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

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 breardon1776
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 trevorreg
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of shanny_koenig
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Dinobambam
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AWB3
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Plastikdust
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Johnfitts
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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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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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Photo of Gusler
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As it sets in the glass after the pour from the 12 ounce glass, a clear golden amber with a substantial bright white creamy head last and last, finally when it does settle, the lace provides a firm sheet to obscure the glass. Ah, the nose, wet hay and the old barnyard, hints of hops and spices, sweet and true to the style, start is perfectly malted, nice touch of sweet and sour, top medium in feel. Finish has a pleasing bit of sweetness along side the tangy hop spiciness; quite dry aftertaste glues itself to the palate, a fine addition to the style, which is a favorite of mine.

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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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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 Pegasus
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep golden in color, with a large white head, which retains superbly. The lacing is thick and broken, the carbonation consists of many streams of large, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Classic Saison aroma of barnyard, sour hay, earth, and spices, quite authentic.

Taste: Very spicy at the open, with prominent coriander. Midway through the taste a strong note of herbal bitterness appears. Finishes with a long wave of light tartness and earthy yeast flavors.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with slight champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice American interpretation of a classic Belgian style. While this example lacks some of the idiosyncrasies of Belgian examples, it is excellent and well-suited to an American audience, whom might be put off by a Belgian-brewed Saison. In my estimation, this is a "Saison-light", at least when compared to a Belgian-brewed Saison like Fantôme, but it is, nonetheless, well-worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass. The "best before" date is "05 Jan 07"

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Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hoping for a good economical Saison from NB. Good looking pour, crystal clear amber orange with a fine topping of egg white foam. Slides all around my NB tulip glass. How quaint.

Aroma is quirky, fruity Belgium but mixed in with funky musty barnyard.
Same with the taste, a somewhat strange combination. Ya got the barnyard, and the Belgium side of it – it looks like it matched the style to a Tee. Just a little too much on the funky side, not enough of the Belgium yeast and fruit, but a darn fine brew never the less.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden-straw color, fluffy white head with lots of bubbly carbonation rings. Fades to quick halo of lace, and sits gently. Smells of fresh cut hay, harvested wheat, light spices, and spicy/floral hops. Taste has large grain notes with a solid earthy malt base. Spicy and floral hop waves, with touches of sweet honey, and coriander. Mouthfeel is right on, drinkability is excellent.

A incredibly nice Saison. I recommend this one for sure.

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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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