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Grand Arbor - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 273
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 24.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: JimmyFlatRock on 01-10-2014

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a wonderful beer, but i am a die hard maple lover, so maybe thats part of it. it looks fluffy headed and pale bronze color. the aroma is sweet and yeasty like a belgian tripel, and in fact, i think it misses the saison/farmhouse mark the label sets for it by a considerable margin, way more of a tripel with all the sugar and higher gravity. the taste is better, richer, and not sweet at all despite the addition of maple. i find it to be not maple syrup but running sap. its less intense, not condensed, and frankly a little more drinkable than the syrup might be. earthy and different, with a medium but not unique grain body to it. the alcohol is well hidden but appropriate for the body here. i love the dryer finish with all the maple, and i appreciate how well carbonated this thing is, its easy drinking flavorful beer thats not like others i have had. it definitely doesnt fit neatly into any styles, but sometimes those are the beers that we love the most. maple is always a plus for me, so maybe i am biased, but i think this is up there with the best of southern tier.

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Photo of rangerred
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip out of a 750ml bottle.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a huge fluffy white head. Very nice head retention and awesome lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell is extremely spicy like a good saison should be. Coriander and citrus with a great Belgian farmhouse yeast character. A bit peppery and floral.

The flavor has a huge citrus and peppery hit right away. Lots of tangerine along with coriander. A hint of earthiness is present and the maple syrup is just barely detectable in the background. Very prickly mouthfeel from the abundant carbonation along with a drying finish.

Overall, a very nice saison that has just enough uniqueness to set it apart. I really love this style and the maple syrup adds just a touch of earthiness to balance out the spice and citrus. Very nice and worth picking up.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a pale cloudy straw color with a big creamy white head that retains long after the pour, all the way to the finish

S- earthy and musty with a hint of grass, yeasty, slightly sweet

T- yeasty with notes of must, hay, mild hop bitterness, slight sweetness from the maple, dry finish with a noticeable linger of alcohol

M- medium body and carbonation, fizzy-to-creamy mouthfeel, crisp and dry finish

O- good classic saison, the maple added a nice touch of sweetness, alcohol was quite noticeable though

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium burnished gold amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of light malt, wheat beer banana, Belgian yeast and spicing with light saison yeast component. Flavor begins with mildly sweet bready malt with the banana and lemon citrus expected from a wheat beer, Belgian spicing, mild sweetness but no overt maple syrup flavors. Finishes much closer to a traditional saison, drier with spicy, peppery Belgian spicing and bitterness and light earthy saison yeast funk. Medium bodied with pleasant creaminess, nice mouth feel. An interesting take on the saison style, with a mixture of elements from Belgian pale ale, witbier and Western European saison. Seems like a confusing combination, but it works, with the flavor transition from sweet Belgian to drier saison quite satisfactory. Nicely done.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly champagne like straw body with golden hues and flecks of copper beneath the rocky white head which slowly dissolves to leave a scattered, sticky lacing about the glass.

Most immediate on the nose is the earthy yeast and grass. There is a subtle musk to it as well, perhaps some lemongrass, a touch of banana, some sweetness and maple as it warms.

Great flavor, hints of banana, sour apple (?), a faint pepperyness, yeast, and as it warms the maple really shows up. There is still a tart finish and the grassy / earth notes linger on the palate as well. Somewhere in the middle some bread like flavors arrive as well that could get lost.

Medium in body with copious carbonation and a drying finish.

I get it. Nice job ST. I wouldn't mind a little more of the sugary maple notes that show up. The "tree" like aspects of this beer are great- it's completely earthy.

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Photo of Tone
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, slight citrus, hint of floral, hint of wood, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, citrus, hint of spice, slight floral, slight hops, and a hint of wood. Overall, good body, blend, aroma, and complexity.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice lightly hazed orange amber color with a big billowy head of a just off white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a grainy smell along with a very nice lot of a yeastiness. The yeastiness brings with it aromas of a grassy nature as well as a nice lot of a banana sweetness. Along with these smells are some sweet aromas of bubblegum, maple syrup, and candied sugar with a bit of a tangerine sweetness present as well, which with the rest, create a very sweet and pleasantly “funked” aroma.

