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

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a slightly hazed straw color, thin layer of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Lots of belgian yeast and clove, other spices, pepper, some light banana.
T - You get a little bit of dried fruit and banana up front then it shifts quickly to a very spicy and pepper flavor, and last for a while.
M - Dry and a tad bitter, light on feel though.
O - This is just about an average saison, nothing special, but nothing awful, its definitely geared more on the spice side of things.

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Photo of BeerSwillingMongoloid
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I like this stuff. Partially because I'm from Philadelphia (even though this city is a shithole) but mostly because this is a decent taste of the belgian style at half price. Taste it if you have the chance. Not bad. Just to meet number of characters

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow/straw color with a half of a finger of white-colored head that quickly disappeared into a thin lacing of foam that covered practically the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Typical Belgian Saison aroma of Belgian yeast, spices such as cardamom, clove, and lemon peel. Very nice.

Taste: Again, typical Belgian Saison flavors: yeasty, spicy (as in spices, not heat), citrusy. Notes of clove, black pepper, lemon, grapefruit, candied sugar, honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, with some really good carbonation to tickle the taste buds and cleanse the palate.

Overall: I really liked this beer and found it to be a good example of an American version of a Belgian Saison. I’ll certainly be getting it again.

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Photo of cjoc83
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a cloudy, burnt orange/gold color with a 3 finger, bright white head. Lots of carbonation, bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- A bit of banana and clove, fruity yeast esters, slight lemon peel. Light on the spices, just the hint of clove.

T- follows the nose closely with banana bread hitting the palette first, and some slight citrus zest. Then some earthy grain and just a hint of floral hops before finishing with some more earthiness, hay, wet grass. Not bad at all.

M- light bodied with effervescent carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O- A decent Philly brewed saison that's pretty damn good on a hot summer day. Not great, but certainly quaffable.

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Photo of Suds
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is light in hue...gold and capped with a white foam. The aroma is mor of a Belgian ale than Saigon, but it is quite good. Fruity, spicy....anise and coriander and peach. The taste is bitter, a but tart, and some pale malts. Bitter, with a full mouthfeel and a Belgian yeast flavor. Overall, this is good, but not great.

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I am from the Philadelphia area, so I have had a good amount of exposure to Yards Brewery. I also have an affinity for Belgian ales, saisons, farmhouse ales, etc. So with that being said, I do appreciate products that Yards puts out, but the Saison was a bit of miss in my opinion. A good brew, but not as flavorful as I look for in a Saison. Best way to explain this is....I expect Saison's to come off a unfiltered. Yard's Saison tastes as though it is a filtered beer (it very well may be), which again is not what I expected. Many may like this beer, but not what I was looking for.

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Photo of horshamguy
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A--Excelent initial head devolving into a light white coating. Pretty good lacing compared to what I expected.
S--Malty. Some banana & complimentary citrus.
T--Yards' stuff is usually disappointing, but their Saison exceeds my expectations. Not as much sour as i'd like, but plenty of grassiness and Belgian candy sugars.
M--Just a little bit less fullness than I'd like, but still very good. Creamier at the very end than expected. Which is actually quite nice.
O--The best Yards product by far that I've come across. It's OK as far as saisons go, but it is 2 thumbs up for Yards.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-slightly hazy golden color with a decent white head and good lacing

S-lemon, bananas, malt, pepper

T-grainy malt, bananas, citrus, pepper, slightly astringent finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry

O-a decent Saison, good summer drinking

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Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A finger's worth of lush whimsical airy whipped froth that is pure white in color... Slight to moderate retention gives way to a full veil of lacing and slight collar... The color is honey with an ever so slight haziness... A light to moderate bit of slightly sluggish carbonation rises within... Quite a bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Candied sugars... Belgian yeast... A slight fruitiness... A faint wheat component... Honey... A very inviting scent... Quite robust... A surprising depth and complexity...

T - A combination of wheat and Belgian yeast is first to great the senses... This is followed closely by the candied sugar and honey... There are some orange zest notes as well... The finish has a slight floral component... Excellent balance with good depth...

M -On the fuller side of light bodied... Sleek... Lush with a very rich texture... Just a kiss of carbonation, but still rather lively...

D - Not your text book Saison, but all the requisite elements are still present... An interesting spring / summer seasonal twist on one of my favorite styles... Not sure this could be considered amongst my top tier of Saisons, but none the less this could easily be a staple in my spring / summer seasonal rotation... Another find job by the fine folks at Yards...

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Photo of Kadonny
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle (new label) into a nonic pint glass.

A: A medium golden color with a fluffy 2 finger white head Not much lacing.

S: Lots of yeast and fruit with banana, orange, lemon mixed with spicy pepper notes.

T: The fruit really comes out with a hefty yeast flavor that reminds me more of a hef than a saison. The fruit flavors of banana, orange, lemon and pear mix with a large peppery spice flavor that seems to really take over the beer. Mild sweetness lies underneath, but the pepper mixes with some herbal hops to keep the beer on the drier side. Finish is mostly spicy.

M: Medium at best, actually a bit thin maybe. A bit dry and bitter but not overly so. No alcohol.

