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Harvest Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%

12-10-2012 03:27:39 | More by thebouch01
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.05/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 23:02:05 | More by jmarsh123
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woemad

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 20:59:39 | More by woemad
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sukwonee

Washington

4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: can

10-27-2012 21:53:02 | More by sukwonee
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rfreed

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

10-27-2012 16:09:12 | More by rfreed
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jpbebeau

Washington

4/5  rDev +14%

10-13-2012 02:45:15 | More by jpbebeau
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beertunes

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2012 23:37:24 | More by beertunes
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Adamostella

Washington

2/5  rDev -43%

09-21-2012 04:57:17 | More by Adamostella
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iKrystin

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

09-17-2012 05:02:57 | More by iKrystin
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draheim

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:30:42 | More by draheim
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strongaf

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

09-10-2012 07:01:16 | More by strongaf
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 02:38:47 | More by LiquidAmber
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laxer8811

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

08-31-2012 01:54:27 | More by laxer8811
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snaotheus

Washington

4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 00:15:25 | More by snaotheus
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distantmantra

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 01:15:50 | More by distantmantra
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sharpski

Oregon

1.5/5  rDev -57.3%

02-15-2012 21:12:26 | More by sharpski
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev +14%

12-14-2011 06:51:00 | More by twelveinches
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doughanson78

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 20:06:10 | More by doughanson78
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 18:03:33 | More by Thorpe429
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flagmantho

Washington

4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 20:31:48 | More by flagmantho
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ccrida

Oregon

4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 21:02:29 | More by ccrida
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dirtylou

Washington

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 03:44:51 | More by dirtylou
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NWer

Washington

3.86/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 22:57:48 | More by NWer
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:10:16 | More by HuskyinPDX
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 16:10:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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