Rye Saison - Yazoo Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
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
04-20-2010 00:55:00 | More by brentk56
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
05-31-2011 01:57:12 | More by emerge077
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
07-23-2009 16:51:57 | More by MasterSki
3.25/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
06-02-2012 22:32:44 | More by jlindros
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
07-02-2011 19:22:26 | More by tempest
3.53/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
06-29-2010 01:03:47 | More by Wasatch
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
09-04-2012 23:44:53 | More by LXIXME
3.55/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
07-23-2011 15:55:14 | More by Cyberkedi
3.65/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
03-08-2009 03:00:09 | More by gford217
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
05-22-2010 14:02:12 | More by aasher
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
05-20-2011 16:10:38 | More by woosterbill
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
07-11-2010 19:13:58 | More by tpd975
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
05-17-2010 13:00:33 | More by Brent
3.48/5 rDev -7%
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.
04-12-2009 02:10:48 | More by lackenhauser
Rye Saison from Yazoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.