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Dunham Saison du Pinacle

Brewed by Brasserie Dunham
Style: Saison
Dunham, Canada
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Saison houblonnée au Citra, Simcoe, Topaz et Sylva ! Hopped-up Saison with Citra, Simcoe, Topaz and Sylva

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubyroo (80) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 23, 2016
Pours a hazy hay yellow with a massive head. Even after drinking some it kept trying to get out of the glass! Tons of activity with very fine bubbles. Some of the thickest and most gorgeous lacing I have ever seen. Aroma is guava, mango, orange zest, melon and lemon. Taste is green hops, orange zest, hay, white pepper, barnyard, mango, pine and pineapple. Palate is medium-thin with a long dry & bitter finish. Overall- Fantastic! Probably the best Saison I have tried so far. I’d say it’s a farmhouse IPA due to the level of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ajnepple (5216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2016
750 ml bottle from Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits on sale for $5.99 (probably not too fresh). Hazy yellowish orange appearance with a huge, fluffy white head that lingers. Aroma of mild citrus fruit, floral/zesty hops, toasted grain, light yeast and a light peppery spice. Similar flavor, moderately bitter and lightly sweet with a lingering, dry and bitter finish with unfortunate hints of oxidation. Medium body with ample carbonation. Pretty good overall, would love to try it fresh though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - OCT 2, 2016
Appearance: hazy medium gold with two fingers of rocky light ivory head, excellent retention and lacing. (5/5) Aroma: dry barnyardy funk, crackery malt, tropical fruit, pithy grapefruit, floral. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-high bitter, moderate funky tart. (8/10) Medium-light body, lively to moderate carbonation, bone dry verging on astringent moderate bitter and funky lingering finish. (4/5) I dunno that it’s the “pinnacle” of saisons, but dammit, it’s close. Complex aromas are dominated but not overwhelmed by a pleasant dusty funk, and the flavour is nicely balanced by an emphatic bitter. The PNW and ANZ hops provide an enjoyable combination of vinous fruit and citrus that bolster, rather than obscure, the underlying barnyardy funk. I suppose the hop character adds to my usual complaint about beefy ABV presence to make this a fairly out-of-spec Saison, but I have to say I quite enjoy it. Definitely edging into world-class territory regardless of whether you consider it a Saison or a BSPA. (17/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2016
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Hazy to cloudy blond color, with generous head. Deep aroma, strong funky yeast presence, and citrus peel. The mouthfeel is very dry; there is a bit of crackery malt, very strong spicy yeast flavor, strong bitterness, and hop resins; the final is a bit astringent, but there is also some chicory.
The final is a bit over the top, but overall it’s a Saison with character, bold.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sambernn19 (10) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2016
Visuel: D’un blond ensoleillé, cette Saison est voilée par sa levure en suspens. Une effervescence fine, mais rapide, nous offre un col blanc aux bulles hétérogènes. La mousse s’amoindrira en un anneau épais, laissant une petite dentelle derrière elle. Arômes: Au nez, les levures Saison baignent au travers d’un bouquet fruité. Du pamplemousse rose et de la nectarine croquante sont soutenus par des notes épicées et quelque peu sauvages. Saveurs: En bouche, les notes «fermières» se démarquent davantage. Celles-ci sont accompagnées d’une amertume prononcée au profil aromatique purement fruité. Un clin d’œil éphémère malté équilibre le produit avant de laisser toute la place à l’amertume suivant une finale sèche. Texture: La Saison du Pinacle est une blonde amère au corps ronduleux. Son effervescence est picotante.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (melon, kiwi, flowers, grapefruit), lightly to moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of fruit cocktail / fruit cup. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. The sourness is a bit much for me, but the fruity hop aroma is pleasant. None of the usual icky odors from Simcoe or Citra either, so that’s a relief. Super duper appearance too. Doesn’t strike me as terribly saison-ish, but it’s a nice Belgian-style brewski. Thanks Mike!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (9148) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2016
Lightly hazed gold with a permanent white head. Intense ester and hop-driven aroma manifests as melon, lime, herbs/lavender, papaya, bubble gum; malt is shown as faint hay and honey, and yeast is lightly phenolic (pepper, minerals) and seems to have an indescribable tutti-frutti quality, something I find in some brettanomyces strains but here it comes from (my guess) ester and hop. Such an intoxicating aroma, as it warms there are notes of honeysuckle and dried herbs à la French Strisselspalt, and nothing at all to make me guess Citra or Simcoe (no pee, burnt pineapple, garlic, onion, or resin). In the mouth it’s rich, sweet, savory, supple, a little salty, viscous without being weighty. Invigorating hop acids and a dusty touch of yeast do well against the sugar and fruit qualities, and the natural carbonation is silky-soft from flawless bottle conditioning. It’s an absurdly long and bitter finish but the hop use is a thing of beauty, and the texture and flavor balance are dialed-in. A stunning hoppy Belgian beer that speaks to De la Senne, De Ranke, and Thiriez.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zita (6136) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2016
hoppy grass aroma,amber, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, hoppy grass bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
s_r (130) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2016
Robe jaune avec une belle mousse blanche. Au nez, c’est agrume et herbeux. Et ça se retrouve en bouche, avec une amertume résineuse qui domine la gorgée. Rafraichissante et avec du goût, excellente saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12193) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle from kbudd19, thanks Kevin. Pours cloudy dark yellow with a large, frothy white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy, fragrant floral, herbal, citrus and pine hops with intermingled notes of Brettanomyces, and medium cracker malt character. The hops throw off rose, white grapefruit and light dill notes. Flavor is moderate citrus, herbal, grassy and dank hops and bitterness, medium cracker malt, earthy Brettanomyces and a dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation.

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