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Schlafly Saison - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
85
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 09-20-2003)
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4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wo inch layer of white foam then came up over the top, settled down to a broken crown and coated the inside of the glass with decent lacing.

The aroma was rather odd, sweet at first but as I really let it explore there were some light fruity notes, maybe peach and pineapple with a biscuit like note, very odd, but also very good. The flavor was more of the same, rich notes of caramel whirled over the tongue and separated into a light and fruity Belgian yeast and a grapefruit and pineapple like floral hoppiness. Strange, but awesome I have to admit. Really quite complex. The flavor took a turn toward the bitter and dried out the palate appropriately, creating a nice dry, and inviting session for the next sip.

mikesgroove, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi hazy golden orange color. Two finger white head that shows medium retention. not a lot of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass making it more spotty than anything else.

S- Lots of juicy fruits in the front of this beer (orange, pear, lemons, apples, and apricots). Yeast notes with slight funk come out next and compliment the fruits. Some light spicing with a almost toasted like base malt. Makes my mouth water to smell this one.

T- Light citrus hops in the front jump around with hints of sweet fruits that I picked up in the aroma. Light funky middle with the toasted malt and spicy yeast coming out. Ending of this is light alcohol flavors that come through with some spicy pepper notes, grassy hops, and a honey like sweetness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Sweet fruits with light pepper notes and grassy hops left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly sweet alcohol, grassy hops, and honey like flavor. Flavors were well put together for the style. No off flavors at all which I enjoyed. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This saison is very drinkable. The ABV is not to high which lets it be a sipper all night. A well put together beer that will make it into my fridge all the time if given the chance.

alleykatking, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ryan for the bottle.

Bottled with love on 09 17 2010

Pours a clear amber body with a large white head.

Esters are rampant on the nose. Apple, pear, banana and just a touch of spice.

More of the same. Fruity and slightly sweet notes of apple, pear, banana, rum raisin, butterscotch. An odd Saison. Not sour, bitter, hoppy, musty, floral or tart. Very little spice character.

Saison is a broad style category, but even still, I'm not sure this beer fits. The character of the phenols and esters lean more in the Dunkelweizen direction. But, in the end, who cares? Its a nice beer, I enjoyed it and would enjoy another if I had more than one bottle.

Glad I got to try it before it was discontinued.

BradLikesBrew, Dec 13, 2010
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2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

10oz pour, mini-nonic, Schlafly Bottleworks, 11/26/10.

Hazed standard orange color presented in a 10oz nonic with pretty much zero head. What there is is surely white and surely lonely in its little ring.

Exceptionally fruity Belgian yeast and moderate caramel and wheat malt.

Pretty sweet with a major fruity yeast component. Blackberry, orange, maybe sour cherry. Warmth teases out light puckering lemon sourness, pomegranate, a little bile-like. Allowed to warm, flavor is this one's strong point despite my allusion to stomach acid.

Plenty of bubbles, but still pretty heavy on the palette. Too many unfermented sugars.

This is too heavy to really enjoy and not at all effervescent as I would expect. The fruity esters are too dominant, making for a very one sided beer.

brewerburgundy, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly's Saison presents itself with a finger thick off white head, and has a hazy brownish copper color.

The smell has some sour funk, orange and grape mixed together, along with a slight metallic hint.

In the taste there really isn't too much sour funk, more like an over ripe orange with some pie crust.

Overall a decent beer, this is my first Saison and I'd like to try some more.

TheSarge, Oct 03, 2010
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3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - There is a nice haze light amber color with some nice golden yellow hints. There is a thin .25 inch head when served.

S - Aroma is quite sweet with some nice clove hints and some nice phenols form the yeast. There is some slight spice to it but not as much as other Saison's. Aroma isn't as clean and crisp as I expected. Little funk in the nose. Something is missing.

T - Strats off with some slight malt sweetness and some nice clove. The spice and funk that is usually found in Saison's is a bit subdued. This feels more like a Witbier rather than a Saison. The overall flavors are ok but still subdued. One of the more disappointing schlafly beers IMO.

