Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #14 - Saison - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by mcowgill:
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big head that disappears quickly.
S - Spicy smell with some lemon hanging around
T - Peppery spice taste, very refreshing brew
M - Strong carbonation feel in the mouth
D - This is a very drinkable beer to me even given the strong spice flavor. I find this one of the better 100 Barrel Series releases.
05-22-2006 23:29:15 | More by mcowgill
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3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
22 oz brown bomber with a session (batch) #14 on the label.
A- Semi-clear golden hues brew, thin white lace is all that is left from an active froth.
S- As soon as I popped the bottle there was a smell of sulfur, past that is a spicy note with some dry maltiness and vague tropical fruit.
T&M- Ample crispness, refreshing quality to it. Lemony and spicy with sharp bite of grain and hops, the alcohol is a tad hot with the spiciness of the brew and warms the throat. I pick up suggestions of lemon zest, black pepper, white pepper, bitter orange peel and vague herbs. Finishes semi-dry with a mouthful of spice.
D- A cautiously brewed Saison IMO, no funkiness ... pretty clean other than the sulfur character. Not bad at all, actually pretty damn good on a warm spring day paired with some aged cheddar and smoked sausage.
05-08-2006 01:26:31 | More by Jason
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
Bomber bottle, no freshness info given. Plenty of yeast floating around on the late pour. Light, soft orangy amber. Medium tan head, medium bubbles and not much lace to get excited about. Slight fruity nose, strawberries? This is a pretty bland saison, some fruity notes late, but lacking the pepperyness, spice,must,funk, and interest of the better versions. Decent summer quaffer and would do nicely with warm weather chow.
08-03-2006 01:33:06 | More by Billolick
3.75/5 rDev +3%
Light amber with some golden hues. Totally clear, good carbonation. Big 3" bubbly head, disipated quickly.
Smells of spices and herbs with wheat.
Taste is a sweet wheat flavor with a slight hint of the 6.3 ABV. Starts off dry and wheaty and has a nice sweet finish. After taste starts to get some sour notes.
Crisp, very light on the palate.
I was finished with two.
06-28-2006 16:37:23 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a clear yellow gold with a giant foamy white head. This has a nice head and carbonation,but the color is like a macro lager. The smell is semi pungent with apples, spices,cloves, and a malt sweetness. The taste is thin with lemon, Belgian spices, floral, and fruit flavors, apples,rasberries,and sweet malt. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing pretty well. A decent Saison that won't dissapoint.Cheers.
11-04-2006 21:58:43 | More by jmz62565
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
This poured a nice hazy yellow with ample head. The smell was nice and funky, some off notes and farmhouseyness that you want in a saison. There was also a maltiness evident.
I was really impressed with the taste of this beer. there was so much malt,wheat at times, and a truly nice finish; I would buy a case of this; perhaps the biggest criticism is that this is too smooth; not enough bitterness to keep in the style of the belgian benchmarks; dupont, foret, fantomee, etc. and hence , not as refreshing as it could be; also, there was not the wonderland of seemingly endless flavors typically available in a saison. I still like it though. great american saison.
07-08-2006 13:13:28 | More by andjusticeforale
3.53/5 rDev -3%
Originally reviewed on July 4, 2006. On Draft at Captain Kidd - Woods Hole, MA. Pour of lightly milky clouded orange-tinted golden wheat. No head. Aroma is a bourbon breath of raging italian herbs, florescent with tarragon and mint. Basil peaks its head over the lemoncello and bites back with some grainy malt. The flavor, continues along the same pattern and flavor profile as the aroma, with strong vegetal acts and wafting effervescense and silken grain sugars. Moroccan preserved lemons play. As does some wheatgrass. The hop profile is heavily diminished. Flagrant with phenols. Not too bad, but could use some polishing.
12-11-2006 18:41:25 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours a golden color with honey highlights with a minimal white head that left no cap or lacing. The smell is faint for a saison but does have a peppery, earthy aroma to it. The taste is average for a Saison, a bit spicy/peppery/earthy. The feel is light and slightly watery, a bit dissapointing for a "Begian". An average Saison but has good drinkability.
02-18-2007 06:09:05 | More by Gmann
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours a cloudy yellow with a half inch pillow top of white foam. Smells of wheat grain, lemon grass. Taste is a light lemon, with a slight hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, not what I expected from the smell. Drinkability is slightly above average due to the creamy nature. A good offering, but Harpoon has done much better.
06-12-2006 23:21:42 | More by edchicma
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
I had this one in the cellar for a while, it was due to drink!
Appearance: Very Saison-esque golden/peachy with a pearly white head that didn't last too long, but I'll blame that on the fact that it's a little aged.
Smell: More complex than I expected! Pickled ginger and peppermint aromas, then 3Vandoo nailed a good one: it smelled like Tiger Balm. Some orange rinds as well. Not particularly yeasty, but interesting nonetheless.
Taste: Still quite prickly on the tongue after all the time waiting patiently in my cellar, the yeast was a bit more present in the flavor, with a mild hop finish that made it quite refreshing, as a good saison should be. Well done!
