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.

Added by MasterSki on 11-20-2011

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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 18
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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 atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AgentMunky
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.76/5  rDev 0%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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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4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FriedSlug
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Spring Street Saison from Avondale Brewing Co.
3.76 out of 5 based on 119 ratings.
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