Pyrus Saison - 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Pyrus SaisonPyrus Saison

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DCon on 03-26-2012

The name Pyrus originates from the genus of the pear tree. Pyrus is our Fall and Winter saison brewed with pear juice, whole white pepper corns, and the zest of fresh oranges. Pyrus pours a hazy golden hue, with aromas of pear, citrus, and spice. A perfect compliment to seasonal fare.
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pure gold in color. A thin veil of Brussels lace at the top. It smells like sweet pears and the trademark Belgian yeast strain. The pear flavoring is very strong on the front of the palate. It slowly fades into that trademark slightly musty yeast strain. Very smooth, but the pear flavoring is overpowering.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clean golden yellow. light white thin fizzy head. light retention

light pear combined with a fresh funk. hint of citrus hops.

similar to nose, a well balanced pear to funk ratio. nothing over done here, just balance. white pepper and orange zest are very hidden. maybe a hint of burn in the finish.

mild to moderate carbonation, clean but dry finish

this was really good, better than prunus. i would and plan on drinking more of this.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale yellow and hazy body. Huge white head. Pillow of foam and nice lacing.

Smell - A bit of fruit. Kinda apple-y. A ton of pale malt, at least relative to the other aromas. A bit of pepper.

Taste - Sweet malts. Some light apple fruit flavors. Grainy. More malts. Much more pepper in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Overcarbonated.

Overall - Kinda dull, but the flavors are ok.

Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent honey color with a sliver of beige head. Stays effervescent throughout, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, orange peel, melony notes

T: White pepper, orange zest, pears & a little green melon up front & pear skin. Musty pear skins, a little white pepper & orange zest as this warms. Finishes with over-ripe pear, melons & white pepper

MF: Light/medium bodied, delicate carbonation, a little warming

A serviceable Saison, but not in my wheel house. if you like over-ripe pear, this is your beer

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Mark for this one!

Pale straw gold with an orange tint in low light. Huge head of white foam, slowly dissipates leaving behind a tornado flurry of spotty lace in the glass. After a few minutes the head is gone. Nice clarity.

Pepper and phenolic yeast spice mainly in the nose.

Flavor is also spice forward, pear is subdued. Dry with a light phenolic yeast note and mild bitterness. Light feel with some effervescence to it. Pear isn't too high in the mix, it's more of an aftertaste that lingers with the yeast spiciness. Overall was good to try, more spice forward if that's your thing.

Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is pretty funky, more so than I like. It seems to have some of the same funk that brettanomyces yeast gives off, not sure if that is even in this brew, but it tastes extremely similar. Not a fan of this, and the pear is pretty much nonexistent. I really expected to taste more pear. Also, even though the ABV is not exceptionally high, there was still a noticeable amount of booziness coming through.

I have had this and their Opus Saison and I must say that Opus was the preferred one. Opus was fantastic, this was not.

Will not purchase again.

Photo of patre_tim
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden orange clear with lots of carbonation, and a finger of fast fading yellow head.

S: Belgian yeasts, orange candy, caramel, a sort of strong chemical scent.

T: Belgian yeasts, orange candy, caramel, a sort of strong chemical taste. The negatives fade as this one warms to room temperature. White pepper, fruity, I suppose there is some pear but hard to distinguish it from this without knowing.

M: Medium thin, slightly syrupy body, medium high carbonation.

O: Well done brew. Got it at Whole foods in St Louis, same day (today) Aug 4th in St Louis. Glad to have found another local brewer this time through St Louis.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Haven't had much luck with 4 hands brewery been picking up some bottles of their amber and such and they exploded with carbonation. Thankfully this one is a tame 2013 bottle.

A - As expected a ton of carbonation but not overbearing since it's a 2013 vintage. Over an inch of head that takes forever to fade and little lace. Beer is a very hazy looking orange brown tint.
S - At first very overbearing strong Saison yeasts and peppery bite but in the glass I get more actual pear fruit and some orange peel.
T - Very nicely rounded with the flavor which I can agree it's a juicy overripe pear flavor. Yeast has calmed a bit and the white pepper still snaps with a very grassy pear skin flavor. Not bad.
M - Still very bubbly and bright but good carbonation it drinks smooth.

Overall I guess it was worth the 6 bucks for a discounted bottle of this stuff. A good tasting Saison with sharp orange peel notes and a very sweet pear flavor.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The actual name is Pyrus, not Pryus. Almost couldn't find it on the site.

Poured from the bottle a very lightly-hazed deep gold color with two fingers of bright white head. Very little lacing.

Aroma of fresh pear, candy sugar, bubble gum, and a light herbal spiciness.

