The Grand Saison | Grand Teton Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
82 Ratings
The Grand SaisonThe Grand Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
grandtetonbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison is the original summer beer. Originally brewed in southern Belgium for thirsty farm hands, these crisp, bubbly, and refreshing brews demand to be consumed on hot summer days. Our Saison follows centuries of tradition, using European hop varieties—Hallertauer Magnum, Styrian Goldings, and Strisselspalt. We also use a very light base malt accented by just a touch of Wheat and Munich malts. Finally, we ferment the beer very warm with a well-known Belgian yeast strain to bring out the spicy flavors that are common to Saisons.

32 IBU

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
50
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 50
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 6/16/11. opened on 3/8/12

Slight haze of gold, 2" standing strong.

Spicy aroma!! Musky, earthy, but sweet and tangy fruits as well, grains, golden wheat and subtle...green peppers.

A full-on crispy and alive mouth feel, with a traditional full, and smooth finish, and yes dry aftertaste.

The yeast flavor's and complexity are huge. Spice, peppery wheat, hearty, musky-earthy born flavor's are exactly what I want from this style. A sour-wild yeast comes into play as the brew warms, tangy fruit, tart and sour finish hits me as spot-on.

You just never know what to expect from a small American Brewery covering such a wonderful Belgian style is going to present. The yeast must be complex with the balance of flavor's and wild edge being right on. This is a bulls eye.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -56.6%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of PDXHops
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Note- Catching up on some ancient review notes. This was consumed about 3 months past the bottling. 750 ml poured into a Duvel tulip.

Slightly hazy deep gold with a sizeable head and some lacing. Pleasantly fruited aromas of lemon zest and sliced apples with grasses, grains and assorted herbs. The flavor doesn't quite live up to this promise of complexity, but make no mistake, it's bold and flavorful with a zippy, almost spritzy feel. Big herbal hop flavor with a nice citric bite at the swallow and lingering yeast. Good stuff.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grand Teton The Grand Saison

Appearance: straw yellow, large pillowy head, and some good lacing.

Smell: yeast, grain, and spice.

Taste: sweet grainy malt, slight yeast, and a light wheat finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-light.

Overall:
This is a good brew. It seems more like a lager than a saison, yet has a good amount of wheat flavor. The flavors are pleasant and start off nice, but flatten out to just being okay.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very hazy light golden amber. Nice two finger fine white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of bready malt, lemon, light spicing. Flavor has less malt, with nice citrus; orange and lemon, yeast and Belgian yeast and spicing, lightly tart and a hint of funk. Finish is refreshing citrus, dry. Very nicely made and refreshing. Light to medium bodied, to style. Opened this 2011 bottle with slight trepidation (I didn't pay attention that it was last year's bottling when I bought it, and was a little nervous; the label even recommends drinking fresh). But no worries, this was a very pleasant saison that did not appear to have lost any flavor or balance. Nice work, Grand Teton.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks merc for cracking this year aged bottle

The beer pours a clear golden with a foamy white head. The head falls to a soft white halo within minutes, but is regenerated easily and laces well. The nose is yeasty with a spicy mint undertone and subtle bite of alcohol. It's quite clean tasting, not much funkiness. The mouthfeel is carbonated with well balanced honey sweetness and a slightly bitter/musty aftertaste. Decent tasting saison with a touch of spice to compliment the honey sweetness.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of stakem
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a tulip, the brew appears a clear golden color with 3 fingers worth of white head. Patchy lace sticks to the glass as the cap slowly fades. A light swirl revives more than a finger back to the surface.

The smell is earthy with a hint of sulfur and cheesy funk. A bit of fruit rinds like pear/apple. Strong coriander scent like oily lemon essence mixed with pulp. A bit of herbal appeal that is mellow across the back.

The taste is fruity with pear, clove spiciness, earth and cheese. Some herbal hops blend with a dry solvent alcohol character. The aftertaste includes pear and golden apple flavoring.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It includes a well integrated alcohol level. Overall it is interesting and enjoyable with a good mix/balance of character. A fairly good take on the style that gets progressively spicy and warming as the experience continues.

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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had 3 of these last night in Boise at the Solid. $3 beers at Happy hour. I believe Grand Teton is the best Idaho beers, and was looking forward to trying the Grand Saison.
Have been on a Saison kick lately, and this one ranks up there- and at such a bargain price.
Good looking straw colored beer with a white head and some lacing, but not much. A very refreshing beer and so easy to drink for a 7.5 ABV beer. I thought this was a very good beer when you want to take a break from hops.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

The Grand Saison from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
4.03 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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