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Saison Station 7 - Hopfenstark

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BA SCORE
88
very good

59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saison With 7 Herbs Aged One Year

(Beer added by: Sammy on 09-01-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sammy, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Thorpe429, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

mikesgroove, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

JAHMUR, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

nickfl, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

MasterSki, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

oline73, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Trashcat, Sunday at 02:09 PM
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

John_M, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Viggo, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

atrocity, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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

wordemupg, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2%

TurdFurgison, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Brenden, May 19, 2013
Photo of laituegonflable
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

laituegonflable, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

tom10101, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of millerbuffoon
4/5  rDev +2%

millerbuffoon, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of Lovely85
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Lovely85, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bobsy, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

oldp0rt, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%

Canada_Dan, Friday at 08:14 PM
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