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Le Cheval Blanc Saison de Seigle - Ft de Chardonnay

Le Cheval Blanc Saison de Seigle - Ft de Chardonnay
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Brewed by Le Cheval Blanc
Style: Saison
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2011
Draft. Pours a hazy golden orange body with an off white head. Bretty and dry with nice grassy hop like character. Hints of white wine and a grassy oak tone. Nice dry body with a hint of chardonnay drying and a mild berry grape sweetness. A nice offering for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6078) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2010
In short: A mildly rustic rye blonde ale dominated by grapes and wood flavors. A different beer
How: Tap at brewpub, Night Of The Funk event
The look: Cloudy dark blonde body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose is a pleasant mix of wine barrel and rustic yeast. Taste does have quite a bit of grapes but the beer is not vinous. The base rye Saison does not come out strong here. Im not sure I would have guessed it was rye based, and the rustic character remains discreet. Some citrus fruits here and there. A dry woody finish. This is a fun different beer. Classified as Saison but really this is a no-style beer. Trying to classify this beer is as useless as adding a handbrake on a kayak.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3128) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
Quite a bit of citrus in this one! Lots of orange, lemon, and some spices. Flavor is quite forward with some corriander, and more of the distinct citrus. There are touches of oak, but not much. Pretty much just a citrucy saison.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10152) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2010
A hazy golden amber saison with a thick off white head. A pleasant fruity and spicy aroma with orange pulp notes, light coriander. In mouth, a lightly lactic saison with loads of lemony spices, coriander, astringent notes, a bit lighter than expected. On tap at brewpub, June 20 2010.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lefossoyeur (453) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2010
Pours a dark blonde, slightly hazy, topped by a huge and lasting white head. Beautiful presentation in this 14oz. glass. Complex aromas, vinous, with some hay, something flowery, very delicate and lovely with a touch of butter as it warms up. Medium body, a little thin, fruity with a hint of wood in the back palate, finishes long on a chardonnay note (butter and coconut) with some hops shining trough delicately in the end. This is a great thirst quencher on this 30 Celsius afternoon. Very good Saison. The chardonnay barrel is not overwhelming here but it defenitely adds complexity to this brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2010
On tap at Cheval Blanc Night of the Funk.
Appearance : Hazy peach, small head, nice lacing.
Aroma : Some rye, light notes of oak. A bit wild but not a lot. Woody and spicy.
Taste : Rye, some bitterness. quite dry and rather crisp. A bit humid and wet feeling. Finish is rather bitter.
Overall : Good but not great. The barrel added a nice little touch to it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2010
On tap at brewpub for funky night. Pours a hazed light copper with an ok head retention. Aroma is oaky, vanilla, with definite white white character that gets slight grape fruitiness, and almost a fruit loop cereal and lavender character, slight perfumey and light grass and light malt profile. Flavor is leafy, grassy, leather and earth, oak is moderate, light wine character, some crackery malts, and mostly clean yeast going on- finish is moslty dry but overall the beer seems a bit flat and one-dimensional and not as lively as it could be. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This citrusy Barrel-Aged Saison is streamlined by its dry wooden barrel finish where polite grapes and light wilderness add complexity.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the murky blond.
-The Saison character is either not very well developed, or dominated by the oaken barrel in the flavor department.
-The mouthfeel needs polishing for this to compete with the best examples out there.
-The flavor profile is rather simple for all the effort thats been put into it.

On tap at the brewpub.


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