Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Yards Saison | Yards Brewing Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
204 Reviews
Read the review
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-13-2001

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 480
Photo of aracauna
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep glowing gold with a slight haze. The head is thin, but carbonation is good. Constant streaming bubbles. The head fades quickly, but a bit of swirling revives part of it easily. Strong esters and big, fresh-baked bread malt make up the bulk of the aroma while a bit of pineapple and alcohol come out as the beer warms. The malty flavors go well with the fruitiness. A very slight bitterness is in the finish.

 412 characters

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.

 1,401 characters

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

Chunkers and scrod floating in me pint like seamonkeys gone wild. This is bottle conditioned beer, folks! Label advises to be served in a goblet at 4.7 % ABV. Oops...mine went into a pint with a golden haze and a slick of a white head. Freshness dating on the bottle but can't be made out. 04XXX something.

Complete fresh bananas and musty attic trunk spice in the nose. Good open fermenter style barn & meadow scents.

This might be the first time I describe the taste as dry. Pheloics and medicinals in the house for the flavor here. A bit of cloves, peppers and buttery diacetyl.

Last swigs: Saison beers remind me of good stouts: The differences between the better ones are minute. Also, how drinkable is a true Saison like YARDS? Very difficult to say. Plenty of Saison-ness to go around. Go YARDS! Plus, they're local.

Beer is good. Happy Belgian style beering.

 879 characters

Photo of PSUDREW
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a (darkish) meduim, hazy orange. Little head, almost no lacing.Light, almost starchy aroma.

Interesting mix in this brew. Part Belgian, Part Hefe. Taste of a spicy orange. The usualy orange sweetness is more subtle, not quite, but akin to an artificial orange sweetness, I kinnda keep thinking alcho-pop, but in a good way. Kinnda of a bitter hoppy finished mixed heavily with a dominant yeasty taste going down at the end. Not a crisp finish, but the hop charecter helps to clean it up and finish it off in a good way.

All in all, Yards pulled off an interesting, highly drinkable, and rather affordable beer. It gives you a good mix of the drinablity and summer-friendly wit flavor, and hop goodness. Dig it!

 723 characters

Photo of dmarch
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden-orange color with a small white head and a slight haze. Would have liked to seen a little more carbonation. Aroma is mostly hay. Taste is of hay, orange peel and a hint of lemon. Not very interesting in my opinion. It has elements of Belgium, but really just tastes like an average pale ale with orange peel added. Yards can and has made better beers than this.

 368 characters

Photo of ppoitras
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Pisskynights. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a minute white 1/8" of white head, which quickly faded to a film. Brew is a slightly cloudy golden hue, with the floaties probably due to my pour decanting. Aroma is slightly sour, backed with malts and belgian yeasts. mainly of hops, but the malt is also evident, just in the minority. Taste is a somewhat fruity upfront, with a nice backbone of malt, and ends up with a nice crisp exit. Mouthfeel is good, and drinkability is good for a saison, which can be somewhat demanding on the palate at times.

 625 characters

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

Pours with a large 3 fingered head, off-white in color and long lived at that. A bit of yeast haze, otherwise semi-clear light amber liquid in the Fuller's pint glass. Light fruity delicate nose...some banana noted. Dainty fruit flavors with nice hopping and a little malt sweetness, somewhat thin mouthfeel, otherwise eveything's a-ok. Finishes on a bitter/fruity note. A nice warm weather ale that goes down easy.

 415 characters

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.

 465 characters

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that is dominated by a fruity Belgian yeast aroma. It gives it a nice banana aroma that is very pleasant to the nose. The taste is decent. It has a pale malt base with a slightly fruity yeast finish. It has good flavor, but it is watery and weak. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an alright brew, but it lacks body and richer flavor.

 491 characters

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.

 476 characters

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Grey Lodge. Our own Venom liked this a lot. It was decent, but I didn't find it very exceptional. To me, this seemed like a good summer beer.

The appearance was a nice yellow color with very little head. It was not very aromatic. And the taste had a little bit of a malt profile but nothing special. It was very drinkable however.

 357 characters

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.

 479 characters

Photo of AbePhroman
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't too big a fan of this one. I enjoy Yards ESB but this one didn't fit my taste. Poured a clear golden color with a frothy head that settled fast. Minimal lacing. Smelled of malts. Tasted kind of bland honestly. Not a great Saison imho. Try Hennepin instead.

 263 characters

Photo of rdrummer
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me first say that I am a Yards fan. This is not their best effort, but then I'm not really sure what they were trying to do with this beer. It was a nice looking hazy yellow with a nicely formed and somewhat long-lasting head. There was almost no lacing. There was a musty aroma to the beer. This could have been a little long in the tooth but I couldn't determine that from the bottle. The taste was okay. It was a little bland for my tastes but did have a nice hoppy finish with a little spiciness at the end. Not sure what they used to get that but it almost tasted like pepper. It was very light in the mouth almost too light. All in all, an average beer, which is a disappointment from this brewer.

