Black Oak Summer Saison | Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Summer SaisonBlack Oak Summer Saison

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Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with wheat, orange zest, coriander and special yeast, this seasonal ale delivers continental character and flavour. Unfiltered with an orange hue, pleasant citrus aroma, slightly higher carbonation all combine for a thirst-quenching beer. Perfectly proportioned wheat and spice provides a smooth refreshing ale, just right for hot summer days.

Added by DrJay on 07-11-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle served cold into a Sam smiths pint glass. Purchased for $6 CDN from LCBO.

Appearance - mildly cloudy orange beer with two fingers of white head. Plenty of lively bubble so throughout. Great retention and plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell - powdery yeast aroma with plenty of fruit namely nectarine. A touch of peppery goodness too. Some mineral aroma too.

Taste - light flowery aspect, with some nectarine taste fitting with the aroma. Also some wildness from the yeast. Very light and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - smooth, light body and light carbonation. Some juiciness transitioning to a drier finish.

Overall - a nice saison that's on the lighter side of things. Very refreshing with a nice light fruit flavor.

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Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy deep golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, coriander, Saison yeast, light peppery spices and some cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has citrus, coriander, wheat malts, yeast, some peppery spices and light cloves.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. Overall very well executed and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle into nonic pint glass. can't find a freshness date but i bought it shortly after it hit the shelves at lcbo so this should be pretty fresh

a: opaque and tangerine in colour. one finger of sparse head dissipates quickly. didn't pour very aggressively, though i'm sure you can probably get a kilometer of head on this one

s: whoa, lively coriander up front. very spicy but it's also fruity. orange, banana, peach, yeast, wheaty bready malt, and lemon. some sort of overall jasmine tea aroma going on here too. smells awesome

t: just as i described the nose. like a spicy, fruity, and wheaty carbonated jasmine tea. some yeast notes towards the end as well. an earthy tea leafy bitterness dries the palate really well to close things out. wonderful stuff, and surprisingly complex too

m: light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation. very appropriate for this beer

o: delicious, pleasant, refreshing, and drinkable

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of frothy white head that gradually dissipates over a period of minutes. The aroma is fruity and enticing, with the orange zest and coriander spice figuring in strongly. Sweet and yeasty, with some grassy hay notes, wheat malt and banana - I'm digging this one already.

Orange and lemon citrus rind come through strongly, with a sweet wheat malt backbone accented by some apricot and banana notes. There's a firm, peppery coriander spice at the finish, which is yeasty and only mildly bitter. This is a light-bodied, extremely refreshing farmhouse ale with aggressive, biting carbonation. Extremely refreshing; I can think of few other things I would rather drink after a summer bike ride (or mowing the lawn, or etc.).

Final Grade: 4.06, an A-. This is the second bottle of Black Oak's Saison I've had in as many days, and it probably won't be my last. It achieves an excellent balance between complexity and sessionability, with a light, thirst-quenching nature that makes it an ideal summer treat. Highly recommended - like all of Black Oak's offerings, this is well worth a try.

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Photo of mick303
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Had from bottle into tulip, beer is an amber orange with good lacing. Smell is quite orangey and citrus forward with some earthy coriander notes, firm toasty malt base with some yeasty florals. Taste is mildly floral, then orange citrus with a light mineral aspect. Quite a light and earthy profile, yeast adds some interesting rustic aspects, wheat is also evident with a creamy and mildly lactic character. Overall a decently tasty light saison, relies quite a bit on the orange and spice, but some of the other flavour tries to come through. Decent and refreshing but far from being an amazing beer, feels a bit watery and dampened.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at the brewery earlier this summer, so still reasonably fresh. A crisp and refreshing beer, perhaps even a transition beer that would appeal to a wide variety of palates.

Pours a beautifully hazy, golden amber with a dense white head that lingers. A wheaty and spicy Belgian yeast aroma that I believe to be very true to this style. Flavour starts sweet and fruity - orange and coriander - before ending on a pleasantly dry note with an underlying yeast tang.

Not a style that I personally choose very often, but think this is a good representative of it!

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ WVRST. Served in pint glass.

A - Straw yellow, slightly hazy with a small layer of white head.

S - A crisp floral hop presence compliments Belgian yeast, clove, spice and some citrus.

T - Crisp floral hop aroma, Belgian yeast, clove,
light citrus, spice. Clean and refreshing.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - This is an extremely refreshing and sessionable saison. I find many saisons to be overly spiced to the point that the drinkability as a summer session beer suffers, but this one hits the mark. A great combination of depth of flavour and sessionability.

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Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Masterski for this.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A hazy peach colored body with thick foam and a nice ring of lacing all around.

Smell: Pears, citrus, banana and a good wheat profile.

