Saison Station 16 | Hopfenstark

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Saison Station 16Saison Station 16

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Deuane on 07-06-2008

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, for me this is a rare beer. Very hard to get my hands... but finally got it. I have lots of expectation.

The color is orange and the beer is hazy. Nice foamy head on top. Soapy look. The aroma is tropical fruits, very intense. Light notes of sugar too. Citrus and grapefruits. Nice and watery! Lets dive in! Fruity. Oranges and citrus. Bitterness is light. Very refreshing and drinks so easy its crazy! Dry and effervescent in the mouth. This is a summer beer... very good and refreshing.

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Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden-straw. Freshly tapped this had a ridiculous amount of head; good retention; excellent lacing.

S: Slight earthy funk, marmalade, light spicing and oak.

T: There wasn't much rye flavour, but it did have rustic (farmhouse?) graininess. Nice spicing (peppery & cloves), orange zest, lemon grass, slight funk, good bitterness, alcohol is extremely well-hidden.

M: Moderate body and carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

D: Very drinkable for the style (I don't like too much funk on my palate).

Loved it.

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Photo of grub
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled oct 17/08 on tap at volo as part of cask days 2008.

pours hazy orangey amber with tons of fluffy white head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. citrus. caramel. light spice. mild funky component. hint of alcohol. some grapefruit and tangerine. light sourness. some coriander. bit of sweat sock funk.

taste is great. much like the aroma, but with less funk noticeable. there's also the addition of some light caramel and sweet citrus.

mouthfeel is good. fairly low carbonation. medium-light body.

drinkability is great. love the depth and bit of funk giving it that extra flare. nice balance too. i was happy to go back for several samples of this one and it was one of my favourites of the fest.

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Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo for Cask Days 2008.

Pours a very cloudy amber/orange, thin white head forms, drops to a thin layer and tight ring around the glass, lots of lace sticks to the glass. Smell is crazy, very sour and fruity, acidic, honey, spices, gingerbread, yeast, oranges, sourdough, very funky, some wheat, just great. Taste is similar, honey sweetness up front, oatmeal, funk, sourdough, orange peel and spice, vinegar, acidic lemons, very sour fruity finish, very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Like everything Fred does, goddamn great saison, perfect amount of funk and flavour, just amazing stuff.

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Photo of CHickman
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at DBGB's in NYC: pours cloudy orange in color with a creamy 1 finger white head that faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing as it slides down.

Smells of sweet malt, spices, rye, grains, floral hops, flowers, herbs, grass, pepper, coriander and something else like cinnamon or brown sugar; the nose is on the sweet side, but still quite interesting and nice to inhale.

Tastes of sweet malt, spices, rye, toasted grains, floral hops, flowers, herbs, grass, pepper, coriander, brown sugar, grapefruit, sour apple, pear, yeast and a funky buttery aftertaste leaves a dry finish that tingles with orange peel and spices as it slides down. A really nice saison that's fruity and tart, yet still complex and very enjoyable with a nice amount of spice heat.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oliy slick, with a medium body, light fizzy carbonation, and tart funky end that trails off dry. Really nice and complicated, this went down very easy and slid down easier than it should considering the great flavor and ABV. A really enjoyable beer that I highly recommend if you can find it.

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Photo of peensteen
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liam's bottle

Deep hazy orange, minimal white head, some lace let behind. Smell has some nice farmhouse notes, funky, yeast and citrus, quite lively and floral, picked up some spice as well. Taste is funky and tart off the bat, citrus, nice yeasty flavors come through, rye wheat, dry in the finish and lightly sour, also picked up tropical fruit in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, full body, very nice feel. Very good brew here, have yet to be disappointed by these guys, I wish they bottled more of their stuff.

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from ZorPrime, thanks Eric! Shared with the gang, into a tulip.

