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Yards Saison - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
81
good

196 Reviews
THE BROS
82
good

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Reviews: 196
Hads: 448
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 6
Gots: 63 | 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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Reviews: 196 | Hads: 448
Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was exceptionally funky. It was on tap, so I don't believe the issue would have been with staleness or anything like that. It was kind of upsetting to my stomach to drink though.

Wouldn't purchase again. (213 characters)

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.61/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass poured into tulip glass.

L - Dark, straw color with a thick foam dome. Lots of carbonation

S - Citrusy wheat aroma

T - Kind of like a strong pilsner, not really a saison. Bitter aftertaste

F - Light, refreshing feel. Very sessionable

O - Kind of leans towards more to a German-style pilsner than a saison, but the character does show. I perfer this over other saisons because of the taste. Some saisons are kind of overbearing in sweetness but this is very good. (482 characters)

Photo of Jawn-Doe
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice transparent golden color and thick, soapy head. The nose concerned me at first, suggesting an abundance of syrup. However, the taste did not disappoint. Creamy mouthfeel introduces the palate, quickly transitioning to tart lemon and light pepper. The sip culminates in a dry finish with a faint reminder of pepper and clove. Both enjoyable and refreshing-a pleasant surprise. (385 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Medium yellow, fairly highly carbonated. Light and malty. Refreshing, but there is too much malt sweetness for my taste. (156 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Extremely bubbly gold with a not so prevalent smell of malt and Pilsen. Though it doesn't look like it, it's a strong Belgian but too much alcohol taste over the ingredients and very sugary. (191 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark yellow with a two finger head that dissipates fast. Slight bit of have to it.

Smell- Yeasty aroma with spices. Bits of dark fruit and banana as well.

Taste- A bit of wheat-like malt blends into a sweet Belgian-esque candy flavor. The banana as in the smell is in the taste as well. Finishes dry with a touch of bitterness and clove spiciness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with good carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall- A good yet average saison. Easy drinking and none of the many flavors are overwhelming. (578 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottles 3/17/2015 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma fruity and somewhat sour
Head small (1 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing - none
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor faint, some yeast phenolics coming through, then a blast of sourness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, fizzy

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25 (421 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Yards Saison is pretty to look at and smells just as nice, but it's lacking something in taste. It doesn't taste bad—it's quite enjoyable and it's light in taste, but it also feels a little flat, like it can't quite distinguish itself from other saisons. It's still a solid beer from a very good company, and I'd drink it again. I just don't love it. (356 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on tap, served chilled in a pint-review from notes.

The color is golden with hazed appearance and thick white head with film of lace left clinging with tight bead. The smell is spicy and has a slight yeast ester with peppery and mild hop scent with gentle herbal tinge and mild malt in the aroma. The feel has a mild bitter texture with medium high carbonation and light yeastiness with fruity tang in the mostly dry finish.

The taste is good with some slightly spice flavor from the yeast and moderate amount of hop in the taste with some fruity yeast qualities and light lemony aspect with hint of pine in the hop profile. There is a nice base of pilsner malt to give some balance. I found this to be above average -a decent hoppy drinkable saison. (767 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazed orange-yellow color with a two finger thick and billowy white head. The head fades slowly leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheaty and yeasty aroma with a lots of banana and spice of coriander and clove. Along with these smells are some other light fruit aromas of an orange and a lemongrass aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly lightly sweetened yeasty and wheaty taste with the sweetness being a mix of candied sugar and some fruit of an orange flavor. As the taste advances the candied sugar and orange fade, but some flavors of banana come to the tongue and bring with them some clove and pepper. A little bit of a grassy and lemon flavor come to the tongue toward the end of the taste and with the dwindling of the sweeter flavors overall, leaves a rather well balanced, only lightly funked and rather more crisp saison flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation that was average to slightly low. A little higher carbonation would have been slightly more fitting for the style, but even so the feel was alright and keep it a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – A somewhat drier and less funky saison that had a very easy drinking feel. Not a bad brew and one to at least give a try too. (1,450 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is musty, spices, a bit funky. Taste is big on spices, pepper, some yeast and banana as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (242 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +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... (908 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large bubbly center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Rich Saison yeast aroma brings about notes of banana and mild bubble gum. Slightly soily.

