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Yards Saison - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
good

397 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 397
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.31%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | 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.

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Richardberg

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

A - poured cold into a pint glass. Light golden, hazy, and a little fizzy. Small white head. Looks like a strong lager.

S - lots of yeast, though not very funky. Mostly just dry coriander, and a little coppery.

T - the coriander spice from the smell comes through very clearly. Meanwhile, it's fairly bitter for a saison (perhaps "metallic" is closer to the mark?). Ever so slightly tart -- more crisp than anything approaching "sour."

M - medium body, goes down smooth while providing ample fizz on the palate

D - nice beer; loving craft is evident; just nothing that blew me away.

05-18-2010 03:09:33 | More by Richardberg
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turnstile

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Poured into a tulip glass; produces a impressive two-inch rocky head with excellent retention. Color is a bright golden. Kick up the yeast sediment and you get a nearly opaque haze. Some lacing. The head eventually dissipates and lingers as a soapy foam. Biscuity yeast dominates the nose with a slight gamey aroma lingering in the background. A great Belgian malt character in the first sip with faint hop bitterness and vanilla notes in the finish. A little metallic but not so bad. Almost tart but not quite sour. This saison really hits the mark in the body; medium-heavy and smooth with crisp carbonation. The awkward aromas coming out of this one are a little discouraging at first, but it's too damn refreshing to let that get in the way. Holds true to the Belgian saison style.

05-16-2010 23:32:44 | More by turnstile
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Greenst82

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%

A - Golden copper like color, slightly murky. Pretty big cream colored head with a light orange tinge.

S - Some floral aromas with a definite yeasty funk. Getting some orange peel and apricots as well.

T - Very similar to the smell with a bitter dry finish. Not too intense of a taste, very refreshing actually.

M - Lots of carbonation here, med to light mouthfeel.

D - Extremely refreshing and drinkable. I drank this sitting on my back porch at about 2pm on a warm spring day and I wish I had about 100 more to follow up with.

04-30-2010 20:20:00 | More by Greenst82
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

04-24-2010 00:25:43 | More by drcarver
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irishking1977

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

Had this beer years ago, but remember not liking it all that much. Re-visiting it many years later.

A: Pours a hazy. cloudy golden hue with a thick and creamy white head that leaves a ton of lacing. A little more cloudy than expected of a typical Saison (looks more like a witbier) but still a pretty sight to behold.

S: Fruity with hints of orange and vanilla. Funky, yeasty aroma as well.

T: Above moderate fruitiness and as expected, some mild vanilla notes. Finishes very funky and yeasty, which is a slight turn off. Perhaps a bit cloying in that regard.

M: Smooth, moderately rich and creamy. Good carbonation and balance.

D: The yeasty, cloying aspect of this brew is to be expected; it is part of the style of farmhouse ales. Saison Dupont, the supposed top Sasion, has very similar aspects as well. Comparing Yards' Saison to Dupont is a bit of a stretch, but this is still a good brew. Much better than what I originally recall. A moderately sessionable brew, but the mildly cloying and yeasty finish might wear a bit thin. Not to mention the high than average ABV.

04-23-2010 22:58:48 | More by irishking1977
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +17%

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!

04-23-2010 02:38:14 | More by AleWatcher
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mindlucent2007

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

This Saison pours a serious looking, hazy orange with a thick, foamy one-inch head that reduces to a nice thin, but sturdy film atop. There's strong head retention and this brew looks well-developed. I get the aroma of candy right away, but then on the second whiff I catch some ginger. The taste is up front fruity and very sugary with some spices like cloves coming through in the aftertaste that definitely are on a mission to hide the alcohol well. Moderate carbonation and medium weight to this farmhouse. Drinkability is medium because it's sweeter than usual for my Saision style. Yards comes through consistently with great brews and I will continue to try this seasonal each year.

04-19-2010 23:17:43 | More by mindlucent2007
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev 0%

Pours golden with plenty of carbonation and a nice white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is fruity with some green apple or pear notes, as well as some clove spiciness. Taste is very clean with a lot of fruitiness and subdued malt flavor. Bitterness is there, but seems fairly well balanced with the malt. I am getting some clove in the mixed in as well. Not as much funkyness as some Saisons have, but there does seem to be a little bit of sour going on. Light body with a finish that seems a bit tacky. Not the most interesting Saison I have ever had, but very refreshing and drinkable.

