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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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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Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 WOLFGANG
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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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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 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 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 Crosling
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught @ the brewery yesterday. Vibrant, bursting, Belgian aroma of spicy hops, light fruits (white grapes and pear), lavender, red licorice and leather. Fitting, soft and round body, with a nice Belgian influence with the spicing (coriander, lavender) , a nice light fruitiness (green melon) and a touch of caramel and butter toffee. A seriously serious Saison that is nearly equal to its Belgian counterparts.

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Photo of Cramerican
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

A: Orange color, perhaps a shade darker than a Belgian saison. Transparent.

S: Grassy alcohol.

T: First sip is great, very tasty, wine-like brew. Like some white wines, however, it gets a bit sharp in the alcoholic bite.

M: Smooth. A bit thinner-bodied than some saisons I have tried.

D: Very easy. The thinness keeps them going down.

Re-review after I get a six-pack, only had this one drafty.

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Photo of tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Poured from the 12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Body is a rich, bright golden color, topped by a flourish of creamy white head that quickly settles into a thin halo. Pleasant aroma of spicy, slightly fruity Belgian yeast, with notes of coriander, apricot, confectioner's sugar, and white pepper. Palate is nice and crisp, a lightly sweet malt base blended with mild fruity hops and tangy Belgian yeast. Some peppery notes emerge on the finish, alongside notes of sweet biscuit and apple. Body is crisp and light, very nice. Overall, one of the better offerings from New Belgium.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice appearance. A clear golden color with a nice pillowy pure white head of foam.

And fantastic aroma. Orange peel, spices, and clove. Very complex and Belgian.

Taste was very dry and spicy. Finishes extremely dry and somewhat tart. A thirst quencher for a hot day.

Mouthfeel was very disappointing. This beer was very thin, and lacked substance and body.

The finish was very tart and acidic. Mildly hoppy, which is unusual for this brewery's mild approach to brewing.

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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 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 rowew
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried a sample of this at the brewery and ended up bringing a growler home. Pours a beautiful gold with a nice full white head that left behind a good lacing. Taste is slightly citrusy with hints of spices (coriander maybe?). Smells fruity with a slight hop aroma. All in all a very tasty brew - it's nice to have something special for the locals, but this one could easily be bottled.

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tall bright white head. Nose is fruity with some fainter notes of yeast and horse blanket in the background. Taste begins with sweet ripe apricots followed by some doughy yeasty flavors and some lightly sour barnyard funk. Definitely worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied. Hazy orange/amber color with a slightly off-white head and chunks of yeast sediment from bottle conditioning.

Aroma is spicy, citrusy.

Taste is also spicy, some coriander possibly, very nice spicy hops over lightly toasted malt, yeast, some fruitiness and tart citrus.

Crisp, refreshing. Well carbonated. Different and Very enjoyable. Try it!

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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 breardon1776
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Light golden to yellow color with a fluffy white head on it.

Smell: This beer had an interesting aroma filled with fresh herbs and spice. Notes of sage, clove, and fruits.

Taste: Initially it is a bit sour buut hten it quickly rises up with sweetness and clean malty flavor. There is a bit of a metallic skunkiness for a moment near the end but it is swept away by a warm yeast flavor. Very pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but a bit cakey (from the yeasty I presume).

Drinkability: So I must say that I found this beer to be good, but not great. It is a good attempt at a farmhouse ale but ultimately it falls a bit short.

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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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