06-17-2008 22:27:44 | More by Goldorak
4.15/5 rDev +14%
From the 100bbl series, poured a bright orange body with a thin white lace for a head. The nose is fruity upfront, lemon, orange, peach. The taste follows what the nose presented a sweet, very malty, delicious citrus fruit orange, lemon, sherbet feel. Followed by a dab of hop spicy essence but very subtle. The finish is creamy smooth banana bread essence very yeast like. Best offering from Harpoon in awhile.
05-10-2006 15:47:40 | More by Franchise
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
This is an imperial pint of Harpoon's 14th 100 Barrel Series style, Saison, served at the Windsor, VT Harpoon locale.
Appearance: The ale is a shade or two darker that an a standard BMC yellow color. There is ample carbonation and a small ring of lace.
Smell: The ale has a spicy aroma that showcases cardamom and some ginger.
Taste: The ale has a pleasantly spicy taste that is highlighted by the same cardamom (as I first encountered in Unibroue's Edition 2004). The spices are pleasant without overpowering the tastebuds. I was hoping for a bit of a tart flavor that I've seen in some other saisons, but no dice.
Mouthfeel: The ale's spices are great on the palate, if not a little out of place in this style.
Drinkability: I took a bottle to go, so that says something.
07-20-2006 03:23:48 | More by akorsak
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
At first I thought this poured a little thin, I found lower carbonation, but still within the adequate range. Nice flowery and aroma, but not strong. Had sort of a grassy taste, with some bitterness sticking to the back of my tounge- but again not overpowering so it's nice. A pretty crisp beer that does the trick. It's is very different from their other beers, which shows the range of Harpoon.
08-23-2006 00:24:03 | More by AaronRed
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured a relatively clear golden color with a big, dull white head that spread a sheen lace over the glass.
Aroma of wispy yeast and spice over a light bead of pale malt and some grain.
Flavor as some initial sticky sweetness that moves to a more rounded, yet crisp spicy and slightly bitter and dry finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and supple with a decent progression of flavors for style.
Drinkability is above average, nice easy drinking beer that slides down the gullet.
11-21-2006 18:21:26 | More by CRJMellor
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a decent looking slightly hazy golden colour with a head that starts fluffy but quickly dissolves to an almost non-sticky lace.
The aroma is a nice mix of spice and citrus fruit, with some floral hop notes definitely shining through along with some wheat notes.
The flavour hits you with a nice dose of spice mixed with lemon flavour. It's certainly well balanced but shows off the spice nicely at times. Hops are less prevalent here as is the wheat. This one is simple but the flavour is more than ample. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodeid and nice and crisp.
This latest offereing in the 100 Barrel Series isn't overly adventerous, but it's certainly good stuff. Definitely worth a try.
07-16-2006 01:45:00 | More by SixpointJMH
3.93/5 rDev +8%
64oz growler purchased at the brewery. Poured into an Ommegang glass.
Very nice effort by Harpoon on this one. This is a big saison, and it does not dissapoint. The smell is huge: pepper, cloves, and lemon. The spiciness hits right up front in the mouth, but never really smooths. One of this beer's best qualities is its creamy mouthfeel. While the body is only a little fuller than medium, the big flavor and pepper spiciness hurt drinkability a lot.
04-27-2006 19:21:07 | More by bignick
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
On tap at Cafe D in JP.
It's not Hennepin, it's not Fantome, it's not even Smuttynose Farmhouse... but is tasty. Replacing UFO on our tap lines is this lil beaut.
It pours a cloudy straw with abundant head that diminishes rapidly with lacing to match.
A very nice, if not entirely overwhelmingly awesome aroma of spice and lemon. The yeast is present, but it's not quite as up front as I would like.
Taste is a burst of coriander and nutmeg spices that blends quickly into a crisp, soothing dryness. There's almost a hint of that banana-clove hefe flavor... but no more than a hint. There's a distinct lack of fun yeast funkiness, but there is something that keeps bringing me back for more. It's refreshing and I can imagine pairing this with some of our fresh fish to spectacular results. I shall have to do precisely that.
There's just a touch too much spice for me to consider this as eminently drinkable as the great saisons, but it's a very good one, and a fine example of the style (as an introduction, anyway).
06-18-2006 16:56:05 | More by errantnight
3.93/5 rDev +8%
Presentation: 22oz bottle in a Duvel tulip
Poured with a slight gurgle, smooth, crisp like cider.
A semi-sweet aroma up front, ripe with fruit (light pear & apple) as well as summer corn fresh off the cob. Malts are dull, leathery, a faint mustiness, slightly sour. With time the apple cider-like sweetness grows as does the leathery aspect.
A fat finger of loose, pearly white foam emerged from the pour, eventually settling to a thin, see-through blanket that laced in isolated spots. The body is just striking - a crystal clear, brilliant warm hue that shifts from topaz at the stem to a radiant copper-esque amber hue below the head. A lazy, twisting of bubbles swirls thru it. A very striking beer.
