Starr Saison - Starr Hill Brewery
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1.68/5 rDev -51.4%
A- small head with a yellow body. Looks a touch darker than most macros.
S- as soon as I cracked the bottle I thought "this was a bad choice". Obvious DMS with just a touch of Belgian fruit character and some phenolic character that just seems off.
T- up front it has slight sweet fruit flavor that is quickly destroyed by aspirin bitterness and cooled corn character.
M- relatively thin though neither as dry or carbonated as I would like for the style.
O- another terrible beer from Starr Hill. I will never try a seasonal from them again, they are all awful. Picked this because I saw Saison and didn't realize the brewer, won't make that mistake again.
04-11-2013 22:56:41 | More by Guden
2.51/5 rDev -27.5%
poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Belgian Duvel snifter.
A: light coppery gold, with very thin head and lacing. So clear that you could read through it. One very small little yeast clump floating in the head. lacing and head go almost completely away as it warms.
S: Good nose of spice and some clove and some Belgian yeast character, but not a lot of that Saison funkiness. Smells more like a Tripel. Very slight bubble gum as it warms
T: Some sweetness upfront that is nice, but is quickly replaced by astringent chalkiness and twang of unpleasant off flavors. Very little taste of Saison funkiness character. These flavors are pronounced as it warms. The astringency overpowers any chance the Belgian yeast has to linger in the finish. Disapointed that this does not taste like it smells.
M: Very light and crisp, but thin. Carbonation could be better.
O: My first experience with Starr Hill. Being a Belgian Ale Connoisseur I had hoped that a brewery in my region was going to take care to replicate the style. Sadly, they miss the mark. Would not try again. Presentation and smell was promising, but need to work on the off flavors.
01-24-2014 23:38:10 | More by hokieguy95
2.96/5 rDev -14.5%
A: The beer pours a carrot orange with a good clarity factor. A one finger cream head is steady as well the slowly ascending carbonation within. Small encircling lace ring.
S: For aroma there was a bit of stale oranges, musky nature, wheat, and some dry vinery.
T: The flavor was a bit spicy upfront, oranges, with a strong yeasty character, along with some musky fruit. Dry grainy dusting, a bit of dry spicing and woodsy touch. Dry hoppy pine, flour and wheat come on the close.
M: ordinary, lacks the crispness i prefer by style, the body is average, no real aspiration, with a dry powdery and pollen like coating.
O: Overall average best describes this attempt. Not good enough to mention, just barley good enough to finish, but certain not good enough for repeat best describes my feelings about this.
06-22-2013 19:22:54 | More by beerthulhu
3.03/5 rDev -12.4%
A: Clear, liquid gold, with a beautiful 2-finger head of white foam; decent lingering, but with scant lacing after it fades.
S: Lemon peel; cloves; pepper, wheat bread. Basically, like a Hefeweizen.
T: A little sweetness up front, but that quickly vanishes into a mixture of grain, citrus, and yeast. That doesn't last long either, before a bitter finish takes over and lasts a long time. And it's not your typical hops bitterness -- there's something sharp and harsh about it.
M: Fairly good carbonation, but the astringent finish is distracting, especially since subsequent sips don't squelch it.
O: It looked and smelled like a winner, but it was so disappointing in the mouth. I had to work to finish it, so I won't be getting another.
03-20-2013 22:13:37 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
3.08/5 rDev -11%
A: ever so slightly cloudy golden beer. Frothy, single-finger white head with very little retention. No lacing.
S: Earthy yeast, a bit of lemon pith, and a surprisingly punchy alcohol finish. Smells like a rather uninteresting saison.
T: Taste is surprising after the smell. Not nearly as fruity or sour as I was expecting. Earthy, grassy, and quite bitter, as if drinking the dregs of a bottle-conditioned beer. It's almost a saison-light: many of the qualities, but few of the complexities.
M: Moderate body, slightly chewy, with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I have never expected much from a saison that wasn't bottle conditioned, and I have never expected much from Starr Hill. This beer delivers on both accounts. It's not a bad beer, there is just nothing great about it. It lacks the complexities and the crispness of a good saison. It's a fair beer, but not one that 'd be in a hurry to drink again.
10-09-2013 21:38:36 | More by DaveBlack
3.23/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a glass tumbler. Bottled on 01/08/13 plainly printed on the bottle neck. Purchased at Maya (Charlottesville, VA) as an aperitif.
A: Very clear honey golden with 1-2 fingers of nearly white big-bubbled head with decent retention and thin single line of lacing at the top of the glass.
S: Aroma is at first more in line with a hefeweizen with a lot of banana, pineapple, and bubble gum aromas, although it does come through with some more pepper and phenolic character with warming.
T: The flavor is way too sweet and not nearly dry enough for the style. I had an Ommegang Hennepin earlier this week in exactly the same situation, and the contrast was sorely obvious. The fruity aroma is far too prominent with a lot of banana, pear, and fruity apple and pineapple character. There is some pepper but it is in the backseat as is the dryness.
M: The mouthfeel reminds me more of a Belgian singel as it had a lot of thickness and minimal dryness. There is a slight tang in the finish, but this has a lot of body and too little carbonation for the style.
O: I wanted this to be a lot better -- I don't know if it's a yeast problem or a recipe problem, but the whole thing needs to be revisited as it seems to be missing in a lot of departments.
02-24-2013 02:24:06 | More by argock
Starr Saison from Starr Hill Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.