Yards Saison | Yards Brewing Co.

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Yards SaisonYards Saison

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 483
Photo of Budlum
2.28/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours with one quarter inch of foamy, white head that disappears after 30 seconds. The body is a very pale, straw yellow with a large amount of yeast haze. A decent amount of carbonation is shown.

This saison is not very saison-like on the nose. Smells are meager with a light, nutty smell from the yeast. There is a light backing of lemon zest with a faint hop spice.

The flavors start with a light cinammon spice backed by a large lemon taste. There are some floral-esque flavors providing some faint fruit flavors. The malt representation here just plain sucks. Did they use rice in this? Yeast is only moderately present in the flavors by a weak peanut flavor.

Mouthfeel is very watery and dry. Saisons aren't viscous by nature but there is typically some body from the yeast. I can see the yeast. What happened to it?

This brew goes down easily but is not very exciting. This completely misses the style. A bad offering from a good brewery.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.44/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted this on two separate occasions, just to make sure I didn't get a bad bottle the first time.

Appearance- after holding a clumpy head for about a minute in my Tripel Karmeliet goblet, it quickly vanishes to nothing. The carbonation is awkward and sporadic, not at all attractive, and the color is a dirty yellow-gold.

Smell- vague fruit, a bit dry.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability- even with a fresh palate, I struggle to pull together cohesive tastes. The vapid, watery consistency is very detracting, and the beer went completely flat in the ten minutes I was reviewing this. Down the sink it went.... on both occasions.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
2.46/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was really expecting a bunch from this one. But, I was let down; no let me say, maybe it was a bad bottle or two, but still, here goes;

It came out ok;looked like a golden pilsner, not a saison.

The smell is grapefruit and cat pee stained rug.

The initial taste is IPA bitter, I tried to find coriander- definitely citrus. The finish is bitter wheat. This did not improve, infact, the twangy stink got more prevalent as the beer went down.

I am glad people are making saisons, but I'd rather have a bud light than this.

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Photo of Dithyramb
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. supposedly bottle conditioned brew.

Pale yellow with little to no life in it. Patchy head that died quickly with no lace. Some lemon on the nose and some yeasty background. Weak pale malt flavor with some yeast tossed in. Nothing overly saison about it. Very faint orange peel at best.
Watery and clean on the finish.

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Photo of asabreed
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow with some of the sediment poured in. Tons of bubble action surfacing in the middle, with bubbles on the side of the glass slowly coming up. Almost look 3-D in a way, and it's very nice. Head's still sticking around, with the lacing pretty thick, too.

Smell: Yeasty aromas at first, with some lemongrass, lemon zest, and hints of sweet malt on top. Some hop bitterness comes to the forefront with a deep inhalation. Some slight orange peel, peppery spice, and coriander at the end. The potential is there, but it doesn't come through like it should, as it's very unbalanced.

Taste: Initially it seems like it's going to be very dry, and then becomes very dry, very quickly, which seems to be masking most of the flavor that should be present and huge. Eesh, way too bitter, by the hops I suppose? It's almost harsh on the palate unfortunately. Aftertaste is too dry, very astringent, and draws on some faint lemon along with mostly harsh hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Way too much carbonation with kind of a light body. Not pleasant at all.

Drinkability: Rarely do I pour out a beer, but I may in fact do that now, though I hate to waste it. I'm waiting for Yards to impress me, and this certainly hasn't made a case. Too dry, unbalanced, and astringent.

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Photo of TopherBreski
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Extremely bubbly gold with a not so prevalent smell of malt and Pilsen. Though it doesn't look like it, it's a strong Belgian but too much alcohol taste over the ingredients and very sugary.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pale yellow with a thin white head. Smells of some fruits and straw with a little hops. The taste wasn't what I was expecting. It was way too peppery and seemed a little watered down. There was not enough malt or hop presence. It tasted more like salt water with pepper added. The bottle has been in the fridge for some time so I will have to repurchase and retry in the near future.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a single 12 oz bottle....

Poured into my Chimay goblet.

I have to admit that it was a very nice color- typical golden color for a "Belgian" style beer- but...no head, no lacing..totally watered down- you can tell even as you poor. Taste was of oranges and lemons- zesty and spicy- but totally watery- tastes like the end of a beer the whole way through.

I did not enjoy this one at all and probably won't buy this again. I will stick to Duvel if Im in the mood for a Belgian Golden Ale. It was tough to finish.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy golden orange pour topped in a massive pillow of white head. The aroma is very bready and weak, not really giving me the aroma of a saison here.

