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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
Serve in Tulip

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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°


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 31, 2013
75cl bottle, 2011 Vintage. Large white head that mostly dissipates atop murky apple cider body. Aroma is medium sweet, pepper, some yeast spiciness. Taste is medium sweet, pepper, some yeast spiciness, orange, honey. Medium body, low carbonation, light effervescence.

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

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10359) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Capped 750 from Taylor’s Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours dirty hazy gold with a 3 finger creamy near-white head. Aroma is citrus and earthy. Med +body. Flavor is fruity, lightly noble spicey, and finishes with some discernible earthiness. Moderately bitter. Very flavorful saison that somehow eventually makes me think of a good tripel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle courtesy of beerandblues2, thank you sir! Fake gusher that made GT2 panic, hahaha. Clear and bright yellow, large white head. Aroma of straw and white pepper. Taste is slightly funky and grassy citrus. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9100) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear gold with an average, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy straw, meal, and biscuit malt, spicy hops, and fruity esters. Flavor is moderate malt, spicy hops, fruity esters, and light citrus notes with a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9055) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2011
750 ml bottle poured a clear ghold with a lasting creamy white head. Areomas of straw, pineapple, citrus, pear, light earthiness and a hint of spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, citrus, pear and light spice with a smooth dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Bottle @ Ben and Greg’s apartment. 2011 vintage. Pours a somewhat hazy dark golden appearance with an off white head. Banana, apple, somewhat spicy, grassy aroma. Spritzy, somewhat bready, a bit oxidized, apple, lemon citrusy flavor. Probably should have drink a bit more fresh but not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (7899) - Carlsbad, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
750mL 2011 ed thanks to Travlr. Pours a clearish orange with a decent white head leaving thick, sticky lace. Nose is floral hoppy, sweet orange, big green olive, salty pimento. Taste is sugary, old characters....tastes a lot like my first batch of saison homebrew: old lemon, celery, lemon tartness. Not bad. Too much celery for me. Tart, thinner palate. Moderate hoppiness. Not too bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 16, 2011
2011 bottle marked as bottled on 5/16/11. Pours with a clear, deep golden body with a massive mousse of white head. Good lace. Aromas are peppery, grainy, grassy. Classic saison yeast character, phenols, light esters, a hint of citrus and acidity. Bready, toasty, straw malt profile. Flavors are a bit too sweet. On notes at first of cantaloupe and watermelon. Some dried nectarines, pepper. A bit too rich of a malt profile for a saison (reminds me more of a biere de garde). Some lemon verbena, lightly tart yeast character. Very lively carbonation. Some carbonic bite. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7127) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle with Yanick. Pours cloudy apricot gold with white head. Nose and taste of peach bread, creamed lemons, lemongrass, banana, orange peel and light herbal notes. Medium body. Finishes with a touch of alcohol soaked orange peels.


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