Gusher initially, though I think that's attributed more to it's inability to settle from getting banged around in my bag for the better part of the day. Nonetheless, poured a golden brown with two fingers of white head that falls to a nice thick collar. Unfiltered. Nose has a whole bunch of funk/farmhouse-iness, hints of tart fruit, orange, citrus rind, some spicing and generally pungent thorughout. Taste has more of the funkiness from the nose, tart lemon and orange notes, unripe green apples. Spritzy mouthfeel, spicy with a bit of 'bite' to it. Almost gueuze-like in some aspects, oddly and interestingly enough. Refreshing, interesting, funky and fruity.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

Orange with a thin head, this appears to be a touch dark for the style. Smells like one, though, and a good one at that. Spicy, juicy oranges, floral character abound and plenty of citrus, this is great. As it warms up, the floral character grows, overshadowing the pepper.

The palate opens big, juicy and tart with citrus, honey and floral character. The tartness is interesting, mildly lemony in character, working quite well with the phenols. Quite intensely floral, this beer is drying on the finish with a lingering floral character. This is really growing on me. Not as good as the Saison Station 55, but still excellent. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation and a great finish, I like this a lot. Great stuff.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes...

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with an orange hue, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Peppery spice, grainy notes, saltine crackers, toasted bread, citrus notes and a touch of fruity yeast esthers.

T - The peppery notes and rye dominate with a solid fruity yeast flavour that comes through alongside some bready notes, the toasted crackers, grassy hops, sugared grains and a bitter rye flavour that lingers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A solid Saison that offers up a peppery spiciness making for a memorable brew. Nicely balanced and incredibly easy drinking. Well worth seeking out if you find yourself in La Belle Province!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a huge light dirty brown color head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of funk and farmyard is quite intense with some light apricot and some light spices. Taste is quite complex to describe though yeast is properly the main component that produces a very funky taste with light fruit notes of apricot and candy. Body is full with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very well brewed and somewhat disappointed that I can't find this more easily.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color; it poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that eventually faded into wispy patterns.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spices, sourness and yeast in the aroma.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the spiciness from the rye prominently stands out, but is not in any way overpowering.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A light amount of dryness persists through the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the flavors in the taste (particularly the rye) are well balanced. The spiciness also lends some properties that make this saison refreshing.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopfenstark "Station 16 (Seigle)"
on tap @ Station, Montréal, QC on 6 Octobre 2014
$4.35 / 12 oz.

Notes: "Qualite, integrite, fraternite". Listed at 6.5% ABV. Hazy golden-orange with a brass cast. Visible particulate in suspension. Short, dense off-white head. The aroma expresses bready and grainy malt with a honeyish sweetness, soft fruit, and spicy and herbaceous notes. The flavor is similar with bread and grain, a hint of lemony acitiy, fruit (pear, banana, peach, citrus), and spicy and herbal notes (black pepper, clove, eucalyptus, wood, grass) - the rye comes through strong! Fairly short, dry, and moderately bitter and spicy/grassy finish. Medium bodied with an effervescent, fine-bubbled carbonation that becomes airy and somewhat creamy as it warms across the palate.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy gold color with a big white head that fades slowly and leaves a slight lace
S-Banana aroma, spice, and corinander
T-Banana, with a strong spice taste that goes to a slight bitter hop aftertaste that fades into a smooth finish
M – light body and high carbonation
O- was full of aroma and flavor good beer

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a great summery saison, the second ive had from hopfenstark, and definitely the better of the two. this is mostly clear golden to honey colored with an inch or so of white had that doesnt fade at all. it has a familiar smell, clean fresh wheat malt and a mellow saison yeast that adds more grassy flavors than the usual funk and spice characteristics. the flavor starts of like the smell, very light and almost dainty, the finish is the best part, ultra clean and quick finish, but with a pronounced lemon zest and a bold frothy creamy texture and flavor that is both unique to the style and supremely delicious. i like this a lot better than the 55, i think its more distinct, more drinkable, and a little more approachable for the new saison drinker. maybe i would like a little more yeast character in this, but its hard to argue with it, given how darn refreshing and yummy it is. in need of very little refining, this is exceptional saison for summer weather.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- It's a gusher. Beer keeps rising out the top and careful pours yield glasses of pure head. So there's probably something wrong.
Golden with a copper tint. Once the head recedes to a normal level, I notice it's creamy dirty-white (almost beige). Big chunky lacing. Looks good. Gets a lot cloudier as you get to the end of the bottle.

