17th Anniversary Saison Farmhouse Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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17th Anniversary Saison Farmhouse Ale17th Anniversary Saison Farmhouse Ale

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mattyice4 on 03-15-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of ThickNStout
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 6.49. Bottled 02/2014. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours a clear, brilliant golden yellow with about a finger and a half of white head that quickly settles to a thin cap. At any point a quick swirl brings a haze back to the surface but it leaves almost no lace.

Smells of lemongrass, coriander, slight citrus, hay and a mild yeasty funk.

No surprise flavors here. Coriander, wet hay, lemon zest, grass and sharply funky yeast. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in there. Tastes fairly dry but there is a notable malt sweetness to it.

The body is on the heavier side of medium with an effervescent, lively carbonation. Finish is bitter and yeasty with more coriander, grass and citrus zest.

An interesting direction for an anniversary ale from a brewery that is regionally known for generous hopping. Slightly heavier than most of the saisons that I've had. I'm far from an expert or connoisseur of the style but this seems to fit in pretty well without really pushing the envelope. Not bad at all. I may just set one or two aside to see what happens. Happy 17 years Sweetwater!

Photo of Rifugium
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Someone gave me this as an extra, but regrettably, I can't remember who.

Orange-amber color, with a small cap of whitish head, which retained as a small ring and left a few dabs of lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty muted, caramel malts, fruity esters, herbal hops. In the taste, sweet bready malts, notes of ripe stone fruit, herbal hops, light yeast. There was really nothing here that screamed "saison" at me. A medium bodied brew, with lower carbonation, and I was kind of surprised it was 9%, because it didn't seem that high at all. This would be okay as a sampler, but even splitting a bottle with the wife, I really had no desire to finish it.

Photo of cvm4
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear, almost semi-translucent amber/orange in color with a two finger eggshell head.

S - Small amount of clove giving way to orange rind, candied sugar and Belgian yeast. It yields more towards the sugar side than the grassy/funky side.

T - Sweet peaches and orange at first. Bready malts with a dash of white pepper. It's a sweet finish.

M - Medium bodied and medium carbonation. It can seem cloying and has a sticky body.

O - To me, high abv saisons are a style that never really fit the bill for anything. It's half of what you want a saison to be, but the high abv/sugar/cloying make it half of what you don't want it to be.

Photo of Zach136
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Sweetwater 17th Anniversary glass.

A - Light amber, quickly dissipating 1 finger white head. Zero lacing. Crystal clear and small amount of carbonation.

S - Great pear esters, slight touch of funk and booze.

T - Nice bready base with fruity, spicy esters. Light citrus notes as well. Very little to no funk. Touch of heat in the back.

M - Medium body, low carb, slightly too sticky of a finish.

O - Solid brew. Wish they would have dropped the alcohol a bit and bottle conditioned to let the brett develop more.

Photo of humuloner22
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I have been into Saison's this spring, so I figured I would try this one out since it is kind of special release. I can't figure this one out and due to the abv I was not able to really try several to get a good comprehension of if. I made notes.

Appearance: Reddish gold color, similar to a lot of beers, not as much in the Saison color scheme as others I have tried. It was much darker, but maybe it was the alcohol. I don't have a bottle to give any info on it, but I assume its may also be a malt related issue. Not that its a bad thing, just saying. Also, on the pour it had a little head, but settled quickly into virtually no lacing at all, pretty flat really, maybe the alcohol killed that aspect. Not Dupont like at all.

Smell: It smells really good, almost holiday like, this beer would fit better at Christmastime than Easter/Springtime. Full of spice and not too much funk really. Some fruitiness, maybe bananas and papaya? I really get a lot of clove and sweetness. Almost cloyingly sweet, like a blackstrap rum.

Taste: I was, not really happy with this, the clove detected in the aroma was overpowering on the palate along with the 9%, some beers can stand up to a lot of alcohol but this one style I think is better suited at like 6-7% max. It was numbing to the palate, and I was't really happy with the result. Glad I only got the one pint, because I don't think it would have gotten better with more, and I would have stumbled home.

