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Spring Street Saison - Avondale Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avondale Brewing Co. visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Spring Street Saison is a Belgian style farmhouse ale. The Saison is our flagship brew that helped spawn the formation of Avondale Brewing Co. Our Saison is brewed with our proprietary house yeast, a 4 malt blend and traditional Slovenian hops. Our unique brewing process along with the combination of the finest ingredients creates a thirst quenching brew with no equal. True to style this unfiltered ale has a coppery golden color and rich malty backbone that creates a unique farmhouse brew. Flavors burst with tropical fruit that combine with hints of spicy and peppery notes that are derived from our house yeast. One sip and you will fall in love.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-20-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

GRG1313, Oct 24, 2012
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3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Well-hazed, honey-toned brew with a white head.

Smell: A sweet-smelling, effusively fruity scent of chopped fruits tossed with cooking, bubbly sugar, blended spices, bready malts, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Pale, bready maltiness given a good glug of blonde sweet syrup. Moderate sweetness. Vibrantly fruity, with sugar-n-spice baked apples, tangy ripe orchard peach, light banana, and green grape. Low hop character, light bitterness. Lightly phenolic spiciness helps to temper the sweetness somewhat, along with the subs and alcohol, though the beer still finishes on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a minor stickiness to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While I do typically prefer the paler, drier saisons, this isn't exactly your typical saison.

ChainGangGuy, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

nickfl, Sep 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

WoodBrew, May 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

whartontallboy, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Regions Field in Birmingham.

A: Cloudy orange-amber body under a thin off-white head. No lace. Average at best.

S: Fruity, spicy, rich Saison aroma. Really straightforward yeastiness - fruity, tart, earthy. Good.

T: Follows the nose. Green apple, pear, and wheat bread. Fruity, toasty, and tart. Cleanly bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body and lively carbonation. Great.

O: Really enjoyable Saison, but more fruity and less spicy than I generally prefer.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Aug 17, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the brewery in Birmingham. From notes. Reviewed 22 November 2011.

A: A finger of head fades before long. The beer is seemingly unfiltered, golden brown, and has a noticeable gradient from dull yellow to dark brown. Translucent, barely.

S: Saison-y, but with a healthy dose of fruit. Sweet, with a vague funk, and a bit of pizzazz.

T: It's a pretty straightforward saison, which is a bit unfortunate since it's not my favourite style. Still, it's quite well-made! Fruity, rather tart, and lightly spiced. Tangy yeast. The finish is just barely dry.

M: Not quite puckery, but tart and dry. VERY moreish; it compels further sips.

O: An excellently crafted beer that hews very close to my conception of what a saison 'should' taste like. Accordingly, this rather traditional beer (compliment) can't earn my love, but I feel bad downgrading something that is clearly well-mde. Therefore, the 4.5. I might not have many more (though it kind of grows on me), but I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy farmhouse ales.

AgentMunky, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Lovely85, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

hilgart1, Aug 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

JohnBender, Aug 14, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden color, slightly hazy. Head is one finger and retains well leaving a bit of lacing.
S- The aroma is pleasant with some light lemon, mixed with peach and pale grainyness.
T- The flavor is too one-dimensional for the style. Grainy and a bit fruity. Kinda fell flat.
M- Dry, yet a bit heavy on the tongue.
O- An acceptable saison, but it's a bit too one-note for me on the tongue. Not as complex as the best examples from the style.

jsprain1, Jun 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

memphischas, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

JayS2629, Feb 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

BlueMoon10, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

freduardo, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

justinm4bama, Apr 23, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on-tap into a pint glass @ Suds of the South beerfest

Pours a vibrant, golden yellow color. It doesn't appear to have the attenuation that this style needs, as it looks a touch thick when I swirl it around in the glass. But that's a minor complaint. Two fingers of rocky bright-white head sit on top and sit around for a spell. It looks good.

It also smells good. Most American saisons are pretty average or terrible examples of the style. Spring Street Saison doesn't mess up in the usual ways that American saisons mess up. This has a dry, pils-based malt bill. The hops are steely and European. It has a yeast profile that makes a lot of sense for the style: baskets of stonefruit, clove, and astringent band-aid smells. It's simultaneously plasticky but juicy. That means they did something right.

The taste follows the nose, but almost completely without subtlety. The stonefruits here are tasty, but dear Lord are then a lot of them. There's also too much of the astringent & spicy side of the yeast. This actually reminds me of an improved version of New Glarus' Imperial Saison they brewed five years ago or so for their Unplugged Series. That beer, which I hated, was cartoonishly fruity. Spring Street Saison is fruit-forward but still drinkable. If this were a wine, I would say it is "overextracted."

The mouthfeel is the weakest aspect of this beer, it's only misstep. It's too thick and under-attenuated relative to what this style should be, ideally. Which makes sense; mouthfeel is the hardest-to-achieve aspect of Belgian styles for American brewers, it seems. The thickness is really apparent the more you drink it.

Overall, this is a solid American Saison (speaking of, should "American Saison" be its own style? Taking these beers on their own merits rather than the stylistic conventions of the Wallonian forefathers?). It's flavor is a bit much, but I hope to be able to drink this on-tap in Tuscaloosa, AL this summer, sitting out on some bar's patio, enjoying the sunset.

Reaper16, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

BeerDawgs, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

halo3one, Nov 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Crimsontider22, Apr 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

KerryCummins1977, Jan 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
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Spring Street Saison from Avondale Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.