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Rye Saison - Yazoo Brewing Company

Rye SaisonRye Saison

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BA SCORE
84
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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%


Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally released as their 5th anniversary beer. Re-released in Spring 2010 as part of their seasonal rotation.

(Beer added by: ckeegan04 on 01-27-2009)
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big white to off white head quickly dies into a thin but lasting lacing above a clear copper golden colored beer.

Nice big spicy aroma without any thing in particular coming to mind, with maybe a bit of yeast sneaking in there.

Lots of dark rye spices coming through in a dryish taste.

The aftertaste is quite dry and full of rye on this medium bodied beer.

Pretty good stuff, takes a couple of gulps and gets better with each, I really think it's a beer worth seeking out for any of you in there distribution area.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 23:44:53 | More by LXIXME
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A very careful pour yields a huge 4 finger billowy head. Body is slightly hazy and dark gold. Tons of carbonation bubble rising up.

The nose is very yeasty and has some peaches and lemon. A touch of barnyard funk but it is very faint.

The taste is very fruity with peaches, apples, lemon, and orange. There is a little syrupy sweetness on the tip of the tongue that is a little distracting. The taste becomes drying as it progresses but there is still that little bit of residual sweetness left.

I like very dry saisons and this one is just a little too sweet. The flavors are decent but overall feel is off. Anyhow, it is a pretty good thirst quencher and a refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 00:12:15 | More by rangerred
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another one from Yazoo, this time thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit). With one arm busy I had to pour a bit careless and a huge fluffy 3 finger head rises up and fades slowly, with nice lacing, over super hazy murky apricot orangish weird color.

Nose has a strong yeast aroma, light farmhouse saison aroma, light floral spices, slight hint of citrus and stone fruit, slight hint of rye, but mostly bready yeast aroma.

Taste brings a lot more fruit, a belgian yeast flavor with fruity esters, with a bit of apple and pear, sweet candi sugar and reddish caramel malts, light toffee, and slight syrupy taste, and some yeast flavors with light boozy esters. There is some spicy rye but not a lot, and pretty much no saison qualities. The finish is dry and a bit bitter from the yeast I think but a hint of hops, and spicy rye, but sticky and a bit of lingering belgian malt and candi sweetness. The flavor profile would be good for a Belgian single or something but nothing like a saison.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, slightly syrupy, good carb.

Overall not a very good beer, the nose is almost all yeast, flavor is all Belgian malts fruit and sweets with no saison flavors and just a little rye. Not sure if they made this beer blind or have no idea what a saison is. I almost think I got a bad bottle or something. it was bottled on march27 so only a couple months old too. Also, screw cap, really?! I have one more yazoo beer and I'm a bit worried about it. The other two I had from them weren't bad, so not sure what happened to this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 22:32:44 | More by jlindros
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a nonic glass at the Yazoo taproom

A- Poured a bright super hazy orange marmalade color. Despite the haziness, carbonation can be seen streaming along the sides of the glass. Frothy head that leaves some droppy lace

S- Some big spicy belgian yeast notes, bubblegum notes, and citrus

T- Lots of spice and belgian yeast flavors, citrus, and some light bubblegum notes. A very spicy saision

M- Very high carbonation, finishes very dry, refreshing. Very effervescent beer

O- This is a very refreshing and spicy saison.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 00:06:06 | More by Hoptometrist
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lespaulrocker

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Amber/copper, slightly cloudy, small half finger white head that dissipated quickly. Light lacing.

S: Sweet, bready, spicy, with a bit of hops. Brown sugar, yeast, smells really fantastic.

T: Almost tastes like Yazoo's hefe. Rye, spices, yeast, dry. Maybe a bit of the brown sugar I smelled. Really great.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I've been a huge fan of Yazoo for awhile, but I've been exiled 2 hours west of Nashville for a few years so I haven't been able to try anything besides the normal line that they bottle. I was really happy to find this beer in my local gas station, and I'll definitely be getting more. One of the better offerings from my favorite brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 18:06:37 | More by lespaulrocker
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Jenkster4

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all I've had my share of the Saison style. I've just been sleeping of the offering of my local brewery.

