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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #972
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3.9 | pDev: 9.74%
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Notes: A "Saison du Mars" hopped with Mosaic, Aramis, Simcoe & fermented with the world famous Thiriez house yeast.

Brewed with our friends at Brasserie Thiriez, Esquelbecq France.
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oberon from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a stemmed glass a slight hazed golden with a large blooming bone white head that settles very slowly into a frothy mass.A bit of skunk and cork hits up front in the nose then a nice citric/coriander spice and iron tinge comes thru after a minute or two.Bone dry and slightly chalky on the palate with with herbal and hay coming thru in the finish.As I drink more there is a faint doughy sweetness that comes thru but it's still mainly a dryer palate.Highly drinkable,a good spring and summer outdoor beer.

Mar 06, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Clear golden. Smells a touch skunked. Herbal hops, breast and doughy malt, and perfumey yeast. Tastes of herbal hops, doughy malt, and a sharp earthy yeastiness. Basement funk in the finish. Medium body. Very nice, despite the bit of skunk.

Jan 12, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle, no dating. Bought at Liquor Shed.

It pours a hazy yellow, dark yellow, great head of foam and lacing.

Smells like a Saison that happens to have significant hop aromas. Think the dry hopped Saison Dupont. Cloves, coriander, yeast, with grassy kinda fruity hop bitterness going on.

Saison qualities intact, tropical fruit hoppiness more than bitterness. The 5% abv makes it supremely drinkable, the dryness makes you yearn for more.

Barely medium bodied with lively but not over the top carbonation.

Such a great beer!

Sep 04, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy brownish orange with scattered floaties and a healthy, three finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with a very pleasant spiciness, hints of citrus and grassy hops, lemon; somewhat mineral. Flavor is grainy malt, some light barnyard funk, light citrus and grassy hops, lemon, hints of light stone fruit. Finishes dry and grassy with a little earthiness. Medium bodied with nice sharp carbonation. A fine, dry saison that combines classic farmhouse malt, light funk and hints of fruit with some citrus leaning North American hops as well as a little more continental grassy hops. Not that hop bitter, but there is a nice interplay between the hops and the lightly funky, sharp farmhouse yeast. Not all that complex, but well balanced between traditional and light hopping; nice and dry. Although its still summer, this has the mood of fall in it and if it's still around I'll get this again.

Jul 19, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden honey in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has as two finger tall dense fizzy foamy white head that reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with minimal amounts of sweetness, spicy yeast, earthy hops and a moderate amount of skunkiness. Just shy of moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit zest, herbal, and citrus/lemon hops

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of spicy saison yeast. Finally there is a moderate flavor of hops - citrus/grapefruit zest, citrus/lemon, herbal, and earthy. The hops contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with an interesting combination of hop + yeast flavors/aromas. Enjoyable.

Jul 31, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface. The appearance becomes murkier as you get towards the bottom of the bottle.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast along with notes of grassy and herbal hops along with hints of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out with a strong dose of yeast flavors and is followed by notes of herbal hops along with hints of citrusy and grassy hops. There is a slight amount of bitterness. The herbal hops linger into the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable.
O: The hops in this saison lend some complexities to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 31, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice foamy cap with a golden honey body.

Aroma of hay barn, stiff grass, and faint marshmallow upon agitation.

Flavor is more of the same. Very dry, dusty, lots of raw hop character, some very faint non-fruity esters. Herbs, spicy yeast. Dry, bitter, dry grass finish.

Feel is crisp, dry, and heavily carbonated.

Overall, if I could take western south dakotas Prairie, and drink it - dry grass and all, it would be this beer. Interesting feat for sure.

