Saison - Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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4.53/5 rDev +24.8%
16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland tulip
A - Lazy carbonation travels through the pretty clear golden-hued brew to it's frothy and lingering eggshell head. Heavy lace clings to the glass for a beautiful and style-perfect appearance.
S - Spicy overtones from Hinterland's Saison bring white pepper and lemongrass to the forefront, focusing in on the yeast esters very nicely. Complimentary floral hop notes continue the rustic aroma through to it's pale malt backbone for an exemplary nose.
T - The bouquet of yeast esters develops further in flavor, incorporating chalky clay and subtle apricot fruit into the white pepper and lemongrass taste but floral, citrusy hops become the focus (though not by much) tasting like a full-on Lemonhead. Malt support is spot-on as it's sweetness gently cuts through spice and bitterness for a balanced finish.
M - This medium-bodied saison has a perfect carbonation level; prickly but not sharp, which helps the malt in cutting through some of the spiciness and hop bitterness for a well-balanced but lingering finish.
O - Hinterland's Saison might be all over the map with complex fragrant yeast esters and distinctive hop flavor (and higher than usual bitterness) but the end result is a harmonious brew; one of the better American-brewed Saison-style beers out there, especially if you like Lemonheads, which is certainly what it tends to remind me of.
10-02-2013 00:14:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.5/5 rDev +24%
Stopped into Hinterland Milwaukee on Eerie St., and was given this bottle to sample. Very friendly folks, and a great, slightly up-scale gastropub.
A- great body color, slightly more amber than most saisons. About one-two fingers of foam, good lacing throughout tasting.
S- malty, hops rising just a touch. Bread with a lingering fruity yeast.
T- starts smooth, then you get the yeast (banana/clove), then you get a great peppery blast. Slightly malty finish.
M- refreshing. enough carbonation to spread the flavors over your tongue. Pepper lingers, but not uncomfortably. Wonderful balance of ingredients.
O- a very, very good Saison. A simple bottle, easy to overlook, but you'll be sorry if you do. Pick up a pack and enjoy them!
06-05-2012 18:13:11 | More by mrelizabeth
4.4/5 rDev +21.2%
A: a medium golden beer with great clarity and a rocky, white head with good retention.
S: There are medium black pepper and spicy hops aromas dominating the nose with a slight clove spice. Some fruity esters. The hops smell so fresh that they have that brightness like having just been dumped into the boil kettle while brewing; they bring a moderate amount of grassiness and some lemon citrus notes.
T: Medium-strong citrus and spice flavors with a medium hops bitterness. The spice is a blend of slightly more pepper than clove. The hops are mostly a spice Saaz-like with some lemon character. There is a good amount of Pils malt with a light sweetness but balance is fairly bitter and the finish is dry. An orange fermentation character comes through the more it warms.
M: A moderately light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.
O: A dry, spicy somewhat fruity beer with a good amount of hops character; everything that I enjoy about the Saison style. Worth looking for when your in WI. and would be nice great to find locally.
08-08-2013 01:19:01 | More by MadScientist
4.25/5 rDev +17.1%
A - Hazy golden color with a finger of bone white head that lingers for the majority of the drink.
S - The nose is absolutely bursting with deliciousness, and I cannot stress that enough. It is really incredible. Cloves, fresh baked banana bread, and a muted floral note.
T - Much like the aroma, but with the hops coming more into play than in the nose. Lovely flavors of rich breads and that tangy bite from the yeast that really ties it all together. Quite peppery/spicy on the finish.
M - Smooth and creamy with a bit of a bite on the finish.
O - We did a blind taste test with this against the New Glarus Saision, and out of 5 tasters, the Hinterland won unanimously. Pretty impressive brew, and only the second I have tried from this brewery... I will have to try some of their other offerings.
07-25-2012 02:32:53 | More by ChimRichels
4.2/5 rDev +15.7%
A - Slightly hazy golden with a fluffy white head leaving huge strands of sticky lace.
S - Strong lemongrass and lemon peel aroma. Black pepper, ginger with some grainy malt.
T - Lemongrass leads to black pepper and ginger. Some lemon peel and graham cracker type malt. The spices appear much stronger than I remember in the draft version that has been around for the last few months.
M - Medium body with lively carbonation. I remember the draft version being a bit drier but the heavier spicing in this one seems to leave a bit more mouthfeel.
