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Saison Station 16 - Hopfenstark

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BA SCORE
85
very good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hopfenstark visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 07-06-2008)
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Photo of oline73
1.7/5  rDev -55%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a small amount of off white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Some light, sweet malt and citrus notes. The dominant smell here reminds me of a garbage can on a hot day.

Taste: Unfortunately, just like the smell. I just couldn't get past the trash note. A bit metallic in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The only problem with the mouthfeel was that I had to take another sip to rate it. Medium body with tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I don't know if this keg is off or what, but this beer was just terrible. It literally tasted the way hot garbage smells. I would try another sample if I get the chance just to see if this is really what it is supposed to taste like.

oline73, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Thorpe429, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Axnjxn, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Vices & Versa.

Pours a pale gold champagney colour, head is white and foamy. A bit thin but nice lace ring left around the glass. Pretty good.

Grassy, banana esters on the nose, mild funk and mild vinegar. Not bad.

Taste is banana again, lots of wheat beer notes, sweet and slight vinous character through to the mid and onto the back. Maybe slight organic bitterness, but nowhere near enough funk for calling it a saison.

Bit of booze warmth, slight sizzle. Not great.

Nowhere near enough barnyard or organic character for a saison. Tastes rather like a heavy hefeweizen. I also don't really get the whole high-alcohol saison thing. Disappointing beer.

laituegonflable, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of wisrarebeer
3/5  rDev -20.6%

wisrarebeer, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass at ChurchKey.

Didn't see "Hopfensterk" comin' from Canucklehead origin, but, hey, there you go. This beer pours a relatively clear bright straw topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises some spice, sour grapes, sour apples, and some light toffee. Didn't see those sour notes coming. More surprising, they were even more prevalent in the taste, where they were joined by some cobwebs as well, not unlike an unblended lambic or gueuze. I'm all for experimentation, but this is a bit much, deviating a little too far for me to really appreciate/enjoy. The body is light, with a lightly active carbonation and a crisp, dryish finish. Thanks to the overt sour notes, can't see myself ever trying to get more of this later on.

TMoney2591, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -14%

chickenm, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Mattias
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Mattias, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modiale 2007. A little white head on cloudy orange. Appealing aroma of spice and yeast. Taste is great, fortified with rye, a good saison in a great style. Sourness in the finish. Good medium plus mouthfeel. Lace in the glass. Refreshing. Had it again in 2008 and was not as enticing.
Had a bottle in 2011 and confirmed it rather ordinary, very barnyard aroma though fresh bottle.

Sammy, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

thank you flipper2gv

a tad on the orange side... my bottle says 6%... BA says 8%. the pour gives way to a healthy head that is quickly rendered as a primer sugar heavy quality. bubbles don't hold form from yeast protein but create large soap like bubbles... some lace. and clear... i don't subscribe to clear saison. the beer smells of complex sugars that expands into just plain sugar. nose of a sweeted beligian blonde like leffe. at first it was a bit more grassy and brisk... had the quality of a well hops quebec bpa. then came hints of banana and sugars. palate is sharp and quite sweet. heavy hand sweetness and lingering sweet finish. doesn't have any notes of a saison but more so a very old but ascetically clean american bpa. one dimensional sugar that tastes stale by the time you get half way through it. american saison/bpa feel. astringent, boozy and so sweet it hurts the gums. can't tell if its 6 or 8% abv but at this point don't care. still very slightly above average because i can see that this wasn't the intended palate.

i will have this beer again. but its a verification... and i know hofenstark makes great saisons so no rush...

rtepiak, May 03, 2011
Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

JonnyBeers, May 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

pknyc, Mar 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of FilumDee
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

FilumDee, May 24, 2014
Photo of impending
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

B

750ml into a tulip. Pours a mid hazed orange amber, minor white head, minor lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, spicy and fairly sweet. Citrus with some mustiness if you reach but not particularly saisony but very nice none the less.

The flavor as well has significant orange and tropical fruit. Grains and a strong phenolic note. Quick dry and peppery cusp that intros the grassy herbal aftertaste that lingers a tad too long at first. With warmth it evolves much better as the herbal recedes and fruits come forward. Nearly medium wet grit body.
cheers
jd

impending, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for $8 - listed at 6.5% ABV

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone. There are a few small chunks floating around.

Smell - Apples, corn, breads/grains, yeast, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and apples. There is also some bread/grains/yeast and a bit of banana an clove.

Overall - Very drinkable and somewhat muted flavour wise. There are a variety of flavours but none really stand out above each other. A decent brew.

spinrsx, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

freduardo, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

mbonugli, Sep 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

kaelingirl, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

polishkaz, Apr 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Mack, Oct 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Christian_Champagne, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

JAHMUR, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

vze33jng, Oct 26, 2013
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Saison Station 16 from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.