Saison De La Bond
Deschutes Brewery

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Belgian Saison
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3.33 | pDev: 9.01%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 8
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow pour, pretty bright white head, 1.5" deep. Aroma was quite the medley of hay, orange, lemon, mint, apple and yeasty phenols.

Ample tartness, but a real dry finish establishing itself firmly as a saison. Light wheat like body. Banana and citrus. More than average hoppiness too. Could do without the coriander notes.

Overall it was still a saison that was unique and worthy.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker yellow pour, nice virgin white head to it. Aroma was green apple, mint, citrus.

Taste, wow, what a surprise, a little bit tart, nice and dry, refreshing to the max. Lots of flavor over a thin lightweight body. Almost hoppy, in conjunction with the citrus flavor. Probably not for a true saison aficionado type that is all about allegiance to historical norms v. experimentation.

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Photo of dgilks
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely pale straw colour with a creamy, white head. Nice head retention.

Bright, spicy aroma with some nice fruitiness.

Wild apple and banana fruit flavour with some spicy hops and substantial bitterness. A touch too bitter. Mild diacetyl.

Medium full body with moderately high carbonation. Fine.

An interesting American take on the saison. Tasty but a little too bitter and possible riddled with a touch of acetaldehyde.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

tried this at the bar while waiting for a table at the deschutes pub. served in a tulip glass. from notes.

a - came to the bar a glowing, hazy, golden color with a thin film of off white head on top. leaves some leggy lacing in the glass.

s - toasted banana bread, citrus, spice, slightly astringent.

t - banana first followed by notes of spice and orange zest. finishes up with a bitter twang. an unusual and interesting flavor combination.

m - on the thinner side with a lot of carbonation. slight warming sensation even though it's only 6.2%.

o - a pretty unique beer, but i can't say how it measures up style wise due to my limited saison experience. enjoyable overall, though i'm not in a hurry to have more.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was intrigued when I saw this available at the Portland brewpub. Thought I'd give it a shot.

Appearance: This beer pours a slightly hazy straw color with a very small white head. No lacing or retention and virtually no effervescence. Not exactly an ideal looking saison.

Smell: Smells a bit wheaty with lots of orange and coriander, lighter clove. Seems like an interesting take.

Taste: More of same in the taste. Wheat malt, lots of orange and coriander, less clove. The orange and coriander are way overdone. Maybe a hint of esters on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is light to medium with light carbonation. Pretty smooth drinking. Overall an interesting take on a saison but not something I particularly enjoyed. Lose some of the orange and coriander and you might have something better.

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Photo of jdense
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Deschutes Bend public house, this 'new' version weighs in at 6.2 ABV. Served in a Deschutes tulip, $3.50 happy hour.

One finger slightly rocky white head, medium dissipation with minimal lacing over medium gold body, a few small streams of carbonation rising from etched bottom of glass. Aroma is coriander centric, small dose of curacao but not much, actually the grains of paradise was the most prominent aroma. Taste mirrors nose, not a lot going on here, to be honest pretty boring. Mouthfeel is on light side of medium, not much effervescence, pretty dry finish, not sticky. Nobody is going to confuse this with Dupont or Upright 7 for that matter. Pass.

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Photo of Floydster
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Stone Sour Fest today, it is a Belgian-Style Farmhouse Ale hopped with English Kent Golding from the United Kingdom and Styrian Goldings from Slovenia, German and English malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, and candy sugar

A-Golden amber color, not much of a head, it was less than 1/2 inch and white, no retention, minimal lacing
S-Herbs, mints, flowers, apples, spices, coriander, black pepper, and citrus
T-Started off a little fruity, could taste some hops in the finish, got more sweet as it warmed, lots of coriander throughout and it was a little too powerful for my palate
M-Sweet, dry, and chewy mouthfeel, a little watered down, thin bodied, not enough carbonation
D-Could not drink much of this, heavy for a saison, too sweet, not smooth,

After hearing how good Firewood was last year, I expected a lot from the Deschutes beers and unfortunately was disappointed with both, this one just came up short against all of these other brews today, along with most other saisons I have tasted in the past

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Saison De La Bond from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 8 ratings