Independence Saison
Independence Brewing Co.

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Belgian Saison
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Ranked #37,479
3.56 | pDev: 14.04%
Independence Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 22
Photo of Beer-Zombie
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It looks plain, it smells plain Jane, but it tastes like a sweeter version of saison. Now considering saison style is very broad, this beer HAS to fall into the catigory depending on when it was brewed. Brewed in the fall, cracked in the spring? Then true it shall be. Other than that, nein. Lagerish crispness to it, dried light fruits, maybe even dry Chardonnay, clean finish, it's missing a Belgian aspect. Too clean, I need more filth, maybe filling. It lacks character and body. Too soon my friends at Independence. Too soon...

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Photo of jamescain
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a schooner.

Appearance: Golden orange and opaque with a thin white head that fades onto a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: This beer was poured way to cold so I had to wait for it to warm up a bit. As it warmed nice spicy and citrus notes came out.

Taste: The taste was some what sad, not very complex, basically just spicy yeast notes and that's about it.

Mouthfeel: I was pretty disappointing with the mouthfeel; however, most of the issue I'm attributing to the bar. The mouth feel was watery and it seemed under carbonated.

Overall: I wasn't that impressed with this one and with all of the saisons that are readily available there are good substitutes.

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Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the Flying Saucer in downtown Houston. I was surprised to see it not in a pint glass but a red wine glass.

Poured a surprisingly bright yellow, asked if I had the wrong beer. I had had this one before, but this seems a tad different.
About a quarter inch head with decent retention, nice lacing around the edges, very little visible carbonation.

Smells of light fruit, and yeasty, and citrus(orange).

Taste is very wheat and yeast. Easy drinker, nothing impressive.

Feel is very light in body, thin, again, nothing too spectacular.

My overall impression...this beer is worth a try, but nothing I will probably buy again.

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Photo of kcbearkat
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Saint Arnold pint from a growler from Petrol Station.

A: light straw color, clear with a thin off white head.

S: Light yeast and citrus smell.

T: Nice saison flavor, oranges and yeast.

M: Light body, plenty of carbonation.

O: Tasty but average for the style.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazed, golden-orange color with a bright white cap of fluffed head. Not the best retention, but leaves a bit of sticky lace.

Nose is quite nice; some fruity, yeasty oranges along with lemons and pink grapefruit flesh. Little bit of bread comes through as well as some crisp wheat.

Taste definitely has some lemony flavors (maybe a bit too much) and the wheat is noticeable. Modest yeast presence, I could certainly go for some more funky esters here, but overall not a bad little brew here. Tastes like it might have a touch of coriander or grains of paradise. Moderate sweetness is offset by a nice little kiss of hoppy bitterness on the finish. This one is up there with Convict Hill for my favorite brews from Independence. They seem to be stepping up their game of late.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Draught House 42nd Anniversary Party. The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is peppers, oranges and lemons. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of lemon and orange notes as well as a lot of spices. I get a lot of white pepper in the flavor and aroma. The spices and citrus notes mix very well together. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of bjlefebvre
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= Thick and gold. Looks like a hefeweizen, which makes sense as it's got wheat in it. Thin head that fizzles out rather quickly. Leaves a banana-yellow film on the glass.

S = Mellow, of banana and spice.

T=Wheat and orange, in that order.

M= Smooth. Feels thicker at first and then leaves a slightly acidic, thin feel.

D=Pretty easy. It's 6% ABV, but pretty creamy.

This most likely won't be anyone's favorite beer, but it's pleasant at that. It definitely isn't a top-of-the-line saison, but instead a nice, mellow session beer. Drank it on tap and then filled the growler up with it for a nice, end-of-Houston-summer drink during the week.

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Photo of armock
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves spotty lacing behind

S - Has a spiced fruity yeasty nose

T - Follows the nose with spiced fruity and yeasty flavors

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty decent saison and for an Independence brew its very good worth getting if you see it around

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Photo of jefe2
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Independence Brewing Saison
?% ABV
Had on tap at Gingerman Austin (also spotted it at Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar and Red's Porch on S. Lamar)
Appearance: translucent hazy straw yellow, thin head.

Smell: faintly wheaty and bubble gummy

Taste: mild saison flavors: subdued wheat ale sourness and graininess, and slight pink bubble gum rubberiness from yeast. Overall balanced and refreshing, but not any strong character. A good summer session brew. I'm guessing the alcohol is around 6%.

mouthfeel: light with a little bit of wheat ale viscosity.

drinkability: very drinkable and refreshing, with just enough character to keep it attractive beyond first pint.

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Photo of champ103
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow color. At first a two finger, bubbly white head forms. The foam recedes in an instant, and leaves no lace behind.
S: Sweet malt, grain, cereal, and banana esters. A light spicy aroma lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Pale sweet malt is dominate. Some cereal and grain as well. Plenty of banana esters.
M/D: A light body that is almost under carbonated. Thin and watery. Not hard to drink if I wanted to put back a few.

Overall kind of bland, and there is really nothing that resembles a Saison. With the banana esters it seem more like a Witbier. Even in that vain, it is a little bland and one dimensional. Like everything else from this brewery, bland and inoffensive.

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Independence Saison from Independence Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 22 ratings