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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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87
very good

29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 42
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 7.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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: 29 | Hads: 42
Photo of gbontrag
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried a sample of this at the brewery and ended up bringing a growler home. Pours a beautiful gold with a nice full white head that left behind a good lacing. Taste is slightly citrusy with hints of spices (coriander maybe?). Smells fruity with a slight hop aroma. All in all a very tasty brew - it's nice to have something special for the locals, but this one could easily be bottled. (385 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught @ the brewery yesterday. Vibrant, bursting, Belgian aroma of spicy hops, light fruits (white grapes and pear), lavender, red licorice and leather. Fitting, soft and round body, with a nice Belgian influence with the spicing (coriander, lavender) , a nice light fruitiness (green melon) and a touch of caramel and butter toffee. A seriously serious Saison that is nearly equal to its Belgian counterparts. (412 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (442 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied. Hazy orange/amber color with a slightly off-white head and chunks of yeast sediment from bottle conditioning.

Aroma is spicy, citrusy.

Taste is also spicy, some coriander possibly, very nice spicy hops over lightly toasted malt, yeast, some fruitiness and tart citrus.

Crisp, refreshing. Well carbonated. Different and Very enjoyable. Try it! (369 characters)

Photo of ccs
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

There is no mistaking this for anything other than a Belgian. It's got the distinct floral-spicy-sour aroma, and is a pleasing golden-yellow color with no head. The flavor is spicy, with hints of coriander, citrus, pepper, and ginger. There' a great mouthfeel, it just makes you think that this is the perfect body and carbonation for this beer's taste and aroma. It's a great offering and I wish I would have gotten more than one. But I know where I got it...and I'll go back. (477 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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" (1,155 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tall bright white head. Nose is fruity with some fainter notes of yeast and horse blanket in the background. Taste begins with sweet ripe apricots followed by some doughy yeasty flavors and some lightly sour barnyard funk. Definitely worth a try if you come across it. (302 characters)

Photo of jeffjfindley
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I've never seen orange this transparent. I can actually see things more clearly through the glass that without. This beer so far has changed the way I see the werld. Decent head, could have stuck around a little better.

Smell: Light & crisp, just a little spicy. I'm gettin' that Belgian yeast. I've never smelt a beer less malty, but I'm still in the car.

Taste: This tastes as much like really good chardonnay as it does beer. This is really unique, and I'm on it.

Mouthfeel: Refreshes, but teases a little. Leaves a dry after-sensation that is extremely chardonnay-like. This is really goddam weird, but I'm on it like my dog on a Great Dane...

Drinkability: Plus or minus five points if you love or hate white wine. I like it if it's good, and this beer tastes like the best white wine I've ever had. (828 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,541 characters)

Photo of beertastegood
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear, color is just barely on the orange side of yellow. Big fluffy white head with excellent retention.

Aroma: Musty/earthy, cotton candy esters with very slight plum, a little phenolic clovey as it warms up. Yeasty. Spicy hops complement the aroma.

Moderate spicy notes in flavor - pepper/citrus with a slight acidity. Slightly sweet malt towards the finish, but balanced out with a nice hop bite and a quenching astringency in the finish. Leaves a tangy dryness on the tongue that just makes you want another sip. Medium carbonation, medium-full body. Very drinkable. (589 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev 0%
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. (528 characters)

Photo of xoqx
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of Sixpoint
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of Iguana
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of benito
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this both at the brewery and then had a full snifter's-worth at Falling Rock in Denver.

Appearance: An opaque golden with a fluffy, creamy like head that lingers well and laces. Overall, this is lighter in color than other examples of the style that I've seen.

Smell: A full-on bubblegum bouquet; highly phenolic with a slight dryness, like the sea...maybe even salty.

Taste: The phenols follow through and are well-balanced with the creaminess of the body. The dryness of the bouquet doesn't transfer to the flavor profile, but there is a nice mix of pepper and coriander that impart a spicy quality.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and well-balanced. Each swig leaves a residual softness in the mouth.

Drinkability: So-so, though that may just be me, as this is a style that I'm still learning to appreciate. I would have had a second, but that's about it.

A nice brew from New Belgium that's worth trying if you come across it. (947 characters)

Photo of palliko
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This might be heads-up for unwary beeradvocate reviewers: Although they originally put some lavender in the first batch, they no longer do. The brewmaster told me himself yesterday: “It’s funny, people still say they can taste the lavender!” The mind can play tricks… Appearance is translucent golden with plenty of foam and sticky lace. Aroma has cloves and spices. Body is light and thin with nice fizzy bubbles. Initial taste has the signature NB cloves, bitter hops and a ton of spices (especially coriander). Finishes dry and bitter. (542 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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 (473 characters)

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Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.