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Grand Teton The Grand Saison

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Formerly brewed at Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Style: Saison
Victor, Idaho USA
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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Saison is the original summer beer. Originally brewed in southern Belgium for thirsty farm hands, these crisp, bubbly, and refreshing brews demand to be consumed on hot summer days. Our Saison follows centuries of tradition, using European hop varieties—Hallertauer Magnum, Styrian Goldings, and Strisselspalt. We also use a very light base malt accented by just a touch of Wheat and Munich malts. Finally, we ferment the beer very warm with a well-known Belgian yeast strain to bring out the spicy flavors that are common to Saisons. This style pairs well with an astonishing variety of foods. Drink it with grilled sausage or chicken, green curry with coconut milk, or a summer salad with vinaigrette and crumbled bleu cheese.

The Grand Saison is a beer to commemorate warm weather. As its flavors will diminish with time, this is not a beer to be cellared. We recommend you savor it during the long summer days while it is fresh.

Original Gravity: 15.0 Plato (1.060)
International Bittering Units: 32
Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Color (Lovibond): 5°


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2012
2011 bottle. Pours clear light amber with a large white soapy head that fades to a foamy film and lacing. Aroma is grainy farmhouse and faint lemongrass and malt. Taste is subtle funky grain and malt with subtle lemon funk and tartness. Palate is medium and slick and finishes dry. A slightly above average Saison.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2012
750ml from Total Wine, Greenville, SC. Bright pour, semi-hazy straw gold with a vibrant, crisp carbonation. Nose is vaguely phenolic, a bit of noble hops (at least the impression thereof), and a light dose of pear. Taste is moderately grassy, a bit of diacetyl, some evident hops. Pretty decent saison.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012

Name: Grand Saison
Date: April 01, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, First Sunday
Appearance: clear gold, frothy off white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: dry pale malt aroma, spicy and phenolic, light mustyness
Flavor: lightly sweet pale malt flavor, balancing spicyness, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (691) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2012
2011 vintage: pours hazy pale golden, lots of fluffy off white head and carbonation. Nose- hat, dried bananas, lemon, clove, floral, bread dough malts. Honey sweetness, oats, citrus, dough and quite fluffy carbonation. Dry grassy finish with mild bitterness and a bit of white pepper spiciness. Nice balance. Solid.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1643) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 26, 2012
Pours a cloudy straw colour. Nice soft, foamy white head. Aromas include wet hay, a bit of sweet bubblegum and banana... lemon zest too. Bubbly mouthfeel, medium body. Taste is citrus, some hefeweizen flavors, with a bitter citrus finish that lingers. Not bad, but not superb either.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2012
In short: A basic semi-rustic fruity blonde Saison. Decent.
How: Bottle 750ml. 2011 vintage. Consumed 6 months after bottling date. Bottle sent to me by Alen, thanks buddy
The look: Cloudy amber-blond body topped by a medium white head with medium retention
In long: Nose is a bit rustic, somewhat phenolic, some flowers. A bit too much phenols on the aroma unfortunately. Taste has a the usual bready cereals, light rye bread sensation, a touch of honey, fresh young red apples, dried bananas, floral hops, a bit of dry grass, light mineral/salty spiciness, some celeries. Finish is moderately dry and has a mild bitterness. Carbonation is spot-on and the body is very lively, that’s the one thing this beer does very well. Another “decent” beer acquired in a trade, I keep telling myself I’ll slow down trading but some people just never change, like that homeless old man begging for change next my work office everyday, he’s been wearing the same shirt for the last five days.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoePeesie (855) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Pours a hazy light bright orange with about 2 fingers of fizzy white head that laces in chunks. Nose is of wet hay, lemon, a touch of spice. Taste follows suit with a lemon tart finish. A bit sweeter that expected. Crisp but not dry. Spiciness is not over done. Very enjoyable beer especially for $8. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2012
750mL bottle. Poured clear, bright golden with a fairly short-lived white head. The aroma picked up lemon zest, cloves, and coriander with a little grains of paradise around there too.. soft honey-kissed pale base.. spices and wheat really led. The flavor found similar stuff.. tart wheat and lemon zest plus cloves and grains of paradise over a nondescript base.. tart, tangy, and spicy on the finish, with too much spicage to really be refreshing. Light-medium bodied with higher carbonation on the palate.. just a decent feel and flow.. OK brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
thanks to 17thfloor. Pours golden amber white head nose hay, pepper, floral, flavors white pepper, hay, lemons, sugar, finish. surprising good saison.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
2011 bottle... murky golden brown, big off white head, good retention... the aroma is quite nice, stone fruits, apricots, tart and musky but sweet, smells great.... the taste is mostly floral, a bit of grain, the sweet fruit notes are gone as well as the tartness, a bit of boring finish... good almost great, taste needs to come through a bit more


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