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Saison Station 7 - Hopfenstark

Saison Station 7Saison Station 7

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BA SCORE
88
very good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 7.54%


Brewed by:
Hopfenstark visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 09-01-2008)
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Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 21 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by evil_liver:
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evil_liver

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

10-06-2013 03:57:51 | More by evil_liver
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

09-29-2013 01:52:41 | More by jaasen64
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 05:07:09 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:22:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-02-2013 17:45:34 | More by JAHMUR
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nrb1

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-17-2013 17:49:04 | More by nrb1
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-05-2013 14:28:12 | More by Caudalie
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olfolxholme

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

07-28-2013 23:29:34 | More by olfolxholme
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-04-2013 15:14:14 | More by TurdFurgison
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

06-25-2013 21:54:13 | More by Molson2000
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bird22

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-24-2013 01:53:03 | More by bird22
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-22-2013 03:30:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Brenden

Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 23:35:48 | More by Brenden
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nasastrums

New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

05-04-2013 02:39:03 | More by nasastrums
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

04-29-2013 13:44:27 | More by Thorpe429
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-14-2013 20:31:00 | More by kaelingirl
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-01-2013 21:07:43 | More by Krakpoff
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4ster

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass. Bottled in July, 2012

A: Beautiful gold straw yellow colour, cloudy with a very quick initial large bubble frothy white head, with lots of micro bubbles exploding up through the head. Retention is medium after the head dies down, staying on top quite some time, and leaving plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass as it goes down.

S: Aroma is of slightly sweet grass/yeast, and you get a nice green apple sourness, almost cider like.

T: Starts off with nice grains and yeast flavours followed by some different stone fruit, maybe some peach/nectarine... Finishes with a more herbal, tart (again apple, or something mildy citrus) and at the end a dry bitterness. I get a bit of this funky (bubblegum? as others mention?) flavour, but only on the first few sips, then it mellows out or my palate ignores it... very interesting flavours for a saison here.

M: Medium carbonation at the start that then turns very mellow and smooth as it finishes. Well balanced, just a hint of alcohol and a refreshing sparkle throughout

O: Not a completely typical Saison, which Hopfenstark is not about anyway. Instead of being overly grassy/yeasty/citrus-y you get more herbal, fall fruit, but still with a nice amount of grains/citrus and a nice yeast(hop?) profile in this one that as it seems from other reviewers is hard to narrow down what exactly some of the flavour/smells are. But you can tell this is a well crafted brew in the balance of the beer and the overall flavour composition....If I had one complaint is that perhaps it just has too much sour apple. After a couple of glasses it starts to be a bit much and you feel like you're drinking more of a cider than a Ale. Overall, enough complexity to keep you interested, enough drink-ability to make you go through the bottle quickly until you're over soured. Overall a very nice Saison that I'd definitely recommend trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:47:34 | More by 4ster
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brbrocc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-26-2012 23:14:07 | More by brbrocc
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 14:15:27 | More by ZorPrime
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 02:37:43 | More by wordemupg
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-11-2012 04:20:11 | More by oldp0rt
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 01:19:26 | More by jrenihan
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2012 11:54:49 | More by papat444
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Local Option. I love having Canada represented at my local bar. Served in a chalice.

A - A nice white foam settles to a near-complete cap, splotchy lace, and a thick collar. The body is a transparent golden yellow color.

S - Slightly grape-forward, with a hint of Pez - reminds me of certain Fantôme batches I've had - stone fruits, and minimal funkiness. The white grape flavor is actually reminiscent of an authentic Kölsch, but there's some spicy and peppery farmhouse yeast too.

T - Again, it's a fairly tame Saison, with lightly sweet pale malts, stone fruits, bread, wheat, and a hint of toffee. Yeasty finish, with negligible wild character.

M - Medium body, pleasant soft carbonation, juicy texture, and no perceptible alcohol.

D - If you're looking for a nice, albeit traditional, Saison this is a good option. The goblet went down quite easily and I could totally have had another one if Tony hadn't been so generous with the samples.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 03:46:39 | More by MasterSki
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