Taste: Pears, mild hops, banana, very mild spicing and ends with a twinge of sweet fruit, like tropical fruit. Very vague tartness.

Mouthfeel: Airy, ever so light bitterness and a nice lingering after taste.

Overall: Refreshing, tasty and could easily convert a light beer drinker.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Gigs in London. Pours a golden orange. Tastes slightly spicey with some hops and a bready like finish. A very nice treat overall and drinks down very smooth. I'm getting impressed with the improvement in this Province for craft beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a fairly clear golden. Small white head. Good lacing.

Smell contains yeast, dry cereal, lemon. A bit tart. Some light fruit. Smells like a berliner weisse to me.

Taste contains yeast, dry cereal. and an odd flavour that reminds me of Asian rice crackers- bizarre but I can't be more precise and the resemblance was startling. Lemon and other light fruit are present as well- perhaps papaya?

Light bodied, strongly carbonated. Too fizzy.

Overall. pretty good, but not exciting. Not what I hoped for.

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Photo of dgilks
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale gold colour with a big, fluffy off-white head. Good head retention.

Bright yeasty fruit notes up front which fade to an earthy, nutty aroma. Interesting.

Earthy and a touch spicy with just a hint of yeast fruitiness. I get a big hit of chestnut flavour as well which is odd. This just doesn’t quite hit all the Saison notes I expected.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Fine but a little more fizz would help this beer.

This is an interesting beer. I normally love Saisons but the odd chestnut note is a little off-putting.

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Photo of
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gambrinus in London, Ontario.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange with a perfect inch of persistent creamy white head. Leaves beautiful lacing as it recedes. This is a really good-looking beer.

Smell - Fruity and citrusy with a little yeast and grass. Fairly mild aroma for a saison.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Very light bodied with medium carbonation. Taste is a bit on the thin side; dry and fruity with a bit of orange, grass, and wheat.

This beer is light in body and flavour, and goes down very easy, but it's still flavourful and satsifying. It would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml draught
4.5% ABV
I tried this beer on June 24, 2011 at "The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy golden orange colour with a 1" creamy white head. The aroma was musk, earth, and grains. The mouthfeel was weak bodied with mild carbonation. The flavour was slightly sweet, earthy, a little spice, and grass.

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Photo of liamt07
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Black Oak Brewery, purchased as part of a 6-pack and one bottle was mysteriously left unconsumed in my fridge. Been sitting there since last May or so, so it seems I've 'aged' this to a degree? Regardless, a 341ml bottle into a tulip.

Poured a filtered, orange yellow with some floaties hanging around in suspension (that I don't recall seeing when I consumed these last summer, Black Oak filters all their stuff). A finger of medium density head appears, with some mild retention. Nose holds some bright citrus, and orange, some light "zestiness," toasted wheat notes and a somewhat dry feel to it. Taste has a lot of dry fruits, more indiscriminate citrus and a whole lot of the toasted wheat. More zest is evident in a relatively dry finish, which lasts quite long. Dryness leaves one wanting more. 'twas a good drink, albeit more suited to a summer evening than a cold winter afternoon. Enjoyable, as it seems to have held up to its original flavour quite well.

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Photo of peensteen
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw colour with a thick whit head with decent amount of lacing. Has a nice aroma full of bread and yeast with a little malt presence to tie everything together. Very refreshing full of citrus and yeast would be perfect on a nice warm day. Light mouthfeel but suits the taste well. Very high drinkability, its a nice treat when it pops up, though much more similar to a witbier than saison.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass nov1 2010

A hazy pale orange with lots tiny particles and plenty of carbonation that keeps a off white head there for a few minuets before it falls to a thin film leaving a few patches of lace

S yeasty orange peel with plenty of spice and even some faint bubble gum

T peppery flavors come through quite well on top of the yeast and citrus

M light and refreshing with lots of bubbles and a zesty aftertaste that slowly fades

D lots of flavor for a light beer, I could slam back a case of this if I had some summer heat to go with it

pretty happy with this one it would have been in my summer rotation for sure if I had this in my beer store. something you could drink a number of on a patio and still walk straight after, thanks liamt07 for sending this one my way

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickoff in Waterloo. A fitting brew for the last day of summer.

Poured into a nonic glass. A lovely bright orange-golden brew, with loads of creamy lacing, which left solid sheets of lacing. Visible carbonation right up to the end. Looks terrific.

Nose is light citrus, peach, grain husks, musk, pepper, and that right amount of yeast that reminds me of Belgian blonde ales.

Smooth, crisp, refreshing - a terrific summer brew. Tons of flavor here - chewy grains, peach, orange peel, lemon, spices. Would that I could have had this all summer long.

Creamy, with adequate carbonation. About the right body for a brew such as this - on the thin side for big quaffing.

