Saison Station 16 - Hopfenstark
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
4.55/5 rDev +19.7%
Ok, for me this is a rare beer. Very hard to get my hands... but finally got it. I have lots of expectation.
The color is orange and the beer is hazy. Nice foamy head on top. Soapy look. The aroma is tropical fruits, very intense. Light notes of sugar too. Citrus and grapefruits. Nice and watery! Lets dive in! Fruity. Oranges and citrus. Bitterness is light. Very refreshing and drinks so easy its crazy! Dry and effervescent in the mouth. This is a summer beer... very good and refreshing.
04-23-2011 18:08:50 | More by ZorPrime
British Columbia (Canada)
4.5/5 rDev +18.4%
A: Hazy golden-straw. Freshly tapped this had a ridiculous amount of head; good retention; excellent lacing.
S: Slight earthy funk, marmalade, light spicing and oak.
T: There wasn't much rye flavour, but it did have rustic (farmhouse?) graininess. Nice spicing (peppery & cloves), orange zest, lemon grass, slight funk, good bitterness, alcohol is extremely well-hidden.
M: Moderate body and carbonation with a fairly dry finish.
D: Very drinkable for the style (I don't like too much funk on my palate).
10-19-2008 01:11:13 | More by Derek
4.43/5 rDev +16.6%
sampled oct 17/08 on tap at volo as part of cask days 2008.
pours hazy orangey amber with tons of fluffy white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of spotty lace behind.
aroma is great. citrus. caramel. light spice. mild funky component. hint of alcohol. some grapefruit and tangerine. light sourness. some coriander. bit of sweat sock funk.
taste is great. much like the aroma, but with less funk noticeable. there's also the addition of some light caramel and sweet citrus.
mouthfeel is good. fairly low carbonation. medium-light body.
drinkability is great. love the depth and bit of funk giving it that extra flare. nice balance too. i was happy to go back for several samples of this one and it was one of my favourites of the fest.
10-20-2008 01:08:11 | More by grub
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
On tap at Volo for Cask Days 2008.
Pours a very cloudy amber/orange, thin white head forms, drops to a thin layer and tight ring around the glass, lots of lace sticks to the glass. Smell is crazy, very sour and fruity, acidic, honey, spices, gingerbread, yeast, oranges, sourdough, very funky, some wheat, just great. Taste is similar, honey sweetness up front, oatmeal, funk, sourdough, orange peel and spice, vinegar, acidic lemons, very sour fruity finish, very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Like everything Fred does, goddamn great saison, perfect amount of funk and flavour, just amazing stuff.
11-24-2008 03:39:30 | More by Viggo
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
On tap at DBGB's in NYC: pours cloudy orange in color with a creamy 1 finger white head that faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing as it slides down.
Smells of sweet malt, spices, rye, grains, floral hops, flowers, herbs, grass, pepper, coriander and something else like cinnamon or brown sugar; the nose is on the sweet side, but still quite interesting and nice to inhale.
Tastes of sweet malt, spices, rye, toasted grains, floral hops, flowers, herbs, grass, pepper, coriander, brown sugar, grapefruit, sour apple, pear, yeast and a funky buttery aftertaste leaves a dry finish that tingles with orange peel and spices as it slides down. A really nice saison that's fruity and tart, yet still complex and very enjoyable with a nice amount of spice heat.
Mouthfeel is creamy and oliy slick, with a medium body, light fizzy carbonation, and tart funky end that trails off dry. Really nice and complicated, this went down very easy and slid down easier than it should considering the great flavor and ABV. A really enjoyable beer that I highly recommend if you can find it.
06-17-2011 04:05:38 | More by CHickman
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
Deep hazy orange, minimal white head, some lace let behind. Smell has some nice farmhouse notes, funky, yeast and citrus, quite lively and floral, picked up some spice as well. Taste is funky and tart off the bat, citrus, nice yeasty flavors come through, rye wheat, dry in the finish and lightly sour, also picked up tropical fruit in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, full body, very nice feel. Very good brew here, have yet to be disappointed by these guys, I wish they bottled more of their stuff.
