Harvest Saison
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,989
ABV:
6%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,949
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 13.56%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
456
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Rock_Glenn from New York

2.15/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Perhaps the most bland beer I have ever had. The hops aroma is nice but barely there. The malt is breadlike and tasty but lacking. I was expecting a robust autumn beer, but was treated with plain breadwater.

Jun 02, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden copper in color. This is a pretty basic and uninspiring version of a saison. There are really no peppery notes and the funk is a bit too much to make it sessionable.

Jul 13, 2015
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ta_hagen from Minnesota

2.64/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The taste starts out bready with strong flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, bananas, citrus and spices come in. The hops presence is good for the style and provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

Jul 02, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dull yellow, but brighter and more orange in the glass. Clear on the bottom, hazy towards the top. Medium retention, lace- and film-forming, off-white head. Grainy aromas, as well as spice and tartness that I presume to originate in the yeast as much as the rye. Spice along the lines of allspice, cloves, or nutmeg, as well as banana to the fore in the tasting with mildly tart, malty backdrop. Herbal, almost rindy hops soon kick in. A little hard to distinguish from cloves. Reminds me of a pumpkin ale overall, just lighter in body, maybe less sweet. It's quite delicious. Medium in body and carbonation, very crisp.

Just a bit of anecdotal evidence that this beer may get better with age (mine "expired" in March, and I assume the same is true of most of the other recent reviews): of the 12 reviews since March, 8 have been at least + 4% rDev, with each of the last five (all late May and June) being at least + 7.

Jun 17, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, bananas, citrus, some spice, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with strong flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, bananas, citrus and spices come in. The hops presence is good for the style and provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are several better choices within the style.

Jun 06, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/2015. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, spicy rye, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, spicy rye, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of yeast spiciness and slight bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, wheat, cracker, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good saison style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Apr 11, 2015
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jp32 from Michigan

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly copper in color. A bit cloudy with some sediment. Carbonation and head look par for the course of other Saison ales I've had.

Tastes sweet, yeasty, slightly fruity, moderately tart. This beer has a nice thick, slick body to it without sacrificing any carbonation. Its worth trying if you like the style.

Feb 25, 2015
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CHickman from New York

3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold color with a massive 3 finger foamy beige head that did not budge, dissipating very slowly; it left very good foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down, and the head was literally so thick and slow to fade that even after a few sips it was still almost 1 finger high.

Smells of wheat, yeast, banana, coriander, toasted grains, light caramel and dry hay or grass; very earth and grainy with a hint of clove, and a mix of fruits and spices like rye and pepper – quite nice smelling and much better than I expected.

Taste is more oaty and grainy than spicy, with more earthy hay or dry grass notes showing up with what seems like dry floral hops; more toasted grains and cracker in the palate, with mild spices including rye, coriander and pepper. A little bubblegum and caramel sweetness come through, but this is a more hearty farm style brew than the nose would lead you to believe. Taste is decent, but a bit timid and one dimensional for a saison, where the fruit, yeast and spices normally make it more dynamic.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and on the chewy side with light carbonation and a grainy aftertaste that is full of wheat and grainy crackers. Overall it was enjoyable and a nice effort by Sam Adams, but I wish it had more bold fruity sweetness in the flavor. I’d have it again in the mixed 12 packs but I doubt that I’d ever buy a 6 pack of this.

Jan 09, 2015
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MIchelle from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a delicious brew, love the taste of the rye in it. I have grown kind of bored of wheat brews but this is a nice blend of lots of different flavors with the outs, barley, wheat and rye. Delicious sipper, would for sure buy this one again. This is my first taste of this style but i'd be game to try more saison's. Yum.

Dec 18, 2014
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distant-lover from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Sure didn't see this one coming. BBC surprised me with this one. Lots of flavor. Be nice if it was offered in a 12 pack in addition to the 4 pack sampler. Not many to share in the sampler.

Dec 05, 2014
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scootny from New York

4.36/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge head, tons of lace, slow fade and great retention. A dusky gold with just a touch of yeast swirling around. Decent amount of carbonation.

Smell is honey with wheat malt twang. Some lovely belgian yeast funk and multigrain heartiness.

Taste is superb. Honey, multigrain malt, wheat, dry hoppiness. Lemony fruitiness. Crisp powdery yeast flows onto a noise hop bite.

Feel is just a touch heavier than the usual saison with a perfect carbonation and crisp refreshing swallow.

The is great fall beer. I wish I had a case of it instead of the four from the Autumn variety pack.

