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: 205 | Ratings: 485
Photo of Vetbidder
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat hazy yellow beer with a quickly receeding off white head. Pepper and slight spice on the nose. Maybe some tripel style yeast but nothing very bold. Slight banana, pepper and spice on the palate, something with the hop ending sort of makes a slightly metallic tinge to the ending flavor. Well carbonated and creamy. A decent enough Saison, enjoyable.

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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 hman43
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours golden with a white head. There is some lacing and it is very clear.

Smell: There are aromas of pepper, fruity esters, pepper, moderate spice, and hints of oranges.

Taste: There are flavors from fruity esters, bananas, moderate pepper, spices, and hints of orange.

Feel: It has a moderate fell and a moderately bitter aftertaste. It has a dry finish.

Overall it is a complex blend of flavors from fruit and spices with a dry finish.

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Photo of 57md
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw color with about a half finger of head. The nose and flavor profile can be described in three words: lemon, pepper & funk.

This is a refreshing, if unremarkable, offering.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
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 Jacobob10
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pale gold in color with a small white head. The clarity caught my attention immediately, very clear for a Saison. There is a very small amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, which clouds things up slightly if you add it in. Spicy hops hit the nose first, followed by lemon and light grainy malts. Good fruit/spice combo in the flavor with the malt, hops, and yeast all balanced very well. Dry finish. Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Not the most rustic or complex Saison, but very clean and easy to drink.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Body is a transparent golden, honey color. Very thin head (maybe half a finger) despite an aggressive pour. Smells a little funky, slight horse blanket, yeasty type smell with hints of lemon. Taste is hay, pepper, citrus, and more of that yeasty funk. Hints of alcohol burn and yeast phenolics. Finishes with a lingering bitterness/sourness and slightly dry. Feel is medium, smooth, and slightly creamy. Overall, this isn't the best saison I've ever had, but it's definitely drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

AUG 19, 2015
On tap at Uno, Hamilton. Aroma is bread and butter, yeast,. Yellow color. No head. Taste has a touch of fruity, Ester,but very clean. Nice saison.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter.

Pours a bright yellow color with a finger of effervescent foam that fades quickly without lacing. Aroma is spicy belgian yeast flavors, mainly bubblegum and some phenols.

Flavor is dominated by Belgian yeast and some alcohol burn. Again, bubblegum and phenolic flavors are most prevalent, with a bready malt backbone that is pleasantly sweet. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian style yeast flavors, but I am enjoying this beer better than a lot of other Belgian saisons that I've had.

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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 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 Jawn-Doe
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice transparent golden color and thick, soapy head. The nose concerned me at first, suggesting an abundance of syrup. However, the taste did not disappoint. Creamy mouthfeel introduces the palate, quickly transitioning to tart lemon and light pepper. The sip culminates in a dry finish with a faint reminder of pepper and clove. Both enjoyable and refreshing-a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Medium yellow, fairly highly carbonated. Light and malty. Refreshing, but there is too much malt sweetness for my taste.

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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 PA-hunter
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark yellow with a two finger head that dissipates fast. Slight bit of have to it.

Smell- Yeasty aroma with spices. Bits of dark fruit and banana as well.

Taste- A bit of wheat-like malt blends into a sweet Belgian-esque candy flavor. The banana as in the smell is in the taste as well. Finishes dry with a touch of bitterness and clove spiciness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with good carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall- A good yet average saison. Easy drinking and none of the many flavors are overwhelming.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottles 3/17/2015 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma fruity and somewhat sour
Head small (1 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing - none
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor faint, some yeast phenolics coming through, then a blast of sourness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, fizzy

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of bmeehan
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Yards Saison is pretty to look at and smells just as nice, but it's lacking something in taste. It doesn't taste bad—it's quite enjoyable and it's light in taste, but it also feels a little flat, like it can't quite distinguish itself from other saisons. It's still a solid beer from a very good company, and I'd drink it again. I just don't love it.

