Scratch Beer 139 - 2014 (Belgian Style Saison) | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Scratch #139 represents our interpretation of the classic Belgian-style ale – the Saison. This once near-extinct ale was brewed in farmhouses during the winter months, then stored until the summer when it was served to the farmers, or seasonal workers (“saison” is French for “season”). Keeping with a French theme, we use a strain of French Saison yeast to enhance the mouthfeel, which lends a rich, silky texture and dry, champagne-like finish. The result is a mouthwatering, generously carbonated Saison with a tangy citrus character, sweet malt backbone, and contrasting peppery spiciness. À la vôtre!

Added by orangesol on 04-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 39
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice orange color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over about 3 minutes to leave a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell of the brew is sweet and delicious. It has a quite strong aroma of candied sugar and banana as well as some lighter tangerine and light fruit aromas of peach and apricot. Along with these sweet aromas are some nice light spice aromas of clove and black pepper as well as a bit of grass and some hay. Overall the aroma is very inviting.

Taste – The taste begins as would be anticipated from the smell, with a sweet flavor of candied sugar and some lighter fruit flavors of orange and apricot. Some very light pepper flavors are present from the start with these later being joined by some flavors of a very light clove and coriander spice. During the increase in spice, some yeasty and a rather strong banana flavor develop on the tongue. Toward the end, a light grassy and hay-like flavor develop, leaving a nice sweet but very easy going and enjoyable saison flavor to sit on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation that is a bit on the higher side. The higher carbonation suits the sweet candied sugar and lighter yeasty and grassy flavors quite well making this a rather good mouthfeel overall.

Overall – This was a quite tasty Belgian season. I would certainly like to see this become a regular option by Troeg’s. Quite delicious.

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Photo of philbe311
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Just shy of a finger's worth of crisp off-white colored head... Limited retention gives way to a lopsided veil of lacing and a modest collar... A few carbonation bubbles can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a pale honey amber... There is a moderate haziness throughout... There is a slight to modest bit of slightly sluggish carbonation throughout making this one seem surprisingly thick and viscous... Not a bad looking brew by any means though there are some unexpected facets for the style...

S - An intoxicating Belgian nose... Strong Belgian yeast notes... Loads of candied sugar sweetness... A very subtle but enjoyable floral presence... Simple straight forward and very enjoyable...

T - A potent array of varied flavors clash on the palate... The Belgian yeast is at the forefront along with the candied sugars... Some light honey notes... There is a subtle hop presence... Lots of grassy notes on the finish... Lots of complexities that prove challenging... The flavors seem to clash a bit rather than work harmoniously...

M - Medium bodied... Firm... Crisp... Spry carbonation... A bit sticky...

D - An interesting and enjoyable Saison that seems to meander into Belgian Pale Ale and even Tripel territory... Lots of highlights, but there is something slightly off overall... I will have no problem finishing the six pack, but it's not something I would revisit with regularity... I wish Troegs would tackle more Belgian Ales as part of their Scratch series...

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Photo of orangesol
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours murky light amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving no lace at all on the glass.

S - Smells of bready wheat, pale malts, mild spice from the French yeast, some honey sweetness and a dash of earthy hops. Solid nose, I prefer them with a bit more funk but it's still pretty nice.

T - Starts off with some of the spiciness followed quickly by the chewy wheat, earthy hop bitterness, lightly toasted pale malts and a bit of drying booze. Finish is a little spicy with some light dryness, not lingering overly long.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, spicy feel with a bit of dryness thrown in.

O - A decent enough saison. Not really sure why they called this one a Belgian saison when they used the French yeast. Either way I had no trouble finishing my glass and I would definitely get another.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden, with a medium amber tint to it. Foamy, slightly off-white head that leaves a ring of sticky residue atop a thin head.

S- Hints of spiced yeast, bready grains, banana.

T- Malt come through nicely and blend with the citrusy, peppery yeast that adds hints of fruit with the malt. Tastes like a traditional saison, but a little more toastiness in the malt flavor.

M- Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, fizzy, with a slightly dry finish.

O- A really nice take on a saison. The malt and yeast go great together and the overall experience is well done.

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Scratch Beer 139 - 2014 (Belgian Style Saison) from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.89 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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