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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 Saison—Batch 07 in the Summit Unchained Series. It’s inspired by French saison styles which were traditional farmhouse ales brewed to quench workers on long, hot days. Sam’s creation has a refreshing citrus and floral character with hints of apple, pear and spicy, peppery notes. It’s brewed with a touch of Minnesota honey as a kettle addition and unfiltered for a smooth, clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Draft at Sweeney’s, St. Paul. Light brown color and a tall, thick white head. Big aromasa of clove and yeast. Flavor is herbal with more yeast, prairie grass, cloves, and light spice. Medium sweet. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Draught at Whole Foods Devon- Aroma of fruit, citrus, tangerine, pear, flowers, spice, grains, Saison yeast, and pepper. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, and spicy. Tastes of grains, Saison yeast, spice, pepper, slight fruit, hops, and clove. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Fruit, pepper, clove, Saison yeast finish is dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle. Accidentally cracked this one open from the back of the fridge thinking it was an Oktoberfest. Fuggit. Was saving it to rate it anyway. Pours a bright yellowish orange color, slightly hazy. Lively carbonation and a foamy head that quickly dissipates. Initially comes across as very light on the palate but is quickly overcome by vigorous fruitiness. Pears, tart apples, a hint of honey. Finish is dry with a bit of pepper and a clean hop hit. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Pours a clear lemon yellow with frothy white head. Aroma is very earthy. A mix of hay, grassy sugar. A lot of undertones of bread. Flavor is rather tart. Not a lot honey other than a minor undertone of sweetness that offsets the lemon and hoppy spruce. Body is light with a lot of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2026) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle. Clear dark golden yellow pour, tons of carbonation and an aroma of white grapes and honey. Flavor is effervesent pears, honey, white pepper and a little dry on the finish. Above average..

   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 Pick’s 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 I’ll finish the 6-pack eventually.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Cloudy pale amber body with a thick lasting white head. Decent aroma of honey and spice (pepper?). Very bright palate loaded with carbonation. The flavor is similar to the aroma but a little better. Sweet and smooth up front with some honey flavor. It finishes with a nice peppery bite. A decent beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Pours a clear golden with a medium white head. Aroma is hoppy and earthy with hints of grain and citrus. Flavor is bitter hops, earthy, mineral notes, grain, citrus, fruit, honey, and some spices. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Decent but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2276) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Strong, dry yet floral and fruity aroma features honey and melon scents. Pours a hazy, effervescent gold with a large amount of creamy, uneven, cream-colored head. Produces good, thick lacing. My score of 4 for appearance is due to the surprisingly impressive head and lacing. Dry, sharp, lightly sour flavor features an apricot element. The flavor is weaker than it should be, but the dry finish and aftertaste are strong and good. Light to medium body. Soft in the plate. Honeymoon saison is pleasant but too simple to be outstanding.

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