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Brewed by Brussels Beer Project
Style: Saison
Bruxelles, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Saison with Yuzu and Sansho.

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3.9
amikhaylov (118) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 18, 2017
Good saison, lots of yuzu and sourness and good taste. Lovely. Some fruity hints

3.3
Alengrin (5639) - BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2017
And yet another BBP experiment: saison style craft beer spiced with yuzu (a Japanese kind of citrus fruit, quite popular these days) and sansho (a peppery kind of seeds from a Zanthoxylum bush, also known as Korean pepper). Medium thick, snow white, lightly lacing head, quite regular in shape and retaining well, over an initially clear, warm ’old gold’ coloured beer with visible sparkling and an almost pinkish, weird, champagne-coloured tinge to it. Aroma of hard green pear, freshly grated horseradish, banana peel, cooked turnip, quite strong DMS (cooked cauliflower) almost ruining everything else, dried orange peel (I guess this must be the yuzu), pink peppercorns (the sansho no doubt - but relatively subtly so), bread crust, old potatoes, cold French fries even, baking powder, peanuts, hints of dried apricot, withering wormwood leaves and bitter dandelions or other garden herbs, salsify, dried camomile flowers. Crisp, spritzy onset, lots of sharpish carbonation, very minerally, distracting from an underlying fruitiness of peach, apple, pear and light unripe (green) banana, only remotely sweetish, some soft sourishness edging it, supple and slick mouthfeel - made more harsh by that strong carbonation. Dry old bread- and cereal-like malt core, a bit on the thin side considering there is a long, drying, wormwood-like, very firm hop bitterness afoot, dominating the finish, with some refreshing citrus elements (the yuzu, but in a dry, subtle and rather ’anonymous’ kind of way) and a spiciness which could indeed come from that sansho, but in such an unexpressive way that I might just as easily have ascribed it to the hops themselves. Ends dry, a tad yeasty and ’dusty’, with a long-lasting peppery bitterness. Spicy, quenching beer, but the DMS kept bothering me (as it always does whenever present - and it is very often present in new Belgian ales regardless of whether they want to reinforce old traditions or catch the innovation train like this brewery does); as usual with BBP, a well-intended idea not carried out to technical perfection. Not their worst creation so far, but far from the best. Without that DMS, this may have worked for me, but then I still think it would lack some malt ’rotundity’ to carry this amount of hop bitterness and ’sansho’ pepperiness. I also expected more ’fra�cheur’ from the yuzu - this citrus effect, Japanese or not, should have been a lot more bright. Bit of a missed opportunity, really.

3.7
Jerre (3800) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2017
Thuis geproefd op 10 augustus 2017 van 33 cl fles. (Bierschuur) Wazig goudblond met een goede witte schuimkraag. Aroma: mout en vooral tropisch fruitig, iets van kruiden. Medium body. Smaak: zoetje, wat kruidig, fruitig, gist, en aparte hopbitterheid. Weer eens een andere kruidige hopbite.

3.8
JoeinDahlem (1597) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 7, 2017
Pour bright orange-gold, rather clear and with very little sediment in the bottle. Sharp sour-lemon aroma, pungent, green weeds in high summer, dill, pith. Dry, zesty and bitter taste, pretty juicy, light acidic impression, getting a bit rubbery/resinous-bitter in the aftertaste, but overall refreshing. Polished and well put together.

3.6
Vignale (3969) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2017
Flaska från belgiuminabox. Bärnstensfärgad, disig, medelhögt vitt skum. Doft av zestig citrus, blommor och jord. Mycket zestig citrus med en hel del skalbeska, lätt syrlig, örter, klorofyll, jord. Trevlig.

3.5
nutjes (1190) - Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2017
33cl-fles van bij Bierhalle Deconinck te Vichte. U: Wazig goudblond met een witte schuimkraag. G: Pompelmoeszeste, licht kruidig, citrus en wat bleekmout. S: Moutzoet met een lichte kruidigheid. Chemische pompelmoestoets. Droge afdronk. M: Doordrinker met medium carbonatie.

3.4
VDuquerroux (1822) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - JUN 26, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2017 Bottle, 33cL. @La Cervoiserie, Poitiers. A sparkling yellow-orange opaque beer with a medium white head ; average retention. Lemon, tropical fruits, light resin, herb, gooseberry, makes me think of mackerel... Light acid, medium dry bitter refreshing, sweet note, salty note. Light to medium body, thin texture, average carbonation, dry citrusy finish. Overall, good !

3.8
weark (857) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JUN 25, 2017
Bouteille achetée à La Cave A Bière (Béziers) - De couleur cuivrée avec une belle mousse blanche crémeuse qui tient bien - Au nez des arômes de levures saison épicée très agréable, agrumes, citron, floral, superbe nez - En bouche on reste sur beaucoup de levure épicée, des notes d’agrumes, de citron, de blé, bonne amertume - Corp léger, amertume moyenne, carbonation pétillante, sèche et amère, final agrumes épicée amère - Superbe saison avec une bonne amertume et une bonne présence d’agrumes

3.8
Bierridder_S (1071) - BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2017
06/2017 @home - 33cl bottle from BBP. Cloudy yellow with medium white head. Nose is malts, yeast, lemon. Taste is a tad sweet malty, lemon, bitter, yeast. Just a bit too much yeast in this one.

3.6
KansaiBeerLvrs (5305) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2017
I served this bottle in my Brussels Beer Project Teku glass. The aroma was wheat, spicy saison phenols (peppery), sweet tarts and hints of sansho as well as yuzu but quite mild. Medium to full bodied with a dry finish and raspy carbonation. The taste is a touch ascerbic, more bitter than expected but gives you saison, honey and sansho with the yuzu citrus peel showing up in the finish. Refreshing and it grew on me which is the mark of a good beer.


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