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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
4.05 | pDev: 7.9%
Odonata Beer Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden and light amber appearance, 1/2" white head. Aroma had a mix of mustiness and hay, trapped within a barnyard, solid stuff.

Taste was a no frills saison that was dry, light, packed more mustiness together. A little bit of lemon and grapefruit citrus edge to it but not of the hoppy dimension. The yeast was almost like a secondary hefeweizen contribution with slight banana notes in addition to the primary and dominating traditional saison yeast. Nothing in the way of clove thankfully. Came in an oversized 22oz bottle, would have been better relegated to a more conventional (smaller) size. Who wants 22oz of saison to themselves? Not most people. The beer definitely has had its fans and detractors, I think my experience fits squarely in the middle of all that.

Interesting stuff from a bygone era. Wouldn't mind catching a few more ounces if someone breaks it out again, I first received as an extra back in the day.

May 07, 2019
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up after reading Odonata is calling it quits.

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a 1 inch off-white head. The head is very bubbly and boils down to a small cap. There is a single ring of lace that formed on the glass on the drink down. Smells of tart apples, yeast, spices, and wheat. Actually smells very much like a hefeweizen. Taste is exactly like the smell with wheat, spices, and yeast flavors of a hefeweizen and some citrus notes on the finish. I am also picking up a slight peppery aftertaste on the palate after each sip. A very nice level of carbonation making for a very crisp and clean mouthfeel. Very soda like but it works with the taste. Overall, this is a good saison that reminds me very much of a hefeweizen with a little extra.

May 13, 2011
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bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A- pours a perfectly transparent shade of gold with a one finger pure white head. Beer looks pretty amazing, that's for sure

S- yum lemongrass. Smells of Belgian yeast too.

T- it's lemony, it's got that Belgian twang to it, it's got some sweetness...really complex and very good

M- it's got some thickness to it, actually. Has more of a body than I'd expect from something so light tasting and smelling

O- this is some pretty good stuff, it's a shame the brewery wrapped production. I'd like some more.

May 13, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold appearance, bubbly white head. Musty yet crisp aroma, good job.

Taste, nice and dry, wouldn't describe this as funky, tart nor sour, was more of a refreshing yet dry hefeweizen almost. Slight citrus taste to it, lemon. Tiny bit of banana to it. Good yeast flavor that doesn't impart a ton of that shit clove taste. Bitterness is just right.

Thanks to whomever sent this as an extra, a better than average saison in my book. At the same time, don't really see myself killing a 22oz of this to myself ever either.

May 06, 2011
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another long time want taken care of by Chris. Thanks, bud!

Mildly hazy, this beer is orange-yellow with a dense, white head that recedes to a disk leaving little lacing. The nose is excellent. Perfectly balanced with a light peachy, fruity character, a little floral honey, a little spiciness with white pepper and just enough hops, herbal and mineraly to tie it all together. Dry and rustic, this has a nice bready yeastiness. Solid stuff

The palate opens crisp and fruity with a blend of peach and grapes working very well with a dry, pislner malt and wheat base. A little bread, a little honey are present as malt characteristics, but the mid-palate is where the yeast shines - the classic saison funk with a blend of white pepper and a little clove, as well as an earthy hop flavor. Drying and mildly spicy on the finish, this beer is light in body and highly carbonated. Excellent balance and array of flavors here, I'd make this a staple if I could.

Apr 02, 2011
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harrymel from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nanoslug for this beer as an extra!
Bottled: unk

A: Butter yellow ale with brilliant clarity. Single finger, loose soap sud foam head splits in half to leave a thick quilt of the same. Near sheet lacing.

S: cloves, sweet wheat, hints of white cherry. Grain backbone. Nice.

T: Mild yeast on this particular farmhouse. Slight bitterness on the back end. Alcohol evident here. Hint of copper. apple meats.

M: Medium, spritely, dries the palate.

O: well done, but not really THAT good. All the tastes are subtle. Nothing particularly unique in this.

Mar 30, 2011
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allanplaysguitar from California

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a more than fun beer. Very bubbly, almost effervescent, and a bit dry, which I loved. The fruity and spicy-ness that can come with a Sasion was present and overall a joy to drink. Drink this one cool and then let it warm up a bit as you drink, brings out some very interesting flavors. I totally recommend this beer.

Mar 13, 2011
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LBBeer from California

3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A--Straw colored brew, with an ivory head, decent lacing.

S--Not as herbaceously pungent as others in the style

T--Can't tell if this is supposed to be a pale ale or a saison. It seems to have a bittering hop note that detracts from the herby saison flavor. Also, completely lacking in the yeast that you find in most saisons.

