Yards Saison - Yards Brewing Co.

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196 Reviews
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Reviews: 196
Hads: 443
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 6
Gots: 62 | 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: 443
Photo of GnomeKing
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pucker up, Johnny--this one's a citrus blast that seems designed just for people who like Mike's Hard Lemonade. Okay, I'm being too harsh. It's so-so. The citrus is cranked up way too high, diminishing other flavors (assuming they're there--I couldn't taste 'em), but it's okay in its way. Yard's redid its Philly Pale Ale recipe to make it a better beer. Here's hoping they do the same with this one. (401 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, peachy yellow in color with a magnificant, 3 finger head of bone white. Large bubbles cascade upwards, head retention is excellent.

Aromas are surprisingly authentic. Lemony citrus, fresh grass, herbs, subtle corieander and spice, and chalky minmerality.

Flavor is crisp, fruity, and refreshing. Lemon and oranges up front, lead into freshly cut grass, sweet spice, bitter herbs, and that chalky mineral note. Finish is bone dry. Much better than I remember it being. Why does it rate so low???

Body is on the lighter side of medium, very crisp, and has a dry, sparkling mouthfeel. A great beer for summer. (621 characters)

Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden yellow with minor head. Not enough head to warrent lacing. Smells of Belgian yeasts with a touch of malt. Tastes almost the same with a bit of bitterness in the end. Light to medium body. This beer isn't much to speak of. It any lacks character and depth. It does have that nice Belgian taste, but that is it. Disappointment. (339 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, did this one ever create a huge, fluffy white head that put me in mind of JacktheRipper's current avatar! It was a very hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow with a very spicy, peppery nose. There ws no doubt in my mind that the yeast made a noticible contribution to this beer. It had a nice, tangy mouthfeel and I could definitely taste the spice in the mouth. The label identifies it as coriander and orange peel. Fair enough. The finish was dry and spicy - perfect for a summer afternoon. (490 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +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. (506 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big dense bright-white head leaves scattered patches of lace. Almost transparent pale golden colored beer with medium sized bubbles shooting from the bottom of the glass. Mild aroma of lemon/coriander and yeast. Flavor is mild as well. There's a bit of dry lemon and some grassy hops up front. It mellows out in the middle with an earthy yeasty flavor fading in, and it becomes faintly sour in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Some aspects remind of Saison DuPont, while others are more Wibier-ish. Much better then I remember the bottled version being, but still not quite there. It seams pretty delicate, maybe it would be awesome strait from the brewery. (666 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
2.44/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted this on two separate occasions, just to make sure I didn't get a bad bottle the first time.

Appearance- after holding a clumpy head for about a minute in my Tripel Karmeliet goblet, it quickly vanishes to nothing. The carbonation is awkward and sporadic, not at all attractive, and the color is a dirty yellow-gold.

Smell- vague fruit, a bit dry.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability- even with a fresh palate, I struggle to pull together cohesive tastes. The vapid, watery consistency is very detracting, and the beer went completely flat in the ten minutes I was reviewing this. Down the sink it went.... on both occasions. (634 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden appearance with streaks of orange tinting. Big crop of snow white froth on top. Retention is excellent. Streams of CO2 rise at a rapid rateLacing is quite full. Nice aroma of candied fruits, gooey dough and yeasty spiciness. The flavor isn't as sweet as the aroma, but it's nice nonetheless. A definite farmhouse feel to it with its earthy mildly funky tones. Light candy tones. A slight peppery spiciness. And yeasty goodness. While there's a bit of carbonation, it is not gaseous or airy in the mouth. More light and fluffy. While this saison doesn't make me drop my jaw, it definitely has some traditional traits to it and is very solid in all aspects. (662 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a huge,white creamy head. Hazy golden yellow color. Enormous carbonation level-bubbles rising like mad!!!! Head seems to go on forever. Slight lemon/citrus aroma-some spiciness present. Pervasive bitterness upfront. Some spiciness. Lacks the complexity of a true saison. A tad thin body wise. An ok beer overall-decent enough effort.Id rather have the real thing to be honest with you. (396 characters)

Photo of horndecker
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Filled the goblet a nice deep golden orange but my agressive pour yielded a mere half inch of half hearted head which slipped away in half a minute. A bit of lace clings to the perimeter.

The nose is not very forthcoming. A hint of lime. An undisguised whiff of alcohol. Oranges, suddenly oranges. Kind of nice.

NIce tart bite on first taste, getting stronger as it warms. First impression is that this is really a pale ale that took a left turn somewhere. Eventually the warming fuzzy fizziness takes over the mouth. But it's a one dimensional finish. It ain't Dupont. A little insubstantial.

Enjoyed this brew but it's not on the A list, but then I didn't expect it to be. (683 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange in appearance, with a thin, somewhat uneven, off-white head.

Aroma is zesty and invigorating, with strong yeast notes subsiding to sharp lemon tang and a flowery hop boquet.

