Yards Saison | Yards Brewing Co.

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Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2001

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Photo of isthatbeer
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip shaped glass.

A: Hazy burnt gold

S: After first opening, strong bready yeasty aroma. Once this subsides cloves and bananas come through.

T: Hmm...really dry. The taste just doesn't fulfill the promise of the smell. I get a touch of tropical fruit.

M: Medium. Tight carbonation.

O: I like this beer for what it is--easy drinking, refreshing--but there are definitely better saisons out there.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from the Village Pump.

Pouring a clear yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and a high level of carbonation, this looks like a good saison should. The nose is solid. Spicy and fresh with a blend of honey, fruity aromatics, mild phenols and just a little bit of straw, this is a surprisingly good saison. The alcohol does dull the nose a little bit, especially as it warms up.

The palate opens with a blend of grainy and honey sweetness ( a touch too much, IMO) along with some fruity and floral flavors. Mild tropical fruit character is present. The spices and phenols are definitely on the lower end of the spectrum here. No hop flavor is perceptible, and a little bit to go with the mild bitterness would really help. Medium-light in body (lightened by the alcohol), this beer is crisply carbonated and dries on the finish, leaving lingering flavors of honey and fruit. A refreshing saison and a great value for money. Too sweet and too high in alcohol for a session, but a worthy purchase.

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Photo of jcartamdg
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange color with a thin head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and citrus. Taste follows the nose but us far too sweet for a saison. Not a bad beer but I was not expecting the sweetness. This takes away from the refreshing nature of a saison making this beer a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of Jayli
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO for Locals BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper/deep yellow color with a one finger of bone white head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal spidered lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is pepper, clove, yeast, wheat and a hint of lemon.

T: Taste starts with a bit of wheat and pepper before a more prominent clove and yeast flavoring comes in. Pepper hangs through a little bit to mingle with the clove and yeast. Finish at first is a lemon zest but the after taste is far more fruity and mild... I can't quite put my finger on whether it's pear or sweet apple flavoring mingled with banana. Very nice finish. (The score on the taste was bumped because of the finish)

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, light crisp and clean.

O: Goes down easy, relatively tasty, not filling, nice kick, ok representation of style. The finish on this beer is probably the most pleasant aspect of the beer. It's not a bad beer, but really does have a nice blended finish.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer has a nice cloudy golden color with a full white head that leaves nice foam on the glass.
S: The smell is slightly sour with some strong wheat malt aroma. Crisp but slightly fruity. It has a nice honey like after scent.
T: Obviously the beer has a nice wheat flavor with great hints of spicy corriander and some slight citrusy The beer still has that classic fruity "farmhouse" mouth feel.
M/O: Decent interpretation that has some nice balances of fruity sweetness that makes this a really drinkable beer in the summer months.

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Photo of garuda
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Only slightly hazed golden yellow liquid with a thin white head that does have good retention, but minimal lacing down the glass.

S/T - Fairly standard barnyard funk and vague fruity esters, with nothing really standing out.

M - Medium body, lively carbonation while still maintaining a light creaminess across the palate, finishing mostly dry.

O - A standard, run-of-the-mill saison that's easy drinking, but nothing to really set itself apart from the rest.

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Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Blond-orange ale with frothy 2-finger white head after a violent pour. Leaves a beautiful trail down the whole glass and eventually ends in a wispy lace.

S: Not much here. I can smell the candi sugar and hints of hops and earthy grains.

T: Mild blend of candi sugar, malt, and hops. Not overhwleming or strong.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: An ok beer. Nothing I would look for again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, hazy with sediment or yeast or something. Little head to speak of.

Aroma is spicy malts and Beligum yeast.

A malty tasting brew. Yeasty and spicy.

Desent mouthfeel.

A pretty good beer. Althought I think it could be better attenuated for apperances.

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Photo of stellashay
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- honestly, the appearance was no more impressing than any other light beer. Low carbonation visible, light golden color, smale quickly diminishing head of about 1/2".

s: sweet yet refreshing, heavy on the wheat notes, slightly spiced. Smells exactly as it tastes.

t: delicious and refreshing! slightly thicker than I would have expected, but the carbonation and light, crisp flavor more than makes up for that.

m: spicy, bubbly on the tongue, (nicely chilled), thirst quenching.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Barely poured a white head. The foam that did come out quickly dissipated. Unfiltered, golden color.

S: Banana, Clove and spice. Subtle.

T: Spot on. Banana, clove with some spiciness and a tart finish.

M: A tad too little carbonation.

O: My only issue with this beer is the lack of head. Traditionally Saisons pour a thick pillowy white head. This is was lacking which was disappointing.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Translucent, light golden appearance, half finger white head, very slight lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, spicy, malty.

