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Harvest Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 10-24-2010)
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Metaltildeath, Sep 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

jmccraney, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

powdersoldier, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

jpbebeau, Oct 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

mchen, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

sukwonee, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

flagmantho, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +13%

thebouch01, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of ccrida
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

ccrida, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +13%

twelveinches, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

snaotheus, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

rab53, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of TwoTrees
4/5  rDev +13%

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.

TwoTrees, Yesterday at 05:13 PM
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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

barleywinefiend, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

LiquidAmber, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

DerAtomsmasher, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of NWer
3.86/5  rDev +9%
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.

NWer, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of woemad
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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

woemad, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of doughanson78
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

doughanson78, Nov 11, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

foxyaardvark27, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Birdlegs, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

NickThePyro, Nov 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

laxer8811, Aug 31, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

abeeronthebeach, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

mdaschaf, Jan 31, 2013
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Harvest Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.