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Yards Saison - Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
80
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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.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend gave me a six pack of this a bit ago. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy dark yellow color. The head is a bright white color, three fingers tall, small bubbles, fair retention, and thin lacing.
Smell: The aromas are sugar, yeast, and blackberry.
Taste: The flavors are berry, yeast, and a hint of roast.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin with a crisp, dry finish.
Drinkability: This is a better than good beer.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into TH Chalice

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. With some nice retention. Leave some lace. Color is a hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Some light hay funk flavors. Some sharp lemon flavors and grassy hops. Coriander and other spice show, maybe some cloves.

Taste: A bit creamy for a saison with a hint of alcohol showing. A fairly standard saison otherwise. Pepper, spices, yeast, fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced.

Overall, a very standard saison. Something I would put in the middle of the pack. Relatively drinkable.

mothman, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of jmhart
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this through the Noob BIF.

Poured into a snifter

A- Pours hazy yellow-orange with a full firm stark white head that fades quickly and leaves encompassing lace.

S- Funky spice surrounded by sugar cookie

T- Biting mellow sugar with cinnamon, pepper, and squash. Earthy with a nice funk. Dry and spicy.

M- Dry and highly carbonated.

D- A pretty tasty and refreshing brew. Easy drinking, good flavor.

Overall, a good brew, but I probably wouldn't pick it up again. There are some other saisons out there, both imported and domestically produced, that I'd pick up instead.

jmhart, Jul 22, 2010
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
Photo of jlandis
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a case of this saison, and I have been enjoying these slowly over a few months time.

A - Cloudy golden in color with a fluffy white head that billows over the top of the chalice.

S - Citrusy lemon grass and pepper with a fruity yeast presence.

T - Bitter citrus and pepper. Very crisp and dry with just a slight tartness.

M - High carbonation with a medium body

D - Very refreshing on warm Pennsylvanian evenings. Not the best saison out there, but at $30 a case I'm going to be sure to pick up some of this each spring.

jlandis, Jun 29, 2010
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 magine
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute glass.

Pours a yellow, cloudy color. With a white thin head. Some nice lace from this brew.

Brew smells spicy, a bit of yeast and clove. Some orange & honey as well.

Brew is creamy and smooth initially, and peppers the tongue as you drink. Has a spicy pepper taste. Can taste the initial yeast and malts; honey, pepper, clove, orange. Has a very dry finish. This one finishes a bit too dry. The carbonated pepper feel/taste is a bit of a put off.

This is a mixed bag for me. I like it to a certain point, but there is just too much spice in this one. It is good, but it could have been great. If they eased up on the spice just a tade, it would have been very good. Yards is still a very impressive local brewery, and this is a nice stab st the style.

magine, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 6/5/10

A nice bright goldenrod with a fluffy and well lacing white head. Loads of pepper and lemongrass with a nice touch of honey as well. Biscuity, hint of tartness, and lemon rind bittering in the finish. Light, peppery, very summertime indeed. I like very much so. Well carbonated. I shall nom nom nom nom nom it.

DmanGTR, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Richardberg
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Richardberg, May 18, 2010
Photo of turnstile
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

turnstile, May 17, 2010
Photo of Greenst82
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Greenst82, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of drcarver
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

drcarver, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

irishking1977, Apr 23, 2010
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 mindlucent2007
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mindlucent2007, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

zoso1967, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

srandycarter, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

CHADMC3, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ShadesOfGray, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ClockworkOrange, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Stinkypuss, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of jdskinns
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jdskinns, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

WCBCFrank, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of MLasoski
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

MLasoski, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

rfgetz, Jul 08, 2009
Yards Saison from Yards Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.