Wasteland Elderflower Saison
Elysian Brewing Company

Wasteland Elderflower SaisonWasteland Elderflower Saison
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Belgian Saison
3.7 | pDev: 10%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Wasteland Elderflower SaisonWasteland Elderflower Saison
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 33 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of jellikit
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: Orange. Clear. Fizzy. Thick, foamy head.
Smell: faint Saison/Belgian yeast characteristics.
Taste: a floral Saison. Low on esters. Low on Belgian yeast.
Mouthfeel: high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: decent saison. Different. Floral for sure. Not spectacular, but drinkable.

 319 characters

Photo of RJLarse
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After looking back at my 12 Beers of the Apocalypse experience I realized I had missed #6. Knowing they didn't sell very well, I went back to the Swamp Tavern to get #6. Oddly enough this one was purchased for me by a guy who knows an Elysian executive. Poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a rich gold color, with a chill haze, and a foamy white head.

Smell is sweet and sugary, with a citrus lemon blossom aroma.

Taste is like the smell, a sweet sugary mild citrus flavor

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean with a dry mildly biter aftertaste.

Overall a good beer. I'm not much on the style, but a tasty brew that I wish I had tasted in the heat of the summer.

 664 characters

Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 beers of the apockalypse series, sort of fun. Served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice big white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing and some carbonation.

Aroma is floral and yeasty, smells nice.

Beer is medium in body and pretty bitter on the finish, vegetal and floral in the midpalate, pretty earthy, sweet too. I like it but I think one was enough.

 375 characters

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

2.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Two and a half fingers of fizzy, off-white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Quite impressed with the use of the elderflower in this. It comes through quite well and ends up in a perfect proportion with the rest of the beer. A nice floral/herbal vibe from it. Light caramel, light toastiness, and a mild earthiness. Not very funky and super clean. Moderate peppery yeastiness. It's a pleasant nose, but overall it doesn't do much to challenge the nose with complexity. Smells more like a Biere de Garde, but whatever.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Simple, elegant, and tasty. Floral/herbal elderflower. Caramel, toast, earth, and peppery spiciness. Again, super clean.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a light spritziness to it and a mild creaminess. Good here.

3.5 D: Not incredibly interesting, but the drinkibility is superb.

 935 characters

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has some Belgian yeast notes, as well as some floral and biscuit malt notes. The flavor is different. I get some tart lemon notes, as well as some floral character. I also get some yeast and biscuit malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

 355 characters

Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours orangey amber with a medium head and a lot of fast carbonation. slightly cloudy, mostly due to sediment at the bottom getting poured into the glass. Smell is funky, flowery, and spicy.

Taste is tart with a strong bite, some flowery flavor that reminds me of jasmine tea, some sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little still, thin, with a hint of metallicness. Overall, this is pretty good. Not digging the metallic thing, though.

 463 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.14.12.
Number 6 in the series.

A - Pours a golden, clear copper with a large fluffy, light tan head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Sweet and very floral.

T - Very floral and bubble gum.

D - Great carbonation, light body, on the sweet side, finishes sweet.

O - Floral and bubblegum, solid-maybe the best of the series so far.

 348 characters

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip. This is #6 in Elysian's Beers of the Apocalypse series.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a robust effervescence and two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Quite decent.

Smell: biscuity malt with a light saison funk. There is a floral/soapy character which I assume is the elderflower. Interesting, but it doesn't come together terribly well in the aroma.

Taste: biscuity flavor with, again, a light saison funk. Floral factor is a bit lower in the flavor, which works well. However, the malt component of this beer just doesn't please my palate greatly. Not bad, but not my favorite saison.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation and a mammoth, mouth-filling creaminess. Ba dow! This is what I like to see.

Overall: this is a decent beer. It doesn't fit my favorite flavor profile, but I think it is well-crafted and I think the key ingredient, elderflower, is used to an interesting and beneficial effect. I applaud Elysian for experimenting like this.

 1,008 characters

Photo of Docer
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: (2.5)

- Pours a clear copper with a quick fizzling off-white head. Light white ring sitting with scattered dust over the brew. This just doesn't look like a Saison, or a wasteland for that matter.... but a brew that tried to hit the style with a house yeast. Don't mean to slam it, but it is what it is.

Smell: (3.0)

- Nice clean herbal aroma. Floral, grassy, and rather bready with the clove-like yeast of a Belgian. Though a Saison is a French strain... the smell isn't even close to what I have come to expect from the style. Odd...

Taste: (3.0)

- Lovely herbal and floral flavors with a nice grassy and earthy hop touch. A light touch. But it isn't a Saison by any means. To me this is an herb infused floral American Amber with some American hops, and some stuff thrown in. It tasted very good, and is crisp and lemon-like... but why call it a Saison?

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- Bubble typical British Ale yeast-like pale... it's a tad cloying, and even has hints of chewiness... but the flavors leave a little film over the palate. Quite drinkable, and goes down well... but the flavors make it a nurser.

Overall: (2.5)

- Seems the series has continually gone downhill. I might even get disrespect for being so critical, but in that I find a grassroots beer-blog is most beneficial. If one is to call a beer a Saison... make it a Saison! Simple. This beer is an amber-forward Pale Ale infused with herbs and floral essences.. and I am not impressed. Perhaps thrown in just to make the numbers? Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Elysian, and have been drinking their beers as long as it has been distributed to Portland.. but for the series.. this has hit the bottom. Not a Saison.

 1,707 characters

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a footed ale glass at the Bier Stein

A- Poured a dark hazy orange amber color with a small soapy head that dissipated instantly and left no lace. Really nice color though

S- Big floral notes, an almost pilsner malt aroma, some big breadiness

T- Big floral taste (flower petal taste), splash of of sweet grapefruit flavor (not bitter or hop grapefruit flavor), some sweet malts, and a big bready backbone. No real hop presence in this beer.

