Saison Harvest Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Saison Harvest AleSaison Harvest Ale

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New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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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 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 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 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 twiggamortis420
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a nice, light gold color with an ample white head. Retention and lace are both nice.

Nose is grainy, herbal and yeasty....a good aroma of farmhouse yeast...maybe a bit heavy on the malts, but overall it smells pretty good.

Tastes more like their Trippel (lite version) than a true saison, but the hops are spot on and the carbonation is great. Yeast could use a bit more 'rustic-ness' and the malts just arent clean enough. Still, a good beer overall and if NB would put this in sixers, Id prolly buy one or ten.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

old school stuff right here, glad they brought this one back for sure, way better than some other recent new belgium stuff, and frankly something they should make all the time. honey golden color, nice white head, fades a little, but looks great in the glass, right on. the nose is french saison yeast but not overly viniferous and estery. something about the flavor here i just love. i think its a combination of the fuller body and the abundance of grassy hops. this is the kind of saison i like to brew, its just really well done. not relying on crazy foreign hops, multiple funked out yeast pitches, or any other new fangled saison techniques, its just straight forward, blue collar but delicate and highly refined, i think its honestly one of the better base saisons going. the hop character in the finish is great, yeast balanced malt, and its just dry and fruity enough, with a nice creamy texture. top notch beer from a brewery who obviously still has it.

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Photo of JRed
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Clear golden in body with white bubbly head that leaves lacing. Aroma of white grapes, pineapple, banana, lemon, and some grass. Tastes of white grapes, pineapple, lemon, grass, mint, light bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation. Tastes fresh and a bit busy.

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Photo of SpankinElroy
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Not sure why it shows this as being discontinued or retired, I buy it fairly regularly and just picked this 12-pack sampler up a couple of days ago. I enjoy the sharp bitterness of it, although a first time taster may find it offensive...perhaps an acquired taste. A bit of a dry finish which I like, leaving me thirsty for more. I think it's a great fall beer and pairs well with my spicy chilli.

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Photo of vkv822
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, golden yellow with a foamy white head.

Pleasant mix of clove from the yeast and grassy notes.

Medium+ bodied, foamy carbonation.

A well done saison, tasty, easy drinking.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy yellow, with rich and lathery head, Beautiful and ornate lacing.

Aroma is crisp, fruity and yeasty. I get plenty of lemon zest and tart berries alongside the Belgian yeast character. Nice and faithful to style.

Taste is sharp, rich, and tart up front, with a lingering lemony funkiness. A faithful representation of the farmhouse ale, and a light, tasty treat for a dreary Fall afternoon.

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Photo of Beejay
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale golden straw in color, clear with a night fluffy white head.

S: Lemony with a good hint of bread. There is a slightly funky yeast smell as well.

T: Slightly bready, with a lovely lemon flavor. Tart, but not overly so. The flavor is fairly light considering.. There is a hint of biscuit in it, and not nearly enough funk.

M: Light bodied, fairly dry. Slight acidic cling in the finish.

O: Overall fairly tasty, but not amazing. When I first tried it I got a lot of the buscuit malt and in that regard it paralleled fat tire, however on sampling it tonight I'm not picking it up as much which IMHO, makes a better saison. Not sure why NB included this release in the fall mixer, when it could have been in the summer pack, this far outshines snapshot. While it's good, it certainly isn't ground breaking, I suppose it would pacify a craving, but could never fulfill it.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass. This saison pours a deep straw, perhaps light golden in color. Offering a rather resilient cap of near white foam and good clarity.

Aroma is hop forward with fragrant lemony Saaz perhaps or some other noble hop I would guess. Spicy and fragrant for sure. Yeast component is rather buried behind it all however, touch of Belgian estersand perhaps a hint of unripe banana. Spice is more hop driven than yeast however. Bit in your face and lacks funk and nuance but is pleasant in its own way nonetheless. Yeast presence expands a bit with warming but remains constrained.

Taste has a lingering sweetness with lots of lemon, and a coarse grainy character. Lots of hop/other spice on the finish. Feel follows suit and is spicy/coarse as the taste suggests.

Overall yet another so so American Saison. Not being a fan of overly spiced versions this one brings more hops to the table. Yet like so many others it lacks that fundaental saison character that you can't create with hops and spice. Still, better hops than coriander in my view. Interestingly hoppy take on the style.

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a white, near two finger head. Strong retention results in a broken layer of surface suds. Lacing is light and spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma touches on mild lemon and belgian yeast funk with green banana.

Taste - Starts with green banana and other funky belgian yeast character. Hints of bread. Lots of spice in the finish. Touches of lemon pith bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - On the funkier side of the wide saison spectrum (as opposed to the herb bombs). Good effort, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try this again.

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Photo of MCImes
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

This was recently brought back as part of NB's mixed 12 pack. The 12 pack as a whole is probably the best $14 12 pack available. It has 4 saison, and 2 each of fat tire, rampant, ranger, and 1554. Overall a very enjoyable 12 pack with a nice price. Way to go NB.

Anyways, Harvest saison is a decent take on the style. I ding it for being too banana-y and overly Belgian yeasty. The banana and belgian yeast dominate this beer. There isnt much else to it. Its not sour or funky at all. Its still a solid and drinkable, just not up to par with a saison dupont or the other top quality saisons. But hey, its cheap and good. I will continue to buy the heck out of the mixed 12er.

Overall, I like the beer, but prefer my saisons to be less banana and biscuit dominant and less 'in your face' belgian yeast character.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Straw yellow with a sticky head.

Aroma is phenolic and spicy, not a lot of fruity esters. Maybe a little pineapple mixed with a white pepper.

