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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2010
On tap at ABC, meet and greet sierra. Back to back with vice. This one pours out a darker golden compared to the Vice but still not too dark. Great lacing on this one as well, with a big frothy head. I found this one had a little bit more complexity to it across the board. The finishes were similar, but this one had a nice citrus entry. Loved them both, fortunate to have them back to back.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2011
On tap at the Pourhouse. Pours a glowing hazy light amber with a tall, rocky white head. Good amount of clingy lacing. Herbal, citrusy aroma. Hops up front in the taste with a healthy bitter, citrusy bite followed by a fruity, spicy, yeasty swirl of flavors. Silky, prickly texture and a long but dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - NOV 10, 2010
Great saison, a little too harsh on the palate, kind of stripped the top of my mouth off, but great yeast and citrus flavor, almost wit-like. On tap at the Ginger Man NYC. fair aroma but not terribly outstanding. nearly perfect color, and great flavor. very enjoyable.

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2011
A - Pours a clear yellow-orange color with a little bit of head that has okay retention and some spotty lacing. S - The most powerful smell is the yeasty smell. This is joined by some fruity smells and touch of spices. T - Nice consistent malt taste throughout. The beer starts out with a bit of sweetness, which is blended out by some hops taste. The hops eventually become more present and some nice bitterness is added. There are also some light spice and floral tastes mixed in. The aftertaste is fairly bitter. M - Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation. Fairly dry, but the carbonation and bitterness keep it crisp. D - Nice overall balance of flavors and overall a very smooth beer. Could use a bit more depth to the flavors, but what is here blends together really nicely for a very tasty and approachable beer.

   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.

   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 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 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."

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