River House Saison
Martin House Brewing Company

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,917
Ranked #42,437
3.62 | pDev: 11.33%
Martin House Brewing Company
Texas, United States
River House SaisonRiver House Saison
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gtermi from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

May 22, 2013
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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)

Aug 25, 2015
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RiceOwls27 from Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 13, 2020
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Pegasus from Texas

3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Dec 25, 2015
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n2pux from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Sep 20, 2014
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jan 07, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A blast from The CANQuest's past as this one from @JenRay surfaced as I CANtinue to redd up around Chez Woody!

From the CAN: "A Texas Saison Made In Texas By Texans.”

I Crack!ed it open and even though it was a Saison, its age & volume made me wary of being too aggressive in my Glug. I began gently enough, but I was still getting massive amounts of foaming, slowly settling into three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with tremendous retention. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), like a glass of liquefied sunshine. Nose was yeasty, but not as musty as many Saisons that I have had. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very bready, like unbaked, rising dough with a peppery spiciness. Mmm. I generally do not like Saisons as they tend to be too funky for my liking, but this was very tasty. Finish was dry, as a Saison should be expected to be, but it was not so dry as to be puckering. I really liked the lingering taste of fresh bread and pepper. This would be nice on a day at the beach in the cooler.

Oct 19, 2017
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 08, 2015
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allengarvin from Texas

4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Jul 17, 2014
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Magery from Kentucky

3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jul 04, 2015
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Atlas1 from Texas

3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Nov 06, 2016
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.69/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Jun 23, 2013
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Nov 05, 2014
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bmwats from Louisiana

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Jun 14, 2013
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chiefmoneymaka from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Sep 24, 2013
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gory4d from Texas

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Oct 02, 2015
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stampfler07 from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Sep 27, 2014
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spycow from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 31, 2015
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GRG1313 from California

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 11, 2015
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wtkphoto from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Nov 13, 2013
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XicanoBeerRun from Texas

3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jan 17, 2015
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kds2437 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Aug 02, 2014
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Hoganlaw from Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Jan 03, 2014
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ejfreed from Texas

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Jun 21, 2014
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Nov 03, 2013
River House Saison from Martin House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 88 ratings