Great Lakes No Chance With Miranda | Great Lakes Brewery

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Great Lakes No Chance With MirandaGreat Lakes No Chance With Miranda

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 06-20-2011

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by liamt07:
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, Project X bottle from the brewery. 650ml into some tulips. This batch is rated at 6.7% alcohol, at 40IBUs.

Poured a hazy golden yellow, with a bright white head of a couple fingers. Solid retention and good lacing. Nose has some citrus zest, hints of banana, yeast and some light spicing. Taste is dry with some toasty wheat upfront, interesting spice notes, more citrus zest and some hop juiciness. Some alcohol folds in with this around the middle of the mouthfeel, and finishes dry with the same alcohol note. Medium light feel and a higher carbonation. Spicy bite at the end. Good drinkability, and dry enough to pull back for another sip - buffered by the alcohol, which keeps the sips small.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Lakes tap takeover at Bryden's. Looks are unfiltered grapefuit, lacey and three-eighths of an inch of retained head. The aroma is sausin yeast. Bang on the style,though nothing unusual. above average mouthfeel but also aggressive carbonation. Cloves and white pepper. Good drinkablity.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh Project X bottle from the brewery. Poured in to Great Lakes pint glass.

A - Poured a pale straw yellow. Translucent. One finger of foamy egg-shell coloured head that slowly receded.

S - Clove, banana and Belgian yeast aromas up front. Citrus in the background with light orchard fruit notes. Very fresh.

T - A good bitterness up front with some grassy and herbal notes. The hops up front give way to clove, Belgian yeast and banana flavours. A touch of lemon in the background. Dry throughout, especially in the finish.

M - Medium body; light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ssmack
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

433 ml Tank Ten can from the brewery. 6% ABV 25 IBU

Pale yellow colour like a white wine. The head is just a slick with a ring around the glass. Good carbonation. Very good lacing with little retention. Hazy at the bottom of the can.

Aroma of steely funk. Cloves. Dried apricots that grows stronger as it warms then raspberries. Medicinal smell.

A bunch of tastes all mixed together ... Belgian yeast, bready malt, fruit, apricots. Slightly tart with a very mild herby and pepper aftertaste.

A medium mouthfeel with great bite from the carbonation.

I love this beer. An excellent saison. Flavourable and sessionable.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of kinguy
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of jrenihan
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a cloudy golden colour, with a small but frothy white head. Great lacing.

The most noticeable smell is belgian yeast, with some bright floral scents surrounding. Very slight hint of fruit. Nice.

A surprisingly bitter aftertaste, but coupled with a refreshing body. Restrained light fruit flavours become more pronounced with time- rather tropical in character. The bitterness is very nice and compliments the rest of the taste quite well.

Beer is mildly carbonated, with a nice light-to-medium body.

I am not terribly familiar with saisons, but I thought this was quite nice. The smell was very Belgian, especially seeing as it is from Ontario!

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Photo of Jerboat
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ktat
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at C'est What?, in Toronto.

I wonder if the keg hadn't time to settle; the beer is rather turbid and looks like freshly shaken-up pineapple juice, pulp and all. Plus, it's flat. Its surface is covered only by a thin pollen, like the dandelion seeds that move aimlessly through the early summer air. I feel mean calling it ugly but, truth be told, it hasn't exactly been blessed with good looks.

This thing is spiced, right? I sure smell lots of orange peel, black pepper, perfumy clove and zesty coriander... or at least at first I do. It's not long before those scents become listless and dull, or die-out altogether. Not all is lost, however, because a lovely marmalade-flavour gracefully steps in and suffices for a more than decent nasal attraction.

This saison has the bitter herbal quality of black tea leaves the light citric acidity of lemon juice - come to think of it, it tastes a heck of a lot like an unsweetened, old-fashioned lemon iced tea. Despite that thought, it is not overly citrusy; its fruitiness is rather dry and pithy and there's a rash of spice that lingers as if it were a classic Moroccan food dish.

Indeed, from the grand tree of saisons, this one hails from one of the more phenolic and spicy branches, which is how I like 'em. (Then again, I like 'em every which way.) But it would take a few more bubbles for me to throw around the word effervescent. Besides, there's enough malted wheat to give it the soft, feathery texture of a down-filled pillow.

'Miranda's Saison' (as it was listed on the beer menu) is a really nice attempt that is far more success than failure. However, while it is like the great Belgian farmhouse ales in shape, it is quite different in its genes. As with most North American saisons, this one resembles its noble antecedents, but is, unmistakably, a copy. But at least it's a good one.

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Photo of halivera
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of timiskin
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of valianes
3.83/5  rDev -2%

Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery

Golden copper, one finger white head, light lacing. Smell is fairly malty, spicy notes are there, orange, citrus, coriander, a wheaty yeastiness is there deep down and even more so as it warms. Taste is fairly complex lots of yeast and spices, banana and clove, apple, tart and lightly sour in the finish, firm bitterness throughout, good malt. Medium-Full body, med to high carb, good feel. Fairly good for the style, not quite as good as it Belgian counterparts but rather enjoyable.

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Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mick303
4/5  rDev +2.3%

On tap at volo, clear golden with really good lacing. A peppery saison, some hay and drying yeasty character. Aroma is similar, white pepper, yeasty complexities, barnyardy. Nice floral aspect to the taste initially, with good drinkability, possibly below average carbonation and crispness, but a very enjoyable saison for sure, quite true to style.

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Great Lakes No Chance With Miranda from Great Lakes Brewery
3.91 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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