T- Flavor doesn't quite follow through as the yeast notes pop on the palate and then quickly fade leaving only a slightly bitter aftertaste. More tangy than sweet.

M- Quite vibrant and zesty with a slightly milky texture. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I've come to realize that I'm real easy to please when it comes to saisons. I don't think I've ever met one I didn't like and this one is no exception. Both BA and the Bros gave it a low score but I say that, if you like saisons, try this one. It ain't bad at all. (914 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful light gold with a long-lasting foamy white head. The head leaves substantial lacing. The aroma is pretty good, with nice fruity esters. The taste has a sizable ester with hints of light fruit flavor but with a metallic bite on the finish. It has a nice feel on the palate. Its got some hits and some misses. (326 characters)

Photo of Profchaos20
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed on 6/28/13 12 OZ Bottle in a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two finger creamy white head.

S - Citrus, lemon and spice burst out of this beer to start. Having difficulty nailing down the spice aroma, not pepper just a general spice aroma that I cant pin down. Notes of malt more in the background.

T - Tart, light malt and spice throughout. Light bitterness on the finish and the spice lingers on the palate.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Dry.

O - Above average Saison, but a little boring perhaps. Wouldn't go out of my way to have again. (581 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation along with some fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lemongrass and pepper are present in the nose. Notes of also bananas and earthy yeast become evident as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell but seems to be a little fruitier with notes of bananas and also has hints of Belgian yeast and sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and could make for a nice choice if you are looking for a fruitier saison. (863 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a slightly hazed straw color, thin layer of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Lots of belgian yeast and clove, other spices, pepper, some light banana.
T - You get a little bit of dried fruit and banana up front then it shifts quickly to a very spicy and pepper flavor, and last for a while.
M - Dry and a tad bitter, light on feel though.
O - This is just about an average saison, nothing special, but nothing awful, its definitely geared more on the spice side of things. (506 characters)

Photo of BeerSwillingMongoloid
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I like this stuff. Partially because I'm from Philadelphia (even though this city is a shithole) but mostly because this is a decent taste of the belgian style at half price. Taste it if you have the chance. Not bad. Just to meet number of characters (250 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of cjoc83
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy, burnt orange/gold color with a 3 finger, bright white head. Lots of carbonation, bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- A bit of banana and clove, fruity yeast esters, slight lemon peel. Light on the spices, just the hint of clove.

T- follows the nose closely with banana bread hitting the palette first, and some slight citrus zest. Then some earthy grain and just a hint of floral hops before finishing with some more earthiness, hay, wet grass. Not bad at all.

M- light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O- A decent Philly brewed saison that's pretty damn good on a hot summer day. Not great, but certainly quaffable. (688 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is light in hue...gold and capped with a white foam. The aroma is mor of a Belgian ale than Saigon, but it is quite good. Fruity, spicy....anise and coriander and peach. The taste is bitter, a but tart, and some pale malts. Bitter, with a full mouthfeel and a Belgian yeast flavor. Overall, this is good, but not great. (328 characters)

Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am from the Philadelphia area, so I have had a good amount of exposure to Yards Brewery. I also have an affinity for Belgian ales, saisons, farmhouse ales, etc. So with that being said, I do appreciate products that Yards puts out, but the Saison was a bit of miss in my opinion. A good brew, but not as flavorful as I look for in a Saison. Best way to explain this is....I expect Saison's to come off a unfiltered. Yard's Saison tastes as though it is a filtered beer (it very well may be), which again is not what I expected. Many may like this beer, but not what I was looking for. (586 characters)

Photo of horshamguy
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A--Excelent initial head devolving into a light white coating. Pretty good lacing compared to what I expected.
S--Malty. Some banana & complimentary citrus.
T--Yards' stuff is usually disappointing, but their Saison exceeds my expectations. Not as much sour as i'd like, but plenty of grassiness and Belgian candy sugars.
M--Just a little bit less fullness than I'd like, but still very good. Creamier at the very end than expected. Which is actually quite nice.
O--The best Yards product by far that I've come across. It's OK as far as saisons go, but it is 2 thumbs up for Yards. (615 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-slightly hazy golden color with a decent white head and good lacing

S-lemon, bananas, malt, pepper

T-grainy malt, bananas, citrus, pepper, slightly astringent finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-a decent Saison, good summer drinking (266 characters)

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Yards Saison from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.