Saison Station 7 - Hopfenstark
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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
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
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
3.75/5 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
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
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +0.5%
a blend of seven spices huh? whatever they were, they were blended masterfully. very fun and interesting beer. pours a fairly clear dark gold with a white head that holds for a bit and leaves a little lace as it goes. woah. nose surprised me. on the sweet side a bit, but not sugary sweet. kind of like a wild-flower honey sweetness with lots of herbal/floral notes and a zing of pepper in the back which seemed to wrap everything up. clove, clover, ginger, pepper, flower (chamomile, rose), herbs (elder? woodruff?), sweet tea, a touch of toasted sweetened bread and a minerality i always get from quebec beers. must be their awesome water and some of the "terroir" from the quality canadian malts. taste is a blast of sweet spice that lingers and tingles as it goes down. medium body that is very creamy for such a "light" beer. the clover/earthy herb and clove are expressed fairly boldly, which is not necessarily my cup of wort (i just don't like the taste of clove, and it may be hindering my review score here), and it loses a little bit in drinkability because the spices seem to get heavy and a little bit muddy, but nevertheless, it is extremely flavorful for 5%abv. funky, spicy taste, but no bad aftertaste. sounds like fantome, but really nothing like it. maybe more related to voisin saison or even closer to vapeur or if the two had a baby... just my opinion, and a reference point. a very well made beer and another fun experiment from hopfenstark. cheers!
12-18-2010 13:29:57 | More by timtim
4/5 rDev +0.5%
Seemingly slightly different to the beer reviewed by previous BAs but still spot on in terms of quality. This beer was brought to Volo by the brewer, Fred.
Pours a startlingly beautiful cloudy light gold with a finger of creamy white head, that leaves nice lacing. Clean citrus nose, with light funk, lemon, grain and grass. The flavour has all of the above but combines it with a bracing sour edge, which makes for an extremely refreshing brew. Dry body and medium-light mouthfeel. The sourness makes this more of a sipper, but its an excellent, refreshing beer, and a neat take on a saison.
12-22-2010 20:21:41 | More by bobsy
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
Saison Station 7 from Hopfenstark
88 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.