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Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 74
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 74
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.59/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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

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Photo of zachariaIPA
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
86 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.