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Your Top 10 Saisons

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Immortale25, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. It's hard to choose ten. How about breweries that have the best saisons.

    Hill Farmstead
    Fantome
    Hopfenstark

    a style I love.
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  2. I may have asked this... any chance you got it at FLBC?
  3. denver10

    denver10 Champion (865) Kentucky Nov 17, 2010

    Funkwerks - Monarch. Not bottled and might have been a one off but it was a blend of 50% Exile King aged in Chardonnay Oak Barrels and 50% Tropic King....best thing I have tried by Funkwerks and my favorite saison I have tried. Hope they do another batch next summer.

    Can't go wrong with their flagship Saison either. Or just about any saison they release.

    Another one probably local to Colorado is Elevation's Signal de Botrange. I seemed to like it more than the others who rated it here, but I enjoyed that one a lot. It seemed to be a slightly unique take on the style.
  4. Also another good one I was fortunate to try over the summer.
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  5. ant880

    ant880 Advocate (635) New York Nov 7, 2010

    Pound for pound, saison is my favorite style of beer. Unfortunately, having never tried any of the Hill Farmstead saisons, my top ten...the first two are cemented in, the rest are in no particular order:

    Ommegang Hennepin
    Fantome Saison
    Saison Dupont
    Jack D'Or
    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
    Boulevard Saison Brett
    Boulevard Tank 7
    Bruery Saison Rue
    Bruery Saison Lente
    Fantome Hiver

    Honorable mention: Cigar City Cucumber Saison
  6. ChadQuest

    ChadQuest Initiate (0) Illinois Mar 4, 2009

    I CAME HERE TO SEE WHAT GONZOILLINI HAD TO SAY, AND HE SAID NOTHING.

    Le Sigh.


  7. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (750) New York Oct 24, 2010

    Whole Foods in Tampa (Dale Mabry, right by CCB). But this was like, January 2011.
  8. kcRhyno

    kcRhyno Disciple (50) Oct 17, 2012

    havent seen Castelain on here. any thoughts?
  9. Based on my ratings:

    The Bruery Seven Grain Saison - 4.43
    Cigar City Guava Grove (infected) - 4.43
    Logsdon Oak Aged Bretta - 4.43
    Hill Farmstead E. - 4.4
    Swamphead Saison Du Swamp - 4.4
    Allagash Interlude - 4.38
    Fantome De Noel - 4.38
    Hill Farmstead Flora - 4.38
    McKenzie Saison Vautour Du Bois - 4.38
    Fantome Saison - 4.3
    Southampton Saison Deluxe - 4.3
  10. Goosey

    Goosey Aficionado (240) Missouri Jan 18, 2012

    I honestly cannot say that I have had 10 Saisons. Sad, because I love the style if done right. I plan on digging deep into this style this coming summer. Until then, Fantome Saison, and Brett are the two that I have had that really stand out.
  11. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (750) New York Oct 24, 2010

    Why wait until the summer?

    GET YE TO A BEER STORE!
  12. Goosey

    Goosey Aficionado (240) Missouri Jan 18, 2012

    Honestly, because summer beers suck ass so much that I have to save all my IPA and Saison drinking for the summer; being that they are the only styles other than wheat that I can drink when it is hot as balls outside. Plus I've got my eye on some Boulvaard Rye-on-Rye, Abraxas, a new shipment of Expedition that came in, the last of the Bourbon County, and an old bottle of Samael that a store has had in their fridge for like 2 years. Thank you for cellaring for me kind store!
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  13. fmccormi

    fmccormi Champion (750) New York Oct 24, 2010

    Fair enough. I've discovered recently that my craving for hops and saisons, alternately, has transcended the arithmetic of seasonality. If that makes any sense. Might be chilly outside, but I want some hops, damnit.

