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Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark

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BA SCORE
85
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 53
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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Photo of nh2032
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

nh2032, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

Phyl21ca, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of larbush
3/5  rDev -21.1%

larbush, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of MichiganderHB
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

MichiganderHB, May 22, 2014
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
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.

brewcrew76, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of SFLpunk
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

SFLpunk, May 28, 2011
Photo of nathanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

nathanjohnson, May 24, 2012
Photo of evil_liver
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

evil_liver, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of CliffBrake
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

CliffBrake, May 22, 2012
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

tom10101, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

tbeckett, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

thagr81us, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of zachariaIPA
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

zachariaIPA, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Matt1516
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Matt1516, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of rudzud
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.

rudzud, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of fourstringer
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.

fourstringer, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

chickenm, May 29, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

Mattias, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of anteater
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

anteater, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of slowfade
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

uturn, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

jrenihan, Aug 03, 2012
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Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.