Harvest Ale - Fremont Brewing Company
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3.86/5 rDev +10%
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.
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.
10-03-2011 22:57:48 | More by NWer
3.69/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
01-31-2013 02:05:41 | More by mdaschaf
3.33/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
02-21-2012 01:15:50 | More by distantmantra
3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
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
10-14-2011 03:44:51 | More by dirtylou
2.05/5 rDev -41.6%
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.
11-28-2012 23:02:05 | More by jmarsh123
3.95/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
09-03-2012 02:38:47 | More by LiquidAmber
3.6/5 rDev +2.6%
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
01-12-2014 16:34:36 | More by rlee1390
4/5 rDev +14%
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.
10-27-2012 21:53:02 | More by sukwonee
3.15/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
10-27-2011 18:03:33 | More by Thorpe429
3.58/5 rDev +2%
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.
09-27-2011 04:10:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.58/5 rDev +2%
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.
09-15-2012 04:30:42 | More by draheim
4/5 rDev +14%
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.
10-26-2011 20:31:48 | More by flagmantho
Harvest Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.