Pyrus Saison | 4 Hands Brewing Co.

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Pyrus SaisonPyrus Saison

Brewed by:
4 Hands Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The name Pyrus originates from the genus of the pear tree. Pyrus is our Fall and Winter saison brewed with pear juice, whole white pepper corns, and the zest of fresh oranges. Pyrus pours a hazy golden hue, with aromas of pear, citrus, and spice. A perfect compliment to seasonal fare.

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Photo of Buck89
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with a shy white head. Aromas of pear, bread, yeast, and some floral esters. Taste was pears up front, but with some complexity - yeast, bready, and floral notes.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a clear yet pale orange color. Minimal white froth.
(S)- A big combo of white pepper and pear. Smells a bit sweeter for the style.
(T)- Again, big flavors of pear, orange, and white pepper with a drier finish.
(M)- A good carbonation level. Very fruity and peppery for a saison.
(O)- It is just a little too fruit forward for this to remind me of a true saison.

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Photo of Suds
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer, from a 22 ounce bottle, is a tawny clear liquid. Absolutely no head, and very, very slight carbonation. The smell is slightly sweet, with a hint of pepper and fruit. I didn't get pear at first, but it did come out after the taste. The taste is winey, and has under-ripe fruit flavors. There is not sweetness, but a little madera-like scents. Medium in body. Interesting, but not exceptional.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one is pretty funky, more so than I like. It seems to have some of the same funk that brettanomyces yeast gives off, not sure if that is even in this brew, but it tastes extremely similar. Not a fan of this, and the pear is pretty much nonexistent. I really expected to taste more pear. Also, even though the ABV is not exceptionally high, there was still a noticeable amount of booziness coming through.

I have had this and their Opus Saison and I must say that Opus was the preferred one. Opus was fantastic, this was not.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Clockwork420
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light straw yellow, with little head totally clear, no haze at all as the description would state... Smell was strong of peppery spices. Taste was spicy, and the peppery notes were apparent. Had an earthy taste I cant describe, something from a Autumn seasonal. Tang came afterwards of pear. Mouthfeel was on the thin watery side. Carbonation was good. Overall the spice notes overtake the pear flavor, which only came to me in the end of the drink. I longed for more pear, and less spicy to balance it out. Still, its pretty good for what it is, could just use better balance.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Haven't had much luck with 4 hands brewery been picking up some bottles of their amber and such and they exploded with carbonation. Thankfully this one is a tame 2013 bottle.

A - As expected a ton of carbonation but not overbearing since it's a 2013 vintage. Over an inch of head that takes forever to fade and little lace. Beer is a very hazy looking orange brown tint.
S - At first very overbearing strong Saison yeasts and peppery bite but in the glass I get more actual pear fruit and some orange peel.
T - Very nicely rounded with the flavor which I can agree it's a juicy overripe pear flavor. Yeast has calmed a bit and the white pepper still snaps with a very grassy pear skin flavor. Not bad.
M - Still very bubbly and bright but good carbonation it drinks smooth.

Overall I guess it was worth the 6 bucks for a discounted bottle of this stuff. A good tasting Saison with sharp orange peel notes and a very sweet pear flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent honey color with a sliver of beige head. Stays effervescent throughout, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, orange peel, melony notes

T: White pepper, orange zest, pears & a little green melon up front & pear skin. Musty pear skins, a little white pepper & orange zest as this warms. Finishes with over-ripe pear, melons & white pepper

MF: Light/medium bodied, delicate carbonation, a little warming

A serviceable Saison, but not in my wheel house. if you like over-ripe pear, this is your beer

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Photo of patre_tim
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden orange clear with lots of carbonation, and a finger of fast fading yellow head.

S: Belgian yeasts, orange candy, caramel, a sort of strong chemical scent.

T: Belgian yeasts, orange candy, caramel, a sort of strong chemical taste. The negatives fade as this one warms to room temperature. White pepper, fruity, I suppose there is some pear but hard to distinguish it from this without knowing.

M: Medium thin, slightly syrupy body, medium high carbonation.

O: Well done brew. Got it at Whole foods in St Louis, same day (today) Aug 4th in St Louis. Glad to have found another local brewer this time through St Louis.

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Photo of mush
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle, label was stamped mid March 2014, so just about as young as can be found. Vigorous carbonation. Peppery aroma. Very forward pepper taste. Some tart sweetness (presumably from the pear), but then more pepper squeezing out siloed hay and malt flavors. A chilled subsequent pour slightly muted the pepper and elevated the malt. Unmemorable except for the pepper; not a fan.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale yellow and hazy body. Huge white head. Pillow of foam and nice lacing.

Smell - A bit of fruit. Kinda apple-y. A ton of pale malt, at least relative to the other aromas. A bit of pepper.

