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)

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 11-27-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Dimple based 750ml green Champagne style bottle. Gold colored wire cage and a gold metal disc hold the unmarked thumbed Cork in place. Cream colored parchment style label has lots of splodgy edgy psychotic looking artwork with the words ‘Wild Dog’ the most pronounced. Labeled as ‘Colorado Saison’ – ‘Ale brewed with honey and curaco orange peel’. I think they spelled curaco wrong on the label by the way, isn’t it Curacao?? …I digress. Listed as 7.3% Alc. By Vol. and denoted as a Limited Release. I did notice that this latest Wild Dog bottle did not have the little cardboard tag or individual bottle numbering that the Wild Dog Double Pale Ale had.

Left hand side of the label goes onto explain:
“This Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is a unique Colorado spin on a traditional Belgian Style. This unfiltered, bottle conditioned brew is gold in color and weighs in at 7.3% ABV. Brewed with imported Belgian ingredients including malts, hops, spices and yeast, this Saison has an authentic Belgian flavor with a unique Colorado twist from our addition of native Colorado ingredients”.

Appearance: A feisty “thrupp” from the tight fitting cork allows some gentle bubbling in the bottle prior to the pour. Intense conditioning assists the formation of a larger than wanted head and slows down the ensuing evacuation from the bottle affording some more care to the manual dispense. Pacing streamers rise quickly in the soft golden body which has some brassy-orange colored hints. The head is well behaved and has a decent longevity as it first decays from its monstrous 2-inch plus deep dirty-white start eventually falling to a more appealing ½” thick stabilized affair. Almost no lacing at all, but a solid appearance throughout nonetheless.

Nose: Lots of fruit, candied lemons, sharp oranges, faded dry hops and a healthy dollop of Belgian yeast. All the classic components that you would expect from a good Saison, if not a little more. A very enticing nose draws you in and keeps the interest peaked.

Taste: Punctuating flashes of Satsuma and candy sugar cross paths with a high rising lemon juice splash. Yeasty labia straddle the dry hop bitterness which sits below the gentle acidity of the tangy Curacao. Baked apples and a dusty powdered cinnamon seem to hide in the cracks between the hops and fruits. The finish benefits from a sweetness and viscosity from the honey. Over time a combination of tastes, Bubble Gum and Northern Pear Drops boiled sweets (you know the ones you used to get in Yorkshire Mixtures, er maybe not) seem to take over and start to mask the more delicate tastes long term, which is a shame.

Mouthfeel: Bold body, sprightly carbonation and a healthy toned body is bigger than what you would expect from most Saisons.

Drinkability: Saisons are perhaps, for me, by their very nature and existence, the epitome of Session beers and are one of my all time favorite styles. The finest Saisons combine a light body with an intensely flavorsome taste profile that is easy on the taste buds and can be, if wanted, pounded down. Whilst I am under no illusions that the Wild Dog Colorado Saison is not really supposed to be a “Session Saison”, or at least an affordable one at a mighty 7.3%, its main detraction is the Bubble Gum honey dew character that sticks around after only half a bottle. It reminds me of overdosing on honey filled cough lozenges when a child in England. Your throat is layered with a honey infused herbal coating, and the same thing happens here. I am sure this is supposed to be more of an Imperial Saison but it reduces the drinkability quite a ways.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed the Flying Dog – Wild Dog: Double Pale Ale, and to be fair I really enjoyed the Wild Dog: Colorado Saison, but to be fair this is more of an “average” offering. I hasten to add that though this is not an average Saison, far from it in fact it is very good, it does not really seem befitting of the “Wild Dog” moniker as the Double Pale Ale did. I guess the “Wild Dog” tag is meant to infer a more intense specialty brew, for which you obviously pay. Given the fact that Dupont’s products are on the same shelves, alongside bottles of Fantôme, both at lesser prices than what I paid for this I may add; then I have to conclude by saying that whilst this Wild Dog Colorado Saison is very good, in the real World it is not special enough for me to purchase this one again. But it is well worth trying, a damned good effort but a tad pricey for what it is at the end of the day.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a large tulip glass a slight hazed peach-like color a nice sticky,fluffy white head atop.Yeasty spiced aromas with a real alcohol presence you could tell this was a beast just from the aromas,a big alcohol kick hits you right off the bat on the palate with a touch of green apple and a touch of phenolic yeasty spice but its hot and could burn going down.This is one heavy handed saison at 7.3% alc it seems more alot more,flavor wise its not bad but the alcohol burn will make me drink it very slowly.

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Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev +9%
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 Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The rocky off-white head rising out of the glass before me clearly indicates that Flying Dog has gotten it at least half right! Beneath it a clear golden-orange body teems with life as very-fine, effervescent bubbles rise and swirl, adding to the rising pillow of froth above. The head retention is excellent and it leaves solid walls of wide-spaced splashy lace.

The nose is fruity (apples), spicy, and yeasty with a dusty, mineralish side.

In the mouth it's gently bristly with a delicate effervescence and a medium-light body.

The flavor mimmicks the aroma, but it's fuller. It starts mineralish, then becomes gently sweet and lightly tart - malty and fruity with notes of apple and dull tangerine. The bitterness rises, and a spritz of alcohol appears, leading it to a dry and spicy finish that lingers with some herbal and spicy hops and a bit of dried fruit (apricot). Kind of woody. It's reminiscent of Duvel in a way, but harsher; and it's not as soft and sweet and round as say, a Saison Dupont.

