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Saison Harvest Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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 teg8612:
Photo of teg8612
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Gold, slightly copper in color. White head drops to a thin wisp.

S- Tangy sweet with an herbal quality. Almost like a wit but not as strong. Hop nose is very spicy with the some floral notes and slightly yeasty.

T&M- Malt is very grainy and dry. Herbal qualities break through quickly. Honey is present but gives way to a tart, yet not acidic, taste. Not very bitter and it remains spicy throughout. Kinda odd, not balanced. Clean finish though without any lingering aftertaste.

D- As I haven't had many Saisons, I can't say how close this is to style but it seems odd. I was expecting a hoppy wit but I got a overspiced, slightly thin krystal wheat beer instead. This would seem to be the perfect beer to be bottle-conditioned and let it mature a little.

teg8612, Sep 18, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

blitz134, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

warriorsoul, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of Meyers1023
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Meyers1023, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of andrewdanks
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

andrewdanks, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of ChadA83
4/5  rDev +8.1%

ChadA83, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

IntriqKen, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

TheSixthRing, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Sammy, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Damian74Shensky, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Cooper
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Cooper, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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

russpowell, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of bditty187
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

bditty187, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of tt_andy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

tt_andy, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Beertracker
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium's Saison (Harvest Ale) is best served cool (45-50F) into a logo pint or tulip glass. This Saison pours up brilliantly clear with a lively carbonation that creates some effervescence. The color is distictively bronzish golden-sunset orange with a voluptuous white head that collapses fairly quick leaving some Belgian lace behind. The distinctive fruity aroma has notes of dried apple, orange/tangerine peel and lemongrass with some delicate peppery spiciness from both the yeast and fragrant hops. Some graininess comes through as this farmhouse-style ale warms. The flavor starts off somewhat fruity and lightly spicy from the emerging bitterness, but remains true to its beginnings. There's a touch of underlying maltiness that keeps balance, but the finish is decidely dry, crisp and slightly winy & tart with just a hint of alcoholic warmth. This is a well brewed light to medium-light bodied specialty ale from New Belgium that isn't overly complex per style, but makes for a very refreshing beer nontheless. Here's to cooler weather, falling leaves, and gorgeous autumn sunsets!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Beertracker, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of jwerner23
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

jwerner23, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

JamLand, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear honey color with a frothy head that shrinks down quickly. Leaves some nice lacing. Minimal carbonation activity in the glass. Smells overall yeasty with some coriander thrown in. Some alcohol vapor hits the nose. Doesn't have as much funk as I'd hoped. I get a little yeast funk straight up in front that is followed by light malts and light sweetness, along with a peppery flavor. Extremely dry. Finishes a tad bitter with some fruitiness in the aftertaste. There is this odd toasty cocoa flavor present in this beer that I get with Fat Tire and that really turns me off. It isn't some "off" flavor I've ever gotten from any saison. Grosses me out. The carbonation is of moderate strength, both prickling the tongue and being gentle about it. Light bodied. I just wish this were bottle conditioned with some of the yeast giving a bit of body to it.

This would have been merely boring if it wasn't for that cocoa flavor that made me want to gag.

goochpunch, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of Padron4KM
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best before 08dec06 on the lable.

Pours clear bronze, minimal head, spotty lacing.

aroma is fruity yeasty and spicy. Notes of banana, corriander, and some breadiness.

flavor is semi sweet, fruity, with a light hoppy finish.

Not very complex, but very drinkable. wish I had another.

Padron4KM, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into my New Belgium glass. Had a nice pale bronze color with just a bit of head of carb. Had a peppery smell and some sweetness. Really enjoyed the taste. It held from start to finish and wasn't overly dry like some other Saisons I've had. This review is from a single that I bought after having a sixer a month ago. The sixer wasn't as good and led me to believe it was off. Hopefully that was the case and not that this one is not normal as I really liked it. Of course, I've always loved almost anything that NB puts out and this is no exception. Highly recommend (4, HR, T,Y)

TexIndy, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

IdrinkGas, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Clear golden liquid with tons of bubbles of carbonation with an okay one finger eggshell white head and thin strands of lacing.

Fruity Belgian yeast nose with little malt balance.

Taste is around the same lines. Sweet pilsner malt flavor dazzles the tongue. It's no Saison Dupont. I could sit down with a sixer of these though.

timtheenchanta, Sep 28, 2006
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Saison Harvest Ale from New Belgium Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.