The flavor is interesting and multilayered, yet well-rounded enough that that complexity might easily slip by unnoticed. A hint of corriander spice, though the spiciness in general is pretty mellow. The malt is really only noticeable in the aftertaste, when it leaves a somewhat biscuity flavor in the throat. Not nearly as funky as some representatives of the style, though it develops a bit more of this toward the finish.

And I'm pleased to say that, contra the esteemed Venom, absolutely nothing about this beer reminds me of cat urine.

Thanks to frank4sail for the sample! (785 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color with white large bubbled head, low carbonation, and lots of floaters. No lace. Horsey barnyard yeasty Belgian aroma and a slight citrus zestiness. Fruity and slightly complex. Yeasty, spicy, citrusy, fruity flavors but dominated by yeastiness; balanced nicely. Light bodied and refreshing.

A bit more complex than Flying FIsh but no coriander and orange peel character as advertised on label.

Label states: "Bottle Conditioned" & "Belgian Style Ale' & "Spiced with a haze of coriander and orange peel" & ABV 4.7%

Per Yards website: Available Spring and Summer

'042505' lasered on neck
Tasted: 08/14/04

($1.43 / 12 oz. bottle) (660 characters)

Photo of oxmasterscream
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, off-gold in color with a fluffy, white head that fell quickly. Smells are predominantly spicy, orangey and Belgian funky. Tastes of orange and coriander, nicely spiced with a touch of clove and finishes mildly bitter. Mouth is effervescent, and medium to light bodied. The low ABV keeps it highly drinkable. A killer summer brew. (336 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured pale golden and chunky with sediment. The head was moussy and just off-white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was Belgian with a candy aroma and a slight farmhouse aroma. Also present was some fruitiness.

The flavor was slightly spicy with a light taste of malt and perhaps wheat and a little of the true Saison laid down flavor. Fruit flavors were also present.

The finish was dry with a slight fruity spice. The body was medium light.

12 ounce bottle. 4.7%ABV on bottle. A little on the small side for a Saison and missing a bit of character, but all in all not a bad beer. (610 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep glowing gold with a slight haze. The head is thin, but carbonation is good. Constant streaming bubbles. The head fades quickly, but a bit of swirling revives part of it easily. Strong esters and big, fresh-baked bread malt make up the bulk of the aroma while a bit of pineapple and alcohol come out as the beer warms. The malty flavors go well with the fruitiness. A very slight bitterness is in the finish. (412 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.49/5  rDev +26.1%
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. (1,401 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chunkers and scrod floating in me pint like seamonkeys gone wild. This is bottle conditioned beer, folks! Label advises to be served in a goblet at 4.7 % ABV. Oops...mine went into a pint with a golden haze and a slick of a white head. Freshness dating on the bottle but can't be made out. 04XXX something.

Complete fresh bananas and musty attic trunk spice in the nose. Good open fermenter style barn & meadow scents.

This might be the first time I describe the taste as dry. Pheloics and medicinals in the house for the flavor here. A bit of cloves, peppers and buttery diacetyl.

Last swigs: Saison beers remind me of good stouts: The differences between the better ones are minute. Also, how drinkable is a true Saison like YARDS? Very difficult to say. Plenty of Saison-ness to go around. Go YARDS! Plus, they're local.

Beer is good. Happy Belgian style beering. (879 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a (darkish) meduim, hazy orange. Little head, almost no lacing.Light, almost starchy aroma.

Interesting mix in this brew. Part Belgian, Part Hefe. Taste of a spicy orange. The usualy orange sweetness is more subtle, not quite, but akin to an artificial orange sweetness, I kinnda keep thinking alcho-pop, but in a good way. Kinnda of a bitter hoppy finished mixed heavily with a dominant yeasty taste going down at the end. Not a crisp finish, but the hop charecter helps to clean it up and finish it off in a good way.

All in all, Yards pulled off an interesting, highly drinkable, and rather affordable beer. It gives you a good mix of the drinablity and summer-friendly wit flavor, and hop goodness. Dig it! (723 characters)

Photo of dmarch
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden-orange color with a small white head and a slight haze. Would have liked to seen a little more carbonation. Aroma is mostly hay. Taste is of hay, orange peel and a hint of lemon. Not very interesting in my opinion. It has elements of Belgium, but really just tastes like an average pale ale with orange peel added. Yards can and has made better beers than this. (368 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Pisskynights. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a minute white 1/8" of white head, which quickly faded to a film. Brew is a slightly cloudy golden hue, with the floaties probably due to my pour decanting. Aroma is slightly sour, backed with malts and belgian yeasts. mainly of hops, but the malt is also evident, just in the minority. Taste is a somewhat fruity upfront, with a nice backbone of malt, and ends up with a nice crisp exit. Mouthfeel is good, and drinkability is good for a saison, which can be somewhat demanding on the palate at times. (625 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy golden orange pour topped in a massive pillow of white head. The aroma is very bready and weak, not really giving me the aroma of a saison here.

I don't really think this is a saison, but a very mild weak pale ale. It had nothing going on at all. Some bready flavors with mild hop character. It was very light and crisp, with almost no body to it. I just can't see how this could even be compared to others in its class. Don't even bother with this one. (465 characters)

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