Overall, it's a decent saison, but I think some aging might help to soften and round it. Still, worth trying.

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Photo of BeerZack
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
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 ewright
4/5  rDev +9%
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 andrewm190
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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 beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +9%
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 Dukeofearl
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle purchased last night at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. for $11.99.

Pours a cloudy straw yellow that looks rather thick and syrupy, overlain with a white head with quite good retention and stickage. Quite nice.

Aroma of flowers, light organics, a touch of honey, and (at first) a dirty, slightly rotten smell. It went away quickly, but it was there. Flavor is honey, apples, definite saison organics, and bubblegum. Quite enjoyable. A bit of dryness and alcohol heat attend the end of the swallow.

On occasion, I feel I have to bring price into the equation. At $11.99 for the bottle, is this 50% better than the much cheaper Hennepin sitting right next to it? I would say emphatically no- I would say it's not even as good, even though I will admit that this is a good, tasty beer.

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Photo of wedge
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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 peabody
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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 rallison
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden amber with a 2 finger whit head that never dies. Smells spicy and yeasty - nice.

Taste is decent. Sharp yeasty flavor with a touch of hops it would seem. Some sweeter, sort of wheat-like malt. Well spiced. Pretty sweet for a saison. Altogether, not bad. Not exceptional. But, not bad.

Mouthfeel is relatively sharp but decent. Drinkability is good.

Recommended, aside from the price. If this were available as inexpensive six packs, I could see this being a good deal. For $11 per 750, there are better options - such as the DuPont series. Glad I tried it, but don't think I'll be buying again.

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Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy straw-gold, with vigorous head, requiring a patient, multi-stage pour. Wheaty aroma. Yeasty flavor, with a touch of clove and a slight mustyness. ABV was well-hidden beneath the malt. Overall, I was a little let down, as I expected more depth to the flavor profile. A pleasant beer, but I hoped for something with a bit more punch.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for breaking open this bottle...
Appears a hazy, light orange with a small white head that fades out into a small cap. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of funky, citrus, bubble gum esters, light fruit, spices, and sugary, vanilla cream.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with perhaps a slight step down from the smell.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, smooth, mild citrys, and a nice yeasty, spicy, semi-sweet finish.

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Photo of Cresant
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed Amber colored beer with a very energetic white head. Furiously strong head formation, pour this one carefully.

The smell is strongly herbal and slightly fruity. There is some mild sweetness here and a little spice but this beer is really really herbal. The fruit here is mostly apple.

The taste begins A little sweet and woody with a very crisp finish. Very herbal taste and a strong cork flavor. There is a lot of apple flavor here but not that much flower like I would have expected.

The mouthfeel is OK.

Well I am sure that I won't buy this again. It is quite pricey and far inferior to Hennepin. Still having tasted it I can say that I have been there and done that. The Saison category does have the very affordable and great beer Hennepin as a standard to live up to, and this simply does not do it.

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Photo of jsled
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours: slightly cloudy, bright gold. fizzy. good amount of large-bubbled head, sticking around for a while. moderate lacing. not too much bubbling.

smells: yeasty. apple-y. slight cinnamon/honey. citrus ... orange?
tangerine? lighter than orange. Fleeting lavander notes.

tastes: Some bitterness. A minor hot/alcoholic note. Woody on back of
tongue. Dry. Lingers a bit sour. Stronger orange citrus taste on second

mouthfeel: Sharp. Carbonated and bubbly. Medium-light mouthfeel.

drinkability: modest. The lingering sourness detracts from taking another

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of grub
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light cloudy amber color with a thick 2" head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: typical farmhouse funk, yeast, and a general spiciness tickle the nose.

Taste: nice malt profile with yeast, pepper, pears, green grapes, honey, and a soft spiciness. The flavors are wrapped in a dry musky tone and hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Dry and mildly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is relatively short as yeast and musky tones linger a bit.

Drinkability: overall a pleasant saison, but one that grew a bit tiring as the bottle emptied. Definitely worth giving this a shot.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy straw-yellow color with a massive amount of foam.Sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Yeasty, bready smell up front with a bit of spiciness to it.

T: Not bad, but not great. A bit sweeter than a normal saison. Nice yeast flavors mixed with a hit of hoppy bitterness and some other spices mixed in.

M: Lots of carbonation. Finishes crisply and dry.

D: Not bad, but I don't know how out of my way I'd go to find it again. Tasty and worth a try though.

Thanks to Ding for sending me this one!

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Photo of williamherbert
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy and bright golden color. Nice cloudy head. High jetsam of carbonation floating upward. Very nice to look at, actually.

Very sour Belgiany flavor. Has untertones of flat wheat. Not a white, but very pungent.

Heavy alcohol flavor with that sour Belgian/Farmhouse flavor. Matched by an orange flavor. High alcohol quite apparent.

Incredibly fizzy ginger ale feel. Unbelievably bubbly, creamy. Feels like champagne. Light and fizzy but underwhelming. Sweet/sour.

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Photo of stephendr
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a frothy off white head - nose of yeast , honey , green sour apples , some caramelisation , nutmeg , spices , oranges , and bright fruit – taste of dried apricots , seeds , pears , tropical fruits , and over ripe apples – body light , semi chewy , and sweet / sour – aftertaste of dried apricots , light raisins yeast and orange spice

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Wild Dog Colorado Saison from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 63 ratings