Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse AleSaison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-10-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
46
Reviews:
31
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.18%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 31
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Floydster
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from A and A Liquor in Westchester

Poured into a cold pint glass with a very little head, a little old because it from the fall season, the previous year

Lots of oranges and citrus hops in this one

Tasted a lot like Lagunitas farmhouse ale to me

Nothing special that really stood out to me

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of trevorreg
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/11/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a golden colored body, very clear looking, with a big foamy white head. Has a very malty, and somewhat flowery aroma. A nice malty, hoppy balanced taste. Has a flowery, fizzy taste. Pretty decent, not too bad an example of the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Homebrewer_Dave
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very drinkable beer. It does not have a heavy feel to it. The taste is tart with just the barest hint of malt sweetness not bitter. The aroma is subtle and the beer is hazy like a wheat ale. At 6.5% abv it's a good beer to share with friends at the end of a long hot day.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter the liquid is orangish yellow with good carbonation. The head is close to 2 fingers. white and leaves little lace.

The smell is ok mostly yeasty, and a light malt.

The taste follows i nice light malt, bready, not very complex, yeast and some light fresh fruit.

The mouthfeel is close to medium body, with good carbonation.

The drinkability is good a light easy drinking refresher, worth a try but not a replete trip. Prosit, MK

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3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly to amber yellow color. Very clear with little
suds. Slight lacing here.
Smell is clove and grapefruit ,yeast and mellow malt.
The taste is clove and orange with a little sweetness before the slight hops commit to the flavor.
Mouthfeel is very clean and sweet with just a hint of hop bitterness.
Drinkability is pretty high here. As is with most of the New Belgium brews. Great brewery.

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Photo of sweethome
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color - filtered clear beer - a bit surprising for style. Nose is upfront yeast - then a bit of grass, a unique funk. Almost barnyard.

A spritz entry, fine carbonation. Rather soft mouthfeel, thinking there may be some oats used here - jolted by a hoppy bite. The hops taste fresh. A yeast flavor throughout, not the most pleasing yeast flavor for me. Soft and sweet maltiness is nice enough - but doesn't develop into anything overly complex or a counterbalance to the hops.

I'm a bit torn by this beer...I love it because it can open people up to this style - it is more or less a "production" beer of an interesting style. Not fully developed like some of my favorites of this style, but interesting enough to be a decent session beer.

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Photo of palliko
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This might be heads-up for unwary beeradvocate reviewers: Although they originally put some lavender in the first batch, they no longer do. The brewmaster told me himself yesterday: “It’s funny, people still say they can taste the lavender!” The mind can play tricks… Appearance is translucent golden with plenty of foam and sticky lace. Aroma has cloves and spices. Body is light and thin with nice fizzy bubbles. Initial taste has the signature NB cloves, bitter hops and a ton of spices (especially coriander). Finishes dry and bitter.

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Photo of benito
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this both at the brewery and then had a full snifter's-worth at Falling Rock in Denver.

Appearance: An opaque golden with a fluffy, creamy like head that lingers well and laces. Overall, this is lighter in color than other examples of the style that I've seen.

Smell: A full-on bubblegum bouquet; highly phenolic with a slight dryness, like the sea...maybe even salty.

Taste: The phenols follow through and are well-balanced with the creaminess of the body. The dryness of the bouquet doesn't transfer to the flavor profile, but there is a nice mix of pepper and coriander that impart a spicy quality.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and well-balanced. Each swig leaves a residual softness in the mouth.

Drinkability: So-so, though that may just be me, as this is a style that I'm still learning to appreciate. I would have had a second, but that's about it.

A nice brew from New Belgium that's worth trying if you come across it.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Determined419
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/19/05- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Pours a light golden, lemonade color. Decent size head with plenty of lace.

Smell- Tons of spices, but no barnyard or horsehair scents.

Taste- OK, I am not drinking a saison, I am drinking a wit. Plus it's a wit with huge amounts of corriander in it. Much more intense than Hoegarrden. Never really had that sour taste as a typical good saison should, but was sweeter like a wit. Spices and a bit of fruit overall.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated and sticky sweet.

Drinkability- This guy seems pretty potent. Not really from the abv, which is unknown, but from the buckets of corriander they dumped in here. Too much I would say. I'll give it a bit of a downgrade because I don't think it tastes to style, but overall it's an interesting brew. Still fairly good, but not as a saison.

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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Fairly opaque, fine-hazed pale amber. Used Spiegelau's witbier glass. And with the well-retaining, foamy, uniform lemon-white head, its simply gorgeous. Excellent lacing! Medicinal, grassy, spicy aromas from yeast and alcohol primarily. Quite peholic. Mildly lemony throughout, tending toward rind in the back. Light spices and medicinal up front, tartness strengthens and white bread flavor comes forth as it lingers, with strong bandaid and weak black pepper notes in the finish. Very weak hop presence a ways into the aftertaste. Tastes like its January expiration date has not yet past to me, as it is still consistent with the style and my memory of this offering from before. Higher side of medium in body. Sparse, fine, prickly carbonation although this flattens quickly in the glass, likely due to its age. Very crisp. I have something to say: feel free to brew this again a few years down the road, New Belgium. I WILL purchase.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at Old Chicago's.

Pours a dark golden with a thin white head that collars the glass.

The aroma is spicy yeastiness and some bananas.

The taste is spicy yeastiness, cloves and some subtle citrus with a floral hop finish. Reminds me some of a Wit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, a good easily approachable Belgian.

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Saison Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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