Yards Saison - Yards Brewing Co.

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Yards SaisonYards Saison

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440 Ratings

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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 6
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2001

Saisons were originally brewed to keep farmhands happy and hydrated during the warm summer months. True to the style, Yards’ Saison is a semi-unfiltered Belgian style ale brewed with distinctive Belgian yeast. It’s delicate and fruity with a subtle spiciness. Styrian Goldings in the kettle lend a touch of hop to the palate, balancing out this highly drinkable version of the classic style.
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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy deep yellow with nice big fluffy head,smell was a little spicey but somewhat faint.Tasted yeasty and a little tart with some nice balancing sweetness in there lingering.Pretty nice beer real easy to drink even at 6.5% percent a summer beer with a little muscle.Will by again,Iam gonna try to find it on tap.

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Bright golden hue, sufficient lacing. Big spicy aroma with tones of bread, yeast, phenols, a kiss of alcohol. Smooth with ample crispness, moderate sized body. Wild herb phenols with some mildly harsh bubble gum, slightly bitter with some nutty yeast in the finish.

Everything comes together in the end even if some flavors seem to showboat.

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased as a single at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va. Served chilled into a tulip glass, this pours a hazed, pale yellow banana peel body with an immense white head that I'm getting used to seeing in Saisons. Very good retention and globs of patchy lace are clinging all over the glass.
Aroma begins spicy, with coriander and white pepper. Citrusy notes of lemon and orangepeel blend well with some grassy and floral hop aromas.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation that tingles the tongue.
Taste is dry and spicy, with lemony citrus and coriander dominating all the way through. Mild note of powdery yeast, but that's about it for the yeast character. Dry and spicy on the finish.
This is a crisp, dry, and refreshing Saison that is pleasant on the palate. Lacks the serious complexity and character of the better Belgian Saisons, but not at all bad.

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Pours a honey/golden amber. Cloudy, minimal white head. Sort of prickly on the tongue. Minor lacing. Honey, pepper and yeast in the nose. Earthy, musty and hints of pepper. they obviously are trying as best as they can to hit the style, and I think its a pretty good try at an elusive flavor and yeast profile. Spicy in the finish, moderate complexity. Some sourness. Tasty, flavorfull and hearty summer quaffer.

Photo of jakester
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from the Yards Variety case. I drank it in a goblet. "Filled on" date stamped on top of the case, but it's tricky to find. Something is inked on the bottle, but it's unreadable.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a 1/2 finger head of off-white foam. Head falls to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation looks active.

Aroma is of bitter orange and coriander, on the light side, with a very slight farmhouse character to it. Smells pleasantly citrusy, and slightly yeasty. Smells nice, if not complex.

First flavor is light Belgian farmhouse funk, followed by lightly bready pilsner malt, lemony citrus, and a gentle hop bitterness. The spices come through late, and taste of orange and coriander. This is a saison wannabe, although it's a good beer, nonetheless. Aftertaste is a light but noticeable Belgian funk.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively carbonation bite. Finish is short and sweet.

Like I said, this is a saison wannabe, but it is a good beer. Seems like Yards is seeking the newbie niche for saisons, but it is well made, and power to them. If you are seeking out true saisons, I would keep looking.

Photo of JHarris1717
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer. Tried it in a beer/cheese tasting and it was paired with a brilliant cheese; Harbison from The Cellars at Jasper Hill. The combo was fantastic. Very light, hint of spice. The "expert" at the tasting said it was brewed with candied sugar. Definitely could taste that. I'm eager to have another one without the compliment of the cheese to see if it stands on its own. Could be a nice summer brew after a good winter with great darks/stouts.

Photo of Oberson58
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Little heavy for a saison, has a funny taste, not your typical saison. Still goes down well and I could probably drink a sixer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very impressive hazed orange tinted golden body with a vibrant fluffy white head poured into my Corsendonk glass leaving even lace as the head settles. Aroma is delicate with a faint phenolic fruit tone peeking through what seems like a decently carbonated spiced lighter summer beer. My first sip of this pseudo Saison is met with a slightly harsh mixture of flavors, a bitter dryness at first followed by watery emptiness some malt sweetness shines through but the flavors are conflicting in my mouth and only hoping to eventually harmonize I will let this sample sit until it warms slightly. The mouthfeel is light and meant for the summer time, and I could probably handle my share of these, but why would I want to when it's just a mediocre representation of a great beer. I will pass on this pass me my Saison Dupont.

