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Beer – #392 – Behemoth – Sacrilegious Saison Oaked Version

Settling into a peaceful Sunday with the second Behemoth Sacrilegious Saison  the ‘oaked‘ version, dialling it up a notch!

So for the  Behemoth Brewing Company and  brewed at The Twisted Hop clearly in the  in the style that is a  Saison,  and this happens out of Auckland, somewhere.

This is a 500ml bottle of a beer with an ABV of 8.0%, making it around  3.15 Standard Drinks, witch would make it around 320 calories in the bottle

Bottle 11 of 300 BSSO

Bottle 11 of 300, says the label, first up best dressed!

Some may say this beer is sacrilegious to the beer purity gods. It is big on alcohol but finishes quite dry. This farmhouse style Saison Ale is scattered with peppercorns, bitter orange peel and a heavenly dose of Motueka hops.

Now then, after the ‘standard version’ I’m prepared for nothing. I’m not sure what the oaked will bring if anything, or nothing.

Behemoth O

Go on have a look it says 11, well probably. Can’t be 411 or 311. and that’s not a 2.

I went away and had a bit of toast and things to make sure I had a decent gap, changed the musics and had a chat with the family before I got back into it. For the final time tonight. Probably

Similar aroma and familiar aroma,  but this one has more fruits.

Same great orange dark cloudy pour and same head, musics was too loud to discern the bubble action.

BSSOVThis is much more brash and tart up front. Similar and familiar tart alcohol astringent but this is a bit more aggressive and rough with the delivery.

So much dryer on the palate too, really gives the tongue a bit of a lash does this.

Not as clear or clean as the un-oaked version but I get why you would make two, and it;s really really commendable to make both at the same time, because people like me can then back to back them and get an understanding of the outcome. which might also be true for the brewer.

I’ve had a whale of a time, and with Pink Floyd join on the background I’m having a blast now.

For me it’s pretty clear though, this isn’t as good as the un-oaked version, it’s lost something, the ‘flatness’ and perhaps the overall balance that made me all wax lyrical. I’d go so far as to say that in the other order, that is this first and then the un-oaked that I’d I be less impressed with both.

Because I’m clever though I tried the standard and then the special, and I came up trumps.

Thing is though that if I was out and they’d run out of the standard I really don’t know that I’d go the oaked. It’s lost a lot of the smooth and under-stated and gone for a bit rough and brash.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 conflicted things of a things from the thing of a thing thing. This for me is a less is more, so much much more. I can’t add too much more to that though (penalty: using literary device). I don’t like the dry rasp finish, I miss the sweetness and the sourness and I don’t  get nearly as much fruits and easters.

Shame, that my initial dialling up a notch ends with a swing-and-a-miss in quite a bit way. This is way to dry, for me, and renders this into the category of ‘cult’ beer. wherin the  cardigans and anoraks gather around to discuss the age of the oak trees and King Arthur or some nonsense from Game of Thrones. when what really happened was the brewer scragged a few barrels to use and in this case it didn’t work out.

The double dip review

1.Am I enjoying it? No 😦
2.Would I have another? I think I wouldn’t it’s too dry and just a bit rough.
3.Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I couldn’t in good faith do that to a friend.

It turned into dial it up to 11 and onto  a Pink Floyd kind of afternoon, so, and from the Animals Album that I was listening to this  – Pigs (Three different Ones)


Fruity esters dominate the aroma. Clarity is good with a large foamy head on top. The addition of several spices and herbs create a complex fruity or citrusy flavor. Light to medium bodied with very high carbonation. Alcohol level is medium to high.


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One comment on “Beer – #392 – Behemoth – Sacrilegious Saison Oaked Version

  1. Pingback: Beer – #394 – 8 Wired – Chardonnay Barrel Aged Saeson | A life just as ordinary

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