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Weird Beard / Elusive Single Hop Series No 2: Nelson Saison

Brewed by Weird Beard
Style: Saison
Ealing, England
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Originally home-brewed by Andy Parker.
The second in this series showcases the Nelson Sauvin hop so expect elderflower and gooseberries blended with Saison yeast character. This beer uses a very traditional Saison grain bill of Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts but a judicious application of this wonderful hop adds a new world twist, resulting in a beer that’s full of hop flavour without losing its Saison roots. Batch 0012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
Cant recall much about the beer now - not the beers fault, nice beer however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (9266) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle at home from Beer:shop St Albans.Very lively pour with a huge persistent lemon sorbet coloured head. Clear golden colour with fine carbonation. Aroma is classic french saison yeast yeast esters / phenols with touches of lemon citrus. Secondary mineral and rubber notes. Malt is doughy / bread, delicate lemon surbert, phenols, and slightly metalic and alcohol in the finish. Not very much nelson sauvin character at all. Very effervessant on the tongue. Weird grassy bitter aftertaste. I think there is a bit of clash with the yeast and hops. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2013
50cl, as Single Hop Series No.2 ’Nelson (Saison)’, new exclusive English collab. brew Anno 2013, from Ales By Mail (UK), complex brew, floral/fruity and slightly malty/bitter, balanced, cloudy, rocky head, good brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Juha (72) - Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
Slightly hazy, huge carbonation and huge head. Golden orange colour. Aroma is fruity Belgian yeastiness, Taste is fruity and spicy pepper, some alcohol, and then some sweetness in the end. Very balanced and judicious use of NS hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013

Draught @ Craft Beer Co - Clerkenwell, 82 Leather Lane, Farringdon, Greater London, England EC1N 7TR.

Unclear medium amber orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, peach, moderate to heavy yeasty, fruity yeast. Flavor is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, harsh - acrid bitter, fruity, cold coffee ! fruity bitter, sweet fruit, passion fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130807]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (6415) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2013
500ml bottle. Clear orangey dark golden colour with average to huge, foamy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Dry hoppy, fruity aroma has notes of gooseberry, cautious spicy, peppery, yeasty overtones. Taste is initially minimally sweet fruity and caramel malty, then dry, grainy, bready, unpleasantly bitter, a herbal touch, spicy, peppery, yeasty overtones. Inharmonic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3811) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2013
Bottle. Golden, cloudy, very large and mostly lasting head. Moderate malty - light wheat and lightly sweetish aroma, light caramel and some berry fruitiness with light citrus and light spiciness (coriander), light yeast. Body is medium, malty - light wheat and lightly sweetish flavor, light berry fruitiness, light citrus and light spiciness, some hoppyness. Finish is average to long, malty - light wheat and dryish, faint fruitiness and light citrus, some sharp spicy hoppyness, light metal. Dryish saison with nice head - bitterness gets bit sharp in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2013
Tap takeover by the brewery at Cask Pub & Kitchen. Half pint served from keg. Firm white head. Golden-amber coloured body. Spotty lacing. Grass and citrus fruity nose. Flavours of lemon, orange, apricot and dusty hops. Semi-dry, bitter ending. Soft in the mouth. Refreshing and relatively easy to drink (London 12.08.2013).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2013
Draft @ Craft Beer Co, Islington N1. Pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy weak yeasty hoppy peachy aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty hoppy bitter peachy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (4253) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2013
Tap at The Grove, Huddersfield. Cloudy, golden colour. Thin but lasting head. Aroma is a farmyard on a wet day. All the while drinking this it reminded me of another beer. in the end I realised it’s a lot like Fantome Saison. Which for me is a good thing.

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