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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

78 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 78
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:
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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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
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
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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
3.01/5  rDev -24.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of DearthVader
3.52/5  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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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".

Photo of Klym
3.43/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of lurpy1
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of DCon
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought and enjoyed a 1 PINT 9.4 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $10. Poured from the cool, pastel painted scene on the front with the bottle capped ribboned off @ the top with 2011 labeled, into a 0,47l New Belgium Tulip Glass. Has BOTTLED ON 05/16/11 on the side.

Aroma- Nice fruity, citrusy aroma with high malts. A bit of spice is present but not much. Not any sourness or acidity found... Bummer!

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that lasts very a great amount of time! Has a nice golden color body with great clarity. The lacing on the sides is thick but in a sudsy shape (blots of lace).

Flavor- Has nice fruity start and very pleasant. Meyers lemons (orange/lemon mixed) were very evident and could find them almost brewed into this one! Has a strong, wheaty character that is decent... Medium spice and peppery aftertaste though. No sourness again and has a light, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Mild Effervescent quality (should be higher), but then leaves a good fruitiness on the palate.

Overall Impression- For Grand Teton being such an awesome Brewery (IMO), this beer was a bit average for me... Didn't have all the sour/acidic qualities and didn't stand out very strongly. Very one-sided (with the fruitiness and malts) and could definitely had more spice. Very refreshing though and still enjoyed big time! Now looking for that next Grand Teton that I haven't enjoyed yet...

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of miadw3
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful gold with a slight haze. About a finger of head that leaves good lacing.

S - Strong smell of lemon, with a touch of pepper.

T - Very light with strong lemon, clove, and pepper. Finishes with a sweet earthy-citrus note.

M - Medium mouthfeel that fits the saison style perfectly. Has a nice tart finish.

O - One of the best saisons I've enjoyed. The citrus is perfectly balanced with the clove and pepper to make a truly enjoyable beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of warnerry
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden brown with one finger of white head. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Lemon and pepper are prominent in the nose, along with some yeast funk and some malt presence. Smell is clean and inviting.

T - Similar to smell with more yeast presence and a nice earthy finish. Nice balance of bright citrus, some bitter hops, spicy pepper and earthiness. Very enjoyable saison.

M - bright medium mouthfeel with an earthy dry finish.

O -really enjoyed this one. Wish this were available near me.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  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

The Grand Saison from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.