Taste – It begins with a sweet candied sugar taste along with a nice bready flavor. The bready flavor is of a smooth doughty flavor along with a moderately strong yeasty taste. Along with these tastes there is a decent sweetness to the brew as fruity flavors of both banana and tangerine are present right from the start. While starting out very smooth, the taste ends up becoming more grainy and a bit more chewy as the taste advances. This is largely due to a more grainy wheat flavor replacing the doughy flavor with other tastes of a grassy nature also meeting the tongue. While this occurs however, so too comes even more sweet flavors with tons of maple syrup and with a bit of light bubblegum and candied sugar taste, going with the tangerine and banana nicely but actually heavily outpacing them. With a bit more grassy and hay-like funk coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, along with a lighter spice flavor of coriander and clove, one is left with a very pleasantly sweet and enjoyable flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side overall, but gets a bit more chew in nature as the taste advances from the start to the finish. With a rather higher carbonation, the overall lighter body, which transitions at the end, is very nice for the mix of yeast, dough, grain, sugary sweet, and grassy flavors of the brew and with a very modest alcohol flavor (well at least for a brew of 8% abv.) it creates a very easy drinking Belgian style farmhouse ale.

Overall – A very enjoyable and quite drinkable brew. On the sweeter side, but very enjoyable and balanced. Not sure if it is quite worth the $10 per bottle price tag in comparison to their backwater and imperial series (usually ~ $7-8) but regardless it is quite nice and is well worth the try.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Paid 10 bucks for the bottle I am always a sucker for the latest ST brew.

A - Damn near perfect a golden yellow bouquet of a beer with over an inch of solid foamy head that sticks around forever. Whatever does pull back reviels some great foam and lacing,
S - Can't really knock the smell with corpious amounts of maple syrup it comes off like a very sweet smelling farmhouse ale. Mildly fruity and mildly spicy.
T - Well it's both sweet and ungodly dry which is to be expected since fermented sugars leave a dry palate. Those who oppose Southern Tiers sweet beers with rude words should review this as the most anti-sweet beer ever. I am not really getting much spice or even fruity yeast its mostly maple syrup dry beer. So dry.
M - Medium in body with a.... god is it so dry.

Overall I recommend this to anyone who loves the style. For me expecting a sweet Sasion I was greatly disappointed.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I need to admit that I am not a big fan of Belgium style beers. Its something about the yeast, the wild yeast that picks it apart for me.

This beer had a very nice nose, it didnt seem to have that wild far away yeast bouquet, but instead something much more agreeable (for me)

The taste was nice, big , round and soft. Again sort of typical for the Belgium's I have tasted. But this was also very clean. This beer was almost chewable! That may have been because of the addition of maple The finish was long, lingering and asking you to have another sip.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well this is a Southern Tier beer, AND it has maple, I really hope it's not too sweet. Needed something a bit bigger tonight, so this should stack up nicely, and ehopfuly is actually Farmhouse like. Also noticed a lot of space in the neck, like dangerously low fill, which is a bit unnerving and it loses points for that. But bottled date helps, 12/4/13.

The long narrowing neck forces a chugging pour that yields a frothy semi thick 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace with lots of big bubbles, decent soapy lacing, hazy orange honey colored beer.

Nose smells like a typical Americanized wit, a little farmhouse saison but not a ton. Plenty of wheat no matter how you slice it, creamy wheat, with mild spices, little coriander like spice and touch of other mild spring saison spices, some banana too, very faint clove, some orange zest and citrus, little lemony too, lots of esters through all that, plenty to go around for a few days, and when I take a big whiff I get a little fusel alcohol with mild phenols, but both very light.

