Harbinger Saison | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by metter98 on 03-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of renegadeburger
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i got to try this beer when visiting my bro down in philly, had it on tap at Tria with some good cheese as well

beer came in goblet glass it had a nice pure white head of foam on it, it stayed all the way down the glass, the beer was bright yellow/orange with a murky haze to it, definitely looks like a farmhouse ale nice and rustic

aroma was very unique it smelled like hops but not like the american hops you usually smell more like some floral and spicy hops

same in the flavor there was nice sweetness and then a unique hop flavor no citrus in this one but an herbal character it went absolutely perfect with the cheese i had at tria it was real rustic and spicy tasting

mouthfeel was good it definitely was not as bright as the bottled hennepin i tried or the saison dupont perhaps because they were bottle conditioned? i don't know but i will do more research on that i think the bottle conditioning changes the beer but on tap i think it changed the mouthfeel of saison for sure

overall i really liked this beer its another good example of the american saison, very tasty

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a hazy and strawlike gold hue. A very nice and bright white head nearly two fingers wide. Lacing is prevalent.
S: complex and rustic. I pick up notes of clove, orange peel, corriander, spice, and loads of wheat and bread. Reminds me of a Hefe.
T: a wonderful balance of citrus fruits like lemons and oranges, pepper like spice, floral hops, grains and bread. Starts out sweet and ends slightly bitter and pungent.
M: decent amount of carbonation and light to medium bodied. It's slightly creamy and has a finish that lingers with both sweet and hoppy notes.
O: this brew is appropriately named as it truly is a harbinger for what spring brings. It's really easy to drink, highly refreshing and nicely balanced considering its complexity. Well done.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden dirt color with a small pure white head that settles into a light ring. Very murky looking for a saison.

The aroma is fairly non-descript. A bit bready with a hint of honey and clove. There is a touch of grassy hop. No bad aromas just doesn't smell like much of anything.

The taste is of a light bready malt, grassy hops and hints of clove. There is some belgian like flavor. I picked up some lemon as well. The yeast doesn't stand out as much as it should and it is a bit malty for the style.

The feel is light with tingly carbonation. Fairly sweet on the palate but does have a grassy hop bitterness. Good balance.

Not enough traditional saison flavors to be a good saison. It still tastes good and is sessionable (I think, don't know ABV)

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Immortale25
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sixpoint Resin snifter at The Local Miami.

A- pours a very hazy light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and very light specs of surface foam. Very resilient pattern of thin lacing.

S- Effervescent vapor of rich saison yeast and crisp, almost buttery wheat. One of the better noses on a saison that I've smelled recently.

T- The taste translates beautifully with fruity esters from the yeast and hops plus tons of luscious wheat flavor. There's a slight tang that provides a nice punch of flavor to compliment the subtleties of the yeast and wheat malt.

M- A bit soft but tight from the medium-high carbonation and hops. Light body that's substantial only due to the high wheat content.

O- Marvelous. Was a bit skeptical on how a sixpoint saison would taste since the rest of their stuff is either hoppy or malty but this is one of the better versions of the style I've ever tried.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is light yellow in color and extremely cloudy. It poured with a finger high bright white head that faded away rather quickly leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is rather faint and has some notes of sourness and hints of spices.
T: The overall taste has a light amount of sourness--no other flavors are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation. There isn't any dryness in the finish.
O: Nothing special stands out about the smell or taste of this beer but it isn't that difficult to drink and has some refreshing properties. I might consider getting a growler of this for a summer picnic.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured lemon peel, crackers and some light esters.

The taste consisted of a light grainy malt, fruity ester and soft herbal spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a tasty and refreshing saison. A bit shallow however.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 1L flip-top growler—filled less than two hours ago at the Syracuse Real Food Co-op—to my nice Tired Hands oversized wineglass. I asked, and was obliged with a kegging date of February 20, 2013 (which happens to be my birthday, coincidentally). So, not quite three months old.

Appearance (3.5): Two fingers of thick white head rises off the pour, capping a very hazy, straw-colored body. It leaves only modest spots and suds here and there as the beer goes down. Gorgeous body, underwhelming head, but not so far out of line for a non-bottle-conditioned saison.

Smell (4.25): Warm hay, citrusy coriander, musty, earthy, wet straw, some orange peel . . . very light, but clear tones of passionfruit juice and wildflowers. Sure does smell good.

Taste (4.0): Wonderfully rich, musty grain character, like oats and wheat in a silo; there’s some varied spice character, with good coriander and subdued white pepper notes, some almost starchy-dry mixed grain, some light honey sweetness, and a light, but solid citrus peel bitternes on the back end. There’s a zingy, tangy, candied orange peel note that carries through, too. In the end, maybe the most notable component is a flowery, not-quite-sweet, not-quite-bitter, kind-of-grassy, kind-of-citrusy character that I can only think of as floral. Dry, but not parching, when all is said and done. No alcohol detected.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Carbonation is modest, with a solid tingle around the tongue and a soft, moderate foaming feel on the way down. The body leaves a dry feeling, despite having a relatively rich body with that mild honey sweetness . . . but it’s not quite quenchingly dry, given the size of the beer, but it makes a very nice, medium-weight drinker.

Overall (4.0): This is a pretty solid saison. I certainly dig it. I could easily imagine this being quite a bit brighter and zingier when the hops are fresh and juicy. For a long time I’ve wished someone would make a respectable saison that came in reasonably-priced packages. Now if only Sixpoint would CAN this one, finally, and place a $10ish pricetag on it, I’d buy the shit out of it :-) . . . that’s not so much to ask, is it?

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3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap a hazy, milky darkish yellow under a half-inch thick white head which leaves spotty lace. Aroma is yeast driven, citrusy, spices, grassy, herbal, estery with faint banana. Flavor follows the nose. Semi-medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dry, fruity and yeasty. Good

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was a hot day, perfect for the style, but not my favorite Saison. Not bad, just not great.

Color was a light, cloudy straw with a surprisingly inactive head.

Aroma was bready, some esthers, no hops to speak of.

Flavor had some citrus as well as a bready character.

Overall, a pretty good beer, just nothing to write home about.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/17/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, wheat, Belgian yeast and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of spices and citrus come in. The hops presence is also mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice poundable Saison to drink for a long time.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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Harbinger Saison from Sixpoint Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 93 ratings