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:
0
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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of hockeypuck
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 groleau
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 brewandbbq
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of pat61
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%

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 -8.6%

Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BrunoPettipas
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of slowfade
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of wspscott
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml in Duvel tulip
bottled on 12/13 so ~6 months old
purchased in Quebec City

A: Cloudy, hazy light orangish color with a very thick, creamy head, after it warmed a bit the the chill haze disappeared.
S: Slightly grainy with a hint of citrus
T: Definite saison yeast with a distinct citrus note, makes me think of candied citrus peels, but it is not sweet, although there is a hint of sweetness at the back of the tongue, still very dry/attuentuated, not even close to cloying sweet. There are enough hops here to make me wonder what this would have been like a couple months ago. I keep trying to figure out if this had a lot of citrusy hops aroma that has faded or if it was more subtle.
M: Very crisp, great body, excellent example of a saison.
O: A very good example of a modern saison, I would happily open another 750 if I had one, but that would be dangerous given the 7% alcohol. All in all, very happy I picked up one of these. Anyone who likes saisons should give this a try.

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Photo of MichiganderHB
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

funky canadian saison probably more in line with the biere de garde style than anything else. my bottle says 6.5% abv, and the color on this is quite nice, a rusty looking light orange color, burnt sugar aromatic, but still behind all the yeast. haven't had a ton of french canadian stuff, so i appreciate this. it has a distinctly canadian flare, with a more robust malt body, i even taste some rye in here i think, lots of body too. something real sturdy about this, despite its massive carbonation level. heavy grain intensity in the flavor, as much imparted as the yeast for sure. if theres nor the in here, theres some other curious malt that i would like to know a while lot more about. the yeast is only minimally fruity, but i get some hops, bitter and piney, which really works with the bigger grain profile and adds to it canadian essence. good saison for winter, big enough for cold weather, but light enough to hammer a 750ml no problem. my first beer from these guys, i would like to try others, but you just never seem them on shelves out here in colorado. nice take on the saison style, a little more hefty than most, versatile and yummy.

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Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Nice white head. Lacey surface. Thick collar.

Smell - Herbal hops. Pale malt. A little yeasty.

Taste - Tons of malt. More estery. Herbal hops. A little bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel - A little heavy for the style, but this herbal bitterness helps. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Tasty if a little harsh. Very herbal and bitter.

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Photo of jbeervt
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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