Great Lakes Brewery 25th Anniversary Belgian Saison

Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewery (Ontario)
Style: Saison
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
In the 1950’s, the Bulut family of Great Lakes Brewery came to Canada from Europe across the Atlantic. For our 25th anniversary, we’ve decided to cross back over in search of traditional beer styles and of course we are adding our own progressive touch that we’ve become known for. We look forward to bringing you for worldly beer styles throughout this years and hope you’ll join us on the journey as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.

Belgian Saison Ales were also known as "Farmhouse Ales". They were simple country beer brewed on self-sufficient farms created as a matter of necessity for farm hands. Our Saison is a distinctive version that features a classic Belgian Saison yeast as well as Coriander, Pepper and Grains of Paradise. These ingredients come together to create a refreshing, spicy and subtly fruity flavour. You can enjoy this beer immediately or cellar it for up to a year.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (3208) - Ontario, - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle, pours a nice golden, a nice heady pour, flavour is nice floral and fruity, a nice spice in there and a good smooth, finish. Lots of nice flavours in here. nice offering

AleRider78 (1506) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2016
750ml bottle. Poured a clear pale golden colour with a good size head, lots of foam and bubly. Well carbonated and has good retention and lacing. Aroma of malts, a bit wheaty. Very tangy citrus flavours, almost like tangerine, subtle hops. Has a pretty good mouthfeel, a bit yeasty. Pretty good "saison" style beer.

Ferris (17120) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle - Mango, mandarin oranges and pepper. Cloudy orange with a decent head. Sweet fruit, tangerine, pepper notes and some yeasty funk. Aged quite nicely, although sweetness, bitterness or mouthfeel has faded.

robinvboyer (4814) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
750ml bottle. Lightly hazy golden pour, small white head. Nice malted wheat aroma with lemon grass, touches of citrus, subtle spice, corriander, and fresh cut grass. Perfect carb, great mouth feel. Finish is light on the bitterness, touches of funk, nice spicy, lemon and corriander. Good spiciness, and a touch peppery, quite nice.

probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
750 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear golden with a nice off-white head. Aroma: Esters, wheat, some citrus, some peppery, spicy notes, floral/perfumed, sweet-smelling, light minty herbals??, a bit yeasty, interesting and fairly true to style. Palate: Medium body, lively effervescence. Flav.: Plenty of esters, light sweet, floral honey, still fairly floral and perfumed with light citrus notes, wheat and yeasty notes, a bit of alcohol; dry with moderate bitterness and a long, complex finish with lots of esters, peppery herbal notes, a bit of alcohol and a fair bit of citrus.

Very competent.

Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
Clear golden pour with a frothy white head and clinging lace. Spice clove, citrus flavour. Sweet bitter palette. Tangy with hint os honey.

Metalchopz (3684) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2013
Big 750ml brown bottle, cellared for half-a-year. Pours a hazy golden colour with a soapy head that disappears moderately and some streaky foam lacing is left. Lots of oranges in the nose and other citrus fruits. Soft Belgian Ale yeast and honey as well. Medium-light bodied and mostly wet. Mild peppery hop at first sip, with the citrus and cereal grain in the middle, finishing with the Belgian Ale yeast and notes of pepper and maple lingering. Nothing too crazy here, but a decent brew overall. For fans of witbier with a slight different approach.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
In short: A semi-rustic blond ale with spiciness and herbal character.
How: Bottle 750ml, consumed relatively fresh 2 or 3 months after the beer release.
The look: Cloudy dark blond body topped by a persistent small white head.
In long: Nose is phenolic, a bit rustic, cereals, herbal hops, medicinal notes. Taste is grainy sugary pale malts, a bit fruity (usual array of Belgian blond ale fruity flavors), rustic notes going in the dusty rug direction, a bit spicy (white pepper, some herbs), crushed aspirins. Medium body, medium carbonation. Some nice flavors and some off-flavors and I found the combination of everything to be very drinkable even if a bit flawed. Nothing exceptional here but it is a beer and it is quite drinkable and I like to drink beer and if you see me doing something other than drinking beer then you can be certain that I’m thinking about a way to get out of this situation so I can drink a beer.

neongolden (2027) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
(750ml bottle from the LCBO) Poured a slightly hazy deep gold with a huge head of fairly large bubbles which lasted a while but left only light lacing. Aroma herbal, yeast that’s more bready than funky, grainy malt, little bit of citrus zest, spice. On the palate, grass and coriander comes through over the yeasty bread, lightly sweet at the start. Mid-palate on, dry and zesty with pepper, coriander, spices, light citrus, lingering grain and a light barnyard funk. Finishes herbal and fairly dry. Acidic and bright overall, with a medium-light body and extremely active carbonation that is high and sharp even for the style. This is a decent saison but, like No Chance for Miranda which seems to be the draft prototype for this, is not the most exciting beer.

mabel (10003) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4647-20120812] Cask. Light yeasty fruit aroma has a bit of a leaf hint. Slightly hazy, light orange brown body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter yeasty grains flavour has a bit of a zing. Medium body. Interesting. (6/3/7/3/12) 3.1
(Festival @ Roundhouse, Toronto, ON)

Johnsense (1804) - - DEC 18, 2012
Hazy gold pour with a monstrous head. After waiting a while for that to die down, I got some barnyard funk,yeast, coriander, grass and spice in the aroma. Tastes of grass, coriander, pepper, yeast, the bit of funk I got in the aroma wasn’t here sadly. fairly sweet for a Saison. Lighter body, good carbonation. I still wouldn’t turn it down on a hot august afternoon.

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