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

80 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
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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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 50
Photo of emerge077
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.

Photo of vande
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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 scottyshades
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Photo of avalon07
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.

Photo of augustgarage
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.

Photo of tempest
4.08/5  rDev +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.

Photo of benclimbs
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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 AdvocateFan
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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 beagle75
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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The Grand Saison from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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