Saison Station 7 - Hopfenstark
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4.01/5 rDev +0.8%
The color is within the appropriate range for the style, sitting right about in the middle at a thickly hazed gold. A pure white head caps it, chunky and dense, at over one finger tall. Retention is excellent, and some thick, patchy lacing sticks very well.
Earth and spices complement lots of ripe fruits on the nose. White grape comes in and out in flashes. A peppery bite I'd expect from a saison comes out with it.
A little funky earth and very light hops bitterness counters the fruity sweetness nicely, and the spices don't overwhelm but avoid being overwhelmed themselves. It's herbal, but not as much as I'd expect from the label, which may be a good thing. This is a nice, refreshing, deep and flavorful saison.
Frothy up front but with a carbonation that tames itself after the inital sip, the refreshing light body still has depth to it while remaining smooth and nipping the palate.
05-18-2013 23:35:48 | More by Brenden
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
First served and enjoyed at Bu au Festival Bière et Saveur 2008. Funky aroma. A great herbal malange of seven herbs that are difficult to tell apart or even guess, though I did get ginger. A lemony sourness mid-sip. Big malt behind the herbs cushioning the mouth. The second batch was also served and was smoother.
09-01-2008 14:58:05 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
Draft: Poured a dirty opaque beige color ale with a large foamy head with super great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of spices and herb with great rustic malt notes. Taste is very refreshing with great notes of spices and herb (something similar to coriander stands out but I couldn’t say what exactly), some rustic malt notes and some light funky ester. Body is quite full with some very limited filtration and good carbonation. Very nice beer which I would love to have more regular access to.
06-17-2011 19:29:22 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev -10.1%
Copper in color with some orange notes in there. No head, sucks. Very little effervescence. It looks flat... not good if you ask me. The aroma is full of spices with tropical fruits. I get some alcohol notes too. Medium to strong intensity.
The taste has some spices presences in there and it's also peppery. The bitterness is light. Medium body. Overall, it's a good beer but not my favorite in this series.
10-06-2012 14:15:27 | More by ZorPrime
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
hazy golden yellow color came through immediately. Lots of sediment in here now as well. Huge carbonation profile could be seen with lots of chains of bubbles cascading up to the top of the glass to reinforce the huge champagne like head that came over the top of it. Lots of side glass lacing and a copious foam that would not quit. Very nice aroma here, lots of light grain, hints of grass, light lemon and a touch of grape. Nice airy smell gave way to a very nice flavor. Very light, and perfect for this summer day. First way was a slightly tart fresh grass like flavor. Some hints of peaches, pears, and a touch of tartness as well. Very nice light cereal grain flavor in the middle which became a touch bready as it warmed. Long finish of dried out bitter earthy notes and a touch of light fruit
11-24-2011 02:01:47 | More by mikesgroove
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
300ml at Volo. Arrives a pale golden, just a thin ring of bubbles. Nose is citrus heavy with a hint of tropical fruits, a touch of honey and a light tartness. Similar in the taste, quite a rounded chewy body with a solid sweet middle, finishing off with a medium tartness and a light drying. Hints of grass, lemon peel, sour apples. Perhaps not as refreshing as some of the drier version of the style this saison suits the winter months and is immensely drinkable, packs a real punch for the ABV. Gladly drink it again.
12-23-2010 21:32:38 | More by ritzkiss
3.75/5 rDev -5.8%
I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore Beer Week. Poured into a sample glass.
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy light amber color with a layer of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.
Smell: Light and sweet with some herbal and citrus notes.
Taste: Mostly follows from the smell. Light and refreshing. The herbal notes are a little stronger here than they were in the smell. Some mild fruity notes with a bitter finish full of spice notes. I would have liked the bitterness in the finish to be a tad milder.
Mouthfeel: Light body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: Nice and refreshing. The finish was a bit much, but still a very good beer.
10-17-2011 21:27:30 | More by oline73
4.1/5 rDev +3%
Sampled at Le Mondial.
Poured from a pitcher which i have to assume was from a tap since that's all they had.
Appearance: A totally cloudy peach-orange color with some head though there was lots of sticky foam in the pitcher.
Smell: Real nice smell. Meadow full of flowers, light mint, a slight sourish twang and overripe fruit.
Taste: Herbs, oranges, sourish peaches, fleshy fruit, banana chips and a type of flower that i can't pin down. Real nice.
Mouthfeel: Real smooth with a very low carbonation and balanced bitterness.
Overall: A very enjoyable saison that i would love to drink on a patio.
06-07-2012 11:54:49 | More by papat444
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from the bottle a hazy golden-orange color with one finger of bright white head. Some sediment in the glass – most left behind in the bottle.
Earthy aroma of horse blanket and yeast with lighter green apple, pear and herbal notes.
