Saison Gee | Olde Hickory Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mississipping on 05-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
34
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
13.07%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
For Trade:
2
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Reviews by zeledonia:
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4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

3, reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright but deep medium orange. Very clear, with a sparse curtain of bubbles rising up. One finger of white head, decent retention, fine lacing. Nice.

Smells bright and pungently fruity. Sweet, in a juicy way. Loads of stone fruit - I feel like I just cut a peach and an apricot, and am rubbing my nose in their flesh. This is Belgian yeast style fruit, and I'm liking it. Also a big hit of white grapes. Really nice, though I do wish it had a little more saison in it.

Taste is similarly juicy, but less fruit, more grain. What fruit there is leans more towards the white grape. A dash of black pepper, a slice of banana, and a few flower petals thrown on top. All smooth edges, rounded off and sanded clean. Complex and varied, and quite tasty.

Medium-bodied with an upwelling of carbonation. It feels like it's boiling up from the depths, starting slowly, then coming on in a rush.

This is a really tasty saison. It's fruity, and juicy, and really well put together. I'm impressed, and had no trouble finishing a 750 of it. Wish I had some more of it, actually.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Woodrow for this one!

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger white head, nice tight foam with nice retention and thick lacing all around the glass.

S: Decent aroma of faint Belgian spice, fruit, and some grass. There is a little bit of green grape and banana for the fruit.

T: A good bit of the chardonnay barrels coming through, a little bit of a wine flavor, more green grapes, some grass, and a bit of spice. As it warms a bit of banana comes out.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Slight alcohol presence.

O: Liked it more as it warmed, but seemed a bit big for a saison and not as delicate as I prefer them.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh

A - copper, no head

S - winy, buttery, oak

T - winy, oak, butter, apple, alcohol

M - viscous, winy, warm, smooth, little carbonation, medium bodied

This is a different saison. It doesn't have the typical Belgian funk and it definitely leans more towards wine than beer, but overall it's a rather enjoyable offering. If you're a Chardonnay fan this is for you.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jsanford
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of wedge
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ BrewMasters

Dark gold color with a solid head that plasters the glass with lace and comes to a rest as a permanent creamy covering. Buttery, somewhat bourbon-like aromas upfront...slight vanilla, lemon funk, bread, faint banana, and some booze lurking beneath it all. Wine barrel creaminess, floral notes, peppery esters, some more banana-ish fruitiness. Creamy in the mouth and drying in the finish. This is not your average Saison, but it's a pretty nice, unique take on the style. The creamy smooth Chardonnay barrel quality isn't overdone and is pretty enjoyable. Glad I tried it...

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Photo of wcudwight
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with thin wispy head that's a bit shy. Wonderful aroma that makes itself known the minute you open the bottle. Big whiff of Belgian yeast, booze, wine and apples. Kind of smells like my granddaddy's homemade hard apple cider. I love that smell.
Very much an americanized version of the Saison style as it's missing much of the traditional Saison funkyness but that doesn't mean it's not a good beer. In fact it is delicious. Belgian yeast, grapes, apples, sweet malts, and both red and white wine flavors. This is definately a well-crafted beer. Full-bodied with a slick feel in the mouth. Highly recommended.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ASUBeer
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of PJC1979
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful golden-honey color. It had a floral citrusy aroma, and upon taste an equally nice body. There was a slight honey-esque aftertaste that lingers on the tongue, which although a stronger beer, just glides down the mouth. Overall, a nice Saison.

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Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is courtesy of Scott, aka MordorMongo, who shared it at a Kahns tasting event. This beer pours a murky dingy gold in color with a one finger bright white head that reduced to a sticky lacing around the glass. The nose is of honey cream, red apples, pale malts, and funky yeast. The flavors follow suit with the yeast dominating along with an odd bitterness and some light honey in the finish. It's solid. It drinks medium in body with a lingering, almost sweet yeastiness. It's a decent saison but nothing too crazy and definitely more American in style.

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Photo of Lantern
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of JCam9981
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of humuloner22
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best Saison's I have had thus far. It was poured into a tulip chalice allowed to open up to the air for a few minutes and to allow the yeast to settle a bit. Lots of carbonation and very effervescent. The head grew tall at first but settled into a nice lacing pattern. The color was a beautiful erubescent golden color. Different from others I had tried, maybe from being aged in the Chardonnay barrels. One reason I love this brewery is they really have aging down.

The smell was funky, fruit and clove. This seems to be a solid characteristic of this style.

The taste was fruit, dried apricot, raisin, and something else... Once again a funkiness that I have grown to love about this style and that strong musty clove flavor. This blends well into a sharp clean mouthfeel and a well balanced beer.

Overall it is an awesome beer from this brewery. I wish I had gotten a chance to pick up more, but I with limited funds I couldn't this time around. Hopefully, this isn't a one and done, because these guys have done a fantastic job with this one. Also, this was the best of the bunch. They released two more in this style and I felt this one was definitely the best of the lot. If you can find it, pick one up. I highly recommend it!

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Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of mattafett
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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