Bison Saison De Wench - Bison Brewing
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by billshmeinke:
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On tap at Library Ale House during the Zeal Island Pale Ale tapping (congrats again bman1113vr).
Murky golden color with a frothy white head. Ok retention and lacing.
Smells zesty, biscuity, a touch estery. Peppercorn, sage, herbal, floral, quite grassy and curtsy too.
Taste follows smell. Really nice combo of peppery spice, citrusy zest, subtle esters, grassy, quite floral/earthy/herbal too.
Well carbonated, super dry, medium bodied. Really solid.
Serving type: on-tap
10-18-2011 02:38:38 | More by billshmeinke
More User Reviews:
3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with a small tan head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very peppery with some light barnyard notes and also some light apple and apricot. The taste is very peppery with slight hints of apple and pear. The finish is quite drying with a funky aftertaste. Medium body. Medium carbonation. A decent saison, but a bit one dimensional.
Serving type: on-tap
02-15-2012 19:11:26 | More by jethrodium
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Had this on tap at Brewforia Bown on Monday night.... settling down with a growler tonight. Pretty cool beer and concept. I wonder if Chris was supposed to crack this keg yet? Oh well.
From the press release:
"July, 13 2011 –Berkeley, CA – Bison Brewing is excited to announce the newest release in its draft only “Beer of the Month” series, Saison de Wench.
Brewed in honor of her birthday, Saison de Wench is the first recipe that Bison Brewing’s Ashley Routson (also known as The Beer Wench) had a hand in developing, from start to finish. Starting with Dan Del Grande’s gold-medal winning Farmhouse Ale recipe as a base, the Saison de Wench recipe was inspired by spring flowers, rainbows and unicorns – But more importantly, using botanicals in the brewing process."
The brew is made with dried organic rose petals, hibiscus, pink peppercorns, and lemongrass.
Poured into my trusty Portsmouth tulip.... nice 1" long lasting head that actually has a pale pink hue.... the brew is hazed orange also with a dash of pink.
The aroma is slightly floral and has a good dose of spicy phenols... a pretty stand-up saison through the nose that is only made more interesting by the unusual ingredients.
Decent malt backbone really stands up to the botanicals... a light hop bitterness balances and then the yeasty notes and floral qualities come swinging.... I guess that is what hibiscus tastes like... I pick out more rose qualities... and vibrant lemon stirs the pot... I think the phenols drown the peppercorns for me, but what do I know?
Body is a touch heavy for a traditional saison, but the carbonation is bright and refreshing... I like this and need to score another growler to have for our coming saison tasting.
This is pretty good.... Cheers to Bison... I have had more than a few brews made with roses, rosewater, etc... and this is the first one in memory that pulls it off without becoming a novelty.
Happy birthday Ashley.
Serving type: growler
08-04-2011 04:51:07 | More by JohnGalt1
Bison Saison De Wench from Bison Brewing
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