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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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The Saison ales of Belgium inspire our special ale, Saison du Pelican. Saison is the French word for season, because these ales were traditionally brewed in autumn or winter. With a spicy, herbal aroma from the special Belgian yeast and Golding hops, and a snappy, refreshing finish, Saison du Pelican combines traditional flavors with excellent drinkability


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
750 ml corked and caged bottle ordered over the web directly from the brewery. 2008 Vintage. Pour is initially clear golden with tons of cascading (reverse cascading I suppose) carbonation bubbles building up a 2 inch white head that falls pretty quick. The final pour was hazed. Aroma of herbal floral sweet hay and yeastiness. Some notes of honey and apricot. Taste is the honey sharp sweetness, herbal, grassy hay and clove spice yeastiness. Complex taste, decent melding of flavors. The aftertaste has a lot of clove to it. Palate is medium, mouth coating and a bit less thirst quenching than other Saisons I have enjoyed. The honey cloys a bit towards the end. Overall, a nice Saison.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2008
On tap this was still a bit flat, not the crisp saisons that I’m used to. Lots of vegi boiled artichoke flavor from this. The hops were stronger, but the bitterness seemed to amplify the vegi flavor. Soft spicing in the finish, like clove and soft banana. I just think they rushed this keg out of the brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Purchased a 750 ml bottle from the brewery’s internet sales. Pours a hazy golden pale brew with a thick white head that slowly dissipates to a thin white head and has some good rentention. Aroma of banana esters, cloves and golden multi-grain malt with some dry earthy herbs and a touch of citrus. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of golden grain malt some grassy and citrus hops, banana, yeast and some green vegetables. Finish is semi-dry with some hop bitterness with yeast and clove aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
[Bottle] shared by skyview. Pours cloudy gold with a large off white. Aroma is banana, yeast, a touch of orange and lemon, and grows earthier as it warms. Flavor is light but rich. Lots of fruity, yeasty notes, and some mandarin orange.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3736) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Bottle courtesy of bitbucket, bottled 08/2007. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thick, foamy white head. Aroma of melon, Belgian yeast, light fruits. Flavor of light fruits, orange zest, citrusy fruits, and grapefruit with a hint of vegetal qualities in the finish. Nice saison.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Bottle, 2007. Aroma spicy (particularly peppery) with citrus notes, particularly zest, and banana. Flavor has a rather overwhelming amount of banana for me, but the pleasant spiciness/zestiness does remain. Semi-dry, easy drinking. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2008
On tap as part of the sampler tray at the Brewery. A really quality saison. I was surprised to find such a quality Belgian styled beer in a west coast brewery. The aroma was right and the flavor has nice hay and grassy notes without being astringent. I wish I had more of this one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edmedina (21) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Wow, this is easily one of my favorite Saisons. I’ve had this one hidden for over a year and decided to give it a try tonight. It pours a clear gold. If you are fan for the mass produced beers you’ll find this one very much right there in color. It gives a lot of head no matter how you pour it. So it’ll take a little bit to get to the drinking. The aroma has a lot flowery spices jumping out here. Upon first taste I got some banana in there and what I think was nutmeg. You also get some carbonation in there but it’s not over powering. Mouth feel does leave something to be desired. It’s almost a sour after taste in there. I like how this one came out.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2008
A hazy golden beer with a thick white head. The aroma is sweet matly with notes of citrus and spices among them coriander. The flavor is sweet spicy and malty and with a slight alcohol burn on the tongue, leading to a dry spicy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Gold foil covered neck, caged corked 750 ml. brown bottle, blurb and bottling date (JAN 07) on the right side of the label, sampled in a tulip glass. L: Hazy orange hued yellowish golden with a white head of frothy foam. Beneath the head is a steady stream of micro bubbles, giving head some buoyancy and staying power. Fair amount of sticky lace rings the glass. S: Peaches and mildly tart pears, herbal spices and touches of chalk and earth, and a light raw graininess, this emits a quite aromatic saison nose. F&T: The active carbonation gives the light body a firm, but lushly smooth, airy feel in the mouth, crisp and refreshingly dry. Sweet peaches and tart pears with a splash of orange juice , this has a pleasely tasteful fruitiness. Herbal spices, earthy stems and chalk complement the pale sugary and crushed raw grainy malt flavors. A soft hop spiciness towards the end adds to the nicely dry yeasty and malty finish. I thought this was an excellent saison, quite pleasant drinkability, another well done brew from Pelican.


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