M & D - Crisp and clean with some slight phenols. Good CO2 and light body.

Overall not the best example of the style and not the best Schlafly offering.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of tart malt, sweet malt, slight citrus, slight wheat, yeast, slight hop, and a hint of clove. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, hops, slight yeast, slight wheat, sweet malt, and hint of citrus. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

Tone, Sep 17, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a pretty caramel color. Sweet, brown-red. A small, tan head fizzes out of existence pretty quickly leavin gbehind a cloudy, brown ale. Absolutely no lacing.

S - Slight yeast strains along with a nice, thick malty scent. Sweeter tones like banana and other sugary fruits. Not a sharp smell that I'd expect from a saison, but pleasant all the same. Nice twist of spice (pepper) as well.

T - Much spicier than the nose! Peppery tartness, like someone took a grapefruit and sprinkled a little bit of black pepper. Also has sweeter, maltier flavors that disappear after the initial flavor wears off. Not bad at all. Nice dryness.

M - Really smooth body without much carbonation. It does roll right off of the tongue, but it needs to be a bit sharper.

D - Highly drinkable brew. I could see myself going through a couple of bottles of these on a warm, summer day.

Overall/notes - Well, not too much to say about this one. The taste and smell are both solid stuff, but the beer needs more life, really. The non-existent carbonation doesn't really do it for me when a beer has this sort of spicy flavor. Still, it's a solid beer from the dependable Saint Louis Brewery worth shelling out a couple of dollars for.

bbkd3b, Sep 17, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery and cloudy, rising bubbles, nice head that goes away after a bit, little lacing.

Smells of yeast, spices, malts, banana and citrus.

Tastes very yeasty and not nearly as sweet as expected from the smell and style, tons of spices, a few dark fruits and banana. I really like the peppery taste and feel as it blends well with the carbonation.

Fairly dry but otherwise feels good going down. Obvious plentiful carbonation.

Drinks fairly well. Purchased at the taphouse for only 6.99. I would buy again, even at a slightly higher price, but wouldn't drink it as an every day beer.

AlCaponeJunior, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 9/8/2009. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, not much lacing at all. It smells like bready malt, candy sugar, bananas, bubblegum, yeast and some lemon peel. Taste is bready and caramel malt, candy sugar, bananas, spice, earthy hops and yeast. Not quite what I was expecting in a saison, but it's not bad. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. Overall I think this is a decent enough brew. Not impressive, but not bad either. It's certainly worth a try.

bluejacket74, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison in a 12oz? Don't see that too often, I like it! Bottled on date of 09 08 2009. Pours a hazy light copper color with a dense, 2-finger off-white foam that fades somewhat fast for the style.

Not too much farmhouse funk on the nose, just enough to let you know it is a saison. Has a cleaner, honeyed graham cracker smell. Not much hop aroma.

Grainy maltiness with a modest husk flavor, some honey and caramel malty sweetness make it in there as well. It is missing much of the farmhouse character that I like so much in some of the finest examples of the style. Still, this beverage is fairly tasty as I am a sucker for saisons. Some dull, earthy hoppiness contributes a bit of drying and bitterness on the finish. There is also a kiss of alcohol and the yeast provides some light fruitiness. Not a bad saison by any means, but it cant hang with the big dawgs from Belgium. Having said that, I would make this a somewhat regular purchase if it was available to me due to the lack of saisons in 12 oz bottles packaged in six packs and the reasonable price.

twiggamortis420, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark golden brown color with minimal head that erases quickly.

S - Smells of candied pecans with some hints of spice. Maybe a little pepper mixed in with thick heavy malt.

T - Sweet upfront with a very sugary start. This soon fades to some yeasty flavors laid over a very heavy malt backbone.

M - Carbonation was medium and this was light and clean.

D - Not sure if I would drink more of these. I am not a huge fan of this but cannot figure out why.

CMW, Nov 22, 2009
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Schlafly Saison from The Schlafly Tap Room
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.