pFriem Family Brewers

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #818
Ranked #15,968
3.92 | pDev: 9.18%
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 83 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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snaotheus from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle served in a tulip. Bottled on 02/01/19. Served blind. I had no idea what was in my glass when I wrote the words below...

Looks creamy, yellow, clear, big head, lot of carbonation. Carbonation is fine and fast. Smell is more funk and oak than anything else, with some kind of green fruit. Kiwi comes to mind but isn't quite right.

Taste is yeasty, oaky, some funk, generally wild but not heavy or oppressive.

Mouthfeel is fairly light. Overall, not a bad summer beer.

Aug 03, 2020
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ckornmannn from Washington

4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 16 oz bottle to a tulip: yellow, transparent. Rather thin head, dissipates quickly. Impressive bouquet: grassy, herbal. Taste follows. Excellent lingering herbal aftertaste; little bit of heat. Really well done saison!

Aug 16, 2017
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant gold with lots of suspended particles swimming around due to my slightly vigorous pour. A huge pillowy white foam caps it off, clinging on to every bit of surface it can as it recedes. Smells of earth, hay, freshly ground wheat, cut grass, banana, clove, and peppery spice. Taste follows with highlights of citrus, but the focus rests on those earthy notes. Feel is gloriously carbonated and dry, light and easy to consume, and finishes with a good amount of bitterness and a hint of alcohol warmth surprisingly. Overall, this is a dry Saison at its finest. A Saison lovers Saison if I may be so bold. It's not necessarily the prettiest unless you are careful to decant, but this is exceptional. Cheers!

Jun 20, 2017
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

corked 375ml bottle from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S, Salem $6.99 ( gulp) Pour..all head..must wait..thirsty.must wait..,,eventually..its time, pale yet bright sunshine yellow beer with a large thick and frothy white head. Aromas of meadow flowers, hay, citrus and earth..nice. Taste the same yet with a slight medicinal sweetness..Honey and earth, basil and hay. very tasty stuff. Good mouth feel carbonation soft and natural yet very much present..silky over the tongue. Great. A very nice saison..i enjoyed very much despite my almost baulking at the price.

Jun 10, 2017
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Tuckersmth from California

4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chunky out of the bottle but great carbonation. Batch brewed 4.19.16. Darker than your avg saison , but damn good mouth taste and feel. Would love to compare this to the draft version.

Aug 29, 2016
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Todd from California

4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Funky, Crackery, Fruity, Vinous

A healthy pop of the cork yields a golden and lively beer with a touch of haze and a billowy foam head. Slight funk and a dusting of fresh pale malts stand out in the otherwise clean nose. Soft, smooth, and creamy with a light crispness. Dry, crackery malt character. Spicy phenols, some pepper and a medicinal note meld with a mild sweetness that has hints of tropical fruitiness, white grapes and unripened banana. A vinous quality is noticeable throughout. Yeasty, and semi-astringent in the finish. Reminiscent of a classic, straight-up, dry Saison. I dig it.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #114 (July 2016).

Jul 16, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a beer simply called "saison" from a brewery that obviously specializes in the style seems like an understatement. dont overlook this one though, it was one of my favorites from our visit here. a nice fuller bodied fully wheaty cloudy but bright yellow beer with a tall white belgian looking head on it and a nose of fresh lemons, floral honey, and juicy hops. this is amazing saison, should serve as a template for other brewers playing with the style. the most interesting thing in the flavor for me is not the yeast though, which is rustic and farmy without being bretty it seems, it is the hops, which i am quite certain are sorachi ace. a lemony and buttery japanese varietal that is about as distinct as any out there, but all too uncommon, especially in styles like this. they have used these hops brilliantly here, coaxing the most lemon out of them as possible, which rides the full bodied wheat all the way through the finish, which is only dry enough, still allowing some residual hop oils and wheat textures to linger. the yeast is old school, wildish, but not sour in the least. this is likely a simple recipe and process, just done boldly with awesome ingredients and a perfect understanding of how its done. this was up there with the peche for me as the best beers at pfriem, top notch saison here.

