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: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
To celebrate his upcoming nuptials, Summit brewer Sam Doniach created Honeymoon SaisonBatch 07 in the Summit Unchained Series. Its inspired by French saison styles which were traditional farmhouse ales brewed to quench workers on long, hot days. Sams creation has a refreshing citrus and floral character with hints of apple, pear and spicy, peppery notes. Its brewed with a touch of Minnesota honey as a kettle addition and unfiltered for a smooth, clean finish.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3584) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle from a trade with CLevar. Pours slightly hazy dark golden orange color with white head. Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with some lemon. Sweet fruit flavor with doughy yeast and some spiciness. Light to medium body with lively carbonating. Thanks Caleb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle. Accidentally cracked this one open from the back of the fridge thinking it was an Oktoberfest. Fuggit. Was saving it to rate it anyway. Pours a bright yellowish orange color, slightly hazy. Lively carbonation and a foamy head that quickly dissipates. Initially comes across as very light on the palate but is quickly overcome by vigorous fruitiness. Pears, tart apples, a hint of honey. Finish is dry with a bit of pepper and a clean hop hit. Not too bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2011 Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Appearance: Hazy burnished gold with moderate fluffy white head. Aroma: Very fruity and citrusy (tart grapefruit, lemon, apple) with nice notes of bread and honey. Not quite the aroma I expected, with almost a Lagunitas IPA quality to it. Taste: Strong malt backbone of bread and cracker, but the hops really shine, with grapefruit and lemon taking center stage. Toward the end, it becomes more floral and spicy with some nice cracked pepper lingering. A lot hoppier than I expected. Palate: Moderately high carbonation, light body (probably made even lighter by the honey). Finish is somewhat dry and tart. Overall: Very refreshing. Not really a traditional Saison (especially with the Nelson Sauvin hops), but nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle, as pictured. Surprised to see it with such low scores, I thought it was pretty good. Defintely a bit spiced, peppery, but with the honey sweetness. Not too much of the traditional earthy taste. Bubbly and crisp, easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Draught at Whole Foods Devon- Aroma of fruit, citrus, tangerine, pear, flowers, spice, grains, Saison yeast, and pepper. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, white head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Slightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, and spicy. Tastes of grains, Saison yeast, spice, pepper, slight fruit, hops, and clove. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Fruit, pepper, clove, Saison yeast finish is dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (7181) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2011
12 oz. bottle. A cloud of haze floats freely. Golden orange with a white head that is one finger. Belgian yeast and candi sugar with light spices are smelled. The flavor is funky and sour. Like the aroma, it offers some light spices that include pepper. There is some light barnyard funk to it but only a bit. This is generally sour and the honey is not tasted. This is not a great Saison.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
fidelis83 (2359) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Pours a lightly hazy orange with a 1 finger, fluffy eggshell head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, spice, stone fruit, floral and citrus hops, black pepper, sweet tree fruit and some crusty white bread. Flavor is huge on gravel dust stone fruit, tree fruit and pepper, usually I like a little dusty character in a saison, but this is a little over the top, light citrus and big spicy hops. Palate is light dry, and chalky, increasingly dry and chalky to the finish. Decent, but I think somebody threw some limestone in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1612) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a tap into a pint at Bryant-Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, Minn. Color was honey reddish with about -inch of head. Lots of flavors in the nose. Some fruit (pear, peach combination) to start and spices (slight pepper) to end. Also a light honey odor in there. Somehow it works together. First taste was honey, but all the smells (pears, peach, etc.) and spices (slight pepper, etc.) came together nicely. Fairly smooth. Average to moderate carbonation. Refreshing mouthfeel that really grew on me. Really liked the beer. You cant knock a beer where the worst part is the first sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bth122 (1546) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2011
Poured a clear golden color, small head. Aroma of fresh fruits and some belgium yeast notes. Med lite sweetness, lite bitter. Med lite body, ave carbonation with a little overfizzy. Fruit flavors like apple and pear in taste. Some tartness there. Not bad

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