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Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark

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BA SCORE
85
very good

51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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)
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nh2032

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

11-03-2013 20:10:08 | More by nh2032
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap at the Saint-Bock: Poured a lightly cloudy dirty beige color ale with almost no head. Taste of light rustic malt with not much else. Taste is a bit of a letdown with lit watery malt and light rustic notes. Body is a bit too flat for style. I get a bad impression that the tap lines at Saint-Bock need a good clean-up. I have a bottle of this sitting in the fridge that will be use to re-rate.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 03:15:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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larbush

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.1%

07-06-2012 20:33:10 | More by larbush
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

05-22-2014 13:50:53 | More by MichiganderHB
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 20:32:41 | More by emerge077
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 22:42:25 | More by brewcrew76
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL brown glass pry-top bottle thanks to Fred! No date.

Pours with lots of sudsy gusto, big billowy white head atop a golden amber hazy body. Looks like a million bucks!

Nose is a bit faint, like corn silk and white pepper. Palate is a little watery in texture, but with a hint of acidity underneath. Flavors match the aromas with some minerality and dried straw too.

I think I prefer the Saison Station 7 to this. Not my favorite Hopfenstark offering, but I can't tell if my palate is a bit off tonight (very tired) or perhaps it's not a pristine bottle, or what. I'll try it again sometime soon and re-rate if necessary.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 04:35:56 | More by SFLpunk
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-24-2012 12:37:35 | More by nathanjohnson
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-06-2013 03:58:38 | More by evil_liver
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-22-2012 00:22:12 | More by CliffBrake
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from BloguesDeBieres. Thanks.

A - Pours dark, dark gold. Good carbonation. Very cloudy. Originally one finger of soapy white head, down to a film fast. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of orange and sweet spice, some citrus hops and bread.

T - A lot more sweet spice with less citrus presence. Peppery with orange playing second fiddle. Some mild citrus hops and bread as well.

M - Decent carbonation, creamy medium body with a spicy finish.

O/D - Overly spiced. Not bad but lacking a whole lot of hop character for a 'saison/ipa blend.' Refreshing and tasty, but the spice needs to be toned down. Good.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 22:24:44 | More by tbeckett
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, massively sweet fruit, pear, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, spices, fruit, and banana. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The aroma on this one was quite intense and very pleasant upon investigation. The flavor was a little bit of a letdown based on the aroma as the earthiness pretty much dominated this brew for the most part. It was still fairly drinkable despite this fact, but not as enjoyable as the aroma would lead one to believe. Worth trying if you see it on tap around you or are just curious.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 18:19:54 | More by thagr81us
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zachariaIPA

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque and rich amber with an inch of slowly dissipating white head with some spots of lace.

Very nice saison aroma, spicy, estery, some sweet banana, yeasty and a bit boozy..

A dry alcoholic bite comes through quicky, but otherwise very nice taste, typical of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale.

Feels and tastes more boozy than a 6.5 to me..though, not a bad beer and I will certainly finish this 750ml bottle. Not worth the price, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 23:48:02 | More by zachariaIPA
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Matt1516

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a (pricy--$9.00) 750ml bottle.

A cloudy orange appearance, medium carbonation with a two-finger head that dissipates after a minute but leaves some nice lacing.

Very citrusy smell along with banana esthers.

Crisp taste, sour with a real bready/yeasty vibe. Some funk and a bit of kick with the 6.5% ABV.

This was my first Hopfenstark, a nice treat but too expensive for regular consumption

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 16:31:45 | More by Matt1516
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 15:43:32 | More by rudzud
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fourstringer

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:56:20 | More by fourstringer
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-29-2012 14:56:46 | More by chickenm
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:06:33 | More by Alieniloquium
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-30-2014 02:04:06 | More by polishkaz
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Mattias

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-25-2014 21:33:53 | More by Mattias
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anteater

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-30-2012 01:38:41 | More by anteater
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uturn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-25-2013 21:58:33 | More by uturn
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2012 22:45:37 | More by jrenihan
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wspscott

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2014 01:16:12 | More by wspscott
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 05:41:56 | More by wordemupg
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Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.