The taste really matched up with the aroma. Pear, bubble gum, candy sugar, herbal spices and light earthy malts. White pepper came through in the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

A very nice Saison from an up-and-coming local brewery. I'll be having this one again.

Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fizzy pasty white fizzy like 1 finger head fades at a med pace at first then slows, nice lacing, very clear slight sediment haze pilsner yellow honey colored.

Nose is a typical saison, berry light funk, grainy grassy hay aromas with a bit of wheat and toasty grainy malts, light lemony aromas and lemongrass, light saison spices, a bit of bready yeasty doughy aroma, faint orange peel, very light white pepper, no pear though.

Taste starts with a semi sweet malts flavor, grainy slightly doughy malt with touch of yeasty flavor and light saison funk. Lemon zest, orange zest, lemongrass, some saison spices and hint of peppery flavor and a bit of pepper heat even. Malts also bring wheat, light grainy pilsner like, hay stalk and crushed straw dust. Some bitterness from the lemon and orange zest and light grassy lemony hops I think, and faint pear skin but not really pear juice. Finish is grainy straw hay malts and straw dust, and plenty of lemon zest and bitter slight rind with light lemony hops and light saison spices.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of effervescent carb, perhaps a bit too much.

Overall ok, nothing special, nice saison spices esp the light peppery heat, bitter rind, lots of lemony flavors, very little funk, but nice drinkable beer.

Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, pale gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of coriander, wheat, slight yeast, hop, hint of banana?. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight banana, pale malt, slight sweet malt, slight yeast, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this Saison on tap, at the brewery in a pint glass. This ale poured a light golden color, produced a nice white head, average retention and below average amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma of this beer consisted of fresh pear juice, sweet malted grain and some spicy hop aroma. Light in body,the flavor profile featured, sweet malted grain, pear juice, and a spicy hop finish. This is a beer style that I really enjoy and think is vastly overlooked by American craft brewers. I enjoyed this version and would order it again in the future. Prost!

Photo of DCon
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ 4 Hands Brewing Company in St. Louis, MO for $6. Tapped from the Wooden Tap Handle into a 12oz Tulip Glass.

Aroma- A malty, upfront aroma starts this one out. Light oranges and coriander. Hits the nose with minimal spices but more malt and citrus and fruit characters.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger, frothy head that has very average retention. Has a dark, golden body that is completely full of haze. Leaves a few suds behind.

Flavor- Citrus, malt, and mild coriander comes out in this Saison. Effervescent and finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, and has a nice sour/funk note.

Overall Impression- While 4 Hands will be a new spot to hang out and enjoy new beers, this one will be on my radar! A great example of the style and highly recommend if available on-tap here. I hope they think about bottling this guy!

Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a golden yellow w/ a solid bright white head.

Aroma is very floral and spicy, lots of fruity esters from the saison yeast.

Taste is likewise floral, spicy, and fruity. White pepper is there along with some clove, but in spite of the name I would not have guessed the pear juice.

Mouthfeel is soft and easy drinking. The spice gives it a nice crisp bite on the finish.

Overall a solid Belgian offering from this Midwest brewery.

Photo of Suds
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer, from a 22 ounce bottle, is a tawny clear liquid. Absolutely no head, and very, very slight carbonation. The smell is slightly sweet, with a hint of pepper and fruit. I didn't get pear at first, but it did come out after the taste. The taste is winey, and has under-ripe fruit flavors. There is not sweetness, but a little madera-like scents. Medium in body. Interesting, but not exceptional.

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with a two-finger, white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - Smelled of pears and white peppercorns.

T - All the great qualities of a saison with a touch of pear flavors and some peppery spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a really unique spin on the saison. I like it. Another really tasty brew from 4 Hands.

Photo of zeledonia
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to shebby for the bottle. Tasted 3 February 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a translucent golden yellow. Like looking through gold wax paper. Half-finger of white head, gone fast, little lacing. Nice column of bubbles.

Smell is bright and flowery, with a touch of funk and a hit of sweetness. That juicy sweetness is thanks to the pear juice, I assume. Very mild peppery spice. Definitely on the floral end of the saison spectrum, and I think it'd be better with a little more funk.

Taste starts out rich and juicy, half floral, one quarter buttery, and one quarter earthy. But that lasts only a second, before it turns to bitterness that washes all that other niceness away. Good, but would have been much better if that initial burst had lasted.

Feel is a bit blah. Medium-bodied, low carbonation that just provides a soft fuzz. Needs more carbonation, IMO. Lasting flavor. Fine, could be better.

A pretty good saison, solidly in the upper-middle tier. It's flowery, but not clean enough to be a pure floral saison. It's stuck in the middle of a couple places that really work, but it's not quite solidly in any of them.

