Saison Station 16 - Hopfenstark
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1.7/5 rDev -55.3%
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.
10-17-2011 21:32:15 | More by oline73
2.76/5 rDev -27.4%
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.
08-08-2013 01:28:10 | More by laituegonflable
3.2/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
07-16-2010 22:50:21 | More by TMoney2591
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
06-22-2011 20:31:38 | More by Sammy
3.35/5 rDev -11.8%
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...
05-03-2011 03:34:50 | More by rtepiak
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
01-12-2013 06:41:54 | More by impending
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
01-20-2014 01:24:34 | More by spinrsx
3.8/5 rDev 0%
A-Slightly hazy copper with a medium off-white head.
S-Light slightly funky with a bit of sweet malt.
T-Nice bready graininess with a good dryness imparted by the rye malt.
M-Medium-light body with a nice, sharp crispness.
D-Straight up this is a nice beer, but it is a bit on the boring side for my tastes. Compared to their other Saisons thisone is very pedestrian. But I guess they have to make some brews for the less adventuresome!
07-06-2008 09:55:05 | More by Deuane
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
Bottled June 2012. Thanks to Papat444 for the bottle!
Beer is a clear golden colour. Vigorous pour results in a smallish white head. Fades to a film fairly quickly.
Smell is quite yeasty, with a citrus (orange), pear and apple scent accompanying.
Taste also has a bunch of yeast, the same citrus, pear and apple flavour. Spices, and a spicy component that tastes like rye. Fairly dry. A slight funky tartness and a bit of a herbal flavour. Aftertaste is a bit soapy.
Light to medium bodied, low carbonation. Feels a bit thin.
Overall, pretty good. Not the best Hopfenstark saison I have had but tasty.
11-04-2012 01:19:00 | More by jrenihan
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
Last half of the bottle. Cloudy peach juice. Nice marshmellow head, great retention. A few floaties.
Yeasty. Almost hefe-like with some nice banana-bubble-gum notes. Different, but really quite nice. Hard to explain, certainly Belgian, but has a kind of German character to it.
Rye really (perhaps obviously) stands out in this one. Peppery spice throughout. Pronounced yeast contributes some nice light fruit. Get the bubble-gum again in the finish, perhaps my favourite part of this one.
Mouthfeel is really great. Light taste, but feels quite substantial. True to style. A very nice saison.
02-23-2013 01:25:25 | More by CanuckRover
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