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Rye Saison - Yazoo Brewing Company

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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ckeegan04 on 01-27-2009

Originally released as their 5th anniversary beer. Re-released in Spring 2010 as part of their seasonal rotation.
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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by hawks10:
Photo of hawks10
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Yazoo Brewing Co. glass - Bottled 2nd week of March, 2010...

Pours a golden brownish orange with a thin one finger of delicate white head. The beer is pretty clear and reminds me of Indian Summer Apple Juice...

Very sweet and spicy aroma up front. Some rye bread with sweet ripe light fruits, spicy yeast aroma...

Starts off sweet, fruity and almost Hefe-like. Bready and malty with a nice spicy rye flavor. Yeasty and grainy...

Medium bodied and decently carbed...crisp and slick on the palette, easy drinking...

Pretty good beer by Yazoo, my first bottled beer from the state of Tennessee. Picked up a 6pack in Nashville on our way to Florida, enjoyed 3 of these on the beach in Treasure Island and kept one to review. Very citrusy, refreshing summer beer...

More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of haddon
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Jettanbass9
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hands down one of the best saisons I've ever had. Thanks ckeegan04 for the extra!

A - hazy pale copper to dark gold, lacy see thru head.

S - wonderfully complex aroma. citrus acidity followed by bubblegum, fresh lemon zest and a noticable hint of spicey rye. Tropical fruits linger in and out. Devoid of hop aroma but the yeast character makes up for it.

T - Lemony acidity followed by banana like esters and bubblegum. A zesty spiciness lingers in the background, never really comes forward just kind of intertwines between all of the yeasty flavors. Wheat graininess comes through as the beer warms up.

M - medium to high carbonation and thin to medium body. This beer remains refreshing without being too sweet or dry. Great balance in the finish. No puckering astringency.

D - Fantastic brew. Goes down easy but has sharp flavors that remain complex yet refreshing. Seek this beer out if you are ever in the area. Great brew, great representation of the style with a highly restrained addition of rye. Even though the beer seemed to be bottle conditioned, I still think they could clean it up a bit, it almost looks like a hefeweizen. Minor, MINOR flaw in an awesome beer!

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of generalnotsew
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy orange not much head. Really reminds of me orange juice.

S: Very sharp twangy citrus and I get some bubblegum. Has a deep ripe spiciness to it.

T: I still get a lot of the bubblegum. Seems to be very akin their Hefeweizen. A tart fruitiness with herbal spices.

M: Lays very nicely on the tongue and makes it presence known but not overpowering.

D: Very nice drinking late spring/early summer beer. Seems very fitting for the season.

First of the style for me. I will want to seek more out like this but feel this will compare well to others of the style.

Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had this style but i'm a gamer and i've enjoyed other Yazoo brews, so here it goes. Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Nice three inch frothy head, some still in the bottle, so i cheat a bit and take a swig. MMMM. Spicey beer, refreshing, reminds me of a hefe (really!). Paired with some cold KFC grilled chicken (yum) and cole slaw and biscuit. Quite a nice combination. Great appearance and the rest doesn't disappoint, either. Still, tastes a lot like a hefe, maybe I'm crazy, but I enjoy Hefes so it scores high in taste, mouthful and drinkability. This is a must try for anyone who enjoys hefes or Yazoo brews.

Photo of Misfit138
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had this beer a few times before but never got around to reviewing it.

A- The appearance is almost a cloudy burnt orange, with a rather creamy white head.

S- It is a sweet yet tart smell. Maybe banana with spice or most likely rye.

T- The taste is sweet initially but quickly goes to a spice finish. The beer has some banana and clove elements to it and some rye and spice in as well. There is a nice citrus finish also

M- The mouthfeel is pretty smooth overall.

O- Overall. I edited my review from a couple of years ago as I find this to be much better than I ever remember being. I know Yazoo wasn't pleased with their results a couple years ago and that is what I reviewed, this new batch is pretty dang good. This is a nice lighter style beer with enough flavor to enjoy.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to ckeegan04 for hooking me up with a trade for this and many many others. I have been fixin' to brew a rye saison and wanted to get an example of the style...and there you have it. Get to check out Yazoo offerings for the first time as well as a bonus. Bottle date looks like the last week of December. This one hits the Ommegang chalice with authori-ty.

Pours a classic hazy light honey/yeast color. Faint bluish wisps of head up top. For the minimal head room it does leave a bit of lacing. Body is a bit on the cloudy side.

The rye coats the olfactory like a flannel sheet...it's warming but by no means heavy. There's a slight dry champagne scent along with the soothing farmhouse yeast electricity.

Taste profile is quite sounds...lots of good kosher rye notes with the expected dry texture. Slight champagne notes persist along with a little latent funkiness. This is straightforward enough to serve as a great gateway saison to noobs to the style but it has more than enough character to please the seasoned (saison'd?!) vets as well. Yeast electricity persists along with the rawness of the grains and just a slight hint of piney hoppiness.

Palate feel is slightly warm and tart. Maybe not as spritely as a traditional saison but it plays nicely. Again, the accessibility quotient is quite high. Finish may be slightly acidic at times with a hint of sourness; the rye definitely adds a little meat on the bone.

I lament that I only have another bottle of this. At the same time I am extremely grateful to Chris for hooking me up with this deal. It drinks well and has a little sumpm for everyone in it. Rye is wicked underrated as an ingredient and Yazoo did it right with this one.

Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Likeburning
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Stogie's in cool springs. Poured a star and amber color with a light white head. The aroma is what one would expect from a lighter rye beer. I say lighter when comparing to rye squared, sorry. Again since I recently quit smoking my tatebuds are still kind of shot, but it's slightly sweet tasting with a little but of a bitter aftertaste. Let me review again in a few weeks for a more specific review.

Photo of happygnome
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a deep orange color with about a half inch of head that doesnt dissapear very fast lots of bubbles continue to rise to the top
s: belgian yeast, sour lemony, citrus, fruity
t: lemony citrus hints of sour
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +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.

Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Jenkster4
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy and hazy amber to orange color. Big head that fades slowly. Very sulfury aroma-somewhat orange and citrus like but very faint. Big yeasty flavor-again quite sulfury. Lacks the spiciness and peppery qualities of a saison. Lingering bite. Slightly buttery. Crisp but the somewhat off flavors detract. Decent enough body. On the edge of being a really good beer. Not really to style but I like the premise.

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a decent head that leaves some splotches of foam here and there

Smell: Rye bread and overripe stone fruit, with hints of bubblegum and green apple

Taste: Starts out with sweet fruit and spicy rye flavors that build in a tart direction, by mid-palate, when the bubblegum also makes an appearance; after the swallow, the sweet flavors dominate, but there is plenty of spicy phenolic complexity underneath; finishes somewhat grainy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting beer and the spicy rye does a nice job of offsetting the sweeter fruity character

Photo of sommersb
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Rye Saison from Yazoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.