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 jakester
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is from the Yards Variety case. I drank it in a goblet. "Filled on" date stamped on top of the case, but it's tricky to find. Something is inked on the bottle, but it's unreadable.

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a 1/2 finger head of off-white foam. Head falls to islands and a ring, with minimal lacing. Carbonation looks active.

Aroma is of bitter orange and coriander, on the light side, with a very slight farmhouse character to it. Smells pleasantly citrusy, and slightly yeasty. Smells nice, if not complex.

First flavor is light Belgian farmhouse funk, followed by lightly bready pilsner malt, lemony citrus, and a gentle hop bitterness. The spices come through late, and taste of orange and coriander. This is a saison wannabe, although it's a good beer, nonetheless. Aftertaste is a light but noticeable Belgian funk.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lively carbonation bite. Finish is short and sweet.

Like I said, this is a saison wannabe, but it is a good beer. Seems like Yards is seeking the newbie niche for saisons, but it is well made, and power to them. If you are seeking out true saisons, I would keep looking.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a black & gold logo’d crown cap, looks like the one in the BA Database. The rather funky looking green and red main label describes the contents as a “Saison Bottle-Conditioned Belgian Style Ale”. Listed as 4.7% ABV with no discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Massive “phhrrtttt” when opened followed by a larva like ever expanding humungous head on the pour, the head continued to rise in the bottle when I put it down between pours. Thick off head pops and fizzes for some time. Once settled the clear golden body shines with a nice pineapple juice haze, the turbidity increased on the second and last top up pour from the 12 ounce bottle. Lots of lacing and a plethora of streamers that last forever.

Nose: Lemony malts with a delicate spiced feel. Sweetness lingers but never rises above the toasted malt and spices.

Taste: Zingy start, especially as you get to the bottom of the bottle. Spicy middle with a light yeast swirl and an even lighter sweetness. The finish is clean with a tight crispness. Coriander and orange peel is always low key and helps to extend the lingering finish beyond the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Has a bitter feel throughout and it thickens as you get further down the bottle. Dry palate with a yeasty texture.

Drinkability: The clean lines and crisp feel, coupled with low key Coriander and not so zesty Orange peel means that this is a very easy drinking Saison Ale.

Overall: It does seem to lack a little complexity and a high end funky farmhouse feel, so it may be a little too clean for the hard core Saison lovers. But this is nevertheless an enjoyable brew, and I would pick this one up again for sure; I bet its great fresh off the tap. Thanks to Erica for sending this one West!

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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 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 mntlover
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a thumb sized white head that falls fairly fast to a ring does leave behind some light lace.

Aroma is lemony and grassy some wheat hints popping up light fruit and some light spice. Nothing too exciting but not bad either.

Taste is some malt moving to lemon flavored grassiness some fruit also noticable but the lemon grass is overpowering it. finish is nice clove mixed with some coriander and light funkiness. Over all a nice attempt but didn't quite nail it.

Mouthfeel is light medium good caronation a dry finish over all not bad.

Drinkability is ok not on par with the good saisons but its nice to see more people attempting this style. By the way Yards makes one kick ass IPA.

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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 weeare138
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Standard Tap..
Appears a hazy pale gold with a 2 finger creamy white head. Little streaks of lacing are left behind.
Smell is of orange zest, along with mild amounts of coriander, lemons, and a touch of grassyness.
Taste is about the same as the aromas. There just seems to be enough coming through for you to get a grip on what the flavors are. It seems very subtle.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet and citrusy with a hint of spiciness along with a dry finish.
Drinkability is good. It's just not the greatest saison out there. For what it's worth, I'll drink it if I see it again.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a light beige color with magnificent white puffy head that threatened to escape the glass. Large amount of floaters present. Smell is spicy with some lemon and orange noted. Taste is spicy and a bit sweet. Dry at the end leaving a pleasant feel. A nice enjoyable beer.

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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 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 NiceGuyMike
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden yellow with minor head. Not enough head to warrent lacing. Smells of Belgian yeasts with a touch of malt. Tastes almost the same with a bit of bitterness in the end. Light to medium body. This beer isn't much to speak of. It any lacks character and depth. It does have that nice Belgian taste, but that is it. Disappointment.

