Posts Tagged ‘ saison ’

Casey, all of the Casey

I haven’t had many beers from Casey Brewing and Blending, but I think this tasting fixed all that.


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Turns out these three beers were my favorite of the day. Balaton is the winner.


Brett Loves Citra: Very, very good. Like a fancy version of De Garde’s Hose, but with much softer acidity.


Casey Oak Theory: Huge surprise at the taste of this beer. It tastes just like a very young lambic, funk and all. Pro-tip, cellar the hell out of these.


Casey Advanced Oak Theory: I love how the whiskey barrels have changed this beer, but the finish is super diacetyl. Do not want buttered popcorn flavors in my beer 😦


Casey Saison: Really, fucking good. Damn.


Casey East Bank: Also delicious.


Casey East Bank w/honey: A beer that has honey in it where I can actually taste the honey?! GOD DAMN.


Casey Peach Fruit Stand: no peaches to be found here. Makes me sad, but other than that the beer is good.


Casey Blackberry Fruit Stand: Very tasty, but I was expecting more blackberry here.

General takeaway: Casey beers are very good, but do not expect the same kind of fruit bombs that De Garde drops on your palate. The fruit seems to be used as an accent to the main flavors of the base beer, while De Garde’s approach is to highlight the fruit itself, with the base beer used as a foundation of the fruity assault on your senses.


Yep, fruitiest beer of the day.


The other day my friends and I grilled some snapper and teriyaki chicken at my new apartment. We mostly drank Gravity Mountain and gin and tonics, but we paired this beer to go specifically with the chicken that we had.

Logsdon Seizoen

The beer worked amazingly well with the teriyaki chicken. The beer itself had too much banana flavor to it, but that combine with the belgian yeast matched the sweetness of the chicken fantastically. I’d probably give it a B if it was by itself, but with the chicken it definitely earned itself a B+.

So many variations of Seven!

I love how Upright Brewing has been doing so many one-offs using Seven as the base beer. Seven is my favorite year-round offering from Upright, so things can only get better from there right?

Description: Barrel aged 14 months with brettanomyces

Beer: Barrel aged Seven

Brewery: Upright Brewing

Style: Saison

ABV: 8.8%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Bright gold with no head, does have large bubbles that appear at the surface every now and then though

Aroma: Lots of fruit, some earthy funk from the brett, and a little bit of yeast. This beer smells absolutely fantastic!

Taste: Some nice tartness up front, with a lot of peach following up? It reminds me of a very light version of Fantasia, which is my favorite offering from Upright to date. I also get some oak from the barrel aging as well as a little bit of grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light with medium carbonation. Feels nice and refreshing. I might have to save my last bottle for a hot day in the summer.

Drinkability: I’m very glad I have a bomber to finish, but I’m very sad that I only have one more bomber before it’s all gone. I could drink this all day.

Beer Advocate Grade: N/A

My Grade: A

Note: I thought Rose City Seven was my favorite iteration of Seven. I now stand corrected.

Turns out there is a Valentine’s Day beer

Somehow Valentine’s Day beer works? Seems kind of like an oxymoron considering the holiday that it is made for celebrates a day where all men in relationships are turned into spineless romantics!

First off, something about Alameda’s bottle wax makes it really difficult to open the bottle cap that hides beneath it. The wax is pretty soft and pliable, so no amount of cutting, ripping, or tearing can get this sonofabitch off. I actually partially tore bits of the bottle cap off with pliers in an attempt to open the god damn thing.

I was so frustrated I almost dumped it. I was 2 seconds away before taking a dremel to the stupid thing.

I’m still bitter about the whole bottle cap mess.

Beer: My Bloody Valentine

Brewery: Alameda Brewery

Style: Saison

ABV: 5.5%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: A light rust color with 2 fingers of really bubbly head. The foam had a bit of a pink tinge to it

Aroma: Smells like yeast, spices, and some slightly bitter orange

Taste: Yeast, clove, orange, and dark fruit, dates/raisins perhaps?

Mouthfeel: Light with high carbonation, suits the sweetness of the beer well.

Drinkability: Really, really easy to drink. Maybe this beer was designed for men to chug in between offering back massages and boxes of chocolates to his significant other.

Beer Advocate Grade: N/A

My Grade: B+

Sole Composition

I had a few friends over for a couple of beers the other night. I’ve reviewed most of them, so I’ll just post the one that I have yet to review. Just to let you know, all the other beers were delicious!


Bottle 116 of 120. I can taste the rarity!

Beer: Rose City Seven

Brewery: Upright Brewing

Style: Saison

ABV: 8%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Pours orange/amberish, with half a finger of frothy white head that fades into a small ring along the edges of the glass

Aroma: Really, really floral. You can definitely tell the difference between this and normal Seven. I can smell some woodiness and some rose.

Taste: Really tasty. Rose, a little bit of funk, other floral notes, and barrel. I have no idea what hibiscus tastes like, because I don’t routinely munch on those things in my spare time, but maybe it’s contributing to some of the earthy funk that I’m getting.

Mouthfeel: Light, lowish carbonation, and a little dry. Suits the beer well in my opinion.

Drinkability: Split three ways was no problem at all, hell, I could finish a 750ml bottle without too many issues

Beer Advocate Grade: N/A

My Grade: A-

More Passionfruit…

I really didn’t like the last time I had passion fruit in beer, but I decided to give it another try.