O: Not the best Saison I've ever had. It was not overly refreshing, which I like in a good saison, and the pepper spice really seems to take over the beer.

Overall it's an ok beer, but I won't seek it out again. Nothing to remember here.

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

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of the hazy, golden body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves little lace in its wake.

S - Lig malt with some spicy notes of anise and pepper.

T - Sweet wheat and malt up front. Some anise in the middle and a finish of black pepper, clove, and light tartness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Not bad, it isn't particularly flavorful as saisons go but it's pleasant enough.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a dull gold cloudy body with very small floaters in it.

S: lemon and orange citrus, some pungent easy and candy sugar and corriander.

T: the cirtus is more tart and sour than sweet with the flavor a little bland. herbal notes, clove, light belgian yeast.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Not as dry as one would expect for the style.

Overall: simple saison. drinkable but doesnt stand up to others out there for the genre.

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Photo of deg
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Clear, no noticeable yeast cloudiness. Gold color, a little darker than I'd expect. I can smell floral smells. I can taste hop bitterness, nothing sweet, no malt. The hop bitterness is not overwhelming, and they used a hop that I like. There is an aftertaste, but it's light and fades too quickly for me to figure out what it is I'm tasting. Maybe some fruitiness?

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some yeast particles in suspension. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts along with some very light lemon/citrus, black pepper, and yeast. Very little funkiness.

T: Starts out with a pale malt body with some light hints of candi sugar sweetness, lemon citrus, and black pepper spice.There is a touch of yeasty flavors in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: This is a pretty average saison in my opinion, easy to drink and refreshing but not as good as some of the other saisons I have had recently. The flavors are quite enjoyable but this is not likely one that I will be rushing out to get again.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A dull lemony yellow brown body, kind of opaque, with some nice rising thing carbonation, presents a good white and creamy head even and uniform. Settles slowly to a whipped up character. Fairly good looking.

Nose is some mild farmhouse like funk, slight spritzy carbon dioxide, small lemon, slightly floral. Subtle but nice.

Palate seems to be quite much what the nose provided. A good texture and body with a decent malt backbone. Dense malts give to a little bit of funky quality. Citrus and lemon seems to come out with some bread action on the finish. Sweet cream like tastes pop out a bit also.

Overall quite good, but also kind of hammered down. Good texture and feel really saves the beer, I could have this again.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice clean golden/straw yellow pour with 1/2" foamy white head and great lacing. smells spicy, funky, zesty... celery, pepper, mushrooms... nice! taste is much like the smell + a bit bready.. lemongrass too. light body with champagne like carbonation.. a bit earthy so it leaves a bitter feeling on the cheeks on the way down.

overall, a pretty solid saison. would probably go GREAT with a bbq.. it could easily replace a salad :)

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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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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber and sudsy in the tall tulip. Quite attractive. A whiff of green beans from the soul food place in the smell, like ham fat and broth.

Rather tart with a mineral taste. But some sweet malt underneath. More of the sweet and sour flavor than I care for. A stew of yeasty flavors ending with a fair dose of hops and some herbal bitterness. Yet another variation on the Saison theme and what you can do with Belgian yeast. There is nothing wrong with this one and perhaps I am being unfair to be unimpressed.

From the 12 oz bottle. Nice foamy lacing to the end.

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Photo of Samp01
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a medium white lasting head. Aroma and Taste of citrus, lemons, some grass and hay notes, with some biscuit malt and light bitter hops. A light crisp body with good carbonation. Finish is light crisp, citrus and lemon flavors with some light bitter hops and a lingering nutty aftertaste. Overall a good crisp and refreshing brew.

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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 IronLover
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow in color and hazy. Poured with a short, dense white foam that sustains a thick cap that leaves lots of sticky lacings on the glass. Yeast, sweet banana and bready malt aromas with a hint of spice in the background. Smooth feel with aggressive carbonation through the middle to the end. Bready malt flavor up front that is quickly overwhelmed with a yeasty presence. Light sweet banana flavor in the middle and a bit of tangy spice near the end. Finnishes crisp and dry with a lingering yeast aftertaste.

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Photo of Etan
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall tulip. Sent to me by Inventsituations as an extra. Decent retention and pretty nice lacing.

A: Pours a nice light hazy orange with a big spongy white head.

S: Fragrant Belgian pale malt, vanilla, white candi sugar, sponge cake, mild stone fruits. Very pleasant.

T: Sugary, fruity esters up front with a nice dose of pleasing grain. Peach, sweet orange, vanilla cake, cooked sugar, flowers. Big bready grain and a touch of yeast in the finish.

M: Nice tingly carbonation, light-bodied.

O: This is a pretty good non-funky saison, more on the straight Belgian pale ale side. Drinkable and pretty flavorful.

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Photo of JHarris1717
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer. Tried it in a beer/cheese tasting and it was paired with a brilliant cheese; Harbison from The Cellars at Jasper Hill. The combo was fantastic. Very light, hint of spice. The "expert" at the tasting said it was brewed with candied sugar. Definitely could taste that. I'm eager to have another one without the compliment of the cheese to see if it stands on its own. Could be a nice summer brew after a good winter with great darks/stouts.

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