Saison Station 55 | Hopfenstark

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3.82/5
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Saison Station 55Saison Station 55
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hopfenstark
Quebec, Canada
hopfenstark.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 06-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,628
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
81
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
Trade:
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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hopfenstark "Saison Station 55"
1 Pint can, production coded but without freshness dating
$4.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So let's start with these tidbits, it's listed on the can as "7% by Vol.", and it's contract brewed by Dorchester BrewingCompany, Boston, MA. This is a Twelve Percent Imports beer so the contract brew has got to be good, Brian wouldn't accept anything less, but I've also tasted the Hopfenstark beers at Station Ho.st in Montreal, QC so I know that the base beer is good. Moving forward... it pours a very hazy deep golden body I kind of remember the Saisons being clearer at Station Ho.st, but OK, cloudy beers are in right now. The aroma is fruity with apricot, a hint of sweetened lemon, a bit spicy with white and/or black pepper, and mildly yeasty. The flavor follows with some pleasant sweetish, bready and grainy malt at its base, and perhaps some citrusy hops in the background. It's quite dry in the finish though with the bitterness and the spiciness of the yeast working together towards that goal. Looking back the head has faded but held up fairly well, and the lacing initially left some very nice stuff behind. In the mouth it's medium bodied, and it has a fine-bubbled, seemingly natural carbonation that's initially crisp, but then gently crisp and then smooth once it warms a bit; which is perfect as it doesn't add any carbonic bite to the already spicy and bitter finish. Overall it's quite nice.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a decent hazy orange color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated in about a minute. Once it dissipated, wow, what a nice looking thick foamy spider web lacing to this one. The smell had some light sweet fruit - light cherry to apple to some faint pears. There was a light grassy funk with a nice light spice. The taste took those fruits and added a light spice in a somewhat grassy context of sorts. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a slight sessionable quality about it. Overall, good saison more than worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of Sheepdog6
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ckaire69
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drpimento
2.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A bit sweet for a saison. Appearance is a smallish head and a dirty medium amber color. Aroma is honey yeast, apricots, malt. Flavor's similar to nose, thankfully there's some carbonation to cut the sweetness Some bittersweet in the finish.. Body is ok. Wish they would've put as much effort into the beer as they did the label. I'll not get this again.

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Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of infinitebruner
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

July 30, 2015

22 oz bomber, tulip

A – Deep gold and orange, with a moderate haziness. You cannot see through it. An inch of white foam made of large bubbles.

S – Highly fruity, with mango and papaya notes and a lot of lemon-lime, along with nectarine and tamarind. Peppery as well. Crackery, graham-honey malt aroma.

T – Fruity, again nectarine and mango are most prominent. Moderate white pepper spice. Very high hop bitterness, with pale malt and graham cracker flavor. The bitterness overwhelms the finish.

M – Fairly thin-bodied with only light-moderate carbonation, which I expected to be higher based on the pour and the style. Quick hit of sweetness up front and then obliterating hop bitterness, in line with a stronger IPA.

O – I like the look and aroma of this beer, but the bitterness is very high, and overwhelms the positives.

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Photo of mbonugli
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of foundersfan1
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScheissPott
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This recipe must have changed and I think for the better. It's now 7% and the bottle form and label changed. Very tasty (not bitter) despite the "hopfenstark"

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Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Temptation
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of groleau
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewandbbq
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours hazy, straw gold with a massively expansive head of white froth. Most of the glass is foam and still grows over the rim even with the most careful slant-pour. After the retreat a white-out of tattered lacing remained and a solid skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with honey-drizzled cut grass, clove-dusted apples, and mint-rubbed biscuits.

Light bodied with a crisp but creamy mouthfeel.

Honeyed malt quickly gives way to a peppery, almost bitter dryness on the palate.

Finishes spicy and dry with a grainy backbone.

Great Saison. Really digging the high carbonation level and peppery dryness.

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Photo of DrJay
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of pat61
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%

Fruity nose with a touch of funky saison yeast – a blend of fresh and ripe light fruit. Pours hazy peach under a 2” finely bubbled yellow tinted white foam cap. Creamy over ripe fruit softened by some lighter fruits such as orange moves over the palate followed by stone fruit such as peach with a light sweetness balanced by a bitter hop emphasis on the finish. It ends lemony, citrusy bitter. It has a very creamy medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 81 ratings