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Saison & Garfunkel - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jsh420 on 05-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with 3 lbs of peppercorns, 1.5 lbs of fresh rosemary, and the peels from 20 lbs of clementines on the 15bbl system.
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 21
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5/5  rDev +44.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.31/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed two of the last bombers they had at the Restaurant this past weekend and have been dying to try it.

APPEARANCE: A pale orange in color with some slight haziness and a decent sized white head which dissipated rather quickly.

SMELL: Not much of a nose on this one, although what there is of it smells like a saison ought to - some clove and spiciness along with a bit of citrus.

TASTE: Wow. This is delicious! The Clementine peels just erupt with flavor as the spices dance around the palate making for a very complex flavor. A nice, subtle sour apple flavor finished off each sip leaving the drinker thirsty for that next sweet, orange sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp, dry and refreshing without a ton of carbonation. That combination makes for an extraordinarily easy to drink beer.

OVERALL: $14 a bomber was a bit steep, but I as I sit here enjoying this beer I am very happy that I splurged on it and I can't wait to split the other bottle with my girlfriend. This is great work by the guys at Flossmoor, I just wish it had a bit more of a nose. One of the better Saisons I have had.

Photo of jsh420
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours hazy golden orange with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smell is strong - rosemary and clementine peel really come through - bready malt - belgian yeast

taste is even better then the nose - i get everything i detected in the nose and more - spicy earthy citrus strong rosemary mint with a nice bready malt aftertaste

mouthfeel is ok - medium body with low carbonation - could have used more

overall - this was very refreshing and now i wish i would have bought more then one bottle

Photo of alleykatking
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Shared at Flossmoor with betsona.

A- Pours a hazy golden orange color. One and a half finger cream colored head shows medium retention. Lacing on the sides of the glass was a mix between streaking and sheety lacing in some spots.

S- This is a spiced forward saison. Huge notes of rosemary, coriander, and light cracked peppercorn as well in the front of the beer. There is a hint of barnyard funk noticable with saisons throughout the aroma itself. Toward the middle the scents moved to more of a light funk with notes of orange and light darker fruits. Ending shows some clove, rosemary, and more citrus than anythign else. Alcohol is left in the ending of the aroma and fits perfectly there.

T- Light bready malts in the front of the beer mix well with a underlying herbal note of roasemary, coriander, and peppercorn. Hints of lemongrass also come through in the front of the beer toward the ending. Middle shows off some orange citrus flavors. Ending still has the malt bready backbone with citrus overlying that. To top it all off the rosemary and coriander make up the dominate flavor profile. Alcohol comes in the ending but very drying at best.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good and a little lively for the style. Flavors left on the profile are bready malts, coriander, cracked pepper, and lemongrass are left on the palate. Aftertaste is drying alcohol, bready malts, with some spicing mostly rosemary. Flavors were actually well balanced I thought for the style. No off flavors were present in the beer. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- This beer brings me back to what I feel Flossmoor should be at right now. The flavors were crisp and just there in line with how I felt it should be. the ABV while high didn't affect the overall drinking . A very good beer that I'm glad Flossmoor bottled. Now lets do more beers like this Flossmoor!

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours a rusty golden hue, hazy, and is capped with a big fluffy off-white head. Lacing ensues. There is the requisite Saison spiciness to be found - green peppercorn and clove - and the addition Paul Simon's ingredients of choice imparts only a modicum of extra complexity. The brew has a sweet and pale maltiness apparent, and a tinge of alcohol. Breadiness, spicy yeast and even some citrus is noted in both flavor and aroma. Overall, it is not a grand deviation from a standard US take on Saison, but it is well-executed.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip)

A- This beer pours a dense slightly hazy apricot body with a thick off-white head that last a good bit.

S- The clean soft fruity notes have some green hop hints in the finish.

T- This beer has a nice funk in the flavor that fades to a dry hop bite in the finish. There is a soft clementine note and a spice quality that comes through as the beer warms. There is some bitter notes that linger after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a soft alcohol warmth that grows a touch as the beer warms.

