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Rye Saison - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Rye SaisonRye Saison

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 104
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 18.64%
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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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 104
Photo of Misfit138
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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.


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Photo of IBUnit63
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a nonic glass at the Yazoo taproom

A- Poured a bright super hazy orange marmalade color. Despite the haziness, carbonation can be seen streaming along the sides of the glass. Frothy head that leaves some droppy lace

S- Some big spicy belgian yeast notes, bubblegum notes, and citrus

T- Lots of spice and belgian yeast flavors, citrus, and some light bubblegum notes. A very spicy saision

M- Very high carbonation, finishes very dry, refreshing. Very effervescent beer

O- This is a very refreshing and spicy saison.

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Photo of happygnome
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of Tilley4
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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...

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Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the flight from a fresh tap at the brewery. This beer is an orange copper color with a semi-thick head that fades fast but leaves rings of creamy lace. The smell is of spicy rye, black pepper, banana and clove with some citrusy tones and sour esters. The taste was spicy dominated with the rye, notes of chocolate, black pepper and full of estery belgian yeast phenols like banana and clove. Great balance between the sweet banana, peppery cloves and chocolate notes. This was my favorite beer at the brewery. The mouthfeel was like most, a bit thin. There was a slight creamy edge. Overall a very enjoyable and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of hawks10
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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...

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold with 1.5 finger light cream head. Faint retention. Thick, sparse lace.

Lemongrass dominates the nose. Nice citrus lemon bite.

Surprisingly sweet up front, with a dry middle, and a little lemony sweetness in the finish. No sourness whatsoever. Gets a little tart at the bottom.

Feel is creamy with a touch of syrup, perhaps a little more syrup than I would like.

For a farmhouse style, this is very easy to drink. The lack of sour in the profile makes it easy to drink more than one.

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Photo of lespaulrocker
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Amber/copper, slightly cloudy, small half finger white head that dissipated quickly. Light lacing.

S: Sweet, bready, spicy, with a bit of hops. Brown sugar, yeast, smells really fantastic.

T: Almost tastes like Yazoo's hefe. Rye, spices, yeast, dry. Maybe a bit of the brown sugar I smelled. Really great.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I've been a huge fan of Yazoo for awhile, but I've been exiled 2 hours west of Nashville for a few years so I haven't been able to try anything besides the normal line that they bottle. I was really happy to find this beer in my local gas station, and I'll definitely be getting more. One of the better offerings from my favorite brewery.

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Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This has become a favorite sunny afternoon beer for me. Everything you could want from a saison, plus some America in there. It's the "Freedom Fries" of craft beer with it's middle finger up as it astounds in it's category. The head is thin with teeny tiny bubbles. Color is a vibrant sun golden. The smell is not my style, but appropriate. The taste is crisp ans refreshing. Mouthfeel is non offensive and easy going. Easy to drink in the sun.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of younger35
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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!

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Rye Saison from Yazoo Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.