Saison Belge #4 (Citra)

~6.5%ABV / ~25 IBU

Bière blonde Saison fermette de style Belge, avec un profil plus foncé que les Saison traditionnelle, dû à un assemblage de malts Euro et Anglais. (Pilsner + Munich + Seigle + Blé)

Portion généreuse de houblon Citra, donnant une sensation plus acidulée, qui s’harmonise bien avec la levure de style Saison Dupont, étant davantage poivrée. Houblonnage à froid avec du Sorachi Ace, donnant une belle finition citronnée.

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Saison Belge #3

~6%ABV / ~14 IBU

Bière blonde Saison fermette de style Belge, avec un profil plus foncé que les Saison traditionnelle, dû à un assemblage de malts Euro et Anglais. (Pilsner + Munich + Seigle + Blé)

Levure de style Saison Dupont, avec des houblons traditionnels européens. Elle est délicate et facile à boire, légèrement poivrée et fruitée. Houblonnage à froid avec du Sorachi Ace, donnant une belle finition citronnée. Malheureusement elle est légèrement oxidifié par manque d’expérience.

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Saison Duval – Brasserie Auval

Saison – 6% – De Val d’Espoir, Gaspésie, Québec.

Saison – 6% – From Val d’Espoir, Gaspésie, Québec.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 = 3.9/5

Bright dark straw color with storming activity. With the yeast pour it gets deep cloudy with floating detritus. Creamy and frothy white 2-3 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, with generous legs and swirl reaction. Flavors of lemon, orange, pineapple, wheat, brett yeast, and floral hops. Slick and silky medium to full body with a zesty sharp crisp. Medium strength finish, moderate straw and barnyard effect, some honey with flowery hops and a tropical feel. Soft dryness but a prominent maillard sensation. More hoppy and floral than usual, less of a « cheesy » wild profile. As more yeast is poured it gets more citrusy and lemony. This is a cross Saison/IPA. Very well rounded and highly fresh, though slightly too much sugars. Overall high quality craft.

Rustica – MonsRegius Bières Artisanales

Saison – 6.3% – De Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, proche de Montréal.

Saison – 6.3% – From Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, close to Montréal.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5 = 3.59/5

Clear straw color with a good amount of activity. Gets cloudy as more yeast is poured, even murky. Extra foamy white 3-4 finger sparkling head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, creating strong legs and good swirl reaction. Flavors of lime, green grapes, sweet grains dominant wheat, wild yeast, and floral hops. Slick and smooth medium to full body with sharp crispy carbonation, almost champagne like. Medium strength finish, some brett yeast and straw effect with flowery hops. A hint of cheese as more yeast is poured. Highly accessible, lacking a bit of spices or fruity yeast, cause it feels more like a low ~4% table saison. Still a well done and balanced delicate mellow Saison. Overall good quality craft.

Daze On Saison – Saugatuck Brewing Company

Saison – 5.5% – De Douglas, Michigan, USA.

Saison – 5.5% – From Douglas, Michigan, USA.
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75 = 3.72/5

Clear, slightly hazy, dark straw color with moderate activity. With the yeast it gets cloudy and veiled with floating particles. Thick foamy and frothy white 3-4 finger sparkling head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with decent legs and swirl effect. Flavors of grapefruits, orange, lemon, green grapes, sweet grains dominant barley, caramel, Wild yeast, and floral hops. Light silky, a little oily, medium body with sharp carbonation. Medium strength finish, gentle vinous feel, light barnyard and cheese sensation, a bit of straw but more fruity and tropical with balanced flowery hops. Faintly spiced, similar to a table Saison or a Sofie but not as complex. It’s gentle and accessible, with good freshness. Though it gets a little thin and dull very fast. Overall very good quality craft.

Musje – Brasserie Dunham

Saison, 4.5%

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Saison, 4.5%: Deep cloudy almost opaque dark straw color with no visible activity. Extra foamy and frothy mountainous light beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with strong legs and a good swirl reaction. Flavors of cheese, sweet grains, lemon, wild berries, grapefruits, wild yeast, wheat and straw, with floral hops. Silky and smooth medium to full body with extra crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, flowery noble spices and sharp yeast, highly fruity with a strong barnyard feel. Belgian style Saison/Pasterbier, not an APA, but it’s more intense than a table Saison with similar ABV. Really pleasant and uplifting. Well balanced, super fresh, nice complexity. Overall excellent quality craft.

