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Best Saison sold in six or four packs?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by dagimp, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. dagimp

    dagimp Aficionado (235) Pennsylvania Nov 18, 2008 Subscriber

    I'm having a hard time thinking of many around the Philly area. Groundbreak by Ithaca is good. So is Wildeman by flying dog. Yards is decent but not great. What are your favorites?
  2. Hennepin.
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  3. CASK1

    CASK1 Savant (475) Florida Jan 7, 2010

    What I came here to say.
  4. ant880

    ant880 Advocate (655) New York Nov 7, 2010

    Hennepin IMO, but I think Hennepin is pretty close to the best Saison period. A lot of stores only carry the 750s, but a lot have 4pks as well and it looks like Ommegang distributes to PA. Dupont is also around in 4pks, not sure what the availability is in Philly though.

    EDIT: Beaten twice...damn u both to hell ;)
  5. No idea. But, sweet av!!
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  6. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poobah (1,050) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Beer Trader

    Yep. OP, you can easily find Hennepin on the cheap around here in 4-packs.
  7. I have no idea if they distribute to you, but Boulevard Tank 7 is quite nice in four-packs.

    I also go for the now-available-by-the-six-pack Notch Saison for a lower-alcohol, hot-weather brew.
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  8. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poobah (1,050) Pennsylvania Sep 6, 2010 Beer Trader

    None here in the Philly area, but surrounding states I've seen it.
  9. apaisncsu

    apaisncsu Savant (335) North Carolina Mar 25, 2011 Beer Trader

  10. philbe311

    philbe311 Advocate (635) Pennsylvania Jan 21, 2008 Subscriber

    New Holland Golden Cap
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  11. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (600) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    I second Tank 7 if it's available in your area.
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  12. drtth

    drtth Poobah (1,205) Pennsylvania Nov 25, 2007

    Saison Dupont, 4 packs, brown bottles.
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  13. jivex5k

    jivex5k Advocate (660) Florida Apr 13, 2011

    I like Great Divide's Colette
    Comes in a sixer, very tasty IMAO

    Of course nothing beats Le Merle though in taste though, just don't have 4 or 6 packs of it.
  14. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Could swear I've seen the occasional 4-pack of Saison Dupont, which for me is the reference saison. Otherwise, Hennepin or Tank 7 are also great.
  15. My absolute favorite is Saison Dupont. They are available in small brown bottles (330 cl) in four packs. I purchased my last Saison Dupont at Total Wine & More in Claymont, DE.

    There are a number of other good suggestions made: Hennepin, GI Sofie. Another Saison that I like is New Holland Golden Cap Saison; it is available in 6 packs.

    If you ever make it out to the suburbs, McKenzie’s Saison Vautour is OUTSTANDING!

  16. Kadonny

    Kadonny Advocate (705) Pennsylvania Sep 5, 2007 Beer Trader

    Not available.

    Hennepin is the best, closely followed by GI Sophie. Too bad LA Red Barn is not in sixes, love that beer.
  17. dagimp

    dagimp Aficionado (235) Pennsylvania Nov 18, 2008 Subscriber

    Thanks for the avatar props. Never seen the DuPont on small bottles. Hennepin! Good call. Tank 7 is great, but not available around here. I got a four last time I was in Houston.Sophie I thought was meh at best. Too sweet and bland.
  18. CaptFrothy

    CaptFrothy Savant (325) Maryland Dec 9, 2006 Subscriber

    That's the best one to my taste buds too, Goose Island Sofie.
  19. CASK1

    CASK1 Savant (475) Florida Jan 7, 2010

    Had my first Collette the other day and was very impressed. One of the most earthy, rustic Saisons I've had.
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  20. alexipa

    alexipa Advocate (525) Colorado Oct 7, 2011 Beer Trader

    I second (third?) Collette. Really blew me away.

