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
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
3.03/5 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
3.73/5 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
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
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
3.73/5 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
Starr Saison from Starr Hill Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.