Nov 30, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I have never known these guys to have much luck with the Belgian styles, they have always seemed thin and simple to me, but this one is quite good for what it is. its grain heavy, oats and rye and stuff in here with the wheat, more like a grisette in that way. the yeast is really mild, and more estery and fruity than it is funky like some of the old world saisons, but I do like its flavor, and think its right on for fall, and for the grain bill they have built. carbonation is through the roof, and that's important in a beer like this, so good there, and the body is crushably light, which makes it fun too. I like that its a little something different in a style where another generic offering is not needed. the use of all the grains make it clever, and while its a far cry from their best beer, its a perfectly fine contribution to the style. well done again from sam, who keeps showing up with beers that keep them relevant in the craft game.

Nov 28, 2014
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

2/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Buddy bought the variety pack. Kindve disappointed. Not a big Sam Adams guy, but in general the pack was mediocre and it seemed as though they played it safe. At the same price, I'd look into trying new packs than getting this.

Or if you're a fellow homebrewer, make a few brews of your own and save some $$$ along the way.

Nov 11, 2014
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance: Cloudy orange. Leaves a decent lace.
Smell: Banana, bubble gum, and spice.
Taste: Same as smell with the addition of tang and bitterness from citrus.

This is pretty enjoyable. There's a bitterness to it, with dryness. Also, there's a tart aftertaste that lingers on the back of the tongue. Overall, the banana and spice reign. I might get this again.

Nov 06, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Hazy golden body with a small off-white head. Bubble gum and sweet aroma. Sweet flavor with banana, similar to a hefeweizen. This is ok, but I don't understand the saison aspect. Where is it?

Nov 01, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

With the surplus of barley hanging around in the fall, all that sweet and malty goodness goes to good use as the Boston Beer folks provide a traditionally summer taste but for the cooler season.

Their farmhouse ale pours with a golden, burnt orange color, shedding a mid-translucent haze. Creamy froth rises to greet the nose with the firm fruitiness of apple, orange and lemon that's then laced with spicy clove, white pepper, coriander and minty hops. Its medium sweetness is of caramel and honey even as raw grain, sweet straw and damp hay rise to complement.

Its expressive carbonation allows the ale to bloom across the middle palate, highlighting the fruit and spice balance and allowing the clove and coriander to finally win out in a crisp, drying late palate. With the sweetness trailing, the hop bitterness projects with grassy, stemmy and peppery character.

Pleasantly grainy and grassy, Sam Adams Saison Harvest gives a nod to the raw and rustic taste of historic versions, but its stubborn sweetness and short champagne effervescence limits its taste and feel. Lingering like a Belgian pale ale, its taste extends with grain and grass deep in a medium-length finish.

Oct 30, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazed deep straw color, almost the lightest of browns, or a dirty orange....what have you, There is a soapy white head and active carbonation rising to the surface.

Smell: The aroma has Belgian yeast, banana peel. bubblegum, cotton candy. Sweet sticky American Belgian smell.

TASTE: Spicy to the taste, with herbs and bitterness washing over the palate. There is a slight lemony funk going on, and that is appreciated. Its well balanced, peppery, herbal, and well rounded in flavor. Wheat is evident in the taste with a sweet straw like earthiness,. Added rye really shows up with the peppery and spicy edge. Brewed to style.

Full bodied, yet crisp and quenching ale. Well carbonated and keeps the drinker engaged, this is an ideal beer to introduce beginning beer crusaders into the Saison style or even Belgian ale. Successful at providing Saison qualities, falls more towards spicy than funky. Drinks easily and easy on the wallet too. Samuel Adams (Boston Beer Company) almost always delivers.

Oct 24, 2014
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

4/5  rDev +13%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date January 2015.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, straw color with 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to a thin, unbroken layer of bubbles, there was some lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: banana, bread, pears, hay, caramel and a little pepper.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, banana, bread, pears and farmhouse hay funk with a little pepper, this is a very complex beer with a more mild hop profile, the 6% alcohol is well disguised.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a solid Saison and I would buy it again no problem, reasonable priced at $12.99 for the variety 12 pack.

Oct 20, 2014
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.09/5  rDev +15.5%

Best by February 2014. Ahaha! Well at least I got it cheap.

Sam Adams states that this is best on a brisk fall day. Well, it's one of those so let's get started.

Appearance (4.25) : Pours a tight, creamy three fingered head leaving creamy, generous lacing as it recedes. Body is like a Witbier and a bit tea-like. I can see shadows of my finger but for the most part it's pretty dense. World class appearance.

Aroma (4.25) : Fruity, with pear and pineapple. Faint distant rye and barley notes. Pumpkin. Cinnamon. Orange. A pleasing and attractive aroma.