S- Light grapefruit in the hops. Lots of nice smelling alcohol. Kind of smells like dry oatmeal. Poured a second glass and am getting a yeasty smell. Passion fruit.

T- Hops seem greener. Smooth tasting but alcohol is extremely present. Almost tastes like vodka. My girlfriend a I agree it's pretty homebrew-like.

M- Very smooth. High carbonation. Not particularly dry.

D- Quite good. Interesting taste and texture but still manages to feel light. Alcohol taste a bit too strong though.

Good beer. Makes me want to try some other Hopfenstark saisons.

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Photo of eat
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was a mild gusher with a head to match: I poured it as slowly as I could muster and still ended up with over half a glass of bubbly froth. It kept growing in the glass until it was about to overflow, so I drank from the top and set it down. After looking away for a few seconds I looked back to find it spilling over the edge all over the table; it then did this a third time! This must be the most persistent head I've encountered. Said agressive head is light orange-beige in colour and sitting atop a hazy, glowing golden-orange body which sports tons of visible carbonation. Lacing in sheets. Exceptional retention.

Smells like a serious saison. Lots of astringent lemon, corriander, pepper and assorted other spices, cotton candy, flowers, rye reminiscent of good Canadian whiskey, funky earthiness.

The sweetness in the nose isn't coming out as much in the flavour, leaving the taste a little on the dry side for my liking. This would be my only main complaint however; this stuff is pretty alright. Makes me think of what Unibroue's Blonde de Chambly would be if it was done right. Spice is quite present but expertly balanced, with coriander, pepper, clove (along with some slight weizen-like banana) and possibly a handful of others blending into each other seamlessly. The base is quite drying; barely any sweetness comes through. The certain astringency I've come to expect from beers brewed with rye is met with tart green apple, lemon pith and earthy hops (the specific quality of which seems to get lost amongst the spices). The version I have here is at 6% ABV, so no alcohol is showing nor would it be expected.

This is one of these beers that feels full while remaining light. Reminds me a little of Chimay here, really nice. Somehow the seemingly copious carbonation doesn't really tickle the tongue as you'd expect.

The drinkability is somewhat curbed by the astringency and carbonation (producing lots of annoying frothy burping), though I'm sure this would go down exceedingly well on a hot summer day. Great stuff anyhow, this 750ml was just too much to tackle on my own.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting saison. Love the nose on this one. Flavor is mildly sweet with a firm tone of earthy and grassy in the mix. Mild somewhat lactic thing going on as well. Very floral. Carbonation is slightly full. Very easy to drink. Could go for many of these without thinking about it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy and bright golden in color with a huge towering head of white foam that came up and over the top. Settled down gently with a good bit of side glass lacing along the way, really nicely done here I have to admit. Aroma was rich, light fruit, apples, bananas, and hints of lemon zest are all over this one. Really complex and a nice light aroma here. As it warms becomes a bit grainier though the hops still stay prominent with the rich lemon touches. Smooth flavor and a nice light to medium feel on it. Lively carbonation keeps it dancing across the tongue throughout. First notes to come across are a rich mix of lemon and light banana. Fresh grass and a nice touch of grain starting to pile on now, but it is still staying very bright overall

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Photo of treyrab
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to my buddy Dan for allowing me the chance to try this beer. I always appreciate the opportunity to try something new, especially since I haven't even heard of this brewery before.

A: Pours from the bottle with a nice hiss into my tulip style glass. Hazy, vibrant orange with a spritzy white head. The head does not last very long, but the beer seems to be nicely carbonated for the style.

