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Bison Organic Farmhouse Ale 2007 Brewer's Reserve - Bison Brewing

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bison Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 07-05-2007)
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Reviews by brentk56:
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a modest head; the retention and lacing could both be better

Smell: Grassy and slightly herbacious, with a green apple character

Taste: Opens with a medicinally herbal character, with green apple tartness underneath; after the swallow, the medicinal flavors build, leaving a rather sour aftertaste, though there is an apple sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps it is the age, perhaps it is the sour mash technique - whatever it is produces a beer that has some less than ideal characteristics on my tongue


Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 00:50:22 | More by brentk56
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-08-2012 21:56:27 | More by t0rin0
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4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is a medium bodied blonde color. It has a fairly thick two inch white head.

It smells of honey, pepper, flowers, toffee. It also has a nice mild sour smell to it as well.

The taste like the smell has a nice floral taste to it. There is a nice sugar presence and a tad bit of pepper. The body is heavily then a lot of Saison, s i have had. The heavy body seems to help the flavors jingle together. The drinkability for being fairly heavy is very nice a very drinkable Saison. I gave a taste to some friends of mine who do not think highly of Saisons but they actually liked this.

A very good Saison worth getting if you can find it. I'm still shock I was able to find this as it is over three years old.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 04:21:43 | More by chumba526
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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Beer Friday! Picked this up months ago discounted at my local place. I think there are a few left so if this turns out to be good I'll go pick up a couple more pretty cheaply!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with over two billowing fingers of artic white head that dissipates relatively fast but leaves decent lacing. Held up to the light it gives off a relatively clear orange/straw color with loads of bubbles coming up to the surface.

Smell - Grassy, a hint of funk, and as someone mentioned, just a hint of green apple. Nothing special and nothing overpowering in the nose.

Taste - I taste clove immediately, followed by peppery grass and lemon notes. Not much funk to this Saison as is the case with others (think JP). There is a definite malty backbone to this, however, it finishes up a spicy note. It's odd...the more I drink this the better this tastes. I'm on the seventh or so sip and at first I had a kind of negative reaction to the beer to be honest, but it keeps growing on me as it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Finishes relatively dry.

Drinkability - So so...despite my saying I began to open up to the beer, there are definitely other Saison's out there I would rather purchase. Despite this being on the "sale" rack, I don't think it will be a repeat beer. Additionally, I can taste just a hint of alcohol in the beer itself, which then lends to a definite warming sensation when you drink it. Overall not horrible, but not a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 00:59:53 | More by SpdKilz
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a 22 ounce bottle, poured into a conic pint glass. Beer is yellow and cloudy, as expected. Carbonation is low and there is almost no head (less expected).

Aroma is nothing special. Smells almost exactly like a hefe, esters, lots of wheat. Some saisons have a off putting aroma, this one does not.

I have no idea what the ABV of this beer is but I can taste the alcohol. Lots of wheat character, some fuesel alcohol flavors as well. There are some off putting flavors in this beer. Not a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 20:24:56 | More by drabmuh
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bison Brewing Berkeley, ca

Beer name/Brewer:

Serving info: 22 0unce bottle

Pours: Cloudy, medium peach amber

Nose: softly of flowers and faint spice

Lacing: spotty as well as leaving a thick, loose coverage layer lower in the glass

Head: Rocky off white head, excellent retention

Flavor notes: Crisp and tasty with notes of plenty of lime and pepper. Quite dry and slightly sour (Brett?) in the finish. Easy drinking and subtly damn good saison

Scores : 4 3.5 4 4 4

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 23:15:31 | More by Billolick
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North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 into a goblet, a nice thick dense foamy head that quickly fades but leaving its lacing along the glass. A nice pale straw color that is remarkably clear. Smells good. Picking up some nice floral spiciness and nice earthy yeast aromas. Doesn't taste as nice as the smell might indicate kind of bland on the front but some nice flavors coming through when it hits the back of the tongue as you swallow. Getting some nice peppery spiciness, and a little lemon and melon flavors. Nice mouthfeel right where it should be for the style as very drinkable very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 04:07:51 | More by scifan
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4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bison Organic Farmhouse Ale 2007 Brewer's Reserve
Bison Brewing Co.
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: unknown - looked it up as OG 1.050???

Bottle>dimpled mug, reviewed @ home 12/16/08
A 4.5 - excellent head, retention & lace, cloudy golden color, noticeable sediment
S 4.5 - complex spicy aroma going on, wheaty/malt backbone, hints of sweet aromas
T 4.5 - Great on taste! I dig it! Pils-like malts with a complex spicy finish, mild pepper notes
MF 3.5 - thin/medium body, a bit thinner than expected, medium carbonation
D 4.5 - A solid Saison example in my book, affordable too @ ~$5 for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 03:15:48 | More by unclejimbay
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a goblet.

Pours a carbonated clear golden with a bright white head.

Smell is spicey yeast. light fruit and some chealk.

