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Saison Harvest Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Saison Harvest AleSaison Harvest Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by gbontrag on 08-14-2006

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Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 198
Reviews by blitz134:
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a shining light honey-colored beer that is crystal clear. The giant head fades fast, leaves a very minimal lacing and is quickly reduced to a thin layer. The nose is a bouquet of unidentifiable spices riding on lemon grass, hop, green and camomile tea, and white wine scents.

This beer comes off a little like wine. A champaigne dryness gives in to toasty malt under spicy hops, reminding us that this is beer, and then back into white wine (chardonnay maybe?) with light friut and alcohol. Tartness and peppery spice come out in the finish to really round things out. This is a very complex and tasty beer, but I'm not sure how saison-like it is. Also, some might find it too all-over-the -place. The mouthfeel is thick and slick and drinkability is...well...I could drink more but I probably would get tired of it after two or three.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first experience with this brewery. This was a pretty ood beer. It was a golden color with a small white head. It had a yeasty aroma, with a little spice detectable. Couldn't really taste any of the spiciness that I smelled. But it was yeasty/breadlike, with a nice little hops kick. Drank a few while watching a football game, and they went down very easily.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 1/19/07 - thanks to mikeys01 for this...
Pale golden color with a huge four fingers of bright white head with very little effort...thin lacing remains as most of the foam goes bye-bye.
Sweet malt, spicy yeast and caramel in the nose...one of the best smelling saisons I've experienced.
The taste is very good...nice balance of hop bitterness to malty sweetness with a generous dose of spice. Some banana, clove, an almost peach quality plus just a hint of alcohol with a bit of carbonation coming thru too.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the spice sticks on the pallet thru the finish.
Not a huge fan of the style, but I'd be quite happy to drink a few of these.
Recommend in a heartbeat.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Aldebaran
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ChadA83
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of B_G
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear coppery yellow fills the glass with a single finger white head that melts to fine lacing.
Aromas of sweet and sour fruits and spices.
Taste is sweet and sour fruits as well....sweet intitially then drifting to sour in a way that is very drying on the tongue. Assorted spices make their way known as well...pepper, corriander.
Finish becomes citrusy like a fully ripe lemon.

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Photo of Jerm2401
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a white, near two finger head. Strong retention results in a broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is light and spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma touches on mild lemon and belgian yeast funk with green banana.

Taste - Starts with green banana and other funky belgian yeast character. Hints of bread. Lots of spice in the finish. Touches of lemon pith bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - On the funkier side of the wide saison spectrum (as opposed to the herb bombs). Good effort, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try this again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of secondtooth
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow, with rich and lathery head, Beautiful and ornate lacing.

Aroma is crisp, fruity and yeasty. I get plenty of lemon zest and tart berries alongside the Belgian yeast character. Nice and faithful to style.

Taste is sharp, rich, and tart up front, with a lingering lemony funkiness. A faithful representation of the farmhouse ale, and a light, tasty treat for a dreary Fall afternoon.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at old chicago, had to to wait a long time for this to warm up.

Poured efferevescent amber with a 1/2" white head. Good head retention & some lacing

S: Huge peppery & yeasty notes up front. Then a little caramel? & bandaids as it warmed

T: Peppery hop/yeast up front, then caramel & bandaids. A little fruittyness & more yeast as it warms. Finishes slighty fruitty& leathery with a peppery kiss

MF: Medium bodied, but slightlty over carbonated with prickly notes.

Drank okay, the beer just dind't quite come together for me. Will try in the bottle if I can find it. Saison lovers will probably enjoy this

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Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of bditty187
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, gold in hue with some coppery highlights; it is a lovely color but some haziness would have been even more appreciated. White foam; at the apex the head was two fingers tall. Head retention was respectable, the bubbles steadily faded to a soapy cap. There was no subsequent lacing. Overall, the appearance is average.

At first the nose smells pleasant with bready/toasty malty aromas with herbal hops and a dash of spice. However when I dig deeper alcohol, pepper, yeasty-spice (in great abundance), and cloves are found; there is something about the combination of these aromas I don’t love. I like it (I can tolerate it). IMO, the nose is too “clean” for a Saison. Sure the yeast imparts plenty of aromas but there aren’t enough hops and the malt profile seems off to me. I don’t know what it is. Maybe I need some funk. The bouquet is average.

The palate is quite agreeable. However, I like it in spite the fact this doesn’t taste like a true Saison to me. It is overly bready/toasty and the hint of caramel seems way out of place. There is too much cloves and yeasty-spice and peppery notes and not nearly enough herbal hops. I don’t find the palate to be very balanced. The finish is sweet with cloves, some alcohol, and a dash of spiciness. Like the nose the palate just seems a bit too clean and Americanized. I wonder if this beer would have been better bottle-conditioned. More funk, please.

About medium in body with low but natural carbonation; the mouthfeel bulk is a tad slim. The sweet aftertaste provides an oddly tacky feeling.

I got to try this beer before it was released; I split a 12oz bottle with two other people. We all like it. I was pumped. Then I tried it on-tap and the nose was very odd. I couldn’t get in to it. I bought a six-pack anyway. Well this is the fifth bottle from that six-pack and I still can’t get into it. I drank two bottles back to back a few weeks ago and by the end of the second bottle it was a chore. I was told that Saison Dupont was the model for this Saison. I am sorry to say but NBB missed the mark. Purchased in Omaha; this is my least favorite NBB beer.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of connor4835
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass. This saison pours a deep straw, perhaps light golden in color. Offering a rather resilient cap of near white foam and good clarity.

Aroma is hop forward with fragrant lemony Saaz perhaps or some other noble hop I would guess. Spicy and fragrant for sure. Yeast component is rather buried behind it all however, touch of Belgian estersand perhaps a hint of unripe banana. Spice is more hop driven than yeast however. Bit in your face and lacks funk and nuance but is pleasant in its own way nonetheless. Yeast presence expands a bit with warming but remains constrained.

Taste has a lingering sweetness with lots of lemon, and a coarse grainy character. Lots of hop/other spice on the finish. Feel follows suit and is spicy/coarse as the taste suggests.

Overall yet another so so American Saison. Not being a fan of overly spiced versions this one brings more hops to the table. Yet like so many others it lacks that fundaental saison character that you can't create with hops and spice. Still, better hops than coriander in my view. Interestingly hoppy take on the style.

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Saison Harvest Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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