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Old 07-21-2012, 02:27 AM   #1
Jan 2011
Indianapolis, Indiana
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When I started really getting into craft beer (about when I started my homebrewing) I never really liked strong yeast character, and as such saison was a style I thought I'd never like. I even bought a bottle of Saison DuPont last year and dumped out half the bottle. I'm not sure why, but I kept with it, doggedly trying to get into the style. I had a glass of Tank 7 at a friend's wedding rehearsal in April and liked it fine, and then last month, after going on a 30 mile bike ride in 90 degree heat, stopped at a restaurant and had a cheeseburger and a pint of Tank 7 and it was like a revelation. The intersection where deliciousness met refreshment. What I'm trying to say, in a round about sort of way, is I finally get it saison fans. And huzzah for perseverance.

(Written while tipsy after finishing a pint of Hinterland Saison.)

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Old 07-21-2012, 04:28 AM   #2
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I"ve been brewing Saison DuPont for years and really like it. Welcome!

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Old 07-21-2012, 04:48 AM   #3
Oct 2011
State College, PA
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Had a delicious Tank 7 tonight and I'm glad that brew opened your pallet to the style.

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Old 07-21-2012, 05:24 AM   #4
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I'm still waiting for them to click for me, I try one every couple of months. I think part of what gets me with them is the first few I tried were all home brews that even the brewers weren't all that happy with.

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Old 07-21-2012, 07:31 AM   #5
Jan 2011
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For me saison is kindof a neat style. You can do alot with them so there are lots of different one out there. It seems like and impossible style to make a guideline for. I had one recently that was kinda bananay which i didnt care for, i like the fresh cut hay flavored ones or the ones with smoke and pear note. Im hoping to brew one this weekend if i have time.

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Old 07-21-2012, 11:21 AM   #6
Nov 2009
Walla Walla, WA
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I have one in the fermenter right now. can't wait to give it a try!

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Old 07-21-2012, 12:16 PM   #7
Nov 2011
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Originally Posted by avidhomebrewer
I"ve been brewing Saison DuPont for years and really like it. Welcome!
I'd love that recipe if you're willing to share. I think a crisp saison with it's effervescent bubbles and earthy notes are really quite good. I had one with a rather generous pepper addition recently that I just couldn't stomach.

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Old 07-21-2012, 12:47 PM   #8
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Saisons are one of my favorite brews. I have about six different ones in the basement right now. I went on a saison brewing kick so I could have plenty of them around for the summer. With the heat we have been getting, nothing refreshes like a nice saison.

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Old 07-21-2012, 02:13 PM   #9
May 2011
Charleston, South Carolina
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I absolutely love saison's! One Of our house recipes is a nice clean saison dry hopped with home grown cascades. It's always a party pleaser.

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Old 07-21-2012, 03:59 PM   #10
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Circleville, Ohio
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I always say, acquiring a taste for beer in and of itself takes time. The "gateway" beers like BMC takes time but acquiring a saison/belgian/IPA is exactly the same just have to acclimate your palate. I am happy to hear of your awakining! =)

Next is a journey with wild and sours right!?!

"I like em' sour!"

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