01-26-2010 23:13:24 | More by zoso1967
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srandycarter

California

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

A - Light amber, somewhat murky, large near white head leave fast to disk. Some cling lace.

S - Fruity, malty, fruit peel in there too.

T - All smell plus. Fruit skin present as well. Apricot in particular. Nice.

M - Light to medium, good sense of balance.

D - Easy to drink and not huge on ABV.

01-20-2010 04:03:58 | More by srandycarter
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev 0%

Pours a hazy golden yellow with orange hues and a smallish white head that quickly disappears leaving almost no traces of its existence.

The aroma consists of lively yeast, banana, faint clove, and perhaps just a touch of pepper.

Flavor is similar to aroma, a little more floral hop presence, more citrus zest, but bordering on sourness, but no real spice to speak of.

Medium in body and carbonation, it is crisp and refreshing with just a hint of bite at the finish.

This is a decent brew, somewhere in the middle of the style. Worth trying for sure, but better examples exist.

01-10-2010 16:58:15 | More by CHADMC3
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev 0%

Pours orange, cloudy, with a creamy white head. Aroma has slight citrus, sweet and sour, oaky scent.
Flavor has some fruit, mostly citrus, wheat, a little more hoppy than most saisons. Refreshing and light...not boozy at all. Easy to drink...decent saison.

12-11-2009 04:00:12 | More by ShadesOfGray
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Appears a cloudy pale straw yellow color with a good inch of fluffy white foam. Good head retention and lace. Nose and flavors consist of peppery, spicy yeast, some citrus such as lemon and orange, wheat, a tad sour/tart. Prickly carbonation with a medium body and some alcohol notes as it warms. Pretty drinkable and a saison I'd go back to from time to time.

10-17-2009 17:34:55 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%

Yards Saison, poured from a 12 oz bottle. A hazy straw colored brew with a frothy head and good retention.

Aroma is of banana, yeasty, light funk.

Flavor follows the aroma with a bubblegum sweetness. Hop bitterness dials in but no one picks up. Lost in translation. Lots of wheat, a bit sour.

Finishes sweet and leaves a more-ish impression. Overall, very drinkable, as my glass was finished rather quickly.

10-07-2009 16:46:32 | More by Stinkypuss
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jdskinns

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured an inch or so white, fizzy head. Transparent yellow-orange color. Smell is spicy with a little bit of straw. Taste starts off bitter then gets kind of sour. Not a lot of overpowering Belgian taste, but a good tasting beer altogether. Overall a smooth, light drinking beer.

09-11-2009 03:40:52 | More by jdskinns
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WCBCFrank

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

08-07-2009 16:25:49 | More by WCBCFrank
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MLasoski

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -1.4%

Presentation: Bottle poured into ale glass.

A: A pale golden and cloudy body, poured with a finger-thick head. Looks like it's holding some complexity from within.

S: Smells wheaty and spicy. Very reminiscent of a witbier.

T: Tastes spicier than a witbier. The wheat settles it down a little bit while the ABV holds firm in the background of the taste.

M: The spices show up at the finish while the wheat and ABV start fresh out of the gate. Overall, it has a hearty taste without being heavy on the stomach.

D: I could see having another session or two with this beer later on. It reminds of a witbier, which is my most preferred style.

07-25-2009 20:38:03 | More by MLasoski
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%

A - Golden straw color, little cloudy with a nice fluffy but thin head

S - earthy straw and processed grain scents

T - Slightly sweet grainy taste with a hint of belgian character

M - Smooth, crisp, light, refreshing

D - Good session beer with a lot of the earthy, grainy charachter i like in an ale mixed with good hints of Belgium.

Note: This is the new recipie for 2009, much more complex then previous incarnations. If you had it pre 09, i would recommend a new tasting.

07-08-2009 19:46:53 | More by rfgetz
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -7.1%

A hazy golden body with about a finger and a half of whtie head. Not very good retention, but decent lacing is left behind on the glass.

The aroma is all fruit and spices. Light fruits, peppery coriander, and a touch of musty saison yeast.

A bit of light fruit somewhat like apricot appears for just a second in the initial sip, and along with it comes a small amount of musty tartness from the yeast. Those initial flavors disappear pretty quickly, and are replaced by a huge banana flavor. Following the banana there is a huge spice flavor that is very peppery, reminding me coriander. There is just something about this one that I don't quite like. The banana and spice flavors are too strong and the slightly funky, musty, yeast needs more emphasis and strength.

