Saison Houblon 2011 – Brasserie Trois Dames (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)

Saison Houblon 2011 – Brasserie Trois Dames, 6.8% ABV, 75 cl., (Saint-Croix, Switzerland)


  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: short Pukey sour / honey malt / elderflower / lime
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $16 CAD (10% off) – 750 ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure, 1x
  • What was the impression: balanced sour-funk, tastes lime-like

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours toffee brown with lots of suspended sediment, barely any head, thin ring with very thin layer of retention, a mix of fast and slow loose scatter streams.

Nose: pukey, soft funk’d malt, lime oil (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: thicker-dull CO2, sour-funk malt impression

Mid-palate: subuded & controlled short pukey-sour, honey barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness)

Finish: elderflower, lime oil & peel bitter, stealth lingering bitter hops

Summary: Unlike any other saison I’ve had, this one is pukey-sour but is particularly engaging because of it. Also unique about this is the lime flavour as opposed to the usual banana-wheat malt in a saison. Very smooth and palatable, excellent to whet the appetite.

Coorinna (Saison) – Steel & Oak Brewing Co. (New Westminster, BC, Canada)

Coorinna, Oceanic inspired saison – Steel & Oak Brewing Company, 4.8% ABV – 21 IBU, 650ml., (New Westminster, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the front-right label:

“Wild harvested Tasmanian pepperberries and a collection of New Zealand hop varietals contribute notes of fresh cracked pepper, citrus, tropical fruit, lime and lemon zest to this oceanic inspired saison. Finishing crisp and dry with a touch of spice. Bottled on 20 June 2017.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – Tasmanian pepperberries) Saison
  • Taste: Trace pepper mainly banana lemon wheat malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7 CAD – 650ml., July 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours dirty yellow peach with a slowly dissipating foamy 1cm head, sticky lacing, barely visible micro streams.

Nose: lemony banana wheat malt. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, citrusy wheat malt impression

Mid-palate: hints of pepper, short tang-mild funk, (lvl-3-sweetness), lemony-banana wheat malt, slight custard

Finish: wheat malt dry, subtle low bitter hop

Summary: Smooth and drinkable but the I don’t find the Tasmanian pepperberries having much of an impact nor the NZ hops. Medium bodied and nothing really stands out about this one despite the unique ingredients. A bit above average.

La Maison Wild Saison – Four Winds Brewing Co. (Delta, BC, Canada)

La Maison Wild Saison – Four Winds Brewing Co., 4.5% ABV – 30 IBU, 650 ml, (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

“A delicately light body with a pale golden hue, this dry table saison is brewed with spelt and rye and then fermented with wild yeasts for notes of pepper and tropical fruits. This beer is the part of Notus Series. The Notus series, named after the Greek God of the South Winds, is a series of low-ABV brews that are as flavoured as they are approachable.”

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  • Style: (Wild, table) Saison
  • Taste: Full crisp peach-pineapple wheat malt subtle pepper subtle bitter
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $5.50 CAD (after 20% off) – 650 ml., October 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, full for a 4.5%

Visual: Pours with a massive 50/50 head/beer ratio, ultra foamy and lasting, heaps of clustered fast active streams, sticky lacing. Gorgeous.

Nose: light chamomile, a bit of peachy-pineapple. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: full airy CO2-crisp, off-dry tropical wheat malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-3-sweetness), pineapple-peach wheat malt, subdued lemon sour-tanginess, controlled wheat malt palate roughness

Finish: yeasty very subtle bitter, trace rye prickly pepper

Summary: Surprisingly sufficiently full-flavoured for a 4.5%, with a very welcoming crisp mouthfeel. Slightly thinnish in the mids after a glass or two but nice with a meal.

Leifur Nordic Saison – Borg Brugghus (Reykjavik, Iceland)

Leifur Nordic Saison – Borg Brugghus (brewed at Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson), 6.8% ABV, 330ml., (Reykjavik, Iceland)


on the back label:

“LEIFUR is named after t he Icelandic explorer Leifur (the Lucky) Eiriksson the first European to land in North America – almost 500 years before Christopher Columbus. Leifur landed in a luscious place with plentiful salmon, vines and grapes so named the land Vinland.”

