King Street Saison
Block Three Brewing Co.

King Street SaisonKing Street Saison
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,886
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,010
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 10.19%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
49
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Block Three Brewing Co.
 
Ontario, Canada
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Year-round
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King Street SaisonKing Street Saison
Notes: Our flagship, a Belgian Saison with notes of citrus, corriander, peppercorn and bubblegum.

16 IBU
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 49 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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shawn-bartender from Connecticut

3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a 500 ml at the LCBO in Summerhill. Overall, fairly solid in the traditional farmhouse qualities. Did not pour into a glass, so couldn't really get a feel for the look. I got a sense for all the tatsing notes except for the bubblegum - I did not get that at all, and kind of thankful because reading that gave me some doubt beforehand.

Feb 20, 2018
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TerryW from Canada

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little odd to look at. Kind of a rose-tinted hazy yellow. Headless, laceless, so quite plain. Nose is of malt and yeast, peppery spice - fairly appetizing. Some gentle banana. Sour or sparkling on the tongue. Lingering yeast to taste. Malty and herbal. A fairly typical saison.

Nov 18, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of rustic malt with peppery yeast notes is quite nice. Taste is also a mix of peppery yeast notes with some rustic malt and light residuals sugar notes. Body is full enough for the style with good carbonation. Well brewed for the style with good drinkability level.

Oct 05, 2016
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akdo from Canada

4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: The beer has a bright yellow and opaque body. It produces a two-finger white head, which will die quickly. It ends up being a thin film and a ring that laces the glass.

Smell: A lot of malt on the nose. The beer has a pleasant aroma of citrus.

Taste: The beer tastes like citrus and even a Belgian wheat beer. It then shifts towards notes of cilantro and a slight taste of black peppers.

Feel: The beer is light-bodied and very fresh. It is not warm, unlike other North American saisons, thanks to its low ABV.

Overall: Although the beer's head is not as strong as that of Saison Dupont, it is true to the style of Saison with a North American touch. This is not a beer with a high ABV that masks the alcohol with hops galore. I love it.

Jun 05, 2016
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portwood from Canada

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell: banana, coriander, hint of citrus & pepper.
Taste: sweet/sour, effervescent, spicy, bit watery.
Finish: clove, bubblegum, low bitterness.
(bottled 02/04/16)

May 26, 2016
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Rukeli76 from Canada

3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a nonic pint.

Hazy yellow. Not much in the way of head or lacing.

I'm getting a lot of banana and bubblegum yeast esters. A little spice too. It smells good, but definitely more like a witbier than a saison.

Sweet to begin with, with a lot of banana and bubblegum. Some clove and pepper. Some grassy hops as well. Complex. Interesting.

Crisp and effervescent.

I like this beer quite a bit. It's clear these brewers know how to brew a saison, and I'd be interested to see what they could do if they experimented a bit.

Apr 21, 2016
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dipso123 from Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap
L: head dies in seconds
S: basically none
M: flabby, not dry enough for a saison

Update:
Bottle
Pleasant aroma and more of it; same with taste. However, this is much more of a Wit than a Saison. Not Blanche nor Hoegaarden but not bad.

Feb 08, 2016
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jrenihan from Canada

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very fresh bottle. Nose contains bubblegum and citrus scents, quite fruity. Taste is similar - the wheat is pronounced and provides a strong bubblegum flavour, while citrus and other light fruit flavours mix in. Some spicy flavours, coriander most notably. Not bad, but I am not a fan of the bubblegum flavour that is often present in wheat-based saisons. The other flavours are fine but the bubblegum detracts for me.

Dec 20, 2015
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EricVonStein from Canada

3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

cloudy and a golden yellow colour with good depth, small finger of bubbly head that fizzles out fairly quick. Only a few big bubbles ascend infrequently one by one to the top.

Nose has a big dose of dried grains and biscuit, along with classic banana notes and clove spice. Very inviting and traditional aromas, with more grain bills than Im used to, which I dont mind but is not typical of the style.

Lots going on here. Certainly there is some banana up front, but things get interesting from there. The yeast brings an only mild barnyard funk and more sour acid notes, akin to a hint of brett. As it comes to the finish green grass and bitter herbs take over for a second, before the more bitter earthy hops come, balanced with a grainy-cookie like malt character. This beer takes you on a nice little trip around your tastebuds.

