Wild Dog Colorado Saison | Flying Dog Brewery

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Wild Dog Colorado SaisonWild Dog Colorado Saison

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 11-27-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 63
Photo of wedge
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure when I bought this. It's probably a few years old, but seems to have help up better than I thought.

Bright, sparkling gold under a towering head of frothy foam leaving behind clumpy lace. Spiced apple and Belgian yeast aroma...fruit, hay, herbs, flowers, and mild dusty funk. Sweet floral flavor with plenty of fruity yeast esters and grass. Spicy citrus peel and clove with a hint of honey and a small bite of alcohol. Medium-light body, prickly carbonation with a dry finish. I'm surprised! I thought I had let this one sit around too long for sure.

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Photo of jampics2
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared by Paul at the first Cleveland BA Tasting @ Buckeye Brewing. Poured into a tasting glass.

This beer looks decent in the glass. It's a hazy gold color with touches of straw and orange on the edges. There's some active carbonation but the head and lacing are minor at best.

The smell is interesting. Honestly, this is a bit past its prime. Some apple cider and almost a wood-like quality dominate, indicating that oxidation has taken over. Some orange and a touch of honey are smothered by corriander and basement notes.

The taste is much along the same lines. There's a heavy fruit component, but it comes across as apple and not the orange that the label professes. Some honey add earthiness. There's a woody spice and some oxidation. Not nearly as funky (in a good way) or as spicy as I like a saison to be.

The mouthfeel is light with some carbonation that quickly dissipates. The booze is noticeable and the apple and spice linger in the finish. Not something I'd persue at this time, but it was a nice thing to try. I think this beer has gone to the downside of the hill.

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Photo of bobsy
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright gold with a yeasty haze and a fine looking white head that laced well. Even after sitting for a good 15 minutes there's still a decent film astride the beer, and things are looking good. The nose has all the hallmarks of a classic saison, with a pronounce dry funkiness giving off those tell-tale barnyard notes, backed by a zesty fruitiness, peppery spice and grain. Very decent and approachable on the nose.

I blindly bought this beer based solely on my appreciation for the style, but was a little concerned to find its merely average rating on BA as soon as I got home. Thankfully, the first sip lays this to rest. This is classic saison - no fancy twists of mega-souped up alcohol - just a damn good basic beer. Horseblanket combines nicely with grain and peppery yeast to provide the backbone of the brew, while there's always a zesty citrus fruitiness in the background. The finish is dry and peppery, just how I like it. The medium body also has a classy billowing carbonation which helps to bulk things up in the mouth.

A surprisingly excellent effort, which perhaps has been aided by age that has cancelled out some of the elements people find undesirable. For me, it was a basic saison, but when you do basic very well it can be brilliant.

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Photo of Cresant
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date but I've been cellaring this one since 12/06. The pour created irregular white bubbles and a clear, bright golden body. A lush film of lacing slides down the sides of the glass. Cloudier on the second pour.

Smell was bright fruitiness. Not fresh but stewed. Chaulky Belgian yeast aroma.

Taste was dusty cellar. Spicy. Candied tangerines. Pretty dry. Dank yeastiness.

Mouthfeel was medium in the body and zippy in the carbonation.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - this saison pours a pale yellow/dark orange color, wells up a huge rocky white head, moderate carbonation

S - yeasty base, with spice hints of clove or coriander, definite citrus notes, but couldnt pick out the orange specifically mentioned on the bottle

T - the light citrus and clove/coriander characteristics continue through to the taste from the aroma, but the biggest flavor component is a sweet honey flavor, its a mellow and natural sweetness that compliments the spicy/citrus/yeasty notes perfectly

M&D - the honey adds a superior smoothness to an already delectable flavor combo, it also adds layering and complexity, a wonderful beer

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Photo of MisterClean
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shared with some friends. And yes, this one is unretired now.

A - Poured yellow with a 2 fingered white head, which dissipated slow and left very nice lacing.

