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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-10-2004)
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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/11/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a golden colored body, very clear looking, with a big foamy white head. Has a very malty, and somewhat flowery aroma. A nice malty, hoppy balanced taste. Has a flowery, fizzy taste. Pretty decent, not too bad an example of the style.

jujubeast6000, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Gusler
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Gusler, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from A and A Liquor in Westchester

Poured into a cold pint glass with a very little head, a little old because it from the fall season, the previous year

Lots of oranges and citrus hops in this one

Tasted a lot like Lagunitas farmhouse ale to me

Nothing special that really stood out to me

Floydster, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of sweethome
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

sweethome, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +5%
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"

Pegasus, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Vancer, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

HoustonTX, Oct 23, 2006
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4/5  rDev +5%
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.

beertastegood, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of BretSikkink
4.25/5  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.

BretSikkink, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of xoqx
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

xoqx, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

jeffjfindley, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

.

peabody, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

dreadnatty08, Oct 02, 2006
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Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.