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Saison | South Shore Brewery

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South Shore Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by pweis909 on 01-25-2008

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by demcorhip:
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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking brew, browner than expected, almost chestnut. Decent one finger head, retention was so so, but hey, this was poured from a growler which was filled last night at the Deepwater. Already leaving some intricate sticky lace as the head recedes.

Nutty, roasted malts and fruity esters hinting at raisins. A tart and earthy pungency also present, and makes a nice counterpoint to the rich malt. A floral bitterness also present.

This is an interesting brew from South Shore. Im not used to the rich roasted malts in a saison (or the bartender's pronunciation, "sayzon"). But this is working quite nicely for me. Rich and nutty malts, with a solid dose of toffee meet big fruity esters and a hint of phenols. Sultana raisins and a touch of clove. Mild earthy funk from the yeast, and probably also the bittering hops. A hint of lemon also present.

Almost medium bodied and slightly creamy. Would prefer a touch lighter body with more effervescence, but this is a pretty tasty brew. A touch more attenuation would have been nice, but the roasted malts probably bring more unfermentable sugar to the mix anyways. Anyways these are just my quibbles, this is a tasty brew and it will be my pleasure to work my way through the growler as the kids watch Twilight.

Yes this is a tasty and drinkable brew. The 7% ABV is extremely well hidden. Im impressed by the draft only available options from this brewery, after enjoying some of their bottled offerings. Reminds me of a slightly less funky Ovni from Flat Earth. There should be a trading market for the draft only brews from South Shore, im impressed and recommend this as well as the Pale Ale i tried yesterday. Good stuff.

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Photo of d5001986
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pweis909
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Deepwater Grille. Served in a pint-sized snifter glass. Cloudy, tarnslucent amber -brown, with a tawny foam that recedes eventually.

This beer smells estery, a bit like a bavarian wheat with banana and clove.

The taste is initially sweet, then peppery, with maybe an alcoholic bitterness to it. The finish is earthy, chalky, dry.

There is a thicker mouthfeel to this which I do not think is to style, though I am no expert on this style. Still, reasonably drinkable, considering the ABV.

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Saison from South Shore Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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