O- This reminds me more of a spiced tripel that is smooth with no rosemary or pepper stick out. It has some nice fruity qualities but no real saison yeast qualities.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with just a small layer of off white head the goes away quickly.

Smell: Very herbal with some mildly sweet fruity notes. There is some spice from the yeast as well.

Taste: The dominant flavor is spice from the yeast. I'm picking up some herbal hints, some of which comes from the rosemary. There is some malt sweetness along with some citrus notes. The finish is mildly bitter with some sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation that is on the mild side of medium. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I think this is a nice beer. The herbal and sweet notes go together well, and the bitterness is nice but not dominant. I'm not picking up the alcohol. Would have another.

Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery during Dark Lord Eve '11. Poured into a plastic cup.

A: Hazy orange body with a 1/2" head of frothy ecru foam that shows good retention and leaves some spotty lace. Nice.

S: Hugely herbal + spicy, with clove, cinnamon, rosemary, sage, and some peppery yeast phenols to boot. Really, really spicy, and I like it.

T: Spices open things up, and eventually meld with some sweet biscuity malt and light apple esters. A little heavy on the rosemary, but nice.

M: Smooth, slick medium body with low carbonation. I'm a fan, although more life would have been welcome.

O: Tasty beer. I'm usually not big fan of beers that add herb/spice adjuncts instead of just leaving those flavors to some hot-fermenting yeast, but in this case I think it was a success. I was able to pick up a few bottles, and really enjoyed the one that I split with a friend a couple weeks after DLE. I think this one will be great once the spices are allowed to mellow out a little bit, not that it isn't really tasty already.


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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of vfgccp
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Golden ice tea orange. Pours a white head that sits relatively low and doesn’t last very long.

S – Complex, and on the fruitier side of the style. Apple, pear, cinnamon, brown sugar, nectarine, and pumpkin pie. Some honey as it warms.

T – Lightly fruity up front with orange zest and pear. Bright pepper rolls up through the middle with strong herbal notes of sage. Finishes semi-dry, lightly acidic, and peppery. Delicious, spicy and refreshing.

M – Nice carbonation, but could use a bit more. Medium light body.

O – A nice saison on the brighter, spicier side of the style.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Knifestyles (Chris) for this one. Pours opaque honey orange color. Not such great head retention, but some lacing does make itself apparent. Saisons should be attractive, this one lacks slightly. Aroma is fair, the pepper and clementines are present and accounted for. These aroma play well with the fruity esters and spicy notes from the saison yeast. Fairly spicy flavor, citrus, and a bit of bubblegum with a clear pepper influence in the finish. Where the different aromas played well together in the flavor there is some in-fighting happening. Not so dry. Interesting beer with a neat flavor combo. I like the idea behind this beer. Saisons clearly offer some latitude for interpretation, but my favorites are always simple.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Beertracker
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saison & Garfunkel pours up a bit heavy with enough effervescence to create a creamy white head that persists above the relatively hazy, deep peach golden-orange body. The zesty aroma showcases the spiciness from the peppercorns along with some phenolic overtones given by the yeast followed by hints of citric fruitiness from the clementines with just a touch of pleasant herbalness from the rosemary as it warms in hand. Alcohol is sharp! The flavor starts off a bit cloying, but the spiciness from the actual spice additions + the yeast eventually displaces the sweetness while some firm bitterness tries to round out the underlying maltiness creating a slightly (hot) harsh, off-centered sweetish finish that is honestly a little bit dissapointing. This one may come together with further cellaring, but it's a 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' right now. Here's to Tom & Jerry!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Auracom
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes. On-tap at Kelleher's on April 30th, 2011.

Pours a murky golden coloring with an eggshell head. Retention isn't too great but looks good in general.

Both typical and atypical aromas in this one. Moderate barnyard funk with lots and lots of citrusy fruit and a number of herbs and spices (rosemary, yup).

Didn't find the taste particularly bready and not quite so malty. More dominance from the yeast and attributed spices. Prefer the nose overall.

