Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark
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Reviews by zachariaIPA:
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
Pours an opaque and rich amber with an inch of slowly dissipating white head with some spots of lace.
Very nice saison aroma, spicy, estery, some sweet banana, yeasty and a bit boozy..
A dry alcoholic bite comes through quicky, but otherwise very nice taste, typical of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale.
Feels and tastes more boozy than a 6.5 to me..though, not a bad beer and I will certainly finish this 750ml bottle. Not worth the price, though.
06-06-2011 23:48:02 | More by zachariaIPA
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3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Enjoyed at Mondiale 2008.A spicey aroma greats you. Medium mouthfeel, peppery spicey tasty saison. Lacey on transarent body.The marriage of the IPA and the saison make for a killer tasty combination of fruitiness, tasty spicey hops, and bitterness.Unique.
Mondiale 2011 still very good, although more bang on the style as opposed to unique.
06-01-2008 04:34:26 | More by Sammy
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Lacey surface. Thick collar.
Smell - Herbal hops. Pale malt. A little yeasty.
Taste - Tons of malt. More estery. Herbal hops. A little bitter in the finish.
Mouthfeel - A little heavy for the style, but this herbal bitterness helps. Medium carbonation.
Overall - Tasty if a little harsh. Very herbal and bitter.
01-10-2014 03:06:33 | More by Alieniloquium
3.81/5 rDev +0.3%
750ml in Duvel tulip
bottled on 12/13 so ~6 months old
purchased in Quebec City
A: Cloudy, hazy light orangish color with a very thick, creamy head, after it warmed a bit the the chill haze disappeared.
S: Slightly grainy with a hint of citrus
T: Definite saison yeast with a distinct citrus note, makes me think of candied citrus peels, but it is not sweet, although there is a hint of sweetness at the back of the tongue, still very dry/attuentuated, not even close to cloying sweet. There are enough hops here to make me wonder what this would have been like a couple months ago. I keep trying to figure out if this had a lot of citrusy hops aroma that has faded or if it was more subtle.
M: Very crisp, great body, excellent example of a saison.
O: A very good example of a modern saison, I would happily open another 750 if I had one, but that would be dangerous given the 7% alcohol. All in all, very happy I picked up one of these. Anyone who likes saisons should give this a try.
06-17-2014 01:16:12 | More by wspscott
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, massively sweet fruit, pear, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, spices, fruit, and banana. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The aroma on this one was quite intense and very pleasant upon investigation. The flavor was a little bit of a letdown based on the aroma as the earthiness pretty much dominated this brew for the most part. It was still fairly drinkable despite this fact, but not as enjoyable as the aroma would lead one to believe. Worth trying if you see it on tap around you or are just curious.
04-06-2012 18:19:54 | More by thagr81us
3.26/5 rDev -14.2%
Hazy dark orange, thin surface layer of foam that disappears after a minute or two. Random bits of spotty lace in the glass. Looks a little lifeless.
Phenolic clove, citrus peel, herbs, slight banana sweetness.
Earthy bitterness, overripe fruit, odd musty sweetness. Not sure it all really works together. Low carbonation gives it a flabby feel, phenolic spiciness takes hold and the odd sweetness is kind of like spoiled fruit, and there's a mild astringency in the background. Overall a little messy, not really worth the pricetag. Might try a higher rated one in the series, but this one was a bit of a letdown.
08-04-2013 20:32:41 | More by emerge077
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
Thank you, Deadbolt82.
Appearance. Pours a nice gold with a little amber and two fingers of thick, slightly off-white head with good retention.
Smell. Bright and sweet light fruits, apples, pears, some sweet belgian yeast and honey. Smells great.
Taste. Saison yeast and some bitter earthy and grassy hops with some bready light malts.
Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with below medium, fine and lightly prickly carbonation.
Overall. Another great beer from Hopfenstark. Lots of hops, maybe a little too much for me as far as the style goes, but still very nice and easy drinking.
10-06-2012 17:34:25 | More by Rutager
3/5 rDev -21.1%
Tap at the Saint-Bock: Poured a lightly cloudy dirty beige color ale with almost no head. Taste of light rustic malt with not much else. Taste is a bit of a letdown with lit watery malt and light rustic notes. Body is a bit too flat for style. I get a bad impression that the tap lines at Saint-Bock need a good clean-up. I have a bottle of this sitting in the fridge that will be use to re-rate.
04-24-2011 03:15:49 | More by Phyl21ca
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
Poured moderately aggressively into a Brewer's Art 12oz goblet. Nice hiss on popping the top. My last Hopfenstark was a bit flat, so I am pumped.
A: Golden yellow to light amber with rather clean, white head. Approximately 2 fingers. Lingered. Nice lacing.
S: Arguably the high point and somewhat distinct from the taste. Sweet with marked fruit notes. Slightly more subdued herbal notes.
T: Best described as herbal and dry. Floral. Reminded me a bit of Ommegang's Fleur de Houblon. Surprised me a bit given the smell. The hops are relatively present for a saison and reading prior reviews, a saison/IPA is an appropriate description. Little to no funk. Overall, not a stereotypical saison flavor profile. Drank lightly for a 7% (my bottle was not 6.5% as noted above in the header). No perceivable burn/warmth.
M: This was nice. Moderate carbonation. Certainly looks and feels like a saison.
