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Grand Arbor - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Grand ArborGrand Arbor

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very good

53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 279
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JimmyFlatRock on 01-10-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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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
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.