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Harvest Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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23 Reviews
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Reviews: 23
Hads: 70
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 6.58%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 10-24-2010

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 70
Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome golden brew with a big foam in the Troubadour tulip. Great big fragrance with a whiff of orchids (that vanilla hint) and faintly, the horse barn.

Robust but refined malty brew. The sweet maltiness is a pleasure, edged by the dry yeasty taste. Fruity pear and peach flavors. Only a faint biterness. Light body but hugely flavorful.

Spritzy and refreshing with a From the 12 oz can purchased at the Pioneer Market in La Conner. (436 characters)

Photo of TwoTrees
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Harvest Ale from Fremont? Don't mind if I do!

This little saison is surprisingly bright and refreshing. Slightly sweet Belgian yeast profile is well balanced with stone fruit and faint spice. Reminds me of Boulevard's Tank 7 in some respects...and it's canned! Drank the first one way too fast and needed to immediately open a second.

To wit: This offering from Fremont is a bit of a diamond in the rough and deserves a higher overall rating than it currently has. (470 characters)

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"...unfettered by spices."

No kidding; it's refreshing to have a saison-style American beer not loaded up with coriander or oranges or whatever the hell else. You'd miss, entirely, the nice wheat snap that's in this one. Fremont consistently impresses me, with a total lack of flashiness. (289 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear yellow orange, nice carbonation, two finger fluffy head.

S-Spice, grass, lemon, wheat, not fully balanced though.

T-Starts with some spice. Some earthy notes. Lots of bread though. Semi-bland. As it warms more spice comes out.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation, crisp.

O-A mediocre saison. The balance wasn't ever there. And neither the spice or citrus notes that are great in the style come though as much as they should (431 characters)

Photo of PedalFuel
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Barely hazy pale straw with retentive white head. Light aroma of clove with a hint of lemon. Taste has some esters, coriander/clove, and sweet-bread malt. Finish is Belgian yeast, clove/coriander. Mouthfeel is excellent; smooth, light, and somewhat crisp but substantial with a perfectly light dry finish.

OVERALL: Not as good as other saisons I've had, but for $2 a bomber I can't complain. I love the finish. (411 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured can into a pint glass...

A - Hazey golden color, not much head, leaves some decent lace.

S - Ok, you can pick up on the cloves.

T - I don't drink a lot of Saison/Farmhouse Ales so I'm not sure if I've acquired the appreciation for this style or this is just ok to me. It isn't crap but I probably won't buy it again.

M - Decent. (339 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Fremont. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small white head with minimal lacing.

S: Got quite a bit of apple on upfront mixed with some belgian yeast and some clove and coriander.

T: More apple mixed with yeasty spice along with more clove, coriander, and a bit of pepper. Faint grainy/bready malt as well.

M: Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

O: Interesting to have a saison has your fall/harvest beer, but I liked it. (472 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours clear gold with a small white head and solid spotty lacing.

Smells a little citrusy with too much peppercorn and Belgian yeast strain. Pepper and corriander overpower.

A little bit fruity up front. Devolves into a big Belgian yeast character. Big peppercorn and clove finish. Not much else.

Light bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

Very mediocre and not very enjoyable. Not complex at all and whatever yeast used overpowers anything good in this beer. Very disappointed as everything I've had from Fremont before has been good. (548 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $3.99. No obvious freshness date is on the bottle.

Pours a clear, slightly dark golden color, with a good-sized, sudsy white head. Lots of lace.

Dryly fruity and spicy in the nose, though the label states this beers is “unfettered” by spices. Seems like a Belgian yeast was used.

Mildly fruity and spicy in the flavor as well, with the taste of apricots and crisp apples standing out the most. Things end on a ciderish dry note.

Medium bodied, with a rather dry mouthfeel. Finishes very clean, almost like a lager.

An interesting tasting beer. Seems like a mild take on the saison style. Relatively easy to drink if you don’t mind it’s dryness, which might be off-putting to some (748 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third saison in a can (Surly, NEB, and this)

A: Light orange with huge head that lasts. Lots of lacing.

S: Peppery, yeast, slight sweetness detected, clove and banana

T: Clove, banana, yeasty, spice, citrus, wheat-y, a tad bit too sweet, finishes slightly bitter.
M: Dry, medium carbonation.

O: It's a decent saison. Nothing special, but quite pleasant. (362 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Saison as a Harvest Beer? OK, whatevs. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a bright, crisp, clean, clear yellow with just under an inch of bright white head that had good retention and very light lacing.

The aroma featured a nice mix of grain, spice and yeast, I guess this is a Saison. The flavors were pretty much what you'd expect from a the style, yeasty spice, earthy grains, and enough flavor interaction to keep things interesting throughout the glass.

The body was the typical light-medium of the style. Drinkability was wonderful, as I generally find Saisons to be. Overall, a very nice brew. Not the typical "Fall" style, either a Fest-Marzen, or a thicker malt carpet, a nice change-up. A must try if you see it and probably worth some effort to try. (768 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a tulip. Last year I wasn't so wild about this, let's see how I like it this time around.

Pours a clear golden color w/ a frothy white head, good webby lacing, lazy carb.

Aroma is floral, almost perfumy. Delicate, flowery. Belgian yeast and some spice notes. Soft fuzzy apricots. Just a hint of damp basement.