S: Very interesting. Tons of orange spice with stone fruit, and an abundance of lemon. Some banana and clove, but a lot of pepper and citrus.

T: Similar to the smell. Tons of spices and nice orange citrus. Some lemon, stone fruit, orange, and pineapple flavors. Very funky and some sweet malts. Nice graininess as well.

Overall, this beer was very good. A great saison for the style.Thanks Dan!

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Last half of the bottle. Cloudy peach juice. Nice marshmellow head, great retention. A few floaties.

Yeasty. Almost hefe-like with some nice banana-bubble-gum notes. Different, but really quite nice. Hard to explain, certainly Belgian, but has a kind of German character to it.

Rye really (perhaps obviously) stands out in this one. Peppery spice throughout. Pronounced yeast contributes some nice light fruit. Get the bubble-gum again in the finish, perhaps my favourite part of this one.

Mouthfeel is really great. Light taste, but feels quite substantial. True to style. A very nice saison.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled June 2012. Thanks to Papat444 for the bottle!

Beer is a clear golden colour. Vigorous pour results in a smallish white head. Fades to a film fairly quickly.

Smell is quite yeasty, with a citrus (orange), pear and apple scent accompanying.

Taste also has a bunch of yeast, the same citrus, pear and apple flavour. Spices, and a spicy component that tastes like rye. Fairly dry. A slight funky tartness and a bit of a herbal flavour. Aftertaste is a bit soapy.

Light to medium bodied, low carbonation. Feels a bit thin.

Overall, pretty good. Not the best Hopfenstark saison I have had but tasty.

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

A-Slightly hazy copper with a medium off-white head.

S-Light slightly funky with a bit of sweet malt.

T-Nice bready graininess with a good dryness imparted by the rye malt.

M-Medium-light body with a nice, sharp crispness.

D-Straight up this is a nice beer, but it is a bit on the boring side for my tastes. Compared to their other Saisons thisone is very pedestrian. But I guess they have to make some brews for the less adventuresome!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for $8 - listed at 6.5% ABV

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone. There are a few small chunks floating around.

Smell - Apples, corn, breads/grains, yeast, banana

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and apples. There is also some bread/grains/yeast and a bit of banana an clove.

Overall - Very drinkable and somewhat muted flavour wise. There are a variety of flavours but none really stand out above each other. A decent brew.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Aug-2015

Pours a cloudy light honey color with a little finger-thick white foam that slowly drops to a film/ring. Meh retention; web-like lacing. (3.5)

Tart, dusty, floral. Sweet and doughy with some banana, clove and floral yeast scents followed by the slightest rye/pepper aroma. (3.75)

Rich and bread-like with a big fruity yeast profile, there is a dominant flower sweetness with some flour-like stickiness touch of residual sugars. (3.75)

Medium light body with soft carbonation and a smooth finish. (3.5)

Pretty good saison.
This is a pretty sweet saison with a stick-to-your-ribs doughiness from the yeast. I am a bigger fan of bone dry saisons, but this is a good beer regardless.
Pours alright without much gasping, ooo-ing or ahh-ing. The aroma is mainly sweet floral yeast, with a twinge of some sulfer. The flavor very much follows the nose. This may not be the saison we have come to expect, but it is a tasty version that really focuses on the yeast- more than hop-derived parts of the flavor.
Would have again, but I definitely know of other available saisons that I would choose before this one if faced with the decision. (3.75)

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


750ml into a tulip. Pours a mid hazed orange amber, minor white head, minor lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, spicy and fairly sweet. Citrus with some mustiness if you reach but not particularly saisony but very nice none the less.

The flavor as well has significant orange and tropical fruit. Grains and a strong phenolic note. Quick dry and peppery cusp that intros the grassy herbal aftertaste that lingers a tad too long at first. With warmth it evolves much better as the herbal recedes and fruits come forward. Nearly medium wet grit body.

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Saison Station 16 from Hopfenstark
3.83 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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