Suarez Family Brewery

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Belgian Saison
Ranked #134
Ranked #3,806
4.35 | pDev: 4.83%
Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 34 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of brentk56
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a large-bubbled head that fades rather quickly; spotty lacing

Smell: Tart wheat and spelt tones with a lemony herbal aspect

Taste: Bready and lemony, with a tart and herbaceous aspect building; I presume there is some Brett in here as this is quite funky; some earthy bitterness emerges, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I guess I am not feeling this one as much as the other reviewers

Thanks, devoured by vermin, for the opportunity

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy golden yellow color, with a big fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like citrusy and spicy funk, wheat, lemon, and grassiness.

To no one's surprise, this was quite excellent. It was mildly acidic, with tons of citrus and lemon, and a nice spicy and grainy flavor to it and that added some great complexity. It had a wheaty softness and creamy flavor, too. It finishes really dry, and gets a bit more acidic as it warms up.

This is wonderfully drinkable, with a full creamy but dry body, and a very nice crispness to it.

This one can't be beat - and neither can Suarez.

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Photo of Damian
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pt 9.6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown, NY
Bottled on: 8/17
Served in a white wine glass

Fantastic appearance. The clear, golden yellow body was topped by a finger-tall, bone white, sea foam crown. Solid retention. The head slowly fell to a bubbly mass. A wall of spotty lacing coated the glass.

The nose was solid initially and improved considerably with time. Really crisp and bright. Big dry, powdery yeast notes. As the head died down, the rustic farmhouse character came forth. Strong wheaty and grainy notes. Moderately tart and lemony. Some grassy hops were noticeable as well. There was a subtle oaky quality too. Bit of white wine. An oaked Chardonnay came to mind.

The flavor profile was also very impressive. Here, the rustic farmhouse character was apparent from the start. Really bright and wheaty up front. The beer was anchored by a pale, crackery malt base. Nice dry, grainy character too. Lemony in the center. Moderately tart. The tartness became somewhat more pronounced as the beer moved along the palate. Crisp, bright and bone dry on the finish. A big lemon-like twanginess and subtle oaky character came through as well. Grassy and earthy hop notes and a touch of bitterness lingered after the swallow.

Fantastic fluffy, lighter bodied mouthfeel. The liquid contained a fairly aggressive, larger bubbled, almost Champagne-Iike effervescence. Spot on for the style.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns focuses their tasting menus around the amazing produce grown on the premises, and I can think of no better beverage of any type than this locally-produced, barrel-aged saison to accompany the first half of our meal. This beer puts a subtle yet interesting spin on a fairly traditional yet extremely well executed, rustic farmhouse ale. Thank you to Blue Hills and the extremely gracious and knowledgeable sommelier for your thoughtfully curated beverage menu and impeccable service. You made this an evening I will never forget.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Hazy yellow, big fluffy white head. Smells of lemon acidity, wheat, and a little barnyard funk. Tastes tart. Lemon, a bit of lime too. Wheat malt profile. Just a little bit of yeasty funk in the finish, but it's less prominent here than in the nose. Light body. Crisp. Simple. Excellent.

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Photo of EMV
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. Been looking forward to this one!

L: Hazed light golden pour... massive fluffy white head. Good retention and leaves a mass of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Tart and funky.. light citrus, spice, tea, and grass.

T/F: Light grains... tart without being sour and definitely funky, just like the nose. Super complex... partially ripened fruits, white wine character and musty oak barrels. Some yeast esters make their way in... soft mouthfeel... almost creamy. Zesty carbonation without being fizzy. This beer really has it all... slightly dry at the finish making me look forward to the next sip.

O: Just an outstanding beer, and it's insane that they can make something this flavorful, complex, and glorious at only 4.8%. Drinkable as hell... not one you're going to want to share.

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Photo of cavedave
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap at the brewey earlier today, will update from bottle.

Beautiful dark straw colored pour with huge off white head that is slow to end as thick cap, leaving lace designs.

Wonderful aroma that caresses my nose with each sip. Rounded tart, light but sharp acetic notes, tea like notes in the background, some overripe fruit notes that are soft and that soft saison yeasty and hard to describe note ties it together. Delectable aroma.

Very faithful rendition of the aroma in a full flavored taste, all the notes balanced well, and other faint undernotes become evident as it warms to room temp. Stunningly delicious.

Spritzy but not overdone carb. that trademark soft mouthfeel, and clean finish that is a thing of beauty.

I had the feeling as I enjoyed this earlier that it was a beer too good for me, almost that I was not worthy enough, I wasn't capable of appreciating it as well as it deserved. Glad to say I have a bottle and will be back to edit this review. Highest recommendation

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Photo of Nickwierda
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Damn. Floored by yet another absolute gem from these guys. Delicate and masterful balance between tart, yeasty, fruity sweet, and bitter. Finish just lingers on forever. The description on the bottle is perfect - it's like a hop-tinged version of 100ft North. Nice and tart, vinous, citrus, honey, bitter like saison dupont, especially on the finish. I mean shit if craft beer were priced like wine and spirits this would be a very pricey bottle. It's got the deliciousness, complexity, boldness, and finesse of some of the best wines and champagnes I've ever had. I feel like I say this about Suarez beers all the time but this is a truly beautiful beer.

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Postscript from Suarez Family Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 34 ratings