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Schlafly SaisonSchlafly Saison

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by maxpower on 09-20-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 90
Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wo inch layer of white foam then came up over the top, settled down to a broken crown and coated the inside of the glass with decent lacing.

The aroma was rather odd, sweet at first but as I really let it explore there were some light fruity notes, maybe peach and pineapple with a biscuit like note, very odd, but also very good. The flavor was more of the same, rich notes of caramel whirled over the tongue and separated into a light and fruity Belgian yeast and a grapefruit and pineapple like floral hoppiness. Strange, but awesome I have to admit. Really quite complex. The flavor took a turn toward the bitter and dried out the palate appropriately, creating a nice dry, and inviting session for the next sip.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a semi hazy golden orange color. Two finger white head that shows medium retention. not a lot of lacing sticks to the sides of the glass making it more spotty than anything else.

S- Lots of juicy fruits in the front of this beer (orange, pear, lemons, apples, and apricots). Yeast notes with slight funk come out next and compliment the fruits. Some light spicing with a almost toasted like base malt. Makes my mouth water to smell this one.

T- Light citrus hops in the front jump around with hints of sweet fruits that I picked up in the aroma. Light funky middle with the toasted malt and spicy yeast coming out. Ending of this is light alcohol flavors that come through with some spicy pepper notes, grassy hops, and a honey like sweetness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Sweet fruits with light pepper notes and grassy hops left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly sweet alcohol, grassy hops, and honey like flavor. Flavors were well put together for the style. No off flavors at all which I enjoyed. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This saison is very drinkable. The ABV is not to high which lets it be a sipper all night. A well put together beer that will make it into my fridge all the time if given the chance.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Ryan for the bottle.

Bottled with love on 09 17 2010

Pours a clear amber body with a large white head.

Esters are rampant on the nose. Apple, pear, banana and just a touch of spice.

More of the same. Fruity and slightly sweet notes of apple, pear, banana, rum raisin, butterscotch. An odd Saison. Not sour, bitter, hoppy, musty, floral or tart. Very little spice character.

Saison is a broad style category, but even still, I'm not sure this beer fits. The character of the phenols and esters lean more in the Dunkelweizen direction. But, in the end, who cares? Its a nice beer, I enjoyed it and would enjoy another if I had more than one bottle.

Glad I got to try it before it was discontinued.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

10oz pour, mini-nonic, Schlafly Bottleworks, 11/26/10.

Hazed standard orange color presented in a 10oz nonic with pretty much zero head. What there is is surely white and surely lonely in its little ring.

Exceptionally fruity Belgian yeast and moderate caramel and wheat malt.

Pretty sweet with a major fruity yeast component. Blackberry, orange, maybe sour cherry. Warmth teases out light puckering lemon sourness, pomegranate, a little bile-like. Allowed to warm, flavor is this one's strong point despite my allusion to stomach acid.

Plenty of bubbles, but still pretty heavy on the palette. Too many unfermented sugars.

This is too heavy to really enjoy and not at all effervescent as I would expect. The fruity esters are too dominant, making for a very one sided beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly's Saison presents itself with a finger thick off white head, and has a hazy brownish copper color.

The smell has some sour funk, orange and grape mixed together, along with a slight metallic hint.

In the taste there really isn't too much sour funk, more like an over ripe orange with some pie crust.

Overall a decent beer, this is my first Saison and I'd like to try some more.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - There is a nice haze light amber color with some nice golden yellow hints. There is a thin .25 inch head when served.

S - Aroma is quite sweet with some nice clove hints and some nice phenols form the yeast. There is some slight spice to it but not as much as other Saison's. Aroma isn't as clean and crisp as I expected. Little funk in the nose. Something is missing.

T - Strats off with some slight malt sweetness and some nice clove. The spice and funk that is usually found in Saison's is a bit subdued. This feels more like a Witbier rather than a Saison. The overall flavors are ok but still subdued. One of the more disappointing schlafly beers IMO.

M & D - Crisp and clean with some slight phenols. Good CO2 and light body.

Overall not the best example of the style and not the best Schlafly offering.