    Consequently, I can't tell you how excited I am that Palate Wrecker's coming out in like, one month. Or that I keep seeing Saison du Swamp and Guava Grove in the stores. Soon, soon, soon . . .
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  14. bringing this thread back from the dead... Just saw some Fantome De Noel on a local shelf. Should I run back after work and buy it without thinking twice?
  15. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Savant (350) Colorado Nov 29, 2006

    yes, pick it up :)

    off of the to of my head:
    fantome de noel
    cuvee van der kaiser (avery one off)
    storm king- funkwerks
    saison du pont
    tank 7
    hennepin
    fantome saison
    crooked stave saisons
    Bruery saisons

    (I cheated)
  16. Perfect, thank you. Looks like I have a minor detour tonight!
  17. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Champion (885) Illinois Aug 18, 2008

    Now that this is revived, I took the time to go back through and find my top 10 saisons based on review scores. They are:

    Hill Farmstead Ann
    Hill Farmstead Mimosa
    Tired Hands Singel Hop Saison, Nelson Sauvin
    Tired Hands Singel Hop Saison, Simcoe
    Cigar City Jolly Guava Grove
    Tired Hands Tabel Suckle
    Tired Hands Tabel Verbena
    Tired Hands FarmHands
    Jandrain-Jandrenouille IV Saison
    Logsdon Seizoen

    Based on a quick skim, I would also have expected to see Fantome Saison, HF/Tired Hands Myth of Saison, and McKenzie Saison Vautour. My review standards certainly haven't been consistent across time, which I'm sure greatly affects these ratings.
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  18. Bruery Saison Rue
    GI Sofie
    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
    Smuttynose Farmhouse Ale
    Ithaca Ground Break
    Pretty Things Field Mouse's Farewell
    Surly Cynicale
    Jester King Thrash Metal
    Ommegang Hennepin
    Stillwater Cellar Door
  19. Blvd Saisons
    Tank 7
    Saison Brett
  20. Ratings-wise -

    Green Flash Summer Saison (2008) - 4.88
    Piccolo Birrificio Seson - 4.65
    St. Somewhere Pays du Soleil - 4.63
    Saison Dupont - 4.5
    Craftsman Sour Lavender - 4.5
    Epic Utah Sage Saison - 4.48
    Saison du BUFF (Highest) - 4.43
    Monkish Brewing Floraison - 4.43
    Lost Abbey Red Barn - 4.43
    Craftsman La Luz - 4.43

    Honorable Mentions - Hennepin (4.4), Fantome Saison (4.4), Cellar Door (4.38), Fantome Printemps (4.38)
  21. From my reviews/hads:
    HF Art
    Boulevard Saison Brett
    HF Ann
    Allagash Interlude
    HF Flora
    Upright Four Play
    McKenzie Saison Vautour
    Victory Helios
    Upright Flora Rustica
    JP Baudelaire

    I definitely suffer from inconsistency in my reviews/hads. Mostly that my hads are inflated over my reviews, particularly on the high end of the my reviewing. A couple of those beers probably do not deserve to be there.
  22. Hill Farmstead Vera Mae
    Lavery Liopard Oir
    Sofie
    Sour Guava Grove
    HF Anna
    Boulevard Tank 7
    Lost Abbey Carnevale
    Bam Beire
    Saison de Lente
    Stillwater A Saison Darkly
  23. Blasphemy Ann should be number 1 ;)
  24. Skrip

    Skrip Savant (360) South Carolina Oct 7, 2012

    all about HF
  25. LostHighway

    LostHighway Savant (310) Maine Jan 29, 2007

    Favorites, order very subject to change
    Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux
    Saison Dupont
    De Glazen Toren Saison D'Erpe-Mere
    Fantome Saison
    Fantome Saison S'Erezee-Ete
    Fantome Hiver
    Hill Farmstead Arthur
    Boulevard Tank 7
    Stillwater Stateside Saison
    Goose Island Sofie

    Runners up
    Bruery Saison Rue
    de Blaugues Saison D'Epeauture

    I have not had any from Hill Farmstead other than Arthur, Boulevard Saison-Brett, anything from Logsdon, McKenzie, Crooked Stave, Funkwerks or Upright.