Jun 09, 2016
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woemad from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz/375mL caged-and-corked bottle purchased at Mid-Columbia Wine & Spirits in Kennewick, Washington, for $5.95. According to the stamp on the rear label, this was bottled on April Fool’s Day, 2015.

The cork came out of this beer with a mighty “POP.” Poured into a new Iron Goat snifter (replacement for a hardwood floor casualty), this had a HUGE white, fluffy and sudsy head that had me thinking infection, and was ridiculously long-lived. It looked damn near like ice cream. The beer itself was a hazy, lemon-yellow color.

Tart, lemony nose, with some spiciness.

Tart citrusy flavor, much like the nose, with spicy, Belgian yeast notes in the background. Dry finish. Hits the basics for the style without being terribly distinctive tasting.

Fairly light body, but the mouthfeel is a little dull for the style.

Not infected tasting, but not terribly noteworthy, either. It’s a decent saison that doesn’t make it to my list of favorites of the style.

Dec 06, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 375mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light silvery-gold hue with a moderate haze and a thick head of frothy ivory foam that has massive retention. Great!

Smell: smooth and moderately sweet with a slight funkiness; it's very nicely balanced. I quite like it.

Taste: malty with a bit of funk and even a very light sourness around the edges. At the beginning and end, though, it's got a nice witbier-type smoothness. This beer really works for me.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great big carbonation and a rocky creaminess that is quite decent.

Overall: a good saison indeed; it just does the trick for me.

Oct 07, 2015
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AMZB from Canada

4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best example of a traditional saison I've had in a while. Straw-coloured, wonderful fruity aromas, yeast funk. This is what the ideal saison should taste like.

Sep 26, 2015
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KensWorld from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wish I could rate the packaging because this is the best looking corked & caged bottle and label I think I have ever seen on a beer, and I'm a bottle collector 5.00. Pours a nice creamy looking white head and cloudy strew yellow with slight amount of settlement 4.50. Smells perfect for this style 4.50. Very complex taste, unusual thick full body but also light at the same time. Hard to describe. I taste vanilla, ginger, thyme and some slight lemon. It ends with a pleasant dry sour finish. 4.25. Overall this is an exceptional Saison. Highly recommend 4.50

Aug 20, 2015
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Rutager from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice dry traditional saison. Hazy straw colour, nice fluffy white head. Nose is fruity esters and light malt. Taste is dry, very classic and true to the style. I'd gladly drink it again.

Aug 05, 2015
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TheWiltChamberlainofipas from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rating could be biased because I've been enjoying the hell out of this brewery. Since its the early stages of summer and I have been drinking saisons not stop this tops my list.

Jul 07, 2015
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bright gold with a low white head. Smelled of banana immediately when I popped the cork. Smells if mango and pineapple when I stick my nose in the glass. Tastes of wheat initially but quickly explodes with a wife array of fruit including pineapple and lemon and with a floral rich rose petal. The yeast funk widens as the fruitiness mellows. The yeast is very reminiscent of salty Gorgonzola without the spiciness. The beer finishes with a tangy carbonation and a little bit of lemon sweetness at the end. The beer is nice and light. The beer finishes tangy, but not enough to quell the lingering yeast and sweetness. The beer is good, but there's just something about the yeast that rubs me the wrong way. The wild yeast taste feels.. Forced. The yeast is a little too moldy tasting and leaves an unusual lemon bitterness that doesn't seem to belong. It's good, but little things keep it from being great.

Jun 21, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Starts with a pleasant winey and wheat taste but gets surprisingly bitter. Grainy smell.

Attractive golden color in the Chimay chalice. Really big foam at first couple of pours. This one should be decanted carefully in one pour, if it will cooperate. After the couple of tasty pours the third unleashed an ugly flock of big floaties and the flavor turned to the bitter yeast other reviewers complain about.

