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Starr Saison - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
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)
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

04-21-2013 21:02:31 | More by LooseMoose1978
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.3%

04-17-2013 20:05:14 | More by Beers9beers
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New York

2/5  rDev -42.2%

04-15-2013 14:46:39 | More by Heritage02Rider
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

04-13-2013 04:03:53 | More by Lob
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-10-2013 22:44:36 | More by jniagar1
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

04-04-2013 22:04:19 | More by JArena13
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North Carolina

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
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

04-02-2013 00:23:29 | More by circus_cat
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

03-29-2013 22:59:42 | More by Eriktheipaman
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-19-2013 02:55:44 | More by avisong
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3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

03-10-2013 22:19:09 | More by NoLeafClover44
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

03-09-2013 21:35:44 | More by WDJersey
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

03-08-2013 06:37:15 | More by Blumstein
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

02-28-2013 17:22:11 | More by ESeab
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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
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-15-2013 17:42:48 | More by 2dogbrew
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4.25/5  rDev +22.8%

02-03-2013 01:40:24 | More by jar66su
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

12-18-2012 01:27:40 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

08-31-2012 23:54:30 | More by Pencible
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

07-30-2012 00:01:39 | More by hyoung41
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

07-21-2012 22:40:02 | More by JessPrice
Starr Saison from Starr Hill Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.