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Saison Harvest Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Saison Harvest AleSaison Harvest Ale

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 1
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: gbontrag on 08-14-2006)
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Reviews by Naerhu:
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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden body with small white head.
S - Malty aroma with hint of yeast.
T - Nice malty body, with small amount of bitterness. Not much tart or sourness typical of the style.
M - Lightly carbonated. Medium body.
D - This beer isnt really like any saison I have had before. Maybe the just mispelled "Season" and they were just calling this their seasonal beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 13:48:33 | More by Naerhu
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

06-25-2013 23:52:57 | More by JamLand
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

03-01-2012 10:21:42 | More by bthomas
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-06-2012 02:58:14 | More by Stoffel
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South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dug this out of my cellar. Was given to me in 2006 at the Belgian Beer Fest in Boston by another BA (Babydoc). Many thanks. This will be a strong test of stability.

Appearance - Yellow in color, nice carbonation. Lively head. Lacing formed on the glass, ring retained long after the initial pour. Hey, "legs" on a Saison after five years. Hope springs eternal.

Smell - Grassy notes, bright yeasty/bready qualities as well. Refreshing "feel" to it. Lemon/citrus components. I was expecting more of a "farmhouse funk" after all these years. Was not be had.

Taste - Some phenols in the opening with a continuing "bready" theme. Not unexpected, embraced in fact. Some citrus flavors as well. Nice and light. Some spicy components to finish of the tasting.

Mouthfeel - Light and refreshing, as expected from a Saison. This is a summer beer and not meant to bring down the house with big bold flavors. Carbonation is present and provides assistance in moving this offering around your mouth.

Overall - The experiment was a success. For a five-year-old Saison, this passes muster. Enjoyable, sessionable, easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:43:19 | More by Nesued
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Jan 07; tasted Feb 09 (but still decent enough to review)

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy head that laces nicely

Smell: Bready, with some yeasty phenols, but not particularly interesting

Taste: Opens bready, with a developing lemon/banana spice character; after the swallow, its tastes a bit like a spice cake, somewhat sweet, but still reasonably dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Pleasant enough to drink, but an underwhelming saison

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 17:59:10 | More by brentk56
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for sharing a bottle. This beer is a clear dark yellow-gold color with a medium and foamy white head that has good retention. Stringy latticework of lacing. Aroma of earthy malt, honey and some spicy hops. Medium-bodied with a spiced character and layers of sweet fruit, malt and hops flavors. The finish is grassy hops and spice, with a lingering fruit aftertaste. Overall this is a pretty good Saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 20:54:58 | More by Dogbrick
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3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Mo's Market in Playa Del Rey

Same thing as their farmhouse one to me, I honestly could not tell a difference

One has a little more alcohol, but that is about it

Same small head and color, same fruity aroma and citrus hops

This brewery needs to diversify some of their beers

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2007 21:21:49 | More by Floydster
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one a little while. Picked up just after the initial release from the brewery.

Golden body, perfectly clear. Nice inch of white head that reduced to a thin layer but left lacing all over the sides of the glass.

Thick musty straw aroma. Some lemon and pear, a bit of pepper. Overall a fruity, estery smelling brew. Smells pretty good. Its been a while since I've had a saison.

Straw and some graininess mostly. A touch of mustiness. Lots of floral esters and a bit of spicy bite at the end. Some earthy hops in the finish. Pretty straight forward overall.

Nice medium to full bodied beer. Lower carbonation makes this one pretty smooth.

Overall I think this is a good beer. Nothing that stands out too much except for that it is a solid offering from NB. Pretty easy to drink and nothing wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 03:00:49 | More by blitz134
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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from Mushroomcloud via Secret Bunny 2007

A - pale yellow with an orange tint, very clear so the steady carbonation is clearly visible, slight white head that dissipates almost instantly

S - roasted malts dominate, with some sweetness, definitely a malty, appley sweetness, rather nice

T - this is a harvest saison, never heard of that before, and this holds true to that end, it really tastes like a saison/marzen combination, sweet maltiness with a sublty wheatiness that lends both taste and body

M&D - smooth and refreshing, easy down, a nice session beer, and a nice combo of flavors and styles

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 22:41:15 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with Belgian yeast & banana, along with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is of banana, yeast & wheat. It has a light malt character and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, good kick to it, good representation of style, this is a beer I could stick with for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 03:19:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 45 degrees. Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

A - Pours a cloudy light-golden with orange highlights. A small head formed that left little lacing.

