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Saison

Aroma: Quite aromatic, with fruity, spicy, and hoppy characteristics evident. The esters can be fairly high (moderate to high), and are often reminiscent of citrus fruits such as oranges or lemons. The hops are low to moderate and are often spicy, floral, earthy, or fruity. Stronger versions can have a soft, spicy alcohol note (low intensity). Spicy notes are typically peppery rather than clove-like, and can be up to moderatelystrong (typically yeast-derived). Subtle, complementary herb or spice additions are allowable, but should not dominate. The malt character is typically slightly grainy in character and low in intensity. Darker and stronger versions will have more noticeable malt, with darker versions taking characteristics associated with grains of that color (toasty, biscuity, caramelly, chocolate, etc.). In versions where sourness is present instead  of bitterness, some of the sour character can be detected (low to moderate).

Appearance: Pale versions are often a distinctive pale orange but may be pale golden to amber in color (gold to amber-gold is most common). Darker versions may run from copper to dark brown. Long-lasting, dense, rocky white to ivory head resulting in characteristic Belgian lace on the glass as it fades. Clarity is poor to good, though haze is not unexpected in this type of unfiltered beer. Effervescent.

Flavor: Medium-low to medium-high fruity and spicy flavors, supported by a low to medium soft malt character, often with some grainy flavors. Bitterness is typically moderate to high, although sourness can be present in place of bitterness (both should not be strong flavors at the same time). Attenuation is extremely high, which gives a characteristic dry finish essential to the style; a Saison should never finish sweet. The fruity character is frequently citrusy (orange or lemon), and the spices are typically peppery. Allow for a range of balance in the fruity-spicy characteristics; this is often driven by the yeast selection. Hop flavor is low to moderate, and generally spicy or earthy in character. The balance is towards the fruity, spicy, hoppy character, with any bitterness or sourness not overwhelming these flavors. Darker versions will have more malt character, with a range of flavors derived from darker malts (toasty, bready, biscuity, chocolate, etc.) that support the fruity-spicy character of the beer (roasted flavors are not typical). Stronger versions will have more malt flavor in general, as well as a light alcohol impression. Herbs and spices are completely optional, but if present should be used in moderation and not detract from the yeast character. The finish is very dry and the aftertaste is typically bitter and spicy. The hop bitterness can be restrained, although it can seem accentuated due to the high attenuation levels.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Alcohol sensation varies with strength, from none in table version to light in standard versions, to moderate in super versions. However, any warming character should be fairly low. Very high carbonation with an effervescent quality. There is enough prickly acidity on the tongue to balance the very dry finish. In versions with sourness, a low to moderate tart character can add a refreshing bite, but not be puckering (optional).

Overall Impression: Most commonly, a pale, refreshing, highly-attenuated, moderately-bitter, moderate-strength Belgian ale with a very dry finish. Typically highly carbonated, and using non-barley cereal grains and optional spices for complexity, as complements the expressive yeast character that is fruity, spicy, and not overly phenolic. Less common variations include both lower-alcohol and higher-alcohol products, as well as darker versions with additional malt character. 

OGFGIBUsSRMABV
1.048 – 1.065 (standard) 1.002 – 1.008 (standard) 20 - 35 5 – 14 (pale)
15 – 22 (dark)
3.5 – 5.0% (table)
5.0 – 7.0% (standard)
7.0 – 9.5% (super)




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Birrificio Del Ducato New Morning
MonkMonk   748 0 1 0

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High fermentation beer fermented in the bottle, inspired by the Belgian Saison. Intense golden color with orange highlights is a beer dedicated to spring characterized by surprising spiciness on the use of wildflowers (including chamomile), coriander, green pepper and ginger. Has exceptionally floral and spicy aromas, a refreshing dryness and...
 
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Bridge Road Saison
MonkMonk   649 0 1 0

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Bottled 750ML
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The Saison is a classic Belgian style, not often seen outside of its homeland. It was traditionally brewed by farmers and their workers as a beverage to consume during the summer months. Bridge Road Brewers have crafted their own Saison to add to their Chevalier range. This...
 
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Elixir Sevy Saison
TheCellarMonkTheCellarMonk   541 0 1 0

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Sevy Saison is a unique take on the classic Belgian summer style. Originally brewed by Sevarity in an 8L pot on the stove, this beer is a light, earthy mix of hemp, hops and Belgian yeast. Brewed with a selection of specialty malts and a sprinkling of Northern Brewer...
 
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Lost Abbey Carnevale
MonkMonk   692 0 1 0

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Limited Release Bottles
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Carnevale is a dry hopped saison ale sporting a hazy yellow color and moderately spicy nose with hints of oranges and tangerines from Amarillo and Simcoe hops. The yeast phenols add layers of clove and allspice. The beer is designed to be a lighter body ale with some malted oats...
 
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Lost Abbey Red Barn
MonkMonk   619 0 1 0

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This Farmhouse Ale traces its roots to the small rustic breweries of Southern Belgium. The word Saison comes to us from the French language and it means Season. Lightly spiced with Organic Ginger, Orange Peels, Black Pepper and Grains of Paradise, this brew promises to quench your thirst on the...
 
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Saison Dupont
MonkMonk   689 0 1 0

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  • 20L Keg
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  • Bottled 750ML
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The Saison Dupont is a blond high fermentation beer, re-fermented in the bottle. In 1844 already, the beer was brewed in winter in our farm-brewery. She then refermentait several months in wooden barrels and was used to quench the thirst of farm workers. ...
 
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Twisted Barrel The Saison From Another Place
TheCellarMonkTheCellarMonk   500 0 1 0

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On Tap
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20 IBU's
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A Belgian farmhouse ale that uses an array of spices to augment the natural spicy fruit esters provided by the unique saison yeast strain. Expect a complex marriage of citrus flavours, a floral aroma and a lip-smackingly spicy finish.
 
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Victory Helios Ale
TheCellarMonkTheCellarMonk   758 0 1 0

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(Re) Introducing Helios Ale. We’ve rebranded the former V-Saison and now introduce Helios Ale. This bottle-conditioned, Belgian-inspired ale remains the same refreshing ale that you enjoyed as V-Saison, however, in a more approachable, less expensive 22 oz capped bottle. Helios Ale has an earthy, aromatic hop start and shifts...
 
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