Grand Arbor - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev +1.3%
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
3.76/5 rDev -0.5%
A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down a bit and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and peppery spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out like a saison but seems a little maltier and hints if maple syrup are present towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of maple syrup to this saison adds some complexities. I liked how the maple wasn't overdone.
04-20-2014 02:02:33 | More by metter98
4.19/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
04-19-2014 05:09:16 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
04-17-2014 01:04:53 | More by rangerred
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
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
04-16-2014 19:09:21 | More by Treyliff
3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
04-05-2014 02:47:56 | More by LiquidAmber
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
03-31-2014 01:02:13 | More by CHADMC3
3.86/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
03-24-2014 15:30:40 | More by Tone
Grand Arbor from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.