Yards Saison | Yards Brewing Co.

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Yards SaisonYards Saison

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Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saisons were originally brewed to keep farmhands happy and hydrated during the warm summer months. True to the style, Yards’ Saison is a semi-unfiltered Belgian style ale brewed with distinctive Belgian yeast. It’s delicate and fruity with a subtle spiciness. Styrian Goldings in the kettle lend a touch of hop to the palate, balancing out this highly drinkable version of the classic style.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.66/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I poured this beer at about 60 degrees F and it is fine at that temperature. It poured a nice even and clear gold colour with a bright yellow/white two finger head of tiny bubbles that last as a full cap the entire drink leaving that Hopi Indian village in a cliff face kind of look behind on the glass. I dig it!

At this temperature the fruity yeast is most forward followed by an even mix of light malt sweetness, citrus and mild earthy hops as well as spices. Very nice!

The taste is barely dominated by any one thing in particular but more of a swirl of pale malt sweetness, fruits by the bushel of citrus, banana, and mildly tart apple, coriander like spices, mild hops and some pepper. If any one thing is more forward than the others is the pale malt. This is all very well balanced and comes off as mildly dry.

The mouthfeel is creamy and moderately full with mid-range carbonation. I don't think this beer could be crafted better. Everything is in sync.

Overall, I would recommend this beer to anyone as it would be a perfect crossover beer from the usual swill as well as a great recommendation to the beer connoisseur. If there was something that I could find wrong with this beer is that I only have one! 5 out of 5!!!

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.61/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. glass poured into tulip glass.

L - Dark, straw color with a thick foam dome. Lots of carbonation

S - Citrusy wheat aroma

T - Kind of like a strong pilsner, not really a saison. Bitter aftertaste

F - Light, refreshing feel. Very sessionable

O - Kind of leans towards more to a German-style pilsner than a saison, but the character does show. I perfer this over other saisons because of the taste. Some saisons are kind of overbearing in sweetness but this is very good.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.49/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy, light gold-yellow body. Laces the surface, minimal head of patchy white.

Smell: Not very assertive. Wet grass, some very faint farmhouse smell of fecund fermentation. Damp and rotten wood. For being minimal, this smell imparts a huge amount of definition to the beer.

Taste: Ah, excellent. The yeast strain is excellent and reminiscent of the real Belgian farmhouse ales. The earthy grass pulls through with abundance, and the 'funk' follows in rising and falling waves of flavor. Slight phenolic twinge is cut short by a satisfying sweetness. This is really good. This is saison-light. I've read poor reviews about this fella, and I'm damn glad I ignored them and bought a few anyway. For the price, availability, and quality, this is unbeatable. Is it painfully phenolic, or funky as all hell? No. It's a stripped down version, and it's delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light. This beer has just the right amount of body to make it more than a chug-a-lug. This is perfect, because you might want to drink 20 of these, but after a few, the rawness of the style bitchsmacks you upside the head and tells you not to abuse such a nice creation.

Drinkability: Five. Summer ales, meet your mid atlantic superior. Go ahead and try at least one of these. I was skeptical, but forget all that. It's not going to be Fantome or DuPont, but it is going to be tasty. Go buy this.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta say, had this quite a few times out of the bottle, on tap once or twice, and on cask a few months ago when Yards just released it for the season. By Tom the owner's admission, that cask offering was a lot fruitier than usual. I would concur, and I think I mentioned in my review that it also had a pulpy mouthfeel like juice. But damn was it good, if not consistent with their familiar output.

Anyway, at present, a friend and I shared a growler of this the other night and it was exactly what I remembered Yards Saison tasting like before.

I'm finding growlers yield some of the most attractive pours, and this was no different. Minus the initial pour, the subsequent fills presented an awesomely plump head topping a luminous (my new favorite color) gamboge body. Lil bit hazy.

Fruitiness (grapefruit) is very much a factor in the aroma and taste. Hints of grassy hops and a moderate, quasi-champagne spice highlight the flavor. Whereas that particular cask version was the most chewy beer I've had, this still has some scant nectary flesh to the body, but it was far more leaner and crisp, but hardly thin - all around more on par with authentic Belgian varieties.

When it's on, very much my favorite reasonably-priced domestic saison. Well-executed take on the style with a lot of flavor and personality. For those new to the style, it's perfectly enjoyable introduction if you're not looking to blow a huge wad of cash on the real thing.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with orange highlights. Bright white head dissipates quickly. Aroma is fruity and "Belgian" in character with a touch of spiciness and some citrus notes. Actually quite nice! Flavor is fairly rich but not complex - OK for a saison. Fruity, sweetish malt with a good mouthfeel - highly effervescent. Dryish in the finish, but not really bitter. Gives a nice, sweet and fruity burp. Very Belgian. In a blind tasting wouldn't question that it was imported. This beer has improved since they've moved to the new brewery, and is now one of my favorite local beers.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark golden/yellow color, with a decent head, which leaves a nice sheet of lace. The body is in the medium range. On the nose there are grassy tones and light citrus aromas of orange peels perhaps..
On the palate there are light fruity flavors, again orange peels, maybe lemon too, corriander, spicy a bit, and apple peels as well. All blended well and was very enjoyable IMO, very refreshing brew. Another good brew from Yards brewing company.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a moderately cloudy peach that faded to a pale straw. The head was a thin off white film.

