Black Oak Summer Saison | Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Summer SaisonBlack Oak Summer Saison

Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Belgian Saison

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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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by bobsy:
Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clouded gold with a voluminus white head, that gradually dies to a heavy film, leaving streaks of lace with every sip. The aroma is restrained, but well balanced, with hints of hay underneath layers of orange zest, wheat, and funky yeast. This is not a saison that hits you over the head with a burst of funk, but it displays a subtlety missing in some other versions.

The taste reflects this. Upfront a pleasant spiciness (pepper and coriander mix) tingles the tongue, before giving way to wheat, orange earth and a light funkiness. The whole package is elevated by the finish, where the spices reassert themselves in a pleasantly warming fashion that belies the light alcohol percentage of this brew. Talking of the alcohol, its far more in line with the traditional saison than other versions that have appeared in recent years, and that's something I appreciate. Its an exceptionally easy to drink saison, and the lighter ABV actually makes it a good choice for a thirst quencher on a hot summer day, which can't be said of some of its arrivals who weigh in at twice the percentage. For its style is practically perfect in this area.

The body is also very style-appropiate, exhibiting a lightness, with spritzy carbonation and a drying character. Black Oak have done a great job on this beer. I first had it on tap last night and felt that everything was a bit dialled back in that tame Ontario way I keep coming across, but the bottled version is far superior and rectifies the faults I found in my beer last night. Highly recommended.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
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 chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

cloudy orange. Yeasty aroma. But then bitter and lacking carbonation, even watery. Spicy yeast, corriander pepper, Orange peel gives it an acidic bitterness begging food.
Had the 2007 on tap three years later. Hopped up with a good head. This version was like a spicy IPA,light mouthfeel. I am rating that version.

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Photo of stagger
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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 StormAles
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a deep golden orange color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of funky east with some orange and other spices. Taste is dry with some floral malt and a long yeasty finish with layer of complexity. Body is a bit light but it doesn’t hurt the beer too much overall. I got too admit that I wasn’t expecting so much from this one and was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 ZorPrime
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to northyorksammy for the sample. Pours out a cloudy opaque marmalade hue, smallish head that recedes to a ring. The nose is very yeasty at first, but as it warms all those nice spices start becoming more apparent: banana, coriander, orange peel, some nutmeg. The flavour possesses a sort of citris rind bitterness to it, with some coriander and pepper lurking in the background, a sharp lemon note appears in the middle after a while, and the citris rind bitterness comes to a crescendo on the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery at first, but builds some fullness as it passes over the palate. A bit one-dimensional over-all, but still a drinkable interpretation of the style.

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Photo of dipso123
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Lakaen
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ritzkiss
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle for the second time, both courtesy of Bobsy and his generous spirit. Pours a lovely golden with fingers of stiff head that is fed by bubble streams from the bottom of the glass. Lacing all the way down. Nice.

Nose is apples, grassiness, a little funk, coriander, and a generic wheatiness. Fruity and clean.

Clean entry followed by a burst of fruits: lemons, orange, a hint of banana, green apples. A clean wheat, the faintest touch of funk, a kick of spice/pepper in the finish. Dry, crisp carbonation, smooth body, extremely drinkable. Nothing outstanding about the flavors but simple and well done.

This is a really nice saison, perhaps one of the best in Canada and one of Ontario's finer offerings. Slight detraction is a faint off bitterness in the finish, other than that a great summer drinker, especially with the low ABV. This one is a winner. Thanks again Rob!

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz: Thanks radiomgb for a new collectible saison. Nice cloudy amber body, thin off-white cover. Good herbal nose, slightly floral, minty, fruity (pears) with notes of coriander. Herbal palate provides a very approachable balancing bitterness through mild hops reminiscent of goldings. Decent biscuity maltiness, soft body, quite low carbonation. It is quite yeasty actually, but this yeast strain just doesn’t boast the same maturity than a Dupont’s or blaugies. Finally, this didn’t feel like a saison all that much although I’m glad to see a Canadian brewery give the style a try. It definitely lacked some carbonation and needs more original summery hay, funk or whatever flavour, more head would be fun too, maybe next year? By the way, this is said to be far superior on tap.

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Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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 spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of RedAleMan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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 SebD
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 mrmanning
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
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 thehyperduck
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Whatup14
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kinguy
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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