Great stuff again from Black Oak. A fresh, flavorful brew, perfect for a hot day. Would love to see this in bottles out in KW. I will be back for more until the summer warmth dies off...

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Photo of spointon
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on-tap at Cafe Volo in Toronto. Served in an Imperial nonic pint glass.

A= This ale poured a slightly hazy yellow/gold color with a 1/2" white head. The head settled to a thin skim but left behind a lot of beautiful Belgian lace. Carbonation release was very active.

S= Very saison-like in the nose. I picked up sweet pilsner malt, yeasty funk, a hint of wheat, and a mix of citrus and peppery spice.

T= Much like the nose, with the yeast character really stealing the show. I really loved the flavors of orange, lemon, hay, and barnyard all combined into a classic, lightly tart summer time beer. Finished nice and dry. Made me feel like a farmhand in Wallonia!

MF= Thin body with a spritzy carbonation.

D= I really loved this beer and wish I could get it all summer long at my local. Tons of flavor packed into a sessionable abv!!!

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Photo of kwjd
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow, I think I have never had this beer until now. It is a hazy, pale yellow colour with a thin white head. It has a spicy Belgian yeast smell. Taste has lots of orange, black pepper and yeast. There is some sour and bitterness to it. The carbonation was a bit prickly on my tonge. I love how much flavour is packed into a small abv. Nicely done by Black Oak.

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Photo of strangemusic
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer came in a very tall glass, pale gold with a limited head. Average, pleasant.

The smell was primarily apple, pear, rosemary, and honey. Not very pungent, but again pleasant.

The taste had a lovely balance and a lot of dimension: tartness, sweetness, rosemary, pepper, bitterness, honey, zesty orange, wheat, floral yeast and earthy flavours.

The mouthfeel is also earthy, light/medium in body and a bit tart with soft carbonation.

It's refreshingly drinkable and seems to shift in nuance and character from sip to sip.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for the bottle Doug! Much appreciated. Thick bubbly of white head sits on top of a heavily carbonated orange coloured body. Lots of sediment here too! Nice! Aroma is of orange peel, spices, sour notes, and sweet malt. Complex! Taste is orange peels, spices, sweet and sour bitterness, and some grassy notes. Long lasting aftertaste that is bitter and sour. Well balanced!

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently received from MeisterBurger. I enjoyed Black Oak's Nut Brown last time I was in Ontario, so I had to give this one a try.

Pours a hazy yellow/orage color with a finger of solid head.

Fantastic nose. Some fruity scent that reminds me of apricots is dominant. Layered under that is some yeast and wheat scents.

Taste continues to remind me of apricots, specifically dried apricots given the dry finish and slightly fuzzy feel. Some yeasty/wheaty flavoring in the middle, which reminds me of a weizen. A kick of peppery spice at the end draws things to a close.

A fantastic beverage and a top notch example of what Black Oak is capable of. Technically under the traditional ABV for a saison, this only makes it more drinkable for extended durations. My only regret is that there is just the one bottle for me to drink.

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Photo of stagger
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An astonishingly good session saison, not as complex or hoppy as many in the style, but somehow the more perfect for all that - I'd drink this every day if it were available.

Taste is extremely reminiscent of Driftwood's excellent Farmhand Ale, but without the Farmhand's sometimes overweening black pepper finish.

Hoping I can get my hands on more down the road.

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Photo of cratez
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Chancey Smith's in London, ON, along with the Nut Brown and Pale Ale. First time I tried this was on tap at C'est What? I like the bottled version better.

Pours a glowing, hazy, marmalade orange/yellow with a bubbly white head that retains nicely. Lots of sticky lace on the glass. Smell is strong spice (grains of paradise, lemon zest) with prominent yeast aromas and some wheat malt in the background. Taste is quite similar: yeast and wheat malt upfront, along with orange peel, lemon, coriander, and faint hops. Lightly nutty flavours impart a peanut butter essence. Very citrusy and refreshing. Mildly astringent bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, tangy and well-carbonated. I didn't expect to like this beer so much, but it's really flavourful. Another winner from Black Oak!

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobsy for this beer. Tasted on September 20, 2009.

A: Golden yellow, hazy with a nice little head that sticks well to the glass.

S: Fruity, some coriander. Typical Belgium smell... spicy but not too much.

T: Wow, bitter... I get some woody flavor here. Not my type of taste unfortunately. I think the woody stuff is too harsh however, this beer it is tone down a little bit.

M: I feel the carbonation.

D: One per session is enough for me.

That woody taste I have to get through... I guess my palates are not accustomed to this. Maybe with more experience I would like it more. If you like the wood taste, this is one beer for you, however it is not strong. Maybe a good introductory to this taste...

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Black Oak Summer Saison from Black Oak Brewing Co.
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