Feb 08, 2017
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought at la cave a bulles in Paris on their recommendation. Weird to see the exact same beer (it is a thiriez and get radical collaboration) getting a 3.46 score where it is listed under thiriez. Pour is ridiculous...slightly hazy pale gold with foam like whipped cream, coats everything, and never leaves. Nose is really not filled with the hops I was expecting (mosaic, single, etc in this beer). It is actually more "traditional" with a bit of that thiriez yeast, hay, a bit of citrus. Hop notes are in the background and are actually grassy instead of tropical. Taste starts out traditional with lemon, bread/yeast, and pepper...but then the hops push through and it becomes quite bitter. Some of those American hops finally come through, but it is a little too much at this point. Crisp, fine mouthfeel. Overall, a good beer that becomes a bit unbalanced at the end.

Sep 06, 2016
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MarioM from California

4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml poured into a tulip.

Amazing example of Saison... Great grassy hop aroma, very floral, a great pilsner malt character and great body for the 5% abv. Super refreshing and surprisingly bitter with a very dry finish. Highly recommended...

Mar 20, 2016
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Dunkelganger4 from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy dark gold color with a billowing white head
Aroma: Mineral-y, lavender, floral, pepper
Taste: The taste interestingly enough follows the nose making it hard to discern between what the hops and yeast contribute. There's a slight hint of oxidation.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light with high carbonation
Overall: An interesting and thirst-quenching beer with flavors that have faded with time.

Feb 11, 2016
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mactrail from Washington

3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Golden brew with a big foam in the Crooked Line tulip. Some very loose sediment in the bottle. Spritzy with some mineral taste and then the yeasty, herbal flavor. A little of the promised hop aromatics, kind of piney and citrusy.

However, I forgot about the hops as I was first sipping. It seems to accentuate the yeastiness rather than add any hop flavor. Aftertaste is grapefruit peel. So overall this is quite bitter for a Saison, which I don't think does it a bit of good. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in Little Italy (San Diego). This is not worth $12.50 unless you like to try every French beer in a Belgian style.

Jan 05, 2016
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Hootie159 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got on tap. Pours a light pale burnt orange. One finger pillowy head with little retention. Solid lacing. Some sediment. Smell is a grassy bread yeast with some fruit in the back trying to break out. A very spicey saison but with a clear hop profile. Peel is light and tart. Soft carbonation. Solid saison here.

Dec 19, 2015
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nj111579 from California

2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It just fell flat. I was skeptical of a saison hopped with ipa hops bottled in green glass upon purchase. Fears came true. This one had no trace of the hops advertised. Just kind of earthy and skunky. Was excited to finally try a Thieriez saison, but was disappointed. Will have to try a different one from Thiriez I guess.

Nov 30, 2015
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Dirtyhands from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Smokey yeast is restrained yet prevalent. This is okay. Definative saisons character but still forgettable. Something needs to bang harder here. Derp.

Aug 22, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is white bread, spices and a hint of heat. The flavor is spices, citrus, bread/wheat/white, malts, light fruit and a mix of slight heat and tart in the finish.

Aug 06, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, earth, yeast, and skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, pepper, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fairly bland and skunky aroma, but the taste is awesome with a wide range of flavors that work well together.

Serving type: bottle.

Aug 06, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even with the named hop varieties, I still say this is an excellent traditonal saison. Appearance is likewise great with a huge frothy head and some lace. Aroma is very good with some pungency, yeast, wet grain, fruit. Perfect body. Superb drinking beer to boot. And I have one more bottle. Ha-HA!

Jul 27, 2015
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beerdrifter from Germany

4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Hazy amber-yellow pour with a foamy two finger pure white head with great retention and lacing. Wonderful citrusy, complex nose with hints of lemon, white pepper, coriander, white grape skins, lemon zest, grain, grass, and some subtle funk. The taste follows suit with tons of citrusy hops along with hints of lemon zest, grass, grapefruit, white pepper, brown sugar, grain, honey, and white grape skins. The mouthfeel is amazing with crisp and refreshing fizzy carbonation, perfect balance, and an awesome bittersweet finish. Overall, this is an amazing example of what I think of with a Saison. Crisp, refreshing, balanced, and extremely drinkable. And this is so full of flavor it's crazy. Highly recommended!