I think something went haywire in the aging of this stuff. Not up to the pFriem high standard. From the 375 ml bottle purchased at a supermarket in Portland.

Jun 12, 2015
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, very light straw yellow with a two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of light citrus, mildly bready malt, saison yeast, apple and pear juice, clove, lightly earthy. Flavor starts with orange family citrus, light lemon, saison yeast, clove and mild grassy hops, then takes a quick curve into astringently bitter spicy and bone dry finish. Light bodied with excellent peppery carbonation. A classic dry saison with nicely balanced fruit and grain flavors to start. A bit too dry and starkly bitter in the finish for my taste, but I enjoyed the flavor progression. The start is very nice and enjoyable and this could be a regular saison for me with little more balance between the base flavors and the finish.

May 12, 2015
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beertunes from Kiribati

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz C&C bottle, poured into straight pint glass. Pored a cloudy, translucent yellow that had a half-inch of white head that settled into a solid cap.

The nose featured a strong dose of the expected fruity, funky, spicy yeast on top of a solid grain base. Pretty similar flavor profile, just much more focused and intense. The grains were earthy, the yeast popped bolder, and the whole package was well executed.

The body was crisp and clean, and a surprisingly dry finish. Drinkability was excellent, the flavors kept the palate interested throughout the glass. Overall, one of the U.S brewed examples of the style. A must try if you see it.

May 11, 2015
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draheim from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375mL (bottled 4/23/2015) into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale yellow w/ a bright white fluffy head that leaves behind some patchy lace, some sedimentation settling at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is bright and spicy, lemony, grassy. Delicate floral hops and Belgian yeast. Earthy and clean.

Taste is a blend of bready Belgian yeast, citrus and spice, dry pale malt, some banana and clove, and an unexpectedly high level of semi-bitter floral hops that provide a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is soft and light with medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice, straightforward, highly drinkable (if perhaps hop-forward) Northwest saison.

May 10, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle served into tulip

A – Pours a bright hazy yellow color with a tall and bright white head.

S – Smells of banana, clove, pepper, yeasty, slightly sweet.

T – Yeasty, banana, sweet, fruity, slightly peppery.

M – Medium, almost thick, very nice and long lasting finish.

O – Very nice overall, good representation of the style, and a good value.

May 07, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of bottles to share at the recent BA event at Belmont Station.

I've been a big fan of Pfriem stuff for some time, but this surprised me. The beer was unusually aromatic (lot of spice, along with honey and hint of almost IPA like dank weed), and the flavor profile, pretty much everything I want in an saison. The beer was very well balanced, with a light, crisp, mouthwatering mouthfeel. The beer was lightly sweet and spicey, with a long, very light finish. Exceptionally drinkable. Just an altogether excellent effort.


Apr 21, 2015
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VashonGuy from Washington

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I originally rated this in November 2014, gave it a 3.2 overall and said this: "Surprisingly bitter on the finish for a saison. Doesn't seem to me to fit the style, or at least to fit the kinds of saisons that I like." This rating was from a bottle.

This is an update from May 23 2016. I had it on tap at the brewery, and had a completely different reaction. I thought it was a perfectly good saison, well within the normal range of the style. It didn't have a bitter finish at all. Just a classic saison, slightly spicy, good funk.

I don't know whether I got a bad bottle a couple of years ago or what.

Nov 06, 2014
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't planning on stopping by, but while walking along the HR waterfront, I noticed Pfriem just there, and on my way back, I had to stop in to check them out.

Hazy straw yeleow with a dense white head, nice lacing and retention. Nose is very fruity. As menu says, its kumquats, bright, ripe and refreshing. sweet and spicy, there isn't enough of a rustic grainy character. Palate is sweet with fruit, honey, white grapes, guava. Mild sharpness, moderate hoppy bitterness lingers. Grain character is lacking, but the fruity exuberance makes up for it. Alcohol present on finish. Decent

Apr 21, 2013
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