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Rye Saison - Yazoo Brewing Company

Rye SaisonRye Saison

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BA SCORE
85
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%


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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hawks10

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 23:54:56 | More by hawks10
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 00:55:00 | More by brentk56
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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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generalnotsew

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 05:09:00 | More by generalnotsew
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Likeburning

Tennessee

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 23:04:48 | More by Likeburning
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 03:20:52 | More by happygnome
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 10:15:15 | More by IBUnit63
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cadizkyguy

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 07:18:25 | More by cadizkyguy
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 02:10:48 | More by lackenhauser
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Misfit138

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 01:13:17 | More by Misfit138
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younger35

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 03:17:59 | More by younger35
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gford217

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 03:00:09 | More by gford217
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geoffsaidso

Ohio

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 02:03:42 | More by geoffsaidso
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Jettanbass9

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 08:00:59 | More by Jettanbass9
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 23:26:31 | More by Tilley4
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:51:24 | More by ckeegan04
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