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Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark

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BA SCORE
85
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-01-2008)
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Photo of Electros
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Caudalie. This has lasted 8 months in the cellar, finally had the urge, and cracked it tonight. Typing and sipping right now.

750 ml bottle, 7 % abv, must Be a change from the above. Light blonde colour, partially unfiltered, Belgian style. It has a slight citrus aroma, low hop notes, light feel on the tongue, hops on the after taste, and taste, taste is a dry sweet, perfect example of the style, and even though 7 % abv, the alcohol is nearly missable...

I don't no why it lasted so long in the cellar, but now I regret that I am half way down the bottle. I am not regretting at all that I am not sharing this though!

Next time my old College chum comes from Ottawa I am thinking I am getting him to pop over to Gatineau and getting some bottles of this and others from the Brewery!

Electros, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at one of the American release events @ Beer Table, Brooklyn.

Pours cloudy warm orange, glowing, no real head.

Nose is orangey citrus, a bit spicy, some tangy yeast, grassy.

Taste is superb - orangey, herbal, rich and complex, tangy yeast, and a nice crisp, grassy, light bitterness towards the finish. Light farmhouse funk lends its subtle presence as well. The bitterness is there, but the yeast is doing a lot of work in this one - even as an IPA/saison hybrid, it's not really hop forward. It is, however, very complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium bodied, but just crisp enough to carry the day. I'm a big fan of this one.

JohnQVegas, May 21, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

John_M, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of jbeervt
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jbeervt, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Gatch, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Deuane, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

grub, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DefenCorps, May 05, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mondial de la Biere.

Hazy orange pour with a white head that dropped to a film. Spicy aroma with big citrus notes and a bit of sourness. Some decent light funk compliment a slightly sharp wheat background, which is balanced by brown sugar and lemony hops. Very drinkable and nicely judged combination of tastes. Soft mouthfeel with a slightly fuller body than average.

This beer won a gold medal award at the festival, and while I think there were more deserving beers (even from Hopfenstark's own booth), this is a good saison. Good work Fred!

bobsy, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Thorpe429, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

GreenMountainBoy, May 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Ajlvt, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of ZorPrime
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ZorPrime, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Krakpoff, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +5.3%

oldp0rt, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +5.3%

kaelingirl, May 15, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +5.3%

orangesol, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +5.3%

yancot, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.3%

JAHMUR, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of vze33jng
4/5  rDev +5.3%

vze33jng, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

and a thank you very much flipper2gv for the monster trade that will take me the better part of month to drink :)

this is a nice solid saison, and i was a bit pensive seeing as the last hopfenstark seemed like a dud old bottle... this one pours great. thick head and mild cloudy look of sunflower straw. nose is musty and fruit. chalk mineral coating a subtle touch of candied pineapple. otherwise huge floral nose. palate is grassy hopping. subtle wheat. bitter bark like cut and floral and primer sugar esters underneath. a bitter of saaz woodiness... like bundles of twigs... earthy hopping with subtle sweetness. a good one. gets fluffy at the bottom but evidence of primer sugar at first.

great for duck, seitan, and sesame chicken

rtepiak, May 06, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Sammy, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Rutager
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Rutager, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

funky canadian saison probably more in line with the biere de garde style than anything else. my bottle says 6.5% abv, and the color on this is quite nice, a rusty looking light orange color, burnt sugar aromatic, but still behind all the yeast. haven't had a ton of french canadian stuff, so i appreciate this. it has a distinctly canadian flare, with a more robust malt body, i even taste some rye in here i think, lots of body too. something real sturdy about this, despite its massive carbonation level. heavy grain intensity in the flavor, as much imparted as the yeast for sure. if theres nor the in here, theres some other curious malt that i would like to know a while lot more about. the yeast is only minimally fruity, but i get some hops, bitter and piney, which really works with the bigger grain profile and adds to it canadian essence. good saison for winter, big enough for cold weather, but light enough to hammer a 750ml no problem. my first beer from these guys, i would like to try others, but you just never seem them on shelves out here in colorado. nice take on the saison style, a little more hefty than most, versatile and yummy.

StonedTrippin, May 19, 2014
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Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.