S/T - Notes of honey, grass, white fruit, possibly nectar, a little brett and some spicy hops.

M - Well balanced, but thin and slightly sweet. Was hoping for a medium to full-bodied saison.

D - Good. I think the lack of body took away from this beer.

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Photo of armock
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle some time ago and forgot about it in my "cellar" until I found it the other day.

A - Poured a hazed orangish color with a big white head that fades fairly quickly

S - Has a fruity sweetness of apples with some mild spice in the nose

T - The fruity apple flavor stands out the most finished with mild spice

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - For an accidentally aged beer I thought it has held up well and tasted good making it easy to drink if you find one somewhere its worth picking up.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant saison that finishes skillfully dry, without sourness, and so good drinkability. Aged a bit in my cellar. Pours a neutral colour with minimal head. A little spice in the aroma, a bit more in the taste. Above average mouthfeel from the honey. Orange there, unobtrusive.

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Photo of gford217
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle courtesy of oldstylecubfan poured into a tulip.

The first pour is a clear light golden with hints of orange underneath a huge fluffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing and small swirl of foam on top. The second pour is considerably more hazy.

The aroma is very sweet, almost like watery apple juice with lots of yeast as well. There is a faint hint of funk and I don't get much in the way of spices.

The taste follows the aroma with some light apple sweetness and yeast backbone. There is no funk or spices that I get in the taste. It's a very basic saison taste.

The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with decent carbonation and slick in the finish. It's not as dry as I expected either.

This is a drinkable saison but not one that really brings anything different to the table. Fairly basic, slightly watery with very little spice or funk in the taste. Average saison.

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Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored with a white head the has some retention and lacing. Earthy aromas, light grass, lemon, and clove. Bready taste, earthy, clove, and spice. Higher carbonation and medium bodied. Pretty good Saison that I wouldn't mind trying again. Maybe if we're lucky, they'll make this again.

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Photo of palma
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

appearance: hazy golden orange body. Thin white head with white lace lasting thoughout the session.

nose: apple, pineapple, honey, fennel, cane sugar. some fusel alcohol.

taste: light cane sugar upfront. hop bitterness imparts a tart citrus througout. lemon rind. not as complex as I hoped. sharp alcohol flavor in the end.

mouthfeel: crisp and bubbly as it should be. light, airy and clean mouthfeel.

drinkability: I did not want another pour of this. Not the best of saisons. the alcohol comes through hard. If it were just a little more complex in the flavor dept, I would be more willing to seek out this beer.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a fairly thin white head. Not too much retention or head on this one.

S- Smells really nice. Quite a bit of things jumping at me...little bit of a sour funk, fruity mainly apples, yeasty, and some peppery spice.

T- Bit of a let down after the smell. Nothing terrible just expected more from the smell. Some fruity apples, spice, and yeasty.

M- Lighter in body, good amount of carbonation, and finishes dry.

D- Easy to drink, again not terrible just, easy to drink and glad I got to try it.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem at Stateline liquors in Elkton, MD...in late July. Poured into my Chimay chalice. My first review of a retired beer.

A- Nearly opaque golden yellow body with a giant frothy white head that takes forever to settle down (which is what is prohibiting it from a 5.0...I couldn't pour it without it overflowing). It finally settles to a 1 finger thick eggshell white head. Cloudiness is thick and dynamic. When held up to the light bubbles can be seen rising to the top. A truly beautiful beer.

S-The smell good but not as potent as the rest of the brew. Mild floral hops tingle the nostril first followed by a fruity scent of pear and apples.

T-Upfront is a semi-tart/semi-sweet fruity flavor of pear and apples. This is accented by minimal floral hop flavor and a big bready yeast backbone. The finish has a sudden presence of floral hop bitterness along with a touch of alcohol. What lingers is a hint of floral hops and the bready yeast.

