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Yards Saison - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

405 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 188
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 5
Gots: 30 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2001)
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5/5  rDev +41.6%

JohnWolfe62, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +41.6%

corby112, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of JSkone09
5/5  rDev +41.6%

JSkone09, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of kinchdedalus
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

kinchdedalus, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of WissBrauSean
4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I poured this beer at about 60 degrees F and it is fine at that temperature. It poured a nice even and clear gold colour with a bright yellow/white two finger head of tiny bubbles that last as a full cap the entire drink leaving that Hopi Indian village in a cliff face kind of look behind on the glass. I dig it!

At this temperature the fruity yeast is most forward followed by an even mix of light malt sweetness, citrus and mild earthy hops as well as spices. Very nice!

The taste is barely dominated by any one thing in particular but more of a swirl of pale malt sweetness, fruits by the bushel of citrus, banana, and mildly tart apple, coriander like spices, mild hops and some pepper. If any one thing is more forward than the others is the pale malt. This is all very well balanced and comes off as mildly dry.

The mouthfeel is creamy and moderately full with mid-range carbonation. I don't think this beer could be crafted better. Everything is in sync.

Overall, I would recommend this beer to anyone as it would be a perfect crossover beer from the usual swill as well as a great recommendation to the beer connoisseur. If there was something that I could find wrong with this beer is that I only have one! 5 out of 5!!!

WissBrauSean, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of JPMcKirk
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

JPMcKirk, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

WanderingFool, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of 99bottles
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy, light gold-yellow body. Laces the surface, minimal head of patchy white.

Smell: Not very assertive. Wet grass, some very faint farmhouse smell of fecund fermentation. Damp and rotten wood. For being minimal, this smell imparts a huge amount of definition to the beer.

Taste: Ah, excellent. The yeast strain is excellent and reminiscent of the real Belgian farmhouse ales. The earthy grass pulls through with abundance, and the 'funk' follows in rising and falling waves of flavor. Slight phenolic twinge is cut short by a satisfying sweetness. This is really good. This is saison-light. I've read poor reviews about this fella, and I'm damn glad I ignored them and bought a few anyway. For the price, availability, and quality, this is unbeatable. Is it painfully phenolic, or funky as all hell? No. It's a stripped down version, and it's delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. This beer has just the right amount of body to make it more than a chug-a-lug. This is perfect, because you might want to drink 20 of these, but after a few, the rawness of the style bitchsmacks you upside the head and tells you not to abuse such a nice creation.

Drinkability: Five. Summer ales, meet your mid atlantic superior. Go ahead and try at least one of these. I was skeptical, but forget all that. It's not going to be Fantome or DuPont, but it is going to be tasty. Go buy this.

99bottles, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of domnalbrecc
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

domnalbrecc, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Chucker, May 25, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta say, had this quite a few times out of the bottle, on tap once or twice, and on cask a few months ago when Yards just released it for the season. By Tom the owner's admission, that cask offering was a lot fruitier than usual. I would concur, and I think I mentioned in my review that it also had a pulpy mouthfeel like juice. But damn was it good, if not consistent with their familiar output.

Anyway, at present, a friend and I shared a growler of this the other night and it was exactly what I remembered Yards Saison tasting like before.

I'm finding growlers yield some of the most attractive pours, and this was no different. Minus the initial pour, the subsequent fills presented an awesomely plump head topping a luminous (my new favorite color) gamboge body. Lil bit hazy.

Fruitiness (grapefruit) is very much a factor in the aroma and taste. Hints of grassy hops and a moderate, quasi-champagne spice highlight the flavor. Whereas that particular cask version was the most chewy beer I've had, this still has some scant nectary flesh to the body, but it was far more leaner and crisp, but hardly thin - all around more on par with authentic Belgian varieties.

When it's on, very much my favorite reasonably-priced domestic saison. Well-executed take on the style with a lot of flavor and personality. For those new to the style, it's perfectly enjoyable introduction if you're not looking to blow a huge wad of cash on the real thing.

Bouleboubier, Jul 10, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark golden/yellow color, with a decent head, which leaves a nice sheet of lace. The body is in the medium range. On the nose there are grassy tones and light citrus aromas of orange peels perhaps..
On the palate there are light fruity flavors, again orange peels, maybe lemon too, corriander, spicy a bit, and apple peels as well. All blended well and was very enjoyable IMO, very refreshing brew. Another good brew from Yards brewing company.

WilliamPhilaPa, Jul 05, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jul 23, 2002
Photo of SixpointJMH
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice offering from Yards that I've somehow never sampled until recently.

It pours an okay slightly cloudy golden colour wit ha thin white head. Not bad, but nothing special here with the appearance.

The aroma is a nice blend of citrus fruit and general spice notes. It's light and basic but well done and appealing.

