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Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 2 8 13 3 6 2010
12oz Goblet
$5.00
Sheffield's

Sierra's new Brown Saison is served in a goblet with a dirty white head that hit one finger at its peak. The head slowly fell to a respectable crown while leaving patchy, slippery lacing here and there. The body was a surprisingly dark muddy brown with some ruby tinges. A few carbonation bubbles can be seen through the glass but for the most part the body is hazy and muddy.

The nose is full of fruits both dark and citrus with solid malty sweetness. Orange zest mingles with dates, raisins, and figs while a dank, musty scent wafts through all the fruitiness. There's a solid dose of caramel maltiness and a touch of lightly toasted breadiness. Some peppery spiciness and hints of coriander come from the yeast used. While the nose is good I have a hard time seeing how it will work into a good saison.

The flavor follows all the guidelines the aroma laid down but unfortunately is somewhat of an undefined mess. Now mess may be too strong of a word but the flavors just don't come together very well. The flavor shows more yeast spiciness while juicy raisins and figs run around all over the place. The caramel and toasty qualities mix with mild chocolate that I'm not to fond of when introduced to the spiciness.

The body doesn't fit my conception of a saison either. It does have some dryness on the finish but has a coating sweetness before the late dryness comes along. The body is on the fuller side of medium.

I drank this down easy enough but I actually got bored about half way through the glass. This brown "saison" is a one and done for me.

I was a little disappointed with this new Sierra brew. It was enjoyable but got boring rather fast. My description may sound a little harsh and it wasn't totally that bad as you can see by my score but it's nothing I would search out again. As a matter of fact I'd pass this up for numerous other saisons and spicy Belgian-styled ales.

Reviewed: 5/22/09

Price: $5.00 Served In: Goblet