Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark
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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
3.84/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
05-19-2014 22:32:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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
3.73/5 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
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
3.36/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
07-12-2013 22:42:25 | More by brewcrew76
3.69/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
06-16-2013 15:43:32 | More by rudzud
4.63/5 rDev +21.8%
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!
12-08-2012 23:26:20 | More by Electros
Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.