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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tmoreau (4531) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2011
On tap and served to a tulip at Lunar Brewing Co.. Displayed a deep, golden/amber with a clingy rim & layer of white, silky foam, and nice, ribbony lacing. The aroma was an initial touch of barn wood and yeasty funk, followed by fruit and light spice. The flavor was subtly sweet, with low but lingering hop bitterness coupled with lasting dryness. Somewhat less than medium bodied, and a little watery, but okay as Saisons go.

andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Purchased at Armanetti’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed while watching Monday Night Football, week 7, if Baltimore wins I win my pool! Appearance a slightly cloudy gold with a rich, frothy white head that laces to the glass. Aroma of honey, Belgian yeast, spices, slightly fruity. Taste is not good. It’s like drinking flower mash. Too floral for me, the yeast strain just seems out of control, and it’s much much sweeter than I thought it would be. Also leaves a tart taste in my mouth. Nice try, but not good.

esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2011
On tap at Erv’s Mug. Cloudy golden yellow with a lacy white head. Aroma of malt, light yeast and fruit and a touch of funk. Taste is a touch wild as well with yeast, light pepper, mild fruit and malt. Ok at best.

Tmoney99 (14769) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Draft. Poured clear amber with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium yeasty fruit and spice aroma. Medium body with a tingly texture and soft carbonation. Medium spice sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This beer met my expectations.

Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Aroma of apricot, floral notes and reisling. Pours straw yellow with a fluffy head. Tastes of clove, bubblegum, and definite floral notes. Good saison.

phaleslu (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2011
12 oz. bottle opened at the STLHops Pinball Party- thanks to whoever brought this! A fitting choice, as Summit is coming to Missouri finally this week. Pours a clear golden color with a small white film for a head. Aroma of light farmhouse funk, straw, pale malts, grapes, and spices. Flavor of funk, cedar, straw, pale malts, clove, and other mild spices. Light-medium bodied, with a mellow mouthfeel and a classic funky-spicy-mellow saison mouthfeel. Nice.

DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
I typically like Saisons, but it seems like few brewers can make them well. This brewery cannot.

Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Pours a clear lemon yellow with frothy white head. Aroma is very earthy. A mix of hay, grassy sugar. A lot of undertones of bread. Flavor is rather tart. Not a lot honey other than a minor undertone of sweetness that offsets the lemon and hoppy spruce. Body is light with a lot of carbonation.

r464 (2362) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Hints of fruit in the aroma. Odd, hints of fruit (apple, pear) with some citrusy zest and spice (dry, though fruity). I may need to let this one warm and breathe a bit, but my first impression is mixed.

GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
355mL courtesy of OldSock aka The Mad Fermentationist. Pours a clear gold with a decent white head. Small lace. Very sweet, sugary nose. Taste is mildly bitter, nutty, doughy, and some oddities like saltwater, chamomile, squash. Overly herbal and much too sweet for any beer. Wildly too sweet for saison.

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