Foundation Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #486
Ranked #8,865
3.98 | pDev: 9.3%
Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Notes: Wanderlust has a fresh aroma, reminiscent of peach and tropical fruit, and a juicy flavor highlighted by peach, mango and pine. The finish is crisp, dry, with a hint of sweet cereal grains, making it the perfect beer with which to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Farmhouse Tap and Grill. This was poured into a long stemmed taster. The appearance was a smooth golden bronzed yellow color with a thin white foamy head that dissipated quickly. Mellow sticky lacing. The aroma starts off with some sweet lemons, sweetened peppercorns (they lighten into some spicy aspects as it warms). Some pineapple, light mango. The flavor takes on a fruity sweetness initially and wraps into the spiciness as it warms. Sweet fruitiness in the aftertaste, light sweet/spicy finish. On the palate, this was light bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs light with some stickiness. Overall, good saison for the most part that I could come back to.

Jun 07, 2017
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AgentMunky from New York

3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 11 September 2015.
Clearish yellow with stark white head. Smells like a saison with hint of hops. 
Lemon zest and and mild beeriness and pleasant spice. 
Lightly dry. 
It's alright, but not completely fantastic. 

May 23, 2017
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fmccormi from California

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned June 28, 2016 (“06/28/16 LUST A MOVE”), according to the date underneath the can. One week old at the time of consumption. This was purchased two days ago, and has been refrigerated pretty consistently since. Straight pour to a 10oz flute (Allagash small chalice). Pretty damn ideal tasting conditions.

Appearance (3.5): Two fingers of coarse, crackly foam, ecru colored. The head caps a lightly hazed, 24-ct. gold-colored body with orange lowlights. The head dies down surprisingly quickly, but c’est la vie. Almost no lacing to speak of. The overall effect is quite pretty while it’s all there, but it falls apart before too long.

Smell (4.0): Definitely a hint of Mosaic popping out with peach and papaya, along with a bit of pineapple juice and grapefruit—the sweetened, ruby red type of grapefruit juice. Hay, a floral spiciness, and just a bit of baked pear follow it up, calling to mind the crust of a peach cobbler or pear galette. The orchard fruit aspect comes out more as it warms.

Taste (3.5): Hops are clear and up front: fresh cut grass, like actually chewing on grass—lawn grass, maybe, not sweet like Timothy. Yellow grapefruit bitterness, and a touch of grape seed. The malt is light and cereal-centric, with somewhat starchy wheat and oats, if I’m not mistaken. There’s a saison-centric spiciness here, too, with a touch of coriander and white pepper, along with a hint of clove. This is interesting, but I’m not sure it’s all coming together very well.

Mouthfeel (3.75): The body is light and dry, while the hops are even dryer. Carbonation is full but soft, flooding all spaces but fizzling on the wash out. Crushable, if that’s what they were going for. Not as substantial as I was expecting (and maybe hoping), though.

Overall (3.5): How about “Farmhouse Session IPA”? That’s what this is to me. It hits a lot of good notes and is super easy to drink, but it’s lacking the depth of character—in every department—to be particularly memorable. Look, I love hoppy beers, I love farmhouse ales, and hot damn do I love table beers. But this isn’t excelling in any of those directions. Recommended for the curious, but for my money this just doesn’t live up to its potential.

Sep 09, 2016
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz tallboy can, sample from the brewery.

Tiny bubbled lace does not go away much at all, mildly hazed golden hue. Smells of shortbread, guava, mild evergreen, papaya, and faint peppercorn. A little chalky, gummy, and grain within a smooth medium body. Herbal with a dried grass, exotic fruit flavor. A little juicy though ends on the dry side. Loads of flavor and most certainly crushable.

Jul 20, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Foundation Brewing Company in Portland, ME.

It pours a light golden yellow, a little bit hazed, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

Smells like slight clovey/funky yeast, peach, orange, grapefruit, with grassiness, and a bit of banana.

This feels only mildly like a farmhouse ale, and more firmly as a disguised IPA. As that, however, it's delicious. Lots of juiciness, fresh squeezed feeling, peach/orange/grapefruit, with some clove and banana, a light country funk, and a good amount of grassiness. It's very easy to drink.

This is lighter bodied, a little fluffy, mostly crisp, with a higher level of carbonation.

This is really nice. A little bit out of style, but still tasty, which is all that matters.

Jul 05, 2016
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sandsonik from Rhode Island

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - pale straw color, almost no head shortly after pouring, but a lot of visible carbonation. Honestly, it looks like a Bud Light with a smaller head.

S - I'm getting yeastiness with a light indistinguishable fruity smell, bit of floral hops

T - peppery up front with a bit of some other spice, clove or coriander maybe? Then an apple/pear taste with a slight hop bitterness at the end.

F - clean, crisp, light to medium

O - I'm not finding it overly hoppy like some reviews here. To me, it's one of those beers where you have that internal debate - does the fact that nothing really stands out about it mean it's well balanced or does it mean it's boring? It's light but enjoyable. Would have no problem drinking more of these, but nothing really compels me to seek it out again ...haven't had enough saisons to say whether it's true to style.

