Grand Arbor - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/4/2013. Pours lightly hazy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, light wood, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy maple notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, pear, apple, banana, coriander, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, herbal, grass, bubblegum, light wood, and yeast earthiness. Moderate yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, bubblegum, herbal, grass, light wood, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy maple flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy maple flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
05-20-2014 03:47:55 | More by superspak
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
Color is a rich yellow in the Gulpener tulip. Lots of carbonation provides abundant foam and lacing, and a big spritziness in the mouth. Some woody and flowery notes in the aroma. It's fresh straw with applejack. The alcohol fumes add to the effect.
The yeast flavors are hardly subtle. The drying sensation is very pronounced, as is the bitter and woody yeasty bite. Warm and malty with plenty of sweetness. Everything about this beer is more bold and dramatic than the typical Saison. Fortunately, however, the maple syrup is the exception and it provides a subtle tangy taste and a fruity sweetness.
This is a very pleasant and highly drinkable beer that channels the Belgian style vividly. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle for $11.
05-14-2014 05:01:53 | More by mactrail
3.69/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Hazed peach color. Two fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is about average and a bunch of irregular lacing is left.
3.75 S: Peppery spiciness with earthy undertones. WIldflowers, apricot, and apple. Clove, wet grass, dirty woodiness. The maple syrup gives a few notes of complexity. Tart orange to finish.
3.75 T: Tastes just like the nose. Pepper and clove spiciness. Yeasty breadiness. Apricot, apple, orange on the fruit front. Wildflowers, grass and hay. Dusky woodiness.
3.75 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Lightly creamy and smooth enough. A tinge of booziness on finish.
3.5 D: Good beer. Worth a try.
05-11-2014 19:57:50 | More by DavoleBomb
2.81/5 rDev -25.5%
Pours a hazy bright golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger, pillowy off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving large streaks of soapy lacing on the way down.
Slightly earthy aroma with some floral hops, grass, hay and subtle farmhouse funk countered by sweet malt backbone, alcohol and light fruit esters. The funk/saison yeast character is muted until it warms up considerably and is still pretty weak once I pick it up. Subtle perfume like presence with hints of raisin, apple and pear sweetness countering the earthier notes and faint farmhouse funk. I'm sure some of the sweetness comes from the maple syrup but I wouldn't have been able to pick it out if I didn't read that it was used on the label.
Medium body with some earthy bitterness and subtle earthy funk followed by light fruit and strong alcohol sweetness. Not nearly as dank, earthy and/or funky as I prefer with overwhelming alcohol flavor dominating the palate. Floral and slightly bitter earthy hops along with faint hay/straw followed by apple and pear sweetness. Very subtle saison yeast flavor but it's nearly completely overpowered by the sweetness and strong alcohol. Some warmth in the finish but has more astringent alcohol flavor than heat. Disappointing.
05-11-2014 05:17:11 | More by corby112
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
750ml bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, darkened yellow body with a medium-sized, powdered-white head.
Smell: A stirred up melange of fruitiness and florals, there's lemon, bitter orange, white peach, banana, which, itself, is mixed up with a heavier spiciness, a teensy sprinkle of alcohol, honeyed coated wheat malt.
Taste: Honeyed, pale, wheat-laden, lightly grainy maltiness tempered by an earthy spiciness, a little tart citrus, floral, some dusty banana and peach, a dot of camphor as the yeasty phenols are introduced. Maple flavor present, a little implied sweetness embodied, which carries you to the drying finish as the spiciness ramps up with a hint of the alcohol warmth detected.
Mouthfeel: A bit beyond medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Didn't out-and-out love it, but, I will say, it's much better than anticipated. The maple is noted with being overdone and ultimately taking away from the final product and the underlying saison isn't overly sweet, alcoholic, or flabby on the tongue as so many American-made saison can be.
05-10-2014 00:27:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a faintly hazy golden color touching on orange with a huge three fingers of fluffy white head that shows excellent staying power and absolutely coats the entire surface of the glass with foamy lacing.
S -Bright aroma, filled with citrus - lemons and oranges. Super spicy with cloves, cinnamon, pepper, a bit of sweet pickles, wintergreen, phenolic, faintly tart. Some funk that is earthy, but a bit odd/different from the typical funk character of farmhouse ales. Bottle says it is brewed with maple syrup...not picking this up in the nose, however. A lot of good in here and some unusuals that I don't know exactly what to think. First sip will tell a lot...I think.
T - Very herbal up front - wintergreen is dominant, peppermint, black pepper and cloves mix in with one or two other things I can't quite identify. A bit like a Ricola cough drop (which I like) - but not exactly - just a lot of stuff going on here. Lightly tart, fairly earthy hop character that also shows some grassiness and a mild bitterness. As in the aroma...maple - not really getting it. Quite unusual and very herbal - one of the most herbal character beers I have had.
M - Strong carbonation - quite tingly and also showing some foamy qualities as well. Super herbal - cool, almost menthol-like at times. Tart, dry, earthy in hop and malt character...although well subdued by the yeasty herbal-ness.
O - Very odd beer...I waiver on whether I like it or not. This is variable by sip. Tons of Belgian yeast character, well out of proportion with anything else to be found in this beer. Definitely a mixed bag. If you like spicy and herbal beers, this will be right up your alley. I do tend to like this type of beer, but this may be just a bit over the top for me. A full 750ml bottle is a bit tough to get thru on my own...sharing would be recommended. Definitely an intense herbal experience that I still am not sure which side of the pass/fail line it falls on. I am still drinking it half way thru the bottle (which is a positive) but not sure I am going to finish it (a negative). Herbal beer lovers rejoice...pretenders, take notice.
05-01-2014 23:19:05 | More by portia99
Grand Arbor from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.