Saison Station 7 - Hopfenstark
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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
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
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
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
4.08/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
12-08-2012 01:47:34 | More by 4ster
Saison Station 7 from Hopfenstark
88 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.