Taste starts like an imperial witbier again, Americanized version as well, lots of creamy wheat, tons of it, with some orange peel, zest, citrus, little banana, and tons of esters again. Then a little saison note but not a lot, little coriander, hint of clove, and other mild saison spices, almost mulling tea spices in there with a little herbal tea note even. Then a little booze cuts in, warming and slightly tingly, mild phenols too. Hint of bitterness in there, more like an orange peel bitterness and some from the spices but a touch from hops I think. Creamed wheat comes through again on the back end, turns a little crackery and doughy, as more orange peel, clove, spices, and herbal tea come out towards the finish and a little bit of a yeast flavor, and finally a bit of a maple flavor coming out, which I guess really dried out. The finish brings a nice maple cream flavor, dried maple cream, with dried but slightly creamy wheat flavor, more mild spices and orange peel lingering too, little sticky feeling, hint of warming booze too.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, fairly creamy, plenty of carbonation like typical hef.

Overall OK, but not crazy, more like an imperial hefe with hints of saison in there, I don't think I get any farmhouse style notes at all, more like American hefe and saison blended with a hint of maple on the back end. Booze is noticeable too, but that tends to come from lots of esters, phenols, and dried out maple back end.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml WHOA, a unique farmhouse for sure! The maple syrup sounded weird, but it doesnt take like syrup, it just takes amazing! Sweet yet tart, a nice smooth feel going down. However, like all farmhouses, I am incapable of drinking more than one in a session, and this one is no different, maybe even worse due to the maple syrup. Nature of the beast for me.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Zach136
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of LazyLeprechaun
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy bright gold, with a one finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film that stays throughout.

S: Typical belgian yeast characteristic, a little bit of sweetness.

T: Follows the nose almost exactly, just a hint of alcohol warmth.

M: Good carbonation, very dry finish leaving you wanting more.

O: Not bad, glad I picked this up

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a snifter. DOB 12/04/13

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head on top. Leaves some solid lacing along the sides of the glass. Too opaque to see any visible carbonation.

S: Loads of Belgian qualities right off the bat on this one. Banana and clove are dominant along with a bit of orange peel. Slight peppery spice in the backend. Maple syrup is detectable but would be difficult without knowing it was there.

T: Reminds me a bit of a banana split, with the combination of yeast and sweetness of the maple syrup. Isnt overly sweet but instead compliment the Belgian qualities. Hops do assert themselves adding a bit of uniqueness to the beer.

M: Medium to full body with a solid creaminess to it. Low to moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden on the palate. Finish is mostly crisp with a touch of stickiness.

