Homework Series Batch No. 7 - Session Saison | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Homework Series Batch No. 7 - Session SaisonHomework Series Batch No. 7 - Session Saison

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed to be a flavorful and refreshing session beer that you can enjoy all day. The beer pours a warm straw color with a slight haze. The aroma is full of spice noted that you would expect from this saison yeast strain. Light malts with touches of rye and wheat form a great backbone to support the delicate flavor and aroma which is enhanced with a bit of hop spicineds. The body finishes light and dry.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 55
Photo of beergoot
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale yellow body; minimal rising carbonation yet leaves a thick, sticky, sudsy head. A bit of citrus, a lot of fresh eating apple and cider aroma. Tart apple flavor. Medium body; crisp and dry.

This beer is like biting into a crisp, juicy Jonathon apple. Very satisfying overall, and a refreshing change from many farmhouse ales that exude the funk and barn qualities. This beer exudes gentle sweetness and a near delicate flavor. Fine stuff...

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Photo of mjwellman
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pour light yellow hazy with a good 2 finger white foam head
S: A nice citrus aroma with a strong yeast/malty
T: Light and refreshing but dry. Strong citrus flavor and malty flavor with light sweetness to it.
F: light carbonation, low ABV, hint of sweetness and no bitterness.
O: This is probably what Saisons are suppose to be like. I haven't had too many with ABV less than 8% and those that I have were not half as good as this. Nice to be able to drink a bomber and feel good and not drunk. Excellent beer

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Photo of RabbleRouserRye
4.56/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a nice draught pour of this one which is light straw yellow in color, with a one inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Very classic dry and slightly funky Belgian yeast, mild grassiness, light citrus, and hay.

Bursting with flavor especially for a lower ABV. A little funky as you would expect from a Saison, with a light dry citrus character, and a subdued hop flavor. Pretty much what I expected in the hop profile, making it very refreshing.

Ballast Point did a very fine job with this session saison. Way to keep up the good work.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Gold, very pale, hazy, with a dense head on top.
S: Lots of phenols overlaying light malt, yeasty fruitiness, faint hops.
T: Nice flavor, with highly fruity esters, clean light pils malt, a little spicy yeast character. Personally, I would appreciated more hops, but there's enough to suppress the sweetness.
M: Light bodied, very drinkable.
O: Decent quaffing saison. Not very complex, but it's still a good drinking beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Federal Taphouse -served chilled in a tulip

The color is pale golden with very good clarity with small white head with fine bead. The smell has a fragrant mix of fruit esters like pear and slight vinous aroma with yeast dominant in the smell. The feel is good a little light in body though since it is very dry with moderately high carbonation.

The taste is very good with subtle malt entry and light bitterness with a nice amount of flavor from the yeast which has a Belgian character that is gently fruity and low in phenolic quality with a mild white grape taste. This is a very good saison - the only drawback is mouthfeel since it is a small beer it is hard not to have such a dry finish but I upped the overall from 3.75 to 4 since I really enjoyed this and would definitely order it again

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Tin Bucket.

Pouring a clear light yellow with a dense, white head, this looks solid. The nose is excellent. Bright, snappy, yeasty, spicy, grainy and well-integrated, this is great! The palate opens crisp with a nice grainy flavor (pils malt, a little wheat) followed by a bright yeasty spiciness, a blend of white pepper, grains of paradise and a touch of bubblegum. Drying and cracker-like on the finish with a pleasant carbonic bite, this beer is refreshing and quite excellent. Recommended.

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Photo of jooler
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells funky. Taste is nice and crisp. Sort of a Belgium lager sort of beer. Really good but I just wish there was more pazzaz

cellared for a year and a half
smell is like a hefe
taste is pretty much just light bud light. no more sourness to it or any flavor for that matter

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Photo of mactrail
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm happy to see lower-alcohol versions of the Saison style. This one is lightly flavored and plenty yeasty. There is just a little fruit flavor along with the classic bready and pear flavors. It's not very sweet, but the malty and yeasty taste reminds me of a Hefeweizen.

