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Schlafly Saison - The Schlafly Tap Room

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87 Ratings
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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 beerphilosopher:
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy medium gold color with a tall white head that lasts. A slight bit of tan yeast sediment from the bottom of the bottle sits in the center of the otherwise white top. The nose is all about belgian yeast, sweet malts and a fruity and spicy core. Melon, banana, yeast bread and allspice. The palate is much the same - strong Belgian yeast character here with a pronounced malt backbone. Some floral and fruit notes as well (banana, maybe some citrus) but really quite esthery and spicy throughout. Distinct "bubblegum-like" flavors here big time. The mouthfeel manages to stay on the dry side, with a decent malt/hop balance. Thin side of medium in body, and similar to a slightly less creamy Bavarian Hefeweizen, really. Finish is dry and crisp with some lingering yeast flavors in the mouth. Okay, I'm torn with this beer. First of all, I like it a lot ... but I like it better if it were classified as a Bavarian Hefeweizen than a Saison. Sure, the Belgian yeast provides a distinct flavor profile, but to my palate it has less in common with a Saison than it does a fruity, spicy wheat beer from across the border. I don't detect much, if any of the tartness and funkiness that, to me, make a Saison a Saison. Having said that, though, this is a very enjoyable beer for it's own sake and on it's own merits. I just don't feel it is rightly classified. Perhaps a dryer, somewhat more hoppy version of this beer would win me over in calling it a Saison ... Bottom line, Tom Schlafly ... you know I love ya, man! I'm a big supporter of the brewery, and I DO dig this beer. Maybe I'm just hung up on semantics.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 01:41:57 | More by beerphilosopher
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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.

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09-26-2011 00:39:20 | More by mikesgroove
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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.

Serving type: bottle

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 20:29:08 | More by TheSarge
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 21:44:43 | More by JoEBoBpr
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.

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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.

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Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 02:11:43 | More by bbkd3b
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 20:54:00 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 00:28:31 | More by bluejacket74
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 21:01:42 | More by twiggamortis420
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Schlafly Saison from The Schlafly Tap Room
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