S4
Transmitter Brewing

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #520
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
89
Ranked #13,039
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 4.9%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
24
From:
Transmitter Brewing
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  4
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: Pilsner and White Wheat malt with French saison yeast create earthy dry beer. Effervescent. Clean yeast profile and subtle dry-hopping. Delicious as weather warms.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 24 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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nysportsfan45

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice easy drinking beer. Light golden body with a nice white head. Just enough spice pepper flavor. At 6.7 ABV nice little punch but light enough to enjoy on a hot day.

Nov 21, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was part of the first canned beers that I picked up at Transmitter, which happens to be the closest brewery to where I work out of in New York. Loved the label, as I did with anything else that they've released, but the liquid on the inside was just as enjoyable as it was true to form to it's style and to it's description. No, this isn't full of juicy, dank hops with a ton of flavor and bitterness, but this was solid and light enough on the spice that I didn't need to quaff it down quickly followed by a chaser of water. That, in and of itself, is an accomplishment!

Golden, slightly hazy, and topped off with a wonderfully lively head, this was on par with Transmitter's other offerings that I've had out of a bottle. Aroma was light but persistent wheat, yeast, white grape, and grassy hops with all of those present in the taste. Seemingly like a cross between champagne and a Kolsch, this was light and bubbly without being mindless. Plenty of malt, peppercorn, lemon, and dry hopping kept this interesting without being too light, bubbly, or spicy. Not an easy accomplishment as this went down with the consistency of tangerine juice without the impression of citrus pith or tangy aftertaste.

The amount of booze in here was perfect as there was a slight buzz but not a warming effect that lessened the taste in any way. No live yeast or secondary fermentation here but this was lively enough that that wasn't necessary. Another winner from Transmitter that pleased this beer snob, without hitting me over the head at the same time. I'm so glad that they're canning now!

Jun 01, 2018
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Jmamay22 from New York

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow. Voluminous off white head that retains well. Fruity and peppery aroma. Orchard fruit in the nose. The fruit is more restrained in the flavor with the peppery notes at the forefront. Finishes very dry. Lively carbonation with a mild carbonic bite at the end. Very enjoyable saison.

Jul 03, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to tulip, the appearance was a golden burnt copper color with a thin white foamy little head that fell off at a moderate pace. Slight lace. The aroma had some toast/white bread, floral, funky, light pear, green apple, white pepper, lemongrass, sweet grass and a little bit of sour underneath. The flavor was mostly funky with sturdy elements of sour, tart and sweet. Slight herbal quality came in and then the aftertaste was the full on blend of all of the prior mentioned tastes appealing the same in the finish. The palate was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Overall, second beer by Transmitter that I had and I liked this one.

Jun 05, 2017
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DBosco from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Corked 500ml bottle that had a big carbonation pop. Poured with huge 5 finger head that slowly settled. Hazy lemon honey color. Smells like green apple, nice fragrant and a little sweet. Tastes somewhat like a dry white wine - slightly acidic, some mineral. Some pepper and a dash of hops. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, a bit slick. Overall, pretty good but a little too fruity for my preference. A bit expensive too.

Jan 28, 2017
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Phigg1102 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold color with a thick white rocky cap. The beer is fairly hazy and the head settles into a fairly thick ring on the edge that lasts the whole way. The bottle promises notes of pepper and stone fruit. Pepper is definetaly present in the nose and taste and some apricot maybe, but I would say that pear dominates, especially in the nose. This beer has a higher amount of bitterness than I'm used to in a saison, but I have to say its quite pleasant. Notes of cardamom and anise also in the taste. Could be a touch more crisp in the mouthfeel, the carbonation fades a bit quickly.

Nov 02, 2015
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dar482 from New York

4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a hazy golden sunset yellow, hints of orange.

The aroma jumps out of melon, orange peel, bright funk of hay and slight egg, pepper spice, wheat, crackery malt.

The flavor follows a theme of pepper spicy, then onto unripen apricot, melon, grapefruit rind, a creamy mouthfeel that pops of lively effervescence, with wheat and light crackery malt, as the finish is extremely dry with lingering metallic Brett character.

Sep 23, 2015
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BeersOverBaghdad from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely phenomenal beer. Loved the wheat malt addition to the saison yeast. Pepper and smooth citrus came through beautifully. Don't remember the nose too well but the mouthfeel was spot on.

Paired with scallops which worked wondefully.

Jun 25, 2015
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brianmandell from California

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle

Nose is grassy, floral and earthy; herbaceous and slightly sweet.

The malts are surprisingly sweet but clean enough to showcase the saison yeast. The yeast has developed some very interesting flavors: stone fruit, citrus, earth, grass, and pepper. Heavy on the pepper. There is some very light bitterness from the dry hopping but it is subtle.

The carbonation is very active which is to style.

Overall a very nice and interesting saison. Well executed although I prefer my saisons on the drier side. This would pair nicely with food.

Dec 20, 2014
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml corked nad caged bottle into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy 1.5 finger white head with great retention. Beer is a slightly cloudy pale goldenrod. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Solid.

Nose is peppercorn, coriander, citrus, cane sugar, and yeast. Aromatic, spicy and sweet. Real nice.

Opens sweet and crisp. Notes of peppercorn, coriander, yeast, citrus, and cane sugar. Wheat-y. A subtle bitterness comes in towards the end mixed with more citrus sweetness. Finishes peppery and spicy. Pretty good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and effervescent in the mouth and goes down aggressive and crisp. Clean finish with a lightly lingering aftertaste. Very appropriate for the style.

This is easily the best beer I've had from Transmitter so far. Very clean, crisp and drinkable with a flavor profile that leaves you begging for me. I hope they continue down this line of beers.

Aug 06, 2014
S4 from Transmitter Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 24 ratings