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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeinDahlem (1454) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2012
Sampled at GTMW í11. This is a hoppy saison at an utterly reasonable abv, so already it is saying all the right things to me. Floral and grassy in the nose, rather bitter and dry, well attenuated. The honey character is there in the backdrop. Rather clean profile, but thatís fine with me (and normal for one or two French farmhouse yeasts). I love an American-made saison that is not afraid to be a hoppy, dry, quenching beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
12 oz bottle pour to a glass, leaving behind a fair layer of sediment. Clear light copper gold, with a white head, lasting, leafing behind nice lacing. Even as I finish the last sip, a nice skim of white head remains. Aroma is bready caramel, floral and earthy, quite a bit of yeast and wheat character. Perhaps a touch of lemon tartness. Taste is much the same, with floral hops and sweet malt in the middle giving way to a dry, astringent finish. Very slightly spicy. Quite nice, though the astringency gets me a bit at the end...a spicy and more citrus bitter would have blended better with the sweet malt IMO. Not bad though. Actually one of my favorites of the series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-tan. Thin, creamy off white head. Sweet honeydew aroma, some faint orange soda. Sweet fruit tones, almost tropical, quite pleasantly balanced by the honey, which really gives the golden malt backbone some depth. A really great Saison, this is fresh and true to style, while being sort of unique at the same time. Quite peppery and bitter, very hop forward.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Appearance: Hazy burnished gold with moderate fluffy white head. Aroma: Very fruity and citrusy (tart grapefruit, lemon, apple) with nice notes of bread and honey. Not quite the aroma I expected, with almost a Lagunitas IPA quality to it. Taste: Strong malt backbone of bread and cracker, but the hops really shine, with grapefruit and lemon taking center stage. Toward the end, it becomes more floral and spicy with some nice cracked pepper lingering. A lot hoppier than I expected. Palate: Moderately high carbonation, light body (probably made even lighter by the honey). Finish is somewhat dry and tart. Overall: Very refreshing. Not really a traditional Saison (especially with the Nelson Sauvin hops), but nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle, pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with white foam head. Aroma of light barnyard funk, honey, floral hops, spices/clove. Flavor is similar with a grapefruit/orange peel bitterness. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Bitter grapefruit hop finish. A bit on the hoppy side for a saison, but not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1423) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a tap into a pint at Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, Minn. Color was honey reddish with about ľ-inch of head. Lots of flavors in the nose. Some fruit (pear, peach combination) to start and spices (slight pepper) to end. Also a light honey odor in there. Somehow it works together. First taste was honey, but all the smells (pears, peach, etc.) and spices (slight pepper, etc.) came together nicely. Fairly smooth. Average to moderate carbonation. Refreshing mouthfeel that really grew on me. Really liked the beer. You canít knock a beer where the worst part is the first sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle, as pictured. Surprised to see it with such low scores, I thought it was pretty good. Defintely a bit spiced, peppery, but with the honey sweetness. Not too much of the traditional earthy taste. Bubbly and crisp, easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1621) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - 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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Gold color with a large head. Yeasty aroma, plenty of spice and bread. Very light lemon. Light wheat flavor and more spicy yeast. Very light and dry honey, but could just be the label as I donít think I would have noticed it otherwise. Seemed to turn metallic towards the finish.

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