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Sierra Nevada Wood Aged Brown Saison

Sierra Nevada Wood Aged Brown Saison
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.41%
Brown Saison aged in French Oak Syrah Barrels

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2010
In short: A vinous yeasty beer of some kind with strong barrel presence. Strange.
How: Tap at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2010. Night Of The Barrel session
The look: Partly cloudy dark amber body topped by a medium beige head
In long: The yeasty nose moderately wild with strong barrel notes. Taste is barely Saison. The barrels and vinous character of the beer is what dominates. Sweet (brown sugar) with lots of grapes in the comeback. Not bad but it just felt “weird” and certainly not Saison. I wasn’t too crazy about it. That was my first sample at Extreme Beer Fest. This beer was a slow start for my EBF. But things got better, I picked-up momentum and soon there was no stopping me. Like I was some kind of beer drinking Toyota that should be recalled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2143) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2010
2oz tasting at NOTB
Appearance : Deep amber with a small creamy head.
Aroma : Yeasty and fruity. Spicy. Lots of oak.
Taste : Spicy with lots of oak and some yeast.
Overall : Interesting stuff but not much a saison anymore. Oak has pretty much taken all the place.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Multiple samples at NOTB 2010. Pours a very deep dark brown with some amber and almost violet highlights- a bit sticky head- some retention. Aroma is very nice actually- great saison yeastiness, good earthy salty phenolics, deep dark toast, light burnt nutty notes, light caramel sweetness and a very prominent wine barrel- light oak, light vanilla, medium wine notes. Flavor is fruity, estery, light Belgian phenols, sea salt, burnt and toasted malts, wine barrel comes through a bit much and takes over- almost feels like some wine was still in the barrel mixing with the beer- making it slightly juicy and oily in the end palate and it kinda gets a bit slick and the carbonation is ripped from the palate- strange palate and finish. Aroma lead me to believe this would be awesome, but it didn’t quite turn out that way.

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