Grand Arbor - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-10-2014 22:26:25 | More by oberon
3.81/5 rDev +0.8%
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
02-09-2014 19:06:19 | More by ONUMello
3.53/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
02-08-2014 23:12:53 | More by Jmamay22
4.29/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 12/04/13.
Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.
Smell: A yeasty and spicy Belgian style aroma with good hints of fruits and syrup. Belgian yeast with some upfront hints of farmhouse funk, clove, and pepper. Fruity hints of bananas, pear, white grapes, and apple. Some bubblegum hints along with some Belgian candied sugar and maple syrup. Also some citrus hints of orange, lemon, and apricot. Pale malt with hints of wheat, grains, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Wood like hints which supposedly come from the syrup. Hops are very light. A very good aroma.
Taste: Like the smell, a yeasty and spicy Belgian farmhouse taste with big notes of fruit and some syrup. Big taste of Belgian yeast with good notes of farmhouse funk, clove, and peppers. Fruity taste of bananas, pear, apple, and white grape. Citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, and apricot. Sweet notes of Belgian candied sugar and subtle Maple Syrup which gives some woody notes. Also some bubblegum taste. Pale malt with notes of wheat, grains, biscuit, straw, and cracker. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A very nice Farmhouse taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Spicy and fairly drying feel. A little alcohol heat is felt but things are still fairly smooth.
Overall: A really nice twist on a Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Good yeasty and fruity notes with an interesting woody kick from the syrup.
02-07-2014 08:18:50 | More by MattyG85
3.56/5 rDev -5.8%
Appearance: Fairly hazy, yellow-straw-gold. Large fluffy white head, though, it thins out a lot.
Smell: Dry, crispy white-bread crust. Peppery spices, whether it's from yeast phenols or additions, I can't tell. Bright yeast fruit esters; orangey like in a witbier.
Taste: Bready malt, again, and plenty of citrus. Peppercorn on the front end. I don't really notice the maple syrup other than some earthy and wood notes that I would associate with syrup. Quick and mild tartness on the finish on the very back sides of the tongue. Nice aftertaste of spicy and earthy hops. Faintest of whiffs of alcohol but doesn't really hurt it in any way.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Seems quite hefty for a saison; I'd like it a bit lighter. Soft body. Finishes smooth and a slightly drying.
Overall: I feel like I'm always on the fence with Southern Tier and this is no exception. Grand Arbor presents some nice aromas and flavors but at the same time not a whole lot "wow"ed me about it. For some reason, though, I kinda want to put some age on a bottle
02-01-2014 03:24:43 | More by ewas
4.14/5 rDev +9.5%
Bottle poured into Stone IPA cervoise.
A - Hazy school bus yellow. Two finger rocky head with excellent lacing. Smallish carbonation bubbles throughout.
S - Smells alot like a saison I brewed with French saison yeast. Clove and other spicy esters take the forefront, touch of Hawaiian roll breadyness from the malts and just the slightest touch of grassy hop character. Little to no maple syrup, though it may just be blending with the malt notes I picked up.
T - Maple syrup comes out a bit more in the taste, mixes nice with the Belgian esters. Solid malt backbone and very little hop.
M - The residual maple syrup sugars and lower amount of carbonation make this a bit too sticky for my taste, but still fairly refreshing.
O - A great saison I'm happy to drink an entire bottle of. Glad to see a tasty large format from Southern Tier with a little more finesse than the dessert series.
01-29-2014 20:26:36 | More by Zach136
Grand Arbor from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.