Rye Saison - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Rye SaisonRye Saison

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | 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: 103 | Reviews: 42
Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of geoffsaidso
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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 TheWhiskerReview
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of ckeegan04 poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with tons of bubbles rushing to the top to feed a big fluffy white head that shows very good retention and laving. A good looking beard.

The aroma is an interesting mix of Belgian yeast sweetness with some bubblegum but with lots of citrus as well. Maybe the faintest hint of funk and definitely some rye spiciness as it warms.

The taste is a little more tart than the aroma with some tart lemons up front before the light fruit sweetness comes in. The Belgian yeast gives way to a dry finish with hints of spices and a bit more of the lemon zest.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with lots of carbonation.

This is my first Yazoo beer and it was certainly an original take on the style. The aroma was a little on the sweet side but then the taste brought the tartness and funk a bit more. Tasty.

Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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 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 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 zoolzoo
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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 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 sisuspeed
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of rangerred
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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 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.

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Rye Saison from Yazoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.