    Most American "saisons" I have had I either consider to be not very good, not to style or both.
  26. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Champion (885) Illinois Aug 18, 2008

    Might need to update my list. Having BFM Square Root 225th Anniversay Historical Saison at a bar in Virginia now and it is absolutely fantastic. It's a blonde saison aged in Bon Chien barrels.
  27. BarryMFBurton

    BarryMFBurton Savant (435) Indiana Mar 28, 2011

    Anchorage's Love Buzz is one of my favorite beers, but I have to give a shout out to:

    Surly CynicAle
    Boulevard Saison - Brett
    Ommegang Hennepin
    Boulevard Tank 7
    Jester King Noble King
    Anything by Fantome
    and Pretty Things Jack D'Or (love the "swirl the bottle before drinking" suggestion on the label, tasted great)

    Even when a saison isn't that good, I'm still happy because I'm drinking a saison. Just like having sex with fat chicks.
  28. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Champion (885) Illinois Aug 18, 2008

    Have to edit myself again as my spreadsheet wasn't updated for this. Tired Hands HandFarm would be #2 on my list.
  29. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Minnesota Feb 15, 2005

    I don't have 10 but these:

    Ommegang Hennepin
    Fantome (holy ghost!)
    Bruery Saison Rue (so amazing with the rye. best US saison)
    Surly Cynic
    Saison Dupont
    Boulevard Saison Brett
    Boulevard Tank 7
    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
  30. stig

    stig Aficionado (155) Minnesota Jan 21, 2007

    I second the Love Buzz, Logsdon's Seizon Bretta, and the Commons makes some fantastic saisons. I have a Boulevard Saison-Brett in my cellar from a trade, May have to break that one out!
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  31. brikelly

    brikelly Savant (405) New Hampshire Apr 11, 2010

    HF Anna
    Dupont
    Saison Brett
    Fantome Hiver
    Pretty Things Jack D'or
  32. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Advocate (595) Colorado Jan 20, 2012

    Sad to see a lack of funkwerks love. Tropc king and saison are amazing beers.
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  33. Robtobfest

    Robtobfest Savant (340) Connecticut Oct 21, 2009

    Agree and agree! Funkwerks is awesome.
  34. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Savant (255) Nebraska May 25, 2005

    i have heard rumors fw is coming to nebraska....i really hope this is true

    visited the taproom a couple of years ago and it was a great time, sad they are no longer filling growlers
  35. Saison Brett, Hennepin, lost abbey red barn in no particular order
  36. A tough one.

    10. Civil Disobedience B. 1
    9. Fantome Saison
    8. Duchessic
    7. Juicy
    6. Pedio infected keg of Fantome Hiver
    5. Erudition
    4. Saison D'erpe Mere
    3. Saison Vatour Du Bois
    2. Mimosa
    1. Norrebro Saison Lambic Pinot Noir

    Note: I've had Ann, and it didn't make the top 10.
  37. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    Apparently mine are:

    1.) Saison - Brett
    2.) Brynhildr's Gift
    3.) Tank 7
    4.) Vera Mae
    5.) Cynic
    6.) Weizen Bam
    7.) Avery Sixteen
    8.) Hennepin
    9.) Sofie
    10.) Avec Les Bons Voeux
  38. ledzeppelin4

    ledzeppelin4 Savant (365) Illinois May 18, 2011

    Top ten saison? I don't think I've even had even 10 saisons. With that said, Fantome Magic Ghost, Boulevard Tank 7, and North Coast Le Merle, I find them to be fantastic.
  39. 1.Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
    2.Olvalde's Brynhildr's Saison
    3.Hennepin Farmhouse Saison
    4.3F's Rabbid Rabbit
    5.NG Thumbprint Saison
    6.Surly CynicAle
    7.Soulful Saison
    8.Unchained #7 Honeymoon Saison
    9.PSB's "Always in" Saison
    10. GI's Sofie

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