S - Smells of grassy spices with some sweet malt lingering in the background.

T - Yeast and wheat flavors are met with a blend of peppery spices and mild fruit notes. Finishes strong with a spicy zip.

M - Lighter-medium body with a bubbly finish...peppery spices on the aftertaste. Alcohol not really detected.

D - Satisfactory session-Saison (say that three times fast..). Tasted like it might be missing one little thing...can't quite put my finger on it. Good flavors with an even stronger finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 03:28:40 | More by JohnnyM2002
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I originally did a review of this beer on draft from the Flying Saucer, but I figured that I would do a better job reviewing it as a bottle when I can concentrate on it.

Appearance: Very slightly cloudy orangish golden color with a small 1/4" head of small white active bubbles the head fades slowly and ends up as just a small ring around the top within a minute. There is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Really clean and bready aroma with some fresh citrus in there to contribute. There is a subtle spiciness to this beer as well as an even more subtle banana aroma lurking in there somewhere.

Taste: The flavor is pretty complex. I like that malt balance and how it melds with the fruitiness in the beer while retaining a good bit of spice from what seems like it is from alcohol and fermentation by-products. In the finish there is a significant amount of breadiness that lingers for quite some time. There is some alcohol noticeable late in the finish as some warming and that stick with you and the bread for a good while. There is a bit of a metallic note coming out as the beer warms a bit.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer and probably the best Saison that I personally have tried that has come from the US. It doesn't hold a candle to the Phantome's of the world and such, but this is still pretty good and I would certainly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 01:58:21 | More by SkeeterHawk
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, best before 19JAN07- just missed that date, (it is 1/26/07) but it has been in the fridge for the past 4 months or so.
Pours a clear straw color with a thin head of small white bubbles. Aroma is bread dough, yeast, and a touch of pear to add some sweetness. Taste is peppery with a balance of fermenting fruit and a touch of bitterness. Musty bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste. Very well made Saison. Enjoyable character and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 21:14:39 | More by sacfly
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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an oversize wine glass. BB: 1/19/07
A - Rich golden yellow, very clear with about a finger of white head consisting of very small, compact bubbles.
S - Spicy, peppery, fruity. Mild yeast aromas. Apple, pear, grape.
T - Yeasty, tangy and fruity. Mildly sour and slightly bitter towards the end.
M - A little thin in the mouth, but with decent carbonation. Crisp and dry.
D - A fairly well made saison. A nice thirst quencher. Think I'll have another...

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 04:07:03 | More by ClockworkOrange
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Autumn leaves gold with summer sunshine edges. I expected to see more yeast in a saison. The tight-bubbled head is a beautiful shade of rich ivory and is thick and sticky enough to produce a splendid array of lace. It may not be a classic looking saison, if there is such a thing, but it's a damn fine looking beer.

The nose tries hard, it really does. Unfortunately, it can't compare with the best that Belgium has to offer, in spite of the 'yeast harvested from Belgium' that the brewery brags about on the label. Are yeast really harvested? There is a phenolic character to the aroma that points to something other than a plain jane strain, but it isn't enough to carry the day.

Like the nose, the flavor is a good effort at authenticity that, unfortunately, falls a bit short. The yeast strain is capable enough, I just wish that the brewers had been able to build a better beer around it. I know that it isn't a recognized style, at least on this site, but Saison Harvest Ale tastes like an average Belgian amber ale rather than a true saison.

Those same phenols that were present in the nose are still present on the palate, albeit milder. I don't pick up any farmhouse funk, any intriguing spiciness, any interesting flavors or combinations of flavors that I love to explore in really good beer of this style. Yeah, it's drinkable, but I find my mind wandering since there's nothing here to truly engage the palate or the brain.

Like the last beer that I drank, the mouthfeel doesn't fit the style, although it is above average in a general sense. It's medium in heft with a minor slickness on the back end and a polite amount of carbonation. Akin to a pale ale, not a saison.

Even though they miss the mark more often than not, I still like to see American brewers attempting something different. Of course, when the name of your brewery is New Belgium, you've made a committment to the brewing of Belgian ales and should expect to be compared to them. While Saison Harvest Ale is decent beer, it pales next to the real thing. Thanks to Wasatch and jpm30 for sending bottles my way.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 15:04:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack at Sprouts at the end of September for some tail-gate action for $6.99. Saved two bottles for today. Best before 1-19-07.

