Rye Saison - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 104
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 5.19%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of younger35
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recevied this brew from ckeegan04 for winning our BA College Bowl Pick'em pool. This will most definitely be my first brew from Yazoo and probably Tennessee. I like beers with Rye in them but it has to be in moderation. Too much really screws the beer up. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a semi hazy yellowish orange with a nice half fingered head that recedes fairly slowly. A fabulous cap and collar remain and not a whole lot of lacing.
Smell- Slightly funky (if that's the right term, maybe dirty would be more accurate) from a light bit of Farmhouse yeast. I don't get much in the terms of spice other than maybe a bit of candied orange peel or ginger. Very slightly sweet with a bit of doughy wheat that seems raw and slightly astringent. Not an overly complex nose but nice none-the-less.
Taste- Wow! Starts with a slight bit of tart that is reminiscent of green apples. I'm not real sure what it's from but it's nice and unexpected. Sort of a lemon peel type tartness, light and nice. Some peppery like spice that seems to be from actual spices, not the Rye. Honestly that's perfect IMO. I like the Rye to be more noticeable on burps than the beer. As it warms some light banana and MAYBE a bit of clove makes an appearance. That slight tartness dominates though and lingers throughout the finish.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light and crisp with a nice sharp bite from the carbonation.
Drinkability- I'm not real sure where this beer stands as a solid Saison to the style police but I know it's freaking tasty as hell. I can't figure out if the tartness is just some astringency or something else. Really interesting and tasty beer and I much thanks to ckeegan04! (1,687 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed for their 5th anniversary and released as part of their Brewmasters Collection.

A - Very cloudy brownish-orange in color. Thick, foamy off-white head with decent retention and excellent lacing. Very active carbonation rising to the top.

S - Very tart, fruity aroma. Lemon zest, banana, and a light spicy hint of rye. This is a very sour beer in the nose.

T - A little light in the mouth initially with a sweet fruitiness up front. A tart lemon zest quickly comes in and dominates the profile. Some graininess lingers underneath. I can tell their is some rye in it, but I am not sure I would have picked out the taste if it was not advertised in the name. The sourness really dominates and it is a lovely domination.

M/D - Light to medium bodied with some grainy chewiness. Very crisp in the feel and very easy drinking. The sourness and tartness are very much present but are not mouth shattering. (916 characters)

Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of lespaulrocker
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of Jettanbass9
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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! (1,184 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of hawks10
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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... (792 characters)

Photo of happygnome
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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 (297 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a tremendous head that lasts for quite a while...

Aromas of Belgian yeast, some faint hops, a little funk, and some sourness... Smells a lot like Duvel, which is a good thing... There's some funkiness to this one...

Lovely sweet crisp fruity funky deliciousness here... Yazoo did an awesome job with this brew... I'm voting for making this one a year round offering or at least a summer seasonal... Its terrific..

This is a damn good offering from Yazoo here... I was pleasantly surprised with this one... (544 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,708 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (847 characters)

Photo of generalnotsew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of Misfit138
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours dark straw-gold, just a bit of orange, almost clear with just a bit of haze and a full one-finger fluffy white head that lasts a long time. Tons of effervescence. Solid lacing and nice retention of the cap. I can't imagine this beer looking any better.

Nose is a nice mix of over-ripe golden fruit and peppery spiciness. Some almost tropical fruit mixes with a lightly pungent yeast note.

Taste is nice as well - up front, more ripe fruit mixes up with a firm farmhouse pungent funkiness. Lightly peppery, with the rye adding a bit of spicy richness to the dryish malt body. Really interesting use of rye - this one definitely grew on me. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, maybe a bit sticky, with a light but coarse carbonation. I wish this one was just a bit lighter. Drinkability is nice, but hurt a bit by the heavy mouthfeel. Satisfying in its complexity and refreshing though. (943 characters)

Photo of titosupertramp
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (973 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (519 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (660 characters)

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Rye Saison from Yazoo Brewing Company
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