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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by dagimp, Jul 6, 2012.
I can't say I've sampled a wide variety, but I do love Great Divide's Colette.
Sofie & Tank 7. Edge to Boulevard at the moment as Sofie hasn't made it in 4-packs here yet (March/April)
Oh I think Sofie is near-sublime . . . it goes for about $12-13/ 4-pack or $8-9/ 22oz bomber here, which is alright but a little pricier than I'd like.
Colette is maybe $11-12/ sixer, but I thought it was pretty mediocre, all in all. It's alright, and easy to drink, but as a saison it just doesn't stack up—not even close.
I likes Hennepin.
I'll second the Colette, it's less then $10 in the Austin area. I haven't tried the Sofie so really can't comment. I think Colette is funkier and Hennepin/Tank 7 have more bite.
All are very drinkable.
Depending on how cheap I'm feeling:
6er of Collette - $11ish
4 pack of Hennepin - $11ish
4 pack of Tank 7 - $12ish
4 pack of Sofie - $14ish
This reminds me... I just recently had a 2-ounce sample of Sneak Attack saison from 21'st Amendment at a local beer tasting and was wowed. I thought it was fantastic. I told myself I'd pick some up once I drink down what's in my fridge. Interestingly, though I see it doesn't score nearly as well as I thought it would on here. An 82. That's not terrible, but I expected much higher. I wonder if I had the Pepsi affect, where something taste really great at first, but a full glass of it is a different story.... Any of you buy that one regularly? Interesting that it's a winter seasonal. Not typical for a saison.
Dupont wins for me
Based on Northern New England availability I'd vote for Urthel Sasonnaire (available here in Maine 33cl bottles) or Boulevard Tank 7 (involves a drive to Massachusetts). I don't recall seeing any small bottles of Dupont in Maine for nearly a decade. We don't seem to get Sofie in small bottles either. All of these are massively better than Hennepin IMO.
Man, I had a bottle of Saisonnière in Brazil over the summer and found it to be very mediocre. Different strokes, I s'pose.
Boulevard is doing 4-packs of some of their beers now.
I'd be inclined to think that freshness of handling might be an issue in Brazil. The sea voyage across the equator isn't going to do favors for any beer.
Urthel Saisonnaire doesn't make my top ten Saisons list but Hennepin probably doesn't even make the top twenty and I've had it probably a dozen times in the past five years. I keep drinking it trying figure out why so many people like it and I keep drawing a blank. De gustibus non est disputandum I guess.
I agree, although I do love some Hennepin.
I picked up a sixer of the Sneak Attack last week.
I'd say it's good for the price point and I'll likely buy it again sometime but I didn't get much Wow out of it. A bit too one-note for Wow. An 82 is lower than I'd expect, though. I'm kind of curious if my reaction would've been different in a warmer season; just as I don't see a lot of "winter saisons," I don't drink a lot of saisons in winter.