Saison Collabo – Oshlag / Shelton

Saison, 6.5%

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Saison, 6.5%: Hazy golden color with strong activity. Deep cloudy with the yeast drop. Thick foamy and creamy beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with average legs and a decent swirl reaction. Flavors of mangos, peach, grapefruits, wild berries, wheat, sweet grains, Wild yeast, and floral hops. Oily medium body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong strength finish, dry and quite sour, a notch too acidic. Notes of flowers and straw, but not much Saison like bardyard feel, very subtle. More fruity, slightly tropical, and sour like a Berliner Weisse from an almost candy like effect. I don’t really enjoy that kind of tart sourness, even less when it ends without a proper malt/hops/barrel sensation, so it’s a bit harsh on the throat. The sour queen like it so it passes that test. Lacks a little balance and still some complexity. The freshness is passable. The body is a bit thin and dull. Interesting cross between Saison and Berliner/Lambic. Overall good quality craft.

Saison En Enfer – Avant-Garde Artisans Brasseurs

Saison, 6.66%

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Saison, 6.66%: Deep hazy and cloudy dark straw, almost golden color, with moderate activity. Tight foamy light beige 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with average lacing and adecent swirl reaction. Flavors of sweet grains, peach, pears, lemon, coriander, wheat, banana, caramel, Belgian yeast, and floral hops. Slick and oily full body with extra crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, slightly flowery and herbal, a bit dry ending quite clean, sharp yeast and slightly citrusy, more grainy and dominantly malty. Moderately peppery, heavily sweet. Light bardyard feel, the maillard effect hides the Wild yeast profile. So it leans toward a spicy Belgian pale ale or Tripel. Good freshness, the carbonation is alright, although the body is a tad too heavy and oily. Feels more than 6%, like 8-9%. Overall good quality craft.

Saison Des Dunes – Microbrasserie St-Pancrace

Saison épicée et très malté, 6.3%

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Pale Ale / Saison, 6.3%: Deep cloudy, almost opaque, golden color with dense activity. Extra foamy and frothy light beige 4-5 finger head in a large tulip, lasting around 15 minutes, with moderate legs and lace, but a good swirl response. Flavors of sweet grains, lemon, grapefruits, orange peels, wild and brett yeast, peppercorn, caramel, with floral hops. Strong strength finish, quite dry and boozy, a bit peppery with dominant sour fruits that is more citrusy than tropical, including a thick malty leathery feel. Ends leafy and tongue coating, not crisp enough nor zesty. Too alcoholic, feels like 9%, so it lacks complexity. Hits the accessibility too, and not quite as fresh as it should. Slightly off and not like a usual Saison, more like a barley Pale Ale cross Tripel spiciness. Some bardyard feel is present, yet quickly overwhelmed by the malts. Highly warming stuff though. With some tweaks it could be interesting, until then, overall this is an okay quality craft.

Saison Dupont – Brasserie Dupont

Saison, 6.5%

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Saison, 6.5%, aged 6 months : Hazy golden color with storming activity and lots of floating yeast detritus (poured a bit too much). Foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with light legs, but thick lacing and a good swirl response. Flavors of apples, pears, green grapes, honey, sweet grains, wild yeast, wheat, coriander, and floral hops. Slick and smooth well rounded medium body with extra crispy carbonation, almost champagne like. Medium strength finish, slightly vinous, thick sugary grains, light hay and bardyard feel, flowery with a hint of cheese. Starts highly fruity with a light sourness, then the spices gradually develops on the tongue, making a highly complex spectrum of flavors. Incredible balance and perfectly intensified (even with the yeast). It’s not the funky, heavily yeasty type of Saison, more fruity and subtle. Overall exquisite quality craft, a guideline for Saison styles, ultimate Belgian interpretation.