Jul 04, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.94/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear gold with a large fizzy head and bubbly, spongy lace.

Smells of faint banana, apple, penny, and clove.

Taste is basically pilsener first, saison second. Hay, grass, astringent corn, faint yeast, and the hops are a light gasoline flavor.

Dry, lightly bitter, and just not that good. Big disappointment for my first Foundation.

Jun 29, 2016
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow-gold. Head is super fluffy, bright-white, and loose. Solid retention leaves a solid cap for the duration. Some decent notches of lacing on each sip. Moderate to high carbonation.

Smell: Dustings of peach and tangerine layered over a soft saison yeast. Slight yeasty spiciness coupled with some bubblegum and ripe banana. Malt base is super light with some slight toasted graIns and pale malt. Cereal grain and husk. Touches of grass, dried straw, and a soft floral edge.A touch of cracker. Some slight notes of apple and pear. A small touch of wheat and oats. Some hints of orange zest as well.

Taste: Hops hit right up front with a dominant tropical flavors. Peach and white nectarine jump out right up front. Touches of orange zest. Slightly sweet. Malt base is incredibly light with some solid white bread. Ever so slightly toasted with some strong cereal grain through the back. A touch grassy with some strong pushes of hay and straw through the back. Yeast throws some soft spicy esters coupled with a touch of banana and bubblegum. Some biscuit dough as well. Some green apple and oats. Yeast is present without being too aggressive. Some mealy pear.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Very dry and a touch crisp.

Overall: Carry on my wayward son.

This is a nice example of the hoppy saision. THe hop profile works in harmony with the yeast and malt and lets everything speak in turn. Well played.

Sep 13, 2015
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RocketFrogDavid from Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've never heard of this brewery and my brother gave me a can. Canned 5 weeks ago so very fresh. I had no expectations. Cracked the can and pow, hops smack you in the face. Instantly excited. This like an IPA with a hint of saison, at 4.5% full of flavor. I would drink this all the time. I will have to seek this out and am now very curious to try their other beers.

Sep 09, 2015
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for the hookup

Consumed 9/7/15

A: Pours hazy, a medium golden honey with some hints of orange - pours with a large white head, but rapidly fades to a few wisps and a small collar, leaves some nice spots of lacing

S: Hoppy farmhouse indeed - some nice fruit flavors - floral citrus, orange, and orange flesh - a touch of grapefruit - loads of peach - tropical notes, mango and melon - pine and herbal, spicy notes - saison yeast with some pepper, touch of funk - green apples and pears - pale malts, light bread, and some bread dough - grainy, with a faint touch of wheat and oats - very dry

T: Solid saison with a nice hop profile - citrusy, with some orange flesh - stone fruits, peach, touch of tropical notes - lightly resinous, herbal, flowery, and lightly grassy hops - saison yeast, somewhere between low and average intensity - minimal funk, but some straight-up yeast, pepper, spice - green apple and pear esters - pale malts, light bread, bread dough, wheat, and oats - very dry

M: On the light side of medium, crisp, nicely carbonated, very dry

O: Wherever I may wander

Saisons typically impart some nice fruit flavors, so adding hops just makes sense. I've had some great dry-hopped saisons, but I think Foundation did even more than that here. The saison itself is on the mild side here, but the hop profile makes this memorable.

Sep 07, 2015
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Boto from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can from brewery: This one pours a hazy golden yellow color. There was a small white head that dropped away quickly with almost no lacing. It has a nice aroma. Floral, peppery and earthy notes. Some citrus. The taste is very good. Some citrus, faint melon, peppery spices, perhaps a bit of grain. Very Nice!

Sep 04, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lovely pour from a lovely can. Lovely aroma, too: farmhouse spice against aggressive, contemporary fruity hops with light notes of pepper and pine.

Tastes... surprisingly tame and weak. Not bad at all, but not nearly as aggressive as the aroma had led me to anticipate. Fruity hops up front, with light nodes of mango. The middle tastes a bit like pink bubble gum combined with generic saison spice, and then it the finish is more mango hops. It's a nice flavor, for sure, but it didn't quite reflect the build up.

Sep 03, 2015
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: A good mix of fruity hops and estery yeast that throws in more notes of fruit and light funky farmhouse notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity ester notes and some barnyard/farmhouse notes and then goes into more fruit and some piney hops. Finishes with some graininess and lingering fruity notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice hoppy farmhouse ale that is extremely drinkable and perfect for the spring to summer transition. Definitely worth checking out

Aug 16, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The King’s Head. Served in a snifter. Orange body with an ample white head. Big bubbles. Smells of tropical fruits and some saison yeastiness. Light resiny hops. Tastes much yeastier. Still has a combination of resin and tropical fruits. Light peppery finish. Medium low carbonation. Medium light body. Flavorful and drinkable.

Aug 15, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from the Good Beer Store Fryberg.
Slightly hazy light golden color with a decent sized frothy white head. Great hoppy nose. Resinous pine with hints of tropical and citrus and faint bread and spice deep underneath. More spice in the flavor than the aroma with plenty of pine hop flavor and bits of bready maltiness. That's a pretty good hop forward light easy drinking saison.