Taste is slightly sweet with a phenolic finish. Nice bitter bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is ok.

A nice saison overall, I do not like how spicy and hot it is. A little too high in alcohol to be a good session beer. Overall I like the beer and would recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of BTodd
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pale, straw yellow. Quite clear for Saison. Nice small bubbles turn to sudsy, foam that lingers for a bit.

S-grassy, fruity (citrus) with some sweet, bready malt. Perhaps a touch of earthiness.

T-a little spicy with some of the earthiness and fruitiness still there too. Bready, biscuit malt.

M-somewhat lighter than some other Saisons I've had, nice carbonation. Very clean, crisp and clears out pretty quickly. Refreshing.

O-I really enjoy this beer. A nice lighter offering that still has some punch to it. I'd buy it again if it sticks around (bought as part of the sampler 12 this time).

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Photo of mothman
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%

Really glad that they brought this one back.

White head with really nice lacing. Color is a straw lemon yellow.

Flavor profile: Earthy with bright citrus fruits. A nice spicy flavor with crushed black pepper standing out. Belgian yeast flavors with notes of bananas and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean. Lighter bodied. Nice carbonation.

Overall, a really solid take on a Belgian style from an American brewery. Easy to drink with some very nice flavors.

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Photo of moysauce
2.81/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle into snifter

A: Beautiful gold in color. Big, white, two finger head when poured into my snifter. Excellent lacing. Great carbonation.

S: Smells like a very very dry white wine or some warm grape juice. Meh.

T: Definitely a spicy beer. I'm a fan of spicier brews, and I have no complaints in that regard with this beer. Very bready. Definitely get a lot of yeast. Not a fan of that aspect of the beer. Still pick up some interesting grape taste. Hmm. Not sure what to say.

M: Very carbonated. You can feel it in how dry thing it feels in all parts of the mouth. Just goes down and you kind of forget it was there.

O: Overall, this is a very meh beer. Probably wouldn't drink it again. Looks great. Just doesn't work well with my palate.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of December 07, 2014. Acquired as part of the New Belgium folly pack, this one their revival beer from 2004.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a yellowish golden colored body with some nice clarity and visible carbonation. About a finger of soft fluffy white head. Leaves behind some nice spotty lacing. Looks good for what it is.

S - The nose is comprised of lots of fruity / spicy Belgian yeast presence, paired with some bready biscuit malts. Floral coriander aromas are detectable.

T - The taste is fruity, bready, and yeasty. Clean biscuit malts, and a berry sort of yeast-derived fruitiness are the main attractions of this one.

M - The feel is smooth & crisp, mostly clean on the finish with some lingering yeast presence. Medium bodied with semi-high carbonation.

Overall, an average representation of the style, I'd say. Generic, but safe and approachable, and those who appreciate the style will most likely enjoy this.

New Belgium Saison ---3.5/5

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Photo of Nesued
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dug this out of my cellar. Was given to me in 2006 at the Belgian Beer Fest in Boston by another BA (Babydoc). Many thanks. This will be a strong test of stability.

Appearance - Yellow in color, nice carbonation. Lively head. Lacing formed on the glass, ring retained long after the initial pour. Hey, "legs" on a Saison after five years. Hope springs eternal.

Smell - Grassy notes, bright yeasty/bready qualities as well. Refreshing "feel" to it. Lemon/citrus components. I was expecting more of a "farmhouse funk" after all these years. Was not be had.

Taste - Some phenols in the opening with a continuing "bready" theme. Not unexpected, embraced in fact. Some citrus flavors as well. Nice and light. Some spicy components to finish of the tasting.

Mouthfeel - Light and refreshing, as expected from a Saison. This is a summer beer and not meant to bring down the house with big bold flavors. Carbonation is present and provides assistance in moving this offering around your mouth.

Overall - The experiment was a success. For a five-year-old Saison, this passes muster. Enjoyable, sessionable, easy drinking.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Jan 07; tasted Feb 09 (but still decent enough to review)

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy head that laces nicely

Smell: Bready, with some yeasty phenols, but not particularly interesting

Taste: Opens bready, with a developing lemon/banana spice character; after the swallow, its tastes a bit like a spice cake, somewhat sweet, but still reasonably dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Pleasant enough to drink, but an underwhelming saison

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for sharing a bottle. This beer is a clear dark yellow-gold color with a medium and foamy white head that has good retention. Stringy latticework of lacing. Aroma of earthy malt, honey and some spicy hops. Medium-bodied with a spiced character and layers of sweet fruit, malt and hops flavors. The finish is grassy hops and spice, with a lingering fruit aftertaste. Overall this is a pretty good Saison.

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Photo of Floydster
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Mo's Market in Playa Del Rey

Same thing as their farmhouse one to me, I honestly could not tell a difference

One has a little more alcohol, but that is about it

Same small head and color, same fruity aroma and citrus hops

This brewery needs to diversify some of their beers

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Photo of blitz134
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one a little while. Picked up just after the initial release from the brewery.

Golden body, perfectly clear. Nice inch of white head that reduced to a thin layer but left lacing all over the sides of the glass.

Thick musty straw aroma. Some lemon and pear, a bit of pepper. Overall a fruity, estery smelling brew. Smells pretty good. Its been a while since I've had a saison.

Straw and some graininess mostly. A touch of mustiness. Lots of floral esters and a bit of spicy bite at the end. Some earthy hops in the finish. Pretty straight forward overall.

Nice medium to full bodied beer. Lower carbonation makes this one pretty smooth.

Overall I think this is a good beer. Nothing that stands out too much except for that it is a solid offering from NB. Pretty easy to drink and nothing wrong with this one.

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Saison Harvest Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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