Overall nice to see Southern Tier bottling some of the Belgian one offs they have brewed recently. This is a good start in the Belgian arena and I look forward to trying more.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We crack a bottle, pouring a murky, muddy-orange brew into our Founders snifters. A solid two and a half finger tall tower is created to match, consisting of massive milk bubbles suspended in an indiscernibly finite latticework of cork colored foam. This shows excellent retention, leaving thick, organic patterns of lacing around our glasses. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted through the first half of the bottle. Carbonation appears to be active. The aroma offers bright esters, dank vinyl resins, clean Belgian yeastiness, soft pale, wheaty, and Munich maltiness, lemon and orange peel effervescence, brown sugar sweetness, vanilla and candied maple sugars, cloven and peppery phenols, sticky nougat chew, raw honey, lavender florals, and light but spicy and grassy hops. Booze becomes more pervasive with warmth, but is at no point overwhelming. Our first impression is that the flavoring is wildly robust, vegetal, and earthy, with nice crispness and dryness to offer an abrupt but satisfying finish. As we sip, the taste begins with bittering and biting citric orange rind, musk, sawdust, black pepper and nutmeg spiciness, cedar earthiness, subtle maple sugars, sourdough breadiness, white sugar sweetness, generic chemical phenols, and bright banana esters. The middle hits with the highest peak of booze in the sip, accompanied by bubblegum and banana bread esters, brown sugar sweetness, faint maple syrup sugariness, earthen clay, airs of vegetal metallics, salted grain, and chlorine fumes. The end arrives with mild floral and earthen hoppiness, mineral-laden well water, mildly solventy booziness, plastic phenols, tin, spice of curry, marjoram, sage, and thyme, basement mustiness, earthy barnyard essence, continued sweet estery airs, lemon zest, orange pulp, and bittered, drying yeatiness. The aftertaste breathes of browned bananas, peppery booze, chemical phenol bite, dirty pale and pilsner grain, gravel, pencil lead, crisp mineral water cleanse, bitter wheaty graininess, floral and lightly soapy hops, and distant echoes of those aromatic clovey phenols. The body is on the full side of medium, and the carbonation is solidly medium. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, but a more watery cream, froth, foam, and glug. Finishing pop is curt and crisp. The mouth is initially slicked and coated, but this softly puckers away into bone dry astringency, with a fleeting acidic tartness to the tongue. The abv is stronger for the style, but the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we found to be the most enjoyable aspect of this beer was its big, big flavoring. Actually, we were quite surprised that this beer came from the Southern Tier camp. In our minds they have traditionally churned out deliciously suitable stouts and IPAs, but this seems to mark a veritable transition for them into more versatile and masterful brewery. The flavoring was spot on stylistically, hitting all of the right stops, while keeping the bitterness and overt acidity at bay. The maple sugars, while present, were a bit subtle, and more of a novelty as a selling point. They did add a bit more earthiness and spice, so they weren’t a complete waste of the effort. With a higher abv it does deviate from the saison template a bit as well, but in no way does it take away from the tasting in the end. By keeping it dry and biting to the far reaches of the tongue it helps keep you coming back for more, and maintains a level of freshness and crispness throughout. This is truly a fantastic beer, but what makes it so fun is that it is from an American brewery, and they really make it their own by making it so robust and bold in each aspect of its being. We will be searching for a few more bottles of this tomorrow.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Lots of naughty haze in a straw gold beer. The head is whipped up like egg whites; big and fluffy. Monstrous height in a pint glass, no less. Lacing is pretty.

Sponge-y breadiness with sweet pale malts and light funk. Light fruitiness with dry pear and tangerine and a hint of maple. Saison yeast has light nuttiness and a crude earthy aroma that works well. Enjoyable.

Retains sweetness and tanginess from the farmhouse yeast and malt combo. Belgian tartness is tight and gets pulverized by a big powdery yeast finish. Lots of dryness late, despite the sweet opening. Tinges of maple are late leftovers in the mouth. Alcohol is sweet, too, and cuts through mild bitterness. A little too romped with booze, but it's not arguing with me. It could use some oakiness, or something else to dry out the front half--not leave it up to the chalky yeast to do all the work. Still, it's unique and successful.

Mouthfeel is a little greasy and full. It's not your light and fluffy saison of typical measure. Booze is alarming in the headiness, and on the palate. It's okay.

I think this comes together just fine, even though it's not as delicate as I need it to be. Not bold, either, just heavy-duty. I'll let the Belgians brew the 8%-and-up saisons.

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Photo of timmy2b
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft into a goblet at Aurora Brew Works. Poured a cloudy yellow/golden color with an off white head taking up the top 1/2inch of the goblet. Some earthy malt smells come from the glass as well as a sweetness. The Maple syrup that is added adds to the smoothness of the beer lightly and is not at all overpowering making this very easy to sip. As a Saison should be this has a very light feel to each drink. Wish I would have had time to have a second glass. It is interesting with the Belgian flavor and the maple syrup and I will certainly be picking one or two more of these up again.

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Photo of weltywm
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the George Street Ale House in New Brunswick, NJ. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Straw yellow with about one half finger of white foam.

Smell: Yeasty spice with sweetness and a bit of hops.

Taste: What you would expect from the smell. Nice and sweet, with yeast and earthy oak and spice in the background. Some fruit and hops too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a crisp taste and finish.

Overall: Very nice. Would definitely drink again.

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Grand Arbor from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.