New Belgium Brewing Company French Oak Saison – Saison at 7.5% ABV

New Belgium Brewing Company French Oak Saison Saison at 7.5% ABV (C$16.20 at Willow Park Wine & Spirits, 650 ml, packaged on 4-Mar-2016, acquired 25-Aug-2017, reviewed 29-Aug-2017)

Appearance: hazy straw with one fat finger of fluffy white head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tart red berries, cloves, leather, oak, apples, peppercorns. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate tart, mild bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry mild tart finish. (4/5)

Well, that’s an improvement over the last couple, anyway, though the tartness (although not unwelcome) is definitely out of spec for the style. A pleasant combination of tart berries and barrel notes, but again fairly distant from specification for the style. Heavier than I prefer to see for the style, but good fun, and pleasingly refreshing. (15/20)

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