I don't really think this is a saison, but a very mild weak pale ale. It had nothing going on at all. Some bready flavors with mild hop character. It was very light and crisp, with almost no body to it. I just can't see how this could even be compared to others in its class. Don't even bother with this one.

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Photo of jmc44
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden color with thick white head, decent retention and nice lacing.

Yeasty aroma with spice and citrus, predominantly orange, and a mustiness. Not too bad.

Taste is sweet at first, somewhat watery, followed by a citrus bite. Finishes crisp, with a slight lingering bitterness from the hops, and a citrus aftertaste.

Light in body, nicely carbonated for the style, would be quite drinkable if it were a bit more refined in flavor. Somewhat of a disappointment.

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Photo of jmalex
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Now that the summer is winding down, it's time to make room for the porters and pumpkins and drink up all the summer beers I still have lying around. Tonight it's Yards Saison.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Allagash tulip a fairly clear pale amber gold. Despite a vigorous pour, a small white head forms and drops quickly to a medium collar and medium sized hazy patch.

SMELL: Fairly fruity with big orange and citrus notes. Belgian yeast aroma is present but not too intense, as is a slight pepperiness. Any funkiness is lacking.

TASTE: Again, the citrus looms large and dominates the flavor. Yeastiness is not as apparent and the beer winds up tasting like an orange ale as a result. Not too much else is going on. Hop presence is at a low level. Overall, lackluster.

MOUTHFEEL: The sharp carbonation I would expect from this is nowhere to be found. Instead the carbonation is at below-average levels. The body is light, so at least that is at a good spot.

DRINKABILITY: It's alright, but I'd gladly spend the money on a different saison. The 4.7% ABV seems awfully low for a saison too.

Well, I'm kind of thankful that this is my last bottle. I have a few other saisons to finish up before the end of summer, and I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy them a lot more.

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Photo of mobyfann
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Paid $27.99 for the mixed case...

The beer pours a slightly hazy golden base with a small head, little retention, no lacing. The aroma is limited to a yeast-spice hybrid, smells a bit like cinnamon.

The taste is just ok, little carbonation gives a dry aftertaste and it has me craving for more but it just isn't there. It isn't drinkable at any abv... sorry Yards!

Final Thought: What the heck Yards??? You have a nice mixed case except for this one... steer clear and enjoy their Extra Special Ale or IPA, there is more personality in those beers.

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Photo of Illinick
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow with pale orange and apricot hues. Opaque with BIG, fluffy, billowing white head and slight yeast. Nice lacing throughout.
S: Tart fruit, especially lemon peel, with some spiciness and some candy. Slight mustiness and earth scents as well as yeasty smell. A really good smelling brew that has me excited to taste.
T- At first taste and after my excitement from the appearance and smell I was dissapointed. Tart fruit did not make it through to the taste and the spiciness was not done well. Musty and dry with grainy flavors. Lots of yeasty and earthy flavors with some toast and slight cake. Tart fruit (lemon peel) / spiced fruit are there but too far in the background. Really spicey throughout, but not good. Does not display farmhouse flavors well.
Overall: An okay brew, but a less than par interpretation of the style. The appearance and smell had me excited, but the taste left me disappointed.

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Photo of stewart124
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A sweet smelling beer with a hint of fruit. A cloudy-golden color with a fluffy head that disipates quickly. Minimal lace left over in the glass. The carbonation is very noticable. The taste is very dry that seems to hit your sour tastebuds. Not a very pleasant feeling in your mouth as far as this style. One of the only reasons I took another drink was to get the dry aftertaste out of my mouth, only to have the process repeat again. Not too impressed with this beer by Yards.

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Photo of GnomeKing
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pucker up, Johnny--this one's a citrus blast that seems designed just for people who like Mike's Hard Lemonade. Okay, I'm being too harsh. It's so-so. The citrus is cranked up way too high, diminishing other flavors (assuming they're there--I couldn't taste 'em), but it's okay in its way. Yard's redid its Philly Pale Ale recipe to make it a better beer. Here's hoping they do the same with this one.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up in Indianapolis. Poured a 12 oz bottle. Reading other reviews there seems to be two interpretations of this beer. Either a citrus pucker up blast, or a semi mild Belgian wheat beer. I seemed have sampled the second of the two.

Poured a bright, off lemon color beer with a mostly cloudy appearance. The smell is slightly wheaty with limited citrus flavor with more tart than lemon tones. Some herb tones and mild spices. The taste is light with some hefe qualities. A fruity semi-lemon feel is noticeable at top but not overwhelming as would expect. A big wheat flavor with some coriander and white pepper are present. The taste become more noticeable as the beer warms. But one thing is that this is really mild compared to typical Siasons.

