A Saison Tasting

Happy Int’l Beer Day!!


Yesterday was IPA Day, but I chose to attend a Saison tasting event at Stein’s Market & Deli with Mark Janes, who was very insightful.  Thank you! There weren’t too many people….and I actually only got through about 11 out of the 13. They were big tastes! I was so beered out, that I couldn’t even make it to our usual pub for the great Belgian beers they had on tap 😦

Here’s what we tasted (bottles were on ice, but not too cold):

Saison Dupont (Belgium)-6.5% alc, good, not too strong, refreshing,

NOLA Hurricane Saison (New Orleans, LA)-6.5% alc, pretty good (much better than when I tasted it last year), citrusy, not very much carbonation…could be due to the fact it was in a growler.

St. Feuillien Saison-6.5% alc, sweet, nutty aroma, nice head, fizzy, very nice!

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace(Brooklyn, NY)-7.6% alc, hoppier than the others, medium carbonation, not much head, ok.

Nogne O Saison (Norway)-6.5% alc, no carbonation, a hint of sweetness on the end, not especially my thing

Ovila Saison (Sierra Nevada in CA)-7% alc, not my favorite, a bit bitter

Dupont Foret (Belgium)-7.5% alc, very nice, a bit hoppy, seltzery but smooth, has more of the traditional “Belgian” flavor

Dupont Avril-low alc 3.5%, tasted and smelled a bit skunky to me (in a green bottle), couldn’t really drink it. I’d try a taste again sometime.

Saison d’Epeautre (Belgium)-6% alc, made with spelt but couldn’t really taste it, also seemed a bit skunky, not great, no sweetness at all.

Urthel Saisonniere (Belgium)-6% alc, bitter, very “Belgian”, good, darker than the others.

De Ranke Saison de Dottignies (Belgium)- 5.5% alc, bitter on the way out, very nice, also darker than the others.

It was a good tasting! It was a lot of tasting…..then we had to go eat something!

What have you tasted recently?




1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. atasteofbeer
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 15:24:23

    Ok, folks…this is just a test for commenting 🙂


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