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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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Reviews by GreenWBush:
Photo of GreenWBush
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pumpkin with dark cloudiness from the yeast. Nice lace marks to keep track of your progress. Major clunks plop out - should've left that last bit in the bottle.

Nose is cracked grain primarily, with almost leathery esters. Mild lemongrass floating above. Not particularly flowery or fruity, which disappoints a little.

Taste continues to remain more malt-centered than focusing on yeastiness and fruit. Glowing afterimage of malt and intermingled candi sugar and peppery spice.

Annoying sourness distracts tongue. All over, not quite lovely but decent to educate people on the style in a somewhat user-friendly way.

GreenWBush, Feb 20, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazy peach hued body with a small, but sturdy, offwhite head. Some sheet lacing adheres to the goblet. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, and herbal with notes of green banana and lemon and some subtle spicing. Smells like a good Belgian saison but overly subtle. Dry and medium bodied in the mouth. Taste is dry and herbal, slightly spicy with coriander and ginger, with hints of lemon and kiwi. Very solid American rendition of the style. Another pleasant surprise from Schlafly.

merlin48, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of yankeeheel
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear yellow with a smallish off white head. Nice little lava domes of retention all over the surface. Smells very yeasty/bready/bisquity in that belgian kind of loving way. Malty ribbons of spicy creaminess cote my tounge. lots of spice, yeast, and slightly bitter coriander meet at a confluence. Finishes very fruity with a little more bite. Nice light and lively mouthfeel. Drinkable beyond comprehension.

Thanks tyo MJR fo rthe big Schlafly hookup.

yankeeheel, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of drn
3/5  rDev -21.1%

drn, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of turamarth
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a redish hue, with a rocky white head that lingers for quite some time.

Smells fairly floral, some grassy earthiness.

Taste, grassy taste, some what of a dry hay taste. Some slight banana notes in the aftertaste. And a fairly prevalent yeast taste on the back of the tongue.

Felt that the mouthfeel was a little on the thick side.

Notes: Note the best I've tried compared to other saisons. Others have said it sort of tastes more like a Witibier, and I would agree.

turamarth, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange/yellow with a beautiful full finger white head that nver goes away completely....melts to a top coating lacing.
Aromas are barnyard, light fruits, and bubblegum.
Taste is drying belgium yeast, sweet candy malts, light fruits (tangerine, oranges) and spices (corriander, white pepper)
Mouthfeel is creamy but light with nice tiny carbonation.
Aftertaste is clean and drying with mostly the Belgium yeast aftertaste and a bit of pepper.
Very nice.

IntriqKen, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out with hardly any head, and what's there dies quickly, but that's par for the style. Color of apricot juice, natural haze, slow bubbles.

Aroma is peanut, ripe apricot, other overripe fruits. Not terribly assertive nor impressive. Just kind of there.

Flavor is mild apricot (again with the apricot!), tangerine, nutty yeast, and a tart finish that borders on sour.

Soft texture while also having moderate carbonation and plenty of roundness. Too intertwined, unfortunately, with the sour finish, so I'm probably not getting the best read on the mouthfeel.

I'm pretty ho-hum about this. Certainly doesn't come close to the classic Belgian Saisons and doesn't even stand up next to the better U.S. ones (like Sly Fox). Seemed a little off to me (brewed on Sept. 12, '08, so at 2 months old it's fresh enough). Thanks to mnwags for the chance to try it, and for supplying my first-ever Schlafly beer.

Metalmonk, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting saison courtesy of jpm30. It's all in the yeast, with an edginess and not unpleasant sourness to it. There is cirtrus fruitiness mid-sip. It's complex, not everyone's saison, medium mouthfeel. Spiciness from corriander, white pepper, ginger, nutmeg. Understated carbonation.

Sammy, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of brewerburgundy
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 swamiswamu
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bottleworks paired with curried carrot soup

Bright orange with a small head, lots of lacing. There are hints of lemon and clove in the aroma. There's a strong lemony sourness in the beer. This one is very much a departure from their others. The sourness is tempered by vanilla and a little clove. Paired with the soup it was great. It is nice to see them doing a style that isn't oft tried. my only real complaint is that it lacked the funk that really marks the true Belgians.

swamiswamu, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this in Wichita,

Pours amber with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Apple skins & grassy notes, white pepper & pineapple

T: Green apples, grassy notes & grapefruit up front. As this warms, I pick up pears, pineapple,candi sugar, & a touch of dirt, as this warms. Finishes with white pepper, honey dryness, grassy & lemony hops, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, balanced nicely

This was a pretty good saison, went down pretty easy

russpowell, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of bditty187
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Bottled with Love on Sep 16 04”

