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The Grand Saison - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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The Grand SaisonThe Grand Saison

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very good

50 Reviews

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 82
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.14%
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011

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
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Reviews: 50 | Hads: 82
Photo of LSUPT
3.01/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4oz bottle, thanks to DearthVader, poured to a Fantome tulip. Bottled 5/16/11.

Pours a very lively and perfectly clear (later pours show some haze and cloudiness), medium yellow with a 3” off-white head. Great head retention for the style and a decent amount of lacing near the top.

Nose is weak. Slight bread and yeast with maybe a hint of lemon. Taste is similar, really just an ordinary saison at first: bread, yeast, lemon, but there is a slight off flavor. An overbearing lemon zest type bitter finish. High carbonation and light bodied and airy but mouthfeel is hurt by the bitterness.

Overall, a very drinkable saison despite the slight off flavors but really well below the many great saisons out there.

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Photo of impending
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a hazed middl'n orange topped with a frothy dense head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is classic yeasty saison. No funk, some hay. Rich and spicy.

The nose gave much promise not delivered in the flavor. The primary taste is of yeast, the rest is a bland subtle fruity sweet.
The aftertaste is a drab unrefined bitter with a touch of leather including a metal stud. Thin bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of Klym
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a local grocery store and kept it refrigerated since. Poured into a nonic considering the low ABV.

Overall I found this to be kind of a lager of saisons. Highly sessionable but no complexity. Pretty much any multiple notes you get from this is caused by reinterpreting the same notes in my opinion. A little yeast, a tad of zest, and a lot of basic. If you like Saisons and are looking to drink 7 glasses of something, this is for you.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle $9.49, i thought twice about buying this and then gave in, ehh. Bright golden yellow in a wine glass, good head. Smells fruity and estery but not quite what I would expect from a Belgian saison. Taste was fruity and reminded me of Tank 7 without the dry hopping. Overall this was not spicy or dry enough for me and I wish I'd spent the money on a Dupont instead.

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Photo of DearthVader
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear gold with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of straw, pineapple, citrus, pear, light earthiness and a hint of spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, citrus, pear and light spice with a smooth dry finish.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Note- Catching up on some ancient review notes. This was consumed about 3 months past the bottling. 750 ml poured into a Duvel tulip.

Slightly hazy deep gold with a sizeable head and some lacing. Pleasantly fruited aromas of lemon zest and sliced apples with grasses, grains and assorted herbs. The flavor doesn't quite live up to this promise of complexity, but make no mistake, it's bold and flavorful with a zippy, almost spritzy feel. Big herbal hop flavor with a nice citric bite at the swallow and lingering yeast. Good stuff.

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Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip, the brew appears a clear golden color with 3 fingers worth of white head. Patchy lace sticks to the glass as the cap slowly fades. A light swirl revives more than a finger back to the surface.

The smell is earthy with a hint of sulfur and cheesy funk. A bit of fruit rinds like pear/apple. Strong coriander scent like oily lemon essence mixed with pulp. A bit of herbal appeal that is mellow across the back.

The taste is fruity with pear, clove spiciness, earth and cheese. Some herbal hops blend with a dry solvent alcohol character. The aftertaste includes pear and golden apple flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It includes a well integrated alcohol level. Overall it is interesting and enjoyable with a good mix/balance of character. A fairly good take on the style that gets progressively spicy and warming as the experience continues.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-gold with two fingers of bubbly off-white head.

Fainter aroma of lemon, green apple, yeast, biscuit and a touch of funk.

This one had a tart taste of lemon, green apple, biscuit and an herbal spiciness to it. Finishes with a bitter bite.

Lighter bodied and crisp with a sharp carbonation.

A pretty good Saison from the folks at Grand Teton that really reveals itself as it warms.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle.

Pours a bright hazy gold color with a big off white head.

Aromas are of citrus, dusty, yeast, spice, and pepper.

Taste is citrus like up front, lemon zest, touch of hard candy sweetness, and hints of sourness. There are also hints of pepper, minerals, and slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not bad.