Fairly light on the carbonation though still enough for the style. Maybe its biggest drawback is that the spice on the nose is not so prominent in the taste at all, which is a must to have. All in all, this is a very solid saison if an imperfect one.

Nov 08, 2015
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Rick_from_London from Canada

4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like a true Saison, very little head. It comes off with a strong, sour, hoppy nose laced with pepper. Rich malty palate with strong citrus (blood orange) & cilantro notes. A crisp, clean and dry finish leaving you ready for the next sip right away. An excellent example of the style.

Sep 13, 2015
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Rutager from Canada

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jeffo sent this one to me a short time ago, cheers man!

Pours a nice gold with a little orange and a nice haze. Topped with a finger of white head. Nose is sweet, doughy wheat, light lemon and fruity saison yeast. Taste is nice light wheat and spicy saison yeast with a touch of citrus and a light bit of nice hops in the finish. Medium body and very smooth, fine medium carbonation. Incredibly crushable, this 500 ml bottle is gone in short time I wrote this.

Sep 08, 2015
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DaveBar from Canada

3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for $4.00 for a 500ml bomber. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within 2mins. Very light gold color and not filtered

S- Funky yeast! A smoky scent

T- That smokiness is back. Coriander and yeast galore. Nice overall balance and nothing sticks out at you. Zero alcohol taste.

M- Dry

O- Pretty good brew. Nice summer beer in the back yard. Mellow balance and that smokiness was not all that bad

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with....... BBQ chicken wings with a honey garlic sauce

Enjoy

Aug 07, 2015
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biegaman from Canada

3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saison is a style you want to pour carefully less some end up on the floor. King Street Saison, however, doesn't generate much head at all. In fact, it all disappears rather quickly. There's few bubbles and the sunny, golden complexion is fully translucent. There is yeast sediment at the bottom but I'm still having a hard time believing this was bottle-conditioned.

It's not often you find mild smelling Saison and, should you, don't consider it a good sign. This is a style defined by a yeast that just won't quit with its high spice and fruitiness, and it's not uncommon to also appreciate herbal and citric notes or even a soft alcohol presence. This aroma is pleasant but contains no 'oomph' or 'pizzazz'; the bouquet is that of a simple, everyday table beer.

Malt is important to Saisons but it rarely dominates the flavour; the abundance of fruity esters and zesty phenols means that grain often goes unnoticed or at least relegated to the background. Not here though. This one tastes first and foremost like damp grain and under-baked bread. If I didn't know any better I'd think they used a sour mash; it leaves that impression.

Lemon and orchard fruits are in there somewhere but buried pretty deep. As for the brewery's own descriptions of coriander and bubblegum - both familiar features to the style - they've decided to play hooky this batch. There's no spice at all. Actually, the finish is nothing but dry; it's a similar sensation you get chewing on raw, unsalted sunflower seeds.

I've had some decent offerings from Block 3 on-tap but this first foray into bottles, while respectable, is a disappointment for me as a Saison lover. This version, unlike previous samples from draught, lacks the fruit, spice and prickly effervescence that really distinguish the style. I imagine future batches will be improved, though I'm not likely to bet another $4.00 to find out.

Jun 20, 2015
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thehyperduck from Canada

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle picked up at the brewery; bottled Mar 2 2015 and served slightly chilled.

King Street Saison is foggy golden-blonde in colour, with an aggressive pour producing one inch of soapy, bubbly, sparkling white head. It melts away gradually over the next five minutes or so, with a bubbly film and modest collar surviving at the surface, in addition to some nice splotches of lace. Not getting too much off the nose; doughy pale malts and a pronounced grainy sweetness, with subtle touches of coriander, clove, orangepeel and maybe a hint of banana. Smells like I'm in for a light, refreshing Belgian-style pale ale.

And that's not very far off the mark, actually - I wasn't sure about it after one or two sips, but this one grew on me as I continued. Grainy, doughy pale barley malts comprise an understated backbone, with flavours of bubble gum and banana coming to mind mid-sip. Citrusy orangepeel is next, with the latter end of the profile taking on some increasingly yeasty, spicy tones - coriander is the big one, but it's also a bit peppery, with some grassy bitterness winding things down nicely at the finish, lingering into the aftertaste. More lingering bitterness than I expect from this style, or from 16 IBUs, but that's just an observation, not a complaint. Medium-light in body, with low carbonation levels that barely agitate the tongue; this beer feels smooth and soft on the palate, and is exceptionally easy to quaff.