T - Banana, belgian yeast, malty, spicy, lemon grass, crisp light hops, bready.

M - Perfect carbonation, creamy.

D - This is very drinkable & sessionable! Great summer beer.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewery. Poured into a 16oz. pint glass.Clear golden with nice yellow highlights. Decent white heading that somewhat goes flat midway through the tasting. Very little lacing left behind.

Smell is mostly fruity with some Belgian aroma's coming through pepper,lemon notes,some wheat malt in there.

A bit zesty at first taste,orange,lemon and a nice spicey-pepperiness kicks in to take over the ride. Finish's quite dry.

Mouth is light bodied and wonderfully carbonated in the mouth.Nice balance as well. A perfect refreshment for such a warm day.

A good saison but nothing out of the ball park here.

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Photo of Lunch
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into small Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Slightly hazy golden yellow with some white head that sticks around. A little bit of lacing is left on the glass. Looks fairly traditional for the style. Smells of a little bit of Belgian spice with some yeast. A little lemony with some other light citrus notes. Taste is comparable and a bit flat and one dimensional. Lemony with just a hint of spice and Belgian yeast. Carbonation is a little lacking and this is fuller than I would like. Not a bad beer by any means, but there are far better representations of the style. I will say that for the price this is a solid summery beer.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear goldish like color with a half finger head which disapates to spotty skim and sone lacing on the glass. The aroma is of big citrus strong and inviting. There is also a hint of belgian candy and a little bit of spiciness present. The taste has a sassion backbone...there is a citrus character along with lemongrass and a slight hop bite. The belgian candy seems to come in the middle in a over the top of the other taste way. It is pleasent but unexpected. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The beer is very different. When u first start I taste like a saison but the belgian sweetness throw me off a little bit. Its not a bad combo just a little to different to be able to be put together. I would try it but I wouldn't plan on making it a session beer.

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Photo of JRed
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light orange in body with white head that leaves lacing. Aroma of citrus, slight candy, honey, notes of banana, and a slight peppery undertone. Sharp flavors of citrus, lemon zest, esters of banana, clove, ginger, hop bitterness comes in toward the finish but a lil too late. The Belgian candy stays on the palate with some faint dryness. Spritzy and light in body with active carbonation that zaps. Average saison, not the beautiful well-crafted ale it should be.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear gold into a duvel tulip with a finger and a half of off white head that slowly dissipates and leaves spotty lacing.

S: spicy, floral and citrusy. The citrus and floral aspects are a bit more upfront and bold than I'm use to in a saison but its good.

T: a lot of beautiful spices, malty sweetness. Nice hop balance with some flowery and pollen-esque. Light citrus qualities, lemon grass.

MF: good effervescence, smooth medium body.

O: great saison, good beer. I'd buy this again.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking clear amber with fluffy white head. Great lacing.

Estery nose of banana and clove, some spice.

Wow, the taste has a nice, peppery backbone, good malt, no funk but the spice makes up for that. No sign of hops but very balanced and a strong malty finish, leaving you wanting more. I drank this at a realitively high temp, probably around 55 degrees which agreed with it well.

Good fully body mouthfeel, with a nice settling effect. I would seek this out if it made it to the Chicago area, lucky east coasters.

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Photo of oline73
3.54/5  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.

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Photo of keepersj12
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. The brewery is local but I am not a big fan. This one smelled nice with spices and sweet malt. Looked nice with a cloudy light amber pour with a nice lasting head. The flavor was OK with a bit of an astringent tang that was not entirely pleasant. Finish was thin. Average offering.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery poured into an English pint glass. It pours a very hazy, almost opaque, brownish gold with a foamy white head. The nose is very Belgian with notes of bubble gum and candy sugar. Slight clove and yeast notes are there as well. The taste is a bit flat and cloying with lots of clove, some florals, spice, and belgian yeast. Overly aggressive carbonation tries to lighten this brew but ends up adding acidity and sharpness that doesn't seem appropriate. A light body with very prickly carbonation leads to a medium, clove laden finish.

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Photo of MarcGetty
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yards Saison pours pretty dark compared to most other saisons. While not as cloudy as a hefe, it is not unlike one in color and apparent thickness.

While not clear and crisp looking as most saisons, Yards Saison is the poster child for saison taste. Clean, crisp, and having quite an aftertaste.

While having a good taste, is is not a beer I would want to have more than one or two of at a time due to the very flavorfull taste. However, the one or two you have will be much enjoyed.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of jmhart
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.33/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Yards Saison from Yards Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.