River House Saison | Martin House Brewing Company

River House SaisonRiver House Saison
BA SCORE
3.58/5
84 Ratings
River House SaisonRiver House Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Martin House Brewing Company
Texas, United States
martinhousebrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by J_Dub on 05-18-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,134
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
84
pDev:
11.45%
Bros Score:
3.86
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Luckydog91
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Atlas1
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love every beer I've ever tried from Martin House. I personally think this is the best craft brewery in TX right now, but that's subjective I know. Still, I'm always excited to find new stuff from them at the store. This saison was no exception. Bought a four-pack of tall boys a the Whole Foods at the Quarry.

Poured into a glass mug, it is a nice, slightly opaque golden straw color. 1.5 fingers of light frothy head which soon dissipates. No lace to speak of. I clearly had this too cold, as it needed a good while to warm up closer to room temp and show its true colors, but I wasn't disappointed when it did. The nose is crisp and clean, but very faint. Slight notes of banana and clove. Maybe some vanilla. Pineapple? The taste, as I said, improved as the beer warmed. Banana. Some citrus. Light clove and pepper. Well-spiced all around. Lots of carbonation here that I think detracts just a bit from the overall mouthfeel and experience.

On the whole, this is probably my least favorite Martin House beer to date. Their other stuff excels so much that I feel a bit let down by this effort. It's got a nice flavor to it, and it's close to be a very fine beer, but I just think it's missing something. Not sure what, exactly. I won't hold it against them too much, though. Great brewery with some fine beers. This one just isn't my favorite.

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Photo of 1ale_man
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz. can into a frozen mug. I know that doesn't sound right, but I'm outside and it's 92. Hazy, golden with massive head that lasts a lifetime.
Smells like a chemical spilled in a hay pile with cows and horses. That's a good smell to me! Early morning on a ranch!
Taste is like the smell. Has that slight decayed, barnyard taste. I love this beer and keep it all the time.
Great carbonation, semi dry on the end. Clean and refreshing.
Great beer! Would recommend this to anyone who likes Saisons. One of my favorites!

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Photo of The_Epopt
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TomMorris
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cvescalante
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Patrickt22
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pegasus
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy pale golden body is crowned by a massive, coarse white head, which dissipates only slowly. Huge amounts of fine-beaded carbonation drift lazily to the surface. Thick, broken lacing clings to the glass walls.

Aroma: Grassy and phenolic notes ride atop a strong base of wheat malt. Coriander, lime rind, some barnyard notes, and a bit of medicinal hops.

Taste: The taste opens with a substantial phenolic flavor, along with wheat malt. Coriander, ripe bananas, and cloves follow. The yeast provides a complex, earthy undercurrent throughout the taste. Leafy hop flavors close out the taste gracefully.

Mouth feel: Full and soft, very pleasant, with champagne-like carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A bit over-carbonated, but very nice and quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard sixteen-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Farnswurth
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cgrunin
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jtaylord
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gory4d
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head, some nice lacing. Smell is hay and wildflowers and some well water and sweat. Taste is similar, emphasis on hay and sweat, with a floral finish that's also a tad bitter. Feels a little greasy at first but finishes clean. A good mild saison.

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Photo of ruzzal
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yeasty, Effervescent, Refreshing, Poundable

Touted as a “Texas Saison made in Texas by Texans,” the 16oz can pours a slightly hazy straw color with a great head; foamy, white, and lacey. Aroma is packed with yeaty nuances, herbal, floral, and peppery. Lively, crisp, and effervescent on the palate with a light and creamy body. Opens up to a touch of malt sweetness, faint ripe banana, soft yeast and bread flavors, herbal tea-like suggestions, some pepper, and a drying, chalky edge. This is a very refreshing, balanced, and easy drinking Saison.

STYLE: Saison | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

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Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mfilchock
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Lighter looking and paler-tasting Saison. Little weak in body and feel. Good on 104 degree TX afternoons.

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River House Saison from Martin House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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