A: Not typical at all. This one is a light amber, copper-ish tent. Wasn't expecting this at all. I got a good 3 fingers of head on the pour.

S: Spices and a subtle yeast aroma.

T: I should of let this chill a little longer. It's ok really. Almost had a slight Tripel taste. The spice is there, but it's just not like your traditional Saison.

M: Smooth, hardly any mouthfeel at all on this one.

Overall: I was a little let down actually. Not a go to Yazoo brew, but I still have much love for the hometown hero's.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 02:40:41 | More by Jenkster4
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber with an average fluffy white head. Crisp, malty aroma has fruity and rye tones and a yeasty hint. Malty aroma has a decided rye component plus some sweet fruity tone and just a hint of honey. Texture is fairly smooth with a strong fizz. Overall, not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 15:55:14 | More by Cyberkedi
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-07-2011
Freshness: Bottled the 4th week of March, 2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

This clear beer is a bright, light copper color with a creamy head of 2 fingers. Lacing is fair and there are lots of bubbles in the glass.

Nice, strong Belgian yeast aromas of grass and hay, with a sweet bready compliment. Taste is spicy and dry, from the hops and rye malts. Has a nice tartness and warming as well.

A highly carbonated beer, with a light, dry body. Finishes with spiciness and bitterness.

Not my favorite from Yazoo, but a solid spring seasonal I'll look for next year.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 00:58:43 | More by sommersb
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

I get a little rye bread in the aroma, but this beer is dominated by a tangy Farmhouse yeast strain. The yeast was well treated and on par with Belgian versions. With the lighter body, I'd call this a great table-weight saison. I think I'm pulling a spicy hop finish out of this, though it could just be more of the Belgian character. Eitherway, this is a tasty, drinkable Belgian where you don't have to be afraid the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 19:22:26 | More by tempest
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the flight from a fresh tap at the brewery. This beer is an orange copper color with a semi-thick head that fades fast but leaves rings of creamy lace. The smell is of spicy rye, black pepper, banana and clove with some citrusy tones and sour esters. The taste was spicy dominated with the rye, notes of chocolate, black pepper and full of estery belgian yeast phenols like banana and clove. Great balance between the sweet banana, peppery cloves and chocolate notes. This was my favorite beer at the brewery. The mouthfeel was like most, a bit thin. There was a slight creamy edge. Overall a very enjoyable and easy to drink beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 04:01:58 | More by JayS2629
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 3rd week of March.

Into a pint glass it pours a saturated copper orange. Sticky foam billows up and forms irregular peaks in the glass. Rings of lace remain on the inside walls. Skim remains unbroken for the first few sips.

Aroma is bready and spicy from the rye and the Belgian yeast shows off some clove phenols and floral hop notes. A little sweet brown sugar in the mix also.

Feels medium bodied with a creamy texture. More bready rye spice turns up in the flavor, with some pepper and earthy florals, plus banana from the yeast. Pretty tasty and easy drinking, somewhat mellow but leaning toward the spicy side of things.

Thanks Jim for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:57:12 | More by emerge077
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery into a Duvel tulip the same night.

A: Slightly hazy medium amber body with a perfectly majestic three-finger head of creamy, chunky ecru foam. Terrific retention and tons of great, sticky lace. Fantastic.

S: Intensely phenolic, spicy aroma, with some nice minerality backing up the peppery, slightly medicinal phenols. A touch of grassy hops. Not much more than a hint of rye malt, but I'm ok with that, especially given the spiciness already delivered by the yeast.

T: The rye shows up here, though, with some sweetness and spice, backed up by spicy phenols and some fruity esters. Dry, medicinal finish. Nice.

M: Slick medium body with moderate, fine carbonation. Ok.

