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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

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 Glibber
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of sleuthdog
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of flexabull
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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 Diomede
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of pixieskid
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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 impending
3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
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

Photo of syrupjoe
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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 ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of gdhawley
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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 MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of LSUPT
2.98/5  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.

Photo of jmvecchio1
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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.

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