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The Grand Saison - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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The Grand SaisonThe Grand Saison

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BA SCORE
89
very good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saison is the original summer beer. Originally brewed in southern Belgium for thirsty farm hands, these crisp, bubbly, and refreshing brews demand to be consumed on hot summer days. Our Saison follows centuries of tradition, using European hop varieties—Hallertauer Magnum, Styrian Goldings, and Strisselspalt. We also use a very light base malt accented by just a touch of Wheat and Munich malts. Finally, we ferment the beer very warm with a well-known Belgian yeast strain to bring out the spicy flavors that are common to Saisons.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011)
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.66/5  rDev +16.2%

bottled on 6/16/11. opened on 3/8/12

Slight haze of gold, 2" standing strong.

Spicy aroma!! Musky, earthy, but sweet and tangy fruits as well, grains, golden wheat and subtle...green peppers.

A full-on crispy and alive mouth feel, with a traditional full, and smooth finish, and yes dry aftertaste.

The yeast flavor's and complexity are huge. Spice, peppery wheat, hearty, musky-earthy born flavor's are exactly what I want from this style. A sour-wild yeast comes into play as the brew warms, tangy fruit, tart and sour finish hits me as spot-on.

You just never know what to expect from a small American Brewery covering such a wonderful Belgian style is going to present. The yeast must be complex with the balance of flavor's and wild edge being right on. This is a bulls eye.

12-10-2013 00:14:58 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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AdvocateFan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

750mL bottle format. Very attractive package for a very attractive beer. Nose presents plenty of yeast, cloves, bubblegum and a touch of brine and beef; alcohol is there too. Nice floral aromatics from a generous helping of hops. Roses. Lavender. Pepper. Hoists quite a punch upon the palate--but it's very tastefully done. Much of what's in the aroma lands on the tongue, with a flash of gingery spice, and a nice bitterness in the finish. This beer wanders into Weizen Bock territory, with more wheat character than might be expected in a "traditional" (let's say "regularly available") saison, but it works. It's 103 degrees outside as I sip this, and despite its above average ABV, this beer remains intensely refreshing. Another win for GTBC--this series remains unfailingly reliable, as does the central Texas "summer" heat.

06-08-2011 22:53:54 | More by AdvocateFan
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warnerry

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden brown with one finger of white head. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Lemon and pepper are prominent in the nose, along with some yeast funk and some malt presence. Smell is clean and inviting.

T - Similar to smell with more yeast presence and a nice earthy finish. Nice balance of bright citrus, some bitter hops, spicy pepper and earthiness. Very enjoyable saison.

M - bright medium mouthfeel with an earthy dry finish.

O -really enjoyed this one. Wish this were available near me.

08-11-2011 17:01:28 | More by warnerry
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

750ml brown bottle with a vintage date on the neck label.

LOOK: Mildly hazed orange, big towering head.

SMELL: Herbal, grassy, phenolic, lightly medicinal, fresh grain, ripe orchard fruit, lemony, minty.

TASTE: Smooth, sweet grain, fresh cut grass, very herbal, yeast, dough bread, citric peel, vague spice, warming alcohol, estery, ripe pears, golden raisins.

Very bold and not too dry, a ton of flavor packed in here and the complexities are through the rough. The brewers really nailed this one. A lot of fun to sip and see where it goes type of beer.

10-05-2011 01:21:53 | More by Jason
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%

(Served in a stemmed strange)
2011 vintage
A- This beer pours a hazy glowing bright woody orange body with an even cream of antique white foam that last and last. There is a billowing micro bubble carbonation that stems from the base.

S- The full saison yeast has just a touch of brett to it with a faint dry bubblegum ester in the finish and a soft green snap in the finish.

T- the dry carbonic acid taste blends with a natural banana ester hint and some good earthy saison yeast characters. The finish has a dry green hop finish with a club soda character and a nice herbal hop flavor that lingers with just a hint of tang and a touch of lemon hops.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a tight crisp fizz that frames the hops nicely, and makes my tongue ready for another sip.

O- This is a very crisp and easy drinking beer with a full yeasty character and a nice but a touch soft hop flavor with some depth to it. Some of the yeast characteristics like bubble gum are a bit to strong and it is to bad the beer is so big as one bottle is enough.

09-12-2011 21:22:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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augustgarage

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 750mL capped bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Bottled March 16, 2011 - brewer suggests enjoying it fresh - so I won't cellar it.

Cloudy orange peel liquid toppped by a rocky receding to creamy half finger of foam. Sticky, past lacing and superior retention.

Noble hops fill the aroma along with peppery/coriander-like phenols from the yeast. Grassy and subtle yet complex.