Interesting taste. Chalky yeast, spicey, sort of musty, leathery.

full mouthfeel and drinkable.

A solid beer, and a worthy saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 23:35:12 | More by aubuc1
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bison totally redeemed themselves with this one. Pours clear gold with a frothy white head. Yeast, lemon, honey, and earth fill the nose. Light, sweet taste. Honey, lemon, and spice blend well with the distinctive sourness. Orange peel, peaches, and melon-like taste with the yeasty esters give this a refreshing, fruity end. Crisp dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 17:37:33 | More by magictrokini
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange.

Smell was a nice surprise. This really smells like a true Belgian tripel. There's spice,candied sugar, pears, flowers and herbs.

Taste is where the malt comes out and lets you know it's there. There is a burnt toastiness that serves as the backbone of the flavor Bitterness coming from the hops comes through at the end to make a bitter and dry finish.

This is an award winner and justly so. This is a very good american version of a belgian style. Maybe the best I've seen yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 23:21:04 | More by gonzo46and2
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this today after saving for awhile,poured into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed light to medium golden with a frothy one finger white head atop.Aromas are a little medicinal and herbal with a lingering phenolic-like spice.Thirst quenching flavors not overly yeasty,a good thing for me.Flavors are citric and herbal with a clove-like spice,an underlying toasted malt base holds thru to the finish.Quaffable and lighter than many of the style,I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 00:04:02 | More by oberon
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4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a rich white head.

Good powerful aroma from this innocent looking brew. It's got loads of spices and some good lemon and buttery wheatgrass (maybe dma?, but not overkill).

At first a crips grassy honey and lemon bitterness. Good dry brew, with a good mouthfeel and complexity. Spices are peppery and some clove and bitter lemongrass. It's not heavy at all on the funk, as many saisons iv'e had are. Not getting any horse or barnyard funk, just bit of dry stale hay and grassy notes.
SOme other flavors i picked up on when this warmed up were popcorn and allspice.

It has a lot of hefe flavors in there for sure, making it overlal a really complex and unique brew. I highly recommend picking up a bottle of this if you find one. You shan't be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 04:12:49 | More by SurlyDuff
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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BRoss242 via a recent BIF. Thanks!
Chunky white lacing, very sticky and longlasting. Hazy light gold with a thin skim of fine bubbles on top after the head settled. Fruity aroma, bready yeast, slight spiciness. Fruit and bread crust in the flavour, mild spice with herbal bitterness appearing towards the finish. Bone dry, almost coarse with medium/high carbonation. Nice flavour, pleasant character, but the dryness was off the hook (and I like my farmhouse ales dry). Still, quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 01:55:39 | More by DrJay
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange with a lasting white head and lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with dough, citrus, spices and some grass. Flavor is more of the same only in a larger scale. Finishes abruptly and tart. Medium bodied, sticky texture. One of the better American Saisons I have enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 15:22:44 | More by kmeves
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 from Total Wine

A - Golden color, medium, white frothy head, nice legs, and fairly cloudy.

S - Honey, almond, and a nice buttery flavor.

T - Honey, almond, and cream.

M - Not spicy enough, and should be more ester. Otherwise, the flavors are there.

D - Not bad, but could have more of a sour taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 18:39:24 | More by MisterClean
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a beer that's not really my personal style, I really enjoyed it. Its smooth, its balanced, its distinctive...very well done. The beer pours a moderate head with a sort of cloudy golden color. The smell is unique and powerful right out of the bottle--a sweet smell, with a distinct sense of the yeast involved in the brewing. Nothing tremendously complicated here, just and easy to drink and well-created beer. If you love a saison-style beer, I would expect this one to go down as one of your finest. Despite my personal tendencies towards other styles, I hold this one in very high regard and would certainly recommend it to others.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 01:11:59 | More by andrewm190
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, the Bison Farmhouse is a clear gold with a large, long lasting, fluffy white head that leaves light, foamy lace .

Smell is very nice, strong and distinct saison wildflowers and tropical fruits, bright and crisp, sweet.

Taste is initially a bit sweeter then I wanted, but authentic saison flavors, estery and mineral laden dryness, but a the sugars were a bit over-caramelized, with a bit too much diacetyl. As it warmed, it grew on me, the lactic sourness opening up a bit, but the chalky bite on the finish tired. Still, I liked the overall pull between dry and fruity.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, under-attenuated but spritzy, a dry hoppiness.

Drinkability is pretty good, it had flashes of brilliance and disappointment, but overall it worked out OK.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 05:55:50 | More by ccrida
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, great clarity with just a geyser of carbonation welling up from the base of the stem on my tulip that has yet to stop through multiple pours of this bomber. The head is bright white and very delicate with tiny tight bubbles.

