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Saison Station 55 - Hopfenstark

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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

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Beer added by: Sammy on 06-01-2008

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Reviews: 33 | Hads: 74
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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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 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 John_M
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at one of the American release events @ Beer Table, Brooklyn.

Pours cloudy warm orange, glowing, no real head.

Nose is orangey citrus, a bit spicy, some tangy yeast, grassy.

Taste is superb - orangey, herbal, rich and complex, tangy yeast, and a nice crisp, grassy, light bitterness towards the finish. Light farmhouse funk lends its subtle presence as well. The bitterness is there, but the yeast is doing a lot of work in this one - even as an IPA/saison hybrid, it's not really hop forward. It is, however, very complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium bodied, but just crisp enough to carry the day. I'm a big fan of this one.

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Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

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