M-Medium carbonation and a mouthfeel full of yeast. Its much thicker than others I have tried of this style (which may come with age). Big silky and smooth.

D- I really liked this and I wish I would have picked up more than one bottle. I know the other reviews for this are much lower than mine...but maybe all this beer needed was some aging...I'm sure it was much boozier in the beginning. This is a wonderful brew overall and the best I have tried from this brewing co.

edit: when sorted high to low...all of the highest ratings are from 2008...just more suggestion that this one needed some aging.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy light orange color with a 2 finger bright white head.

S: lemons and oranges, along with with fresh baked bread and a nice underlying fruitiness.

T: For flavor there was some citrus peel and a touch of pepper along with a yeasty bite. There was some tropical fruitiness, dried pineapple, bananas, cloves, and sour oranges as well.

M: very creamy and tart, and active delivering a nice carbonation bite.

D: Very good drinkability and a good recommend.

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Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a mostly clear to slightly cloudy yellow straw color with two fingers of white suds.
Smell is malty sugar malt with orange peel and sour apple. Some alcohol and a dark sweetness finish off the aroma on this one.
Taste is a bit weak but I get an orange juice flavor in the aftertaste. Mostly spices like corriander and pepper with some clove or cinnamon stick. Very faint though.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but I think it adds quite a bit to the overall appeal of this brew.
Drinkability is good here despite it being discontinued.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I might be feeling generous today, but this is a fantastic effort from Flying Dog. Pours golden with a fairly thin head. The smell is very much citrusy. It definitely tastes like a saison, but it is not overly powerful in any one way. Very well balance and tasteful. One could drink these without feeling too much overwhelmed. This is highly recommended and the friends you want to keep will enjoy it, provided they like saisons.

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Photo of Viggo
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grub for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy orange/amber, thin ring settles down, tons of chunky white lace. Smell is neat, hay, some iron/metallic character, honey, grass, wood, sugars, pretty nice. Taste is sweet and sugary at first, oranges, hay, grass, apricot, sour and tart finish, with a dry woody character, some light spice and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to light carbonation. Pretty good stuff, thanks Russ!

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Photo of ewright
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A mild pour yields a tulip full of big frothy head atop a small amount of pale orange beer. The tulip's etching is sending a vigorous stream of bubbles up from the bottom. As the head recedes, rocky chunks of larger bubbles are left, but there is little lacing.

S: Huge bready, yeasty notes are right up front with a slightly sour note reminiscent of wheat beers lurking in the background.

T: Forward ester flavors of mild clove and a hint of bubblegum. Definite sour twang that smacks of wheat (not sure if this beer USES wheat though). Just enough hop bite late to create a bit of balance, but preserve this as a malt forward beer.

M: Medium body with just a hint of slickness on the tongue. Good carbonation levels even after all the head formation.

D: Dangerously drinkable alone or with food... I'm just having a sandwich today, but it still goes down smooth.

I hate giving beers straight scores, but this one is a strong 4 across the board. Good, but not great.

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Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a funky farmhouse ale scent that's musty with hints of orange peel. It has nice pale malt scent along with some light honey character. The taste is average. It has a very dry pale malt flavor that goes down slow with some off-flavors. The yeast and honey contribute their own set of issues. The honey dries it up considerably while the yeast esters really kill the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This was a beer that sat on my wants list for some time. I was a huge fan of the DIPA Wild Dog, but this one and the doppelbock were a big disappointment. Thanks to jjayjaye though for grabbing this one for me. Thanks again.

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Photo of JDV
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by BgThang, at the monthly tasting at the DH. Thanks!
Pours a bright orange color with bright fruity, orange spiced smell. Taste is earthy, and mildly spiced malt with some coriander, orange, and wheat like flavors. Medium bodied and pretty nice.

