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Southern Tier Cherry Saison

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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Cherry saison is concurrent with the best of summer weather. The days are long and warm, and the spring blossoms have gracefully turned to plump drupes. Much in the same way, our Imperial Cherry Saison undergoes subtle but noticable changes while cruising from kettle to bright tank. Like the sun ripening fruit, a pit stop makes this beer better. Cherry Saison is aged with French Oak staves, imparting overtones of spice and balancing the natural sweetness of the cherries. Cherry Saison is the first in this series to incorporate oak aging. Enjoy it as a dessert beer, or tilt it back while sitting under a shady tree on a warm summer afternoon.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2012
I think the 2 score is generous. This stuff was disgustingly sweet. The cherry flavor was chemically and it felt as if they took a nearly flavorless saison and dumped in some artificial syrup or something. Yuck

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2011
25oz bottle. What an awful idea. This is from notes, I don’t dare try this one now. Aromas were very light, some earth, but a chalky cherry note. Looks decent enough, which was probably the best part, medium golden hue. A tingling carbonation through the palate that is thin, the cherry is musty up front, like cherry soda aftertaste. There is no funk or anything that makes this a saison. Even the ABV is too high and cloys the palate with boozy syrupy finish. Retire please.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2011
Heavy malty and acidic aroma. Average, frothy, white head. Fair lacing. Mostly diminishing longevity. Clear, orange body. Moderate bitter and acidic flavor. Light to medium palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
superspak (4678) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2011
22 ounce bottle into tulip, no bottling date. This could be pretty old since it is retired now. Pours extremely hazy orange amber color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with good retention; that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Fair amount of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big tart cherries, apple, lemon zest, grass, candi sugar, spices, bread, and a bit of funkiness as well. Surprisingly nice aromas with good strength and balance. I like my saisons funky. Taste of big bread, pepper, spices, banana, wood, candi sugar, cherry, and some tart graininess in the back. No bitterness; with lingering notes of tart cherry, pepper, bread, and spices on the finish for a bit. The wheat malt is definitely more noticeable on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish noticed. Fairly smooth drinking, but this is still quite a sipper. This is not cloying surprisingly, but i would have liked a better flavor balance. A little difficult to drink at times because of the flavor balance. Overall a fairly enjoyable saison, but it needed better flavor balance with a bit more cherry in the taste. Overall I say it was worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 4, 2011
In bottle. I expected this to be pink, however, it pours a golden colour with a thin white head. Saisony aroma of musty hay and honey with barley and grass also. Flavours of lemon rind, alcohol, treacle and a little metallic quality. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 4, 2011
bottle at home ... golden amber ... rising bubbles ... thin white head ... soft yeasty ... fruit ... light saisin funk nose ... zezty lemon and cherry front ... quite a bitter linger ... ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (7297) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2011
Small white head. Hazy deep yellow body. Deep floral earthy cherry aroma with orangey mealy notes. Dry-sweet earthy funky cherry taste with resiny orangey notes. Fullish body. Mealy, sharpish mouthfeel. Dryish mealy oily resiny aftertaste with sugary earthy funky notes. It’s nice, but a bit rough and overly funky. (0.65l bottle, Beer Palace, Oslo.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Medium foamy fine sized mostly lasting white colored bubbled. Transparent yellow orange vigorous fine carbonation. Mild cherry oak malt aroma. Soft tingly start medium finish. hop foretaste with a carbonated after taste. hoppy cherry malt flavor.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Andersen37 (4) - - AUG 9, 2011 does not count
sour saison that don´t go into ours taste. surely good for people that like saison and sour beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
tderoeck (8127) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2011
28/07/2011 1pt 6 Fl. Oz. bottle @ Klaas’ place (2011-354) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, small creamy head, unstable and adhesive. Aroma: very dirty first impression, stale and musty, some alcohol. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sour start, then rotten fruit, stale, like beer gone bad. Also bitter almonds (or the stone/pit of a peach if you want) are noticeable. Dry aftertaste with lots of sour notes and a chemical touch. An experiment gone bad, if you ask me.

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