Photo of SPRichard
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

new recipe for the Yards Saison for 2009...ABV has been bumped up to 6.5% with this new batch....picked up fresh at Canal's in NJ

light orange color....slightly cloudy....thin head....steady stream of carbonation flowing up from the bottom of my glass...patchy lacing

fruit aromas...has an orange/citrus scent to it...flavorful

light body with carbonation bite on the back of the tongue....defiantly has Belgian qualities to it

even with the higher ABV i could see putting a few of these back on a summer day on the deck....will seek this one out on draft also

Photo of WCBCFrank
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold; it has a nice hop, good carbonation and yeasty flavor throughout. Overall it is very satisfying and crisp

For the novice: A good introduction to the style.

Personally: Yards Saison has had a rough life, especially during the Kehoe/Barton years....sometimes tasting weak, slightly sour, and totally unlike the current version Yards is brewing today.

Cheers to Tom and gang, a quality saison proudly brewed in my home town.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a deep chalice)
A- this beer pours a hazy golden body with a thin ring of white foam on the rim. Strong carbonation aswell.

S- Sour honey aromas with strong notes of hard cider.

T- Lots of tart grapefruit with some tanginess too. A hint of ice tea and some lemon finish with a hop bitterness.

M- medium body with a small fizz. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- Very unique beer but they really need to work on the complexity of flavors to master this style. Very good solid beer.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow/straw color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly disappeared into a thin lacing of foam that covered practically the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Typical Belgian Saison aroma of Belgian yeast, spices such as cardamom, clove, and lemon peel. Very nice.

Taste: Again, typical Belgian Saison flavors: yeasty, spicy (as in spices, not heat), citrusy. Notes of clove, black pepper, lemon, grapefruit, candied sugar, honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, with some really good carbonation to tickle the taste buds and cleanse the palate.

Overall: I really liked this beer and found it to be a good example of an American version of a Belgian Saison. I’ll certainly be getting it again.

Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE REVIEWED: July 24, 2014... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... OCCASION: just watched Earth to Echo--fun, but not E.T. ...APPEARANCE: hazy, glowing golden orange body; an armada of bubbles cascades upward into a white, frothy, three-finger head that leaves thick cumulous clouds... AROMA: candied sugar, hay and lemon zest--missing the signature barnyard yeasts, though--definite allspice, cumin and coriander... PALATE: lively, active in the teeth; medium-bodied, with a long drawn-out, welcome aftertaste; sessionable but somewhat substantial... TASTE: apple, raisin, grape, zesty lemon, anise and cumin combine to create an abbey-like profile without the alcohol... OVERALL: one of the first (THE first?!) saison I had, and this bottle rewards well within my price range ($8.99 for a six); quite flavorful for the thirst-quenching expectations; Yards dos not often disappoint, and they do not here...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yards- Saison

Appearance- Hazy light orange with a moderate head that laced nicely.
Smell- Light earty/ grassy hops with some peach/ apricot wheat.
Taste- immediate apricot/ wheat hit me followed up with a mild straw/ hay flavor. Slight yeasty aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- crisp on the tongue with a nice flavorful finish.

Overall- A pleasent surprise. I haven't had a Yards offering in a while and this was enjoyable. I would recommend this for a summer day.

Photo of jmz62565
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy yellow straw orange with a small white head. The smell has some lemon and yeast scents,but the aroma is pretty light. The taste has alot of lemon flavor along with a good bit of tartness and spices,coriander.The taste is not bad at all. The m/f is light and well balanced. This is a good brew and one that will go very good on a hot summer day.

Photo of asabreed
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow with some of the sediment poured in. Tons of bubble action surfacing in the middle, with bubbles on the side of the glass slowly coming up. Almost look 3-D in a way, and it's very nice. Head's still sticking around, with the lacing pretty thick, too.

Smell: Yeasty aromas at first, with some lemongrass, lemon zest, and hints of sweet malt on top. Some hop bitterness comes to the forefront with a deep inhalation. Some slight orange peel, peppery spice, and coriander at the end. The potential is there, but it doesn't come through like it should, as it's very unbalanced.

Taste: Initially it seems like it's going to be very dry, and then becomes very dry, very quickly, which seems to be masking most of the flavor that should be present and huge. Eesh, way too bitter, by the hops I suppose? It's almost harsh on the palate unfortunately. Aftertaste is too dry, very astringent, and draws on some faint lemon along with mostly harsh hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Way too much carbonation with kind of a light body. Not pleasant at all.

