Spinnakers Festive Saison

spinnakers_festivesaisonSince I tried this one in the pub itself, I’ve been yearning to get my hands on a bottle so I could give it a proper review. Like many brews they produce, it can be a challenge to find some in a bottle. Luckily, this holiday season, some was retrievable at my favorite local watering hole. So here we are!

And as my second winter seasonal beer review, it was also quite impressive. To be fair, I’m not a huge fan of the Saison beer variety, but I do approve of a refreshing beer with notes of spice and fruit that is gentle on the palate and quite refreshing. And thought this one was a bit light for my taste, I still found plenty to enjoy about it.

Appearance: Light yellow, transparent and very mild foam retention
Nose: Belgian yeast, notes of coriander and clove spice
Taste: Light, slightly bitter tang, yeasty and clean
Aftertaste: Mild taste of coriander and clove spice, citrus rind
Overall: 7.5/10

Stay tuned! More holiday beer to come soon. And maybe a few more fall beers that didn’t quite make it out in time.

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10 thoughts on “Spinnakers Festive Saison

  1. HI, wondering if you could give a recommendation on a liquor store with a good selection of some of the more obscure beers you review?

      • In that case, I recommend one of three places:
        -Cook Street Village Liquor Store: wide array of European, Pacific Northwestern and North American craft brews (which includes my favorites Aventinus and Westmalle Tripel)
        -Cascadia Liquor Store, Quadra Street Village: great selection of local, Belgian and Pacific NW beers
        -Liquor Plus: 2915 Douglas Street at Super 8 Hotel or the Saanich Centre on Quadra. Laaaarge array of beers, mostly BC, Pacific NW and some European, but a very good place to get your shop on!

  2. Thanks a lot! I seem to always be disappointed when I go to the government stores. I’ll be sure to stop by those ones. Love your articles by the way.

    • Oh yeah, BCL is good in some places, but the selection does get real same-same after a while. Not only are they missing some genuinely good international items, but the BC selection itself seems lacking in a lot of places.

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