M--A little too much carbonation here, probably from bottle conditioning.

D--The bitter note is very distracting and prevents me from wanting to drink this brew again.

This beer does not represent the Saison style well.

Mar 12, 2011
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younger35 from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm definitely excited to try it. Drank from my Surlyfest mug.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear bright yellow with a nice half finger creamy bright white head. An amazing cap and collar remains the entire time along with plenty of lacing. Great looking beer.
Smell- Nice potent nose with a bright sort of Saison funk. Has a nice lemony bite right from the start as the nose is pretty hoppy. Very citric and a really nice nose. A bit of clove and banana from the yeast adds a light funk in the background. Sort of peppery and spicy as well.
Taste- The beer starts much like the nose with a very bright citric kick. Lightly bitter at first with a nice touch of lemon and maybe even peach. I don't get much, if any, funk from the yeast but there is a light touch of spice. Some white pepper on the finish and a light bit of fruity citrus lingers.
Mouthfeel- Light body with a nice smooth feel and light crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Definitely a nice hoppy Saison. Reminds me a lot of Surly Cynic. It's somewhat fruity yet still has all the characteristics of a Saison. Very drinkable and very tasty. Thanks much Abel!

Mar 02, 2011
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LiquidBread219 from Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Golden yellow, nice fluffy white head, nice lacing looks really good.

S= You get the citrus and the Belgium yeast. Really has a barnyard feel to get some wheat in very nice nose.

T= Taste is about the same as the nose but then it has a pepper aftertaste very nice. Clean and crisp.

M= Clean, crisp nice dry finish, kind of light in body nice carbonation.

D= Really nice beer glad I got to try this one really enjoy these farmhouse ales.

Feb 21, 2011
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dubinsky from California

4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber into a C&B Bruges glass.

A - Pours a beautifully hazy yellow with a two finger bone color head. Nice retention and lacing left as the head is receding.

S - Even though this is brewed in the US, it has a distinctively Belgian aroma, with that typical barnyard funk that i notice in spades here. Citrus zest and Belgian yeast dominate the aroma, but i cant say that its not to style.

T - I wasnt in the mood for a terribly heavy or complex beer tonight and thats what i got with this one. Its a perfect beer to DRINK, i mean really drink, not necessarily savor, unless thats what you are in the mood for. Wonderful citrus, mostly lemon flavors are the first thing i get, along with some hints of banana and Belgian yeast. It's really reminiscent of a hefe, but more funky.

M - This is a very well carbonated beer that leaves the finish fairly dry. Its also very smooth and soft, not like other saisons which are normally very spiky. The alcohol is also very well hidden here, not that its very high to begin with..

D - This is one of the more drinkable saisons i have had. The fact that its not overly dry not overly carbonated is what really makes it great for me. I could see myself really enjoying this during the hot summer days.

Well done Odonata, and the fact that its a local brewery makes me fairly excited to try the rest of their lineup.

Feb 20, 2011
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FosterJM from California

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

255th review on BA
bottle to tulip
Stamped 003 on label

App- A little bit lighter than an actual orange(yes, I held one to it). A steady flow of bubbles from the bottom up. A very nice 3 finger head on this beer that was bubbly and slow to dissolve.

Smell- Very traditional Belgian scents. Citrus, yeasty, a little grass and a bit of fennel.

Taste- These tiny little breweries are knocking out some damn good beers. Great taste for an American Saison with some spicy notes and a little peppery on the back. Crisp and Clean.

Mouth- As mentioned, crisp clean. A light/med feel with a high carb level to make a very nice beer. A nice peppery bite.

Drink- I imagined myself in one of those Hollywood movies where I was sitting on a cliff watching the sunset under a weeping willow on a nice bluff drinking this. What was I doing? Making my lunch for work tomorrow. Damn this was so good.

Feb 16, 2011
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cavedave from New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to azureoval for this fine saison to blissfully end a horrific day of snow removal.

A one finger, pure white head tops a dark straw colored, cloudy-with-fine-yeast brew for a moment, then retreats to a lively skim.

It has plenty of citrus and peppery spice in a medium strength aroma, some earthy and grassy notes, yeasty tart, and light hints of funk to round it into a fine saison bouquet (if there is such a thing).

A medium strength taste starts with light funk and grassy sweet, joined by some nice citrus, and earthy and peppery flavors. There is more bitter in the finish than many saisons, a very pleasing herbal bitter that shares the finish with lemony sweet. Not as complex as some, not as funky as others in this broad style, quite delicious.

Plenty of carb. in this baby, almost too much, quite coating on palate, and a finish that is moderately dry and clean. Toward the end of glass the finish becomes a bit less clean, a bit mediciny. Not this beer's best feature.