06-23-2011 02:08:15 | More by peensteen
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
Bottle from ZorPrime, thanks Eric! Shared with the gang, into a tulip.
Gusher initially, though I think that's attributed more to it's inability to settle from getting banged around in my bag for the better part of the day. Nonetheless, poured a golden brown with two fingers of white head that falls to a nice thick collar. Unfiltered. Nose has a whole bunch of funk/farmhouse-iness, hints of tart fruit, orange, citrus rind, some spicing and generally pungent thorughout. Taste has more of the funkiness from the nose, tart lemon and orange notes, unripe green apples. Spritzy mouthfeel, spicy with a bit of 'bite' to it. Almost gueuze-like in some aspects, oddly and interestingly enough. Refreshing, interesting, funky and fruity.
06-27-2011 00:02:25 | More by liamt07
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
On tap at Max's today.
Orange with a thin head, this appears to be a touch dark for the style. Smells like one, though, and a good one at that. Spicy, juicy oranges, floral character abound and plenty of citrus, this is great. As it warms up, the floral character grows, overshadowing the pepper.
The palate opens big, juicy and tart with citrus, honey and floral character. The tartness is interesting, mildly lemony in character, working quite well with the phenols. Quite intensely floral, this beer is drying on the finish with a lingering floral character. This is really growing on me. Not as good as the Saison Station 55, but still excellent. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation and a great finish, I like this a lot. Great stuff.
05-18-2010 01:05:33 | More by DefenCorps
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
A - Pours a hazy golden colour with an orange hue, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.
S - Peppery spice, grainy notes, saltine crackers, toasted bread, citrus notes and a touch of fruity yeast esthers.
T - The peppery notes and rye dominate with a solid fruity yeast flavour that comes through alongside some bready notes, the toasted crackers, grassy hops, sugared grains and a bitter rye flavour that lingers.
M - Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and a touch of dryness on the finish.
O - A solid Saison that offers up a peppery spiciness making for a memorable brew. Nicely balanced and incredibly easy drinking. Well worth seeking out if you find yourself in La Belle Province!
02-09-2013 04:51:57 | More by andrenaline
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a huge light dirty brown color head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of funk and farmyard is quite intense with some light apricot and some light spices. Taste is quite complex to describe though yeast is properly the main component that produces a very funky taste with light fruit notes of apricot and candy. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well brewed and somewhat disappointed that I can't find this more easily.
08-12-2010 17:05:47 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +5.3%
A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color; it poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that eventually faded into wispy patterns.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spices, sourness and yeast in the aroma.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the spiciness from the rye prominently stands out, but is not in any way overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A light amount of dryness persists through the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the flavors in the taste (particularly the rye) are well balanced. The spiciness also lends some properties that make this saison refreshing.
06-15-2011 03:00:09 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +5.3%
a great summery saison, the second ive had from hopfenstark, and definitely the better of the two. this is mostly clear golden to honey colored with an inch or so of white had that doesnt fade at all. it has a familiar smell, clean fresh wheat malt and a mellow saison yeast that adds more grassy flavors than the usual funk and spice characteristics. the flavor starts of like the smell, very light and almost dainty, the finish is the best part, ultra clean and quick finish, but with a pronounced lemon zest and a bold frothy creamy texture and flavor that is both unique to the style and supremely delicious. i like this a lot better than the 55, i think its more distinct, more drinkable, and a little more approachable for the new saison drinker. maybe i would like a little more yeast character in this, but its hard to argue with it, given how darn refreshing and yummy it is. in need of very little refining, this is exceptional saison for summer weather.
03-04-2014 22:34:39 | More by StonedTrippin
3.99/5 rDev +5%
A-Hazy gold color with a big white head that fades slowly and leaves a slight lace
S-Banana aroma, spice, and corinander
T-Banana, with a strong spice taste that goes to a slight bitter hop aftertaste that fades into a smooth finish
M – light body and high carbonation
O- was full of aroma and flavor good beer
06-08-2014 22:38:01 | More by a0lbudman
Saison Station 16 from Hopfenstark
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