The flavour takes the aroma to the next step, and, while similar is definitely bolder. The initial taste is citrus to a point bordering on tart for a second befoer mixing with spices and a more subdued fruit flavour. The middle is more concentrated on the spices and the finish brings in some yeast flavouring and a tiny bit of hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

This is a nice saison from the folks at Yards. It's simple and fairly tradtional for the most part, but good nonetheless.

SixpointJMH, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a moderately cloudy peach that faded to a pale straw. The head was a thin off white film.

Smells of wheat, oats and honey with a dry lemon rind tied together by a mild, musky, slightly peppery yeast.

Tastes of sweet bread dough, creamy yeast and a slight citrus rind with a well balanced lemon sourness.

The mouth feel is light to medium boded with a light, easy carbonation.

This one’s really easy to drink, especially for the style. Also, considering this little bottle cost me $.83, this has got to be the best deal for a quaffable saison on the planet! I should also note that I think this one was far fresher than my “on-tap” review.

DarkerTheBetter, Sep 25, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

mnapoleon, May 19, 2014
Photo of Jarod
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

99 – 04 dated on side of bottle, but nothing marked.

This beer poured a golden wheat/honey color that was very clear and showed great carbonation bubbles. The head was thick, full, creamy off white in color and long lasting to almost ¾ to the end with an aggressive pour. There was some lace present, but spotty and watery. The aromas that came from the glass were light. I nosed some flowers, hay, oranges, sweet malts and when a deep wiff was taken in there was a musty smell in the back of the nose. The flavors were more pronounced. It started kind of watery then evened out, tastes of light hops, fruit slices (lemon, orange), some sweet malt, light spice, earth notes and a farmy taste or farmhouse taste. It finished with a yeast/bread taste and left an aftertaste of black pepper or cilantro, which seemed to last a good length of time. It was light to medium bodied. This is not an overstated saison, kind of mellow or soft in the nose but makes up for it in the taste. Good combination of tastes makes this an enjoyable beer.

Jarod, Oct 23, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

touchmeimsac, May 15, 2013
Photo of tswarner
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

tswarner, Jun 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

pep, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of robbyc1
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking clear amber with fluffy white head. Great lacing.

Estery nose of banana and clove, some spice.

Wow, the taste has a nice, peppery backbone, good malt, no funk but the spice makes up for that. No sign of hops but very balanced and a strong malty finish, leaving you wanting more. I drank this at a realitively high temp, probably around 55 degrees which agreed with it well.

Good fully body mouthfeel, with a nice settling effect. I would seek this out if it made it to the Chicago area, lucky east coasters.

robbyc1, May 06, 2011
Photo of EtOHMD
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying this for 1st time in PA. Poured into pint glass. Decent appearance golden orange translucent but not opaque. Fruity smell banana orange. Taste is classic saison but not as peppery as some others I've had. Easy drinkin. Perhaps a session saison?

EtOHMD, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of stellashay
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- honestly, the appearance was no more impressing than any other light beer. Low carbonation visible, light golden color, smale quickly diminishing head of about 1/2".

s: sweet yet refreshing, heavy on the wheat notes, slightly spiced. Smells exactly as it tastes.

t: delicious and refreshing! slightly thicker than I would have expected, but the carbonation and light, crisp flavor more than makes up for that.

m: spicy, bubbly on the tongue, (nicely chilled), thirst quenching.

stellashay, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a "what the hell, you should try this" box shipped to me by my buddy 2dogbrew. Thanks Russ.

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

The pillowy white head soared to the top of the my tulip like cumulonimbus clouds on a mission. The beer itself is just a tad hazy with some deep golden orange hues. The lacing is monstrous-- just in letting it settle while I check out the color, there are huge chunks of sticky and thick lace. Looks absolutely delightful!!

I smell candied sugar. That thick, unrefined, natural sugar. Also some earthy funk is noticeable. The taste starts off a bit sweet and gets a little funky with citrus notes present towards the finish. It has a dry tartness, bordering on the idea of being slightly sour, that belies the sweetness at the front of the taste.
There is some kind of light fruitiness to this-- banana, apricot, pear? I can't distinguish what it is right now-- but I can sure taste something familiar here. There is also a slight spicy/peppery vibe that in my mind, I attribute to the yeast. Very tasty little beer, and I would certainly pick this one up if I lived in the distribution area!

There is plenty of carbonation to remind us that this is a light and summery beer... But it could still pack a punch as 6.5% abv. Especially with how easy it drinks.

Very solid offering of a Belgian style from a domestic brewer. So far Yards is 2 for 2 in my book!
To Yards: Keep it up!
To traders: Keep sending them to me!

AleWatcher, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a nice two finger head. Large carbonation bubbles hugged the inside of the glass, and thick bubbles were in the head. The aroma was great as sweetness was balanced with tartness and citrus tones. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart apples / tart grapes, light citrus tones, and a dash of caramel. The mouthfeel was crisp, and the finish was dry and crisp. Alcohol is lightly noticeable. Carbonation is strong. Medium bodied and nicely drinkable.

Gavage, Mar 19, 2004
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Yards Saison from Yards Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.