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Bright golden hue, sufficient lacing. Big spicy aroma with tones of bread, yeast, phenols, a kiss of alcohol. Smooth with ample crispness, moderate sized body. Wild herb phenols with some mildly harsh bubble gum, slightly bitter with some nutty yeast in the finish.

Everything comes together in the end even if some flavors seem to showboat.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on tap, served chilled in a pint-review from notes.

The color is golden with hazed appearance and thick white head with film of lace left clinging with tight bead. The smell is spicy and has a slight yeast ester with peppery and mild hop scent with gentle herbal tinge and mild malt in the aroma. The feel has a mild bitter texture with medium high carbonation and light yeastiness with fruity tang in the mostly dry finish.

The taste is good with some slightly spice flavor from the yeast and moderate amount of hop in the taste with some fruity yeast qualities and light lemony aspect with hint of pine in the hop profile. There is a nice base of pilsner malt to give some balance. I found this to be above average -a decent hoppy drinkable saison.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazed orange-yellow color with a two finger thick and billowy white head. The head fades slowly leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheaty and yeasty aroma with a lots of banana and spice of coriander and clove. Along with these smells are some other light fruit aromas of an orange and a lemongrass aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly lightly sweetened yeasty and wheaty taste with the sweetness being a mix of candied sugar and some fruit of an orange flavor. As the taste advances the candied sugar and orange fade, but some flavors of banana come to the tongue and bring with them some clove and pepper. A little bit of a grassy and lemon flavor come to the tongue toward the end of the taste and with the dwindling of the sweeter flavors overall, leaves a rather well balanced, only lightly funked and rather more crisp saison flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is medium in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation that was average to slightly low. A little higher carbonation would have been slightly more fitting for the style, but even so the feel was alright and keep it a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – A somewhat drier and less funky saison that had a very easy drinking feel. Not a bad brew and one to at least give a try too.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is musty, spices, a bit funky. Taste is big on spices, pepper, some yeast and banana as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE REVIEWED: July 24, 2014... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... OCCASION: just watched Earth to Echo--fun, but not E.T. ...APPEARANCE: hazy, glowing golden orange body; an armada of bubbles cascades upward into a white, frothy, three-finger head that leaves thick cumulous clouds... AROMA: candied sugar, hay and lemon zest--missing the signature barnyard yeasts, though--definite allspice, cumin and coriander... PALATE: lively, active in the teeth; medium-bodied, with a long drawn-out, welcome aftertaste; sessionable but somewhat substantial... TASTE: apple, raisin, grape, zesty lemon, anise and cumin combine to create an abbey-like profile without the alcohol... OVERALL: one of the first (THE first?!) saison I had, and this bottle rewards well within my price range ($8.99 for a six); quite flavorful for the thirst-quenching expectations; Yards dos not often disappoint, and they do not here...

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Photo of Immortale25
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large bubbly center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Rich Saison yeast aroma brings about notes of banana and mild bubble gum. Slightly soily.

T- Flavor doesn't quite follow through as the yeast notes pop on the palate and then quickly fade leaving only a slightly bitter aftertaste. More tangy than sweet.

M- Quite vibrant and zesty with a slightly milky texture. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- I've come to realize that I'm real easy to please when it comes to saisons. I don't think I've ever met one I didn't like and this one is no exception. Both BA and the Bros gave it a low score but I say that, if you like saisons, try this one. It ain't bad at all.

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Photo of delta490
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful light gold with a long-lasting foamy white head. The head leaves substantial lacing. The aroma is pretty good, with nice fruity esters. The taste has a sizable ester with hints of light fruit flavor but with a metallic bite on the finish. It has a nice feel on the palate. Its got some hits and some misses.

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Photo of Profchaos20
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed on 6/28/13 12 OZ Bottle in a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy gold with a two finger creamy white head.

S - Citrus, lemon and spice burst out of this beer to start. Having difficulty nailing down the spice aroma, not pepper just a general spice aroma that I cant pin down. Notes of malt more in the background.

T - Tart, light malt and spice throughout. Light bitterness on the finish and the spice lingers on the palate.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Dry.

O - Above average Saison, but a little boring perhaps. Wouldn't go out of my way to have again.

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