Apr 08, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.6%

a potentially polarizing beer here, but i loved it. a big hoppy saison, yeasty and different. these days its hard to find a new flavor in a saison, they all seem to blend together, everyone is making one, and a lot of them arent that good. this i love because the yeast is so interesting and different. nevermind a bit of green bottle belgian skunk to the nose, its not there at all in the flavor. real tall white lace head with some sediment speckled through it over a honey colored brew. it seems stronger than it is alcohol wise, its pretty thick in body, weighty even, and there is a little harshness to it, maybe from the grain hulls or something, but i would not have guessed it was right at 5% abv. i really like the rustic grain character here, a heavy wheat malt base, but it has a different vibe than other wheat malts i am used to, its more ancient, less refined, rawer, bigger, more flavorful. the way a carrot or something from your own garden tastes compared to one from the grocery store, its that kind of thing. carbonation is awesome, and so is the feel of this. its huge, creamy and expanding in the mouth. not quite as funked out as i thought it might be, but i appreciate this yeasts subtle spice profile and esters. a beer i really dug, but i can see others writing it off as spoiled from the green glass. i think not.

Aug 23, 2014
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babaracas from Florida

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(US import label from Shelton Bros). Pours a hazy gold with plenty of sediment drifting through, with thick rocky white head that leaves several big islands of chunky lace. Smell: unripe nectarine, white grape, lemon-lime, fruit loops note, semisweet pils, grainy and slightly musty. Taste: pale and white grape sweetness, rindy citrus blast - grapefruit, lemon; soft graininess, berry skin. Light bodied, mineral feel, hop soaked drying finish. Unlike the song it references, this is really well composed and enjoyable. But this is so focused on the hop flavors and aromas that it's hard to consider as a saison, even with the breadth of the style and the US-hopped subgenre. Why aren't "Belgian IPAs" this?

Aug 11, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml green bottle purchased from Cave à Bulles in Paris. Simon, the owner of Cave à Bulles is also involved in the brewing of this beer. My bottle says 5.5% ABV, but he said that that's a misprint, and it's actually only 5%.

Pours a clear and vibrant golden colour, with a frothy, firm head of white. Lacing is superb, leaving lovely messy streaks and pattern down the glass. Carbonation is very fine, and although there's a lightness to the body, the bubbles linger when tilted. Looks very nice. Very refined and sophisticated.

Nose is great. Big on both the funk and the hops. Initial whiff gives huge, pungent, almost gueuze-like funkiness and a little light-struck skunk from the green bottle (which I'll admit actually doesn't hurt this beer). A little sulphur comes through, but it works in with the funk nicely. But as well as all of this rustic organicness, you have the hops, which are bright and powerful. Mosaic, Aramis and Simcoe are used in this, and I think the Aramis is most noticeable, giving a clean, slightly herbal but fresh green character to the beer. It works well with the funky saison base, giving it a brightness to complement the earthiness of the yeast. Great stuff.

Taste is much, much more simple, which is a shame, but it's perhaps only disappointing because the nose was so good. Clean entry with a thin lagery-grain character like a southern German pils. The hops come through fairly well, giving a crispness to the backbone of the beer. Funk is much more subdued, and the body is very light, meaning that that rich, earthy character is very much curtailed here. Bitterness is restrained throughout, but persists longer than the rest of the flavours, meaning it has quite a bite of hops in the aftertaste.

Feel is crisp and light. It makes it extremely drinkable, even as many of the contrasting flavours seek to overwhelm the senses.

This is great stuff. It's extremely interesting, which always gets me, and it's a lovely weaving together of hops and funk. The aroma is magnificent, which makes everything else seem a little pale by comparison, but altogether it's really wonderful stuff.

Mar 21, 2014
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