Pizza crust, alfalfa, peppercorn, and an earthy/wild grass element from the mix of hops on the palate. Moderately bitter, crisp, and dry with hints of lemon or perhaps a wheat-based tartness in the finish. Well balanced and tasty.

Crisp and bright yet effervescent and almost creamy mouthfeel. ABV is just right.

All in all a pretty good domestic rendition of the style, though it has some similarities to a wit or even some German ales (perhaps due to the selection of hops) as well.

06-30-2011 02:40:55 | More by augustgarage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3%

Quite a saison for an American brewery. There are plenty of larger, older US brewers that could take a lesson from it. The farmhouse character is subtle and complementary to the sharp citrus tang. There's even a touch of sour I can feel in the back of my jaw. There's a dry, medium bitterness with a mix of floral and grassy herbal hops that blend wonderfully into the sharp fruity yeast character and lets a hint of the barley through. Very nicely done.

06-23-2011 02:14:55 | More by tempest
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Glibber

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +3%

had 3 of these last night in Boise at the Solid. $3 beers at Happy hour. I believe Grand Teton is the best Idaho beers, and was looking forward to trying the Grand Saison.
Have been on a Saison kick lately, and this one ranks up there- and at such a bargain price.
Good looking straw colored beer with a white head and some lacing, but not much. A very refreshing beer and so easy to drink for a 7.5 ABV beer. I thought this was a very good beer when you want to take a break from hops.

04-16-2012 02:59:20 | More by Glibber
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1%

Review from written notes. Poured into a tulip glass.

Light peachy orange color, some white foam that leaves spindly lace, settling to a thin unbroken skim eventually. Hazy but not fully opaque.

Phenolic and peppery, some wet hay and grassy notes.

Creamy feel, lightly effervescent with a dry overall character and finish. Very peppery, with some pleasant fruity notes of lemon and apricot, even cantaloupe as it warms to room temperature. Spicy, fruity, and effervescent, a textbook saison that manages to be unique. Though shared, a bottle could easily be finished solo.

07-18-2011 23:39:08 | More by emerge077
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Diomede

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

01-24-2012 01:39:58 | More by Diomede
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DearthVader

California

3.53/5  rDev -12%

750 ml picked up at my local Whole Foods.

Poured to my Jackie O's tulip.

Pours a gorgeous gold that glows brighter than anything I've ever seen. It leaves tremendous, sticky webs of lacing all over my glass. A huge 3" head reduces to a thick, condensed 1" head that sticks around for the remainder of the beer.

Smell has a lot of Hefe characteristics. Slight banana notes and huge bursts of yeast. Slight caramel malt on the end.

Taste is as expected after the smell, but there was an added slight lemon zest.

Fairly creamy mouthfeel with the carbonation being a lot less noticeable than it is by the eye. Nice dry finish to this one.

I guess I was expecting a little more, but regardless, I really liked the stuff. I would definitely pick this up on a regular basis if it makes it's way down to my stores more often.

09-27-2011 08:09:56 | More by DearthVader
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

11-23-2013 19:40:29 | More by jaydoc
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%

I've had this one a few times now between bottles and taps and can really only have one beer tonight... so, let's give this one another review.

Poured into my Delirium tulip... 1" foamy white head dies back pretty quickly leaving decent but pretty sparse lacing.... the brew is a hazed golden...

Mildly spicy with hints of clove and quite possibly coriander... subtle citrus notes.... smells bready and still somehow pretty dry.

Flavor is more peppery than clove-centric, but the clove phenols are still there for sure.. American bitterness up front mixes fast with the phenols and a pleasant yet lesser apricot ester quality... grassy hops and mild floral notes.... finish is long and lingering and leans toward the phenols.

Body is lite medium with a great smooth effervescent carbonation... this is very good... This is at least my 3rd bottle and certainly won't be my last.... now I just have to buy a couple and put them in the cellar long enough to forget about them for a while.... I love the fact that Grand Teton bottle conditions their CR brews... this one is the best that I've had in a long time.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

08-11-2011 05:27:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very hazy light golden amber. Nice two finger fine white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, lemon, light spicing. Flavor has less malt, with nice citrus; orange and lemon, yeast and Belgian yeast and spicing, lightly tart and a hint of funk. Finish is refreshing citrus, dry. Very nicely made and refreshing. Light to medium bodied, to style. Opened this 2011 bottle with slight trepidation (I didn't pay attention that it was last year's bottling when I bought it, and was a little nervous; the label even recommends drinking fresh). But no worries, this was a very pleasant saison that did not appear to have lost any flavor or balance. Nice work, Grand Teton.

