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Yards Saison - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

385 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2005 21:48:20 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

08-16-2012 23:25:54 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 02:01:16 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates and leaves some occasional lacing

Smell: Belgian funk, with orange and coriander undertones

Taste: Starts out with a orange flavor with some coriander spice; mid-palate some yeasty flavors and bitterness kick in, providing a fairly dry finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lightly effervescent

Drinkability: Easy to drink but lacks the complexity of other Saisons

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 02:24:21 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

billowing white head that left a ton of lacing on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Light golden color with a good amount of haze to it. Very solid indeed.

aroma was solid as well. Light , hints of pears and light grains, a touch of a fresh grass like note coming through as it finishes up.
.Light fruit notes bouncing around throughout the profile and a really solid, very well put together flavor. Light grain and a touch of lit hops finish it off very well. Very light, very crisp and well carbonated . This was a no brainer to enjoy on a hot day,

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 23:41:36 | More by mikesgroove
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-09-2012 01:19:00 | More by acurtis
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-01-2013 03:28:14 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a dull gold cloudy body with very small floaters in it.

S: lemon and orange citrus, some pungent easy and candy sugar and corriander.

T: the cirtus is more tart and sour than sweet with the flavor a little bland. herbal notes, clove, light belgian yeast.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Not as dry as one would expect for the style.

Overall: simple saison. drinkable but doesnt stand up to others out there for the genre.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:14:50 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2003 06:31:41 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2002 11:27:46 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of the hazy, golden body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves little lace in its wake.

S - Lig malt with some spicy notes of anise and pepper.

T - Sweet wheat and malt up front. Some anise in the middle and a finish of black pepper, clove, and light tartness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, it isn't particularly flavorful as saisons go but it's pleasant enough.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:15:39 | More by nickfl
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

10-16-2012 22:27:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Too dry for my liking which seemed to loose some of the complexity. Does not have that spot on traditional farm house flavour either.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2001 23:36:09 | More by Jason
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 14:15:00 | More by WVbeergeek
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WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that is dominated by a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. It gives it a nice banana aroma that is very pleasant to the nose. The taste is decent. It has a pale malt base with a slightly fruity yeast finish. It has good flavor, but it is watery and weak. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an alright brew, but it lacks body and richer flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 23:35:33 | More by WesWes
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oline73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on cask at Max's, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a finger of fluffy white head that goes away and leaves a layer. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Mildly sweet from the malt, hints of herbs, yeast spice, and some banana as well.

Taste: Malt sweetness, less herbal than the smell. There is some yeast spice with a bitter finish and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with hardly any carbonation, the finish is slick.

Overall: I would like some more spice or herbal notes in this beer. Not a huge fan of the alcohol in the finish. This beer is just alright.

Serving type: cask

04-27-2011 20:15:45 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber and sudsy in the tall tulip. Quite attractive. A whiff of green beans from the soul food place in the smell, like ham fat and broth.

Rather tart with a mineral taste. But some sweet malt underneath. More of the sweet and sour flavor than I care for. A stew of yeasty flavors ending with a fair dose of hops and some herbal bitterness. Yet another variation on the Saison theme and what you can do with Belgian yeast. There is nothing wrong with this one and perhaps I am being unfair to be unimpressed.

From the 12 oz bottle. Nice foamy lacing to the end.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 02:58:08 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden yellow with a fluffy head that descends to a lasting creamy cover. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of orange peel and coriander. Sweet grain with some barnyard mustiness along with lemon zest back it up nicely.

The taste is of coriander (quite a bit, enough to almost pull it down a bit in my view but enough sweet malt rounds it out), orange peel. Lemon zest and some barnyard must. Mild black pepper in the finish.

Light-bodied, drying (a tad too much for the style). A refreshing summer brew. An interpretation that isn't quite dead-on for style, but tasty and refreshing (and close enough, IMO).

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 21:19:11 | More by jwc215
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2004 01:28:32 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08/12/07- Received as a gift from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness information. Poured into my Troubador tulip.

Appearance- Lighter golden colored pour. Very large pock marked fluffy white head. A solid 1/4 inch remains for the entirety. Small chunks and good patches and streaks of lace.

Smell- Fermented barnyard urine, a good whiff of white pepper and sweetened lemons.

Taste- Had a grainy flavor at first, but became lightly tart and sweet at the same time. Sugary lemon taste with a handful of white pepper and maybe a touch of clove. Overall pretty nice.

Mouthfeel- Brisk and sharp carbonation level. Very light hop aftertaste.

Drinkability- Solid american made saison here. Could be sessionable. Would definitely have again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 22:53:06 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +42%

11-22-2011 04:42:39 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Standard Tap..
Appears a hazy pale gold with a 2 finger creamy white head. Little streaks of lacing are left behind.
Smell is of orange zest, along with mild amounts of coriander, lemons, and a touch of grassyness.
Taste is about the same as the aromas. There just seems to be enough coming through for you to get a grip on what the flavors are. It seems very subtle.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet and citrusy with a hint of spiciness along with a dry finish.
Drinkability is good. It's just not the greatest saison out there. For what it's worth, I'll drink it if I see it again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2005 13:42:54 | More by weeare138
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 01:25:29 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of guinnessfan.

A: The ale is a clear yellow, a shade or two darker than your run of the mill yellow, as though one or two drops of yellow food coloring were added. The head is big on pour, near 1 finger, and laces throughout the glass.

S: The saison has a strong aroma that belies the style. There is a funky yeast scent that is paired with some cardamom-like sweetness.

T: The flavor has enough quirks that it easily conforms to the saison style. There is a note of star anise up front, followed by some additional spices, say coriander and pepper. As the first sip goes down, a dry horse blanket flavor comes out, gamey and yeasty.

M: The mouthfeel is a little thin but the spice profile makes up for the underwhelming grain body.

D: This strikes me as a saison lite, showcasing almost all of the qualities of a good saison while falling a little short. I'd still drink another.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 02:00:59 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2004 01:45:09 | More by Billolick
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Yards Saison from Yards Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.