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Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of DrJay
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of pat61
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%

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 spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BrunoPettipas
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of slowfade
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wspscott
3.79/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of MichiganderHB
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  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.

Photo of jbeervt
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nh2032
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of vze33jng
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of evil_liver
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of fourstringer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
86 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.