Overall: Too much clove spiciness, cloying and too boozy for me. That may entice someone else. I am happy it was just a one and done.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy orange/amber color with not much lace or stickiness. Not much to the appearance

S - Candy sugar, slight whiff of booze, and the all-important belgian yeast strain

T - Slightly sweet and boozy. Lighter Saison character and more of an IPA than expected. Very tasty nonetheless!

M - Thin bodied and well carbonated. Oily and slick.

O - A tasty brew. More like a cross between a DIPA and a Saison. Its not quite as funky as a good Saison and more booze.

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed apricot with a frothy cream head that lingers.

Tangerine, peach, nectarines, and soft farmhouse form the aroma.

Apricot echoes in the flavor, with lightly bready malt at the backbone. There's a hint of farmhouse character. Slight confectioners sugar counters citrus.

Body is fairly heavy for the style, with fairly high carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

I like the fruit flavor, and not as dry or funky as some.

Photo of rangerred
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a one finger white head. Good head retention and fairly abundant lacing.

Aroma has your typical Belgian spiciness with a very slight hint of barnyard funk. Pepper and orange peel along with more earthiness. Some lightly roasted malt.

The flavor is a big shot of pepper along with peach and some orange. Light funkiness again in the background along with coriander and Belgian yeast. Bready malt makes up the base with a quick shot of caramel. The finish is much stickier than I would expect a saison to be which should be quite dry. Quick shot of alcohol in the finish too.

Overall, this is not a bad saison but for one of my favorite styles, this one just doesn't quite cut it. It is just too strong and the added sweetness and alcohol almost detracts from the experience.

Photo of myelo
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle poured into pint glass.

Clear orange gold with white head that persists with ample lacing.

Aroma: spicy cloves, mild grassy funk and malt.

Taste: sweet malt, moderate clove spice and moderate bitterness.

Medium body, medium carbonation and quite a bit of ethanol warmth.

Overall very good. This is really more of a belgian specialty ale with more ethanol and less barnyard funk and tartness than many good farmhouse ales.

Photo of Tilley4
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An unusual offering from the folks at Sweetwater....

It sort of looks the part.... it sort of smells the part.... it sort of tastes the part....

But not really....

This is NOT a bad beer so don't get it twisted.... it is a decent attempt at a saison that misses the mark set by the Belgians....

Yeasty and a touch funky but there's a sweetness from the malts that just shouldn't be there and doesn't feel right.... I can definitely taste the 9% here as well.. not overpowering but there is some heat here....

Glad I got to try this but if it were a regular release, I think I would pass in lieu of other accessible offerings....

Photo of ksimons
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear bright orange with visible carbonation bubbles and a thin layer of head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-somewhat boozy, spices, fruity sweetness, and a bit of yeast funk

T-bready, caramel malt with some fruits, mild bitterness. Not getting much of the funky yeast at first, but it develops more as the beer warms. The 9% is noticeable but not overpowering.

M-medium to full body, moderate to high carbonation

Overall a decent example of the style, but a little on the boozy side for a Saison

Photo of rajendra82
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lovely golden amber colored body, with a steady stream of carbonation, a small but durable head, and delicate lacing, which all combined to a handsome pour. The aroma was right on target, as there were smells of coriander and orange peel mixing with just a touch of Brettanomyces funk. The taste was a bit too sweet, which is classic failure of an American Saison. I like my farmhouse ales bone dry, and this was on the opposite end of the spectrum, with a floral, candy like sweetness. Quite sticky in the mouth, with a quite a bit of coating. I wish they had let the yeast really do its thing

Photo of babaracas
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear medium orange, thin soapy white head fades quickly. A few dots of lace on the glass. Smell: nectarine, soft pear, spicy, mildly grainy, sweet. Taste: sugary, boozy. Too much of each. Peach, pear, clove, vanilla, pepper, herbal note. Baby brett-ish. Nicely carbonated but an overly sticky, sugary finish. All of the flavors are fine, but they don't stand out with the (since it's SweetWater I assume this is on purpose) "amped up" sweetness. Not too far off from being worthwhile... I mean if the hopping and time with brett were also dialed up and it was labeled a double brett ipa then we have a different outcome.

17th Anniversary Saison Farmhouse Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.