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Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark

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BA SCORE
85
very good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Whatup14, Oct 14, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%

BrunoPettipas, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

bigred89, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

tom10101, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

slowfade, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Mattias, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of wspscott
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

wspscott, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of MichiganderHB
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

MichiganderHB, May 22, 2014
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

polishkaz, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Alieniloquium, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jbeervt, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

yancot, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

orangesol, Nov 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

nh2032, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

vze33jng, Oct 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

evil_liver, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of fourstringer
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

fourstringer, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Ajlvt, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

emerge077, Aug 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Gatch, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

5/12 notched on bottle

A - Cloudy peach skin amber with a small white head.

S - Citrus with peppery spice, bready malts, earthy and herbal.

T - Bready and sweet. Citrus, yeasty, spice, earthy funk that is touch vomit like.

M - Medium to full and a touch syrupy. Low carbonation.

D - Not as dry or refreshing as I like in a Saison combined with the earthy hint of vomit do this one in for me.

brewcrew76, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

JAHMUR, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

uturn, Jun 25, 2013
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Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.