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Yards Saison - Yards Brewing Co.

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385 Ratings

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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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss


3.73/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 20:36:05 | More by dsa7783
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99


2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pale yellow with a thin white head. Smells of some fruits and straw with a little hops. The taste wasn't what I was expecting. It was way too peppery and seemed a little watered down. There was not enough malt or hop presence. It tasted more like salt water with pepper added. The bottle has been in the fridge for some time so I will have to repurchase and retry in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 02:22:41 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of Morey


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a farmhouse ale brewed by Yards Brewing Company out of Philly, Pa. Produced a very small head with a medium pour which settled to a thin lacing in less than a minute. This beer is yellow in color and cloudy in appearance (similar to other beers in the style).

Smells of oranges and other citrus fruits (not surprising being that it is brewed with orange peel and chamomile). Mild in taste..a little too mild for my liking.

Morey's Bottom Line: Similar in taste to Blue Moon and Great Lakes Holy Moses. I found it to be slightly better than Blue Moon, but not quite as tasty as Holy Moses.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 00:55:35 | More by Morey
Photo of AaronHomoya


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice yellowish color with a slight haze. Highly carbonated, but has very little head.

The aroma is spicy with noble hops and coriander. A yeasty fruitiness is in the smell as well.

Taste is light and sweet with spicy coriander and hops and a slightly bitter finish.

A light, good beer but nothing outstanding in my mind. Not as interesting as many saisons I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 23:03:59 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow, straw color, small head, no lacing, medium visible carbonation.

S - Musty lemon, bland light grain, hay, horse blanket, arugula. Not great.

T - A musty, slightly sweet, watery, a blandness. Aftertaste is of bland grains with mild bitterness, watery as well.

M - Smooth, very thin, refereshing.

D - Pretty good. I'd have again as a sesion beer. A bit bland, but easily sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 06:08:12 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of mobyfann


2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Paid $27.99 for the mixed case...

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden base with a small head, little retention, no lacing. The aroma is limited to a yeast-spice hybrid, smells a bit like cinnamon.

The taste is just ok, little carbonation gives a dry aftertaste and it has me craving for more but it just isn't there. It isn't drinkable at any abv... sorry Yards!

Final Thought: What the heck Yards??? You have a nice mixed case except for this one... steer clear and enjoy their Extra Special Ale or IPA, there is more personality in those beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 23:51:28 | More by mobyfann
Photo of jmalex


2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Now that the summer is winding down, it's time to make room for the porters and pumpkins and drink up all the summer beers I still have lying around. Tonight it's Yards Saison.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Allagash tulip a fairly clear pale amber gold. Despite a vigorous pour, a small white head forms and drops quickly to a medium collar and medium sized hazy patch.

SMELL: Fairly fruity with big orange and citrus notes. Belgian yeast aroma is present but not too intense, as is a slight pepperiness. Any funkiness is lacking.

TASTE: Again, the citrus looms large and dominates the flavor. Yeastiness is not as apparent and the beer winds up tasting like an orange ale as a result. Not too much else is going on. Hop presence is at a low level. Overall, lackluster.

MOUTHFEEL: The sharp carbonation I would expect from this is nowhere to be found. Instead the carbonation is at below-average levels. The body is light, so at least that is at a good spot.

DRINKABILITY: It's alright, but I'd gladly spend the money on a different saison. The 4.7% ABV seems awfully low for a saison too.

Well, I'm kind of thankful that this is my last bottle. I have a few other saisons to finish up before the end of summer, and I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy them a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 01:08:09 | More by jmalex
Photo of klewis


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.

A: Pours a bright golden with a small bubbly head. Massive columns of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. Little lacing.

S: A very nice floral nose with strong notes of cloves and spice with a gentle phenolic smell.

T: Grainier tasting than most with a spicy taste and a finishing flavor of banana. It does not seem that the yeast has imparted as much flavor as typical. Nicely balanced with a mild hop bitterness in the end.

M: Light and highly carbonated with a coarse texture.

D: Not as good as most Belgian saisons, but this is still a very good and enjoyable brew. Defiitely better than its BA score suggests.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 18:09:23 | More by klewis
Photo of GClarkage


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
Photo of jwc215


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
Photo of JFazekas


3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Standard 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Dark orange body filled with haze that poured from the bottom of the bottle. Almost no head.

Smell: Filled with sweet orange peel, almost smells too sweet. A bit a yeast funk can be detected.

Taste: I think that instead of brewing this with sweet orange peel they decided to throw in the whole orange. Once you get past the orange, there is a hint of coriander and the after taste is mostly comprised of a pepper taste. No noticeable hops here, and its a same because the sweetness could use some balance. The yeast also plays a small role in the taste, which is unfortunate for a saison

Overall: I didn't not like it. The one good thing about this beer is the drinkability. The sweet body combined with a nice level of carbonation makes a very drinkable beer. The lack of saison yeast characteristics, no malt taste, and the unbalanced body leave me wanting.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 22:52:15 | More by JFazekas
Photo of BeerTruth


2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to number1bum for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

Pours a hazy corn yellow with a fluffy large bubbled white head that stays forever. Yeast sediment floats around and settles quickly. Stickiness is quite good. Smell is of cirtus fruit all the way around with some spice goodness but kind of artificial. Taste was very bland, not nearly as powerful as the smell. Almost tastes like water with a lemon squirted in it. Yeast is there, banana is there, hops are there...but barely detectable. Mouthfeel is pretty good, goes well with the style of light and highly carbonated. Not something I'll be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 00:22:23 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of psinderson


3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Nice golden orange color with a thick, off-white head.

Smell: Mostly spice - coriander, maybe some pepper or ginger. Some mild noble hop aroma present as well.

Taste: Coriander and citrus are definitely there along with a mild tartness. Nice clean finish wth a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, clean.

Drinkability: This is a nicely balanced beer and one that seems to fit the style...give me another!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 02:33:09 | More by psinderson
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