Summit Unchained 07 Honeymoon Saison

Formerly brewed at Summit Brewing Company
Style: Saison
St. Paul, Minnesota USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
To celebrate his upcoming nuptials, Summit brewer Sam Doniach created Honeymoon Saison—Batch 07 in the Summit Unchained Series. It’s inspired by French saison styles which were traditional farmhouse ales brewed to quench workers on long, hot days. Sam’s creation has a refreshing citrus and floral character with hints of apple, pear and spicy, peppery notes. It’s brewed with a touch of Minnesota honey as a kettle addition and unfiltered for a smooth, clean finish.

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Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle; Pour is murky gold with a decent fine bubbled white head in this glass. It retains well, and has some light and spotty lacing present. The nose is fruity, and definitely overly sweet for the style. There is some apple skins present, sure. The flavor profile doesn’t improve much for me; some soap, light spiciness, fruity notes of citrus and apple; it’s a bit too bitter, a bit too fruity, a bit too sweet ; overall, it doesn’t work for me.

hayduke (5677) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 1, 2012
The 12 bottle was courtesy of strykzone. Poured a cloudy orange with a white head. Nose of candy and yeast. Medium body. OK mouthfeel but a bit acrid. Flavor is barnyard but mild with some sourness in the finish. This is a bit of a muddle for the style, but was drinkable and refreshing in spite of all the comments above.

bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2012
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of mustiness, herbs, florals, and grass. Flavor of grass, earth, honey, yeast, and florals with a moderately dry finish.

NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle. Pours pale golden with a slight haze and a huge white head. Light tangy aroma, nice peppery spice to the flavor with a touch of fruity sweetness. Finishes clean and dry. Very nice.

Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a clean, deep golden color with a tall pillowy white head. Aroma has a light pepper spice to it with lots of floral nose and a light wheat malt-like sourness. Flavor is very different from the nose. Fruity notes really come through with notes of apple, grape early and then move to a light fresh hop leaf bitterness with some mild citrus notes imparted from the hops. A solid acidic dry bite ends the beer. Body is light, crisp and has the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Overall an enjoyable beer.

emeinz (224) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle to glass. Had some floral and citrus notes on the nose. Seemed a little harsh midway through the drink. Maybe almost a bit grainy. It had some nice spiciness to it though. As well as some pepper notes. It didn’t have as An interesting take on a Saison. Not near my favorite though.

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
My Bottom Line :
This Saison’s spicy hop bite, doughy yeast and tropical fruitiness evolve in a comfortable mouthfeel yet can’t seem to gel with a roaming tartness.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A pillowy head of foam dwindles into the cloudy beige.
-Tartness and an unbalanced spicy hop bitterness tend to clash in the aftertaste.
-Malt flavors are quite coarse, a bit like some Frontenac malts in Quebec.
-Mild banana esters undermine citrusy edges.
-This has a lot of flavor, but the whole is not as united as it could be.


Finhead (1815) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
A cloudy, yellow-orange pour with a large, frothy white head that stays till the end. The aroma is a little buttery with some honey and spicy hops. The light body has a somewhat slick texture with lively carbonation. The taste is a little sweet initially, but bitterness arrives quickly and stays for a long finish.

jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
WARNING: This bottle literally exploded when I opened the first one, as in half the neck came off with the cap. 12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a shaker. Pours a very cloudy dark gold with about 2 fingers of thick white head. Aroma of honey and a little peppery spice and some Muscat grapes. Taste is light bitter and very light sour. Sour green grapes with some pepper and a good bit of honey. Medium bodied with a somewhat light texture. Lively carbonation and an oddly sour finish. Overall, not bad. Probably not something I would drink again but I’ll finish the 6-pack eventually.

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2011
This had a clear light bronze body with a tall rocky head and thick lace. The aroma had a floral sweetness with an undertone of zest. Very livefly, spritzy mouthfeel. The flavor had a soft grainy sweetness outbalanced by a floral/peppery/zesty bitterness. The finish was dry with a prolonged moderate bitterness. Very drinkable and refreshing and should be put in Summitt’s regular line-up.

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