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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

76 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
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 DearthVader
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.

DearthVader, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
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".

DovaliHops, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of Klym
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Klym, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

lurpy1, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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...

DCon, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
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.

JoEBoBpr, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of miadw3
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

miadw3, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

warnerry, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of JohnGalt1
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

JohnGalt1, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 version. Poured into a New Belgium Globe. Pours a hazy dark gold, with a white, rocky head of about two fingers. Head is slow to drop, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of lemons, pepper spice, yeasty, grapefruit peel.

Flavors of lemon zest, yeasty funk, pepper, white grapefruit. Finish is medium with a lemony, pepper linger.

Mouthfeel is dry, good level of carbonation, good mouthcoating light bitterness.

Overall an excellent saison. Seek it out.

JamnesCameron, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of kexp
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled on May 16, 2011, according to label, and tasted on August 5, 2011. Wonderful beer. Normally, I don't comment on the packaging or labeling. But the label for this beer is one of the best I have ever seen: a gorgeous rending of a farmhouse at night, with mountains in the backgound, visible by moonlight. Very nice. Appearance is excellent. Great robust head, and lacing as I proceed is distinct. Rich orange, mustard yellow, golden color. Smell is appropriate for the style, strong citrus, a bit sour, and a bit of banana. Taste is wonderful. Great hop surprise at the back of the tongue. Up front is the citrus and the middle features the tight carbonation and a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is good. Not quite as tight as the tight carbonation of a belgian, but certainly as refreshing as a french farmhouse ale. Overall, one of the best american saisons, if not THE best, I have ever had. I will be returning for another bottle this weekend.

kexp, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of gatornation
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

gatornation, Jul 21, 2011
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.

emerge077, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of vande
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

vande, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of scottyshades
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

scottyshades, Jul 06, 2011
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.

avalon07, Jun 30, 2011
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.

augustgarage, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Jun 23, 2011
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!

benclimbs, Jun 20, 2011
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.

AdvocateFan, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of beagle75
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

beagle75, May 12, 2011
The Grand Saison from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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