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: Spring

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Added by metter98 on 03-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 88
Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy straw with a big, long-lasting, frothy head that leaves thick patches of lace on the walls of a stein.

Peppery spice and citrus zest are nicely profiled against light sourness.

The flavor includes light orchard fruits punctuated by lemon with sourdough in the background. A long, subtle finish brings out light acidity.

Light to medium body with no discernible alcohol. Fine effervescent carbonation adds to the overall dryness of this beer.

Harbinger is refreshing and easily enjoyable with friends on a hot, humid summer day out on the deck until the sun sets.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.03/5  rDev +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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Photo of Immortale25
4.55/5  rDev +22%
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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Photo of StamfordB
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love the Sixpoint Harbinger. Great beer from a great brewery. Mild sweetness mixed with the smooth malt notes make it a great selection for any warm spring day! A fruity blend of spicy and floral notes. Sixpoint Brewery creates a product that maintains the classic flavor of a Farmhouse but with a light twist that truly makes it their own.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice, color is pale, straw yellow; head when fresh was nice, for the review it was much less. carbonation is notable, but overly done.

Smell is light yeast, bread, hints of spice, maybe some pepperiness. bready/yeasty/phenolics are most dominant

Taste is crisp, with the bready/yeasty flavors dominating first.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, bready and spiciness compliment each other for smoother sweet flavors balanced with some crisp notes.

Overall, easy drinking saison, turned out for pairing with lighter italian meal.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/27/12 notes. On tap in Philly at some random bar with 40 taps. Excited to see a Sixpoint beer I'd never heard of, served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells pretty plain and bland. Some light lemon and citrus, wheat, grains, and bread. Not bad but was hoping for more.

t - Taste is great, much more going on than the nose. Tastes of pine hops, lemon, floral hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, yeast, grains, wheat, bread, earthy notes. Very nice taste.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice saison in the taste, though the nose was a little weak. Good taste and easy to drink; would give it another shot.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a dense, creamy 2 inch head that lingers indefinitely, leaving thick lacing.

Aroma is sweet, with notes of wheat, coriander, and orange peel. There's a significant grainy malt presence.

Flavor is dominated by lemon, coriander, and wheat. A bready malt forms the base of the brew, leading into a slightly astringent, bitter, peppery finish.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation. The finish is somewhat flat and dry.

Overall, like most sixpoint offerings I've tried, it's a decent beer, but it lacks any exceptional qualities. I've had many saisons with more complexity.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter than the contemporary saisons that strive for alcohol strength upwards of 8%, this welcomed lighter version allows for total refreshment and drinkability while exposing the raw framework of saison.

A lighter straw-stained beer is complemented by slight haze and exuberant carbonation. Well headed with a persistent fluffy white cap, the beer laces with even rings at each sip. There's nothing that suggests to the eye that this saison is anything other than stellar.

A simpler nose exhibits the fruity, spicy interplay but with somewhat muted aromas that offers less challenge and pungency than is typical in most Belgian brewed varieties. The softer yeast character allows the malt combination of light barley and wheat to rise and meet the challenge of earthy hops.

Milder yeast character carries through the flavor procession as well. Light apples, pears, and lemons balance against dried orange peel, white pepper, and clove to achieve a light complement to the dry malt taste and soft wheaty finish. Lightly hopped for a moderate bitterness of lemongrass and light musty pungent character, just before the beer takes a light coppery taste into the exposed finish, making the beer taste similar to mineral water.

Light to moderate in body, the soft prickle of carbonation subsides and allows for a light spicy acidity and bone-dry maltiness to close the beer with ultimate crispness and refreshment and only a snappy mineral bite to linger.

While not exactly the traditional farmhouse "table" beer, Harbinger denies the upward trend of strength and power in favor for lightness and refreshment that can easily complement a wide array of summery dishes and events.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tonight’s first beer at Armsby Abbey this evening. Always a fan of trying new offerings from Sixpoint.

Came served in a pint glass with a very light and fluffy head that was about 2 fingers thick. I was shocked how much lace was left behind in the glass. Almost a full sheet that covered the entire inside of the glass. A very light and slightly hazy dull gold color.

Spice, lemon and ginger in the nose here.

Flavor followed suit here. A bit of white pepper was added to the lemon and ginger. Very light bready flavor just below the spice. A bit of yeast as well.

Very delicate body and feel.

Decent little beer to start the night with. Not amazingly complex, but quite refreshing.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
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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Photo of ngeunit1
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow color with a finger of crisp white head atop. The head fades down to a thin ring around the glass leaving behind a touch of lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of orange/lemon scents and some spices. Just a touch of bread and yeast. Overall a bit too mild.

T - Starts off with some sweet honey and some citrus fruit flavor. There is a touch of yeast in the background. Through the middle some stronger yeast and some spices and dread flavor comes through. The finish is a mix of citrus and yeast that lingers a touch.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels just a bit watery and a touch empty. The finish is a nice mix of sweet and clean though.

D - Very drinkable. Could have used a bit more punch and body/carbonation. Felt a bit too watery and light for the style. Still a solid entry to the Saison style though.

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Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: light hazy orange in color with a 1" head. Some nice lace develops.

Smell: fruit, spice, and some earthy tones are easy to detect.

Taste: light grainy malt base with some earthiness, orange, a bit of apple sweetness, and a mild bitterness are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste was long.

Overall: this beer was mildly refreshing and hit the spot when wanting a saison. Flavor seemed to improve as it warmed.

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Photo of rudzud
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey on 5/9/11.

A - Light cloudy straw coloured pour with one finger worth of head that faded at an average rate leaving minimal side lacing.

S - Aromas are pretty standard and light. Little bit of funk, little bit of lemons. All in all its far to light.

T - More of the same with very light citrus and even some funky brad/yeast qualities. Needs more brett and citrus.

M - Feels a little thin and watery. Not that really crisp saison that I like.

O - This is just your average, run of the mill saison. Really not worth the price paid.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -8%
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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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having this at Beer for Beasts and seeing it on tap, I thought I'd give it another go where I could fully appreciate it without having to combat palate fatigue to appreciate it.

Had on tap at TJ Finley's in Bayshore, NY. Served in a Sixpoint pint glass.

Look: hazy, orange body with a two finger, foamy white head. Great retention and layers of lacing are left behind. Good looking beer.

Smell: lemon with some spice, Saison yeast inspired esters, and a bit of barnyard funkiness. Smells good.

Taste: Citrusy with a bit of barnyard character from the yeast, almost as though there would be pronounced brett notes if this was left to age, some fruitiness as well. Good.

Feel: a little fuller than I remember and not quite as dry as I would have wanted it to be. Still, it is fairly refreshing and could easily be sessioned.

Overall: a decent, even if not exceptional, saison. There were two saisons at Beer for Beasts and I really liked one and well... now I'm pretty sure its the other one that I really liked. This is still worth a try if you see in on tap but don't expect a world class saison. Cheers!

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Photo of plaid75
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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 xnicknj
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a completely clouded dark straw yellow with lemon tones. A decent sized white head froths up and retains well with some patchy lacing on the glass.

Lemon peel with some peppery tones, fruit juiciness and faint yeasty funk. A heavier dose of citrus as well.

Citrus forward with lemon and fruit skin. Slight juiciness, some grapefruit as well with some peppery hop presence. A bit sweet but more dry and lemony than anything else.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, dry and spritzy. I really like Sixpoint but this was a bit of a disappointment. The lemon and citrus pretty much overpowered anything else I should have been able to taste.

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Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Harbinger Saison from Sixpoint Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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