Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine and select auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark

Not Rated.
Saison Station 55Saison Station 55

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

33 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 33
Hads: 74
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopfenstark visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 06-01-2008

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 33 | Hads: 74
Photo of Electros
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

 808 characters

Photo of pat61
4.36/5  rDev +13%

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.

 448 characters

Photo of ScheissPott
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This recipe must have changed and I think for the better. It's now 7% and the bottle form and label changed. Very tasty (not bitter) despite the "hopfenstark"

 161 characters

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

 664 characters

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

 927 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

 651 characters

Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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?

 605 characters

Photo of grub
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

 1,191 characters

Photo of brewandbbq
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy, straw gold with a massively expansive head of white froth. Most of the glass is foam and still grows over the rim even with the most careful slant-pour. After the retreat a white-out of tattered lacing remained and a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with honey-drizzled cut grass, clove-dusted apples, and mint-rubbed biscuits.

Light bodied with a crisp but creamy mouthfeel.

Honeyed malt quickly gives way to a peppery, almost bitter dryness on the palate.

Finishes spicy and dry with a grainy backbone.

Great Saison. Really digging the high carbonation level and peppery dryness.

 633 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

 814 characters

Photo of bobsy
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

 556 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

 507 characters

Photo of ZorPrime
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

 369 characters

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

 578 characters

Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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

 738 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

 340 characters

Photo of wordemupg
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 10/8/12 thanks papat444 for sending me the bottle

A hazy but glowing a peachy amber with lots of visible bubbles but just a short lived finger of foam that leaves zero lace

S some yeasty banana with citrus and bubblegum, some peppery bready notes and leafy earthy tones, smells strong and pretty solid

T sweet orange marmalade and a little booze I didn't smell, slightly sour fermented fruit and just lacking a little something the nose had going for it

M very slick and fairly full, almost syrupy, aftertaste of spicy yeast

O a 750ml didn't last very long, you might forget the 7% under a hot sun so be careful

a slight improvement in the most important department might get this one up too a new level. a solid beer for sure and I'd drink it again no questions asked

 807 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 1,153 characters

Photo of peensteen
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Volo.

Pours a cloudy pale orange colour with minimal head and lace. Smells of yeast, some citrus and a funky presence as well. Nice bitterness, a soft yeast followed by a semi tart sourness. Nice mouthfeel, this is one beer that you can taste all over your mouth really wakes up all your taste buds. Good saison, as someone who loves IPA's this is the saison to try.

 381 characters

Photo of wspscott
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

 990 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

 406 characters

Photo of fourstringer
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

 1,166 characters

Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

 380 characters

Photo of infinitebruner
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

July 30, 2015

22 oz bomber, tulip

A – Deep gold and orange, with a moderate haziness. You cannot see through it. An inch of white foam made of large bubbles.

S – Highly fruity, with mango and papaya notes and a lot of lemon-lime, along with nectarine and tamarind. Peppery as well. Crackery, graham-honey malt aroma.

T – Fruity, again nectarine and mango are most prominent. Moderate white pepper spice. Very high hop bitterness, with pale malt and graham cracker flavor. The bitterness overwhelms the finish.

M – Fairly thin-bodied with only light-moderate carbonation, which I expected to be higher based on the pour and the style. Quick hit of sweetness up front and then obliterating hop bitterness, in line with a stronger IPA.

O – I like the look and aroma of this beer, but the bitterness is very high, and overwhelms the positives.

 866 characters

Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice cloudy deep rich golden hue with one finger of sudsy head that fades to well, nothing. Hmm....

S - Aromas of big citrus (predominantly orange peel and flesh), light typical spice notes (corriander) and bready malts.

T - Taste is similar but with much less citrus. Light spice notes and peppercorns. Wanting more citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on for a saison, crisp and clean.

O - Overall, bit let down here. The nose was nice, but when told this is a saison/ipa hybred and I don't get the IPA, its somewhat of a fail for me.

 619 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.