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Harbinger Saison - Sixpoint Brewery

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Harbinger Saison
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83
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sixpoint Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 03-20-2011)
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Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is light yellow in color and extremely cloudy. It poured with a finger high bright white head that faded away rather quickly leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is rather faint and has some notes of sourness and hints of spices.
T: The overall taste has a light amount of sourness--no other flavors are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There isn't any dryness in the finish.
O: Nothing special stands out about the smell or taste of this beer but it isn't that difficult to drink and has some refreshing properties. I might consider getting a growler of this for a summer picnic.

metter98, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter than the contemporary saisons that strive for alcohol strength upwards of 8%, this welcomed lighter version allows for total refreshment and drinkability while exposing the raw framework of saison.

A lighter straw-stained beer is complemented by slight haze and exuberant carbonation. Well headed with a persistent fluffy white cap, the beer laces with even rings at each sip. There's nothing that suggests to the eye that this saison is anything other than stellar.

A simpler nose exhibits the fruity, spicy interplay but with somewhat muted aromas that offers less challenge and pungency than is typical in most Belgian brewed varieties. The softer yeast character allows the malt combination of light barley and wheat to rise and meet the challenge of earthy hops.

Milder yeast character carries through the flavor procession as well. Light apples, pears, and lemons balance against dried orange peel, white pepper, and clove to achieve a light complement to the dry malt taste and soft wheaty finish. Lightly hopped for a moderate bitterness of lemongrass and light musty pungent character, just before the beer takes a light coppery taste into the exposed finish, making the beer taste similar to mineral water.

Light to moderate in body, the soft prickle of carbonation subsides and allows for a light spicy acidity and bone-dry maltiness to close the beer with ultimate crispness and refreshment and only a snappy mineral bite to linger.

While not exactly the traditional farmhouse "table" beer, Harbinger denies the upward trend of strength and power in favor for lightness and refreshment that can easily complement a wide array of summery dishes and events.

BEERchitect, May 12, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

kylehay2004, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/17/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, wheat, Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of spices and citrus come in. The hops presence is also mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice poundable Saison to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

nickfl, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/27/12 notes. On tap in Philly at some random bar with 40 taps. Excited to see a Sixpoint beer I'd never heard of, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells pretty plain and bland. Some light lemon and citrus, wheat, grains, and bread. Not bad but was hoping for more.

t - Taste is great, much more going on than the nose. Tastes of pine hops, lemon, floral hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, yeast, grains, wheat, bread, earthy notes. Very nice taste.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice saison in the taste, though the nose was a little weak. Good taste and easy to drink; would give it another shot.

mdfb79, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light hazy orange in color with a 1" head. Some nice lace develops.

Smell: fruit, spice, and some earthy tones are easy to detect.

Taste: light grainy malt base with some earthiness, orange, a bit of apple sweetness, and a mild bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste was long.

Overall: this beer was mildly refreshing and hit the spot when wanting a saison. Flavor seemed to improve as it warmed.

Gavage, May 29, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured lemon peel, crackers and some light esters.

The taste consisted of a light grainy malt, fruity ester and soft herbal spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and refreshing saison. A bit shallow however.

plaid75, Apr 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

rolltide8425, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a completely clouded dark straw yellow with lemon tones. A decent sized white head froths up and retains well with some patchy lacing on the glass.

Lemon peel with some peppery tones, fruit juiciness and faint yeasty funk. A heavier dose of citrus as well.

Citrus forward with lemon and fruit skin. Slight juiciness, some grapefruit as well with some peppery hop presence. A bit sweet but more dry and lemony than anything else.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and spritzy. I really like Sixpoint but this was a bit of a disappointment. The lemon and citrus pretty much overpowered anything else I should have been able to taste.

xnicknj, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

atrocity, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ROGUE16, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ZEB89, May 06, 2013
Photo of rudzud
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - Light cloudy straw coloured pour with one finger worth of head that faded at an average rate leaving minimal side lacing.

S - Aromas are pretty standard and light. Little bit of funk, little bit of lemons. All in all its far to light.

T - More of the same with very light citrus and even some funky brad/yeast qualities. Needs more brett and citrus.

M - Feels a little thin and watery. Not that really crisp saison that I like.

O - This is just your average, run of the mill saison. Really not worth the price paid.

rudzud, May 24, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden dirt color with a small pure white head that settles into a light ring. Very murky looking for a saison.

The aroma is fairly non-descript. A bit bready with a hint of honey and clove. There is a touch of grassy hop. No bad aromas just doesn't smell like much of anything.

The taste is of a light bready malt, grassy hops and hints of clove. There is some belgian like flavor. I picked up some lemon as well. The yeast doesn't stand out as much as it should and it is a bit malty for the style.

The feel is light with tingly carbonation. Fairly sweet on the palate but does have a grassy hop bitterness. Good balance.

Not enough traditional saison flavors to be a good saison. It still tastes good and is sessionable (I think, don't know ABV)

Gmann, May 01, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight’s first beer at Armsby Abbey this evening. Always a fan of trying new offerings from Sixpoint.

Came served in a pint glass with a very light and fluffy head that was about 2 fingers thick. I was shocked how much lace was left behind in the glass. Almost a full sheet that covered the entire inside of the glass. A very light and slightly hazy dull gold color.

Spice, lemon and ginger in the nose here.

Flavor followed suit here. A bit of white pepper was added to the lemon and ginger. Very light bready flavor just below the spice. A bit of yeast as well.

Very delicate body and feel.

Decent little beer to start the night with. Not amazingly complex, but quite refreshing.

Reagan1984, Dec 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jaxon53, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

deapokid, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of crisp white head atop. The head fades down to a thin ring around the glass leaving behind a touch of lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of orange/lemon scents and some spices. Just a touch of bread and yeast. Overall a bit too mild.

T - Starts off with some sweet honey and some citrus fruit flavor. There is a touch of yeast in the background. Through the middle some stronger yeast and some spices and dread flavor comes through. The finish is a mix of citrus and yeast that lingers a touch.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels just a bit watery and a touch empty. The finish is a nice mix of sweet and clean though.

D - Very drinkable. Could have used a bit more punch and body/carbonation. Felt a bit too watery and light for the style. Still a solid entry to the Saison style though.

ngeunit1, May 30, 2011
Photo of brez8791
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

brez8791, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sixpoint Resin snifter at The Local Miami.

A- pours a very hazy light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and very light specs of surface foam. Very resilient pattern of thin lacing.

S- Effervescent vapor of rich saison yeast and crisp, almost buttery wheat. One of the better noses on a saison that I've smelled recently.

T- The taste translates beautifully with fruity esters from the yeast and hops plus tons of luscious wheat flavor. There's a slight tang that provides a nice punch of flavor to compliment the subtleties of the yeast and wheat malt.

M- A bit soft but tight from the medium-high carbonation and hops. Light body that's substantial only due to the high wheat content.

O- Marvelous. Was a bit skeptical on how a sixpoint saison would taste since the rest of their stuff is either hoppy or malty but this is one of the better versions of the style I've ever tried.

Immortale25, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +9%

Lovely85, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was a hot day, perfect for the style, but not my favorite Saison. Not bad, just not great.

Color was a light, cloudy straw with a surprisingly inactive head.

Aroma was bready, some esthers, no hops to speak of.

Flavor had some citrus as well as a bready character.

Overall, a pretty good beer, just nothing to write home about.

david18, May 03, 2011
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

2dogbrew, May 02, 2013
Photo of 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.

barczar, Jun 03, 2012
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Harbinger Saison from Sixpoint Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.