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Rye Saison - Yazoo Brewing Company

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93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | 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:
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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Spider889

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

06-23-2013 14:46:44 | More by Spider889
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Josiah2729

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +7%

05-15-2012 15:28:42 | More by Josiah2729
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MarshallBirdhouse

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7%

07-17-2013 00:20:17 | More by MarshallBirdhouse
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev +7%

10-25-2013 22:16:37 | More by Adamostella
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Lukafer

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7%

04-30-2012 03:19:43 | More by Lukafer
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

05-06-2014 13:53:05 | More by MikeWard
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hilgart1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

08-23-2012 23:33:14 | More by hilgart1
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev +7%

01-14-2012 22:52:56 | More by whartontallboy
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +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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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7%

02-11-2012 19:59:07 | More by Pencible
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ltltony

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7%

01-24-2014 20:40:55 | More by ltltony
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davemathews68

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

07-03-2013 21:03:07 | More by davemathews68
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 20:14:34 | More by JohnQVegas
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: growler

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

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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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sommersb

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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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geoffsaidso

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle to tulip.

burnt orange color with a fairly withstanding bone white head. tart aroma of sweet almost sour, a bit of green apple. initial taste of sour fruit accompanied by a slight clove like phenol. very snappy across the tongue, nice carbonation. finishes sweet and clean.

overall a nice example of the style, i prefer the saison to be a bit more sweet and a little less sour. not sure what rye contributes to this flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 02:03:42 | More by geoffsaidso
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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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MasterSki

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bit thanks to JR (Photekut) for sending this as a bonus brew. Served in my Surly pint glass. The brew was bottled late December '08.

A - Voluminous 3+ fingers of light blonde foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a thick cap. Only a few specks of lacing on the sides of the glass. Hazy apricot/peach color with lots of bubbles visible.

S - Smell is quite nice - a mix of spicy rye malt, tangy Belgian yeast, pepper and clove, a bit of orange zest, and maybe a touch of lighter fruits like pear and melon.

T - Taste is disappointing - it's some mild fruits, pepper, and a funny yeasty twang. Not bad, but not all that interesting either. There's a tiny touch of sourness in the aftertaste that is slightly redeeming.

M - Lighter body, soft, light carbonation tingle. Pretty refreshing and style appropriate.

D - If it was a little tastier it'd make a solid session saison. Unfortunately there are a bunch of better options out there like the NG Imperial Saison, or any of the special GI ones.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 16:51:57 | More by MasterSki
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-31-2014 02:52:43 | More by Cynic-ale
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Photekut

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-19-2013 01:35:05 | More by Photekut
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ImperatorScab

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-06-2013 00:21:21 | More by ImperatorScab
Rye Saison from Yazoo Brewing Company
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