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Saison | pFriem Family Brewers

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BA SCORE
87
very good
18 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
pFriem Family Brewers
Oregon, United States
pfriembeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DefenCorps on 04-21-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
70
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
17.97%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 70
Reviews by mdaschaf:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Photo of dimitrov
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Todd
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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).

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Photo of chickenm
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tuckersmth
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jason_nwx
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.83/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of dipso123
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zestd
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of constantine_272
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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