Belgian Farmhouse Saison - Aspen Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Light amber color, lightly hazed, with an admirable creamy head. Bubbles streaming luxuriantly up the tall Brugse Zot glass. A lot of sediment in the bottle but not so cloudy when pouring. Beautiful brew.
This is an excellent example of a Saison, from tangy dry fruitiness to the creamy mouthfeel. Yeasty aromatics with a touch of citrus. Brewed with Kent Goldings and Sterling hops, according to the label, and there is a nice touch of hoppy flavors. There is just a modest bitterness towards the finish, but it does have that distinctive Belgian yeast flavor. A wee bit of the funk.
Overall this is restrained but flavorful. Fruity and zesty. One of the better Saisons I've had this year. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver. The printed-on-glass label is so much like the "Lips of Faith" series I thought it was a New Belgium product.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 05:22:02 | More by mactrail
4.1/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
A: Amazing, foamy, bubbly head. Rare to see this much carbonation in the head of American saisons! Super active tiny bubbles jumping from the bottom of the glass and interacting in the head. Slightly hazy, golden yellow color.
S: Lemon, orange, grass, and garden herbs.
T: Pear, lemon, some yeasty esters and hint of black pepper. Malt or sweet flavors not really noticeable. A little hop bitterness twinge here and there.
M: Refreshing with great dry, champagne like finish. Still some creaminess and lip smacking at the end. Slow, warm burn on the back of the throat.
O: Really solid effort here by Aspen. This has been their most impressive beer I've sampled and it's a welcome addition to the lineup! Look, smell, and mouthfeel were great. Wasn't as blown away by the taste, but the refreshing and dry nature of the beer made up for some of what was lacking in taste.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 00:23:18 | More by blindtiger24
4/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks BA smoked for hooking me up with this 1-liter. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a clear golden color with a white sudsy topping more than 2 fingers strong.
The aroma includes notes of clove, wheat, peppery spice and a mild fruity rind element mixing with a suggestion of pear. Overall the nose smells dry yet balanced and complex.
The taste opens up with pear and clove before going to a mild yeasty route with spice like black pepper. A hint of wheat grain dryness leaves the palate clean, dry and snappy as expected for the style.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is pretty easy drinking with plenty of flavors to pick through. I enjoyed this quite a bit, thank you Dan.
Serving type: growler
06-05-2014 15:16:13 | More by stakem
4.55/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had this gem on tap at Pikka's in Cherry Creek. If not for the high ABV I would make this a regular in my rotation. There is no overt alcohol to spoil the flavor. An incredible, slightly sweet and 100% delicious Saison. Works well with seafood, I can see it working great with air as well, good golly amazing.
Serving type: on-tap
05-01-2014 13:31:18 | More by TwoLips
3.45/5 rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
this isn't a bad beer, but as a saison, its hopeless. the yeast is more of a Belgian standard, nothing farmhouse about it, and it really detracts from the experience. Belgian pilsener malt is also in too high of a dose, giving it an unnecessary bready flavor. hazy pale yellow color, hints of orange and a patchy white head. a nose of fresh squeezed oranges and lager yeast gone warm, an odd combination, but its not unappealing. the flavor is grain forward with a pretty high spike of orange, finishing bitter from the orange peel, not sweet like so many, and decidedly not saison yeast in the finish, that's the part I like the least. medium bodied and well carbonated, and as a pale wheat beer, I like it well enough, but as a saison it fails. a level below the other beers I have had from aspen brewing.
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2013 17:02:04 | More by StonedTrippin
3.94/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 650 into a tulip. No date on the bottle, but it says "Limited Edition 100 Cases," for whatever that is worth.
A-The brew starts with a short head of less than one finger of white foam. The head drops quickly and leaves a stray bit of lacing on the glass. The bottle has lots of gunk in the bottom (technical term), which if left in the bottle results in a clear, golden-colored beer. If the gunk particles are added to the glass, you can get the brew as cloudy as you want.
S-The smell is fruity at first with suggestions of apple and pear and sweet alcohol. After the brew warms a bit, I pick up more doughy/bready malt and some powdered sugar-like Belgian yeast. There is a bit of grassy hops on the back end, too. Not bad.
T-The taste is less fruity than the smell with more doughy malts and even some Belgian-style bubblegum sweetness. The apple is still there, though. Adding just a touch of the yeast from the bottle provides more of the doughy flavors. The finish is a nice mixture of lightly grassy hops and a smidge of pepper spice.
M-The beer has fine carbonation that is semi-active on my palate. It is medium body and wet feeling on the finish.
O-This is nice take on a difficult style. It is not going to compete with the best saisons from the old world, but I have had worse. The complexity is almost there and I am enjoying the mix of lightly tart fruit flavors, sweet Belgian-style malts, and lightly spiced hops. I don't know if this was the best beer choice on a snowy 20-degree evening, but I could see this beer drinking well in the summer months.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2013 03:55:16 | More by spoony
Belgian Farmhouse Saison from Aspen Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.