The beer itself is taste and would be a good light introduction to Siason for the inexperienced palate . A light body and smoothness makes it easy to drink. But just not what I was expecting for a Siason.

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Photo of BeerTruth
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to number1bum for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into my Chimay chalice.

Pours a hazy corn yellow with a fluffy large bubbled white head that stays forever. Yeast sediment floats around and settles quickly. Stickiness is quite good. Smell is of cirtus fruit all the way around with some spice goodness but kind of artificial. Taste was very bland, not nearly as powerful as the smell. Almost tastes like water with a lemon squirted in it. Yeast is there, banana is there, hops are there...but barely detectable. Mouthfeel is pretty good, goes well with the style of light and highly carbonated. Not something I'll be drinking again.

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Photo of blackie
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: golden in color, thin layer of white carbonation, low retention

s: pale malt body, lots of sweet fruity ester aromas - primarily white grape with some glimpses of pit fruit, grassy hops, smells a bit on the sugary side, but not bad

m: carbonation medium to high, medium bodied with a sugary slickness

t: pale base malts with lots of sweet esters - mostly a white grape flavor, excessively sweet for the style, some orange peel flavor and sweet fruity spice, grassy/metallic hops bring a modest bittering to the finish, with residual sugars still lingering, resulting in an unclean finish that's not exactly refreshing

o: the aroma is fine, but the sweetness on the palate is a huge detractor, just way way way too sweet for what's supposed to be a crisp, refreshing summer ale

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Yellow, straw color, small head, no lacing, medium visible carbonation.

S - Musty lemon, bland light grain, hay, horse blanket, arugula. Not great.

T - A musty, slightly sweet, watery, a blandness. Aftertaste is of bland grains with mild bitterness, watery as well.

M - Smooth, very thin, refereshing.

D - Pretty good. I'd have again as a sesion beer. A bit bland, but easily sessionable.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was exceptionally funky. It was on tap, so I don't believe the issue would have been with staleness or anything like that. It was kind of upsetting to my stomach to drink though.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Blond-orange ale with frothy 2-finger white head after a violent pour. Leaves a beautiful trail down the whole glass and eventually ends in a wispy lace.

S: Not much here. I can smell the candi sugar and hints of hops and earthy grains.

T: Mild blend of candi sugar, malt, and hops. Not overhwleming or strong.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: An ok beer. Nothing I would look for again.

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Photo of number1bum
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #3.

Pours a hazy light golden yellow with some suspended yeast floating around. Even with a vigorous pour, though, I get no head whatsoever, with just a bit of white around the rim. Smell is of fresh cut grass primarily, although there is a bit of spice and citrus, as well. Smell is feint overall, which is not surprising considering the lack of head.

Taste starts out with some banana, then some wheat flavor and spice. There's some grassy flavor and a sharp bite of hops at the end, and it finishes with a drying bitterness. Mouthfeel is very thin, too watery.

This is too watery for my liking, and overall it's pretty bland. Average, average, average across the board with this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yellow, significant carbonation. Fragrance: orange and pepper spicey, drop of wheat, yeasty. Lace in glass. Dry and spicey, namely coriander, also some sugar, but not many spices that worked for me. Finish acidic lemon or lime citrus. At Ludwig's Beer Garden.

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Photo of yamar68
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, pale gold with a soft finger of white head. Pretty good lacing and plentiful beading.

The nose is pretty decent... orange peels, clove, banana, I gotta say it reminds me of a Blue Moon. Not off-putting, but not fantastic either.

The flavors here are rather muddled. Wheat, clove, more orange peel, sort of a medicinally tart aftertaste.

I'd probably pass on this one in the future. Glad I got to try it though!

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Photo of ChrisPratz
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice deep amber coloring, pours to a fingers worth of head that dissipates to a very thin veil of lace across the top.

S: Some biscuity malt tones with the belgian yeast and citrus/spices working thru.

T: Big spice notes coming thru right at the get-go. Belgian yeast is noticeable with the spices (clove and currant stand out), however there is a tart to comes thru as well at the end. Alcohol esters are noticeable with some banana and a hint of peach. Lightly bitter hop notes end with a dryness from the high ABV.

M: Light carbonation; dryness provides clean and crisp flavors with little to no after taste.

O: Tart and spicyness work together well, however it ends with a bitterness from the hops and a dryness that i found less then enjoyable. Would like to try it on tap to compare.

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