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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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 01:47:49 | More by mikesgroove
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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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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 23:39:08 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:10:04 | More by zeff80
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Halcyondays

California

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a lightly hazy goldenrod with a nice white head, good lace.

S: Coriander, very spicy, estery with lemons.

T: A beer that has a great mix of flavours. Meyer lemons, coriander and white pepper. Very spicy with a lean minerality and malt character that makes it very easy drinking. Earthy solid hop character.

M: Fairly smooth, very much American here, nice enough, frothy.

O: One of the better American saisons I've had. This is very well made and has a great flavour.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 01:09:35 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:39:45 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 21:22:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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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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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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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 05:27:23 | More by JohnGalt1
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 13:55:36 | More by avalon07
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - The beer pours a nice clear golden color. Almost like a pilsner or Kolsch. There is a nice thin white head that is of medium density and recedes quickly to a nice ring around the glass.

S - Slight clove notes as well as some nice banana and some slight malty sweetness. Apple and pear notes are present as well. There is also some slight peppery spice and coriander on the back end as well as some mild refreshing grassy hops.

T & M - It has a nice malty and grassy grain notes. There is some slight funk and a bit of a spicy grassy hop notes present right a way. There is a bunch of flavor that comes up right away. The flavors are not as traditional as other Saisons as the grassy malt seems more present than the spices or the funk. There is some slight coriander and some slight pepper as well. The grassy and slightly citrusy hops round out the dry finish.

O - The beer is pretty good but definitely not my favorite saison. It is still very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 20:28:37 | More by JoEBoBpr
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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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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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augustgarage

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 22:26:47 | More by gatornation
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DovaliHops

California

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is very spicy and funky like a good saison should be. Nice farmhouse aroma, but not overwhelming. I feel this is a nice aroma to get people into saison beers. Taste is initially lemon zest with nice pepper flavor. Then I get some farmhouse flavors with Belgian yeast and hoppy profile. Finishes quite spicy and dry. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a tasty saison from a brewery that I cross my fingers for "big future plans".

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 08:04:27 | More by DovaliHops
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The Grand Saison from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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