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  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Heavy honeyed chamomile slight salty tangy candi barley malt
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $3.95 (after 12.5% off) – 330ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours bright marmalade orange with a smallish dissipating head, ringed with spotty island retention, clusters of micro steady streams.

Nose: heavy honeyed barley malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, light tingly-fizz, dense honey malt impression

Mid-palate: honey-chamomile, (lvl-5-sweetness), almost salty alcohol detection, slight tanginess, light candi barley malt

Finish: residual honeyed barley malt

Summary: This drinks more like a Belgian tripel with it’s chamomile honey profile as opposed to the banana-citrusy wheat malt I usually find in typical saisons. There’s also a bit of saltiness in the mids which I found distracting.

Peared Up Saison – Central City Brewers Collab (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Peared Up Saison – Central City Brewers & Distillers + Great Lakes Brewery (Toronto) Collaboration, 5% ABV, 650 ml., (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


printed on the front-right label:

“The Paired Up Saison is a single hopped Saison brewed with Jarrylo Hops and real pear juice. The Jarrylo hops bring out a natural banana, pear and citrus spice flavour in this light and sessionable ale. The natural hop flavour is augmented with pear juice in the brew for a fruit-infused flavour experience.”

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  • Style: (flavoured – pear juice) Saison
  • Taste: Crisp clean light-medium banana wheat malt mild pear roughish dry finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.90 CAD – 650 ml., August 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to cider aficionados: nah.

Visual: Pours slightly translucent pale apple juice yellow with a medium-sized lasting head, 2mm retention, close singular fast large bubble streams.

Nose: pear floral-perfumy, yeasty light banana wheat malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-fizzy bite, mouthful of bubbly CO2

Mid-palate: tingly-fizzy, pineapple-banana wheat malt, yeasty-tangy mildly astringent, (lvl-3-sweetness), perfumey pear, hints of apple

Finish: wheat malt exhale, minor dry palate roughness, super subtle hop bitterness

Summary: Some pear flavour in the mids, but not very bright – predominantly banana wheat malt. Not super smooth, lacking in a substantial body; Sessionable but not impressionable.

Boulevard Smokestack Series: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale – Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas city, MO, USA)

Boulevard Smokestack Series: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale – Boulevard Brewing Company, 8.5% ABV, 355 ml., (Kansas city, Missouri, USA)


  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Grain alcohol soapy banana wheat malt lemony unbalanced
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Bby
  • How much: $5.20 (after 5% off) – 355 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Slow gusher. Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a largish foamy head, sticky lacing, 3mm retention, clusters of fast active streams.

Nose: very fruity muscat-banana wheat malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: lively-fizzy-tingly crisp-airy

Mid-palate: background alcoholic, soapy banana wheat malt, (lvl-5-sweetness), lemony grain alcohol

Finish: yeasty gag reflex, boozy, lingering wheat malt.

Summary: The initial first sips are bold and explosive with big banana wheat malt flavour and a huge fizz-foamy carbonation. Subsequent sips reveal a coarse alcoholic body that persists until the finish. Okay banana wheat malt flavour but too soapy and astringent to fully enjoy. Good appearance and nose but falls flat in balance.

Sovereign Super Saison – Four Winds Brewing (Delta, BC, Canada)

Sovereign Super Saison – Four Winds Brewing Co., 8.5% ABV – 20 IBU, 750 ml, (Delta, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the back label:

“Appearance is pale with hues of straw and aroams are sweet of candied orange and red apple. Through mixed fermentation and assertive dry-hopping comes a unique and complex balance of tart fruity esters, elderflower and spice, tapering to a dry finish.”

Ingredients: Pilsner & Wheat Malt, Flaked Wheat, Flaked Oat, Carapils Belma, Elderflower, Belgian Yeast, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus. April 29, 2016

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  • Style: (Imperial) Saison
  • Taste: Full tangy tangerine sweet malt grapefruit/melon hop exhale
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Bby
  • How much: $13.80 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 750 ml., May 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good mouthfeel, strange taste

Visual: Corked with a twisty steel cap. Pours cloudy orange-brown with suspended sediment, a huge foamy head, lasting retention, clusters of active micro streams.