Photo of AlexFields
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored body, huge foamy white head, leaves good amount of lacing.

Smell is flowers, saison yeast, hints of salt and pepper, maybe some light sweet fruit but I'm not getting the citrus that's supposed to be in this.

Taste is light and subtle but really nice--mild fruit (pear I guess), pepper again and maybe salt, flowers, saison yeast.

Mouthfeel is really nice, super drinkable.


Photo of stephens101
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish orange with a bold and thick white head that sticks for a while. Smells of lemon at the forefront with a bit of melon and banana followed by pepper and distant notes of caramel. Grainy, peppery, fruity, citrusy and a bit sour to the tongue up front. Has a slight earthiness and some barnyard funk for the follow up. Exceptionally dry and light bodied with a hint of alcohol. This is a sharp dressed beer that is ready for a warm summer night on the town.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a tulip

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a foamy, paper white cap that rises to fill the glass and falls slowly. Some spider web lacing.

The aroma is classic saison. Clean, bright spice, earthy hops, mild funk, lemons, with pear juice undertones. The pear is a little soft, but a nice addition. I don't know of any other beers using pears.

The pears come out a little more in the flavor profile, lending a soft, fruity complement to the classic saison flavors. Coriander, tangerines, grassy hops, dry hay, and a touch of bubble gum.

Clean, crisp, and sharp. Light body with strong carbonation. The finish is fairly dry with the lingering flavors of pear and spice.

This saison is welcome in my glass anytime. Sharp flavors, clean, strong elements of the style with the unique addition of pears. Well-crafted on all fronts.

Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from the St. Louis brewery.

From a tulip, the beer poured an attractive light lemon chiffon color with a 1 finger head.

A strong lemon aroma from the head which diminished only slightly as the beer warmed.

This Saison is a bit carbonated, although that is usual for this style. With a prominent peppery taste, perhaps the carbonation could be toned down a bit in future batches.

The finish is unusual- and makes the beer quite enjoyable to drink: good fruity lemon -peppery finish. The pepper actually adds to the beer- making it different than other Saisons. As the beer warmed, I enjoy the distinctive peppery finish more and more.

One of the problems with Saisons is that they can be boring or imbalanced- the carbonation overpowering the fruit. This beer is neither.
It's a distinctive approach to the style and worth drinking. Will try again.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forgot that I also had picked this up recently. Was happy to see it upon pulling it out of the box.

Heavy citrus on this one. Lots of it. The pepper is there, but the citrus hijacks the whole ride. Not sure that I really get any pear juice off this one. Feel has a pretty full carbonation going on. At least it fills the mouth with a somewhat soft bubble. Nice drinker. Wouldn't say that it's well rounded, but it's pretty good. Especially considering the style.

Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with a fluffy two finger head that leaves light side lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of lots of peppercorns faint citrus zest light barnyard funk. Quite nice, but where's the pear juice?

T - Taste is fairly nice light and funky with faint malt sweetness. Lots of peppercorns, faint citrus don't get much pear juice at all. Quite unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is very solid. Higher carbonation makes this super drinkable.

O - Overall I was somewhat let down by this beer. Wish there was more pear in this....or any at all.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a traditional gorgeous, hazy golden color with some slight orange hints on the edges. Nice white slightly dense head forms to about 1.5 inches. Nice retention that slowly recedes.

Aroma is delicious and very true to style but with some nice fruit juice sweetness. Aroma of some nice funk and dry yeasty notes. Some nice pear juice notes. There is some nice grassy hop notes on the back end that lend the beer a slight Belgian IPA note.

Flavor starts off funky and fruit juicy sweet to start off. Very nice barnyard taste with some nice slight citrusy hop notes. Has a nice 4 Hands hop note to it mixed in with some nice fruit juice sweetness. Nice crisp saison notes. The yeasty notes play well with some good grain and the pear juice notes. Very nicely done.

Pretty good brew. 4 Hands is coming up quick as one of the best around St. Louis. Nice traditional Saison notes mixed in with pear notes and some slight hops.

Photo of Clockwork420
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light straw yellow, with little head totally clear, no haze at all as the description would state... Smell was strong of peppery spices. Taste was spicy, and the peppery notes were apparent. Had an earthy taste I cant describe, something from a Autumn seasonal. Tang came afterwards of pear. Mouthfeel was on the thin watery side. Carbonation was good. Overall the spice notes overtake the pear flavor, which only came to me in the end of the drink. I longed for more pear, and less spicy to balance it out. Still, its pretty good for what it is, could just use better balance.

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Pyrus Saison from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.