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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Brewed with traditional harvest grains. Surette is a provision Saison with a tart and vinous character from extended barrel aging.

Helibrewer's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Helibrewer (22) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Just an outstanding beer. Tartness is light but evident. Slight Saison aroma but not as funky as Vielle. Very drinkable and now one of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
caesar (6642) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2016
Bottle from Firma Bier, 2014 batch 15, large sample. Slight hazy golden to orange color, medium frothy head. Aroma of soft spices, slight peppery, bit autumn leaves, soft citrus fruit and orange peel, bit bubblegum, slight funky. Soft tartness in taste, on the citric acid side like "zure matjes", soft fruity sweetness, bit peppery and spicy. Sticky on the palate. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (985) - MOns, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2016
Très belle robe dorée, légèrement trouble, fine mousse. Nez élégant et frais qui allie des notes de cerise du nord, de bois, un coté vineux et balsamique, notes de levures. Bouche à l’attaque acidulée, superbe fruit, de la tension, une bulle fine et raffraîchissante et une longue finale acidulée. Une saison délicieusement sûre, qui porte bien son nom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Pours a bright golden yellow with fizzy head. Aromas of tropical fruits and some citrus peel. Funky orange/lemon peel flavors with a nice brett woody funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
anstei (1168) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 12, 2016
Bottle from Pi-Bar. Lots of Brett and tartness. The barrel shines through beautifully and is not overpowered. Decent balanced, well carbonated. A bit juicy. Medium long finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (4049) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2016
bottle @ The Beer Trappe / Lexington KY --- Aroma of fresh grain light yeast. Cloudy medium orange amber color, off-white head with a light orange tint, sheets of lace. Taste is malt in medium carbonation that is attacked by strong souring. The sour moves clearly to a vinous character, combining the taste of wine and sour malt. Very interesting. And so much stronger than I expected. But, it does refresh, and it does awaken my appetite in a positive way. It would be too much to have more than one of these in a session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2016
375ml bottle at Eronel, Dubuque. Funky leather sour barrel tone. Tart and tangy. Kind of leaning into all out sour territory, whereas the Vielle still seemed like a traditional version. Pungent, deep fruity sour tones. Pretty fantastic US Sour. Can’t believe I’m drinking this at a show. 10 dollars. Tart apricot leathery tang. Solid, but not a Saison anymore.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2437) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2016
From notes. Enjoyed at Doug’s house on July 04 for the first beer I’ve brewed with him! 375 mL bottle. The pour is a darker amber color with a large frothy white head that roils down leaving a bit of lace behind. The aroma is full of barnyard funk. There is a light tartness, but it’s all spice and funk. I’m not getting a whole lot else. I can’t say I care for it. The flavor is a little different with a nice addition of some lemon zest, but it’s a little messy. It gets pretty vinous on the finish, which isn’t really what I’d like to see in a saison. It’s an interesting beer, but definitely seems a little messy. The mouth feel is lighter and crisp with a lightly sour funky lemon on the back end with a lot of dustiness. Hmm. I’m not sure how I feel about this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4519) - BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2016
Another one from this American saison specialist, batch 15 so a vintage bottle of now two years old. Delicately ’papery’ lacing, medium thick, egg-white, irregular head, lightly hazy warm orange blonde colour with somewhat pinkish hue, turning more opaque peach-orange with yeast sediment added. Aroma strongly reminiscent of buttermilk, next to impressions of fruit yoghurt, lemon zest, melting butter, tulips, orange, peach, pineapple slices in syrup, goat cheese, wet hay, white bread, gooseberry, sweet white wine, white pepper, dry earth, wet wood but subtly so in spite of the oak ageing. Crisp, lively fruity onset, apricot, yellow plum and a lot of gooseberry, tart with a yoghurty sourness and even a lemony acidity that cuts through the whole palate without becoming too sharp or puckering; effervescent, smooth, supple body. Soft bready malt middle, caramelly touch, sweetish but well in balance with the vinous tartness, which dominates the finish amidst lingering malt sweetness, retronasal yoghurt with peach and subtle drying woody notes; a brief hint of earthy, ’dim’ hoppiness is there but provides structure ’behind the scenes’ rather than actual bitterness. Softly tart, vinous, very fruity and yoghurty, this is a very pretty sour ale with a diary-like main character but very well crafted and beautifully balanced with enough sweetness to provide body and rotundity, though it is still the lemony sour theme that gets the last word. Crisp, quenching and very refreshing too, key factors in any good saison even in the modern sense of the word, i.e. at 6.2% ABV and in this case turned into a sour much more than any traditional Belgian saison would be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9538) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2016
Bottle. Hazy yellow, lively white head. Awesome big bretty presence, with clean crackery malts, zesty lemon, and spicy undertones. Just love these beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (3198) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle from Favourite Beers, Cheltenham. Cloudy amber with a frothy white head. Rich sour lemony brett aroma. The taste is really zingy tart lemon curd. Light oak too. Crisp and refreshing. Great.

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