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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13609) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Draft. Poured clear amber with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium yeasty fruit and spice aroma. Medium body with a tingly texture and soft carbonation. Medium spice sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This beer met my expectations.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12756) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (11423) - Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Really spicy saison here. It is light in color and has a slight hint of fruitiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
355mL courtesy of OldSock aka The Mad Fermentationist. Pours a clear gold with a decent white head. Small lace. Very sweet, sugary nose. Taste is mildly bitter, nutty, doughy, and some oddities like saltwater, chamomile, squash. Overly herbal and much too sweet for any beer. Wildly too sweet for saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Tap. Yellow orange pour with a small but foamy white head. Grain and barnyard funk in the nose. Medium palate with some carbonation. Taste is grain, yeast, and some noticeable honey sweetness. There is some metallic element to the finish thatís slightly off-putting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9425) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2011
12 oz. bottle opened at the STLHops Pinball Party- thanks to whoever brought this! A fitting choice, as Summit is coming to Missouri finally this week. Pours a clear golden color with a small white film for a head. Aroma of light farmhouse funk, straw, pale malts, grapes, and spices. Flavor of funk, cedar, straw, pale malts, clove, and other mild spices. Light-medium bodied, with a mellow mouthfeel and a classic funky-spicy-mellow saison mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9411) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Pours clear yellow with white head, aroma has notes of floral, pear, hints of spice. Taste is some weird muddled floral and biscuit notes, some slight spice, dry fruit notes, finishing fairly dry but with a bit of excess carbonic acid and a slight metallic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Bottled. Poured slightly cloudy golden with a short-lived white head. The aroma picked up sweet lighter fruits and honey with peppery and quasi-vinous yeasty notes around.. seemed a little heavy-handed and off-balance. The flavor found vanilla, spicy notes, and a hint of vanilla laced throughout.. darker honey and less bready notes for support.. finished tacky and spicy. Light-medium bodied with high carbonation on the palate.. too sugary to be refreshing.. just OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6761) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
12 oz. bottle. A cloud of haze floats freely. Golden orange with a white head that is one finger. Belgian yeast and candi sugar with light spices are smelled. The flavor is funky and sour. Like the aroma, it offers some light spices that include pepper. There is some light barnyard funk to it but only a bit. This is generally sour and the honey is not tasted. This is not a great Saison.

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