Taste - Sweet malts. Some light apple fruit flavors. Grainy. More malts. Much more pepper in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Overcarbonated.

Overall - Kinda dull, but the flavors are ok.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forgot that I also had picked this up recently. Was happy to see it upon pulling it out of the box.

Heavy citrus on this one. Lots of it. The pepper is there, but the citrus hijacks the whole ride. Not sure that I really get any pear juice off this one. Feel has a pretty full carbonation going on. At least it fills the mouth with a somewhat soft bubble. Nice drinker. Wouldn't say that it's well rounded, but it's pretty good. Especially considering the style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pure gold in color. A thin veil of Brussels lace at the top. It smells like sweet pears and the trademark Belgian yeast strain. The pear flavoring is very strong on the front of the palate. It slowly fades into that trademark slightly musty yeast strain. Very smooth, but the pear flavoring is overpowering.

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

not as good as their prunus cherry saison, I would never know this was made with pears unless the label told me so. it pours pretty yellow in color, more clear than expected, with a tall and lasting white head over an inch tall. I smell saison yeast and wheat malt, pretty straight forward, no pear or spice at all, very little funk or tart. the flavor is also fine for a normal saison, even quite good, but I cant pick out any fruit, which really hurts this beer to me, especially after how much the cherries added to its sister brew. yeast is nice though, and there is a light crackery malt body to this which lends serious drinkability. carbonated more like a soda than a beer, its a little gassy. overall a fine saison, but I wish the pears came out more. maybe on tap at the brewery is the go for this one, ill have to give that a shot next time through the city...

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Photo of Florida9
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy pale yellow. Visibly fizzy. Serve in a tulip with a minimal white head. Very light lacing.

S: aroma is fairly yeasty. Some good esters going on here. With a hint if pear.

T: taste is more if the same. Apple juice, pear juice, light malts, and a mild tartness. Light, simple, and very easy to drink.

M: lighter body. Heavier carbonation. Moderately prickly

O: a simple session Saison.

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful head that maintained. Very little lacing. Color is a pale yellow with just a hint of cloudiness. Plenty of effervescence. Not much going on at the nose, other than citrus notes.

This one had a sharp beginning and clean finish, but not much in between. Not a whole lot of body. The orange zest was very understated, and I didn't catch any pear at all. Certainly a refreshing and drinkable ale, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fizzy pasty white fizzy like 1 finger head fades at a med pace at first then slows, nice lacing, very clear slight sediment haze pilsner yellow honey colored.

Nose is a typical saison, berry light funk, grainy grassy hay aromas with a bit of wheat and toasty grainy malts, light lemony aromas and lemongrass, light saison spices, a bit of bready yeasty doughy aroma, faint orange peel, very light white pepper, no pear though.

Taste starts with a semi sweet malts flavor, grainy slightly doughy malt with touch of yeasty flavor and light saison funk. Lemon zest, orange zest, lemongrass, some saison spices and hint of peppery flavor and a bit of pepper heat even. Malts also bring wheat, light grainy pilsner like, hay stalk and crushed straw dust. Some bitterness from the lemon and orange zest and light grassy lemony hops I think, and faint pear skin but not really pear juice. Finish is grainy straw hay malts and straw dust, and plenty of lemon zest and bitter slight rind with light lemony hops and light saison spices.

Mouth is med bodied, tons of effervescent carb, perhaps a bit too much.

Overall ok, nothing special, nice saison spices esp the light peppery heat, bitter rind, lots of lemony flavors, very little funk, but nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with a fluffy two finger head that leaves light side lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of lots of peppercorns faint citrus zest light barnyard funk. Quite nice, but where's the pear juice?

T - Taste is fairly nice light and funky with faint malt sweetness. Lots of peppercorns, faint citrus don't get much pear juice at all. Quite unfortunate.

M - Mouthfeel is very solid. Higher carbonation makes this super drinkable.

O - Overall I was somewhat let down by this beer. Wish there was more pear in this....or any at all.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a tulip. Pours a golden yellow w/ a solid bright white head.

Aroma is very floral and spicy, lots of fruity esters from the saison yeast.

Taste is likewise floral, spicy, and fruity. White pepper is there along with some clove, but in spite of the name I would not have guessed the pear juice.

Mouthfeel is soft and easy drinking. The spice gives it a nice crisp bite on the finish.

Overall a solid Belgian offering from this Midwest brewery.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to FTowne for this one...

A: Pours a cloudy light yellow with a massive amount of pure white head. The foam takes quite a bit to settle and there is a ton of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is light malt, wheat, bitter citrus zest, and really mild pepper. I get a bit of fresh cut grass and a bit of candy cigarettes. It smells alright, but it's pretty bitter for a saison. I wish there was a bit more pepper in the nose.

