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Starr Saison - Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Saison
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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)
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Photo of gregu2
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Bung
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Jenks
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Banana esters are the first aroma to hit the nose. Pilsner malt is detected behind the banana. Some noble hop character is there once the beer warms up a bit.

A - Very nice, crystal clear golden color. Pours very little head which disappears soon after pouring.

F - Classic Pilsner malt flavor in this beer. A peppery yeast character follows which fills the mouth and mixes well with the banana. Not sure if I can detect any noble hop flavors. Balanced nicely; I wouldn't call it to be on the malty or bitter side. The finish is fairly dry.

M - Medium body. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste in the mouth that is reminiscent of the beer itself. Carbonation seems a little low. There is no astringency or other offensive characteristics. No creaminess. A slight alcohol warmth.

O - This is a good Saison but not great. I would have liked some more pronounced yeast character; more spicyness, more pepper, banana, etc. The balance is spot on for a Saison; dry but with a little malt and just a touch of noble hop.

Photo of dugly2ugly
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of streetcommander
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saisons are fantastic, but not often produced by craft breweries. This one is one of the MOST fantastic examples I have had, period. ABV is alleged to be 6.5 which is out if character for this style, but superbly executed none the less. Very well done.

Try it, and I bet you will like it.

Crisp, clear, clean, flavorful, and very sessionable.

Photo of Dave1999
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent golden colour with a big bright white head.

The smell is Belgian yeast, cloves,bananas and black pepper.

The taste is sweet, cloves and apples, finishes too watery.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin, with medium carbonation.

This beers not that bad, but to be honest I haven't been all that impressed by any of star hills beers.

Photo of mikehillman
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of orcsinspace
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. It has a nice golden wheat color, and a foamy head. The smell is a little smokey.

The taste is earthy, with a little smokey flavor. It is very subtle, and compliments the hops. The flavor is balanced, and very drinkable.

Saison is a good beer. It is ashame that more craft beers can't be as creative as this beer, and still be drinkable. If you get the chance, try one, because you will not regret it.

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

Photo of Guden
1.68/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

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.

Photo of jniagar1
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JArena13
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of oberon
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of circus_cat
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.73/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottled on 2/12/13.

A - Pours golden with perfect clarity. Not much more than a film of white head sits on top. A thick column of ascending bubbles pour from the laser etch in the bottom of the glass. Lacing haphazardly paints the sidewalls.

S - Cloves dominate the aroma. Sweet belgian sugars, milled white pepper, and enticing bready grain. There is very little in the barnyard/funk department, making this a bit of a one dimensionally sweet saison.

T - Notes of ginger and clove on the forefront. Bubblegum yeast and spices follow. The finish is slightly astringent at first, but cleans up after a few sips.

M - Spritzy carbonation and a light-medium body.

O - Whenever I see a new Starr Hill beer I grab it. They don't make anything mind blowing, but I always loved stopping by the Brewery/tasting room while I was in college. This beer is quaffable enough, but lacks the complexity I look for in a saison. A little bit sweet and bready for my taste. This is probably one I will not get again.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of argock
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Starr Saison from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.