O: If it weren't for the medicinal overtones this would be a stellar saison; as it is, it's just a pretty good one. Nice work, Yazoo.

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

05-20-2011 16:10:38 | More by woosterbill
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours lighter side of copper colored, somewhat hazy. Half finger white head, quickly reducing to barely a cap.

S: Yeasty bananas and cloves. Pepper, candi sugar.

T: Belgian yeast characteristics entirely dominate. Bananas and cloves again, black pepper. Lemon rind, almost tart. The rye grain bill is mostly apparent in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium, high carbonation.

O: Overall a good Saison, but I was looking for something a little more out of the ordinary in using rye grain. Still, a good beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 21:43:41 | More by zoolzoo
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, almost milky orange color. A little under two fingers of foamy white head. Nice film left behind, but almost no lacing except on the side of the glass being drank from.

S: Unmistakable Belgian saison yeast smells. Spicy, lemon..there's an almost burnt smell to this that I'm guessing is the rye. There's something sweet and sticky smelling about this as well that I can't quite place. I like it though.

T: Everything from the nose(spicy rye, lemon, yeast), but there's a good bit of banana in the taste that I didn't recognize from the smell. Maybe that was the sweet, sticky smell I couldn't place. Good tasting beer for sure.

M: A little on the thin side, but lots of carbonation give it body. In fact, the carbonation leaves a tingly feeling behind which seems to be a common among saisons. Dry at the finish.

O: I like Yazoo's Rye Saison a lot. Highly drinkable, tastes good, smells good. Nice that a hometown brewery is making these types of beer.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2011 23:08:44 | More by titosupertramp
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haddon

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a reddish amber with a huge frothy white head.

smell is dominated with yeasty notes. sweet earthy notes apparent as well. flowers & grains mostly.

taste like you think a rye Saison would taste: yeast, rye grain, malts. the hops have a peppery bite to them. I have a hard time picking up anything else. not much depth. the burn of the carbonation cancels out the complexity.

light body with too much carbonation. leaves a numbing sensation on the tongue.

had the light and crisp quality of a Saison but had a couple of things going against it. Belgian yeast overpowered the nuances of a rye/Saison ale. will pass next time.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 19:19:48 | More by haddon
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant coppery-orange with a quickly disappearing, half-finger white head. Ring and lace are minimal and last about halfway.

Nose is fruity, with apricot and peach pie flavors- a sort of doughy maltiness and florally hops.

The palate is interesting, with the rye adding a nice bit of spicy complexity to the typical siason style. It opens with a broad carbonation and a dry maltiness- flavors of apricot skin usher in the hoppy bitter grapefruity character. It finishes dry and tart.

Overall, wonderful sessionable brew. The tartness and dryness on the palate definitely coincides with my love for white wine- with the bright flavors and piercing acidity keeping my palate wide awake. The carbonation of the beer adds beautifully to that as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 05:21:02 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass... Bottled 4th week of March

A- Pours a deep copper color, almost more of a mahogany with a very large and light head. Bubbly. Pretty hazy. About average

S- Nice belgian smell. There is a subtle sweetness behind the leather and complex yeast aroma that balances with some floral hops.

T/M- Wow, great balance of the spicy rye, sweet caramel and nuts, hops, and of course the yeast flavors.... The most prominent flavors I'm able to pick from the complex yeast in this is black pepper, leather/barn, and a strong banana flavor also. The banana is a little different than other saisons. Also, the hop bitterness is slightly higher than DuPont or Hennepin or the like. Very pleasant in this. The body is medium buy dry and the carbonation is moderate to high.

O- Overall this is a great saison. I like the subtle differences from others of the style such as the addition of the higher bitterness and rye malt. Everything meshes really well and yet stays balanced among the multitude of flavors presented by this beauty.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 17:17:11 | More by TheGordianKnot
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tpd975

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JohnQVegas sent this one.

A: Pours a nice gold that is a touch hazy. Nice tall foamy white head, good retention and some real nice lace.

