Été Belge Saison | Paddock Wood Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
Saskatchewan, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Summer

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Added by markaberrant on 06-07-2009

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of bobsy
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A saison from Saskatchewan, été belge has an attractive pour, sporting an orange body and a finger of foamy white head. Decent retention and lacing. The aroma is interesting and more akin to a fruit beer than anything (in fact it smells more like a fruit beer than most fruit beers) - berry juice, with a stong component of strawberry, and ripe pineapple, with only the slightest hint of spice if you're really, really looking. The flavour is solid, but completely un-saison like. Wheat and berries dominate early, with a lightly spicy middle, and a finish that reminded me of crème de sake (definitely some creamy rice koji flavours going down). Now, while the body did have a pleasant creaminess it was ridiculously over-carbonated, even for a style that brings the bubbles, and this detracted from an otherwise decent beer.

I'd drink it again, but not with the expectation that this was an authentic saison. It would make a good summer beer, but this brewery has done much better.

Thanks Wildone for the bottle.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Massive amount of tall spongy light beige head on the pour, the full bottle took 3 seperate attempts to empty. Cloudy deep golden amber hue, lots of carbonation, great head retention leaving lots of chunky lacing in its wake.

An effervescent nose with a good dose of citrus, grapefruit zest, light spice and some wheat tartness, fruity esters and even a bit of sweet creaminess.

Tart wheat on the flavour accompanied by phenols and esters, basically fruity citrus and spice, it's all well-behaved and quite refreshing in its own way.

Rather smooth mouthfeel for a saison, yet with enough carbonation, even some slight stickiness on the finish, dry finish and aftertaste.

Decent enough, I can't fault it too much at all, yet I'm not really craving much repeat either, at least in a sitting, although for those into this style it would make for a pretty good general sessional, perhaps a gateway for those looking for a baby step into the style.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle split thanks to Bobsy and his never-ending supply of various Canadian beer you can't get in Ontario. Keep trading and inviting me over!

Pours a... whoah!!! This is one active, active beer. The most careful pour results in a half-glass of head that actually doesn't have a ton of staying power. Golden color.

Some pineapple, bread, spiciness in the nose. Nice.

The carbonation in this one, mixed with a fairly non-descript, non-saison taste does this one in. Way too over-carbonated (as evidenced by the pour), a couple sips and you feel full. There's a biscuity/bread thing going on, some slightly tart apple juice, the faintest hint of citrus, a nice drying in the finish.

A little disappointed in this one. The carb makes this not as desirable as it could be and certainly not the refreshing feel I come to expect from a saison.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.59/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber, lots of carbonation, big white fluffy head, leaves tons of lacing

S - lightly sweet pils malt, herbal/grassy hops, clean

T - biscuity dry malt, low sweetness, med hop bitterness, pepper in the finish increases perception of bitterness and dryness

M - med light body, well carbonated, goes down very easy, dry, lip smacking finish

D - very nice and refreshing, it has some great flavours, though it is a little reserved for the style.

This is a great summer beer. The dryness makes it very refreshing, and the biscuity malt is quite tasty. Website says it has orange peel and grains of paradise - I'm not getting any orange peel, and it took awhile to pick up the pepper notes (which are quite nice once they develop). It does seem to be missing the interesting phenols and esters that a classic saison possesses, but it is still quite an enjoyable brew. Give this one a chance; at first sip, I was disappointed because it wasn't "saison-y" enough, but by the end of the bottle, I was really digging it.

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Photo of Dawkfan
2.54/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Before I start, I gotta mention how crazy active this beer is. This is the last of the 6 pack I bought, the first one I opened probably shot a foot in the air! I've tried different temperatures, but no luck settling this one down.

A- Pours a light golden honey, half the pint glass is filled with an extremly light airy head, pillowy chunks are left on top and clinging to the glass as this one finally calms down. A lot of carbonation is visible.

S- Nice Belgian spice, citrusy, fruity, bready and perhaps a little wheaty as well.

T- This tastes nothing like a saison. Wheat and spice are about the only thing I can really get out of this. It finishes a little bitter and a bit metallic as well.

M- Way to much carbonation, it actually stings a little bit.

D- I don't have the time or patience to put up with this atomic bomb, its way to over carbonated and the taste is rather weak. I'm glad this is the last of them.

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Photo of prosper
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a rather pedestrian gold. Very clean. Lots and lots and lots of head - gusher from the bottle, even when refrigerated near freezing.

Smell is complex; lightweight belgian citrus esters, toasty malts and sticky sweetness, along with a unique, delicate spiciness - like bay; laurel.

Taste is good; dominated by hoppy bitterness, but also carries some light malt toastiness and a fair bit of citrus - not hoppy citrus, definitely a yeast product. Very dry. Unbelievably dry.

Lots and lots and lots of carbonation. thin body.

Not something that inspires me to have another, but I could see how this would be a nice crisp quencher.

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Photo of Edgerrin32
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Été Belge Saison from Paddock Wood Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 7 ratings