Saison Station 16 - Hopfenstark
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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Cloudy and bright golden in color with a huge towering head of white foam that came up and over the top. Settled down gently with a good bit of side glass lacing along the way, really nicely done here I have to admit. Aroma was rich, light fruit, apples, bananas, and hints of lemon zest are all over this one. Really complex and a nice light aroma here. As it warms becomes a bit grainier though the hops still stay prominent with the rich lemon touches. Smooth flavor and a nice light to medium feel on it. Lively carbonation keeps it dancing across the tongue throughout. First notes to come across are a rich mix of lemon and light banana. Fresh grass and a nice touch of grain starting to pile on now, but it is still staying very bright overall
11-24-2011 02:07:15 | More by mikesgroove
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
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
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Interesting saison. Love the nose on this one. Flavor is mildly sweet with a firm tone of earthy and grassy in the mix. Mild somewhat lactic thing going on as well. Very floral. Carbonation is slightly full. Very easy to drink. Could go for many of these without thinking about it.
05-17-2013 03:29:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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
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
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
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
4.15/5 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
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
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
3.8/5 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
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
4.43/5 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
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
Saison Station 16 from Hopfenstark
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.