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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 002: Sierra S8zon

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 002: Sierra S8zon
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Beer Camp #2 from 9/2009

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperWhite92 (22) - , Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2009
On tap at Falling Rock tap house- apparently a collaboration of sorts (by pub owners) brewed on Sierra Nevada’s 10 barrel pilot system. Looks just like a saison should- slightly orangy with maybe a slight chill haze. Bright white head with a fine texture.Smells strongly of coriander and orange peel. Almost wheat beer like in one regard, with some of the other spices coming though as the beer warmed up a bit. Drinks with a pleasantly light body, a hint of sweetness, and a reasonably defined spice prescence. The coriander and pepper flavors are dominant, although not overwhelming as are the fruity esters from what I can only assume is the yeast. Maybe a hint of caramel in here as well. Very impressed overall, as this is not my favorite style, but I found myself very pleased with this pint.Mouthfeel is great, being rather thick and gelatinous for what is otherwise a lighter gravity beer. Rather happy with this aspect of the beer as well.After my pint was through, I had to go, but I wanted to get another one. I could drink this all night for various reasons, not the least important of which is the fact that it tastes great. Get it if you can before it’s gone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2009
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Golden yellow pour. Bready malts, lemon peel, spice, pepper, and faint funkiness. Not that bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Tap At PP C BAD while waiting for a Pizza. Pours gold with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet and spicey. Taste is spicey with nice notes of black pepper. Overall better than Id expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Pint draft at the Falling Rock in Denver, Colorado. Pour is clear golden. Almost no head, what is present is small and white. Aroma of caramel sweet fruit maltiness, floral, some wheat, and a little bit of pepper spiciness. Even get some peanut shells as it warms - that is a first. Taste is a little sweet initially, some wheatiness beyond the sweetness, light coriander and pepper spice. Interesting Saison, though I would say its a bit too sweet for me in a Saison. Palate is coating and lasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 14, 2008
On tap Toronado. nice golden color but lacking significant belgian/farmhouse flavor. Kind of a let down for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jacobp51 (5) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008 does not count
On tap at San Diego Brewing Co. 12 oz glass. Very light and pleasant beer to drink. Almost too easy to drink. The style of the Saison was there, but it lacked the complexity of an authentic, traditional Saison. Light appearance and flavor, but still an enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Tenth rating on tap at San Diego Brewing Company. Suggested this one to a friend who liked Blue Moon styles. A big hit. I enjoyed the clove and spice and the hints of peach and pepper. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2008
Pours with an orange gold body topped by a thin to medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It is slightly sweet with light malt notes, clove accents and a bitter, grassy hope note. Light bodied, crisp and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Draft. Amber beer with an off-white head. Nice spicy aroma with yeast. Spicy, yeasty flavor with light malt and light fruitiness. Medium body. Yeast, spice and light mineral lingers. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
Tap at Toronado San Diego. Pale golden beer with a thin white head. Aroma is fairly soft and spicy. Light clove and cinnamon character over a fairly bready malt base. LIghtly peppery and quite spicy/fruity w/o the cloying sweetness that typifies US version of this style. Light cherryish fruitiness and a bit of clove/stone fruit pit spiciness. A bit of almondy character. Fairly straightforward yeasty component, but it’s still pretty nice.

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