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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

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
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 Fievel
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
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 oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbwimer
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oakenator
4.73/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours chunky with significant cloudiness. Aroma is strong on the spices with a citrus aroma from the white wine barrels. Great farmhouse saison flavor although the coating on the tongue a bit lighter.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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 kwm5067
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this beer in a growler during a visit to the brewery with some friends.

Sampling at cellar temp into a snifter, this beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with bleached white head foaming up several cm before fading gradually to a sturdy edge layer and some wispy islands. The growler gave a pretty good pop upon opening with a little CO2 fog coming out of the top.
Aroma is fairly hoppy, which I didnt anticipate,with some grass, pine sap and general vegetal notes. I also get a bit of musty funk and maybe a little white grape. The nose is pretty complex and I find it appealing, not overwhelming.
The first sip reveals a light to average body with with a smooth texture and almost cask like carbonation.

Flavor is a bit grainy and maybe slightly tart but then goes for some grassy hops and finishes very dry and musty blanket funk after each swallow. A complex ride of flavors with no real hits of booze and the dry finish keeps me coming back for additional sips.

This is a complex and funky saison that I enjoy and would recommend, what I dont know is if it is a regular offering at Pizza Boy or not. If you like the style and see the beer, you should give it a shot.

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Grasslands Saison from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.