Soft & creamy smooth up front, its semi-dry as well as semi-sharp with a cider-like crunch. The two play off each other well, creating a nice balance accented by delicate, faint spice (orange peel, mild coriander, dull pepper). A final pour from the bottle releases all the sediment & yeast, creating a now nicely hazed, almost clouded brew with a dull apricot quality. The yeast play off the spices in a game of TAG! with no retouches. A tartness (driven by some sourdough malts) is now present, and the overall taste improves with the presence of the yeast and its warmer temperature.
Growing slightly citric with some lemon on the palate, it grows lighter, crisper, a wee bit more sour, eventually finishing somewhat syrupy and sweetly-bitter, leaving a slightlu sour aftertaste.
This was nice. Not the best Saison I've had, but nice. I liked the evolution and the various nuances it had. Like others, it would be great with simple fare like aged cheese of almost any kind (thinking a mid range would be best), some cured meat, a loaf of crusty artisan bread, fresh greens or root veggies. I basically described a really good salad or deli sandwich!! I always enjoy Harpoon's 100 Barrel efforts, and this was no exception. That said, I'd definitely drink it now if you have one.
11-05-2007 22:47:44 | More by BuckSpin
3.23/5 rDev -11.3%
Appearance - Hazey orange yeloow gold color. Head disolved quick , not much lace here.
Smell - Spicey aroma, some citrus, or floral smell here too.
Taste - Spices, lemons, light malt taste.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, not much carbination. clean feel.
Drinkability - Not a bad tate, interesting, my first Sassion style beer. I enjoy these 100 barrel beers from Harpoon.
03-05-2007 17:18:28 | More by auxiliary
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
A and I finished unpacking a lot of boxes, and sat down with a bottle of the Saison we purchased from Whole Foods Market. We both agree that the color is like
butterscotch and hazy since it is bottle conditioned. The nose is reminiscent
of a hefeweizen with ripe banana and pepper. Taste and mouthfeel are a bit
lacking up front but comes on full and dry. All in all a good Saison and another
good offering from Harpoon.
05-29-2006 22:14:02 | More by ridedammit
3.13/5 rDev -14%
this seems to be the summer of saison in my local market. There are a bunch of local examples new to the market and this one just showed up on my radar so I thought why not?
A - Some haze in a golden/amber color with almost no head. what head there was quickly disappeared.
S - A touch of wheat and a tangy spice aroma.
T - Initial sips dominated with a tart tang. Not quite what i expected. I continued through the glass and around mid glass I got nice complimentary flavors of light malt, wheat and pepper.
M - Medium bodied and although not flat, certainly not far from flat.
D - At the end of my glass I thought this was decent. It takes a commitment to work through and maybe serving temp is more critical than other saisons I've tried lately. I'm not going to buy another one, but I'm glad I tried this for perspective.
07-12-2006 14:35:21 | More by barleywinebrewer
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours a muted gold/amber with average head that doesn't stick around for long. Not much to look at. Aroma is strangely appealing, with sulphur and ginger predominating. On the palate the sulphur and ginger are there (especially in the finish), but there's also a nice biscuity note at the end. Big carbonation diminishes the tastes at the first sip, but then gets out of the way for that interesting finish. This is a strange beer, not fitting the usual definition of a saison, but also not just a typical American microbrew "Belgian-style" ale either. It's got some interesting aromas and flavors, which make up a bit for the fact that the flavors aren't complex. Overall, well worth a try.
06-13-2006 02:07:02 | More by geexploitation
4.05/5 rDev +11.3%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Gold foiled cap.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a generous 1 3/4" off-white head over the clear golden brew. Frothy head fades slowly, with ample lacing. Aroma is plentiful spicing over a light sweetness. Taste is starts with some light sweetness, then gives way to spices and ends with a crisp close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. Not the funkiest Saison in the barnyard, but a nice crossover brew to the style, and highly sessionable.
10-03-2006 21:36:06 | More by ppoitras
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
Light golden appearance, light head.
Smells of sweet spices. Sort of one-dimensional.
Flavor is smooth and sweet. The spices are prevelant, but ride on top of a solid malty base with a crisp clean finish. This is not my favorite style, but I like this beer.
Mouthfeel is medium, high carbonation, zip on the finish.
Drinkability is good. Tasty and quaffable.
10-12-2006 22:11:03 | More by ghostwalker
4.35/5 rDev +19.5%
I had this on tap at the brewery and then again from a growler that night. Being a 100 barrel series, i will never see it again. I got by Harpoon Saison fix for sure.
A- Cloudy. Not sure if this fits the style guideline, but im SURE its not a hefe/wheat beer. Wheat was probably used for head retention however the head dissapated very quickly and sacrificed clarity. It is a semi opaque yellow.
S- Smell is great. You can get a mild barnlike smell, however not horsehair. It is spicey in nature.
T- Yum! The corriander was obvious and cardamom at first taste.. with a nice bite from the pepper in the finish.
M- Smooth. The bite from the pepper is always there, spicier than other saisons, but unique in its own right.
D- Easy going. Very enjoyable. A little heavier than I expected however refreshing. The spices attributed more to a pairing with food rather than a refreshing hot summer day type beer.
Great beer. I was lucky to catch it in the brewery. Looking forward to the Imperial Pilsner!
06-20-2006 16:21:56 | More by rem5
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #14 - Saison from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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