The taste was bright and tart with green apple, pear, banana, pepper and yeast.
Medium bodied and crisp with a light-to-moderate carbonation.
A very nice Saison out of Quebec from Hopfenstark.
04-24-2014 21:07:37 | More by Monkeyknife
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
On tap at Max's tonight.
The beer pours a bright, solid gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is all saison goodness, showing considerable clover honey, orange citrus and clove. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose in this rich, moderately sweet saison. There's enough hoppy bitterness in the finish to keep it all in balance, and I'm amazed by the richness and length in the finish. Drinkability is quite good, considering the abv.
Really hard to believe the abv. in this beer is only 5%. While the beer isn't boozy or hot, I just don't see this amount of flavor very often in beers with this little alcohol. Very, very impressive.
12-08-2010 23:37:20 | More by John_M
4.1/5 rDev +3%
Cloiudy golden, small white head. Dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing.
Smell contains yeast, light fruit, spices. Herbs.
Taste contains yeast, dry light fruit, white pepper, herbs (can't quite place what). Slight hop bitterness. A fruit finish- lemon and apple.
Light bodied, low carbonation. Refreshing.
Overall, very nice.
07-28-2012 01:19:26 | More by jrenihan
4.33/5 rDev +8.8%
750 ml bottle, thanks Ralph! Hopfenstark does some badass saisons.
Pours a very cloudy dark amber/orange, huge and thick white head forms, very chunky looking, tons of lace, really nice. Smell is great, very spicy, some honey and sweet toasty malt, yeast, cloves, lots of spice, cardamom, very intense, nice sourness and funk, great. Taste is great as well, honey sweetness, very fragrant, perfume, some light tropical fruit, sweet and sour middle, ginger and spice, lemons, funky sour finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation, very refreshing. Has a nice zing to it, great saison. Thanks Ralph!
01-19-2009 17:21:17 | More by Viggo
3.65/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours an orange colour, bit sedimenty. Head is white, bit thin and lacklustre. Decent lacing left behind. Looks OK.
Smells funky and tart. Bit of malty sweetness floating up through a sour, slightly acrid aroma with red wine, hay and citrus zest. Intriguing, not quite coherent though.
Taste is a little sour as well, but far more reined in. Very oaky, quite dry, with notes of pink lady apples, lucerne and a slight buttery note. Pleasant, very dry at the back, overall quite a nice balance if a little 'off' at times.
Pleasant notes; a bit of a challenge but carries itself well.
09-20-2013 05:07:09 | More by laituegonflable
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
750ml bottle poured into tulip 11/9/12 bottle sent my way by unibroue4ever cheers Yannick
A a bright golden yellow with lots of hazy from tiny suspender particles, a little dead on the pour with just a thin film after a aggressive pour but it somehow leaves a few pencil thin but distinct rings of lace
S a little funky yeast and bubblegum, lots of spice and some orange marmalade, sweet grains, some peach, pear and pepper and faint booze, smells awesome
T right along the smell but more grains and fruity notes, it tastes as good as it smells and that is a good thing, just a little sour apple and the mild funky yeast balances well with everything else its very well executed
M a little still and very slick, fairly thick and a lingering aftertaste of spice and cereals but I felt this was the only low point in a wicked brew
O tastes and smell is about as solid as it gets but the minor things could use some attention, that being said this is very drinkable and the booze is hidden quite well
I can see why this obscure offering popped up on the Canadian top 100. Thanks again Yannick for sending me this bad boy
09-12-2012 02:37:43 | More by wordemupg
3.63/5 rDev -8.8%
750ml brown bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Shared with Sam & Rich in Sydney.
Pours a rather clear golden colour, with a bit of depth and darkness to the colour. Head forms a pretty frothy cap, and stays pretty thick to about half a centimetre with some pocked bubbles. Lacing is streaking and solid. Body looks as though it has a decent amount of weight to it, and it holds the carbonation quite slowly. Looks good.
Nose is quite vinous up front, with a demi-sec champagne character coming through while the carbonation is strongest and releasing its volatiles. Decent characters of wood and apple skin, with an earthy, slightly Bretty character coming through as well. Altogether it makes a very interesting aroma.
Taste is also good, with a decent amount of complexity, although this complexity muddles the flavours a little as well. Earthy tones, sweet Belgian estery characters and a slightly phenolic finish come through, more apple skin, a bit of wet horse, leather and some metal. These fuse and depart on the palate, making an interesting experience, but a bit of a chaotic one.
Feel is rather thick for 5% ABV, it adds to the woolliness on the palate.
Overall, this is certainly interesting stuff. It's a very earthy and rather complex Saison: not necessarily a beer I'd like to drink a lot of, or drink often though.
09-07-2013 04:22:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
Saison Station 7 from Hopfenstark
88 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.