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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2527) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Strong, dry yet floral and fruity aroma features honey and melon scents. Pours a hazy, effervescent gold with a large amount of creamy, uneven, cream-colored head. Produces good, thick lacing. My score of 4 for appearance is due to the surprisingly impressive head and lacing. Dry, sharp, lightly sour flavor features an apricot element. The flavor is weaker than it should be, but the dry finish and aftertaste are strong and good. Light to medium body. Soft in the plate. Honeymoon saison is pleasant but too simple to be outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (6104) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-tan. Thin, creamy off white head. Sweet honeydew aroma, some faint orange soda. Sweet fruit tones, almost tropical, quite pleasantly balanced by the honey, which really gives the golden malt backbone some depth. A really great Saison, this is fresh and true to style, while being sort of unique at the same time. Quite peppery and bitter, very hop forward.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Pours a clear golden with a medium white head. Aroma is hoppy and earthy with hints of grain and citrus. Flavor is bitter hops, earthy, mineral notes, grain, citrus, fruit, honey, and some spices. Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Decent but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nuffield (4130) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2011
This is at least the second in their series that has hit a really wrong note for me, which is too bad--this should be a showcase. The honey is weakly noted, and the most prominent flavor here is a metallic edge that overwhelms the fruitiness the brewers claim. As a saison (setting aside the non-impact of the honey) it doesnt provide as much life and funk as it should. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
12 oz bottle pour to a glass, leaving behind a fair layer of sediment. Clear light copper gold, with a white head, lasting, leafing behind nice lacing. Even as I finish the last sip, a nice skim of white head remains. Aroma is bready caramel, floral and earthy, quite a bit of yeast and wheat character. Perhaps a touch of lemon tartness. Taste is much the same, with floral hops and sweet malt in the middle giving way to a dry, astringent finish. Very slightly spicy. Quite nice, though the astringency gets me a bit at the end...a spicy and more citrus bitter would have blended better with the sweet malt IMO. Not bad though. Actually one of my favorites of the series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle, pours a hazy, yellow-orange body with white foam head. Aroma of light barnyard funk, honey, floral hops, spices/clove. Flavor is similar with a grapefruit/orange peel bitterness. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Bitter grapefruit hop finish. A bit on the hoppy side for a saison, but not too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Pours deep yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of faint belgian yeast, grass, lemon, biscuit malt. Taste is the same with a touch of honey. Meh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2011
On Tap @ The Maxx (Hotel Minneapolis) Pour is dark gold with a medium head. Aroma is crackery , hints of caramel, fruity lemon and wheat? Some honey sweetness as well on the nose. Flavour is light earthy funk, tart lemon and mown hay with some biscuity malt. Not as sweet as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
portableparty (2336) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear golden amber with a white foamy head that fades to a thin film. Aroma has a honey tobacco scent with pepper as well. Taste is bready and herbal with a little funk. Palate is thin and chaulky that finishes dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wlajwl (6597) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Spicy and yeasty in the aroma, the appearance is bronze-gold. The flavor has a slightly muted spiciness to it, probably due to the honey. Not bad, could do without the added honey, it made a slight sweetness and syrup inflection i didnt care for.

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