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Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse AleSaison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale

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30 Reviews
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Reviews: 30
Hads: 43
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-10-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 30 | Hads: 43
Reviews by Iguana:
Photo of Iguana
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clear golden color. Personally I prefer saisons to be hazy. Smells of clove and spices, pretty appeasing. Taste is sweet, hints of clove, and bready yeast. But very timid taste, not much depth to it. Fairly smooth, bit syrupy almost in the mouth. I could drink this stuff all day long, and for the price this will prolly be my session beer till its off shelves. Kinda wish this was switched to be the summer beer to follow their Biere de Mars.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at Old Chicago's.

Pours a dark golden with a thin white head that collars the glass.

The aroma is spicy yeastiness and some bananas.

The taste is spicy yeastiness, cloves and some subtle citrus with a floral hop finish. Reminds me some of a Wit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, a good easily approachable Belgian.

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Photo of Dinobambam
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Body is a rich, bright golden color, topped by a flourish of creamy white head that quickly settles into a thin halo. Pleasant aroma of spicy, slightly fruity Belgian yeast, with notes of coriander, apricot, confectioner's sugar, and white pepper. Palate is nice and crisp, a lightly sweet malt base blended with mild fruity hops and tangy Belgian yeast. Some peppery notes emerge on the finish, alongside notes of sweet biscuit and apple. Body is crisp and light, very nice. Overall, one of the better offerings from New Belgium.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter the liquid is orangish yellow with good carbonation. The head is close to 2 fingers. white and leaves little lace.

The smell is ok mostly yeasty, and a light malt.

The taste follows i nice light malt, bready, not very complex, yeast and some light fresh fruit.

The mouthfeel is close to medium body, with good carbonation.

The drinkability is good a light easy drinking refresher, worth a try but not a replete trip. Prosit, MK

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of shanny_koenig
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of peabody
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly to amber yellow color. Very clear with little
suds. Slight lacing here.
Smell is clove and grapefruit ,yeast and mellow malt.
The taste is clove and orange with a little sweetness before the slight hops commit to the flavor.
Mouthfeel is very clean and sweet with just a hint of hop bitterness.
Drinkability is pretty high here. As is with most of the New Belgium brews. Great brewery.


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Photo of HoustonTX
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-straw color, fluffy white head with lots of bubbly carbonation rings. Fades to quick halo of lace, and sits gently. Smells of fresh cut hay, harvested wheat, light spices, and spicy/floral hops. Taste has large grain notes with a solid earthy malt base. Spicy and floral hop waves, with touches of sweet honey, and coriander. Mouthfeel is right on, drinkability is excellent.

A incredibly nice Saison. I recommend this one for sure.

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Photo of Gusler
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As it sets in the glass after the pour from the 12 ounce glass, a clear golden amber with a substantial bright white creamy head last and last, finally when it does settle, the lace provides a firm sheet to obscure the glass. Ah, the nose, wet hay and the old barnyard, hints of hops and spices, sweet and true to the style, start is perfectly malted, nice touch of sweet and sour, top medium in feel. Finish has a pleasing bit of sweetness along side the tangy hop spiciness; quite dry aftertaste glues itself to the palate, a fine addition to the style, which is a favorite of mine.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep golden in color, with a large white head, which retains superbly. The lacing is thick and broken, the carbonation consists of many streams of large, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Classic Saison aroma of barnyard, sour hay, earth, and spices, quite authentic.

Taste: Very spicy at the open, with prominent coriander. Midway through the taste a strong note of herbal bitterness appears. Finishes with a long wave of light tartness and earthy yeast flavors.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with slight champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice American interpretation of a classic Belgian style. While this example lacks some of the idiosyncrasies of Belgian examples, it is excellent and well-suited to an American audience, whom might be put off by a Belgian-brewed Saison. In my estimation, this is a "Saison-light", at least when compared to a Belgian-brewed Saison like Fantôme, but it is, nonetheless, well-worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. The "best before" date is "05 Jan 07"

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Photo of gbontrag
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

the color of buffed sugar maple with a lovely little meringue. I smell peanut butter, straw and cut, dry pasure grasses.
Awesome grains and spice on the initial taste. Nutty to the -nth degree. Oat straw, wheat straw. Nasturtuims, marigolds, chamomile, violas with accompanying peppery, sour licks. (I could appreciate a little more sourness.) It's like drinking evaporated gardens. It feels a little fuzzy; kinda murky as the grain stomps around my mouth with straw boots. I could enjoy a barrel of this. Scrumptious, and impressive.

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Photo of sweethome
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color - filtered clear beer - a bit surprising for style. Nose is upfront yeast - then a bit of grass, a unique funk. Almost barnyard.

A spritz entry, fine carbonation. Rather soft mouthfeel, thinking there may be some oats used here - jolted by a hoppy bite. The hops taste fresh. A yeast flavor throughout, not the most pleasing yeast flavor for me. Soft and sweet maltiness is nice enough - but doesn't develop into anything overly complex or a counterbalance to the hops.

I'm a bit torn by this beer...I love it because it can open people up to this style - it is more or less a "production" beer of an interesting style. Not fully developed like some of my favorites of this style, but interesting enough to be a decent session beer.

