Spring Street Saison | Avondale Brewing Co.

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Spring Street SaisonSpring Street Saison

Brewed by:
Avondale Brewing Co.
Alabama, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spring Street Saison is a Belgian style farmhouse ale. The Saison is our flagship brew that helped spawn the formation of Avondale Brewing Co. Our Saison is brewed with our proprietary house yeast, a 4 malt blend and traditional Slovenian hops. Our unique brewing process along with the combination of the finest ingredients creates a thirst quenching brew with no equal. True to style this unfiltered ale has a coppery golden color and rich malty backbone that creates a unique farmhouse brew. Flavors burst with tropical fruit that combine with hints of spicy and peppery notes that are derived from our house yeast. One sip and you will fall in love.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden color, slightly hazy. Head is one finger and retains well leaving a bit of lacing.
S- The aroma is pleasant with some light lemon, mixed with peach and pale grainyness.
T- The flavor is too one-dimensional for the style. Grainy and a bit fruity. Kinda fell flat.
M- Dry, yet a bit heavy on the tongue.
O- An acceptable saison, but it's a bit too one-note for me on the tongue. Not as complex as the best examples from the style.

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Photo of darkstar12
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from tap into a pint glass at Pano e Vino in downtown Huntsville,AL

A: good color, one-finger light-colored head, no real lacing

S: real strong apple cider vinegar-like smell - though at first somebody slipped me a cider by accident. Not pleasant

T: taste made up for the smell though- pleasant ciderish flavor mixed in with spices and some hops. alcohol came through also,but not overwhelming. an enjoyable taste.

M: a lot of carbonation, good mouthfeel, not syrupy or cloying

O: This is a really enjoyable beer,even though the smell may catch you offguard. A good effort by Avondale.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice pale gold cloudy beer with a two finger white head after an aggressive pour. Nice lacing on each tip of the glass but it doesn't stick around. The aroma is yeasty and spicy with hints of what smells smoky or like burnt matchsticks. I smelled it many times and I get that smell every time. The taste is grassy and yeasty with spiciness and peppery flavors. There is some nice malt and but the bitterness and spiciness slightly overpower the sweetness. All of this seems to play nice together and ends up with an enjoyable overall beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Well-hazed, honey-toned brew with a white head.

Smell: A sweet-smelling, effusively fruity scent of chopped fruits tossed with cooking, bubbly sugar, blended spices, bready malts, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Pale, bready maltiness given a good glug of blonde sweet syrup. Moderate sweetness. Vibrantly fruity, with sugar-n-spice baked apples, tangy ripe orchard peach, light banana, and green grape. Low hop character, light bitterness. Lightly phenolic spiciness helps to temper the sweetness somewhat, along with the subs and alcohol, though the beer still finishes on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a minor stickiness to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While I do typically prefer the paler, drier saisons, this isn't exactly your typical saison.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on-tap into a pint glass @ Suds of the South beerfest

Pours a vibrant, golden yellow color. It doesn't appear to have the attenuation that this style needs, as it looks a touch thick when I swirl it around in the glass. But that's a minor complaint. Two fingers of rocky bright-white head sit on top and sit around for a spell. It looks good.

It also smells good. Most American saisons are pretty average or terrible examples of the style. Spring Street Saison doesn't mess up in the usual ways that American saisons mess up. This has a dry, pils-based malt bill. The hops are steely and European. It has a yeast profile that makes a lot of sense for the style: baskets of stonefruit, clove, and astringent band-aid smells. It's simultaneously plasticky but juicy. That means they did something right.

The taste follows the nose, but almost completely without subtlety. The stonefruits here are tasty, but dear Lord are then a lot of them. There's also too much of the astringent & spicy side of the yeast. This actually reminds me of an improved version of New Glarus' Imperial Saison they brewed five years ago or so for their Unplugged Series. That beer, which I hated, was cartoonishly fruity. Spring Street Saison is fruit-forward but still drinkable. If this were a wine, I would say it is "overextracted."

The mouthfeel is the weakest aspect of this beer, it's only misstep. It's too thick and under-attenuated relative to what this style should be, ideally. Which makes sense; mouthfeel is the hardest-to-achieve aspect of Belgian styles for American brewers, it seems. The thickness is really apparent the more you drink it.

Overall, this is a solid American Saison (speaking of, should "American Saison" be its own style? Taking these beers on their own merits rather than the stylistic conventions of the Wallonian forefathers?). It's flavor is a bit much, but I hope to be able to drink this on-tap in Tuscaloosa, AL this summer, sitting out on some bar's patio, enjoying the sunset.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Regions Field in Birmingham.

A: Cloudy orange-amber body under a thin off-white head. No lace. Average at best.

S: Fruity, spicy, rich Saison aroma. Really straightforward yeastiness - fruity, tart, earthy. Good.

T: Follows the nose. Green apple, pear, and wheat bread. Fruity, toasty, and tart. Cleanly bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body and lively carbonation. Great.

