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Breckenridge Vesper French Saison

Breckenridge Vesper French Saison
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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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Twenty years ago, at a small house located in Breckenridge Colorado, we brewed our first beer. To pay tribute to this heritage, we bring you Vesper - a limited release French Saison crafted by Greg & Jen Seitz of Denver, winners of our 20th Anniversary Homebrewing Contest. Cheers to the garage and basement brewers everywhere.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
On Tap at Breckenridge Brewery Bar-B-Que, 471 Kalamath Street Denver 16/09/2010 Hoppy floral aroma. Golden coloured strong in alcohol and fruity with a dry and bitter malt finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2011
(Trinity Saison Festival 4/17/10). Cloudy orange color. Small white head. Light aroma of spices and pepper. Moderate citrus flavor, with light pepper. Long duration. Finish has light lasting citrus flavor. Creamy texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Draft at Revolution in Chicago. Pours a slightly hazed orangey yellow. Very robust and fluffy lasting head. Nose is spicy and banana, a bit of plastic. Some dust and faint noble hops as well. On taste, round and full, has a nice sweet note that immediately dries out. A touch of lemon and banana, some more phenolic notes. Pretty nice saison, actually.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
waolsen (1360) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Pretty unremarkable beer. Orange pour with thin lacing white head. Light fruit spice and plastic aroma. Light. Bland flavors. Not repulsive but simply bland.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6270) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light to medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers, apricot), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with strong notes of pepper, coriander, lesser notes of clove, gum, canned pineapple, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. In many ways this is more of a tripel (or even better, a non-specific Belgian-style strong ale) than a saison. Itís rather boozy, sweet, and seems to have a fair bit of spices added (g. of paradise, coriander, though I could be wrong, maybe just really aggressive phenols). But, taken as just a generic Belgian-style brew, itís better than you might expect from this brewery...thereís a strong, dank yeast presence, and some of the fermentation byproducts are pleasant. This has potential to be a great tripel recipe, actually, if it was just dried out more and the spices were omitted.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4501) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Tap at Breckenridge BBQ. Pours a hazy golden orange with a medium bubbly/creamy white head. Aroma of citrusy hops, banana, tropical fruits, saison and spiciness. Flavor of banana, saison spiciness, lots of citrus, nice and dry solid saison.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1315) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2010
33 oz swing-top bottle. Pours a clear gold with a large fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass. The bottom pours are very hazy.

The aroma is sweet malts, some perfumey floral notes, spices and funky yeast.

The flavor is some sweet malts, some floral soapiness, and a little funk with a quite a bit of bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, an OK saison. A little on the bitter side. I didnít care for some of the flavors.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bozizle (12) - USA - MAY 14, 2010
Got a special delivery of this from my friends the brewers Jen and Greg. Wonderful color that pours with a nice haze a true sign of a good Saison. The aroma and taste were spot on with grassy natural notes and a wonderful smell from the initial pour. Very impressed as most I try are over sweet and not as earthy. Kuddos all the way around this one is a real winner.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9903) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 29, 2010
Tap at Trinity Saison Fest. Pours hazy orange-red with an average, creamy, off-white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, grain, straw), average hops (flowers, herbs), average yeast (horse blanket, barnyard) with notes of ginger. Medium bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation. Long duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9982) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2010
On tap at Breckenridge BBQ poured a cloudy tarnished gold with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, honey, yeast, lemon, orange zest and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of cookie, honey, yeast, citrus, light spice and light earthiness with a smooth dry ciotrus finish.


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