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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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Free pour from a Sixpoint representative at Malt & Mold Gramercy:


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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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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Photo of REVZEB
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
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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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mdfb79
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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 rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Gavage
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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 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 rudzud
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
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 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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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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 markgugs
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of xnicknj
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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 CHickman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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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Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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