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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°


argo0's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11535) - 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2112) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2013
A: Golden Straw Hue, Passes Lots of Light, Thick White Head, Decent Lacing S: Yeast, Wheat, Lemongrass, Mild Peppermint T: Yeast, Lemons, Peppermint M: Great Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Mildly Spicy Overall, a really nice drinking saison that isnt too yeasty or too spicy...very easy drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rxeight (1315) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle just over a year old. Saisons are not my style, but this was tasty and refreshing. Touch of lemon and the farmhouse spices were not overbearing.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
matt7215 (2175) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2013
750 bottle shared by jsprime. Deep golden with a white head. Nice funky saison. Almost fantome esqe. 2011 vintage. Thx Jeff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1419) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2013
750 mL bottle from The Greenville Beer Exchange, Greenville, SC (bottled May 16, 2011). First off, I am a bit confused. While the label clearly states "Cellar Reserve" the brewer goes to great lengths to explain that this is a beer to be enjoyed fresh (it says it on the tag, I read it) and I bought this beer from a store when it was already 2 years old. With that introduction, this is my review. Pours dark orange with a frothy white head. Aroma of mango and pineapple take over and mask anything else. The taste is less fruity with that slight bitterness, barnyard, and leather that I associate with saisons. The finish is light citrus and just a bit peppery. I am not sure what this tasted like fresh or if the brewer intended for it to be served after 2 years of cellaring, but it has held up quite while and is well suited for the summer months as it was intended. Well done.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8440) - , 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9090) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lukaduke (2185) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 9, 2013
Pours a rich copper orange color with a finger of sticky foam. Aromas are sweet apple, straw, earthy yeast and a touch of pepper. The palate is a bit round and under carbonated but the flavor is interesting. Ripe apple dominates with a background sweetness that helos carry the rustic yeasty profile in a more subtle way. Long honeyed finish, nice beer just not your traditional saison characteristics.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Musty orange banana dog fur spicey yeast grass piles. Hazy orange nice creamy white head nice lace. Orange soft sweet spicy yeast a little herbal spice and bitterness as well as some alcohol heat. Nice sharp bubbles. Nice smooth.body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3881) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Aroma is yeast, spices, mild sweetness and very deep/grainy malts. The flavor is yeast, spices, citrus and a mildly sour/mostly tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4402) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2013
2011 Cellar reserve... so aged 20 months... Pours deep gold into a tulip. White head with good retention craters and recedes leaving spider lacing. Caramel and yeast aromas. Medium bodied with sourdough and caramel upfront turning to an earthy bitterness in the lasting finish. Would love to try and fresher batch.


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