D - One of the best spiced Saisons I remember having. I think I like a little less spicing that I remember in the draft version although this bottle is extremely fresh.
04-08-2012 00:51:04 | More by brewcrew76
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
After reading Robin Shepard's favorable review in the Isthmus, I thought I'd give this one a go.
Pours into a Duvel tulip a gentile orange with a thick, frothy off-white foam.
Spicy and floral aroma of lemongrass and chamomile. Lemon. Ginger.
Taste is surprisingly spicy with a strong black pepper presence. Lemon grass hits the top of the palate and the lengthy finish closes with a touch of ginger. A lively yeast character adds depth and a very slight hint of funk. No flaws or negative traits to speak of.
Very spicy and assertive mouthfeel. Medium bodied with aggressive carbonation.
Exceptionally drinkable. I think I'll be buying numerous four packs of this well priced beer this spring.
04-22-2012 23:50:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.13/5 rDev +13.8%
Three finger head with excellent retention on a golden with burnt orange hues body. Excellent lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits, floral notes, corriander and candy sugar with a little Belgian yeast. A little light but likely under the cover of the large head. Flavors is much different than expected, not very sweet, more lightly sour or tart with fruits taking a back seat to herbal hops, Belgian yeast, roasted malts and peppercorn. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation with a fairly dry finish. Nice representation of the style. My first from the brewery and I was very pleased.
04-17-2013 00:54:47 | More by kylehay2004
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
This beer pours a slightly cloudy, tarnished gold in color with a one finger bright white, soapy head. The nose is impressive right off the bat. It features a lot of lemon rhind, a cardamom esque spice, light citrusy yeast, and light hay. The flavors are very well rounded. There is a lot of spicing, a lot of cardamom, and the citrusy peel aspect isn’t over the top. The yeast character is near perfect. It has really nice flavor. It drinks light in body and leaves behind plenty of spice. It’s pretty interesting. For an American made saison, this is pretty solid. While I may get flack for this, I would say that it is a poor man’s version of Fantome Hiver, with a much lighter mouthfeel.
07-01-2012 05:49:28 | More by aasher
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
Serving type: 16-ounce bottle. No freshness date.
Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is very hazy gold. Around two fingers of off-white head dissipated to leave a thin lacing and ring around the edge.
Smell: Tame Belgian farmhouse funk lets fruity notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit shine. It also has sweet apple and clove/pepper spice; it is very reminiscent of hefeweizen. Funky hefeweizen, that is.
Taste: It offers a surprising kick of spice to the back of the throat. The effect reminds me of curry but the flavor is more like white pepper. The other flavors create a well-balanced mélange and nothing really stands out like it does in the smell: light funk, orange, lemon, grapefruit, and spicy clove.
Drinkability: I am impressed. This may have turned me into a fan of saison.
08-09-2012 02:31:31 | More by TheQuietMan22
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
Bought a four-pack of pints of this new offering from Hinterland at Woodman's for $6.99. So far so very good.
Just finished the first and life is good. The ABV seems right though it's not listed on the bottle.
If you like a saison/farmhouse ale, you won't be disappointed. Heavier on the spice than usual. That great musty aroma and taste is there in fine proportion. Hinterland should offer this one year round.
04-28-2012 00:15:45 | More by benfranklin
4.05/5 rDev +11.6%
Pours a clean deep yellow color, with a white head. In the aroma, small earth notes and a little spice too. In the taste, spicy, earthy, and a nice yeast presence. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry earth and yeast aftertaste. The color scared me a bit, but nice earth and spice all the way through.
06-01-2012 20:18:26 | More by OWSLEY069
4.05/5 rDev +11.6%
Pour produces a two finger head of white froth. Color is a hazy orange in my Duvel tulip glass.
Spicy nose with pungent coriander, floral, and Belgian yeast.
Flavor opens up after 30 minutes with a pepper bite then coriander, lemon zest and light orange. A bit more dry than the sample I tried last summer at the Oswego Brewer's fest.. That beer had stronger coriander and more sweetness which I loved but this one is still pleasant. A bit sour in the finish on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Crisp and effervescent and a good representation of the style.
Ovarall I like this one though not as well as the last sample. Next I will try/review the IPA!
04-25-2013 04:36:46 | More by 312HopBomb
Saison from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
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