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Brewery: Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
City – State – Country: Easton, PA USA
Release/Date: Bottled Once for 17th Anniversary
Purchased: Save On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio
INFORMATION: Here’s what Weyerbacher has to say about this beer….. “Seventeen is a Saison Ale brewed with pink peppercorns, orange zest, lemon zest, and grapefruit zest. Brewed to the classic “Weyerbacher anniversary requirement” of a strength of 10% abv or more, Seventeen weighs in at a style-obliterating 10.5% abv. Seventeen releases subtle notes of fruit, berry and pepper upon pouring. You’ll notice a balanced sweetness with a touch of citrus and spice with a dry and peppery finish.”
APPEARANCE: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with about a half of an inch of white foam sitting on top. The head settled pretty quick, but there’s some decent retention & alcohol legs following each sip.
AROMA: Flower Petals, Lemon Rind, Wet Lawn, Grapefruit, Pepper, and some Alcohol in the nose.
TASTE: There’s a nice dose of Belgian yeast flavor up front. It’s fairly sweet with some nice citrus flavors that help to balance this some. I’m also getting a decent amount of alcohol coming through towards the middle. There’s some flowery notes, as well as the big Belgian yeast characteristics that comes back for more towards the back-end. Some lingering alcohol heat on the finish.
MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a pretty low carbonation level.
MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: This is the highest ABV that I’ve had in a Saison. It works, but makes it more of a sipper as opposed to the normally refreshing and easy drinking qualities that you would normally get from the style. I could have used a bit more peppercorn. It comes through some in the aroma, but I didn’t get much in the taste. I’m definitely glad that I got to try this one.
Score: 3.75 out of 5