Big Bulge Saison | Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue

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Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue
Alberta, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BigBry on 02-06-2009

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this seasonal offering on tap at Calgary Crowfoot location. Beer arrived a burnished brass color with some white head, releasing an aroma of rustic nutty yeast as per the style, along with assertive floral and citrus aromatics. Smells pretty close to the stuff you'd find at the source (Belgium). Palate a complex and heady combination of tangy sourdough malt, powdery yeast, lavender and dandelion floral notes, a tarragon-like savory herb character, pear and green grape fruitiness, and a lot of pungent citrus/coriander and dry pepper spice phenolics. Sweetish mid-range body but there are so many bitter components that the overall effect is bone-dry and very crisp. Pretty high carbonation levels add to this latter impression. Hops must be Saaz or similar cultivar. A really solid (if a bit dry and spicy) saison.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy pale copper brown, short white head dissipated to random covering
S - toasted grain, light fruity sweetness, leafy hops, slightly astringent
T - cherry, banana, and cloves, leafy hops and grainy bready malt, and just a little astringent finish
M - refreshing carbonation, thin and slightly puckering finish
D - an interesting take on a saison with a little more hop note, although it is a little thin a mild, worth a sample or two

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Photo of BigBry
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brewster's Description (from the menu): A summer style brew originally produced in Wallonia, the French speaking part of Belgium and home to the infamous 'Battle of the Bulge'. This beer was traditionally brewed at the end of the cold season to last through the summer months before refrigeration was common. Now it is brewed year round all over the world.

Had a glass of this seasonal at the downtown Calgary location. This poured cloudy, yellow orange with a white head. Decent carbonation, foam quickly shrank, no lace. Yeasty aroma, with banana, clove spice. Flavors of a wit, yeasty and fruit - pineapple seems to stand out. Spiciness comes through nicely. Maybe a bit thin watery body. Well made, no faults.

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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6.3% abv.

A: Hazy, dirty straw, white head, some retention & lace.

S: Spicy, grassy, tropical fruit and hints of barnyard funk.

T: A pleasant tartness that's slightly funky (leathery barnyard), grassy & spicy, light tropical fruit (pineapple & mango), biscuity malt, modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a slight acidity giving it a crisp finish.

D: Very drinkable for its strength.

Thanks to Wildone for this CanBIF treat!

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Photo of scott451
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy gold with a thin head that soon diminished to a ring.

Spicy floral smells. A big fruity, barnyard burst up front. Kind of sour followed by a slide down into a spicy dry finish. A lingering tart twist at the end.

Medium light body. Very drinkable. This one was a bit of a surprise. I wasn't expecting the ssours and barnyard to be so prominent here. I would like to give this one another try.

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Photo of bobsy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty yellow pour, bordering on cider, with a frothy white head. Decent retention and lace. Spicy wheat aroma, with touches of pineapple and very light funk. Clean flavours. Fruity base, with the pineapple coming through, tart wheat, peppery spice and light funk. Certainly very refreshing, though I would prefer a bit more barnyard. Medium-light, thirst quenching body with a gentle carbonation.

This is a good saison - slightly tarter and less funky, which actually helps to make it a lot more refreshing on this hot summer afternoon.

Thanks to Derek for sharing!

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Big Bulge Saison from Brewsters Brewing Company & Restaurant - Eleventh Avenue
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