Haysaw
Burial Beer Co.

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,209
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,804
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 9.35%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
53
From:
Burial Beer Co.
 
North Carolina, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  0
Gots
  5
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Used for centuries on the farm as a tool to cut through bales of hay, this saw has a decidedly demonic figure. Inspired by Burial’s future as a farmhouse brewery, this Belgian farmhouse ale is deceivingly complex. pale, wheat and Belgian crystal malts are combined to forge a wonderfully well-rounded beer, while wide bodied slow fermentation of our house saison yeast imparts plum and clove flavors.
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, tawny-looking, darkish golden-amber body with a slim, off-white head.

Smell: Spicy, lightly sweet-smelling holidaytime fruit cake aroma.

Taste: Tangy, sourish, tart-tasting culmination of orchard fruits, sticky raisins, peppery spices, candy-glazed wheat, clove-flavored bubblegum, cinnamon and 'nanas. Spicy aided by a staunch carbonic bite. Convoluted flavor all the way through the tingy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's okay. Feels much more akin to a dunkelweizen.

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Photo of mntlover
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours lighter golden orange little dull, not amber but not as light as many saisons. Off white finger size head stays around for while for smaller head.

Aroma is wheat, light horse blanket and some tart lemon like citrus on first pour but mellows to more subdued fruit and clove.

Taste is like the nose wheat notes , light horse blanket and light tartness that is not quite lemon. Finish is lingering light horse blanket, wheat notes, lingering earth notes and clove.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation kind of mellow and little heavier then most saisons which is fine.

Overall not bad pretty descent brew, little heavier and bigger then most of the style. But not quite the funk or man this is a kick ass saison.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - not quite the color of an amber ale, but definitely much darker than a traditional saison. Beautiful head and lacing.

Smell - Malty, yeasty, slightly sour smell (weird) and mild fruit; banana, fig, pineapple.

Taste - Malty (slightly sweet malts) with a strong banana/clove presence. Little bit of sourness on the end that leaves you with a tart, malty after taste.

Feel - Heavy, low carbonation... goes down smoothly.

Overall - Totally different style than most saisons, but I don't know if i'm rushing to try another "amber saison" after this one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 oz can into a stemmed glass.

Amber body with a weak head.

Flavor & Aroma: Minimal funk for style and a generous malt load that appears upon tasting.
Moderately tart.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can dated Dec 18 into a D'Achouffe tulip. The pour is somewhat cloudy, light amber in color, and sports about a finger of rocky white foam with average retention. Interesting nose on this one. No hops, but definitely some fruity esters. I get sweet notes of bananas, pears, some peaches, a bit of clove, and some pineapple.

Medium-light body and a sweet, pleasant flavor. Plenty of malty sweetness combined with a nice fruity character makes for a pleasing combination. Low acidity. Very little hop presence here - just enough to provide some balance. The finish is not dry, but slightly sweet and herbal (cloves?). The herbal character lingers the longest. If somebody gave me this beer as part of a blind tasting, I would swear that it was a dunkelweizen or a weizenbock.

Overall, a nice beer, but I'm not sure what the brewer was trying to accomplish here. If they were trying to nail the style description, they misfired quite badly. If they were toying with the style and trying to create something that may draw more fans to this style, then they may have something. This beer is pleasant, easy to drink, and could accompany many meals.

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Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz Can

This here Asheville beverage comes my way courtesy of Wilson. Thanks, dude! Haysaw is labeled as an amber saison and it's certainly more amber than your typical saison. The color leans toward harvest orange, especially when backlit. The foam is dirty white, almost khaki, with a staying power to rival some of the best in the game. Sticky and dense. It's a good looking saison.

The nose has quite a bit going on but is well rounded overall. A touch of earthy wheat underlies crystal maltiness. There's a spiciness to the nose that's pretty unique, clove is present but it's very soft and nowhere near overpowering. Mild bubblegum esters rise to the surface. A driizle of caramel adds some sugar and there is some indistinguishable fruitiness. Unique, interesting.

The flavor profile runs a little more spicy, but again, well rounded. Soft clove and white pepper kick it off while the unspecific fruit runs through the middle, all esters. The bubblegum is faint and I can't tell if its yeast driven or crystal malt driven with help from the yeast, I'm guessing the latter. The malt profile is snappier and crisper than the nose led me to believe. The caramel is gone and there's a little wheaty twang. I'm enjoying this guy.

The carbonation is alive and zippy. It's on the higher side of the spectrum but never becoming overly aggressive, instead it awakens the tastebuds. The finish eventually dries up enough to leave you needing another drink. An easy beer to put away, Haysaw is.

This is a fine beer from the folks at Burial. It's flavorful and well rounded with enough unique esters and malts to keep things interesting. It doesn't hurt that it's available in 4-packs either. I'd have this in the fridge if available in my area. Thanks, Wil!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 16oz can with a canned date of 8.24.15. Also note it says 6.2%.

L - Bronze with no clarity, 2 fingers of head, and lace left all over the top of the brew and glass all the way down

S - Belgian yeast strain and spices, bananas

T - Spicy and belgian funk dominates. Very tasty and hidden ABV. Moderately sweet. Easy to drink a lot of these.

F - Medium carbonation and well balanced. Dry finish

O - An excellent Saison. Tasty and easy to drink

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottom of can says 08/24/2015.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Lots of fruity esters from the saison yeast with a sturdy malt backing. Notes of banana, bubble gum and spice.

T- Big yeast smack right from the get-go. Very drinkable but with lots of that same banana/bubble gum character found in the aroma. Man, they really let the yeast take hold of this one. More spice notes.

M- Somewhat sharp from the yeast with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the

O- A super vibrant saison that goes down so easily. Not really anything new or special about it, just well-made and smooth.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice copper color. Smells yeasty, malty, like figs and cloves and slightly like candied pineapple. Tastes sweet from the malt with the clove and pineapple flavors appearing in the middle along with a nice yeasty flavor. The finish is spicy and slightly hoppy. Really a nice drinking beer that I will seek out again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy honey orange in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some light golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma is quite light with light aromas of spicy saison yeast and grainy malts. Hints of lemon/citrus are also present as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale and grainy malts. That is followed by a slightly stronger flavor of spicy saison yeast along with some light lemon citrus. The beer finishes with a light flavor of herbal hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is fairly easy to drink since the alcohol is very well hidden. Enjoyable but not spectacular.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beer Co., Greensboro, NC

A: The beer is slightly hazy orange amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that left some lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of Belgian yeast along with some grainy and amber malts, the latter of which contribute some hints of associated sweetness trying to peek through, but these are mostly subdued by the yeast.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting hybrid between an amber ale and a saison, which comes through more as being a saison with the underlying notes of malts in the taste and somewhat heavier body in the mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

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Haysaw from Burial Beer Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 53 ratings