River House Saison | Martin House Brewing Company

very good
13 Reviews
River House SaisonRiver House Saison

Brewed by:
Martin House Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 79
Photo of Atlas1
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
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 +0.3%
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 Pegasus
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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 gory4d
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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 BigSpen
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reminds me of a sweet champagne. Could have been a little drier, but that just my taste. It's a nicely spiced saison- a very pleasant fund from a brewery that impresses.

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Photo of ranger7
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy light gold with gigantic, foamy, and bright white head. Comes in a 1 pint can, which erupted with foam upon opening.
S: Bright and springy. Lemongrass. Lemon. Smells like a pilsner.
T: Very similar to the smell. Nice smooth front and some lemon tartness in the back. Refreshing.
F: Light mouth feel. Carbonation is just right.
O: Very refreshing and crisp; easy drinker. Nice in the pint can. I could see myself getting more of this for the long Texas summer. I doubt it will blow anyone away, but it's a solid brew.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can pours a very overcarbonated hazed gold color. Massive white head forced 2 pours into a 20 oz glass.

Nose is grainy with some citrus tartness and honey. Decent saison nose and it smells like they did a good job with the yeast.

Taste is light and tart with a rich grainy texture. A little sweetness takes away from the crispness of it all and despite the huge overcarbonated pour, it has a dull mouthfeel. Its a pretty good saison overall though, and Id like to try it on draught. Fix the mouthfeel and carbo issues and they might have another winner on their hands.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Cloudy light golden pour with an airy white one-finger head. Aroma is typical for a saison with lots of yeast and light lemon. Flavor is mildly tart with citrus, clove, and yeast upfront. Light bodied with lots of carbonation. Can also taste a hint of pepper. Finishes dry and crisp.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a cloudy straw-colored beer with a frothy, airy head that fades fairly quickly. The nose offers spicy phenolic notes on top of a lightly grainy maltiness. Flavor is pretty good: lots of phenols with spicy, clove-like notes, light fruitiness, a good bitterness that really dries out the beer a lot, and malt that is a small component, but never quite disappears in the background. Well-carbonated, as every good saison should be. Quite a decent beer, and one I predict I'll buy again.

On edit: the second can of the 4-pack was a GUSHER. I now have beer all over my shirt and pants. Is this can-conditioned? In any case they seem to have a few quality control problems still.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.69/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on the patio at the Flying Saucer in Fort Worth on a lazy hot summer Sunday afternoon while waiting between trains.

Glorious looking in the glass. Almost opague, yellow-orange-tan-grapefruit juicecolored liquid. A little bit of a white head.

Interesting spicy aroma.

Flavor is a mouthful but a little out of left field. I can pick up some different grains (maybe wheat?), funky hops, spices (especially black and white pepper strangely enough) and some really interesting funky yeast.

Yes, I used the word funky two times in this review.

It's an odd combination. It is frankly pretty far on the funky side of farmhouse ales but I like it.

Very full, almost chewy mouthfeel with a little bit of acidic prickle on the tongue.

Drink this beer if you dare.

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Photo of bmwats
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a footed tulip.

A: Slightly hazy, hay-colored hue. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly leaving a smattering of bubble maintained by continually rising effervescence. No real lacing.

S: Wheaty grains, white bread with a light but distinct nutty tone, and a bit of lemon.

T: Sourdough bread, pungent hop notes, with slight hint of lemon citrus, and indistinct fermented sweet fruit.

M: Light body, refreshing quality. Slightly bitter throughout, with a dry, biting, pungent finish. Does have kind of a washed out or thinned out feel to it.

D: Drink session style, but worth savoring.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Light hazy hue, decent head, plenty of carbonation, but no real lacing. Nose is wheaty and bready and really nutty accentuated with some hints of lemon citrus. Pungent sourdough bread, with some lemon and indistinct sourly fermented fruit. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of J_Dub
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Golden/yellow in color with some cloudiness. Good lacing as it went down.

S-Citrus right away. Clove and malt are also present. A very typical saison aroma.

T-Wonderful. Very crisp and refreshing. The taste follows the aroma very well. Citrus, clove, malt, yeast are all present. Good flavor but not enough of it. Light and refreshing at the same time. Perfect for those who want a lighter beer in the hot summers.

M-Very little carbonation. I would have preferred more carbonation and the overall mouthfeel is a bit watery.

Overall, I think this is a great saison from a new brewery. The overall light body with accompanying light flavor could certainly be enhanced but for what it is I think its a solid beer.

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River House Saison from Martin House Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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