Saison Harvest Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Saison Harvest AleSaison Harvest 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 gbontrag on 08-14-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
201
Reviews:
92
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
10.03%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Docksidebars
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire123
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PatrickCT
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cyclonece09
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer poured into a pint glass. Pours cloudy yellow orange with a small white head that leaves nice lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast with slight wheat, very sweet. Tastes of sweet grain, a little watery, but still great taste, just a little weaker than the aroma would of led to believe. Beer is light bodied, heavily carbonated, but still smooth finish. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of icemanexit
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erk0607
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
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 aratcliffe
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorreg
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Csikic93
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of B_G
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fuzzcherry
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JoelClark
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pegasus
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy medium golden body presents a huge, somewhat coarse white head with superb retention. The lacing is, appropriately, in the Belgian style. Profuse streams of minute, slow-rising bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma:Spicy, peppery notes, white bread, earthy yeast, and phenols dominate the aroma.

Taste: Opens with pronounced pepper and phenol notes. Bread flavors are also present, reminiscent of a rustic home-made white bread. As the taste progresses, the phenols dominate, along with some slight alcohol flavors. At the close of the taste, there is a lingering, mild white pepper flavor, and pronounced grassy hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, with only a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A nice, very drinkable example.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. "Best before:" date is 04 JAN 2015.

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Photo of wgourlay01
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The first time I tried this Saison I was drinking it blind, pulled one out of a variety pack in the dark by a campfire, and didn't cleanse my palate beforehand from whatever else I was drinking. The flowery bouquet from the hops "slapped me in the face" the way I described it at the time. The second one was better, quite good actually, and now I rather enjoy this beer.

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

Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of misterrobot
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Excited for this baby.

Appearance (4) : A musty, hazy orange yellow body with a bubbly 3 fingered head. The bubbles first are tight knit and then expand out a bit. Not sure what that's all about. It's a living beer! Opacity is about 70%. I love the haze.

Aroma (4.25) : Hop, strawberry jam candy (the stuff in the wrapper that looks like a strawberry), yeast, bread dough, biscuit, spice, honey. A nice bouquet and volume of flavors.

Flavor (3.75) : Flavorful, much like the aroma. Hop hits first, then a light punch of fruit (strawberry, banana, orange), white raisin, some yeast and biscuit malts, finishing with a hop bite and tangy aftertaste. Not too easy to drink, but it is flavorful.

Mouthfeel (4) : Yeasty zing. Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy, rich.

Overall (3.93) : A nice harvest style saison with fruity and zingy flavors. Not quite as good as the Sam Adams' version, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of gotweid
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jufu07
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

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Saison Harvest Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.69 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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