1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark

Not Rated.
Saison Station 55Saison Station 55

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopfenstark visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Electros
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of pat61
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%

Fruity nose with a touch of funky saison yeast – a blend of fresh and ripe light fruit. Pours hazy peach under a 2” finely bubbled yellow tinted white foam cap. Creamy over ripe fruit softened by some lighter fruits such as orange moves over the palate followed by stone fruit such as peach with a light sweetness balanced by a bitter hop emphasis on the finish. It ends lemony, citrusy bitter. It has a very creamy medium body and carbonation.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of jbeervt
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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?

Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of bobsy
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +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.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ZorPrime
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of vze33jng
4/5  rDev +4.7%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.