Taste (4) : Sour like a Flanders' should be, with heavy lemon and notes of pear and pineapple. Some pepper. Pumpkin finishes it off with a dry roasted flavor. The flavor is complex yet inviting, and makes you want more. It is delicious.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Lacking a bit as it is somewhat watery but still creamy overall. Light to medium bodied and ends toasty and semi-dry.

Overall (4.09) : I would drink this again. It's a fabulous representation of a mix between Flanders and Harvest style beers. It's not offensive but it does get old after awhile. Nice beer and worth a try.

Oct 19, 2014
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GRPunk from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- 1-finger khaki head. Hazy, golden-orange body. Head settles to a foamy, 1/4 finger and leaves good spots on the glass.

S- Very "saison." On the sweeter side, kind of a wheaty presence. Lots of lemon zest and some black pepper.

T- As the aroma suggests, sweet qualities fuse with lemon and black pepper. The two characteristics kind of switch the level of magnitude from the aroma.

M- Medium body with medium-heavy carbonation. Black pepper creates a bit of a bite.

O- Really solid interpretation. I don't quite know how this "harvest" version differs from the ones I enjoy through the summer, maybe heartier rather than crisp?

Oct 18, 2014
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mpg611 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +41.2%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass, which is wider at the top and narrower at the bottom.

Makes a good, stuff head, however it dissipates within 5-7 minutes.

Color is a dark yellow or a light orange, hazy, the color of a wheat beer but darker.

Taste. Flavors include hints of banana, orange peel, pumpkin, white pepper, all of which are well balanced. It is dry and refreshing.

Smell is rustic and pleasing.

5 out of 5 for this rating. For a brewer well known for its Boston Lager and Octoberfest, Sam Adams has a Daytona 500 winning brew here! Would like to see this as a year round option!

Oct 17, 2014
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humuloner22 from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not a huge Sam Adams aka Boston Beer fan, but I saw this fall mixed pack and I generally like saisons and the Octoberfest was always pretty solid and this was a pretty good deal at $12 for a 12 pack. Although, maybe its me, but saison's are more of a spring/early summer beer for me, also it was when I was seeing a lot of local breweries producing them. So, I was interested in seeing what a "harvest" saison was like. Well...Its pretty much like every other saison, but not as good as what some of the guys around this part of NC are putting out.

Pours with a pretty heavy head. Golden color, lots of carbonation but the head settles fairly quickly, but it does produce a monster head if you pour with some aggression.

Aroma: Clove, some funk, but not as funky as others I have had, maybe some fall type spices, but really most saisons have that going on. Grassy notes in there, pretty standard.

Taste: Some earthy funk, clove, very little bitterness, basically what you expect of the style. Somewhat light in flavor compared to others.

Overall: Its solid, I have had better ones, I have had not so good ones. As usual, Sam Adams has produced a better than average, but not spectacular beer.

Oct 16, 2014
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lwillitz from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - 3 fingers khaki foam over a cloudy body of golden orange, lots of visible carbonation, very nice lace

S - yeast, Belgian funk, fruity notes, grain

T - funk, pear-like fruit, lemon, biscuity malt, slight caramel sweetness, peppery spice, grassy hops; very complex

M - chewy full body, high carbonation; very pleasant

O - If complex Belgian ales are your thing, this is a good one.

Oct 15, 2014
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip
Best before: Feb 2015

A: Dark golden, very hazy, 3 plus fingers width of slightly off white colored head which has very great retention and leaves patches of thick lacing. 4

S: Heavy on the belgian yeast characters, with lots of eatery banana. Lots of clove too. Some wheat characters, and pale-type malts. Some herbaceous grassy notes. Not really what I anticipate in a saison, its def tripel-esque, but I like it. 4

T: Lots of spice including clove and white pepper. Belgium yeast eatery banana. More bitterness than I anticipated. Some floral, herbaceous characters. A fair amount of wheat, which gives it a sweetness. 4

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation on the heavier end which is appropriate, drinkability is good but its pretty filling. 4

O: Overall, this is better than I anticipated. Not what I expect from a saison, but quite tasty. Id definitely drink this one again. 4

Oct 15, 2014
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden amber with a nice off-white dense head. Strong phenolic aroma with spiciness, fruit and herbs (coriander). I find it hard to pick up the complexity of the malts in the aroma but it is more apparent in the flavor with a nice soft richness (nice oxymoron) and graininess and malty denseness. An extended spicy dryness on the finish is quite interesting. Wow does that dry out, to a puckering degree.
Unobtrusive body and carbonation.
Solid with a nice autumn feel as opposed to traditional saisons.

Oct 15, 2014
Harvest Saison from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 456 ratings