Well the bottle looks cool, that definitely means that this beer is going to be tasty.

Beer:  Prickly Passion Saison

Brewery: New Belgium

Style: Saison

ABV: 8.5%

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Appearance: Hazy orange with little in terms of head.

Aroma: Passion fruit, yeast, apple, and some other fruit stuff.

Taste: Tastes a lot like passion fruit, but the yeasty qualities are significantly stronger in the taste than the smell. I don’t really like it..

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels kind of sticky, but it suits the beer well.

Drinkability: I personally struggled with a single glass, mainly because I was not really a fan of this beer.

Beer Advocate Grade: C+ (79)

My Grade: C

Note to self: avoid passion fruit in beer.

What is this brett you speak of?!

I’ve been meaning to have this beer for a month or two now. It’s just been sitting in my fridge, getting sidelined as I opened other beers. This is a beer that has has Brett added. Brett is usually not a good thing, as it is strain of yeast typically responsible for contaminating beer, resulting in an infected brew. However, it can be used to great effect if closely monitored and used with the correct style of beer.

No, this beer is not infected. If it was I doubt that the brewery would use the word “brett” in the name right? I’m also not sure if it’s necessary to include a bottle number if my bottle was number 12495.

Description: A traditional Belgian style saison was the starting point for this limited edition ale, but then the fun began: It was dry hopped, followed by bottle conditioning with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale received three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the Brett character, if that’s what you’re after.

Beer:  Saison- Brett

Brewery: Boulevard Brewing

Style: Saison

ABV: 8.5%

Location: Kansas City, Missouri

Appearance: Bright gold, with 4 fingers of frothy head that sticks around for a while. After it fades, it still has a lumpy layer of foam that sits on top of the beer. You can easily see bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Flowery, with some funk and earthiness. I also get some fresh cut grass smell here.

Taste: Lemon, funk, honey, cloves, and a surprisingly large amount of hops. A little bit of alcohol warmth as well.

Mouthfeel: Light with some serious carbonation. This beer is more carbonated than your typical soda. I’m dead serious here, don’t expect a heavy beer like a stout. The extra carbonation makes it seem even lighter than it actually is.

Drinkability: Not particularly drinkable due to the really high carbonation. I split a bottle with my roommate and that was about right.

Beer Advocate Grade: A

My Grade: B+

Another Funky Saison

Not really feeling like drinking a lighter saison right now, mostly because it’s really cold in my room and my last saison (Saison Dupont) was not that great, and for some reason reminded me of bacon. What are the chances that this beer reminds me of some animal part? Let’s find out!

Not sure what the 2008 means, but I hope it’s the bottling date!

Description: Foret is a delicious organic version of the world renowned Belgian Saison style. Made from 100% organic barley malt and hops, and artesian well water, Foret is earthy, aromatic, rustic, and full flavored. Great with sharp cheeses, grilled meats and other hearty fare.

Beer: Foret

Brewery: Brasserie Dupont

Style: Saison

ABV: 7.5%

Location: Belgium

Appearance: Bright orange, with little streams of bubbles coming off of the imperfections of my 16oz. Deschutes snifter. One finger of head that fades to a thin film.

Aroma: I’m getting tartness, earthy, grassy, and some lemon.

Taste: Wow, this beer does not taste like parts of an animal. I get clove, pepper, and lemon. Some yeast also makes itself known, but it’s pretty subtle.

Mouthfeel: Very light with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp, and the carbonation makes the beer feel like it’s dancing around in your mouth.

Drinkability: One glass is enough for me, but it is very tasty nonetheless

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: B+

This beer makes me forget all about the bacon/saison dupont!

So Weird….

Beer: Saison Dupont

Brewery: Brasserie Dupont

Location: Belgium

Style: Saison

ABV: 6.5%

Appearance: Straw colored, with 3 full fingers of white head that leave tons of lace. TONS.

Smell: Really funky. Grass, earthy, barn smells.

Taste: Just like the smell, but with less funk and more earthy, barn flavors. Kind of reminds me of the smell of bacon for some really. But only very faintly. I can’t decide if I like this beer or not….I’m more more into the flavor profile that Upright saisons provide.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with heavy carbonation. Extremely crisp

Drinkablility: Easy to drink, but I still can’t decide if I like it or not.

BA Grade: A-

My Grade: B-


I took my friends to Upright Brewing earlier this week, curious to see what they would make of saisons/farmhouse ales, which most people do not have very much exposure to. They thought I was being super nerdy when I took them to the place, partially because you have to be looking for it to find it, and that it was located in the basement of a bank building. They also enjoyed the fact that while Upright could have been a super hipster and unenjoyable place to be, it wasn’t. It was just a place for beer lovers to gather and sample some eccentric beers.

Two glasses of blended Stout of Monte Fisto and one glass of Seven

I’m really not in the mood to do a review right now, but I’ve already reviewed Seven, so if you want to look back a couple/many posts, you can find it. As for Stout of Monte Fisto, it’s good. Really good. I’m wonder what the barrel aged unblended version will taste like. Just gotta wait until my next tasting to find out I guess.

Grade for Blended Stout of Monte Fisto: A-