Beer poured a medium golden color with a well sustained white head. Nose is of fruits and spice. Taste is of coriander, spice, a light fruit, and a bit of a dry hop. Mouthfeel is lively from the carbonation, light to medium bodied. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a light lively refreshing beer that is worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 23:30:57 | More by arizcards
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2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average. Pours a clear golden color into my tulip glass, with no head to speak of. Carbonation is evident as the bubbles rise from the sides and bottom of the glass.

Aroma is not very pungent. I have to strain to really make anything out. Malt, yeast, The coriander and peach are so slight that they may very possibly be figments of my imagination.

Taste is somewhat blah for a Saison. Good, though, especially when you find yourself somewhere that doesn't have much of a selection. Taste is of Belgian yeast, light honey, light malts, coriander, and perhaps allspice. Not really a true Belgian Saison - it seems very commercial - but not a bad ale.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated with a little bit of spiciness to it. Light and drinkable despite the 6.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 22:05:19 | More by kosmoraios
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3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cricket's in Waco.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a thick off-white head that fades to a film leaving patchy lace.

Smell: There's a light Belgian yeast fruitiness, bananas are particularly evident. There are some hints of grain as well as some peppery spice.

Taste: Some toasty malts and sweet fruitiness. The finish is peppery with some citric tartness and a low but lasting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, high carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, but I was hoping for a bit more.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2006 05:10:10 | More by EPICAC
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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, not much of a head though, very nice lacing though. Scents of malts, hops, yeast, and some spices thrown in. The taste is malty, slightly hoppy, bready yeast, slightly tangy, slightly bitter dry finish. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice saison from NB, would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 01:29:34 | More by Wasatch
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New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This year seems to be the year of the saison. Whether via trade like this one or showing up in force in NH, I have been learning about and enjoying this style more now than any previous year.

A - Nice pale straw yellow, strong white head on the pour.

S - A touch citrus, a touch wheat and some spice. Mildest of the one's I've tried to date.

T - Definite citrus, light sweet malt and a touch of yeast tang.

M - light bodied and dry in the finish.

D - A pleasant and easy to drink brew. Had two after dinner and enjoyed how easy they went down. Very mild for the style but very nice to drink and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 16:04:02 | More by barleywinebrewer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you hopdog. Copper colour with significant white head. A yeasty and mildly spicy ginger and bit of funk aroma. Somewhat medium or less mouthfeel and drying aftertaste. This is not a Fantome, but is a reasonably tasty pepper spicy hot chai cardemon ginger drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 04:43:39 | More by Sammy
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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Completely transparent, thin, light golden ale. Short, one-finger crown that falls slowly. Looks refreshing.

Heavy yeast laden aroma. Strong, hearty, Belgian ale smell. Very malty. Rich and bready. Some caramel, and white pepper.

Bready malt profile that is dominate in the flavor. Toasted. A bit watery and carbonated. Bit of tart, white grapes - sour. Bold, spicy finish with a hint of hops. Medium body, sustainable brew.

Crisp and nice to drink. Good ale, although hops seem a little out-of-place in this one. Also, spiciness and carbonation a bit too forward and aggravate each other. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 05:27:36 | More by nouseforotacon
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3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to try one with dinner in my New Belgium Fat Tire globe glass. Cracked and poured it and there was a nice big head. So far so good. The head came down rather quick with very little lacing. For all the head, it seemed almost to be a flat beer. The color was a perfectly clear light gold. The initial taste was a standard farmhouse offering. Nice and crisp with a hoppy flavor. It was somewhat bland, especially compared to some of the quality ales I have had in the past. Basically, this is a more mild version of this style, not a bad way to introduce this to a budding BA.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 15:29:36 | More by mhaugan
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3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $1.29. "Best Before: 08 Dec 06."

Poured a clear straw color, with a modest whie head that dropped in milliseconds. Very slight spotty lace left on the sides of my glass. Not a terribly great looking beer.

This has a dry, herbal scent, with notes of hay. It smells fresher than the luckluster appearance led me to believe.

Again, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavors encountered in this beer. There is a dry, tart, fruity flavor not unlike some white wines I have had, along with a spicy clove flavor that gives the beer a slight banana taste. While not exactly a flavor bomb it's better than I expected.

The mouthfeel for this is about right for the style. No surprises here.

Not a bad beer, and better than I was expecting. Would this take the place of a great traditional Belgian saison? Well, no. But I certainly wouldn't mind another.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 01:47:59 | More by woemad
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Saison Harvest Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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