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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 030: Saison Versa

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 39   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Beer Camp 30 July 2010 ABV 5.2 IBU 39

A traditional farmhouse ale, with an essence of orange, coriander, and spicy pepper overtones. Saison Versa is refreshing and light with a more complex yeast character than its cousin the Saison vice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9562) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2010
On tap at the Gingerman when I stopped in with Joe after Paulís tasting. Pours a very clear yellow with a thin white head. Dirty musk and faint brett. Clean musk with a light bitterness. Very dry, crisp and clean. Nice big lingering musk, dry and faintly bretty on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
Tap at Pony Bar drunk alongside the Vice. Slightly hazy pale golden pour. The aroma is lightly spicy with a fairly hoppy aroma. Leanish malts - but I suspect they could be even dryer. Spicy and a little bit citrusy. As it warms more of the lemony citrus comes out. The peppery flavour is enhanced as well. There seems to be a citrusy hop element in here in addition to the yeast contribution - but Iím not 100% on that. Quite a nice saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
draft, Sierra takes the Taps, Rattle & Hum. Slightly cloudy blonde pour. soapy, yeasty, dry floralness, pot pourri. fuller mouthfeel. Pretty nice saison

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2011
Draft @ Rattle íNí Hum SN event. Golden pour with a light lacing. Light spice, citrus, and yeast aroma. Flavor is light, spice and citrus flavors. Not very different from itís "cousin."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Draft. Pours a hazy golden body with a white head. Spicy yeast y hop tones. Citrus, bitter hops. A bit sweet mint, herbs, and fruit toned esters. A bit brighter with a soft fruit citrus tone. I preferred this to the vice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a slightly lighter version of Vice- almost a golden yellow with a green tinge to it?- then a quickly diminishing head- to nothing. Aroma is grassy- slightly hoppier than the Vice- some slight old dusty yeasty notes- phenols and slight sulfur from fermentation- almost get a green minty fruity herbal hop like sterling- peppery and spicy- kinda like a dupont that wasnít fermented quite right. Flavor is almost a slight bubblegum phenol, light grass, slight toasted malts, corn, doughy pils, spicy peppery notes, light hops, green, fresh and zesty dry spicy finish. I kinda liked this one too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2010
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Clear gold with a fizzy white head. Dry and yeasty aroma with mild spice and bitterness. Flavor starts off with that same dry and bitter hint with a slightly mild spice underneath it. Dry and very carbonated with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Tap at RnH. Odd yeast character in this one, kind of eggy, super dry, parsley, salt. Not as traditional as the Vice, but a solid saison none-the-less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
malrubius (2609) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Catch up time. On tap at R n H. Spicy tart aroma. Very spicy peachy. Spice settles as it warms. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Draft at Gingerman NY. LIght golden body, clear. Fizzy, white head, slowly diminishing. Aroma of toasted grain, hay, pepper, coriander, flowers, perfume and herbs. On top of it all is a musky earthiness. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes light to moderately bitter, lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. Variety of spicy tastes along with the earthy undertones give this saison a nice complexity. The peppery, bitter finish was a bonus, though it is a bit sweet and could be dryer. Overall, a very nice saison.

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