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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9369) - 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
vikingguy (1065) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2011 Pours a honey gold color with quick diminishing white head. Aroma is fruity & yeasty. Taste is quite complex and seems a little messy...I detect apple, honey, rye, clove and vanilla bean. You can also taste alcohol, whiskey and some astingentness. The honey lends a dry palate. It was a valid attempt; not great but itís not terrible. Re-Rate: This is growing on me, itís a beer that Iíd buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
portableparty (2281) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear golden amber with a white foamy head that fades to a thin film. Aroma has a honey tobacco scent with pepper as well. Taste is bready and herbal with a little funk. Palate is thin and chaulky that finishes dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6720) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (9260) - 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 13/20
hayduke (4928) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryanfolty (2391) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Date: July 30, 2011 Mode: Draft Source: Sweeneyís, St. Paul, MN Appearance: Yellow orange with thin white head. Aroma: Citrus, grassy, and grainy. Flavor: Consistent with aroma, honey sweetness, light bodied. Other: A decent saison, but not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Picked up single 12-oz bottle from Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear golden pale colored brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a film top and white ring. Aroma of golden grain malt, floral hops, a hint of vanilla, white pepper and apple. Taste is medium bodied, dry golden grain malt, some bitter yeast, and grassy hops. Finish is semi-dry with a saison yeast aftertaste with some spearmint, honey and grassy hop flavor, followed by a lingering white pepper flavor. A little bit multi-directional but still has a saison profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Pours deep yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of faint belgian yeast, grass, lemon, biscuit malt. Taste is the same with a touch of honey. Meh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Pours a lightly hazy orange with a 1 finger, fluffy eggshell head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, spice, stone fruit, floral and citrus hops, black pepper, sweet tree fruit and some crusty white bread. Flavor is huge on gravel dust stone fruit, tree fruit and pepper, usually I like a little dusty character in a saison, but this is a little over the top, light citrus and big spicy hops. Palate is light dry, and chalky, increasingly dry and chalky to the finish. Decent, but I think somebody threw some limestone in this beer.

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