Belgian Farmhouse Saison | Aspen Brewing Co.

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Belgian Farmhouse SaisonBelgian Farmhouse Saison

Brewed by:
Aspen Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A traditional Belgian farmhouse Saison brewed in celebration of long days and spring sunshine. Pilsner malt, curacao orange peel, Kent Golding Hops and special farmhouse yeast produce this straw colored hoppy beer.

Added by spoony on 12-04-2013

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by blindtiger24:
Photo of blindtiger24
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Amazing, foamy, bubbly head. Rare to see this much carbonation in the head of American saisons! Super active tiny bubbles jumping from the bottom of the glass and interacting in the head. Slightly hazy, golden yellow color.

S: Lemon, orange, grass, and garden herbs.

T: Pear, lemon, some yeasty esters and hint of black pepper. Malt or sweet flavors not really noticeable. A little hop bitterness twinge here and there.

M: Refreshing with great dry, champagne like finish. Still some creaminess and lip smacking at the end. Slow, warm burn on the back of the throat.

O: Really solid effort here by Aspen. This has been their most impressive beer I've sampled and it's a welcome addition to the lineup! Look, smell, and mouthfeel were great. Wasn't as blown away by the taste, but the refreshing and dry nature of the beer made up for some of what was lacking in taste.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Belgiant
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dikfour
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Two fingers of billowy off-white head quickly dissipates to a single finger but has some decent retention from there. This beer is a crystal clear golden yellow in color and has pretty active carbonation.

Smell: Fruity banana, orange peel, and bubble gum. Some clove and dry grass hiding just below the surface.

Taste: I knew this was 43 IBU going in and I was still pretty surprised at how bitter the finish really is. All the fruitiness of the nose really takes a backseat to spice and grass and a surprising amount of booze. Just a hint of tartness mid-palate quickly mopped up by the encroaching alcohol. Pretty complex and nearly well balanced. Supremely interesting.

Feel: Medium to medium-big in body. Texture is a little course. Dry finish.

Overall: A very surprising saison. I can see why this won a Gold at GABF but I'm not quite that impressed. It does some things very well (Great hop profile adding wonderful bitterness) while other elements detract from the overall experience (Alcohol covering up a developing tartness). Glad I got to try it though. Also, this isn't retired. Just seasonal.

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Photo of Beerbuddy21
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of COR8RFAN
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Craftncrazy
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A sample led directly to a's damn good and spring is coming. The owner was at Blake St Vault - Denver giving this gold away. Whaaat?!

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Photo of mactrail
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber color, lightly hazed, with an admirable creamy head. Bubbles streaming luxuriantly up the tall Brugse Zot glass. A lot of sediment in the bottle but not so cloudy when pouring. Beautiful brew.

This is an excellent example of a Saison, from tangy dry fruitiness to the creamy mouthfeel. Yeasty aromatics with a touch of citrus. Brewed with Kent Goldings and Sterling hops, according to the label, and there is a nice touch of hoppy flavors. There is just a modest bitterness towards the finish, but it does have that distinctive Belgian yeast flavor. A wee bit of the funk.

Overall this is restrained but flavorful. Fruity and zesty. One of the better Saisons I've had this year. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Mayfair Liquors in Denver. The printed-on-glass label is so much like the "Lips of Faith" series I thought it was a New Belgium product.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks BA smoked for hooking me up with this 1-liter. Poured into a cervoise, the brew appears a clear golden color with a white sudsy topping more than 2 fingers strong.

The aroma includes notes of clove, wheat, peppery spice and a mild fruity rind element mixing with a suggestion of pear. Overall the nose smells dry yet balanced and complex.

The taste opens up with pear and clove before going to a mild yeasty route with spice like black pepper. A hint of wheat grain dryness leaves the palate clean, dry and snappy as expected for the style.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is pretty easy drinking with plenty of flavors to pick through. I enjoyed this quite a bit, thank you Dan.

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Photo of juik99
4.66/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good saison! Orange tart slides into a light dry finish. Delicious!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, fruit, earth, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, fruit, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JMBSH
2.99/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Pxlwix
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of WDJersey
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this isn't a bad beer, but as a saison, its hopeless. the yeast is more of a Belgian standard, nothing farmhouse about it, and it really detracts from the experience. Belgian pilsener malt is also in too high of a dose, giving it an unnecessary bready flavor. hazy pale yellow color, hints of orange and a patchy white head. a nose of fresh squeezed oranges and lager yeast gone warm, an odd combination, but its not unappealing. the flavor is grain forward with a pretty high spike of orange, finishing bitter from the orange peel, not sweet like so many, and decidedly not saison yeast in the finish, that's the part I like the least. medium bodied and well carbonated, and as a pale wheat beer, I like it well enough, but as a saison it fails. a level below the other beers I have had from aspen brewing.

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Photo of TwoLips
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this gem on tap at Pikka's in Cherry Creek. If not for the high ABV I would make this a regular in my rotation. There is no overt alcohol to spoil the flavor. An incredible, slightly sweet and 100% delicious Saison. Works well with seafood, I can see it working great with air as well, good golly amazing.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JHP6688
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of spoony
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 into a tulip. No date on the bottle, but it says "Limited Edition 100 Cases," for whatever that is worth.

A-The brew starts with a short head of less than one finger of white foam. The head drops quickly and leaves a stray bit of lacing on the glass. The bottle has lots of gunk in the bottom (technical term), which if left in the bottle results in a clear, golden-colored beer. If the gunk particles are added to the glass, you can get the brew as cloudy as you want.

S-The smell is fruity at first with suggestions of apple and pear and sweet alcohol. After the brew warms a bit, I pick up more doughy/bready malt and some powdered sugar-like Belgian yeast. There is a bit of grassy hops on the back end, too. Not bad.

T-The taste is less fruity than the smell with more doughy malts and even some Belgian-style bubblegum sweetness. The apple is still there, though. Adding just a touch of the yeast from the bottle provides more of the doughy flavors. The finish is a nice mixture of lightly grassy hops and a smidge of pepper spice.

M-The beer has fine carbonation that is semi-active on my palate. It is medium body and wet feeling on the finish.

O-This is nice take on a difficult style. It is not going to compete with the best saisons from the old world, but I have had worse. The complexity is almost there and I am enjoying the mix of lightly tart fruit flavors, sweet Belgian-style malts, and lightly spiced hops. I don't know if this was the best beer choice on a snowy 20-degree evening, but I could see this beer drinking well in the summer months.

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Belgian Farmhouse Saison from Aspen Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 24 ratings