Drinkability is quite good, not great, hindered by a mouthfeel that builds to be less fine than many in this style.

Impression: Easy availability here of Ommegang, Dupont, and Fantome saisons makes this less desirable by comparison, but a fine saison that I hesitate not to highly recommend.

Feb 04, 2011
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impending from California

3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a fairly clear copper gold, with an encouraging pour a towering mid size bubbled head, lacing unexceptional.

Aroma is traditional saison, classic and complex. Funk is here, restrained but very nice.

Sweet with a notable hop flavor. The finish is just a touch dry and bitter to balance the sweetness, The fading aftertaste is of hops and minor spices, not its strength. Light bodied mouthfeel yet slightly cloying.

Jan 22, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Two fingers of rocky foam sit atop the cloudy honey-colored liquid and trickle strands of lace around the snifter

Smell: The sweeter elements are most prominent, with honeyed wheat bread and stone fruit aromas standing out; underneath, there is bit of clove and tart green apple character; overall, the aroma lacks the complexity imparted from a hint of funk that I seek out in a top drawer Saison

Taste: Wheat bread, stone fruit and a hint of candi sugar, up front, followed by a spicy clove and lemony hop character that arrives by mid-palate and persists after the swallow; the finish marks a return to dominance of the sweeter elements, though the clove and tartness lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a bit creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Enjoyable, but I think this one has been a bit over-hyped, as it lacks the herbacious barnyard character of the great examples of the style

Jan 06, 2011
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hoegaardenhero from Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: a very attractive pour; golden body mostly clear with light haziness and with about 1/8th inch of fluffy white head; it fades leaving splotches

s: sweet sugar candy is the first and strongest scent; some light orangy citrus fruitness; dry grains in the middle; some sweet hops

t: a hay and sugar sweetness; some dry grain; a light but definite sour note at the back the really blends with the sweetness; a light wateriness that takes away a little but quite good; orange peel

m: light carb; light cloy; medium light body

d: good if sweet take on the style

Jan 04, 2011
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid, but not overly aggressive, pour produces a three finger thick, pale, off white colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of my Lost Abbey Teku glass. The beer is a rich gold color that shows a bright yellow-gold color when held up to the light. At first the aroma smells of dry, hay like, dried fields of wild flowers and cracker like grain. My second take though has me realizing that there is quite a bit of hop character that produces a back drop of tangelo and sweet lemon zest; the fruity hop character is not overwhelming (in fact I even second guessed myself when I first noticed it), but it was a really nice surprise here. My wife thinks that the fruitiness leans more towards apple and the combination of hops and fermentation character do contribute a sort of bright, floral apple character to the nose. A touch of medicinal character is noticeable at times towards the finish. As the beer warms the nose gets more flint like and even has some mustiness to it that adds to the rusticity.

The flavor definitely has a taste of tart, floral apples, but is quite dry overall. There is a nicely biting bitterness here that is firm, not overly aggressive, but appropriate for a hop focused Saison. The finish sees the hop bitterness lingering for quite some time along with some dough-like malt, and even some of the citrus notes are still noticeable. Speaking of which there is a nice, slightly sweet, lemon zest hop character as well. The body of this beer is quite light and refreshing, there is enough texture from residual malt to keep things from being watery. There is actually a touch of residual malt sweetness to this brew, it doesn't seem quite as dry as Saison Dupont, but the great hop character does help to make it seem more dry. The carbonation starts out quite effervescent, though it is not on the high side for some Saisons, but it always provides a nice, peppery, carbonic and even has a touch of fizz to it. The hops also contribute a grassy, herbal note that anchors the middle of this beer, but plays a secondary role to the fruitiness that is found here. As the beer warms up I am beginning to think that much of the fruitiness comes from the yeast character rather than as much from the hop character that I had initially thought. At times the reminds me a bit of honey, especially from the sweetness, the floral character and the lingering note in the finish.

This is definitely a very nice Saison, it is quite a bit sweeter and fruitier than the Dupont archetype, but it is still just about light enough to be quaffable and refreshing. If I can get past focusing on the sweetness I find that this is an enjoyable brew; the sweetness does contribute / accentuate interesting notes of honey, citrus and other fruit notes that certainly wouldn't beer here without it.

Dec 31, 2010
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wethorseblanket from California

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from Richard - thanks.

Pours a slightly hazy sunburst orangish yellow with a nice finger-thick white head which slowly fades to a sparse cap with minimal lace. Smells of pepper, grains, damp/musty earth, hay, grass and yeast. Taste is dry lemon citrus with a mild funky fruit quality. Slightly tart with lots of cracked pepper on the finish. Mouthfeel is refreshingly crisp, and a lingering dryness. Overall, very enjoyable.

