Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Odonata Beer Company Saison Ale
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Odonata Beer Company Saison Ale. My good friend brought me a bottle (and a nice Odonata Beer Company glass to accompany this) so I could review it. I had read about these folks and heard this beer was great so to actually get to try it was excellent. This bottle was cellared – not sure how many years, but safe to say it aged VERY well.
From the Odonata Beer Company website: “Odonata Beer Company's limited reserve Cellar Aged Saison is a special release of our flagship Saison that has been conditioned in perfect Wine Cellar conditions. Like a fine wine, our Saison is traditionally designed to be aged and the bottle conditioning has allowed the live yeast to provide a very dry exquisitely herbal finish along with the refined tropical fruit notes which define our outstanding Saison. Drinkable and refreshing, this beer scored an impeccable 98/100 points before we laid it aside for cellar conditioning - and industry experts are calling our reserve inventory better than the original!
After a short hiatus, Odonata Beer is thrilled to announce it's resurrection and our Reserve Saison is being made available only by arrangement as a celebration of our local establishments and the fine beer enthusiasts of Northern California!”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly hazy orange with a great off-white head leaving nice lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Citrus, spice, fruit, slight yeast funk and grains.
Taste: Biscuit malt sweetness upfront, honey, fruit, citrus, coriander, slight Belgian yeast funk, banana and slightly peppery in the finish.
Overall: Smooth and dangerously drinkable, Odonata Beer Company Saison Ale left me wanting more. This 6.4% ABV offering is exactly what I like when drinking a Saison – refreshing, balanced, crisp and clean. Now I am anxiously awaiting their return to the market. Excellent!
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