T: This beer starts out with a light malt base. The bitter citrus rind comes in next and overpowers. It's tingly and light peppered, but I don't get even a little bit of pear juice.

M: Light bodied beer. It's light and refreshing to start, gets bitter and almost astringent in the middle. The finish gets more mellow and sweet with a nice pepper kick.

O: This is a decent beer, but it's not something that I would want to drink all the time. I really wanted to love this beer (the ingredients are all right in my wheel house), but it just didn't live up to the billing. I got no pear flavors out of it and I would have loved some more pepper notes. Solid overall, but I don't know if I will be returning to this brew again.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored body, huge foamy white head, leaves good amount of lacing.

Smell is flowers, saison yeast, hints of salt and pepper, maybe some light sweet fruit but I'm not getting the citrus that's supposed to be in this.

Taste is light and subtle but really nice--mild fruit (pear I guess), pepper again and maybe salt, flowers, saison yeast.

Mouthfeel is really nice, super drinkable.


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Photo of zeledonia
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to shebby for the bottle. Tasted 3 February 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a translucent golden yellow. Like looking through gold wax paper. Half-finger of white head, gone fast, little lacing. Nice column of bubbles.

Smell is bright and flowery, with a touch of funk and a hit of sweetness. That juicy sweetness is thanks to the pear juice, I assume. Very mild peppery spice. Definitely on the floral end of the saison spectrum, and I think it'd be better with a little more funk.

Taste starts out rich and juicy, half floral, one quarter buttery, and one quarter earthy. But that lasts only a second, before it turns to bitterness that washes all that other niceness away. Good, but would have been much better if that initial burst had lasted.

Feel is a bit blah. Medium-bodied, low carbonation that just provides a soft fuzz. Needs more carbonation, IMO. Lasting flavor. Fine, could be better.

A pretty good saison, solidly in the upper-middle tier. It's flowery, but not clean enough to be a pure floral saison. It's stuck in the middle of a couple places that really work, but it's not quite solidly in any of them.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to sampx for this! First beer trade right here, and looking forward to trying something from 4 Hands. I love their labeling.

Pours a hazy gold color that shows off the abundant carbonation. Attractive and thick white head that drops down quickly to a thin lacing and that leaves a good amount of head behind.

The aroma is exactly what one expects from a saison. Herbal, fresh, lightly fruity, some peppery notes in there too. Pear is nothing more than a faint note of dry fruitiness in the background. Very decent Saison aroma, though I do wish the pear would have a bit more dominance.

Taste echoes the aroma, with notes of fresh sagebrush, white pepper, honeydew, and grape skins. Mild bitterness, and a dry, fruity finish and aftertaste. Medium body, crisp carbonation, fluffy, and ultimately refreshing.

This is really good beer. The one thing that makes this beer less than perfect is the fact that the pear juice is lost in this beer. I mean, it's fine that the pear is subtle, but if you are calling the beer Pyrus Saison, it should have a bigger character of pear. Overall though, really liked this beer and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good Saison.

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Mark for this one!

Pale straw gold with an orange tint in low light. Huge head of white foam, slowly dissipates leaving behind a tornado flurry of spotty lace in the glass. After a few minutes the head is gone. Nice clarity.

Pepper and phenolic yeast spice mainly in the nose.

Flavor is also spice forward, pear is subdued. Dry with a light phenolic yeast note and mild bitterness. Light feel with some effervescence to it. Pear isn't too high in the mix, it's more of an aftertaste that lingers with the yeast spiciness. Overall was good to try, more spice forward if that's your thing.

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Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden-yellow color with a two-finger, white head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - Smelled of pears and white peppercorns.

T - All the great qualities of a saison with a touch of pear flavors and some peppery spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a really unique spin on the saison. I like it. Another really tasty brew from 4 Hands.

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Photo of brureview
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first beer from the St. Louis brewery.

From a tulip, the beer poured an attractive light lemon chiffon color with a 1 finger head.

A strong lemon aroma from the head which diminished only slightly as the beer warmed.

This Saison is a bit carbonated, although that is usual for this style. With a prominent peppery taste, perhaps the carbonation could be toned down a bit in future batches.

The finish is unusual- and makes the beer quite enjoyable to drink: good fruity lemon -peppery finish. The pepper actually adds to the beer- making it different than other Saisons. As the beer warmed, I enjoy the distinctive peppery finish more and more.

One of the problems with Saisons is that they can be boring or imbalanced- the carbonation overpowering the fruit. This beer is neither.
It's a distinctive approach to the style and worth drinking. Will try again.

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Pyrus Saison from 4 Hands Brewing Co.
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