S: Aromas of yeast citrus, honey, banana, and spice.

T: Much much like the aroma. Yeasty and spicy for sure. Very mild banana notes with a crisp citrus bite. There is a doughy quality to this one and a mild hop character to round things out.

M: On the lighter side of medium, smooth and tasty.

D: Good one that will be nice to sit down at the pool with.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 19:13:58 | More by tpd975
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Wasatch

Utah

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to JohnQVegas for this one.

Bottled On: 4th Week of Mar

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, and some spice. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly dry, and nice spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:03:47 | More by Wasatch
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden, faint yellow/orange with a big white head that quickly reduces to a thin film, leaving light patches of lacing behind.

The aroma consists of light, crisp, earthy malt notes. Sweet with just a touch of peppery spice. Some hops.

Malty, a bit earthy with rye notes on the tongue. The rye is fainter than I would have imagined for a rye beer. Lemony hop spice, black pepper and biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Comes across as somewhat spritzy water with light malt. Some peppery bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability is alright, but not overly exciting. The beer just seems to be lacking overall. Yazoo's Hop Projects have been quite good, but this beer kind of falls flat. I'm still interested in trying some of their other brews, but I'll pass on this saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 22:32:19 | More by sisuspeed
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold with 1.5 finger light cream head. Faint retention. Thick, sparse lace.

Lemongrass dominates the nose. Nice citrus lemon bite.

Surprisingly sweet up front, with a dry middle, and a little lemony sweetness in the finish. No sourness whatsoever. Gets a little tart at the bottom.

Feel is creamy with a touch of syrup, perhaps a little more syrup than I would like.

For a farmhouse style, this is very easy to drink. The lack of sour in the profile makes it easy to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 00:22:54 | More by beer2day
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass. I had it recommended to me while in Nashville, TN.

Appearance: Good cloudiness and golden color, mild white head

Smell: Smells sweet, of citrus, with yeasty overtones

Taste: Sweet and citrusy, yeasty as well. Very flavorful and tasty.

Mouthfeel: good consistency and is smooth, slightly carbonated

Drinkability: Very drinkable, has good flavor and isn't tiring

I'd recommend this beer by Yazoo. It isn't very alcoholic but is a good, and cheaper, spin on a Saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 14:02:12 | More by aasher
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Brent

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a style-bender here, and it really didn't come together for me. A bit of rye spicyness was present, but the yeast phenolics were off - I got a hint of bandaid and plastic at the finish, enough to be slightly off-putting. Absent this, the beer would have been solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 13:00:33 | More by Brent
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reeverbythespeak

Alabama

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This has become a favorite sunny afternoon beer for me. Everything you could want from a saison, plus some America in there. It's the "Freedom Fries" of craft beer with it's middle finger up as it astounds in it's category. The head is thin with teeny tiny bubbles. Color is a vibrant sun golden. The smell is not my style, but appropriate. The taste is crisp ans refreshing. Mouthfeel is non offensive and easy going. Easy to drink in the sun.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 22:07:35 | More by reeverbythespeak
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AleWatcher

Illinois

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

Got this one from my buddy Dustin (JohnQVegas) down in Nashville.

Reviewed from audio notes taken last night.

Poured into a Goblet.

Pours a pretty hazy, slightly toasted golden color with a white head and decent lacing that clings long enough to be noticed, and then *poof* he's gone. Back into the body of the beer quickly and quietly-- like Kaiser Soce. The head fades quickly to a small wispy could of bubbles.

Smells of fresh grass and citrus fruits maybe lemon. A definite grainy rye presence and a peppery spiciness. The taste is in line with the nose... The finish has a dry and refreshing quality that makes you want another sip and yet feel that you r thirst has been quenched at the same time.

Very light body with plenty of carbonation that really makes this smooth. All in all-- very nice little saison. I could certainly see myself drinking a few in warmer weather and feeling quite good about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 03:23:37 | More by AleWatcher
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Rye Saison from Yazoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.