Nose: apple-elderflower citrusy hopped malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-big full foamy

Mid-palate: dull dried grassy elderflower, (lvl-5-sweetness), almost salty, tangy-sour, light toasty barley malt, apple

Finish: astringent lingering elderflower, banana wheat malt exhale, alcoholic zingy

Summary: Good mouthfeel and body, but I’m not quite liking the elderflower in this – it tastes of the dried variety but on steroids – way too grassy and not enough brightness.

Honey Mussel Saison – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Honey Mussel Saison – Spinnakers Brewpub, 6.2% ABV – 20 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

Brewed with Canadian Pilsen malt and BC grown hops, this is a warm fermented, Belgian style saison made truly unique by the addition of local honey mussels grown and harvested by BC Mussel Company, in the boil. The soft, sweet flavour of these delicate bivalve mollusks compliments the slightly fruity esters of our French Saison yeast and makes for a totally one of a kind offering.

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  • Style: (barrel aged – French Oak) Sour Saison
  • Taste: Sour pukey barnyard grapefruit subtle bitter dry grainy oaked barley
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7.35 CAD – 650ml., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours slightly hazy pale orange with a massive loose foamy head, sticky half lacing, clusters of speedy gonzales streams. No sunken bits of mussels, fortunately.

Nose: yeasty-airy, light funk wheat malt, citrus-floral overtones. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-crisp-light creamy lively mouthfeel

Mid-palate: sweet barley malt, apricot, light tangy-zingy, (lvl-5-sweetness), light saltiness

Finish: banana wheat malt exhale, residual saltiness, dirty palate/non-smooth finish.

Summary: (Mussel saison, is that going to be a thing? Like oyster stouts…). There is a general clammy saltiness from the early mids to the finish and I must say it doesn’t make this beer good. There’s some fruity apricot-banana wheat malt flavour but the finish is just a mess – it makes you want to eat something or drink something else to clean your mouth. This is the 8th Spinnakers brew that I’ve reviewed and I can definitively say that I don’t like their beers. Rating range: C+ to Fail.

Puck The Beer Petite Saison – North Coast Brewing (Fort Bragg, CA, USA)

Puck The Beer Petite Saison – North Coast Brewing, 4% ABV, 12 oz., (Fort Bragg, California, USA)


description from ratebeer.com

“First brewed to celebrate our 25th anniversary, the beer now known as PUCK, a petite saison of just over 4% ABV, won a place in our hearts and in our year-round portfolio of beers. Brewed with premium Pils and wheat malts and fermented with the same yeast strain used to make our renowned Saison, Le Merle, Puck is sharp and spritzy with a delicious flowery, spicy dry-hop aroma—the perfect accompaniment to any celebration, big or small.


  • Style: (session) Saison
  • Taste: Sessionable crisp mandarin orange grainy lager malt slight tart rough
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $3.50 CAD (7.5% off) – 12 oz.,  September 2015
  • Do I love this enoughto drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sessionable and forgettable

Visual: Pours golden orange-yellow with no real lasting head, a thin hazy layer of retention, singular small bubble streams all around.

Nose: orange citrusy barley malt, notes of florals and honey. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: super crisp bite, thinner body entry

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), mandarin orange, grainy lager malt, tingly-fizzy CO2, short sour tangy

Finish: light metallic pils malt, subtle bitter hops, mild wheat malt rough

Summary: Very nice execution of a 4% beer – good crisp drinkability with orangy malt flavour with just enough depth of body. A bit thin at the start but picks up in the mids and finishes with a gentle hop bitterness. Good quality but not exceptional.

Saison Rustique – Brasserie Dunham (Dunham, QC, Canada)

Saison Rustique – Brasserie Dunham, 6% ABV – 38 IBU – 750 ml., (Dunham, Quebec, Canada)


  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Floral peachy prickly wheat malt stealth bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $12.80 CAD (after 5% off) – 750 ml., May 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good quality beer

Visual: Pours cloudy light orange with a large lasting fine foamy head with sticky lacing, fantastic layer of retention, suspended sediment.

Nose: banana wheat malt, peach, light chamomile,  (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background acidity

Mid-palate: background sour, subtle funk, (lvl-3-sweetness), prickly spices, tangy peachy-banana wheat malt,

Finish: stealth bitter hops

Summary: Supremely drinkable and goes very nice with a meal. Good complexity with the fruity peach flavour being the standout.