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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Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
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 haddon
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (1,545 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.35/5  rDev -13%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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! (516 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 (639 characters)

Photo of Jenkster4
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of Likeburning
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of geoffsaidso
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (998 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)

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 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 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 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 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)

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Rye Saison from Yazoo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.