17th Anniversary Saison Farmhouse Ale
SweetWater Brewing Company

17th Anniversary Saison Farmhouse Ale17th Anniversary Saison Farmhouse Ale
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.76 | pDev: 13.56%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
17th Anniversary Saison Farmhouse Ale17th Anniversary Saison Farmhouse Ale
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Apr 12, 2014
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rajendra82 from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lovely golden amber colored body, with a steady stream of carbonation, a small but durable head, and delicate lacing, which all combined to a handsome pour. The aroma was right on target, as there were smells of coriander and orange peel mixing with just a touch of Brettanomyces funk. The taste was a bit too sweet, which is classic failure of an American Saison. I like my farmhouse ales bone dry, and this was on the opposite end of the spectrum, with a floral, candy like sweetness. Quite sticky in the mouth, with a quite a bit of coating. I wish they had let the yeast really do its thing

Mar 22, 2014
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ksimons from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a clear bright orange with visible carbonation bubbles and a thin layer of head that leaves some lacing around the top

S-somewhat boozy, spices, fruity sweetness, and a bit of yeast funk

T-bready, caramel malt with some fruits, mild bitterness. Not getting much of the funky yeast at first, but it develops more as the beer warms. The 9% is noticeable but not overpowering.

M-medium to full body, moderate to high carbonation

Overall a decent example of the style, but a little on the boozy side for a Saison

Apr 24, 2014
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nickfl from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Jul 20, 2014
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rangerred from Tennessee

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy dark gold with a one finger white head. Good head retention and fairly abundant lacing.

Aroma has your typical Belgian spiciness with a very slight hint of barnyard funk. Pepper and orange peel along with more earthiness. Some lightly roasted malt.

The flavor is a big shot of pepper along with peach and some orange. Light funkiness again in the background along with coriander and Belgian yeast. Bready malt makes up the base with a quick shot of caramel. The finish is much stickier than I would expect a saison to be which should be quite dry. Quick shot of alcohol in the finish too.

Overall, this is not a bad saison but for one of my favorite styles, this one just doesn't quite cut it. It is just too strong and the added sweetness and alcohol almost detracts from the experience.

Apr 30, 2014
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jophish17 from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Jun 30, 2014
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bcsbeer from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

May 18, 2014
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An unusual offering from the folks at Sweetwater....

It sort of looks the part.... it sort of smells the part.... it sort of tastes the part....

But not really....

This is NOT a bad beer so don't get it twisted.... it is a decent attempt at a saison that misses the mark set by the Belgians....

Yeasty and a touch funky but there's a sweetness from the malts that just shouldn't be there and doesn't feel right.... I can definitely taste the 9% here as well.. not overpowering but there is some heat here....

Glad I got to try this but if it were a regular release, I think I would pass in lieu of other accessible offerings....

Apr 08, 2014
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babaracas from Florida

3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear medium orange, thin soapy white head fades quickly. A few dots of lace on the glass. Smell: nectarine, soft pear, spicy, mildly grainy, sweet. Taste: sugary, boozy. Too much of each. Peach, pear, clove, vanilla, pepper, herbal note. Baby brett-ish. Nicely carbonated but an overly sticky, sugary finish. All of the flavors are fine, but they don't stand out with the (since it's SweetWater I assume this is on purpose) "amped up" sweetness. Not too far off from being worthwhile... I mean if the hopping and time with brett were also dialed up and it was labeled a double brett ipa then we have a different outcome.

Apr 29, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewery.

Pours with a fine, clear but lightly hazy amber body.
Unusual but appealing aroma.
The flavor is stronger than the aroma suggests.
Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall: fine aroma but less appealing flavor; this reverse of many saisons.

Feb 21, 2016
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Jun 20, 2014
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BeerBuzzGuy from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

Jun 19, 2014
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brauseboof from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

Apr 02, 2014
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kybeerdrinker from Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

May 31, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Someone gave me this as an extra, but regrettably, I can't remember who.

Orange-amber color, with a small cap of whitish head, which retained as a small ring and left a few dabs of lacing on the glass. Aroma was pretty muted, caramel malts, fruity esters, herbal hops. In the taste, sweet bready malts, notes of ripe stone fruit, herbal hops, light yeast. There was really nothing here that screamed "saison" at me. A medium bodied brew, with lower carbonation, and I was kind of surprised it was 9%, because it didn't seem that high at all. This would be okay as a sampler, but even splitting a bottle with the wife, I really had no desire to finish it.

May 26, 2014
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XicanoBeerRun from Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

May 04, 2014
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facesnorth from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Apr 30, 2014
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psdonnelly from Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Jul 16, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

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

Pours a chill hazed apricot with a frothy cream head that lingers.

Tangerine, peach, nectarines, and soft farmhouse form the aroma.

Apricot echoes in the flavor, with lightly bready malt at the backbone. There's a hint of farmhouse character. Slight confectioners sugar counters citrus.

Body is fairly heavy for the style, with fairly high carbonation and a touch of alcohol warmth.

I like the fruit flavor, and not as dry or funky as some.

May 30, 2014
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This year's anni ale has everything in it but the pitch fork and a bale of hay. With over two months of fermentation and cellaring time, this saison plows the field as it harvests spicy farmhouse overtones from its primary Fraunch saison yeast. That funk monkey delivers a strapping alc 9% by vol, seeding a perfect foundation for secondary Brettanomyces fermentation, which hoes a cornucopia of tart and effervescent flavors. Distinct citrus notes from the finishing hops cultivate a naturally freaky fresh palate tweaker." Brewed in the style of a Farmhouse Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft. 17th Anniversary one-off release.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of an ecru-straw white tone over a moderately hazy sunset amber body with light, relaxed carbonation and moderate, pulpy sediment in tow. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Sweet cereal wheat and pale malt forward with a moderate graininess. Shallow yeast profile of spring fruit, grape and earthy spice, soft fermented honey. Very little to no Brettanomyces character nor funkiness of any sort, overall a largely clean aroma leaning suggestively towards syrupy sweet. Potency is moderate. 3.25

(Taste) Malted cereal wheat, pale and caramel syrup malts forward with a moderate viscosity and sweetness evident. Yeast characters of peppery spice, cider, light phenols and fruit juices, faint graininess and alcohol presence. Fairly juicy, sweet and clean without much developed yeast character. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, lightly syrupy, clean and lightly dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a moderate frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style and medium overall. Balance is grainy and sweet over peppery and earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A very simple saison with a lot of malt sweetness, grain alcohol and Belgian fruit yeast flavor forward, but not a lot of saison character to balance it all out. Although the Saison style is a difficult one to master, this one reeks of inexperience with the lighter Belgian Styles, with a reliance on malt volume and a lacking yeast strain, making for an uninteresting and cloying drinking experience. I don't know of SweetWater to commonly dabble in Belgian styles, but I'd have expected something much more solid with 17 years of experience put in. 3.5

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AlexFields from Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Mar 19, 2014
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mtbdonn from Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.2%

May 14, 2014
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Heavenisbeer from Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Mar 26, 2014
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SFC21 from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Nov 06, 2014
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buckyp from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Apr 11, 2014
17th Anniversary Saison Farmhouse Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 102 ratings