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Photo of grub
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lupe sent me this as part of the 80's BIF. thanks jason!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled june 14/08.

pours orangey gold with a bit of haze. a big fluffy white head forms, dropping slowly and leaving lots of lace.

aroma is good. light alcohol. orange peel. bit of funk. light spice. cracker and white bread. a bit peppery.

taste is good. white bread. bit of cracker. light grain. bit of alchol. light spice. orange peel. nice floral character. bit of apricot. the fruity character is more of dried fruit than fresh.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. fairly light body with a nice dry finish.

drinkability is good. the alcohol comes through more than i'd like, but it's mostly balanced. very mild spice with a nice fruity character. good stuff!

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Photo of BeerZack
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy light orange color with smallish white head.

Sweet lemony and orange citrus zest, champagne-like yeastiness.

Somewhat thin and maybe too acidic. Mostly a wheaty taste with the sharp citrus acid notes, almost offensive for how light this beer is.

Drinkable, but only because its so light. By style, this is a very crappy Saison.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL green bottle

A: snifter. cloudy pale orange with a solid white head. good retention and moderate lacing.

S: a lot of orange peel aromas, solid sour tone followed by the sweetness of the malts. good spice characteristics.

T: solid sour orange in this. not much of the honey, but it is present. great spice character s well. the sourness is good but not overwhelming.

M:very bubbly mouthfeel. very clean and crisp. carbonation is a little high and the body is a little thick for a saison.

D: very good beer, but a little sweet for the style. there is also too much orange in this. worthy of a try, but I don't see myself searching for it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was thrilled to find a few lonely bottles sitting on the shelf in Asheville when I was up there last week. I had been looking for this one for a while, and I jumped on it. 750ml bottled poured out an extremly cloudy and hazy amber color. Nearly opague from the haze in it, and very nice orange tones. No head at all, none, and no lace to speak of either. No visible carbonation, which had me a touch worried about it to be honest.

The aroma was lively, filled with vibrant spices and earthy light grasses. Corriander apparent as well as some nutmeg and a touch of heather, something nice going on here for sure. Very bright aroma, with hints of light grains and touch of fresh cut grass. THe flavor followed suit nicely, though adding a bit more of a light hearted hoppiness to it almost. Hints of light spices abounded on this one, as it almost left a tingling in the mouth, very nice. Light bodied with very nice carbonation it never really had a dull moment or a let down of any kind. For over 7% it came in as extrmely drinkable, really a nice pick overall and I felt lucky to be drinking it finally.

Overall a more then solid offering and defintly worth the hunting I did for it. Very nice light spicey flavor with hints of citrus riddled throughout. Almost a lemon like tartness with a very nice long spicey and clean finish. I would definitly have to recommend this. A very solid offering here.

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Photo of Beerman3000
4.97/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Label says it's brewed with honey and Curacao orange peel. Also bottle-conditioned. 7.3% abv.

Hazy, bright golden color, with a huge head typical of bottle-conditioned Saisons. Champagne style bottle with a cork and wire cage cap.

Light, fresh, fruity - citrusey nose, with a fair amount of "cellary" and woody-corky character. Enticing, sweetish, malt forms the bassline.

Fluffy, airy body, but not fizzy, owing to the bottle conditioning. Light, herbal, flowery flavor - delicious! Starts out with a light, but intense maltiness -- hearty, but not very high-gravity. Then a slowly-progressing bitterness with just a hint of tangerine in the finish (due, ostensibly to the Curacao orange peel).

This is one of the most authentic, tasty, and well-balanced American-brewed Belgian Ales I've ever had. I saw in a lot of the other reviews of this beer that it compared unfavorably to Hennepin and Saison DuPont, but please realize: these other beers, as good as they are, are not the best Saisons out there. Try Foret, DuPont's Les Bons Vouex Saison, Saison de Pipaix, and Kleinbrowerij de Glazen Toren Saison D'Erpe Mere, and you will see that this style has a much wider range. This is a funky, wild, spicy style of beer and you need to think outside the envelope. Cudos to Wild Dog for what I see as their best effort yet!

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