 707 characters

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.

 1,045 characters

Photo of bmills1608
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Deep yellow color, hazy, large stark white head, fairly fluffy with some larger bubbles mixed in. A steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Spicy nose, lots of yeast, black pepper and hops. Flavor leaned towards the lighter side of the spectrum. Orange zest, a little citrus start things off strong, followed by some grainy flavors, clean. Middle pallette some sugar sweetness and pears. Herbal bitterness and yeast notes round things out. Finishes very dry, with flavors of dried grass and grains.

Carbonation was a little fizzy and very tight. Refreshing.

Overall - A very drinkable, well crafted brew by Yards. Quite balanced. Dry.

 677 characters

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

Good stuff. This beer pours a hazy orange colour with a creamy white head. The aromas are all spices, yeast, and hops and the taste is exactly the same. This beer is very spicy, with a nice yeast base and a subtle yet complex hop flavor. The alcohol is barely noticeable and the mouthfeel is very nice. The drinkability for this beer is very good as well, but it isn't exactly a traditional saison beer!


 408 characters

Photo of UnionMade
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brilliant orange color with a copious white head. Great beading in the head, with very even bubbles. Lots of bubbles rapidly floating up to feed the head. The froth dies down almost immediately, but never dissipates. Considerable lace, leaving thick clumps on the glass.
Aroma is distinctly saison. Sweet and sour, with a fruity tartness. Hints of berry, under-ripe peach, and green apple. Malty candylike sweetness. Very fruity and complex. Mild candi sugar, with a slightly medicinal aroma as it warms.
Flavor starts fruity, lively, and sweet. Slightly sour in the middle, with some light candi sugar sweetness. Hints of peach and pear esters. The flavor fades to a citric brightness, finishing very dry and smooth. A touch of lemon at the end, with light yeast. Some candi sugar and lemony citrus in the aftertaste. Light bodied and well carbonated, small bubbled and feisty.
One of my favorite saisons, including belgian imports. These guys make great beer. Everything I've tried so far has been top shelf. I like it, sir

 1,042 characters

Photo of beergeek279
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is golden blonde with good head retention. The smell is fruity sweet. The taste is slightly malty, with a very little bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is somewhat heavy. Drinkability-wise, I probably wouldn't have another.

A somewhat disappointing beer. This is my first saison, but saisons should have a bit of sweetness to them. Although this isn't terrible, this isn't a beer classic either.

 436 characters

Photo of nomad
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a translucent, deep yellowed-gold. Had lots of carbonation a plain foamy white head, and some lace. Pretty standard.

Smell was first off sweet in a trippel-ish sort of way, then lead to scents of wheat, banana esters, some peppery spice. Had the saison-typical farmhouse funk but only decently so. Not bad.

Taste was creamy and of a fair golden malt, as the hops were light and late, and of a german pilsener type. For me, this beer was too thin bodied i.e. it had no spice or interesting coming together of flavors like many saison. Good easy mouthfeel, slightly more than watery, and this aided the beer's ease of drink which came from its nice combination of malt and hops flavors. In fact, it tasted more like a golden lager with an above average character, and less like a spunky and intriguing saison. But, by no means a badly brewed saison.

 860 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very impressive hazed orange tinted golden body with a vibrant fluffy white head poured into my Corsendonk glass leaving even lace as the head settles. Aroma is delicate with a faint phenolic fruit tone peeking through what seems like a decently carbonated spiced lighter summer beer. My first sip of this pseudo Saison is met with a slightly harsh mixture of flavors, a bitter dryness at first followed by watery emptiness some malt sweetness shines through but the flavors are conflicting in my mouth and only hoping to eventually harmonize I will let this sample sit until it warms slightly. The mouthfeel is light and meant for the summer time, and I could probably handle my share of these, but why would I want to when it's just a mediocre representation of a great beer. I will pass on this pass me my Saison Dupont.

 837 characters

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

Poured a nice hazy deep yellow with nice big fluffy head,smell was a little spicey but somewhat faint.Tasted yeasty and a little tart with some nice balancing sweetness in there lingering.Pretty nice beer real easy to drink even at 6.5% percent a summer beer with a little muscle.Will by again,Iam gonna try to find it on tap.

 326 characters

Photo of allboutbierge
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It seemed almost like a try at Hoegaarden White or Leffe.

Good, but not great. Might try later on cask. An off yellow body with a golden brown haze floats a short lived white head. Aromas of bananas, cloves, and strawberries? float to the nose. Elements of spices such as pepper, etc join up with the scents on the tongue. Carbonation is balanced, but strong, and tickles the palate. Good, but nowhere near the same league as other 'belgian-like' beers I've had.

 465 characters

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.

 377 characters

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.

 727 characters

Yards Saison from Yards Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 480 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!