Dec 28, 2010
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scoots511 from California

3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep yellow orange or light amber color. Small head that dissipates quickly with some foam remaining on the sides and in the middle of the beer.

S: Slight saison smell not that strong of an aroma though

T: Tastes like a mild saison, slight sour saison after taste

M: Tiny bubbles that feel effervescent on the tongue

D: A nice beer that one 6.4% 22oz will be the perfect amount for me.

Dec 18, 2010
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rhinos00 from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to nickd717 for including this as an extra for winning the BA fantasy baseball league. Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A- Very appealing to the eye. Pours a semi-bright, cloudy golden color. Produced three fingers with a thick, foamy head. Slowly reduced to a thick ring around the glass with some lacing to boot.

S- Picking up some barnyard, brett aromas upfront. There was a noticeable amount of fruit sweetness in the finish...confused me a bit.

T- A good attempt, but lacked a lot of the familiar barnyard funk I like in my saisons with some misplaced flavors. Upfront some of the brett starts to come out, but it never truly develops...starts slightly on the funky side and just disappears. A mild sweetness comes in half way and just lingers, neutralizing any of the flavors I look for in a saison. Finishes on the fruity side with a slight amount of funk.

M- Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Could have been a little more viscous.

D- Pretty drinkable. Even though I found some flavors I don't normally find in a Belgian saison, it didn't hamper the beer at all...just made it a bit different. Goes down pretty easily.

Overall, a good local attempt at a saison. The only negatives that stood out to me was that it lacked a lot of the intense barnyard flavors you find in a lot of traditional saisons and was a little too fruity for my tastes, especially for this style of beer. Very glad to have had a chance to try this CA local. Thanks Nick!

Dec 17, 2010
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neorunner from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer #5 -

For those following at home, beer #4 said share with friend. That review will be tomorrow.

Pop the top and I get some spice and grassy aromas through a bit of funkyness. As instructed poured into a tulip. Appearance is a slightly cloudy golden yellow. Head is a quarter inch of off white foam. Body is full but smooth, finish has a crisp and dry kick to it. Flavor has definite estery punch with banana notes of a belgian yeast maybe? Lemon grass and spice are in the mix as well. Alcohol seems low on this one, I would say sub 5%.

Going to go with an American Saison. Answer is: Odonata Saison Ale. Quite nice, first for me from Odonata. I was wrong on the ABV, this clocks in at 6.4%.

Dec 11, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass and shared with Jared and Amyliz4.

Pours a moderate yellow-golden color with a two-finger head and a bit of white lacing. Not as much as I would expect from a saison and the retention time wasn't the best. The nose brings some mild stone fruits and a bit of white pepper. There isn't too much going on but this is fairly pleasant.

The flavor consists of a slight amount of light pepper and earth plus some very faint peach and other orange stone fruits. The body is a bit thin with lowish levels of carbonation. This is fairly light and sessionable. It's not all that complex, but it does drink well.

Nov 30, 2010
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sitarist from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another sweet extra from thedindaniel.

Pours a hazy yellow with orange highlights. Short, loose, frothy off white head falls to an island and small ring, just a few spots of lacing.

Nice, but subdued aromas. I smell some coriander, banana, and pear. Reminds me of bathwater.

I taste pears, a hint of tangerine, pepper, and spice. Like the aromas the flavors are subdued, leaving me wanting a little more.

Light to medium body with a fair amount of carbonation, and dry finish. There is a bit of a burn at the end.

An enjoyable beer that I'm glad I got to try. No problem putting a few glasses of this down.

Nov 28, 2010
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks Chad!

Pours a hazed golden orange color with an off white fizzy head that quickly fades to a thick cap and thin film.

Aroma is very nice for the style, earthy funk and spiciness balanced with estery fruity sweetness. Medium thick body with light, soft carbonation and a clean, dry finish. Flavor is a little sweeter than expected, but still a pleasant blend of earthy grains and spices with pear and other ripe fruit sweetness. Nothing too remarkable, but very easy drinking and enjoyable take on a traditional saison.

Nov 15, 2010
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willjschmidt from California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: A light golden straw color with a thick white head.

S: Spice yeast in the nose and a little bit of tart fruit as well.

T: Slightly sweet with quite a bit of spice from the yeast. White pepper and maybe a bit of clove. Quite a bit of belgian yeast spice, almost like a tripel. A little bit of tart fruit as well but not as much as I like in a saison.

M: Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.

D: A decent attempt at the style but not one of the better saison's I've had.

Nov 12, 2010
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