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Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark

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33 Reviews
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Reviews: 33
Hads: 72
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.51%
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: 72
Photo of infinitebruner
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of ScheissPott
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This recipe must have changed and I think for the better. It's now 7% and the bottle form and label changed. Very tasty (not bitter) despite the "hopfenstark" (161 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%

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. (448 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (990 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,153 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (1,166 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of Electros
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (808 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (807 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (815 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy dark amber color coming forward, much darker then I thought it would be for the style. Nice head, maybe two inches with some really great retention and a wonderful bit of side glass lacing. Lots of carbonation was visible streaking up from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was a little bit light for me to be honest. Some nice notes of yeast, grain, with lots of breadiness in the middle, not nearly the funky farmhouse ale I was expecting it to be. Lots of light fruit notes with hints of peppery spice dominating on the flavor. Quick hints of pear, peach, maybe some apple, all in that general family. Nice touches of figs and light bread. (651 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of zachariaIPA
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.44/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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 (738 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of Matt1516
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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 (409 characters)

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87 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.