1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Starr Saison - Starr Hill Brewery

Not Rated.
Starr SaisonStarr Saison

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

104 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 104
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Starr Saison is a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale. It is crisp and complex with plenty of fruitiness, hints of earth, and refreshing hop aroma and bitterness.

Previously known as All Access Saison.

(Beer added by: TechTriumph on 07-01-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Stermax
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Stermax, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of TaylorK
4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

TaylorK, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Sludgeman, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Darkmagus82, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of ramblinwreck101
3/5  rDev -13.3%

ramblinwreck101, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of obywan59
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost clear yellow to golden color with a pure white 1 1/2 finger head (3 fingers on the harder 2nd pour) that recedes slowly leaving copious amounts of attractive, sticky lacing.

Citric and grassy sweet, akin to fresh mown hay. A hint of Belgian yeast. Rather clean for a Saison. Fruity with light spice. I get some bubblegum as well

1st swallow of light toast, 2nd a whiff of cherry?? Then a bit of earthiness/woodiness. Nothing really unpleasant, only the barest hint of funk. Pleasantly dry, tartly citric, and moderately bitter, especially after the beer warms.

Crisp and fluffy (good word zaphodchak). The carbonation billows on the palate.and tongue. Drying. Decently warming.

I really liked this beer. It's a bit light in the normal saison funky and earthy qualities, but it's tasty, well balanced, and easy to drink.

obywan59, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +15.6%

nstroup, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of doc_logic
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

doc_logic, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of foghornleghorn22
3/5  rDev -13.3%

foghornleghorn22, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of hokieguy95
2.51/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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.

hokieguy95, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of VAcrossr
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

VAcrossr, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of slusk
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: This brew pours a golden yellow with orange hues. It has a nice one finger white head that quickly dissipates. moderate amount of lacing.

S: There's almost no hop aroma in this brew. It has a grainy malt sweetness, orange spice dominates the show with a slight peppery overtone.

T: The taste follows the aroma with a nice citrusy smack of orange. I bit of acidic bite on the tongue followed by a nice light malty after taste. Bitterness is slight but present with a semi-dry finish.

M: A moderate to high carbonation complements the low to medium body. Nice and clean.

O: Belgians aren't my favorite style but this lawnmower beer is a pleasant surprise with a pleasant taste that leans more toward the orange side of the spectrum. A semi sweet, slightly acidic finish transforms into a nice bready finish in this easy drinking saison. I like that the Belgian character is upfront but not overdone. Bravo Starr Hill.

slusk, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Dave_Treat, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of zaphodchak
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber body with slight haze. Thin white head; heavy lacing.

Not much smell—perhaps faint spice.

Some Belgian bubblegum years character and a hoppy finish. A bit of saison spice in the middle, and a wheaty body. Pleasant and balanced.

A bit fluffy in terms of mouthfeel: neither super bright nor thick.

Decent saison-style, not very funky or anything, but not bad.

zaphodchak, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of blbarnett3
2/5  rDev -42.2%

blbarnett3, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of DaveBlack
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

DaveBlack, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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".

jwc215, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

tdm168, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Soto, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of lccrunchy
4/5  rDev +15.6%

lccrunchy, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Shall6815
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Shall6815, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of cyclonece09
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours golden orange with a small head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of wheat and "Belgian Yeast" not much else. Tastes of wheat and slight fruit tastes. Beer is light bodied and goes down smooth. Overall a slightly above average beer.

cyclonece09, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -13.3%

mpalestino, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of ZachKelly
3/5  rDev -13.3%

ZachKelly, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
Starr Saison from Starr Hill Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.