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Southern Tier Cherry Saison

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RATINGS: 478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyCraft (3184) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Pours wheat golden with a slight amber tint. Huge, frothy white head which clears out rather quickly. Aroma of oak, hops, cherry, wheat, malts, and slight bready hints. Body is mild with a pleasingly crisp tartness, especially in the finish. The cherry is not too evident in the flavor; much more earthy and wood taste. Overall a bit of a disappointment, as I excpect a lot from Southern Tier, but still a very enjoyable, drinkable saison.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh (6682) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2011
650 ml bottle. Finland.
Cloudy amber colour with tiny white head. Caramel, fruit, malt, toffee, butterscotch, sour cherries and strawberries gone off in aroma. Sour flavour is cherries, strawberries and berries in general but all gone bad. Even though the berries are gone bad it works brilliantly here. Just perfect combination of sourness and sweet butterscotch. Just excellent Saison. Well, to be honest this ain’t that Saison-y after all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
(22oz bomber thanks to Exiled) clear bright orange-yellow with a few fine white bubbles. Nose of cherry, spices, candied fruit, Belgian yeast. Taste of candied oranges, bitter orange peel, light alcohol, wheat, and some lightly sweet cherry in the background. Oily medium body, well carbonated. Rhubarb and artificial cough syrup type linger on this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TonyDiUlio (643) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Found some old ratings on paper that I never posted. pour is a hazy dark orange with little head and no sediment. Aroma is mild cherry, less than expected, and some hints of wheat. flavor is mild cherry and bitter hops. Some oats too. smooth and sweet.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2010
Nice & clear, gold with little to no head. Cherry aroma is there in the background and in not dominant (good thing). Some sweetness with some spicy tastes but flavours over-ridden by to much alcohol. Sour, thin finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2010
bottle, thanks to exiled,.golden color with sudsy foam, grainy cherrylike aroma, flavor of oaky cherry, leathery caramel

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Appearance: shimmering gold with little to no head. A thin collar does linger but she doesn’t exactly demand my attention. Swirls with a temporary thick white head…then poof! Gone.
Nose: subtle cherry notes, mostly of frozen cherries beginning their defrost process. Did I mention subtle? Back cherries and bready underneath, almost doughy as in pie crust. Very subtle spice character; cinnamon sticks and brown sugar.
Palate: much more spice than the nose with cinnamon sticks, wood, and faint nutmeg. Black cherries of the canned variety but thankfully lacking the syrupy sweet nectar they are usually swimming in. sweetness continues underneath and into the back. Bread crust and crusty at the same time; subtle dryness. I did mention subtle, right? Overall very mild and subdued to a fault; lacks saison punch and cherry punch. Dry spice and dry wood in the back and breath. Cherry sweetness remains on top.
Final Thoughts: of all the Southern Tier beers I have supped over the years this one has been the least impressive. Rather weak on all fronts, I’d recommend a revisit to the brewing drawing board if it were me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4801) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle@Schouskjelleren Mikrobryggeri. Hazy, bright pale amber. Beige top. Spicy and woody aroma. Sour notes and tart cherry. More cherries in the flavor. Both sweet and tart. Restrained malts. Lots of spicyness and herbs. Medium full. Finishes dry fruity and spicy. An exciting fruit beer/saison hybrid.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2010
It’s warm golden with an aroma of cherries and cherry pits. The flavour is moderately sweet and has berry-acidity, notes of cherries, but IMO just as much other kinds of berries. The finish is sourish and slightly dry.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast, lighter malts, cherries and a lot of oaked notes. There are a lot of oaked notes in the flavor as well. I get cherries, yeast and caramel malt as well as the dry, oak. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty good, but not one of the better beers I have had from Southern Tier.


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