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Southern Tier Cherry Saison

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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.

Hades665's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hades665 (17) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Smells faintly of cherries. The color is a hazy orange. Taste is of tart cherries. Reminds me somwhat of cold medicine. Acidic. Dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
boto (1808) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2013
22oz. bomber: This one was hiding at the back of the fridge, where it has been since I got it. It pours a fairly clear, golden color. There was very little head on it, and left no lacing. Interesting aroma. Hint of sour cherries, some oak, faint spices. Earthy, a bit funky, but doesn’t smell infected. Taste is interesting. Some tart cherry, bready, some candi sugar. It’s not very sweet, but there seems to be an underlying subtle sickly sweetness to it. It should probably stay retired.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
First bottle at the ba tasting. Light cherry nose, sourness, blue cheese, earthy acidic. Chewy body. I remeber having fresh, it was bad then. It improved slightly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hops99 (60) - Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2012
In bottle. Pours a golden color with a thin white head. Saison yeasty aroma, musty hay and honey. Tastes of lemon rind, cherry, and a little metallic quality. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. One of the better cherry beers i’ve had

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (1858) - NORWAY - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden body, medium white head. Aroma of fresh hops, cherries, spicy and some sourness. Taste is fruity with oak, cherries (and other berries I think), bread and yeast. Dry finish sweetened by berries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MPA (779) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden with off white head. Spicy aroma with notes of cherries, yeast and dirt. Slightly salty flavour with some sweetness and a decent punch of bitterness. Very flowery and fruity flavour with caramel and syrup notes and palate. Nice and complex beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Thanks to Ralph for sharing this at Woodshop 2012. A cherry saison is an interesting idea; however, the cherry flavor in this beer was barely present and it was a medicanal (cough drop?) cherry flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jethro6191 (402) - Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Pours hazy gold with a thin wispy white head. Cherry, banana, and barnyard aromas. Sweet spicy flavor with cherry, lemon, orange, and barnyard notes. Light and refreshing with high carbonation and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ESBob (334) - Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bomber. This beer is apparently retired, so not sure how old the bottle is. Pours a hazy amber orange with finger width white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is an acidic frutiness. Taste is initially tart, then sweet. Fruit notes abound, but the alcohol is apparent as well. Interesting, most likely better in the summer months.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dogfishho (586) - 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.

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