TaktikMTL (8012) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2017
Bouteille de 750 ml partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur de fumée avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est blonde légèrement voilée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fumée avec une pointe d’épices et de fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de fumée en arrière goût. (Rating #7724) deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2015
A- hazy light orange. With a run of light white head. Good lacing
S- old New England musty farmhouse. Socks, grass, orangina, wood chips, cheese cloth, some peaches and fellow stone fruit.
M- light salty palette with a light sticky body. Mild carb.
T- a heavier damp attic air, wood, lemon, grass and peaches all up front. Middle starts with some wood chips and hickory smoke but mellows as it warms. Ending has zinc, lemon, bitter hops, sour cream. mrhoppy (1197) - Santa Clara, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
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I absolutely loved this beer, awesome smoked saison, notes of bacon in this bad boy, easy to drink, on tap. AcctError236499 (226) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Half pour at the brewery, reviewed from notes. Aroma is lightly smokey, with a strong yeast presence that emits pear/apricot skins. Somewhat funky, slight lactic notes. Pours a hazy golden color that is unfiltered and a big soapy head that dissipates slowly. Leaves no lacing, no legs. Taste has bright sweetness immediately followed by a smokey, salty, meaty flavor. Funk taste is carried through that reminds me of hard cheese. At first it was hard to take down, but as it warmed up the flavors became more pleasant. The smoke is balanced by the light tart finish, and a nice mineral quality that brings out the base malt. Small fruit presence lingers. Thin body, with medium carbonation and a slight dry finish. Definitely the best smoked Saison I’ve had. The smoke qualities are well balanced and not overpowering, which makes the finish of the beer refreshing.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
On tap @ SARA tap room. Saison with huge smoke flavor! Really well done, unique beer. Zymurgeist2 (2507) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 9, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Spicy pepper and orange aroma. Wheat-like grain in background. Hazy deep gold with full white head. Spice and lemon flavor. Crisp spicy phenols. tripelthreat (193) - Soquel, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Light orange-yellow with a thin film that left some decent lacing. Nose is very interesting with spice, yeast, and some sweet malt that is complemented by mild hickory hammy/bacon smokiness. Taste is sweet with light bitterness and the idea of salt from the cured pork flavors. Along with that are clove notes, a little funk and yeasty sweet grain that dries out with some faint bitter notes. Medium body. This combination could easily be a mess but it’s no surprise that SARA did it so well. joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 31, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Such a tough style to nail down.... smoked saison? Lot’s to keep in balance here, and they do it spot on. It pours yellow/orange with a disappearing white head. The aroma is lightly smoky with jerky, wheat and spice. The flavor is huge smoke yet light on the palate with fresh wheat, fruit and yeast melding beautifully with the smoke in the finish. Really good. ineedbeer (2385) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Aroma is slightly malty with faint cracker and grain, but is moderately smokey. Smoke is light in character; definitely not peat or cherry wood. Moderate pear esters.
Pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white head that lingers on the edges. Only faint lacing and small legs.
Flavor is moderately sweet in the beginning with some light graininess. Mid palate the flavor is all overripe fruit and is fairly sweet. The finish is balanced with medium light bitterness and moderate smoke flavor. The finish lingers with light smoke and some more graininess. Faint pear in finish as well. Light tartness to help balance the sweet and smokey.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately creamy with medium high carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall a nice beer with well balanced smoke character. The smoke works well with the esters from the saison yeast. Could be a bit drier but that might make the smoke too apparent and unbalanced.