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Grand Arbor - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

199 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JimmyFlatRock on 01-10-2014)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

millerbuffoon, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Knapp85, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled on 12/4/13 (2 1/2 months old)

Pours a hazy golden color, a nice big creamy white head off of the pour quickly receeds to a retentive 1/4 inch layer. Pretty good lacing left on the glass.

Smells very similar to most beers brewed with the French saison strain. Floral, an old candy comes to mind, moritz something?.... Spicey bubblegum. Really all about the slightly spicey French yeast.

Similar to the aroma, French saison yeast is the main player. Floral, phenolic, a bit of a peppery spice, bubblegum. Very Belgian.

Medium in body and quite easy drinking.

A good beer, but nothing too memeroable. Still nice to see southern tier trying new things and coming out with lots of new beers. However, I would like to see more of these American saisons try some different yeasts as they all taste way too similar with the same French strain.

dogfishandi, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a brilliants orange color with some yellow highlights. A huge 3" fluffy head lasts a long time and some spotty lace develops on the glass.

Smell: spices, citrus, and yeast provide a great aroma.

Taste: bready malt profile with coriander, banana, lemon zest, orange, spicy belgian yeast, and a nice balancing bitterness to the overall sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp to start, and the prickly crispness remains through the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a slower sipping beer that is full flavored and nicely refreshing. Very enjoyable.

Gavage, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

prototypic, Feb 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

j0hnc2468, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy honey color, with 3 inches of long lasting head, and good lacing down the glass. Great saison look to this one.

Smells like wheat, Belgian yeast esters, honey and citrus.

Similar flavor. Very sweet here, but I'm not picking up much genuine maple syrup flavor. There is an earthy sweetness that is probably the work of the maple syrup, since the sugars from the syrup were probably fermented out. Very sweet, almost to the point of cloying.

Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Very nicely carbonated.

A bit out of Southern's Tier comfort zone and wheelhouse, but they succeed. A little sweet for a saison, but Southern Tier makes very sweet beers.

GreesyFizeek, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Boone757, Feb 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

DustinSWB, Feb 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Hayley_86, Feb 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Beer4Baltimore, Feb 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

kylehay2004, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Maltyduo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Maltyduo, Feb 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

FilumDee, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

VancouverHops, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

BeerNDoggerel, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

mikeburd1128, Feb 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

spw109, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/04/13.Not a style I gravitate to very much but any chance I get to try a new ST offering down here I take it.Pours into an Ommegang chalice a hazed honey tinged lighter golden with a nicely formed egg shell colored head that leaves a full ring of lace behind as it settles into a frothy mass.Aromas are lighter with spiced phenols and medicinal notes mainly with a hint of bread.Yeasty phenols are big on the palate with rock candy-like flavors,the maple syrup doesn't really show thru much,there is some sharpness in the feel but is not overly annoying.Well if you like yeasty farmhouse ales you might enjoy this,I don't but still enjoyed it in a small amount.

oberon, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

AngusOg, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of ONUMello
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle, bottled 12/4/13 poured into a tulip
A: Light orange with a one-finger head and lots of carbonation
S: Sweet malt with Belgian yeast, coriander and hints of banana and orange
T: Again sweet malt, the spicy notes really come through particularly coriander and clove. This follows with maple notes, banana then more spice on the finish
M: Fairly light-bodied, good carbonation
O: I wish the maple notes came through more, they got hidden by the abundance of sweet malt on the palate and were absent in the nose. Certainly a good beer and definitely worth a try but likely not a repeat purchase

ONUMello, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

DerrickW, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Gatordaddy, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Jmamay22
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a growler earlier having never heard of the beer, but enjoyed the sample at the store. Beer pours a cloudy pale orange. The rocky ecru head is slow to dissipate leaving nice rings of lacing. Wonderful scent of belgian yeast with highlights of clove, coriander, grains of paradise. Slightly sweet doughy scent as well.

Beer has the same trio of spices in the flavor as the scent. The flavor begins with the yeast complexity and moves toward the flavor of freshly baked bread. The finish is not as sharp and lacks the acidic complexity of the finest belgian saisons. As I continue to enjoy the glass some of the spices become a little heavy handed, but not cloyingly or overwhelmingly so. Mouthfeel is not as dry as I would want in a saison and medium bodied. Enjoyable beer. I'm curious if it will be bottled and if so bottle conditioned and how that may change the beer.

Jmamay22, Feb 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

KJ2013, Feb 08, 2014
Grand Arbor from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.