Mouthfeel is not too bad. Effervescent, but could improve with a little lighter body and a little higher carbonation. Nice dry finish.

Ok drinkability. This beer is just a little off. With a few tweaks I could see it becoming pretty good, especially considering the price range that it is in.

07-07-2009 01:15:52 | More by Hojaminbag
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%

A: light orange body. thin off-white head. little lacing and moderate head retention.

S: Orange, lemon, light spice. Noticeable lack of funk and yeast.

T: More of the same. Not particularly remarkable for the style. Pleasant soft citric fruits.

M: Smooth. Light body. Lacking a crisp finish.

D: Decent, but there are plenty of others out there that fit the style and taste better at the price.

06-17-2009 02:26:10 | More by callmemickey
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JoePetto

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

This is a great warm weather beer and not akin to its previous incarnation. I wish BA gave this a new classification because the new recipe deserves more props.

Overall, a solid saison for the price <$35 a case in PA. It is not Hennepin, but it is a fine tasty drink. There's the classic farmhouse markings of straw and funk, but slight off flavors of grapefruit and citrus are not as welcoming. When chilled adequately, the unpleasing attributes go away.

I hope that Yard's continues to push the envelope and present us with with slightly more challenging beers. Kudos on Saison, please do not rest on your laurels.

06-13-2009 01:09:52 | More by JoePetto
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a slightly dull orange with streams of bubbles all over the inside walls of my tulip. The bone white head rises to fill the tulip, sticks around forever, and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing. Really impressed with the head on this one.

Aroma is of floral hops, orange rind and coriander with a solid layer of barnyard funk. I almost get a rubber cement aroma within the funk. A very delicate aroma that is pretty well balanced with sweet and spice as well as hops and funk.

Some fruity esters up front which leads in to a hefty dose of spice and floral hops. The finish is of barnyard funk and is dry and tart. A pretty well rounded saison, but the flavors don't gel the way I would like them to. They are good in stages, but overall, lacking in a complementary fashion.

Light bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, but finishes real crisp and dry. I really like the way this one goes from one extreme to the other.

Overall, fairly easy to drink and enjoyable. But as I stated with the flavor, it is lacking in overall complexity and cohesion. The flavors are nice and easy to drink, but it doesn't quite hit the target of an elite saison.

For the record, the recipe is much better now than it was prior to the move/relocation.

06-11-2009 20:08:31 | More by ColForbinBC
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%

Dark gold colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is fruity.Taste is passion fruit,and candied sugar.Overall pretty good and refreshing.Something that you could probably enjoy more in the hotter months.I would recommend and probably would purchase again.

06-10-2009 05:56:09 | More by matty
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

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

06-05-2009 18:33:32 | More by SPRichard
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PEBKAC

New York

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%

I figure it's of the last sixers from the old facility. Can't quite make out the batch... 9(8?)7229(8?)5(9?) Purchased at the Oak Tree Buy Rite in Jersey in early July of 08. I like it with a little hair on it. :)

Ommegang Anniversary glass. Left out of the fridge till it sweats a bit.

Big foamy bottle bomb of a pour, giving off a puff of lemon/lime yeast as it levels off. Digging my nose in I get much more macerated lemon & a little orange zest. It was a little more floral, & less intense 4-5 months ago. A settled, wheaty/amber body & wavy sporadic lace finish off this description.

Taste is very crackery & yeasty. Immensely dry. Slight bit of a grassy bite. A few months ago it had quite an oily bite of zesty orange, though it was still quite dry on the finish. The bubbles bite just as hard.

Past it's prime, even for my tastes. With the help of some sloppy notes though, it's suddenly a positive, if a bit nostalgic review. :) I've seen the banner floating in the new brewery, so hopefully it's just as enjoyable.

New score: 3.2
Old score: 4

05-08-2009 04:18:19 | More by PEBKAC
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $1.79...
Pours a hazy, straw-colored, golden color that really resembled a light witbier...
Sweet, honey and saison style aroma with noticeable fresh florals and citrus...
Light, low-alcohol taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a sweet, candied burst of fresh florals, ripe fruits, pears, canteloupe, and melons...
Not bad overall, just very light and in terms of ABV, pretty weak and non-assertive...
Overall, a decent, light stab at the style but certainly nothing above and beyond...
Light, slightly watered-down mouthfeel with an overall good level of drinkability...

03-30-2008 20:36:05 | More by dsa7783
Yards Saison from Yards Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.