Smells of wheat, oats and honey with a dry lemon rind tied together by a mild, musky, slightly peppery yeast.

Tastes of sweet bread dough, creamy yeast and a slight citrus rind with a well balanced lemon sourness.

The mouth feel is light to medium boded with a light, easy carbonation.

This one’s really easy to drink, especially for the style. Also, considering this little bottle cost me $.83, this has got to be the best deal for a quaffable saison on the planet! I should also note that I think this one was far fresher than my “on-tap” review.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice offering from Yards that I've somehow never sampled until recently.

It pours an okay slightly cloudy golden colour wit ha thin white head. Not bad, but nothing special here with the appearance.

The aroma is a nice blend of citrus fruit and general spice notes. It's light and basic but well done and appealing.

The flavour takes the aroma to the next step, and, while similar is definitely bolder. The initial taste is citrus to a point bordering on tart for a second befoer mixing with spices and a more subdued fruit flavour. The middle is more concentrated on the spices and the finish brings in some yeast flavouring and a tiny bit of hops. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

This is a nice saison from the folks at Yards. It's simple and fairly tradtional for the most part, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Jarod
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

99 – 04 dated on side of bottle, but nothing marked.

This beer poured a golden wheat/honey color that was very clear and showed great carbonation bubbles. The head was thick, full, creamy off white in color and long lasting to almost ¾ to the end with an aggressive pour. There was some lace present, but spotty and watery. The aromas that came from the glass were light. I nosed some flowers, hay, oranges, sweet malts and when a deep wiff was taken in there was a musty smell in the back of the nose. The flavors were more pronounced. It started kind of watery then evened out, tastes of light hops, fruit slices (lemon, orange), some sweet malt, light spice, earth notes and a farmy taste or farmhouse taste. It finished with a yeast/bread taste and left an aftertaste of black pepper or cilantro, which seemed to last a good length of time. It was light to medium bodied. This is not an overstated saison, kind of mellow or soft in the nose but makes up for it in the taste. Good combination of tastes makes this an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking clear amber with fluffy white head. Great lacing.

Estery nose of banana and clove, some spice.

Wow, the taste has a nice, peppery backbone, good malt, no funk but the spice makes up for that. No sign of hops but very balanced and a strong malty finish, leaving you wanting more. I drank this at a realitively high temp, probably around 55 degrees which agreed with it well.

Good fully body mouthfeel, with a nice settling effect. I would seek this out if it made it to the Chicago area, lucky east coasters.

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Photo of EtOHMD
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying this for 1st time in PA. Poured into pint glass. Decent appearance golden orange translucent but not opaque. Fruity smell banana orange. Taste is classic saison but not as peppery as some others I've had. Easy drinkin. Perhaps a session saison?

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Photo of stellashay
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- honestly, the appearance was no more impressing than any other light beer. Low carbonation visible, light golden color, smale quickly diminishing head of about 1/2".

s: sweet yet refreshing, heavy on the wheat notes, slightly spiced. Smells exactly as it tastes.

t: delicious and refreshing! slightly thicker than I would have expected, but the carbonation and light, crisp flavor more than makes up for that.

m: spicy, bubbly on the tongue, (nicely chilled), thirst quenching.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a "what the hell, you should try this" box shipped to me by my buddy 2dogbrew. Thanks Russ.

Poured into my Duvel tulip.

The pillowy white head soared to the top of the my tulip like cumulonimbus clouds on a mission. The beer itself is just a tad hazy with some deep golden orange hues. The lacing is monstrous-- just in letting it settle while I check out the color, there are huge chunks of sticky and thick lace. Looks absolutely delightful!!

I smell candied sugar. That thick, unrefined, natural sugar. Also some earthy funk is noticeable. The taste starts off a bit sweet and gets a little funky with citrus notes present towards the finish. It has a dry tartness, bordering on the idea of being slightly sour, that belies the sweetness at the front of the taste.
There is some kind of light fruitiness to this-- banana, apricot, pear? I can't distinguish what it is right now-- but I can sure taste something familiar here. There is also a slight spicy/peppery vibe that in my mind, I attribute to the yeast. Very tasty little beer, and I would certainly pick this one up if I lived in the distribution area!

There is plenty of carbonation to remind us that this is a light and summery beer... But it could still pack a punch as 6.5% abv. Especially with how easy it drinks.

Very solid offering of a Belgian style from a domestic brewer. So far Yards is 2 for 2 in my book!
To Yards: Keep it up!
To traders: Keep sending them to me!