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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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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased as a single at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va. Served chilled into a tulip glass, this pours a hazed, pale yellow banana peel body with an immense white head that I'm getting used to seeing in Saisons. Very good retention and globs of patchy lace are clinging all over the glass.
Aroma begins spicy, with coriander and white pepper. Citrusy notes of lemon and orangepeel blend well with some grassy and floral hop aromas.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation that tingles the tongue.
Taste is dry and spicy, with lemony citrus and coriander dominating all the way through. Mild note of powdery yeast, but that's about it for the yeast character. Dry and spicy on the finish.
This is a crisp, dry, and refreshing Saison that is pleasant on the palate. Lacks the serious complexity and character of the better Belgian Saisons, but not at all bad.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a deep chalice)
A- this beer pours a hazy golden body with a thin ring of white foam on the rim. Strong carbonation aswell.

S- Sour honey aromas with strong notes of hard cider.

T- Lots of tart grapefruit with some tanginess too. A hint of ice tea and some lemon finish with a hop bitterness.

M- medium body with a small fizz. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- Very unique beer but they really need to work on the complexity of flavors to master this style. Very good solid beer.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big dense bright-white head leaves scattered patches of lace. Almost transparent pale golden colored beer with medium sized bubbles shooting from the bottom of the glass. Mild aroma of lemon/coriander and yeast. Flavor is mild as well. There's a bit of dry lemon and some grassy hops up front. It mellows out in the middle with an earthy yeasty flavor fading in, and it becomes faintly sour in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Some aspects remind of Saison DuPont, while others are more Wibier-ish. Much better then I remember the bottled version being, but still not quite there. It seams pretty delicate, maybe it would be awesome strait from the 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 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 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 lackenhauser
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a huge,white creamy head. Hazy golden yellow color. Enormous carbonation level-bubbles rising like mad!!!! Head seems to go on forever. Slight lemon/citrus aroma-some spiciness present. Pervasive bitterness upfront. Some spiciness. Lacks the complexity of a true saison. A tad thin body wise. An ok beer overall-decent enough effort.Id rather have the real thing to be honest with you.

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Photo of horndecker
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Filled the goblet a nice deep golden orange but my agressive pour yielded a mere half inch of half hearted head which slipped away in half a minute. A bit of lace clings to the perimeter.

The nose is not very forthcoming. A hint of lime. An undisguised whiff of alcohol. Oranges, suddenly oranges. Kind of nice.

NIce tart bite on first taste, getting stronger as it warms. First impression is that this is really a pale ale that took a left turn somewhere. Eventually the warming fuzzy fizziness takes over the mouth. But it's a one dimensional finish. It ain't Dupont. A little insubstantial.

Enjoyed this brew but it's not on the A list, but then I didn't expect it to be.

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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 RBorsato
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color with white large bubbled head, low carbonation, and lots of floaters. No lace. Horsey barnyard yeasty Belgian aroma and a slight citrus zestiness. Fruity and slightly complex. Yeasty, spicy, citrusy, fruity flavors but dominated by yeastiness; balanced nicely. Light bodied and refreshing.

A bit more complex than Flying FIsh but no coriander and orange peel character as advertised on label.

Label states: "Bottle Conditioned" & "Belgian Style Ale' & "Spiced with a haze of coriander and orange peel" & ABV 4.7%

Per Yards website: Available Spring and Summer

'042505' lasered on neck
Tasted: 08/14/04

($1.43 / 12 oz. bottle)

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Photo of oxmasterscream
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, off-gold in color with a fluffy, white head that fell quickly. Smells are predominantly spicy, orangey and Belgian funky. Tastes of orange and coriander, nicely spiced with a touch of clove and finishes mildly bitter. Mouth is effervescent, and medium to light bodied. The low ABV keeps it highly drinkable. A killer summer brew.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured pale golden and chunky with sediment. The head was moussy and just off-white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was Belgian with a candy aroma and a slight farmhouse aroma. Also present was some fruitiness.

The flavor was slightly spicy with a light taste of malt and perhaps wheat and a little of the true Saison laid down flavor. Fruit flavors were also present.

The finish was dry with a slight fruity spice. The body was medium light.

12 ounce bottle. 4.7%ABV on bottle. A little on the small side for a Saison and missing a bit of character, but all in all not a bad beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Pours a honey/golden amber. Cloudy, minimal white head. Sort of prickly on the tongue. Minor lacing. Honey, pepper and yeast in the nose. Earthy, musty and hints of pepper. they obviously are trying as best as they can to hit the style, and I think its a pretty good try at an elusive flavor and yeast profile. Spicy in the finish, moderate complexity. Some sourness. Tasty, flavorfull and hearty summer quaffer.

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Yards Saison from Yards Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 483 ratings.
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