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Draft Saison

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by TNGabe, Feb 18, 2013.

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  1. TNGabe

    TNGabe Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Is it just me, or is a saison on tap never as good as it is bottled?
  2. litheum94

    litheum94 Dec 29, 2008 California

    Never had this problem. In fact, I think Saison Dupont is better on draft.
  3. mecummins

    mecummins Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I think pretty much any beer is better on draft, personally.
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  4. xnicknj

    xnicknj May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    The Hill Farmstead Anna I had on tap two weekends ago says "aaaaaabsolutely not!"
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  5. elchingen

    elchingen Aug 16, 2009 Georgia

    Been loving Brooklyn's Sorachi Ace on tap even more than bottled.
  6. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    It's just you. Go to trinity brewing in colorado springs, order the sliders and a couple pints of saison man and get back with me.
  7. BogleHill

    BogleHill Jul 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    Generally true, unless you get a bar with dirty lines or old kegs.
  8. denver10

    denver10 Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Saison is one style I most prefer on draft over a bottle, personally.
  9. Providence

    Providence Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Can't say I have had this problem with Saisons or any other style for that matter. I have never had a beer that was better in a bottle/can than on draft.
  10. k_rhodes

    k_rhodes Dec 29, 2012 Indiana

    Saisons are really hit or miss in the first place, I think. Either fantastic or not very good at all. Maybe your draft saison is in the latter half.
  11. TNGabe

    TNGabe Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    Yeah, the ice water in hell probably tastes good, too. Which is to say, I'll pass on ever going to Colorado Springs again.

    Guess it's just me. I always thought 2 fermentations were better than one.
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  12. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Some beers such as saisons, sours or other bottle conditioned beers can be much better over time in bottles.

    ETA: not saying those beers are always better just that they can be.
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  13. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Not a fan of Colorado Springs? I bet you didn't have the sliders....
  14. hopsbreath

    hopsbreath Aug 28, 2009 Oregon

    I personally prefer bottled saisons to their draft counterparts. One big difference is carbonation. Draft beer is typically 2-3 volumes CO2, but saisons typically benefit from higher carbonation and a perceived lighter body. Bottle conditioning allows you to push 4+ volumes CO2 and accomplish this.
  15. litheum94

    litheum94 Dec 29, 2008 California

    A lot of Belgian style ales can tend to be better out of the bottle because of the bottle condition they go through. The reason I brought up Saison Dupont earlier was that I've had some weird tasting bottles of that (dreaded green glass syndrome?). The couple of times I've had it on draft, it definitely lives up to its reputation. Definitely depends on the beer and a lot of other variables.
  16. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    11.2 oz bottles of Saison Dupont are brown, not easy to find though.
  17. litheum94

    litheum94 Dec 29, 2008 California

    I've never seen those. I'll keep my eyes open though.
  18. k_rhodes

    k_rhodes Dec 29, 2012 Indiana

    Moinette Blonde comes in 11.2 oz brown bottle conditioned bottles and it's every bit as good as a good Saison Dupont every time.
  19. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    It's just you.
  20. Reino

    Reino Aug 30, 2007 Oregon

    I fully agree with you. As mentioned above, the higher volume of CO2 in bottle conditioned Saisons makes for a much better Saison experience, IMO. Not to mention the other mysterious wonders bottle conditioning works on most Belgian beers. I've had the same batch of a local Belgian-style Pale side by side bottle vs. draft, and it's not even close as to which is superior. Most styles that you want to consume fresh are better on draft, but I don't think Saison is one of them.
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