O: Really enjoyable Saison, but more fruity and less spicy than I generally prefer.


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Photo of WunderLlama
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap poured into a pint glass

Golden yellow , translucent , some carbonation, thin layer of white foam

Aroma of yeasts , grassy

Tastes of saison yeasts

Good beer

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Pours a slightly hazy gold with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of lemon citrus and a grassy malt, on the tart side.

Flavor is of citrus, grassy malts, coriander, and sweet bready undertones.

Light body with a sting of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty good saison, nothing special but refreshing on a warm day and not too oppressive given its strength. Worth a try.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery.

A: Coppery/golden, as Avondale describes it. An off-white, half finger head that lingers. Filmy lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, fruity and floral with some biscuity malts.

T: Follows nose. Light, floral with hints of pepper and spice. Malts and Belgian yeast really pop for a terrific taste.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. Very smooth and sessionable.

O: A great middle of the road saison. Not spectacular but very tasty. Avondale does saisons proud.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Deep, golden brown color with an orange hue. Pours with a bright white head with poor retention. No lacing.

S-Sweet apples and a spicy fruit smell.

T-Cinnamon and coriander with a spicy fruit bite. Tastes like tart apple cider.

MF-Crisp bite with a smooth finish

O-A very good saison. I'm probably partial because I'm from AL, but it is a very good beer with distinguished notes of fruit and spice. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this was a good saison.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the brewery in Birmingham. From notes. Reviewed 22 November 2011.

A: A finger of head fades before long. The beer is seemingly unfiltered, golden brown, and has a noticeable gradient from dull yellow to dark brown. Translucent, barely.

S: Saison-y, but with a healthy dose of fruit. Sweet, with a vague funk, and a bit of pizzazz.

T: It's a pretty straightforward saison, which is a bit unfortunate since it's not my favourite style. Still, it's quite well-made! Fruity, rather tart, and lightly spiced. Tangy yeast. The finish is just barely dry.

M: Not quite puckery, but tart and dry. VERY moreish; it compels further sips.

O: An excellently crafted beer that hews very close to my conception of what a saison 'should' taste like. Accordingly, this rather traditional beer (compliment) can't earn my love, but I feel bad downgrading something that is clearly well-mde. Therefore, the 4.5. I might not have many more (though it kind of grows on me), but I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy farmhouse ales.

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Photo of bongobeer
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden color with nice white head that disappears fast, has a fruity smell and has a nice tart, lightly spiced taste. Finally tried Avondales flagship brew and I will be drinking more of this great summer brew!

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Photo of pvo
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wish more breweries made saisons, especially as part of their year-round offerings. With Heavy Seas only offering theirs in mix-packs this year, I was excited to see this on tap.

Appearance: Light, golden body, with a fairly diffused head.

Smell: spicy, slightly tart.

Taste: crisp and tart.

Mouthfeel: light.

Overall: My high rating might be mainly because I really like the style; that said, theirs is quite good, and I wish it were available in my area. I also appreciate they they are making a saison as part of their year-round offerings-- it's a very accessible beer in terms of taste, but not readily available to many drinkers.

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Photo of RBenton
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this particular beer a few months ago on tap at JClyde. It's appearance is a very rich goldenrod with a slight bit of haze that makes it just barely opaque. The smell is the one part of this beer that will catch you off guard, as it does not really fit the taste of the beer whatsoever. That aside, once you're use to it, it is a very pleasant and welcoming aroma. The taste is the best part. It has the smoothness and crispness of your favorite wheat beer, but it has the extra zing of white pepper and citrus that really makes this beer unique. Also of note that this beer is particularly dry for a Saison, but the twist of the classic style is refreshing given that you allow it to be. In my opinion, i would save this beer for late spring and on through the summer until the beginning days of fall. As much as i like this beer, it begins to be a bit light for my tastes as the temperature drops. Overall, I would say that the Spring Street Saison is above average and something unique that is most definitely worth trying should the opportunity present itself.

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Photo of SuperGravy
4.91/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just a good beer all around, no complaints

Spring Street Saison is a Belgian style farmhouse ale. The Saison is our flagship brew that helped spawn the formation of Avondale Brewing Co. Our Saison is brewed with our proprietary house yeast, a 4 malt blend and traditional Slovenian hops. Our unique brewing process along with the combination of the finest ingredients creates a thirst quenching brew with no equal. True to style this unfiltered ale has a coppery golden color and rich malty backbone that creates a unique farmhouse brew. Flavors burst with tropical fruit that combine with hints of spicy and peppery notes that are derived from our house yeast. One sip and you will fall in love.

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Photo of freethehopspc
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great american style saison. Little sweetness stands perfectly with the slight mustyness of the saison yeast. Very refreshing with little to no hint at the moderately high abv.

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Spring Street Saison from Avondale Brewing Co.
3.79 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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