Aug 14, 2015
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a fresh growler.
A - Pours a hazy golden color.
S - Earthy citrus aroma.
T - Is there such thing as a Saison Light? A little funky, a little pepper, all the flavors are muted.
M - Crisp
O - I would call this a starter saison. Great beer for newbies to the style. Or an awesome session saison.

Aug 05, 2015
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at the Foundry in Northampton Ma.
A - slightly cloudy, with a wonderful white cap.
S - yeast driven , little biscuit notes, a nice wash of white pepper.
T - base malt is quite nice, the hops add just enough bite, h
The yeast seems a bit neutral.
O - a nice farm house ale, enjoyable on this summer eve.

Aug 05, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foundry the best in the WMass. Draft a few nights ago.

A- Pale yellow to golden body from the taps on which a frothy white crown forms. Decent retention leading to a small ring and spotty lace.

S- Melon and stone fruits are up front but certainly not pungent as it presents itself on the lighter side. Earthy mango, tangerine, herbs and flowers. Light crackery grains and hints of Belgian yeast spice.

T- The yeast opens up and reminds me of a strain I homebrewed with once dropping a tame mix of coriander, lemon peel, pears, pepper and straw notes. The hops are right there beside that with tangerine, grapefruit, melon, wildflowers and bitter orange. Pale cracked barley, crackers, biscuit and yeast bread.

MF- On the lighter side with a frothy consistency. High end zesty and crisp carbonation. Light herbal bitters.

An easy going Saison with a nice low-moderate dose of stone fruit and tropical hops. These hops compliment the yeast profile which is somewhat spicy and on the milder side for the style. My type of summer refresher.

Aug 03, 2015
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a bubbly white head. The head decided not to stick around for very long and doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

The smell is very hop-forward, with some light, bready notes and just a hint of funkiness on the very end. There's some tartness as well which is very pleasant.

The taste starts slightly tart and bready, with the hoppy, fruity bitterness coming forward on the back end. A bit on the hoppy side for a farmhouse ale but it is not overly hoppy nor is it overly tart. I think this is an extremely well balanced beer.

The mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with medium carbonation. At 4.50% the alcohol is undetectable but the overall feel of the beer makes it seem as though I'm drinking something at 6.0% or above. There is a lot of flavor and aroma packed into this 16 oz can and I was definitely surprised by just how powerful it was.

Overall this is a great farmhouse ale. It's well-balanced, easy to drink, yet packed with a lot of flavor that has me wanting more and more with each sip.

Jul 03, 2015
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Ahhhummmm from New York

4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If you're a fan of hops this beer will not disappoint. The aroma on this baby is wonderful. For its 26 IBU's I found that the hop presence far outweighed the saison character without completely overpowering it. The funky presence here manages to be quite refreshing and doesn't stand out for long on the palette. There's definitely some barnyard character, and a little sweetness from the Munich/Vienna, but overall this is a beer that I could drink all day/night - just so refreshing. Great job foundation.

And an aside that relates to some of the reviews of this beer -
It bothers me that some users of this site choose to review beer styles that they don't enjoy, and then proceed to give them lower ratings for characteristics that are mainstays of the style. If you don't like funk, then don't critique a saison for being funky. This type of reviewing isn't that big of a deal, and it's not necessarily knocking good beers off the map, but it does tend to devalue a given beer for reasons that are purely subjective and personal.

Jul 01, 2015
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do not like funky beers.
It has the appearance of a Coors light.
The aroma is hops forward.
It has a dank piney flavor with that strong funky yeast flavor. Further tastes reveal citrusy hops that are quite tart.

Jun 23, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Hazy, pale yellow with a thick head. Aroma has a distinct tropical fruitiness. Yet the Saison yeastiness is also pronounced. Saison yeast meets American hops. Flavor is very fruity. Tropical fruit hops. Saison yeast is what sets this beer apart. Sometimes hoppy Saisons don't really get me going. This one is better than many. Bubblegum and slight spice from the yeast. Not very bitter. Surprised by how light in ABV this beer is. Lots of flavor and body packed into a small alcohol percentage. Tasty. Each sip got better.

Jun 14, 2015
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Neorebel from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very funky aroma, yet with a super hoppy citrus element to the taste that seems a little outside of the style. Despite that, it is still quite enjoyable.

Jun 08, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

massive thanks to gary, ALWAYS giving that maine love, and so much goodness from maine in the beer world. enjoyed from a bell's wheat glass (the massive one that holds +25oz). canned 4/22 (a month and a week)

a - brew is murky yellow with a giant frothy foam head. lace coats the glass.

s - nose is nice bubblegum sweet saison. really inviting and candy like.

t/m/o - nice sweet bubblegum saison with some hops in the finish. body is a bit watery, but all in all an easy drinking saison and a good beer for a can. on the lighter side of the spectrum. lots of lemon, I enjoy this one...good, not great.

May 30, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Straw color with a white haze. Last rim bubbles provide for lots of spots.

Light aroma of fresh sawed wood and tilled dirt.

Earthy flavor but still light in body and malty taste. Dry aftertaste. High carbonation.

May 16, 2015
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