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a nice two finger head. Large carbonation bubbles hugged the inside of the glass, and thick bubbles were in the head. The aroma was great as sweetness was balanced with tartness and citrus tones. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart apples / tart grapes, light citrus tones, and a dash of caramel. The mouthfeel was crisp, and the finish was dry and crisp. Alcohol is lightly noticeable. Carbonation is strong. Medium bodied and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of pezoids
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head. Spices, fruit, banana and yeasty aromas came through. The flavors in the taste was similar but I also noticed some distinct bubblegum notes. Strawberry bubblegum to be exact. A light bodied beer, this one went down easy and is another candidate for a great summertime beer. Very drinkable, flavorful and well crafted.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazed orange in appearance, with a thin, somewhat uneven, off-white head.

Aroma is zesty and invigorating, with strong yeast notes subsiding to sharp lemon tang and a flowery hop boquet.

The flavor is interesting and multilayered, yet well-rounded enough that that complexity might easily slip by unnoticed. A hint of corriander spice, though the spiciness in general is pretty mellow. The malt is really only noticeable in the aftertaste, when it leaves a somewhat biscuity flavor in the throat. Not nearly as funky as some representatives of the style, though it develops a bit more of this toward the finish.

And I'm pleased to say that, contra the esteemed Venom, absolutely nothing about this beer reminds me of cat urine.

Thanks to frank4sail for the sample!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden appearance with streaks of orange tinting. Big crop of snow white froth on top. Retention is excellent. Streams of CO2 rise at a rapid rateLacing is quite full. Nice aroma of candied fruits, gooey dough and yeasty spiciness. The flavor isn't as sweet as the aroma, but it's nice nonetheless. A definite farmhouse feel to it with its earthy mildly funky tones. Light candy tones. A slight peppery spiciness. And yeasty goodness. While there's a bit of carbonation, it is not gaseous or airy in the mouth. More light and fluffy. While this saison doesn't make me drop my jaw, it definitely has some traditional traits to it and is very solid in all aspects.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This got average reviews, but I rather enjoyed it and thought it was better than average. Had a sample of this at Duffy's Tavern in Boalsburg pa with Leah on our 20 anniversary trip.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is definitely an interesting brew from Yards. Appearance and aroma are both very Belgian in character. A cloudy golden brew with strong yeast, spice, and alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor is not as well rounded or complex as I had expected, but is still quite good. I can pick up the coriander, and heavy amounts of clove, spice, and a grassy flavor. Yards certainly does not hide the alcohol presence of this beer either. It has quite a warming effect, and feels as though its a tad higher than 6.5%. Mouthfeel is very good, easy to imbibe with a nice carbonation/alcohol finish that is also quite dry. This doesn't compare to true Belgians of the same style, but it is a laudable effort and is still pretty damn good.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 6/5/10

A nice bright goldenrod with a fluffy and well lacing white head. Loads of pepper and lemongrass with a nice touch of honey as well. Biscuity, hint of tartness, and lemon rind bittering in the finish. Light, peppery, very summertime indeed. I like very much so. Well carbonated. I shall nom nom nom nom nom it.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a fairly sweet Saison without even a hint of tartness. Pours a fairly dark (for the style) orange color with a medium head that lasts just a few seconds. Nose is spicy and yeasty. The taste is sweet, with Dupont-esque yeastiness and spicy. A fairly pleasant Saison, albeit lacking complexity.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, peachy yellow in color with a magnificant, 3 finger head of bone white. Large bubbles cascade upwards, head retention is excellent.

Aromas are surprisingly authentic. Lemony citrus, fresh grass, herbs, subtle corieander and spice, and chalky minmerality.

Flavor is crisp, fruity, and refreshing. Lemon and oranges up front, lead into freshly cut grass, sweet spice, bitter herbs, and that chalky mineral note. Finish is bone dry. Much better than I remember it being. Why does it rate so low???

Body is on the lighter side of medium, very crisp, and has a dry, sparkling mouthfeel. A great beer for summer.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer has a nice cloudy golden color with a full white head that leaves nice foam on the glass.
S: The smell is slightly sour with some strong wheat malt aroma. Crisp but slightly fruity. It has a nice honey like after scent.
T: Obviously the beer has a nice wheat flavor with great hints of spicy corriander and some slight citrusy The beer still has that classic fruity "farmhouse" mouth feel.
M/O: Decent interpretation that has some nice balances of fruity sweetness that makes this a really drinkable beer in the summer months.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

billowing white head that left a ton of lacing on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Light golden color with a good amount of haze to it. Very solid indeed.

aroma was solid as well. Light , hints of pears and light grains, a touch of a fresh grass like note coming through as it finishes up.
.Light fruit notes bouncing around throughout the profile and a really solid, very well put together flavor. Light grain and a touch of lit hops finish it off very well. Very light, very crisp and well carbonated . This was a no brainer to enjoy on a hot day,

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, did this one ever create a huge, fluffy white head that put me in mind of JacktheRipper's current avatar! It was a very hazy/cloudy deep golden yellow with a very spicy, peppery nose. There ws no doubt in my mind that the yeast made a noticible contribution to this beer. It had a nice, tangy mouthfeel and I could definitely taste the spice in the mouth. The label identifies it as coriander and orange peel. Fair enough. The finish was dry and spicy - perfect for a summer afternoon.

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