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


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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 beer is quite unique, light straw in colour, with a tight bright white head. Aromas are dominated by esters and phenolic characters, owing to the Saison yeast strain, which also gives the beer its characteristic tart, dry and acidic profile. This citrus character combined with grassy hop flavours make this a great food beer, try it with anything from seafood to blue cheese.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2010 sampled at a tasting session with friends. orange and grassy hops dominate, with hints of pepper and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2010
Cloudy blond with a thick head. Peppery aroma with light fruits and nice yeastiness. Very fruity on the palate with gentle spiciness, slightly creamy malts and maybe a hint of acidity late. Nice pale malt character and good balance. One of the more interesting Aussie microbrews I’ve come across.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyobon (900) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2010
Bottle. Cloudy pale gold with decent tight white head. The aroma is tangy citrus with peppery and metallic notes. Medium body and nice carbonation bordering on fizzy. Tangy citrus foretatse with a peppery and to my mind rather harsh metallic bitterness in the finish. An unusual beer which was just a bit harsh for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2375) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 Bottle. Pours bright orange with a large creamy white head. Smells of orange zest and cloves with light doughy yeast and some funk. Taste is sweet and tart. Finishes tart with punchy pepper/ clove/ ginger. Good blue cheese beer. Eminently quaffable with character and a little intrigue. [3.8]

Tap. Had a bottle a few weeks ago and wouldn’t change what I said previously. On tap it was missing all of the tartness and most of the spice: it was an OK fruity Belgian ale around 3.3. Leaving the rating as per the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (34404) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle 75cl. @ Chris O’s Night of the Gaylords.
Unclear hazy medium grey yellow orange color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, light moderate hoppy, fruity, lemon, moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate sweet, light light acidic and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20091229]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s Night of the Gaylords.
Milky yellow colour with a thin white head. A refreshing soft saison with plenty of lemon and delicate yeasty notes. Lightly spiced finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
floydian1 (905) - FNQ, Australia, - JAN 4, 2010
750ml heavy glassed bottle. Cloudy orange pour with a medium white head that laces scantily. Nose of bread, yeasts, oranges, peppers and grassy hops. Flavour is fine Belgian Saison with a smooth easy drinkability. It is thinner bodied than Saison Dupont. A commendable Aussie attempt at this difficult style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonno (2275) - JAPAN - DEC 24, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 This has all the hallmarks of a classic saison but is let down by some strange astringently bitter aromas and flavours that distract from the experience. Could be a slightly old bottle, but didn’t fully appreciate this one as i was hoping to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2009
After the awfulness of the Chevalier Biere de Garde I wasn’t expecting much at all from their Saison.
I was happily surprised! A hazy golden beer with a bubble white head, this Saison throws a crisp, hoppy aroma. Very much to style.
The beer itself is very refreshing, one of the most refreshing higher gravity beers I’ve ever had. Crisp, but with a good caramelly body, a little bitterness lingers which serves to entice another gulp.
This is Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Davros (1869) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2009
Pours pale gold with loads of fine bubbles sustaining (building) an impressive white head. Yeasty aroma, quite bready, but also showing lots of spicy phenols and tart orange peel. Flavours are very similar: bready yeast, lots of citrus as well as cloves. Alcohol is soft and clean, but the mild bitterness is quite sharp. High carbonation emphasises the dry finish, while the light body makes for a very refreshing beer. A great attempt at the style.

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