The nose is banana up front, some apricot, and a tinge of spice in the back. This is a very subtle Saison from what I'm used to, quite drinkalbe and approachable. I'd consider this a good gateway Belgian in many respects and I almost prefer this treatment of the style, even if it strays just a bit. Complexity is here and comes through the carbonation in flirty little wisps but really doesn't assert itself at any given point as it comes across the palate. Some subtle sweet malts in the middle of the tongue with a very nice herbal hop note that, again, almost has to be coaxed into the mind through the palate with as subtle as it is. The beer is certainly on the thin side which actually allows for the tight carbonation to kick at times. Finish is slightly warming, mineral salts seem to linger along with some chalk and yeast esters. There is a mineral water profile to this beer that I find interesting and unexpected, not quite sure to make of it but it sits on the back of the tongue on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin but the combination of this and the carbonation working it's way out of the beer a bit made for a highly drinkable Saison. This is really what I think of when I picture folks out in a field drinking beer and working hard.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 07:12:04 | More by gwood
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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for this bottle.

Nice looking golden color with a frothy 2 inch head.

Aroma is of spices, yeast, banana, subtle lemon, maybe some coriander, and a bit of salted crackers and pale malt. A little floral, wild flowers, but not a huge bouquet, kind of tamed. Pretty clean aromas. I'm starting to detect a bit more tropical fruits as the beer settles, peaches and nectarines, maybe a little apple.

Grassy at first and then the spices and yeast clean that up. Little malt is detected, oddly it reminds me a bit of Perrier or mineral water, gaseous with a lemon twist. A couple of sips after I can taste some earthy flavors, some pepper, some acidity, and a little pale malt way in the finish. There is a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste too.

Feels really carbonated at first but as the beer warms up it mellows out and it's actually pretty good. Smooth and rather clean, just some lemon bitterness and spices linger in the aftertaste.

Overall, meh...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 22:11:37 | More by seaoflament
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3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a flip-top bottle dated 2007. Poured amber with fat and pillow white head. Nose of caramel malts with fruits Nice mouthfeel. Flavors are slightly sweet with floral hops, ripe fruit, and spices. There was a good and slightly bitter finish. Very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 17:23:08 | More by rkuhnel
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4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy, orange/straw color. A fluffy white head has great resilience, great stick and leaves quite a bit of lace behind. Honestly, for a style I don't enjoy as much as some others (yet), this looks super in a gold rimmed Stella glass.

Aroma - a light soapy tartness. Sort of fades to a dull graininess as it settles but retains a little of the florals.

Taste - lots of flavors right away. The grains have spiciness integrated into them from the start. The first sip has me thinking of certain marinade spices.The yeast is nicely balanced, having a certain level of hefe quality. The hops have a low, mild but slightly assertive bitterness. The beer almost ends like a pilsner. The farmhouse factor is rather low and actually works well with the pilsner and hefe flavors. The overall balance makes this quite a beer. Finishes dry, somewhat spicy, delicious!

Mouthfeel - crisp and smooth, well done.

Drinkability - this does not have that heavy mustiness that some beers do. As such, for funk-initiates like myself, this beer rates rather well. Not a bad intro beer to the style as it combines familiar flavors with a new element, but in limited strength.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 02:20:17 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Body is a a slightly hazy deep golden colors. Head is a nice, thick white, tight affair that leaves good lacing.

Smell- Nice melange of sweet and sour with malt overtones. Some citrus. Fairly complex. Lots of subtle aromas coming though, especially as it warms.

Taste- Very subtle and complex flavor. Nice melange of woodiness, lemongrass and a hint of malt sweetness. Also getting undertones of ripe banana, spices, and some of the lighter fruits.

Mouthfeel- Light body. Good CO2 level.

Drinkability- Not as earthy as some Saisons, but very good all-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 00:13:28 | More by theopholis
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found this in the markdown bin at Bevmo for $1.99.

Pours a dark straw yellow, crystal clear with a rocky white head and with an aroma of fresh cut grass? Taste is excellent with slight hop bite and an excellent hint of malt. The beer poured hard but the carbonation ended up being low and the mouthfeel medium.

Drinkability is excellent and I look forward to this year's release.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 23:36:22 | More by bradybeer
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Organic Brewer's Reserve 22 oz. bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with orange highlights. Props up a nice thick white head which slowly fades to several quarter-sized blotches of foam.

Aroma was very much of a straightaway Belgian-style ale without much of the typical farmhouse funk smells. Nose was that of sweet ripe apricot, banana, honey, lemon zest, light malts and a faint hint of herbs, spices and flowers.

Lots of lively carbonation on the palate with a round fluffy texture. Some watery thiness noted in the finish.

Presents a subtle, but nice complex flavor profile showcasing notes of lemongrass, clover honey, light malt, caramel, ripe banana and apricot with a faint background of spices, earth and herbs. An interesting but slightly distracting perfume-like flavor is sensed in the finish followed by a moderate, but balancing semi-dry hop-bitterness.

Not a typical funky farmhouse-style Saison, but quite well done nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 06:50:59 | More by macster
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Bison Organic Farmhouse Ale 2007 Brewer's Reserve from Bison Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.