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Rye Saison - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Rye Saison
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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: n/a
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United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 06-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 6
Reviews by stakem:
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3.95/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"Lancaster Homebrew Contest winner Chris Hoppe's Best of Show recipe. Traditional French Saison brewed with a small percentage of rye displaying an earthy/spicy flavor and aroma. 6.5%." Im adding this review here since the name is the same and I am not sure if this is a rebrew or not.

Draft offering at the Lancaster location served in a goblet. The brew appears a clouded color of yellow with a half finger of white head that fades to a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Some spotty lace remains.

The smell is primarily clove with hints of fruity pear and apple skins. A mild note of banana is also present with a soft inclusion of grain. This is a spicy, yeast filled nose that is quite enjoyable.

The flavor includes notes of banana and clove-like spice. A mild fruit like apple or pear skins is present overtop some wheaty grain sweetness. A mild wheat tartness is present breaking things up with a hint of lemony essence. Overall not a bad brew, nice and balanced.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The alcohol is very well integrated and makes for an easy drinking and pleasant offering. The rye seems a bit lost in this with maybe only a slight accenting fruit quality about it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Lancaster location.

A: The saison is lighter straw color, golden with a just a hint of haze. A white head lingered through the first quarter of the goblet.

S: The nose has plenty of Belgian kick, sweet and spicy with just a bit o' earthy finish. The rye adds some body to the nose, bready with peppery spice.

T: The saison doesn't skimp on the taste, deliviering an assertive body that features black pepper, earthy fruits and a very dry finish. The rye adds heft to the body, throwing bready flavors into the mix, though they could be fuller. A nice saison.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, dry, lightly funky, bready and peppery as I make my way through it.

D: The problem at IH is that there are many beers that I want to try, as a result I am limited to one pint. I'd be content with a growler of this by my side.

Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How did this get added without a review? Allow me to be the first to review it, then!

It was served in a goblet with a foamy, eggshell-white head with great retention. The nose had a rich, fruity scent underlain with a pleasant mustiness. The color was a slightly hazy golden yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with a grape-y, wine-like taste on the tongue. Finish was bone dry with a black pepper quality up front followed by a lingering mustiness. I was left unsure about the presence of the rye, although Paul Rutherford assured me that it accounted for 20% of the grain bill. A minor quibble. There was great lacing throughout. This, to me, is a summer beer!

Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for bringing this one up from IH-Lanc.

A-Bright copper with a thin white head that left spotty lace.

S-Biscuit sweetness with a spicy kick and a touch of earthy hops.

T-Strong spicy pop of black pepper and the dry spicy smack of rye malt. Some biscuit sweetness comes in before the dry finish.

M-Medium-light bodied with a long lingering spiciness and dryness.

D-Nicely done. A spicy, zippy, light and flavourful summer drinker. Another variety of saison that enforces my belief that saisons are one of the most varied, and tasty, styles out there!

Photo of DIM
4.24/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a hazy straw color. It was served to me with a frothy white cap.

s: Beautiful. Spicy rye aromas paired with a peppery, earthy yeastiness. Just what I was hoping for.

t: Dry overall, just the way I like 'em. The spicy rye note works well with the grainy funk of the saison. The finish is long and refreshing.

m: Crisply carbonated, just about spot-on for the style.

d: I'm surprised this has an abv of 7%. It sure doesn't drink like it. Great stuff from Paul at my local Iron Hill.

Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured via growler on 7/28/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured a sparsely carbonated, slightly hazy golden body with a finger's width of thick white foam that dwindled down to a quarter inch of retention and yielded spotty lace.

S - Initial aroma is peppery with light alcohol notes and a moderate rye malt presence. Some spicy yeasty notes also emerged, as well as some citrusy characteristics.

T - Opens with a spicy, peppery flavor and a slightly dry rye malt presence in lieu of the requisite clove spiciness. Plenty of yeast character throughout. Flavor segues into a citrusy hop character in the finish.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with a light syrupy texture and modest carbonation for the style. Mild bitterness with quite a bit of dryness on the palate.

D - Excellent drinkability overall. While this saison doesn't have a lot of funk or barnyard notes, it does possess a nice dryness and hop profile.

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Rye Saison from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
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