M- Very effervescent carbonation, finishes very dry, medium body, pretty refreshing

O- An enjoyable beer with a unique floral taste I have never really tasted in a beer (not like a floral hop taste) but probably not something I would get again.

 708 characters

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the brewery in Seattle.

Pours a deep golden hue, almost hinting at bronze. Very solid hazing and a decent weight. Head is a disappointing faint ring of white. No lace or visible carbonation. Looks a bit insipid overall.

Nose is pleasant: mild pepper mingles with dandelion and earthiness to give a vegetative brusqueness that seems to birth the funk. This is mild, but pleasant and hints at deeper complexities to come. Not bad at all.

Smooth, creamy entry on the palate that repidly devolves into a vegetative bite, giving pepper, spice and lemon. Some honey comes through on the finish, but the aftertaste is bone dry. It's interesting and a little odd. Not complex, mind you, but interesting. Feel is very smooth.

Overall, there are some weird dichotomies about this beer. On one hand it feels very smooth, on the other if feels vegetative and bone-dry. In some senses it's quite refreshing, in others it feels rich and bloating. I can't quite wrap my head around it: any beer that can do that is at least worthwhile, even when it's not necessarily pleasurable.

 1,082 characters

Photo of DCon
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, WA for $4. Tapped from the Elysian Wasteland Tap Handle into a 16oz Beer Shoppe Pint Glass.

Aroma- Very pleasant and appropriate for the style. Light coriander and a good amount of spice.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has an orange, semi hazy body but leaves no lacing behind.

Flavor- A huge orange flavor starts this one out and then has the coriander note found in the aroma. No spices found and has a light bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Effervescent, and prickles with citrus on the finish.

Overall Impression- A very drinkable Saison but didn't have the greatest appearance... Wouldn't have guessed it was a beer in this style from it! Otherwise, good citrus/coriander taste and very close to the style in every category.

 855 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an odd coppery golden amber, with a nice one finger white head that dissipates slowly to a ring around the glass and islands of foam. Aroma of sweet malt with saison yeast, pleasantly floral. Flavor follows aroma with distinct saison yeast, coriander and sweet malt, with interesting fruit and floral esters, slightly astringent and dry finish. A bit more malt body than expected for a saison, but works quite well. Too sweet and floral for a true saison, but I really liked this and thought that it worked really well. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. So far all the the apocalypse ales have pushed the envelope and are unusual for their styles, but I have really enjoyed all of them. I'm impressed that Elysian has been able to pull this off each month with enjoyable experimental ales. The end of the world, if and when it comes, is well served by this series.

 916 characters

Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-hazy golden amber color with just the thinnest ring of off-white head that had no retention and lacing.

The aroma had a typical Saison yeast spice scent upfront, with a solid grainy base as a foundation. A hint of floral and/or fruity notes were faint at the back end. The flavors, while somewhat atypical, were pretty good. The expected earthiness was there, along with yeast and spice, what was different was the fruitiness of the Elderflowers. I'm not totally sure they were a positive addition, but they weren't terrible either.

The body was solidly good, nicely medium and dry. Drinkability was very good, you could have several easily (but I think that way about most Saisons). Overall, a pretty good brew that's worth trying if you see it. You might want to ignore the style guidelines when trying this and just enjoy it for what it is.

 890 characters

Photo of Aml42000
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark for a Saison. Looks more like an IPA. Copper colored.

S- Right away, this shows off floral aromatics along with some sweeter herbal scents. Pleasant to sniff, but a bit muddled too.

T- This tastes a bit soapy as it enters, but quickly picks up some melon and lemon verbena. This persists through the mid palate with a good interplay of crisp and herbal flavors.

M- This falls flat here. Average carbonation, but no depth or weight behind the flavors in the mouth. It just disappaited in the mouth and had a drying component rather than offering any texture or complexity.

O- I like Elysian in general, but this series has been disappointing overall. The beers aren't bad, but this one is emblematic as it is simply average and forgettable.

 755 characters

Photo of harrymel
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

#6 of 12 beers of the Apocalyse - June
Label is interesting with a naked dude walking in a crater with what appear to be serpent sperm. I feel like the name and artwork infer somebody is infertile...

Hazy toasted gold with a sheet of fine white bubbles. The yeast comes up front in the nose, sweet grain and coriander with some clay like notes. The elderflowers are in here and initially are subdued and difficult to find through the yeast, but once the beer warms and opens up, it's there and it makes me miss mamouche. Flavor - too much yeast! Wowza, very yeasty and creamy with sweetness and yeast. The elderflowers are more prevalent in the flavor, but the yeast is just soo overpowering it's difficult to enjoy the elderflower flavor. Medium on heavy body with low carb and a thick creamy finish - not the way I like the body here. I really wanted to like this beer, but my mouth was overburdened here. Shitty because I really love elderflowers. Le sigh.

 960 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#6 beer in the "12 Beers of the Apocalypse" series... Picked up tonight at the COOP for about $7.

Poured into my slip tulip a short lasting one finger head arises leaving little lacing... the brew is hazed orange.

The nose is pretty astringent... I guess is what is the Elderflowers.. almost tea-like.... Lightly phenolic and only bits of something that I associate with pear and ripe apple.

Again, the flavor is a bit abrasive... the floral notes are a touch harsh.. more fruity esters than the nose... but still a decent lingering phenolic note that seems about right.

Body may be a touch thick.. carbonation is also a little light for the style.

I see the bones of something "saison", but spices do not make it a whole lot better.

This is however probably the only one of the Apocalypse series that I see lasting through December.

All 3.5's

 864 characters

Wasteland Elderflower Saison from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 33 ratings