper. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian with lots of fruit.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super refreshing, tasty saison that tastes different from others I have had. Taste has a lot of key lime, hay, herb, lemon, and light pepper are also present. I would get this one again if I wanted the style.

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Photo of kcmatx
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not quite what i expected. I was apprehensive about a beer with so many added flavors. It seemed kind of gimmicky, but seeing it was made in collaboration with chef Jose Andres I decided to try it. L- straw yellow. S- citrus driven with slight earthy tones. Sweet. T- Tastes much like a weak saison or a slightly sour farmhouse ale. For being as high a gravity it isnt boozy. Subtle, nondescript hoppyness. Pleasant. The lime peel and lemon verbina are most prevalent. Pink peppercorn (of which im not a fan) and sumac are very slight, most likely because if not kept in check they can overwhelm a dish (or beer in this case) Overall, pleasant flavor,and a warm thin mouthfeel. Not quite what I expected from an ale or farmhouse saison.
I would actually like to try this again and pair with food. I did enjoy this beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%

An interesting beer. Lemon verbena and a hint of pepper on the nose with some fruit and citrus. Pours brilliant amber gold with a quickly dissipating 1” white foam cap. Begins with a sumac tea flavor on the tongue spiced with lemon verbena and light malts with a suspicion of honey. Finishes with a little lime and a light herbal astringency. Very clean medium bodied beer with finely bubbled carbonation and a refreshing finish.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Best by date of 01/20/15.

Appearance: Pours a bright and somewhat hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of white head quickly fades away.

Smell: A yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian Saison style aroma with good hints of spices and dried fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, peppercorn, and coriander. Good hints of farmhouse funk. Big mix of fruit esters with hints of lemon from the Verbena, lime, banana, green apple, pear, and orange. Pale malt with hints of straw, grains, oats, and cracker. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Hops are subtle. A pretty nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian farmhouse style taste with notes of zesty fruits and spices. Upfront Belgian yeast with spicy notes of clove, white pepper, peppercorn, and coriander. Notes of farmhouse funk and candied sugar sweetness. Big taste of dried fruits with notes of banana, lemon, lime, green apple, pear, and orange. Also some notes of bubblegum. Pale malt with soft notes of grains, straw, cracker, and oats. Mild backing notes of grassy hops. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy and spicy with a drying finish. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A very good twist on a Belgian style Saison. Good mix of the typical Belgian spice and fruit esters with a nice kick from the Spanish spices.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden color speckled with orange and highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic with lots of toasted malt, honey and spices such as coriander, black pepper, orange peel, ginger, cardamom, saffron, hints of sage and thyme, honey-suckle as well as candied sugar and Belgian yeast, which imparts some aromas of hay and clover.

Taste: Unfortunately, the flavor doesn’t live up to the aroma. It has some nice flavors of toasted malt up front, followed by some muted flavors of the afore-mentioned spices and honey, but the flavors are muted and severely less intense than the beer’s aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very nice beer, though I wish the flavor would match the amazing intensity of the aroma. Nice flavors of malt and spice and honey. A nice saison.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of informaticsDoc
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bomber into a Unibroue tulip.

Fizzy pale white head a couple fingers thick. Persists well. Not a ton of lace. Heavily carbonated and highly visible through the exceptional clarity of the orange-colored body. 4.5

Banana-heavy, estery yeast, sweet malt. Peppery. 4

Flavor is still banana-dominant, but also getting some lemon and sweet citrus, sweet malt that is faintly molasses-like, and there is again a bit of pepper. I'd like to say there's some lemongrass on the finish or something similar. I know there are supposed to be some other additions to this, but I'm not getting them much if at all. 3.75

Average yeasty feel and corresponding carbonation, creamy medium body, initially sweet before it dries. 4

A nice saison, but I don't find anything particularly remarkable about the taste, feel, nose.

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Photo of MNdrew
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BurnBabyBurn
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a half finger of head on a cloudy straw body.
The aroma is dry grain, mild apricot and lemon.
The taste is mild overall: lemon zest, lemon, grapefruit. Fairly complex though.
The texture is light and fizzy. Quite nice.
Subtle flavors but good.

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Photo of Beernoobie
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Acubflem
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent bronze/honey color with a sliver of cream colored head. Just okay lacing & head retention

S: Lemongrass & juicyfruit, pears 7 rotting orchard fruits

T: Lemongrass, coriander, white pepper & pears, plus peppercorn up front. Some white grape as this warms, all the intiall spice "package" seems a bit more muted, a little over ripe pear & apricot emerge as well. Finishes with a little peppercorn kick & much orchard fruit, plus dryness

MF: Light/medium bodied, delicate carbonation

Drinks easy enough, but nothing life-changing here, would go great with Pizza or some cheese. I honestly expect a little more from these guys

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Zarabanda from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 235 ratings