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Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of xoqx
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden, almost lagery-colored with a white head that sticks in a ring around the glass until the last. The smell is all Belgian yeasty with apple and spice notes. Upon the palate, it’s immediately crisp and bright, then about a second later the spice and darker cherry, herbal, and medicinal tastes arrive. After warming in the mouth, more of its alcohol can be felt warming a bit. The mouthfeel is both bright and medium bodied. A drinkable American saison style beer.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium has an interesting approach to "doing" this seasonal beer, as they try to be genuinely "Belgian" in their approach to brewing their small-run ales. Sampled at the brewery, the Saison for this winter of 2004-2005 is called "Pilgrimage" because they sell it only at the brewery; hence you have to make the trip to get it. This fall, the lavender in the gardens at the brewery grew so profusely, the brewmaster decided to put lavender blossoms in the Saison along with the more typical cardemom. They put some orange peel in there too.
The hops used are Saaz, Cascade and Madgnum. Pale, Carapils and C-40 comprise the malts.
This melange yields a really fine and complex aroma. (Too bad you folks from elsewhere can only read about this. Or . . . come to Fort Collins, which is fast becoming a beer Mecca, and sample some of this from the brewery.)

Clear, light amber with a nice white head and good, net-like lacing. Decent taste, though not what you would expect from the smell -- more bitters on the tongue than in the nose. Clove-like finish. Really quite spicy, this would go well with a sea-food stew on a cold night.

The guys at New Belgium are doing a great job for a company that 13 years ago was still in the owner's basement. Perhaps the fact that they "borrowed" a brewmaster from Belgium five years ago . . . you get the picture. If NBB product is not available where you live, next time you come to Colorado, leave room for a couple of cases. Your friends in less fortunate parts of the country will thank you.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice appearance. A clear golden color with a nice pillowy pure white head of foam.

And fantastic aroma. Orange peel, spices, and clove. Very complex and Belgian.

Taste was very dry and spicy. Finishes extremely dry and somewhat tart. A thirst quencher for a hot day.

Mouthfeel was very disappointing. This beer was very thin, and lacked substance and body.

The finish was very tart and acidic. Mildly hoppy, which is unusual for this brewery's mild approach to brewing.

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Photo of Johnfitts
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of AWB3
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of GClarkage
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/19/05- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Pours a light golden, lemonade color. Decent size head with plenty of lace.

Smell- Tons of spices, but no barnyard or horsehair scents.

Taste- OK, I am not drinking a saison, I am drinking a wit. Plus it's a wit with huge amounts of corriander in it. Much more intense than Hoegarrden. Never really had that sour taste as a typical good saison should, but was sweeter like a wit. Spices and a bit of fruit overall.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated and sticky sweet.

Drinkability- This guy seems pretty potent. Not really from the abv, which is unknown, but from the buckets of corriander they dumped in here. Too much I would say. I'll give it a bit of a downgrade because I don't think it tastes to style, but overall it's an interesting brew. Still fairly good, but not as a saison.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden to yellow color with a fluffy white head on it.

Smell: This beer had an interesting aroma filled with fresh herbs and spice. Notes of sage, clove, and fruits.

Taste: Initially it is a bit sour buut hten it quickly rises up with sweetness and clean malty flavor. There is a bit of a metallic skunkiness for a moment near the end but it is swept away by a warm yeast flavor. Very pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a bit cakey (from the yeasty I presume).

Drinkability: So I must say that I found this beer to be good, but not great. It is a good attempt at a farmhouse ale but ultimately it falls a bit short.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange color, perhaps a shade darker than a Belgian saison. Transparent.

S: Grassy alcohol.

T: First sip is great, very tasty, wine-like brew. Like some white wines, however, it gets a bit sharp in the alcoholic bite.

M: Smooth. A bit thinner-bodied than some saisons I have tried.

D: Very easy. The thinness keeps them going down.

Re-review after I get a six-pack, only had this one drafty.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Fairly opaque, fine-hazed pale amber. Used Spiegelau's witbier glass. And with the well-retaining, foamy, uniform lemon-white head, its simply gorgeous. Excellent lacing! Medicinal, grassy, spicy aromas from yeast and alcohol primarily. Quite peholic. Mildly lemony throughout, tending toward rind in the back. Light spices and medicinal up front, tartness strengthens and white bread flavor comes forth as it lingers, with strong bandaid and weak black pepper notes in the finish. Very weak hop presence a ways into the aftertaste. Tastes like its January expiration date has not yet past to me, as it is still consistent with the style and my memory of this offering from before. Higher side of medium in body. Sparse, fine, prickly carbonation although this flattens quickly in the glass, likely due to its age. Very crisp. I have something to say: feel free to brew this again a few years down the road, New Belgium. I WILL purchase.

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Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hoping for a good economical Saison from NB. Good looking pour, crystal clear amber orange with a fine topping of egg white foam. Slides all around my NB tulip glass. How quaint.

Aroma is quirky, fruity Belgium but mixed in with funky musty barnyard.
Same with the taste, a somewhat strange combination. Ya got the barnyard, and the Belgium side of it – it looks like it matched the style to a Tee. Just a little too much on the funky side, not enough of the Belgium yeast and fruit, but a darn fine brew never the less.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a filtered orange glowing brew, quite a gorgeous color. Aromas are quite subdued for a saison showing Fat Tire like caramel/biscuit notes and a small bit of usual saison like aromas: barnyard/horsehair funk; but overall the esters remain quiet. However, the complex flavors help make up for it. It reminds me of an amalgamation of other NB brews like FT, Tripel and Blue Paddle all into one. This is perhaps the least complex of other Belgian saisons I've had like Fantome and Dupont, but it is clean and easy drinking. I'd imagine this type of beer would do well paired with a huge variety of foods from seafood to salads.

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Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.