Backroads
Suarez Family Brewery

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From:
Suarez Family Brewery
 
New York, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #73
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,549
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 4.84%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
49
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 16, 2022
Added:
May 10, 2017
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  7
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: Brewed with a healthy amount of foraged staghorn sumac last July, we also added a pinch of tangerine marigold grown by Letterbox Farm Collective. This one has a very unique palate, exhibiting notes of grape skin, orange oil, raspberry, and lemon...so cool.
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Rated: 4.46 by EMH73 from New York

Jun 24, 2021
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Hazed sunset orange with visibly strong effervescence and a thin finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates into a very thin cap that leaves pretty sheets of lacing.

Pleasant aroma of soft citrus, raspberry and flowers, with a slight yeasty, woody, funky impression behind.

Deliciously delicate lemon, orange, plum skin and raspberry flavors meld into the same very lightly funky wood and yeast impression from the nose, with the addition of some clay or stoneware. Semi-dry, lightly-tart finish.

Relatively thin in the feel with sharp, prickly carbonation.

This is a delightful beer. Harmonious flavors with light enough acidity to keep it very quaffable. Maybe a touch too well carbonated for my preferences, but otherwise really excellent all-around.
Mar 13, 2021
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
750ml capped bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Crystal clear goldenrod color with a frothy white head. Nose is citrus, flower petals, straw, and coriander. Fresh with some zing that tickles the nose. Clean. Beer opens citrus, coriander, and peppery notes. Hints of grass, oak, and straw in the middle. Citrus and a light tartness too. End is foamy with a slight soapiness. Clean aftertaste with some orange rind. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down crisp, clean, and moderately dry. Super drinkable.

This one is casually awesome. Suarzes just nonchalantly pumping out some of the best saisons in the country.
Mar 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.43 by wip998001 from Massachusetts

Feb 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by EddieDog from New York

Jan 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Jan 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.88 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Dec 30, 2020
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a huge fluffy snowcap of a head. Great retention and lacing.

The aroma brings notes of lemon zest, oranges, green apples, pear, and bready yeast. There's a bit of white wine and funk. Very floral.

The flavor has notes of oranges and pears, with some lemongrass, berries and fresh grapes. A little peppery spice and funk comes before an earthy, oak finish.

The feel is medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Smooth, yet crisp and extremely dry.

Overall, another fantastic farmhouse ale from Suarez Brewing. It's nicely tart on the aroma and the flavor is exploding with complexity.
Dec 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle was an absolute gusher when I opened it, yet the head on this when poured was thin and very short-lived. The color is glorious. It's an extremely vibrant, mostly clear glowing gold color. Pleasantly unique. Aroma has plenty of traditional saison funk to it with what I suspect must be the sumac providing some notes as well (I have no idea what sumac smells like).
Taste has a really nice combo of traditional saison with herbal notes, light acidity & funk. It's subtle, yet complex. Relatively dry. As with most Suarez beers, it's also crisp & clean. Dude just flat out knows how to brew good beer.
Dec 13, 2020
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle (Jul2020) into a 25cl (Suarez!) stein

L: pours a very slightly turbid, slightly orange gold with a fluffy white head that fades after a couple minutes. Leaves great chunky white lacing

S: clean farmhouse nose, lots of lighter citrus aromas with a bit of earthy tartness. Get lemon (bit of zest, some watered-down flesh), a bit of grapefruit/tangerine, some slight fresh bread

T: follows the nose very well, excellent light citrus-forward flavor with a bit of tart and saison complexity. Again get that lemon zest/flesh, sweeter tangerine flavor, some baked bread, bit of earthy tartness along with restrained funk

F: medium carbonation, medium body, lightly drying, very drinkable but found it less thirst quenching/fuller than other Suarez saisons

O: excellent full-flavored beer, easy to drink with solid complexity on both the nose and swallow. Fruit character leads, with less of the sharper lemon I get from Local Boy and other Suarez saisons
Dec 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Hazy pale pastel yellow with a short white head settling quickly to a fuzzy collar.

Smell seems like it will be more sour than taste turns out to be, which exhibits a combination of herbal and stone fruit notes. The light body has a fluffy effervescence delivering nectarine and strawberry qualities, to my palate, finishing semi-dry and tingly.

This is very refreshingly tasty, with only a faintly woody farmhousey funk to it, pulled back to lighter qualities by a touch of lemonade.
Sep 15, 2020
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A- 750ml bottle pours into a goblet with a cloudy golden-orange body. The cap on the beer is an inch high with a thick and creamy texture. Decent head retention as a medium ring around the top of the beer leads to spotty lacing.

S- The bugs and critters make up for most of the aroma lending a Saison yeast character, moderate lactic acid and a touch of the funky stuff. Straw, lemon, orange zest, herbs, coriander, slight pear, vinous pale grapes, slight pepper and a touch of Brett cherry.

T- The Saison/Farmhouse ale character of the beer grows here as the Belgian yeast spice picks up some strength balancing out with the other bugs a bit more than in the tart aroma. Has both esters and slight phenolics with pear, apple, vinous pale grape and spicy notes. The lactic acid is light and there is just a touch of acetic as well. Oranges, tangerine, flowers, citrus zest, grape must, coriander, pink pepper and herbal notes. Fruity and spicy with the rest underlying that.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. A bit thin overall as the texture is just a bit frothy and foamy.

Yeast, fruity and tart with Saison yeast and pale fruits like grape, pear and apple making up a lot of the flavor profile. A bit funky and more suggestive of tart in the aroma than is actually found in the flavor.
May 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by Beerbom from California

Apr 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.8 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Feb 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Feb 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.43 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2019
 
Rated: 4.75 by antrocks from Massachusetts

Dec 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by alexsergio from New York

Apr 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by fthegiants from California

Mar 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750ml capped bottle, 7/18 batch. Stemmed glass. Cloudy medium golden body, one and half finger white head, good retention, a good bit of lacing. Smell is leafy, slightly spicy herb, lemon, citrus and orange, touch of bretty leather, light grainy biscuit, mildly tart acetic acid. Flavour is a lemon, touch of biscuit, citrus, light earthy leather, mild acidity, a touch of white vinous character also. Nice complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied yet slightly dry and crisp, refreshing and a nice drinking saison that doesn't go down too fast or slow.
Feb 03, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by DaMacAndCheese from Massachusetts

Dec 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
wow, in the hazy crazy it is nice to see a super bright clear beer, Saison are not a style I seek out but this is amazing. Clean and crisp the light grape musk funk is nice background
Dec 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.75 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Nov 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.19 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Oct 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.38 by jvillefan from California

Oct 15, 2018
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Absolutely phenomenal Saison with tastes of tangerine and sumac. Very well balanced - one of the best Saisons Ove ever had. This brewery is amazing. Special ambiance and super nice staff! Great music as well.
Oct 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by vfgccp from New York

Sep 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by jbarletto from Massachusetts

Jun 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.27 by mltobin from Connecticut

Apr 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.75 by chippo33 from Vermont

Apr 08, 2018
 
Rated: 4.44 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Mar 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by oline73 from Maryland

Dec 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by Mikexw from New York

Dec 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.41 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Nov 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Nov 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.7 by malfunxion from New York

Oct 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by IrishColonial from Texas

Sep 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Sep 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.39 by billab914 from Virginia

Sep 18, 2017
Backroads from Suarez Family Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 61 ratings