Overall a nice Saison. The mouthfeel is the only minor flaw, in an otherwise quite solid beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy peach colored beer with a white head that faded to a tight ring. Few random spots left on the sides of the glass.

S - Little bit of pale malt, some honey, grass, saison yeast. Smells very on point and good.

T - No compliants on this one. Taste screams saison. Get a little bit of sweetness over some grass and a bit of yeast. Slight citrus taste. Finishes pretty clean on the end.

M - Active carbonation, a little bit of syrup, medium bodied.

O - A very drinkable and solid saison. Can easily throw this whole bottle down, didn't really find the alcohol in this one. Good beer, and an easy drinker.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks merc for cracking this year aged bottle

The beer pours a clear golden with a foamy white head. The head falls to a soft white halo within minutes, but is regenerated easily and laces well. The nose is yeasty with a spicy mint undertone and subtle bite of alcohol. It's quite clean tasting, not much funkiness. The mouthfeel is carbonated with well balanced honey sweetness and a slightly bitter/musty aftertaste. Decent tasting saison with a touch of spice to compliment the honey sweetness.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grand Saison

Pours a nice golden color with a fingers worth of off-white head. Lasting retention.

The nose is spiced up and full of those foreign Belgian yeasts. Banana, clove, and fruity esters.

The taste is much the same but bolder. The Belgian offerings are in your face and tasty to boot. The is a slight medicinal value to the taste that is neither attractive nor deterring. Strange.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth on the palate. Comfortable.

Overall, nice saison that can be enjoyed year-round.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


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Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Glibber
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. 2011 Cellar Reserve. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Two fingers of white foam settle to a thick cap, leaving behind stray sheets of lace. The body is a hazy light apricot color.

S - Lemon, a bit of musty attic, white pepper, unmalted grains and perhaps a touch of wheat. The yeast character becomes increasingly pronounced and phenolic as the beer approaches room temperature.

T - Taste is a little more heavy on the cereal grains and tempers the spicy yeast. Some sharp wheat character, toasted malts, and a touch of lemony tartness in the finish. No alcohol, and a very clean aftertaste.

M - Medium body, pleasant active carbonation, no obvious alcohol, dry texture, and a crisp clean finish. Pretty much what I want from this style.

D - It's a very well-executed Saison. This beer doesn't offer much in the way of surprises, but it's enjoyable, easy to drink, and pairs well with food. I'm curious how the version with tart cherries tasted, but unfortunately I missed it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an excellent brew. pours rich and golden, looks quite alive in the glass (unfortunately a wine glass). smell is yeasty with spice notes, citrus maybe? the taste is stereotypically belgian in nature, a testament to the wild yeast. taste is balanced and satisfyiing, going well with a semihard raw sheeps milk french cheese and cured meats. not the best saison i've tasted, but a fine example of the style, and fairly priced. i would buy this again.

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Photo of beagle75
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draft service into a long-stemmed fluted tulip glass at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, light orange-amber color with one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Initially very fruity, with apricots, sweet apples, and freshly picked lemons. The layers dissipate somewhat but brightness remains, with a crisp peppery quality that becomes the most assertive aspect of the smell over time.

T: Begins dry, with bright fruit that follows the early smell closely. Acidity is present to the extent that it enhances other flavors. Peppery spice emerges toward the middle as fruit recedes, with the precocious development of some leafy bitterness. Yeast is never assertive, although most present in the middle. The finish is brief, clean, and bone-dry by the end, leaving just a whiff of vinous fermented fruit.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, vanishing from the palate but leaving a slow acidic burn to linger, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This is a clean but full-flavored saison that delivers nearly everything a member of the style should have, minus any serious Belgian yeast character. The beers of this brewery never disappoint, usually keeping pretty close to the stylistic archetype, and this is no exception. On an aside, Beachwood BBQ hardly ever serves the beers of Grand Teton Brewing, so it was a real treat to encounter this previously unheard-of saison there.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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The Grand Saison from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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