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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Soleil is our take on the Saison style of beer. The history of the Saison dates back to the 19th century in the French-speaking regions of Southern Belgium. Beer was brewed at farms during the winter months to hydrate thirsty farmhands ("les saisonniers") during the summer months. While these beers were historically very different from one another depending on where they were brewed, modern Saisons are typically modeled after the Saison Dupont, brewed by Brasserie Dupont in Belgium, which gets its unique flavor from a special yeast strain. Soleil has a characteristic spicy/fruity ester profile resulting from our special yeast strain and a small amount of dry hopping. The extraordinarily attenuative yeast gives a beer with a dry finish and silky mouthfeel. As always, Soleil is brewed with twenty five percent local grain from Valley Malt.

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3.2
tfontana (1127) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2017
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from One Stop Market. Appearance is a misty haze settling into yellow-orange liquid with decent sparkle, 2-finger width frothy head with good retention and fair soapy lacing. Aroma is fruity esters and sour fruit over wheat. Taste is similar to aroma--mix of fruity esters and sour fruit over wheat. Palate is medium bodied with foamy texture, lively carbonation and more sour than sweet fruity, dry finish. Overall, an interesting take on a saison but sour’s not my thing so downplaying the sweet esters and increasing the sour isn’t my bag.

3.6
thornecb (6060) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. Bright white head with excellent retention top hats before it recedes. Lemony yeast and funk aromas. Sharp with sweet yeast, lemon upfront turning to bandaid and mild earthy spice in the medium length finish.

3.9
mcox90 (2138) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2015
12 oz. bottle from Julio’s. Poured a hazy yellow/orange with 2 finger bubbly white head. Yeasty nose with fruit and spice. A hint of barnyard. Modestly sweet flavor with the fruit esters mingling nicely with the saison yeast and coriander and pepper spice. Surprisingly full body for the style. Dry finish. Very nice!

4
rjplumer (1182) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 27, 2015
Dry lemony yeast aroma. Hazy golden body with an exuberant three finger thick bright white head. A bitter lemon bite to start. Has a clear refreshing quality. Hint of sweet citrus in the background. Light bodied.

4.6
malrubius (3020) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Bottle from Table and Vine. Goldena orange hazy with lasting head and lace. Citrus tropical fruit pepper pastry aroma with a hint of Christmas tree. Mild tropical fruit sweetness with complex citrus spice and very light fresh pine very satisfying and clean finish. Medium light lively and soft. Wicked Fucking Excellent. Wish I had another next.

3.8
WillRunForBeer (2766) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Taster at One Stop Grand Reopening. Yellow gold with an off white head. Aroma is honey, lime, pepper. Flavor follows. A dry saison with a Quite a bit of lime and grapefruit flavor. Good.

3.8
Aniela (4215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2015
From my backlogg: RBESG 2014 in London, Grand Tasting. Hazy pale yellowish beer with an offwhite head. Perfume citrus floral herbal citrus aroma. Sourish citrus grassy salty spicy grapefruit flavour. Refreshing beer :-)

3.4
fonefan (51092) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ RBESG 14 Grand Tasting at Moncada Brewery, Unit 1 Middle Row, Kensal Town, Greater London, England W10 5AT.

[ As Brewmaster Jack Soleil French Saison ].
Unclear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting to diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, wheat, herbs, vegetables, moderate yeasty, tart fruit - herbs, fruity. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a long to average duration, fruity, yeasty, citrus - tart fruit. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20140809]

3.4
yespr (47567) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
75 cl bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is veggie and toasted malty. Solid carbonated. Sweet, mild citric and light fruity. Mellow yeasty.

3.8
mR_fr0g (13505) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 09/08/2014 Moncada Brewery. Thanks to Leighhton. Clouded yewllow / straw coloured pour with an off white head. Aroma is slightly grassy hop, straw, nice saison yeast, citrus zesty lemon. Flavous is composed of wheaty grains, saison yeast character, orange peel. Nice little twangy of bretty pineapple. Palate is crisp and grainy and highish carbonation.


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