S&G has a medium body with huge carbonation as expected. Finishes a bit shorter and less dry than I had hoped for.

Not half-bad. Unique character in both aroma and taste, ought to revisit again if possible. Good drinkability, which I've found common for the style and in my preferences.

Photo of xnicknj
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into large tulip glass

Pours a hazed golden orange color with a thin layering of white head. Retains with cloudy film and spotty lacing.

Some herbal qualities in the nose mixed with citrus and orange peel. Light spice followed by faint yeast funk and malty sweetness.

Faint herbal hoppiness up front, slightly bitter. Decent amount of citrus with orange peel and clementine, followed by peppery spice. A bit on the sweet side of things, with some bready malt and caramel, followed by Belgian yeast funkiness. Hints of pear and graininess, finishes a bit dry and sweet.

Fuller medium body, higher carbonation, sticky and prickly on the tongue. An alright saison, although this was nowhere near as good as the Brett version.

Photo of nrbw23
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellowish color with a thin white head. Head has little retention and leaves pretty much very spotty lacing at best.

S- Quite a bit of fruits, yeast, spicy, and pepper.

T- Taste has bit of funkiness to it nothing over the top and something that I could handle in a small amount. A good amount of yeast and spices here too.

M- Lighter side of medium and carbonation was on the lighter side as well.

O- I've had this one a couple of times, and though I don't hate it I know I could drink the whole bottle by myself.

Photo of ottovon
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

shared by whiterascal.

A: a ruby orange color, with a white head that faded quickly to leave a coating on top.

S: sweet aroma. definitely get orange, hints of rosemary. there is some pepper on the nose for sure, but not much of the classic saison yeast aromas. white bread and some straw notes. there is some alcohol in the nose as well.

T: there orange comes through quite a bit here. it does have a nice orange flavor, with some pepper. i dont really get much rosemary, and wish there was more. some breadiness, and it finishes with a touch of bitterness. this is a pretty sweet saison, and doesnt finish as dry as i was hoping.

M: medium, and low carbed, not quite what i look for in a saison.

O: an ok beer. glad i tried it, but not something i would buy probably.

Photo of Phelps
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by whiterascal and poured into a tulip.

This saison was made in collaboration with an eatery in the Wicker Park area of Chicago. For a 15-barrel batch, Flossmoor added three pounds of peppercorns, 1.5 pounds of fresh rosemary and the peels from 20 pounds of clementines. The beer also did all of its fermentation above 80 degrees.

Carrot-orange and fairly cloudy. One finger of sand-colored foam fizzles away after a few seconds to a stoic medium ring.

Grainy nose. Tons of spicy pepper, honey, pear syrup, lightly toasted crackers and just a hint of rosemary. Aromatic, spicy.

Wow, super sugary flavor. Tons of honey and burnt sugar, some citrus peel and pears. After the finish — which does its best to wipe out the sweetness but can't take it all down — esters of pepper permeate the air in the mouth.

Syrupy medium body, light electric carbonation and very soft fizz. Just a bit of tongue-numbing alcohol.

Too heavy and too sweet for a saison. The flavor actually gets a little cloying after a while. A fatiguing glass to get through.

Photo of MasterSki
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled purchased at the brewery, ignoring the sound advice of Adam. Served in a Jester King tulip next to Hill Farmstead Anna - whoops.

A - A quick-dissolving white foam sizzles to a thick collar, some wisps and a few tiny dots of lace. Transparent dark golden body.

S - Rosemary, sharp and spicy Belgian yeast, tangerine peel, light peppery notes, and a hint of alcohol. Too much spice - can't really pick out the malt character.

T - Taste on the other hand is cloying sweet, with tons of honey, cereal grains, citrus, and straight-up sugar. Seems under-attenuated. There's some rosemary and pepper still present as well. Alcohol is thankfully better hidden.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, surprisingly viscous and sticky. Seems too heavy, even with the listed ABV.

D - Not a very good example of the style - this had its ass handed to it by the Hill Farmstead offering. If you called this a tripel or BSPA I probably would have been forgiving.

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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Saison & Garfunkel from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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