Final Grade: 3.78, a B+. Block Three's King Street Saison is a tasty little refresher - best-suited to the approaching warmer months, but appropriate for any season. It is well-balanced in most aspects, with an approachable, straightforward flavour profile that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Well worth a tasting if you happen to be stopping by the brewery in St. Jacob's - this probably won't blow you away, but if you're in the market for a basic, pale Belgian-style session option, this one is more than qualified to meet that need.

Mar 19, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

4 oz taster from the Hamilton Beer Festival August 23, 2014. Of note this is my 500th tick, and nearing my 400th review.

Appearance - A hazy light golden color with more yellow hues than others in the style. Capped by a nice amount of white fluffy head that dissipated into wispiness pretty quickly.

Smell - Mostly doughiness with a hint of lemon wildness. Not a lot else.

Taste - The powdery doughniness shines through a bit too much here, interspersed with some lemony goodness but a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel - A touch on the flat side, although that could just be due to the fact it was at a festival, but a dry finish, more so than expected from a lighter bodied beer. Even though light in body its a bit too dense and powdery for my liking.

Overall - Glad I was able to give this one a try, it's a decent saison form southern Ontario and worth a shot especially if you are in the St. Jacobs area. Also if you like a saison that is more on the doughy side, this may be a good one for you.

Edit - November 18, 2015

Tried this again as it now comes in 500 ml bottles. This one was $4 at the LCBO and packaged October 26, 2015 so huge freshness here. Notes are the same as before, although appearance was improved showing a hazy golden beer with a decent white head and good retention. Powdery grain flavors still dominate and the body is very light and a bit watery. Some slight upgrades but I will still pass on this saison and stick with more proven (and more delicious) commodities.

Aug 23, 2014
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BuckyBeerBeaver from Canada

3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to one of Bucky’s roaming minions (DS), he was able to sample a 500 ml bottle of Block 3 Brewing Co.’s King Street Saison Ale (“KSA”). Block 3 is a fairly new arrival on the craft beer scene, opening for business in September 2013 in St. Jacobs, Ontario. This particular bottle was packaged on April 24, 2014…beer doesn’t come much fresher than this…and was 4.6% alcohol by volume.

KSA poured a very cloudy pale orange colour with no visible carbonation bubbles, and a fairly aggressive pour was required to produce about 1” of bright white head which faded to a thin film of foam inside of 3 minutes. The retreating head did leave some modest lacing behind it. The beer’s aroma was a combination of spices, coriander and pepper in particular, with a distinct yeasty presence. Its flavour was sweet light fruits up front, followed by yeast, coriander and pepper, with a mildly bitter finish. The spicy notes and an inoffensive bitterness lingered as an aftertaste. A refreshing beer, but perhaps a bit heavy on the spice for my particular taste. KSA is a relatively light bodied beer with a suitable level of carbonation. Overall, a well-made beer, but the Saison style generally is not one that I would actively seek out.

May 24, 2014
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jaz58 from Canada

4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I first visited Block in October 2013. I was impressed by their energy the three partners put into their product.

The first beer I tried is this King Street Saison.

Poured into the glass there is a nice thick white head which dissipates slowly. The body is muddled similar to a whitbier. Nice pale orange colour.

The nose is decent. Hints of orange and coriander. Not in your face.

The taste is fresh with citrus notes and a nice clean bitters finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and round.

On a hot summer day or on the patio with the bbq and tunes a rockin, this beer would be a good pick.

Apr 21, 2014
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hopsolutely from Canada

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up at the brewery less than a month ago. Not my personal first choice of style, but an exciting new addition to the Ontario microbrewery scene which I'm pleased to support!

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden straw colour with a reasonable white head and respectably continuous small-bubble carbonation. Banana-forward aroma with enough Belgian yeast to be appropriate for the style, or at least my limited interpretation thereof. The flavour is light in the body but has a bigger finish, with an inoffensive bitterness that lingers beside the yeast tones. Initially sweet body of banana and barley I also believe to be very style-appropriate.

Not a style I'd choose often, but think this is a well brewed example and look forward to Block Three's future releases.

Oct 05, 2013
King Street Saison from Block Three Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 49 ratings