Starr Saison - Starr Hill Brewery
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3.73/5 rDev +7.8%
Enjoyed at the brewery, reviewed from notes. The tap room bartender was great. Stayed open an extra 35 minutes to talk beer. I had a great time.
A: single finger head with excellent lacing on a hazy golden with copper hued body.
S: very spicey with an excellent mjusty yeast character counterpart to an aroma of nice earthy hops and clove.
T: maltier tasting than I like my saisons. may be due to yeast character fooling me a little. candied fruits, mild spice, clove and banana.
M: light body and high carbonation.
Overall: not terrible but with so many solid saisons out there, I wanted more from this one.
07-24-2012 22:30:46 | More by kylehay2004
3.64/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured on and a half bottles into a large tulip glass with a slightly hazed rich golden color with a very nicely defined fluffy white head that stuck like glue to the glass.Aromas mainly consisted spicy phenols,clove,and white pepper mainly with just a hint of citrus fruit.Like the nose the flavors are yeasty and phenolic,alot of spice and mild funk,with a bit of toasted grain.Not bad but a little one dimensional with the phenols.
04-02-2013 20:02:28 | More by oberon
3.48/5 rDev +0.6%
Bottled on 1/18/13:
Pours golden with a very thin head. Some trailing lace sticks.
The smell is sour - green apples - spicy yeast.
The taste is sour - green apple, some herbal spicing. A touch of honey sweetness mixes in. Turns dry in the finish.
It is well-carbonated and pretty smooth.
It's a decent attempt from a brewery that doesn't specialize in Belgian brews. "Interesting".
09-22-2013 14:30:37 | More by jwc215
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
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
A dark gold bodied beer with excellent clarity and a big white head that quickly settles down to a thin, bubbly band on top. Patchy, somewhat slippery lacing. Aroma of honey, yeast, pepper, grassy hops. Simple and noticeably sweet.
Flavor has a prominent fruity and honeyed sweetness, lots of yeastiness, pepper, clove and other spices, lightly hoppy, grassy bitterness. Biscuity malt character. Semi-dry finish, some lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
Medium bodied and carbonated, slightly creamy feel, could be a bit crisper. Not bad but definitely overly sweet for the style.
07-26-2012 16:42:37 | More by tobelerone
3.28/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear deep golden color with a fizzy head of a pure white color. The head fades super quickly leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is a rather nice mix of sweet, funk, yeast and bread. The biggest aroma is that of a sweet candied sugar smell with lots of banana sweetness within. Along with these aromas are some yeasty smells bringing with them spice aromas of coriander and clove. A bit of a wheaty smell as well as some grass and hay are there as well, overall producing a very pleasant aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty and bready flavor with a moderately strong sweet taste of banana and candied sugar. The taste also starts with a somewhat bready, which overall create a smooth and pleasant taste on the tongue. As the taste advances however the smoothness soon fades as some yeasty flavors bring with them lots of spice of coriander and clove as well as some bitter grassy and hay like flavors. The newly arriving flavors all the while, bring with them some more astringent flavors, which in the end, with the mix of all the flavors leaves a somewhat off funky, overly spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slightly higher carbonation and slightly thinner body may have been a bit better at hiding/minimizing the off astringent flavors, all the while keeping the beer a bit more refreshing.
Overall –It was a little too off in flavor at the end of the taste with a bit too much astringent and spice, as well as a slightly weak mouthfeel. An alright saison overall, but nothing all that great.
03-13-2014 01:17:50 | More by Darkmagus82
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.