    Hennepin is actually my least favorite saison I've had, so my guess is Collette is about the exact opposite of Hennepin in terms of saisons.
  21. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Champion (800) Colorado Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    came here for the colette love. for 8.99 i was expecting something pretty underwhelming, but it really blew me away. steer clear of tommyknockers saison though. when it warmed up it had a distinct vomit aftertaste.
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  22. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    Hilliards Saison is in 4-packs of 16oz cans in the Seattle area. Solidly decent beer and you shouldn't have any trouble finding someone to trade with.
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  23. commis

    commis Savant (340) Massachusetts Jul 21, 2009

    I find Urthel Saisonierre to be top of the line as well. 4 packs for about 12 bucks around here.
  24. Blanco

    Blanco Advocate (545) Pennsylvania Oct 11, 2008 Beer Trader

    I also agree with this. Bought a case of it myself recently just to have all the time (it holds up pretty well too).
  25. mtlasley

    mtlasley Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 27, 2012

    What a coincidence! I just ordered a case at my local bottle shop.
  26. frogfan

    frogfan Savant (380) Texas Sep 4, 2009

    Another vote for Tank 7.
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  27. bebbcorp

    bebbcorp Aficionado (245) Kansas Mar 6, 2010

    I Third the Tank seven four packs. For quality and price.
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  28. JRorie

    JRorie Aficionado (215) Illinois Oct 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    Tank 7, Sofie, and DuPont are the best three you will find anywhere. I'm lucky to have them all.
  29. Hennepin and Tank 7. Drinking a Tank 7 right now.
  30. JRorie

    JRorie Aficionado (215) Illinois Oct 11, 2010 Beer Trader

    I'm allergic to Hennepin, sadly. Has to be the yeast, I would think. Asian Flush like crazy, and a swollen throat.
  31. Handle

    Handle Savant (415) North Carolina Mar 16, 2009

    I'm not Asian, but this happens to me with Hennepin and other beers that use Belgian yeast. Allagash White bothered my throat quite a bit. At least I'm not the only one!
  32. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poobah (1,260) Pennsylvania Dec 4, 2004 Beer Trader

    Have you tried Weyerbacher Seventeen yet? Hennepin...absolutely agree. Saison DuPont...IMO, the benchmark for the style. Saison du Buff from DFH, fist pump. If none of these suffice, contact me, 'have a Saison sitting in my fermenter right now that turned out really well. There's a nice selection of Saisons out there but I wish the American craft brew community would brew much more of these! :)
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  33. “I wish the American craft brew community would brew much more of these!” There isn’t a large amount of packaged American Saison beer but I am fortunate that in SEPA there is a fair amount of on premise Saisons available.

    McKenzie’s (with three brewpub locations) makes an OUTSTANDING Saison: Saison Vautour. In the past they made these available in 750 ml bottles but they have stopped bottling this beer.

    Sly Fox Brewery/brewpub makes a very good Saison: Saison Vos. This beer is available on tap at the brewpub occasionally and it is available in 750 ml bottles. It is also available in kegs for those folks who have kegerators.

    A new brewpub opened up in Ardmore: Tired Hands. Apparently Saison beer will be a specialty of this place.

    Stillwater (from Maryland) makes lots of different Saison beers. I frequently see these beers on tap at Philly beer bars.

    I am sure that there are other quality Saisons available on premise locally that is escaping me at the moment.

    Of course there is no denying that homebrewing Saison beer is a good way to go. I recently ordered a White Labs Platinum Series Saison yeast (WLP585) from my LHBS. I will be homebrewing a Saison real soon.

  34. Doh, I forgot Victory Helios. A very tasty Saison with some Brett character. It is available in 22 ounce bottles. I have two bottles in my basement ‘conditioning’ to let the Brett character ‘shine’.
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  35. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Yeah that beer is such an obvious candidate for larger packages of 12oz bottles, in my opinion. So good, well-crafted and refreshing, but also not something to take lightly. Dig it, pretty deep.
  36. New Holland Golden Cap isn't bad for $9 a 6 pack. Although I do enjoy my Saison Dupont best.
  37. “New Holland Golden Cap isn't bad for $9 a 6 pack.” From my perspective, New Holland Golden Cap wins the ‘bang for the buck’ award!

  38. Not a huge saison guy, but Ithaca Ground Break for me. I really like the touch of hops theyve added to it.
  39. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (890) Florida Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Well I don't know if anyone else is thinking it, but I'd flip if Pretty Things ever put Jack D'Or in, say, 12oz 4-packs. Flip.
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  40. TomTwanks

    TomTwanks Initiate (0) Ohio Apr 5, 2011