Taste, likewise, is floral and hoppy w/ a perfumy, rose petal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is clean, medium-bodied, dry. Light hop bitterness gives it a crisp bite.

Overall an OK beer but not a favorite in the saison style. Not even sure this is a saison, I think it might be better classified as a Belgian pale. (630 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gouyasse tulip glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma of apple and stone fruit juice, saison yeast and a hint of citrus. Flavor starts with the same sweet apple and stone fruit flavors and develops into drier, spicier saison yeast and spicy hops with a hint of bisquit malt. Finishes semi-dry and spicy with hints of the fruit juices. I like saison style ales with more fruit and malt and less intense wild yeast flavors, so this one hit the spot for me. Fairly complex flavor. Light bodied, but active carbonation contributes to a nice mouth fell. Another interesting and satisfying beer from Fremont. (699 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split into two pint glasses

Pours cloudy (because I chose to pour in the sediment) golden with a medium head that is very light beige. Smell is light and fruity, slightly sour, some hay.

Taste is moderately sweet and light and fruity. Very light and refreshing, especially on a nice sunny day.

Mouthfeel is light. Overall, this is a pretty pleasant beer.

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2014-10-02
Again, but from a can. Mostly the same comments, but not so cloudy. Might give it higher marks this time. (491 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Notes from November 10th, 2011.

A: The beer pours a straw yellow color with a thin head of white foam with nice light lacing.

S: Harvest has a pungent aroma of funky barnyard yeast with a bit of lemon and sweet stone fruits such as peaches and pears.

T: Peppery, yeasty saison with a light citrus profile. Lots of tangy funk present here.

M: The beer starts off oily, but finishes off with a very dry body.

O: Pretty average American attempt at a saison. Nice to see Fremont continue to try new things. (548 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light straw in color. Medium haze. Half finger white head with less than good retention but good lacing.

S: Light aroma on this. Yeasty. Cloves. Apricots.

T: Great Belgian yeast flavors. Cloves. Apricots. Light wine qualities. Slight apple.

M: Light bodied, but not watery. Medium carbonation. Very crisp. Very dry finish.

O: Very good Saison. I always enjoy Fremont’s beers. Would definitely recommend this one. (457 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazy golden-apricot color with a two-finger white head and some pretty sticky lacing on the way down. Nice collar throughout. The nose is full of wheat and some phenols; there's a bit of pepper and some light fruit. The flavor is full of wheat and pepper plus some pear and other fruits. A bit of a cidery character as well. A bit heavy on the pepper and phenols. Medium body with a dry finish. Good carbonation. Pretty good, but not something I'd likely go back to. (510 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: golden yellow hue with a touch of haze. Head is two thick fingers of frothy ivory foam -- nice.

Smell: very nice and smooth saison aroma. Bready with a touch of spiciness, there's almost a sweet nutmeg aroma to it. Very inviting and autumnal.

Taste: sweet right off the bat with a hint of citrus and a hint of spiciness (grains of paradise come to mind). Sweeter than many saisons I've had, I find that in this case it works really well. Very well-composed and tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a pretty big blast of carbonation. The feel is a little rough to call "creamy", but it works well nonetheless. I like it.

Overall: this is a very competent and well-made saison. I'm proud to be from the Seattle area when local breweries churn out workaday beers which are this good. (833 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with an off-white head leaving nice lace rings.

Smell is estery, pepper, a hint of banana, with some spicy herbal hops, and a touch of caramel.

Taste is also rather estery, fruit forward, lots of white wine, peachy. Hop wise, I'm getting a lot more of the spicy goldings then the citrus cascades up front, but with the cascades coming through on the fairly long finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied, some slickness to it.

Drinkability is pretty good. An interesting saison, the hops Americanize, yet compliment it. Perhaps a bit too vinous for my taste, but still very good. (590 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from the brewery, split

appearance: served in a Mash House pint, hazy straw-orange body, filmy white head with a nice lace

smell: saison yeast - pear, white peach

taste: deceiving tag of "harvest" which can mean a lot of different things this time of year - instead we get a rather pedestrian saison - fresh pear, white pepper, corriander, light citrus bouquet

mouthfeel: very dry finish, light oily body

overall: Good, but a bit subpar for the saison style (475 characters)

Photo of NWer
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Updated 10/7/2013
I first reviewed this beer two years ago and was very much unimpressed.
Either my tastes changed or the beer changed I have no idea which. I'm lousy at comparing experiences a year or more apart.
Upgrading significantly.
I thought the subtle smoothness is very pleasant.
Nothing overpowering, just a very nice (near) session beer. Labeled a Saison and I'll take their word for it though it's on the light side. (430 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up while I was in Seattle. Poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, light orange with a one finger cream colored to tan head. Good retention and spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S - Citrusy and Belgian yeast, wheat.

T - Wheat, lemon, Belgian yeast.

D - Smooth, slight bitterness, average carbonation and body.

O - Light, smooth, refreshing. (376 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this draft at The Brooklyn in Seattle.

A: Poured a golden honey color but the lights ewre sordove dark so it may not be accurate on the color. Plenty of carbonation leaving a nice white head.s

S: A fall fruit basket came to mind

T: Plenty of red apples, apricots, some sweetnes, little booze, some pears

M: Had a crisp zing to it, hops and also had a cider like feel to it

D: Good (389 characters)

Harvest Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.