O: I enjoyed this. While not exactly what I think of when I envision a saison, it drinks quite nicely. I feel it is well represented by a "saison/IPA (or BPA)" classification. The herbal component is unique, but not unwelcome. Interesting beer. Would drink again.
09-27-2013 01:56:20 | More by fourstringer
4/5 rDev +5.3%
The color is yellow and slightly veiled. Head is white in color and very sticky. The aroma is moderately intense. Fruits and yeast. Get some bitterness in the nose too... only slightly. Taste is fruity with a bitter finish, however it is sweet too. Nicely balanced. Light effervescence. Medium body. Easy to drink and thirst quencher. A very good beer from Hopfenstark.
11-09-2011 01:27:11 | More by ZorPrime
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
cloudy dark amber color coming forward, much darker then I thought it would be for the style. Nice head, maybe two inches with some really great retention and a wonderful bit of side glass lacing. Lots of carbonation was visible streaking up from the bottom of the glass.
The aroma was a little bit light for me to be honest. Some nice notes of yeast, grain, with lots of breadiness in the middle, not nearly the funky farmhouse ale I was expecting it to be. Lots of light fruit notes with hints of peppery spice dominating on the flavor. Quick hints of pear, peach, maybe some apple, all in that general family. Nice touches of figs and light bread.
11-24-2011 02:06:11 | More by mikesgroove
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
Bottle courtesy of SFLpunk. Served in a Russian River TION glass.
Pours a somewhat-cloudy golden peach color with a good white head and a nice collar throughout. The nose brings a bit of earth an funk along with a slight acidic presence. Wine-like with a bit of acidity. The flavor is nice as well, combining traditional saison yeast character with some wine flavors and a bit of fruit. Light funk and acidity throughout, leading to a dry finish. Light to medium body and high carbonation. Quite enjoyable.
07-18-2011 02:56:32 | More by Thorpe429
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
papat444 hooked me up with this one. thanks pat!
750ml bottle, unlabeled except for "station 55" on the cap. sampled oct 28/2010.
pours crystal clear orangey amber with a thick fluffy merenge-like off-white head. the head continues to grow for a minute or two after the pour, then very slowly collapses in on itself and leaves a thick solid sheet of lace down the glass.
aroma is great. that's a saison! white bread and cracker. grain and a bit of straw. barnyard funk. horse blanket. honey and caramel. light lemon. bit of orange. light alcohol. nice light yeasty spice.
taste is good. lemon and orange. light alcohol. fruity. bit of belgian yeasty spice. horse blanket and leather. bit of tobacco. wheat bread. straw and a bit of grain. honey and caramel. bit of toffee and vanilla. lightly herbal. medium-low bitterness level. something i think i've noticed with some of their other saisons, it has a bit of belgian wit flare that works pretty well with the traditional saison traits.
mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a pretty light finish. medium-high carbonation level.
drinkability is good. good balance. nice depth and complexity. another tasty saison from hopfenstark.
02-04-2011 17:43:36 | More by grub
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a somewhat hazy, peachy gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The beer seems to have the prototypical saison nose of honey, white pepper, and also a hint of flowers. On the palate, this is a very impressive saison style beer, one I could easily mistake for a good Belgian saison. Aside from the honey and spice (clove mostly), I get some orange citrus and a nice blast of hoppy bitterness in the finish. The hoppy bitterness dries out the modest sweetness completely, leading to an impressively long, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I appreciate the amount of flavor this beer delivers. Drinkability is very good, though the combination of spice and considerable bitterness slow me down somewhat.
Given a choice between this beer and some of the great saisons from Dupont, I'm not sure which I would choose. This beer is THAT good. Impressive.
04-25-2010 18:27:58 | More by John_M
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Beer is golden blonde in colour. Small white head, gone quickly. No lacing.
Smell is floral, with light fruit and a grassy scent. A bit faint but nice.
Taste is herbal, with light fruit (tropical), yeast and grassy hops. Fairly bitter aftertaste.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Pretty good.
Overall, not bad. I enjoyed it and would have again but not one to search for.
08-03-2012 22:45:37 | More by jrenihan
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
An IPA / Saison....wtf? Is this going to work...let us see.
A-Orangish copper, with a medium off-white head that left nice lace.
S-The "typical" Saison twang, with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Nicely balanced by spicy hops.
T-Saison sour funk characteristics start and then the spicy/peppery IPA hops kick in. The bitterness lingers and melds into a sour tropical fruit finish.
M-Medium body with a cornucopia of spices and fruit mixing in the dry finish.
D-Wow...who would have thought this would have worked so well. These guys at Hopfenstark are mad scientists! What will they tinker with next?
08-02-2008 06:42:13 | More by Deuane
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
On tap at Max's last night.
Hazy orange with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing. This is a very good looking saison. It smells great too, very fruity with mango, some citrus and plenty of tropical fruit. Moderately spiced with some floral and a little coriander. Delicately yeasty, this is a great saison. The palate opens moderately herbal with tea and floral bitterness, a touch of hop character is noticeable too. Plenty of fruit mid palate, very tropical fruit/mango like. A little citrus is present as well. Drying and spicy on the finish with a some tea-like tannins, this light bodied beer is highly carbonated. Maybe even a little over-carbed? Great finish, though, with lovely spice character. While the yeast character is different from, say, a Dupont, it's still very good.
05-05-2010 13:00:19 | More by DefenCorps
Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.