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The Grand Saison - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AdvocateFan
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Travisnin
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of dcloeren
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with my fiancé in our backyard on a sunny and 70 degree afternoon.

Poured a hazy golden honey with a finger and a half of creamy bright white head. Dissipated fairly quickly into a thin film.

Smells of lemon zest with some earthy herbal notes, a slight spiciness and a touch of barnyard funk.

This is a very refreshing saison. Great lemony notes with white peppercorns, earthy herbal notes all finished with some great funk.

Light to medium in body with a solid amount of carbonation. Very dry finish with a nice funky lemon zest aftertaste.

Overall, this was an amazing saison. Perfect choice for a day like today. Very refreshing, complex and a little funky. Excellent brew for sure. I wish I had some more...

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of pixieskid
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of miadw3
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful gold with a slight haze. About a finger of head that leaves good lacing.

S - Strong smell of lemon, with a touch of pepper.

T - Very light with strong lemon, clove, and pepper. Finishes with a sweet earthy-citrus note.

M - Medium mouthfeel that fits the saison style perfectly. Has a nice tart finish.

O - One of the best saisons I've enjoyed. The citrus is perfectly balanced with the clove and pepper to make a truly enjoyable beer.

Photo of benclimbs
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer blew me away and caught me off guard wow!

Looks about perfect, off opaque golden with a nice

Smell is all yeasty and wheaty I wonder what grain they put in, eatery tropical fruit and bananas, spiced etc fantastic!

Taste again is fantastic, full of wonderful fresh citrus fruit fruit and yeast and finishing with a deliciously spicy, pepper and cloves dry hop character mmmm mmmm

A damn good saison!

Photo of vande
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice, solid golden yellow color with a thin layer of head and lace that lingers for a bit... carbonation present as the air rises and dances to the top

S: Farm and barn written within the nose. Bits of spice and grassiness mixed in reminding me of my old barn that I played in when I was a kid. Oh to the days of mazes built out of hay bails.

T: Overall, a real nice balance of the barnyard funk, some spice, grass, bit of fruit and a little bit of floresence.

M: Medium bodied beer that makes my palate happy! Great beer to sip on in the summertime heat.

O: Well played, Mr Saison, well played.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of brotherloco
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped. No bottling date, but from summer 2011. Served in a tulip at cellar temperature.

Pours an initially clear golden orange with a big pillowy three finger head. Gets cloudy with yeast as I pour more of the bottle Lots of thick lacing sticks to the side of the glass. Mild cascading bubbles.

Aroma hits the right notes. Mildly sweet fruits and yeasty funk. Apples, pears, bananas. Some salty gouda cheese, lemony citrus, and peppery spice.

I really love the flavor of this Saison. Wonderful mild sweet meets sour. Sour tinge contains some earthy and grassy notes. Wheat malt contributes some typical hefeweizen (or weizenbock) flavor. Soft hoppy bitterness in the middle. Fruity notes from the nose transitions into a lemony citrus that lingers in the aftertaste. Overall finish is a bit dry. Everything in the flavor seems really well blended and complimentary.

Medium bodied with a touch above medium (and very natural) carbonation. An understated lively quality. Does that make sense? Not sure, but feels great.

Another great beer from Grand Teton's Cellar Reserve series. Starts great and only gets better as it warms. Love it.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of oline73
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of gatornation
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kexp
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled on May 16, 2011, according to label, and tasted on August 5, 2011. Wonderful beer. Normally, I don't comment on the packaging or labeling. But the label for this beer is one of the best I have ever seen: a gorgeous rending of a farmhouse at night, with mountains in the backgound, visible by moonlight. Very nice. Appearance is excellent. Great robust head, and lacing as I proceed is distinct. Rich orange, mustard yellow, golden color. Smell is appropriate for the style, strong citrus, a bit sour, and a bit of banana. Taste is wonderful. Great hop surprise at the back of the tongue. Up front is the citrus and the middle features the tight carbonation and a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is good. Not quite as tight as the tight carbonation of a belgian, but certainly as refreshing as a french farmhouse ale. Overall, one of the best american saisons, if not THE best, I have ever had. I will be returning for another bottle this weekend.

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled phenolic and fruity. It had a yeasty aroma, too.

T - It tasted of tart fruitiness with some yeasty spice. It had a nice caramel and grain flavor as a backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean, dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty saison. This is really worth picking up.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scottyshades
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought and enjoyed a 1 PINT 9.4 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $10. Poured from the cool, pastel painted scene on the front with the bottle capped ribboned off @ the top with 2011 labeled, into a 0,47l New Belgium Tulip Glass. Has BOTTLED ON 05/16/11 on the side.

Aroma- Nice fruity, citrusy aroma with high malts. A bit of spice is present but not much. Not any sourness or acidity found... Bummer!

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that lasts very a great amount of time! Has a nice golden color body with great clarity. The lacing on the sides is thick but in a sudsy shape (blots of lace).

Flavor- Has nice fruity start and very pleasant. Meyers lemons (orange/lemon mixed) were very evident and could find them almost brewed into this one! Has a strong, wheaty character that is decent... Medium spice and peppery aftertaste though. No sourness again and has a light, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Mild Effervescent quality (should be higher), but then leaves a good fruitiness on the palate.

Overall Impression- For Grand Teton being such an awesome Brewery (IMO), this beer was a bit average for me... Didn't have all the sour/acidic qualities and didn't stand out very strongly. Very one-sided (with the fruitiness and malts) and could definitely had more spice. Very refreshing though and still enjoyed big time! Now looking for that next Grand Teton that I haven't enjoyed yet...

Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A typically funky saison smell, with traces of malt, spices, and some hops.

T: Tasted of malt, spices (pepper, coriander), hops and that aforementioned barnyard funk. This is one of the better-tasting American versions of saison I've tried.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that's so easy to drink I didn't even notice quickly I'd drank it. An extremely likable beer.

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The Grand Saison from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.