Drinkability: Rarely do I pour out a beer, but I may in fact do that now, though I hate to waste it. I'm waiting for Yards to impress me, and this certainly hasn't made a case. Too dry, unbalanced, and astringent.

Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yellow, significant carbonation. Fragrance: orange and pepper spicey, drop of wheat, yeasty. Lace in glass. Dry and spicey, namely coriander, also some sugar, but not many spices that worked for me. Finish acidic lemon or lime citrus. At Ludwig's Beer Garden.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with orange highlights. Bright white head dissipates quickly. Aroma is fruity and "Belgian" in character with a touch of spiciness and some citrus notes. Actually quite nice! Flavor is fairly rich but not complex - OK for a saison. Fruity, sweetish malt with a good mouthfeel - highly effervescent. Dryish in the finish, but not really bitter. Gives a nice, sweet and fruity burp. Very Belgian. In a blind tasting wouldn't question that it was imported. This beer has improved since they've moved to the new brewery, and is now one of my favorite local beers.

Photo of tempest
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. It was nice at times, but overall just too light and bland. I'd occasionally get nice light grain and banana flavors, but there was a lot lacking. I know the saison style is fairly open, but this just wasn't that good of a beer. It's not bad, but I wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of beerluvr
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a large 3 fingered head, off-white in color and long lived at that. A bit of yeast haze, otherwise semi-clear light amber liquid in the Fuller's pint glass. Light fruity delicate nose...some banana noted. Dainty fruit flavors with nice hopping and a little malt sweetness, somewhat thin mouthfeel, otherwise eveything's a-ok. Finishes on a bitter/fruity note. A nice warm weather ale that goes down easy.

Photo of andjusticeforale
2.46/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was really expecting a bunch from this one. But, I was let down; no let me say, maybe it was a bad bottle or two, but still, here goes;

It came out ok;looked like a golden pilsner, not a saison.

The smell is grapefruit and cat pee stained rug.

The initial taste is IPA bitter, I tried to find coriander- definitely citrus. The finish is bitter wheat. This did not improve, infact, the twangy stink got more prevalent as the beer went down.

I am glad people are making saisons, but I'd rather have a bud light than this.

Photo of jmhart
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this through the Noob BIF.

Poured into a snifter

A- Pours hazy yellow-orange with a full firm stark white head that fades quickly and leaves encompassing lace.

S- Funky spice surrounded by sugar cookie

T- Biting mellow sugar with cinnamon, pepper, and squash. Earthy with a nice funk. Dry and spicy.

M- Dry and highly carbonated.

D- A pretty tasty and refreshing brew. Easy drinking, good flavor.

Overall, a good brew, but I probably wouldn't pick it up again. There are some other saisons out there, both imported and domestically produced, that I'd pick up instead.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a single 12 oz bottle....

Poured into my Chimay goblet.

I have to admit that it was a very nice color- typical golden color for a "Belgian" style beer- but...no head, no lacing..totally watered down- you can tell even as you poor. Taste was of oranges and lemons- zesty and spicy- but totally watery- tastes like the end of a beer the whole way through.

I did not enjoy this one at all and probably won't buy this again. I will stick to Duvel if Im in the mood for a Belgian Golden Ale. It was tough to finish.

Photo of nickthetick
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear gold into a duvel tulip with a finger and a half of off white head that slowly dissipates and leaves spotty lacing.

S: spicy, floral and citrusy. The citrus and floral aspects are a bit more upfront and bold than I'm use to in a saison but its good.

T: a lot of beautiful spices, malty sweetness. Nice hop balance with some flowery and pollen-esque. Light citrus qualities, lemon grass.

MF: good effervescence, smooth medium body.

O: great saison, good beer. I'd buy this again.

Photo of drcarver
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank at the same time as hennepin

A - clear golden color with a two finger fluffy white head. good lacing and retention.

S - there's an odd funk... like blue cheese, but only initially.

T/M - definitely on the bitter side. the classic yeast and sweetness (more of a candy sweet than the subtle sweetness of others) is there but the bitterness is a turn off. also there was a definite harshness to the carbonation unlike most other saisons.

D - for the price its good, but if I were to choose between this or a hennepin there is a clear winner.

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Yards Saison from Yards Brewing Co.
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