Harbinger Saison - Sixpoint Brewery
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by barczar:
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear golden color with a dense, creamy 2 inch head that lingers indefinitely, leaving thick lacing.
Aroma is sweet, with notes of wheat, coriander, and orange peel. There's a significant grainy malt presence.
Flavor is dominated by lemon, coriander, and wheat. A bready malt forms the base of the brew, leading into a slightly astringent, bitter, peppery finish.
Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. The finish is somewhat flat and dry.
Overall, like most sixpoint offerings I've tried, it's a decent beer, but it lacks any exceptional qualities. I've had many saisons with more complexity.
Serving type: on-tap
06-03-2012 20:35:28 | More by barczar
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4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Straight pour from a 1L flip-top growler—filled less than two hours ago at the Syracuse Real Food Co-op—to my nice Tired Hands oversized wineglass. I asked, and was obliged with a kegging date of February 20, 2013 (which happens to be my birthday, coincidentally). So, not quite three months old.
Appearance (3.5): Two fingers of thick white head rises off the pour, capping a very hazy, straw-colored body. It leaves only modest spots and suds here and there as the beer goes down. Gorgeous body, underwhelming head, but not so far out of line for a non-bottle-conditioned saison.
Smell (4.25): Warm hay, citrusy coriander, musty, earthy, wet straw, some orange peel . . . very light, but clear tones of passionfruit juice and wildflowers. Sure does smell good.
Taste (4.0): Wonderfully rich, musty grain character, like oats and wheat in a silo; there’s some varied spice character, with good coriander and subdued white pepper notes, some almost starchy-dry mixed grain, some light honey sweetness, and a light, but solid citrus peel bitternes on the back end. There’s a zingy, tangy, candied orange peel note that carries through, too. In the end, maybe the most notable component is a flowery, not-quite-sweet, not-quite-bitter, kind-of-grassy, kind-of-citrusy character that I can only think of as floral. Dry, but not parching, when all is said and done. No alcohol detected.
Mouthfeel (4.0): Carbonation is modest, with a solid tingle around the tongue and a soft, moderate foaming feel on the way down. The body leaves a dry feeling, despite having a relatively rich body with that mild honey sweetness . . . but it’s not quite quenchingly dry, given the size of the beer, but it makes a very nice, medium-weight drinker.
Overall (4.0): This is a pretty solid saison. I certainly dig it. I could easily imagine this being quite a bit brighter and zingier when the hops are fresh and juicy. For a long time I’ve wished someone would make a respectable saison that came in reasonably-priced packages. Now if only Sixpoint would CAN this one, finally, and place a $10ish pricetag on it, I’d buy the shit out of it :-) . . . that’s not so much to ask, is it?
Serving type: growler
05-12-2013 23:44:19 | More by fmccormi
Harbinger Saison from Sixpoint Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.