Summit Unchained 07 Honeymoon Saison

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


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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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17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bottle thanks to Funkybrewster. Not sure but maybe some age on this helped it out? Great aroma of light apple, great french saison yeast with just a touch of vanilla, honey, and pear is a great descriptor. Flavor follows, off-dry with nice tartness, balanced spiciness, light but balanced bitterness, I’m really enjoying this and very surprised as so many Americans seem to screw up anything intended to be a Saison. Lively carbonation, off-dry, clean and flavorful.

FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a light golden orange with a small creamy white head. Aroma is spicy and pear citric fruitiness, aggressively yeasty and some honey. Flavor starts with some of the sweet honey and grainy malt. The fruitiness and peppery spice is still there, just more subdued, outweighed by the strong wheat and grain notes. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Aroma was decent, but the palate became bland and forgettable.

ben4321 (6607) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 12/4/11

Aroma: The nose is mostly yeast and spice, with some lemon zest and wheat notes
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a thick foam of white head and some lace
Flavor: The taste is light-medium sweet, it is fairly heavy on yeast and spice, with a just a little bit of funk
Palate: Light-medium bodied, with a lively carbonation, and a finish that is tingly, spicy, and slightly metallic
Overall Impression: Overall, this one falls a bit short. I didn’t really find that honey presence they claimed was there at all. Beyond the lack of promised honey, it isn’t a terrible Saison, but it isn’t a good one either. The finish is a touch off as well, which takes away from the beer.

ExpendableHero (925) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Golden brew with a white head. Sweet aromas of candy, and yeast. Tastes very faintly of honey, some peppery spices, sugar water, and floral hops. Not much of the advertised citrus or fruit flavors come through at all. Semi-sweet finish. Bland, but unoffensive.

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle. Poured a clear gold color with a white head. Smelled of baking spices, cereal grain, banana and clove. Light to medium bodied and dry with unexpected mild to moderate bitterness. Pale malt, clover, and subdued banana flavors.

bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2011
12oz bottle from a friend’s recent trip to Minneapolis. Pours a hazy gold with a huge fluffy white head, fed by extremely lively carbonation. Aroma is a light mixture of funky horse blanket and pear. Astringent twang overrides the light clover honey and green apple flavors, and makes this a bit unpleasant. Finish is too dry, peppery, and hoppy for what should be a refreshing summer brew. Wacky beer.

DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle. Clear dark golden yellow pour, tons of carbonation and an aroma of white grapes and honey. Flavor is effervesent pears, honey, white pepper and a little dry on the finish. Above average..

GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 5, 2011
A little mixed. MB liked it; I didn’t as much. Slight fruit flavors, a bit of grassy hop, light yeast. Kind of harsh and unbalanced to me, but MB liked the body to it and the subtlety. There you have it.

dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2011
12oz bottle poured into glass. When I think saison I think somewhat of a thirst quencher. This however wouldn’t be my first choice. The aroma has a strange mixture of hops and blue cheese. The flavor is dry perhaps a little too overly hoppy. Balance doesn’t seem to quite work here. I’ll pass next time.

arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Pours clear yellow with white head, aroma has notes of floral, pear, hints of spice. Taste is some weird muddled floral and biscuit notes, some slight spice, dry fruit notes, finishing fairly dry but with a bit of excess carbonic acid and a slight metallic finish.

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