Pale, hazy yellow gold in hue with pronounced peachy highlights and a kiss of bronze. The color is attractive and I like the immense haziness of the liquid. The head was white in color, at the apex the foam was a healthy one finger in height, it quickly faded to a soapy cap; that is a bit disappointing. There wasn’t much subsequent lacing; that is a shame too. The appearance, on the whole, is pleasant. The nose is a mix of spicy banana and marshmallows, especially upfront. There is a dusting of coriander, sour candy, and very lightly farmy. Bready. Citrus rinds too, they are very mellow. Muted pepper. Overall the potency is moderate. The nose is articulate and it is clearly Belgian, it smells too malty for a Saison. It smells like a Bière de Garde to me. Of course I’m splitting hairs. I like what I smell. It is inviting and that is all that matters. The first time I tasted this I was in Des Moines and Ave brought a sample for a beer tasting. I really liked it. Fast-forward about four months and I find myself at the brewpub eyeing a six-pack. Score! This review is based on the second beer from that six-pack. I was letdown by the first one; it wasn’t as good as I remembered it. I waited a couple more weeks before I returned to them. It is back to being good (in other words my expectations were in check). The palate is very tasty, richly bready with a kiss of lemon, heavy on yeast. Marshmallows and bananas with a lightly spicy, candyish backdrop; there is even some melons and dried oranges. At times the taste is almost Wit-like. To me the maltiness is too vocal, too rounded, and too sweet to be a Saison. Like I said about the nose, it tastes like a Bière de Garde to me. I’m not going to knock the beer, as the line between the two styles is thin to say the least. Regardless, I really like this beer. I don’t know the abv (I don’t taste any alcohol nor do I feel any) but I could really kick back and drink a few of these. This beer is not on the same level as Fantôme or Dupont. What is? Medium in body, the carbonation is low and relaxing, I find this fitting for this beer. The mouthfeel is lovely, I like the calmness… it makes me slowdown and take note of what I’m drinking. Drinkable? Yes, very much so. This beer just hits the right notes with me. I really like it, I like better then it tastes. In other words, my beer brain says “this beer is good” but my tastebuds say, “this beer is excellent.” Conflicts like this are odd. I listen to my tastebuds, I trust what I taste and I’ll defer to the old quaffable factor. This was purchased at the Tap Room in St. Louis as part of a six-pack. Damn good. It is not world class but I like it.

bditty187, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of bbkd3b
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
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, cloudy golden hue, rather large and soapy off-white head, sticky lacing left throughout. The aroma is yeasty and malty, perhaps some alcohol detection as well. Up front, slightly chewy, medium bodied, has the peppery flavoring common to the style; light fruit flavors, some apple peel and a bit sugary in the body as well. Ever so smooth, the 8% ABV is well hidden, although this is a great belly warmer. Incredible body and flavor, served well for a session brew, a top-notch brew, to be expected from a top-notch brewery.

GeoffRizzo, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a dark cloudy orange with great carbonation. The head is big full white and leaves some lace.

The smell is yeasty, like sweet rolls, a bit of fruit as well.

The taste is good, mostly a pungent yeast, some fruit and a caramel note or two.

The mouthfeel is good nice body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is pretty good, I am not sure if I want more but it sure was this one way quite good for a quiet afternoon.

Big thanks to Vancer for another great extra. Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Ursch79
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Ursch79, Jun 20, 2014
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 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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of peabody
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy yellow tan brew with one finger of white suds.
Smell is typical saison with lots of barnyard and spice. Mostly nutmeg and allspice.
Taste is a little watery but as it warms it becomes a pretty nice mellow saison.
Mouthfeel is mostly clean but with just a tad of soap.
Drinkability is high here.

peabody, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
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 wcudwight
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a spotty 2cm head that has little retention. I get some spice, ginger, sweetness, and faint alcohol in the smell. The taste is bitter in the front with a spicy kick, nice alcohol finish. It has a musty aftertaste that lingers awhile that hurts the taste. Feels crisp and has a kick in the mouth. A drinkable beer. Overall it is a beer I would gladly take if offered, but I think when purchasing beer for myself I would probably buy something else. Not a bad beer by no means, there's just a lot better out there.

wcudwight, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

S - Bottle with love on 8-23-2006.

A - Deep burnt hazy orange. Head is nice, offwhite with fine bubbles. Lacing is pretty as well. Pours to about a finger then to a thin layer on top of the beer.

S - Banana peel, bicuity, earthy, slight orange fruity hint, little grassy note too. Smell is very interesting and intriguing.

T - Creamy, banana is prominent. Hoppy twinge in the finish, citric hits subtly but nice. Malty and fruity, a very good beer.

M - Creamy. Almost slides off of my tongue. A bit watery, could have a bit more body, but overall slightly above average.

D - Its a saison, which in my opinion is surpassed in drinkability only by wheats. Delicious beer that I would love to have in the fridge all the time

rsyberg01, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of carln26
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange to copper color with a thick dense off-white head. The head displayed nice retention and left a complex lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is all fall spice. It is rich in coriander, white pepper, orange and lemon with a nice funky yeasty back. He malt just adds a mild sweetness to the aroma. The flavor has an explosion of spice up front with the coriander and orange. The yeast comes across mid-quaff and exudes a fresh bread character. Finally the citrus orange character again backed by a pleasant sweetness finishes the flavor profile. The mouth feel is full, and slightly slick. Very drinkable. I know some folks comment that this is off style, and I can appreciate that, but this is a great beer.

carln26, Aug 28, 2005
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
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Schlafly Saison from The Schlafly Tap Room
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.