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Grasslands Saison - Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Grasslands Saison
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85
very good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.61%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 05-13-2012

A dry, spicy farmhouse ale with a flowery finish. Brewed with chinook hops.
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Photo of kingjohnh
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of cpetrone84
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pour is golden amber with a tight white head. Nose is lemon and candied sugar, light metallic notes, a bit sweet and not much farmhouse balance. Taste follows suit, very candied sugar forward, bubblegum, metallic esters. Nicely carbed, lighter body.

Photo of vonnegut21
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mild tartness. Bubblegum sweetness and slight copper taste. Solid, but unremarkable.

Photo of Slatetank
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Al's recently -draft version since the key lime cask version was kicked.

The color is hazed light golden straw with thin white cap with a tight bead.
The aroma is very phenolic and grassy (go figure) with some mild fruit elements and hints of yeast ester with grainy smell. The feel is good with some peppery aspects and very highly carbonated w/ slight dry finish very low alcohol in the feel, but kind of sharp with the carbonic acid.

The flavor is decent with some phenols up front and slight peppery/grassy hop quality with mild malt and somewhat fruity overripe pear flavor with a gentle clove in the finish. Overall a good beer, but I would probably not get this again.

Photo of Fievel
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scottw654
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Liberatiscioli
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of taospowder
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ROWDYMELT
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is, meh. Too much of a sweet edge, not enough funk. There is kind of a grassy, earthy thing in there, but overall it just seems kind of a wad of sweet tones with a soapy edge. It's an "okay' drinker, but in the grand scheme of things, a big miss.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy, kinda dull golden body. Medium white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Really woody. Lightly woody spiciness. A bit of wine. A little bit of grain and dried grass.

Taste - A little hoppy and grassy here. Lots of white wine. Woodiness builds into the back. Grainy and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - It's the slightest bit tart. Medium low carbonation. Medium body.

Overall - So it has all the components of a really good wine barrel saison, but doesn't seem to come together. I can't quite figure out why it doesn't work, but it's just shy of really good.

Photo of jbwimer
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Roadog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of AMarkle6524
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a newer batch that is 7% instead of the previously released version that was much smaller. Draft offering at the source. The brew appears a pale yellow color with a big white frothy head. Rising bubbles maintain a finger of cap throughout the entire duration.

The smell is big on grass and lemon. Quite a fitting name with a zesty appeal and notes of earrhy yeast spice and mild straw grain becoming increasingly bold as the brew warms up.

The tastes is a bit herbal and rindy with a lemon zest quality before getting earthy with a green yeast aspect. Some straw grain and grass or hay aspect drives the focus mid-palate to a bit of barnyard funk to fiity pilsner grain element. A mild amount of coriander cling persoste into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew that is quite dry. It displays a very high level of lively carbonation. It is a nice take on the style with a very fittibg name. Quite a mild alcohol impact initially that gets more pronounced as it warms up.

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Grasslands Saison from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.