Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark
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3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
06-01-2008 04:34:26 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
07-18-2011 02:56:32 | More by Thorpe429
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
11-24-2011 02:06:11 | More by mikesgroove
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.
04-24-2011 03:15:49 | More by Phyl21ca
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.
08-04-2013 20:32:41 | More by emerge077
3.84/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
05-19-2014 22:32:50 | More by StonedTrippin
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a somewhat hazy, peachy gold color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The beer seems to have the prototypical saison nose of honey, white pepper, and also a hint of flowers. On the palate, this is a very impressive saison style beer, one I could easily mistake for a good Belgian saison. Aside from the honey and spice (clove mostly), I get some orange citrus and a nice blast of hoppy bitterness in the finish. The hoppy bitterness dries out the modest sweetness completely, leading to an impressively long, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but I appreciate the amount of flavor this beer delivers. Drinkability is very good, though the combination of spice and considerable bitterness slow me down somewhat.
Given a choice between this beer and some of the great saisons from Dupont, I'm not sure which I would choose. This beer is THAT good. Impressive.
04-25-2010 18:27:58 | More by John_M
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
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
08-11-2012 05:41:56 | More by wordemupg
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.
01-10-2014 03:06:33 | More by Alieniloquium
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.
04-06-2012 18:19:54 | More by thagr81us
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
05-05-2010 13:00:19 | More by DefenCorps
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.
01-21-2012 22:24:44 | More by tbeckett
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.
06-16-2013 15:43:32 | More by rudzud
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
An IPA / Saison....wtf? Is this going to work...let us see.
A-Orangish copper, with a medium off-white head that left nice lace.
S-The "typical" Saison twang, with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Nicely balanced by spicy hops.
T-Saison sour funk characteristics start and then the spicy/peppery IPA hops kick in. The bitterness lingers and melds into a sour tropical fruit finish.
M-Medium body with a cornucopia of spices and fruit mixing in the dry finish.
D-Wow...who would have thought this would have worked so well. These guys at Hopfenstark are mad scientists! What will they tinker with next?
08-02-2008 06:42:13 | More by Deuane
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
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!
06-08-2010 13:49:40 | More by bobsy
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
02-04-2011 17:43:36 | More by grub
British Columbia (Canada)
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
10-06-2012 17:34:25 | More by Rutager
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.
08-03-2012 22:45:37 | More by jrenihan
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
12-14-2010 01:51:21 | More by peensteen
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.
07-12-2013 22:42:25 | More by brewcrew76
Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.