Sudsy and pleasant mouthfeel. Pale yellow with adequate foam in the Kasteel chalice. Bitterish aftertaste and a tangy finish. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a golden, hazed body with a slim, white head. Slight active carbonation.

Smell: A sweetish crust of sugar, then subdued pils and wheat. Flourishes of 'nana and gum, also some muted lemon and meager spice.

Taste: An airy taste of pils blended with wheat and flecked with some kernels of rock candy for a bit of sweetness. It's followed by green banana, mild citrus and chewing gum. Restrained phenolic spiciness. A low level of herbaceous hops and even lower bitterness. Lightly sweetish, nearingly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Fairly solid.

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark straw/light gold color. Very mild haze. Large bubbled head that settles to a broken up layer of minute bubbles on the beer. Some streaks and spots for lace.

Clean and fresh aroma of very pale malt and peppery yeast.

Starts like the smell (clean) with soft malt flavor. The swallow draws out lemon zest, white pepper and cream. It is the cream which lasts through the aftertaste. Neutral body for the style with the predictable high carbonation level. This Saison is not as harsh as many, making it an easier beer to drink casually.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Straw golden, with some haziness. No clarity. 1/2 a finger of head that dissolves

S - Spicy yeast strain, herbs

T - Refreshing, minor belgian candy sugar, funky, very good flavor for a session!

F - Light body and dry, well carbonated

O - Definitely giving this brew bonus points for being so tasty for a 4.5% session. Great summer beer

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Pittsford Pub in Pittsford, NY.

This one pours a light straw yellow, with a one inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like classic dry and slightly funky Belgian yeast, sharp grassiness, light citrus, and hay.

There's a pretty impressive amount of flavor here for the lower ABV. It's dry, very slightly funky, with a light dry citrus character, and a subdued grassy hop flavor. I expected this to be a bit bolder in the hop department, but the fact that it's NOT overhopped is actually refreshing.

This is light bodied, super crisp, and cleanly fermented, with a normal level of carbonation.

This wasn't something I would've expected Ballast Point to nail, but they did. Good job guys.

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Photo of avalon07
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a straw yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a big, fizzy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: An OK, if underwhelming aroma of yeast, citrus, and some spices.

T: Tasted of some Belgian yeast, light pepper, a wheat / bubblegum tinge, malt, citrus (lemon), and a hoppiness in the finish. The main problem with the flavor here is blandness. It has some good qualities, but it's not strong enough, leaving a watery quality.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat thin finish. Light-bodied.

O: Definitely a mixed bag with this beer. It has its strengths, but the flavor simply falls short.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering about 90% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat malts, pale malts, spicy saison yeast, Belgian yeast, and grassy + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat + pale malts with a light amount of lemon citrus. That is followed by a moderate flavor of spicy saison and Belgian yeast with a light to moderate flavor of grassy + herbal hops. Light amounts of bitterness which does not linger for long.

M: Light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp initially but overall slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy to drink and very enjoyable - definitely sessionable and somewhat reminds me of what I think of as a table beer. Refreshing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a session saison of sorts, but this is darn hoppy, about what i would expect these guys to do with this style of beer. its delicate but at the same time robust because of the hops, and although thats a bit of a weird juxtaposition, in the end i really dug this one. pale yellow in color, even with a greenish hue to it, and a bubbly white soda type head to it, popping hard and then dissipating into a thin film. it smells at first more like a saison, belgian yeasty, wheat based, a little funk, and only grassy sort of hops going on, but one sip changes all that for me. its west coast hoppy, grassy at first sure, but it turns piney and bitter to the max, its good, but really its a little too much i think in the end. there isnt quite the structure here to support that, considering the table saison session nature of this. its seems too bold for how light the rest of the beer is, and some of the saison elements that are more delicate are lost to the hops. the wheat malt first becomes almost irrelevant, and then the yeast gets largely covered up. its a shame, because it tastes really nice on the front end before the hops all ramp up. nicely carbonated and still on the dry side, but they have overshot the mark just a little in my opinion. still a neat beer, very west coast, very ballast point. on tap at cheeky monk on colfax.

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Homework Series Batch No. 7 - Session Saison from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 55 ratings