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 rDev +10.2%
(Served in a Nonic)
A- There is just a touch of hazy to the golden orange body with a strong carbonation supporting a wispy snow white sticky head.
S- A mineral water aroma with some malt note and a soft saison yeast ester finish.
T- There is a nice fresh lightly toasted malt flavor leads to a mellow saison ester flavor then some green pineapple weed hops in the finish. A gentle bitter note lingers. There is also a mineral note to the Saaz hops that come through.
M- The medium mouthfeel as a gentle fizz in the finish.
O- This beer has a mellow ester profile with a nice balance to the malt flavor and hops are also in balance. Nice session beer and a unique take on the saison style.
09-23-2013 20:58:31 | More by rhoadsrage
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
3.43/5 rDev -5.5%
Straight pour from a 16.9oz/500ml pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware). No bottling date visible, but from what I recall from asking about this in the store this is pretty fresh, like within a couple months of bottling. Certainly not too old.
Appearance (4.5): Beautiful pour: A thick, luscious head of custard-colored foam composed of dense fluff and fat, crackling bubbles. It has good retention, fading slowly and leaving some thick, patchy webs and scattered globs of lace. The body is a rich, perfectly hazy, glowing orange-golden color, like honey. Beautiful beer.
Smell (2.5): Kind of a musty, sweet malt aroma comes out first, kind of like the inside of silo filled with grain and corn—smells a bit like unfermented wort, quite frankly. Sweetened apple juice, boiled grains, some warm, musty character. It’s got an interesting fruitiness, but it’s lacking the lean, crackery malt body, spiciness, and crisp hop character I’d expect from the style.
Taste (3.5): Well, there’s some more spiciness here, anyway—though that sweet fruitiness from the nose is still hanging out here. There’s a nice mix of white and black pepper, a healthy dash of clove, and something herbal but not astringent, like fresh basil, hanging out subtly underneath. The malt retains the kind of sweet, malted grain / wort character that I picked up in the nose, but not as thick or syrupy. It’s not the biscuits / common crackers / rustic white bread that I expect from the style, but more like rich, sweet, buttermilk pancakes. A bit of leafy, herbal bitterness comes through from start to finish, too. But that peppery character actually gets a bit more prominent as the beer goes on—it’s not that it washes anything out, because everything else is still quite evident, but the spicy kick of ground black pepper just becomes a stronger, independently noticeable factor.
Mouthfeel (4.25): This has a really excellent mouthfeel, if a bit full and heavy: good, prickly carbonation is distributed by a lusciously thick, soft carbonation that nicely accompanies the full, slightly heavy-side-of-medium-weight body that has a moderate viscosity but still finishes moderately dry, thanks to a bit of booze and that peppery kick.
Overall (3.5): It’s an interesting saison. It’s actually got all of the classic elements, in my mind, except that it’s kind of a big, thick example of the style with decent spiciness and a richer malt character than I’m used to. It’s not bad. It’s just too malty and thick for what I really enjoy from the style. At least, if it’s going to be this rich, I’d expect a dryer, crisper malt character and some of that sweetness borne by brighter fruits and honey, with lemony crispness to help balance it all out. But y’know, maybe I’m too specific about my expectations—this is still a pretty decent saison, and I’m glad to have tried it, not to mention to see more examples of not-piss-poor saisons available in smaller formats for a decent price. So kudos to Hinterland, if for nothing else than that.
08-04-2013 01:55:21 | More by fmccormi
3.25/5 rDev -10.5%
Had this on draft at Bar Louie because they were out of Hennepin.
Pours a fairly clear but dark golden straw color. Doesn't look like much body from the pour. Head had good retention and a nice lace.
Smell was good for the style with the typical farmhouse funkiness you expect. Dank citrus fruits and some white pepper spice dominate.
Taste was a step down because the pepper overwhelms. Really, nothing else is noticed.
Mouthfeel also suffers because my palate is ruined from he spice. A bitterness in the the finish is the only thing else to pick up.
Overall it's a fair beer, just nothing to write home about.
07-05-2013 00:09:40 | More by RickS95
Saison from Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
82 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.