Upstream Saison
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Formerly brewed at Upstream Brewing Company
Style: Saison
Omaha, Nebraska USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
This classic summer beer has its origins in southern Belgium. Known for their dynamic and complex flavors, Saisons were traditionally produced in farmhouse breweries to quench the thirst of those who worked the fields in the hot summer months. We’ve brewed our Saison with the finest barley and hops, then spiced it with coriander and lemon peel. It’s unfiltered and golden in color, dry to the taste, somewhat tart, yet very refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 26, 2007
On tap at the 180th location. Poured honey/yellow with a white head. Aroma was some yeast with a hint of banana and spice. Medium malt body with a slightly dry finish. Flavor profile was very light with hints of banana and spice, and a bit more wheat flavor. Mediocre.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Cask-conditioned version. Served in a standard 14oz. shaker-style glass, unfortunately. Served at proper cellar temp., however. Peculiar musty, spicy, yeasty and herbal aroma, something like rosemary, sweet gale and pumpkin, mixed with floury pie crust and a certain citric fruity note (orange peel?) and tea leaves. Clear golden color with tinges of green and a fine, thin head. Tangy, citric and somewhat sweet flavor profile, sugary and unusual, almost like a gruit style with the unfamiliar, spicy, herbal component coming on fairly strongly throughout. Finishes bittersweet with more herbal and yeast accents and some syrupy, orangey notes, perhaps some lemongrass accents. Mouthfeel is low in effervescence, body is medium. A little strange but mostly inoffensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6543) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2006
From a growler provided to me by TJ and served in my NB worthy glass: Crystal clear golden hue topped with a fizzy head and some lacing. The nose picked up coriander, sesame seed. lemongrass, heather, floral hops, and bready and musty Belgian yeast esters. The taste starts with a mild citric acidity and balanced with honey like sweetness supported by grainy malt bill. The spice is much more reserved on the palate than the nose which is a good thing. The aftertaste is slightly dry and tart. The mouth feel is sort of just there, lacks any dynamic punch. Well more than drinkable it seems to modest and still too flowery to be something I would recommend. Needs more aged hop character and a bit less coriander. That said, this is good for the source...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. Served in a cool long stemed tulip glass. Light hazy yellow with a snowy white head. Super noble hop aroma. Honey and spice. Lots of hop flavor, but light on the bitter. Light sweet flavor yet finishs on the dry side. Medium body and crisp. I really enjoyed this beer, but it could be because the two beers I had earlier in the evening were shit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
Just picked up a growler of this today, but I hesitate that I have the right beer since the last rating was over a year ago. As far as I can tell, they only have one saison, so here goes. Pours a clear orange yellow with a one finger bone white creamy head. Aroma is quite spicy of coriander and citrus, also a little grass, yeastiness and candy sugar. Flavor has a little bitterness with the addition of light banana and some mandarin oranges--the overall taste is more sweet than bitter though. Mod-high carbonation, light bodied. Not a bad saison, but not super.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
Sampled at the GTMW. Light slightly funky saison-ish aroma with some grassy hops. Pale, golden yellow with a thin white head. Light malt flavors with some fruity, lemon and orange in there. Light body and watery texture.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 29, 2005
NE craft brewers fest. Golden, heady, sweetish and a bit spiced (corriander?) some yeasty esters...overall comes off too sweet and wit-like...hops are lacking and the yeast is a little too subtle, although it does add some nice esters...Certainly drinkable, especially on this nasty humid day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2005
On tap at the 2005 Nebraska Craft Brewer’s Festival. Gold in color with a white fluffy head. Good lacing. A tart beer, but not tart enough for the style. Lighter in body than it should be, but a decent malt flavor in mid drink. Unfortunately, it just seems to die by the finish and disappear without a lasting taste sensation of any sort. Mediocre saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (6251) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 19, 2005
This was served at the Legacy location in the proper tulip glass for me, although the ditsy waitress felt compelled to explain the glassware! The color was reminiscent of a mandarin orange, with nothing but a thin head. The flavor was sweet and spicy, like an orange slice dipped in corriander. Bit clear for the style, but interesting enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2005
On tap into shaker glass, Legacy brewpub. I was slightly tipsy by the time I had this one, since I didn’t notice they had a new seasonal (and such an intriguing seasonal) until after my second beer. As far as saisons go, this one is very tame and "drinkable;" for such a usually challenging style, that’s not necessarily a good thing. I think those who don’t know what saisons are supposed to taste like will like it; those who are expecting Fantome (or even New Belgium) will be disappointed. In any event, the aroma is grassy and lemony with cobwebs and not much of a hint of brett. Small white head almost fully diminishes; beer is pale hazy yellow in the glass. The flavor is nicely spicy, with lemon peel and corriander as advertised in nice quantity, to go along with a toned down fruit palate (like watered down lemonade). Light body doesn’t seem watery, despite the overall lack of flavor. The corriander and cobwebs persist in a relatively short and wimpy finish. Would have been better if it would have been both drier and more tart. Props to the guys at Upstream for trying a Saison. We can only hope that they’ll improve upon it as the years march on.

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