Smuttlabs Chestnut Saison

New Hampshire
United States
Smuttynose Beer Chestnut Saison
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Part of the Smuttlabs Farmhouse Series, Chestnut Saison features a melange of cinnamon, nutmeg, amber candi syrup and of course, oodles of chestnuts.

 

Profile

ABV: 
8.7%
IBUs: 
15
Served at: 
45 - 50° F
Hops: 
Sterling
Malts: 
Two-Row, Pilsner, Carahell, Acidulated
Judges Review 
James Link's picture
Judges Rating:
89
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Smuttlabs Chestnut Saison is a hazy, pale, orange-colored ale with light conditioning and an off-white head, which was somewhat understated. Spicy yeast notes are evident in the bouquet as well as some citrusy and spicy notes and a hint of sweetness. 

The flavor also exhibited spicy phenolic elements and combined well with a distinct, quenching acidity and a solid malt sweetness to provide balance and complexity. However, it was difficult to find any suggestion of chestnut in either the aroma or flavor. 

Although alcohol seemed on the high end of the spectrum for this medium-bodied beer, it melded nicely with the other features of the beer and led to a light, dry finish. Overall, this is a full-flavored Saison that delivers a plethora of spiciness with a big alcohol pop. More head retention and conditioning would have helped bring it closer in line to style parameters though.