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Saison Station 7 - Hopfenstark

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87
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Sammy on 09-01-2008

Saison With 7 Herbs Aged One Year
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 24
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of nasastrums
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Krakpoff
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of 4ster
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of brbrocc
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Photo of oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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