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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (6636) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013
Keg at The Macc; Clear amber pour with medium white head, grassy aroma, fruity hop taste grapes with yeast esters grassy, some citrus undertones, very clean crisp great beer, matched the occassion well a nice summers day in Macclesfield, excellent to have it at launch with Gregg and Andy. Will be getting some bottles of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (6446) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2013
Keg at CBC Clerkenwell. It pours a slightly hazy golden colour with 1 finger of white soapy head. Aroma is fresh and hoppy, quite zesty with notes of agrumes. Taste is similarly light bitter with some floral hops and grass, some yeasts and bread, some sourness and funk. Nice hop bite in this one. Good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 4, 2013
Tap at Craft Clerkenwell. Pale amber colour, small white head. Aroma is tropical fruits unsurprisingly, mango, apricot, quite full on. Some saison like herbal elements too, and a bit belgian. Taste is good, initial fruitiness, then finish is more grainy and herbal. Pretty good. Bit of bubblegum there too maybe. Fruit tastes like that peach nectar stuff. My first beer by them and will be looking for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18517) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 Keg at the Fox - London. Pours lightly hazy gold with a moderate, white foam head. Tasty stuff, light alcohol kick, mild dough and yeast, light citrus. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately sweet finish, some clean dough, yeast, faint spice, light bitter citrus rind, touches of grass. Really nice beer. Punchy but drinkable.

Bottle at home in London, shared with the missus. Pours mostly clear, bright and deep gold, highly effervescent with a very large, whispy white froth head. The nose holds some lightly grainy bread, yeasty dough, ripe orange, hints of berries and tropical fruits. Medium sweet flavor with further bready, lightly doughy malts, some more juicy citrus, hints of tangy pee and pine, tangerine. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Moderate warmth to finish, some sticky bitterness, more ripe citrus fruits, light dryness, pine needles, very subtle spicy yeast. Very tasty stuff. Still punchy but a better example than what I had on draft. (3.9)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
Keg Old Fountain London 08/07/13. A hazy light brown coloured beer with a bright white head and lace. A lovely funky yet hoppy beer. Great flavours. Great fizzy texture. Great hops. So well constructed and very easy to drink. Doesn’t drink its ABV either. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4378) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Looks beautiful - amberish, with a massive frothed globe. Smells like a murky orange and a yeasty one at that. Tartness from the yeast. Lovely smooth, thick, lustrous mouthfeel. A small bit like a beautiful horse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garrold (4232) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2419) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle from Kris Wines. Bottled May 2013. Cloudy amber colour, big white head. Yeasty, slightly spicy aroma with a touch of citrus. It’s OK - the yeast is pretty prevalent, but there’s citrus, a touch of sourness and definite spiciness there - a little pepper. It’s decent and fairly well balanced, certainly when it comes to the booze which barely raises its head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1756) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2013
Keg at the Dean Swift SE1. High carbonation, huge head, amber colour. Lots going on, quite funky sour, fruity sweet, bitter. Some underlying booze, gives it some oomph. I like this kind of beer, maybe not the smoothest or best balanced but interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9563) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
Consumed at home in the company of Loz, Craig, Stella & Kids plus Jackie & Simon 02.08.13 Big thanks to Simon. Fresh nose but there is a little sherbert. Full flavour, little lemony, clingy flavour that really goes on. Touch dry at end, like it. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov15 3.7

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