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The Grand Saison - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

The Grand SaisonThe Grand Saison

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BA SCORE
89
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%


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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scottyshades

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +5%
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

Serving type: growler

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

New Hampshire

4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 00:43:10 | More by PDXHops
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:37:56 | More by ThePorterSorter
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 13:58:47 | More by stakem
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Glibber

Idaho

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:56:09 | More by flexabull
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dcloeren

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 21:44:19 | More by dcloeren
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
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.
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 04:59:14 | More by impending
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 02:30:09 | More by Monkeyknife
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oline73

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 03:56:33 | More by ArrogantB
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 06:42:50 | More by ChugginOil
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brotherloco

California

4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 05:04:39 | More by brotherloco
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 18:42:21 | More by MasterSki
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 01:57:06 | More by AgentZero
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LSUPT

California

2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 22:39:21 | More by LSUPT
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jmvecchio1

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours our a hazy golden color with a white fluffy head and beautiful lacing on the glass. The aroma off the beer is herbal (I think the Hallertauer hops) and grainy, but the smell is strongly dominated by the yeast strain. The taste of the beer is again dominated by the yeast strain, but is slightly spiced and gives subtle hints of sweet fruit. Overall, the drink of the beer a nice, light, and summery.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 02:51:12 | More by jmvecchio1
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 05:07:59 | More by emmasdad
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DearthVader

California

3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 08:09:56 | More by DearthVader
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The Grand Saison from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.