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Summit Unchained 07 Honeymoon Saison

Formerly brewed at Summit Brewing Company
Style: Saison
St. Paul, Minnesota USA
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
To celebrate his upcoming nuptials, Summit brewer Sam Doniach created Honeymoon SaisonóBatch 07 in the Summit Unchained Series. Itís inspired by French saison styles which were traditional farmhouse ales brewed to quench workers on long, hot days. Samís creation has a refreshing citrus and floral character with hints of apple, pear and spicy, peppery notes. Itís brewed with a touch of Minnesota honey as a kettle addition and unfiltered for a smooth, clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hayduke (4460) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
The 12 bottle was courtesy of strykzone. Poured a cloudy orange with a white head. Nose of candy and yeast. Medium body. OK mouthfeel but a bit acrid. Flavor is barnyard but mild with some sourness in the finish. This is a bit of a muddle for the style, but was drinkable and refreshing in spite of all the comments above.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2012
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of mustiness, herbs, florals, and grass. Flavor of grass, earth, honey, yeast, and florals with a moderately dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1926) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Clear, yellow-golden with a large, frothy bright-white head that leaves sticky, uneven lacing. Aroma is extremely floral - clover honey, lavender, orange blossom, white grapes - very pleasant. Moderately sweet flavor with some brief, sharp black pepper spiciness and a husky grain finish. Lingering finish turns a little sour and cardboardy. Still, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours pale golden with a slight haze and a huge white head. Light tangy aroma, nice peppery spice to the flavor with a touch of fruity sweetness. Finishes clean and dry. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a clean, deep golden color with a tall pillowy white head. Aroma has a light pepper spice to it with lots of floral nose and a light wheat malt-like sourness. Flavor is very different from the nose. Fruity notes really come through with notes of apple, grape early and then move to a light fresh hop leaf bitterness with some mild citrus notes imparted from the hops. A solid acidic dry bite ends the beer. Body is light, crisp and has the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Overall an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle to glass. Had some floral and citrus notes on the nose. Seemed a little harsh midway through the drink. Maybe almost a bit grainy. It had some nice spiciness to it though. As well as some pepper notes. It didnít have as An interesting take on a Saison. Not near my favorite though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
My Bottom Line :
This Saisonís spicy hop bite, doughy yeast and tropical fruitiness evolve in a comfortable mouthfeel yet canít seem to gel with a roaming tartness.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A pillowy head of foam dwindles into the cloudy beige.
-Tartness and an unbalanced spicy hop bitterness tend to clash in the aftertaste.
-Malt flavors are quite coarse, a bit like some Frontenac malts in Quebec.
-Mild banana esters undermine citrusy edges.
-This has a lot of flavor, but the whole is not as united as it could be.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1547) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
A cloudy, yellow-orange pour with a large, frothy white head that stays till the end. The aroma is a little buttery with some honey and spicy hops. The light body has a somewhat slick texture with lively carbonation. The taste is a little sweet initially, but bitterness arrives quickly and stays for a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
WARNING: This bottle literally exploded when I opened the first one, as in half the neck came off with the cap. 12oz bottle from Pickís poured into a shaker. Pours a very cloudy dark gold with about 2 fingers of thick white head. Aroma of honey and a little peppery spice and some Muscat grapes. Taste is light bitter and very light sour. Sour green grapes with some pepper and a good bit of honey. Medium bodied with a somewhat light texture. Lively carbonation and an oddly sour finish. Overall, not bad. Probably not something I would drink again but Iíll finish the 6-pack eventually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2011
This had a clear light bronze body with a tall rocky head and thick lace. The aroma had a floral sweetness with an undertone of zest. Very livefly, spritzy mouthfeel. The flavor had a soft grainy sweetness outbalanced by a floral/peppery/zesty bitterness. The finish was dry with a prolonged moderate bitterness. Very drinkable and refreshing and should be put in Summittís regular line-up.

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