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Brewed by Bridge Road Brewers
Style: Saison
Beechworth, Australia
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
India Saison is the hoppy, crisp and refreshing result of a north south collaboration between Norwegian craft brewery Nonge-O & Bridge Road Brewers.A specialty Saison yeast strain and Australian Galaxy and Stella hop varieties have been used in crafting this beer. Serve chilled and enjoy with cheeses and charcuterie.


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2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
halfbaked (48) - - NOV 18, 2012
From the bottle pours a dirty brown/yellow. Frothy, lasting head with some streaky lacing. Some malt sweetness in the aroma. I found this had very little actual flavour, especially upfront. There is some mid bitter grapefruit but it is the lasting sensation (not flavour) of roof of mouth bitterness that I mainly remember. Alright.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 22, 2016
A little late than never so into a chalice it goes. Looks the goods; Billowing plume of white atop a hazy, sunny gold body. Very fine, very intermittent carbonation rise slowly to atmosphere. Head needs to be chewed off and manages a thick Belgian lace. Nose has a hint of berry bubblegum and pear drops over notes of grapefruit and orange pulp, mango, pine resin and spicy alcohol. From the plump aroma it is actually quite soft on the palate, dry and light. The carbonation prickly to make it bounce with gusto. The finish is bitter, herbaceous and long with a dose of alcohol warmth and spice. Green peppercorn taste on the palate amongst a juicy white wine tang that lingers. It is the brash hops that dominate, though, and are a little on the abrasive side. Overall I’m impressed with the aroma but the fierce hopping prohibits much of that hitting the olfactories on the way through. Not bad considering it is a few months over the due! (33cL, BB 27/03/16, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4578) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2016
22 ounce bottle from Royal Liquor Mart in Rockford, IL, served in a Duvel glass. IPA-Saison, eh? Well...pours an immense fine-bubbled gout of foam, filling the glass, leaving big clumps as it recedes over the slightly hazy golden body...first whiff of the aroma is all saison, with tarragon, mint and especially rosemary and a moderate dry grassiness; on further nosings, wet dank hops show up and nearly cover all, not really unpleasant but odd and certainly seeming more IPA than Belgian farmhouse...on the tongue, an old, crystallized honey sweetness struggles against a fairly aggressive bitterness, winning out to some extent in the end but leaving little in the way of malty character or much of that dry grassy rustic loveliness that makes a saison...well, a saison...fairly thin on the finish, carbonation weak for (either) style. This didn’t really work for me but to be fair it may well have been an old bottle - this liquor store isn’t that reliable. A fair "pop" when opened though. I dunno. Re-try some day - maybe.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
varanid99 (997) - AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2016
Pale gold with a nice thick white head. Grassy, tropical fruits, funky aromas. Taste is slightly sour, good bitterness, winey, spice, yeasty funk. It’s a good one

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1701) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2015
Aroma: Fruity hops. Flavour: Fruity bitter with a grapelike dry finish and a creamy mouthfeel. Colour: Golden with a white head. From: Tap @ Volby Ølmesse August 2015

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjez (440) - Osaka, JAPAN - OCT 14, 2015
Pours yellow with a decent white head. Plenty going on in the nose and in the palate - tropical and citrus hop presence, yeast and some funk strains, slightly earthy or grassy, some spice. It’s quite bitter and a little booze comes through, and it dominates the tail of a mouthful, detracting slightly. Quite delicious, an impressive blend of styles.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lusikka (7681) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2015
330 ml bottle. Enjoyed at San Diego, CA. Pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of fresh citrus, graininess and some herbs. Flavour of strong red berry sourness, graininess, gooseberries and grass. Light bodied. Alcohol burns. High carbonation. Messy. Really unbalanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiong (6380) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2015
330ml bottle

Pours hazy yellowish with a small white head. Aroma of spices, fruits, yeast, citrus and lemon. Taste is yeasty, spicy and ripe fruity with some lemon and citrus. Finish is sweetish, spicy and yeasty with some stuffy notes and lemon. Okay.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (9200) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2015
33 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego.
Pours hazy golden color with a small head. Very crisp lemony aroma, loads of grapefruits and grass, some hops. Lemony flavor, some toffee sweetness, spices and yeast. A bit sweet, otherwise refreshing and crisp.
3345

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8031) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 1, 2015
33 cl bottle @ hotel room, San Diego. Bottled 1.4.2015. Aroma has grassy hops and funky yeasty notes. Also urinal. Flavour has biscuits, cereal, urinal tones, grassy and grapefruity hops. Unusual, more sweet than Nøgne version.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6074) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle. Aroma is green onion, herbs, light grapefruit. Notes of grass.

This is not normally a style that suites me well because it is a oxymoron of a style "hoppy" saison. But I’ m happy that this actually works for a change. The yeast is alive and well and gives a mile spicy note. The hops show herbal and grassy notes that turns dry in texture. Body is medium with pale malts and fruit from either the yeast or hops, not sure what element gives that element. Damn, overall pretty tasty. I may not ever get to try the other version of this brew but no matter, I enjoyed this well enough.


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