Saison Station 55 | Hopfenstark

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sammy on 06-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
8
For Trade:
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of nh2032
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of drpimento
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap at the Saint-Bock: Poured a lightly cloudy dirty beige color ale with almost no head. Taste of light rustic malt with not much else. Taste is a bit of a letdown with lit watery malt and light rustic notes. Body is a bit too flat for style. I get a bad impression that the tap lines at Saint-Bock need a good clean-up. I have a bottle of this sitting in the fridge that will be use to re-rate.

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Photo of larbush
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Temptation
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of MichiganderHB
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy dark orange, thin surface layer of foam that disappears after a minute or two. Random bits of spotty lace in the glass. Looks a little lifeless.

Phenolic clove, citrus peel, herbs, slight banana sweetness.

Earthy bitterness, overripe fruit, odd musty sweetness. Not sure it all really works together. Low carbonation gives it a flabby feel, phenolic spiciness takes hold and the odd sweetness is kind of like spoiled fruit, and there's a mild astringency in the background. Overall a little messy, not really worth the pricetag. Might try a higher rated one in the series, but this one was a bit of a letdown.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

5/12 notched on bottle

A - Cloudy peach skin amber with a small white head.

S - Citrus with peppery spice, bready malts, earthy and herbal.

T - Bready and sweet. Citrus, yeasty, spice, earthy funk that is touch vomit like.

M - Medium to full and a touch syrupy. Low carbonation.

D - Not as dry or refreshing as I like in a Saison combined with the earthy hint of vomit do this one in for me.

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Photo of Sheepdog6
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SFLpunk
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL brown glass pry-top bottle thanks to Fred! No date.

Pours with lots of sudsy gusto, big billowy white head atop a golden amber hazy body. Looks like a million bucks!

Nose is a bit faint, like corn silk and white pepper. Palate is a little watery in texture, but with a hint of acidity underneath. Flavors match the aromas with some minerality and dried straw too.

I think I prefer the Saison Station 7 to this. Not my favorite Hopfenstark offering, but I can't tell if my palate is a bit off tonight (very tired) or perhaps it's not a pristine bottle, or what. I'll try it again sometime soon and re-rate if necessary.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of nathanjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of evil_liver
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CliffBrake
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of bylerteck
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from BloguesDeBieres. Thanks.

A - Pours dark, dark gold. Good carbonation. Very cloudy. Originally one finger of soapy white head, down to a film fast. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of orange and sweet spice, some citrus hops and bread.

T - A lot more sweet spice with less citrus presence. Peppery with orange playing second fiddle. Some mild citrus hops and bread as well.

M - Decent carbonation, creamy medium body with a spicy finish.

O/D - Overly spiced. Not bad but lacking a whole lot of hop character for a 'saison/ipa blend.' Refreshing and tasty, but the spice needs to be toned down. Good.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured golden yellow with a two finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, massively sweet fruit, pear, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, spices, fruit, and banana. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The aroma on this one was quite intense and very pleasant upon investigation. The flavor was a little bit of a letdown based on the aroma as the earthiness pretty much dominated this brew for the most part. It was still fairly drinkable despite this fact, but not as enjoyable as the aroma would lead one to believe. Worth trying if you see it on tap around you or are just curious.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a (pricy--$9.00) 750ml bottle.

A cloudy orange appearance, medium carbonation with a two-finger head that dissipates after a minute but leaves some nice lacing.

Very citrusy smell along with banana esthers.

Crisp taste, sour with a real bready/yeasty vibe. Some funk and a bit of kick with the 6.5% ABV.

This was my first Hopfenstark, a nice treat but too expensive for regular consumption

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Photo of zachariaIPA
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque and rich amber with an inch of slowly dissipating white head with some spots of lace.

Very nice saison aroma, spicy, estery, some sweet banana, yeasty and a bit boozy..

A dry alcoholic bite comes through quicky, but otherwise very nice taste, typical of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale.

Feels and tastes more boozy than a 6.5 to me..though, not a bad beer and I will certainly finish this 750ml bottle. Not worth the price, though.

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Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice cloudy deep rich golden hue with one finger of sudsy head that fades to well, nothing. Hmm....

S - Aromas of big citrus (predominantly orange peel and flesh), light typical spice notes (corriander) and bready malts.

T - Taste is similar but with much less citrus. Light spice notes and peppercorns. Wanting more citrus.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on for a saison, crisp and clean.

O - Overall, bit let down here. The nose was nice, but when told this is a saison/ipa hybred and I don't get the IPA, its somewhat of a fail for me.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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 chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Poured moderately aggressively into a Brewer's Art 12oz goblet. Nice hiss on popping the top. My last Hopfenstark was a bit flat, so I am pumped.

A: Golden yellow to light amber with rather clean, white head. Approximately 2 fingers. Lingered. Nice lacing.

S: Arguably the high point and somewhat distinct from the taste. Sweet with marked fruit notes. Slightly more subdued herbal notes.

T: Best described as herbal and dry. Floral. Reminded me a bit of Ommegang's Fleur de Houblon. Surprised me a bit given the smell. The hops are relatively present for a saison and reading prior reviews, a saison/IPA is an appropriate description. Little to no funk. Overall, not a stereotypical saison flavor profile. Drank lightly for a 7% (my bottle was not 6.5% as noted above in the header). No perceivable burn/warmth.

M: This was nice. Moderate carbonation. Certainly looks and feels like a saison.

O: I enjoyed this. While not exactly what I think of when I envision a saison, it drinks quite nicely. I feel it is well represented by a "saison/IPA (or BPA)" classification. The herbal component is unique, but not unwelcome. Interesting beer. Would drink again.

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Saison Station 55 from Hopfenstark
3.83 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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