08-16-2012 02:42:22 | More by LiquidAmber
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

thrilled to see this one. i have loved having grand teton in my neck of the woods and was able to grab a pint of this while we were out and about this weekend..

very cloudy and hazy with a huge billowing head of white coming up and over the top. Really nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass and a light bit of sediment in the bottom. Light aroma, light spice, bananas and light grain, nothing really over the top here at all and very understated. The taste was a bit bigger, grainy with a light fruit hint to it, but still nothing that is terribly over the top. Good, but not great. Light dry finish with a hint of peach and pear as it rolls out.

08-15-2011 01:47:49 | More by mikesgroove
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Travisnin

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

09-13-2012 16:51:27 | More by Travisnin
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scottyshades

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Growler from Greenville Beer Exchange

A: Pours a cloudy gold copper with an awesome head. Retention is good as well

S: Grassy hops, candy sweetness, Belgian yeast (bubblegum, wintergreen), mild pale malts come through

T: Peaches, banana, orchard fruit. Hops give a little twangy touch to it, malts hold it all together

MF/O: Fizzly but thick and velvety feel, crisp clean finish of tart and sweet fruit

07-06-2011 18:06:04 | More by scottyshades
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -12%

750ml bottle into snifter

Pours crystal clear golden straw color with no particulates and a robust 1.5 finger white head.

Nose is peppery and slightly vegetal with notes of lemony citrus and orange marmalade, slight bit of barny funk.

Taste is orangey, marmaladey, heavily peppery and has a very strong green, grassy hop presence that takes away from the lightness of the beer.

Moderate to high carbonation with a smooth, clean finish and lingering hop taste. Overall a tasty saison that isn't perfect because of the overwhelming hop presence. Would drink again, but won't seek it out.

12-15-2011 01:16:05 | More by syrupjoe
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

07-22-2013 03:57:40 | More by FUwolfpacker
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

750 mL of the spring 2011 vintage pours a hazed honey color with a small, off-white head. Retention and lacing both…meh.

Nose is very yeasty and lemony...good start. Zesty and tropical fruity. Grainy and crackery...complex...authentic!

Yea, this is pretty darn nice. Belgian yeast is active and vibrant. Lots of bready fruit. Hops throw a nice little curveball and the malts stay light and crisp. This is definitely one of the better American-brewed saisons out there. I am quite impressed. As underrated beer as there is out there, saison fans should definitely seek this one out there.

01-01-2012 03:51:07 | More by twiggamortis420
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

2011 version. Poured into a New Belgium Globe. Pours a hazy dark gold, with a white, rocky head of about two fingers. Head is slow to drop, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of lemons, pepper spice, yeasty, grapefruit peel.

Flavors of lemon zest, yeasty funk, pepper, white grapefruit. Finish is medium with a lemony, pepper linger.

Mouthfeel is dry, good level of carbonation, good mouthcoating light bitterness.

Overall an excellent saison. Seek it out.

08-06-2011 03:37:18 | More by JamnesCameron
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oline73

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +8%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly cloudy golden with an orange hue. There is a finger of fluffy white head that fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Slightly tart with a strong herbal presence. Mildly sweet and quite crisp.

Taste: Mildly sweet but the star here is the yeast. Lots of herbal notes with some citrus tartness. Quite crisp with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good Saison. Great balance. I would definitely have it again.

11-27-2011 02:08:52 | More by oline73
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

Grand Teton The Grand Saison

Appearance: straw yellow, large pillowy head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast, grain, and spice.

Taste: sweet grainy malt, slight yeast, and a light wheat finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall:
This is a good brew. It seems more like a lager than a saison, yet has a good amount of wheat flavor. The flavors are pleasant and start off nice, but flatten out to just being okay.

08-22-2012 17:06:51 | More by megahurts4
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Split a bomber. Pours a deep dehydrated-guy's-urine gold, with a substantial two finger head which dissipates fairly quickly. Great boquet of orange, yeast, little bit of grapefruit and some slightly tropical fruit flavors. Good tasting session beer, with a more pronounced baked-bread sensation. Pretty accurate representation of a saison in terms of carbonation. Very good beer, easy drinking. Nothing revolutionary,but damn enjoyable.

09-17-2011 13:58:06 | More by lurpy1
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +8%

from a 750ml bottled on 5/16/11

A- pours a nice golden yellow color with a 2 finger brilliant white head nice lacing and collar

S- first smell this is a farmhouse..funk and musty lemon grass,with clove and bubblegum and fruit

T- classic saison and delicious nice funky barnyard lemon and hay mix clove and fruit.and surprise a lot of citrus hops in the aftertaste ..really ggod

M- tart,fresh and crisp with funk and hops

O- an outstanding offering from GT..the best brew ive had from them..this is a tasty saison with a nice twist of hops..very very good

07-21-2011 22:26:47 | More by gatornation
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The Grand Saison from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.