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From:
LIC Beer Project
 
New York, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #468
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,649
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 8.54%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
59
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 25, 2023
Added:
Jun 10, 2015
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: This Belgian inspired ale pays reverence to old world Franco-Belgian farmhouse brewing traditions. Brewed with the finest malts from Belgium and France and generously hopped with a blend of fresh aromatic noble hops.

This ale is fermented with our house saison yeast that takes a back seat to no other yeast when it comes to overall complexity. The final result is softly contoured pale golden ale with a billowing rocky head and slight haze in appearance. The aroma is rife with floral, spice and earth, an artifact of the yeast and hops in a delicate brushstroke. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, displaying some of the best attributes of American craft brewing. The finish is crisp and dry. The bracing, but not overwhelming hop bitterness ties things together and heightens the finish.
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Rated by Flaco88

4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
What a farmhouse ale should taste like, just the right amount of hay and pear stem on the nose
Jan 25, 2023
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
it was cool to see a couple of clean saison types in here when we visited, i know them more for hoppy beers and sours, so i was surprised and also stoked to see a few like this on the menu. this is somewhat simple as they go, classically styled for sure, not funky at all, a very well made and tidy take on the style, where there isnt a ton of urgency from the grain or the hops, fresh and balanced as they are, its really all about the yeast here, which is lightly estery, a little more interesting than french saison yeast alone, but in that vein, with a white wine character through it, hints of peach and white pepper, absolutely bone dry in the finish, expressive carbonation, and a very complete overall feel. the yeast is earthy and raw too, giving this a rustic appeal despite its cleanness, and its not estery enough to be belgiany and lingering, its faster than that. traces of floral honey, dried herbs, and light bitterness from the noble hops all come up on the finish. very drinkable beer, maybe not as distinctive and memorable as some of the others on their menu, but its hard not to be impressed with the quality here. these guys really are killing it across a wider range of styles than i had previously thought. this one is a year round drinker in my book.
Jan 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a slightly cloudy gold color with a modest head. Nice pattern of saucer shaped ring lacing.
Fruity aroma that includes pear, melon, peach and citrus.
Bright fruity flavors that include citrus, hints of lemon, and peach. A cracker malt sweetness pervades throughout, balanced by yeasty flavors in the form of light peppery spice and fruity esters.
Medium bodied, smooth and a soft mouthfeel aided by a very gentle carbonation. The overall sweetness of this beer is contrasted by a dry finish.
Very tasty Saison.
Nov 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by acurtis from New Jersey

Oct 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by SpaethJam from New York

Aug 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.02 by ChipChaight from New York

Jun 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.57 by chiefz1 from New York

Apr 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.12 by Billolick from New York

Jan 31, 2018
 
Rated: 4.07 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jan 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by TheCuriograph from New York

Jan 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.82 by gabrielcolom from New York

Jan 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.11 by Stockatron from Australia

Jan 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.4 by AlvinLin from New York

Jan 04, 2018
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served on draft into a 13 oz (384 ml), stemmed snifter glass at Alamo Draft House in Yonkers, NY.
A: Pours a hazy golden color with a less than quarter inch, white head, low retention, and modest lacing.
S: Aromas of lemon citrus, pepper, cloves, and mint predominate.
T: Palate follows the nose, but a bit spicier. Tart. Minty bitterness notable and interesting.
M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Neat, crisp finish.
O: Despite the ABV, a light, refreshing saison. Interesting and different.
Nov 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Mattias from Sweden

Aug 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.09 by Stignacious from New York

Jul 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by elamb106 from New York

Jun 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.93 by AD17 from New Jersey

May 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.85 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

May 03, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by waiting4lunch from Massachusetts

Mar 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by Shappee from New York

Feb 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

Feb 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Feb 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by petermethot from New Jersey

Feb 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.98 by thoglund from New York

Jan 08, 2017
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Reviewed by descobar from Florida

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
on tap at the brewery tasting room - aroma is mostly coming from Belgian yeast in form of fruity esters. there's also traces of cookie dough and peppery spice. looks pale gold with a 1/2" white head that disappears a little too quickly. it is perfectly clear and shows proper lacing.
on the palate, medium body, crisp carbonation, creamy texture and expected effervescent astringency.
the taste is a combination of soft malts, caramelly sweetness and flavors derived from the yeast. bitterness is significant. the finish is unexpectedly sweet with lingering bitterness.
Jan 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Lucoli from New York

Jan 06, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by harpus from Alabama

Nov 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.11 by MonkeyBread from Nevada

Nov 11, 2016
 
Rated: 2.76 by mltobin from Connecticut

Sep 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.59 by dextermcgurk from New York

Sep 17, 2016
 
Rated: 4.03 by hoponit from New York

Sep 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

Aug 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Aug 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by JoeMans from New York

Jul 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by mjhall1989 from New York

Jun 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by StoutBoi from New York

Apr 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by DMcGirr from Massachusetts

Feb 06, 2016
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