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Photo of Tone
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of tart malt, sweet malt, slight citrus, slight wheat, yeast, slight hop, and a hint of clove. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, hops, slight yeast, slight wheat, sweet malt, and hint of citrus. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a pretty caramel color. Sweet, brown-red. A small, tan head fizzes out of existence pretty quickly leavin gbehind a cloudy, brown ale. Absolutely no lacing.

S - Slight yeast strains along with a nice, thick malty scent. Sweeter tones like banana and other sugary fruits. Not a sharp smell that I'd expect from a saison, but pleasant all the same. Nice twist of spice (pepper) as well.

T - Much spicier than the nose! Peppery tartness, like someone took a grapefruit and sprinkled a little bit of black pepper. Also has sweeter, maltier flavors that disappear after the initial flavor wears off. Not bad at all. Nice dryness.

M - Really smooth body without much carbonation. It does roll right off of the tongue, but it needs to be a bit sharper.

D - Highly drinkable brew. I could see myself going through a couple of bottles of these on a warm, summer day.

Overall/notes - Well, not too much to say about this one. The taste and smell are both solid stuff, but the beer needs more life, really. The non-existent carbonation doesn't really do it for me when a beer has this sort of spicy flavor. Still, it's a solid beer from the dependable Saint Louis Brewery worth shelling out a couple of dollars for.

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

Coppery and cloudy, rising bubbles, nice head that goes away after a bit, little lacing.

Smells of yeast, spices, malts, banana and citrus.

Tastes very yeasty and not nearly as sweet as expected from the smell and style, tons of spices, a few dark fruits and banana. I really like the peppery taste and feel as it blends well with the carbonation.

Fairly dry but otherwise feels good going down. Obvious plentiful carbonation.

Drinks fairly well. Purchased at the taphouse for only 6.99. I would buy again, even at a slightly higher price, but wouldn't drink it as an every day beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 9/8/2009. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with an inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, not much lacing at all. It smells like bready malt, candy sugar, bananas, bubblegum, yeast and some lemon peel. Taste is bready and caramel malt, candy sugar, bananas, spice, earthy hops and yeast. Not quite what I was expecting in a saison, but it's not bad. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. Overall I think this is a decent enough brew. Not impressive, but not bad either. It's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison in a 12oz? Don't see that too often, I like it! Bottled on date of 09 08 2009. Pours a hazy light copper color with a dense, 2-finger off-white foam that fades somewhat fast for the style.

Not too much farmhouse funk on the nose, just enough to let you know it is a saison. Has a cleaner, honeyed graham cracker smell. Not much hop aroma.

Grainy maltiness with a modest husk flavor, some honey and caramel malty sweetness make it in there as well. It is missing much of the farmhouse character that I like so much in some of the finest examples of the style. Still, this beverage is fairly tasty as I am a sucker for saisons. Some dull, earthy hoppiness contributes a bit of drying and bitterness on the finish. There is also a kiss of alcohol and the yeast provides some light fruitiness. Not a bad saison by any means, but it cant hang with the big dawgs from Belgium. Having said that, I would make this a somewhat regular purchase if it was available to me due to the lack of saisons in 12 oz bottles packaged in six packs and the reasonable price.

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Photo of CMW
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark golden brown color with minimal head that erases quickly.

S - Smells of candied pecans with some hints of spice. Maybe a little pepper mixed in with thick heavy malt.

T - Sweet upfront with a very sugary start. This soon fades to some yeasty flavors laid over a very heavy malt backbone.

M - Carbonation was medium and this was light and clean.

D - Not sure if I would drink more of these. I am not a huge fan of this but cannot figure out why.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Bottled with love on 09 08 2009.

It has a hazy orange gold colour and with the pour, s small broken layer head of foam with very little lacing. The colour is cool and somewhat offsets the lack of foam.

I'm taking some whiffs and the first thing that tickles my nosebuds is spice(pepper) followed almost immediately by lots of fruity notes. There's a lot of sweetness and I'll say it's split between fruity sweetness, mainly pineapple, and an candy sugar. I can also smell some hop bitterness but that's lying mostly in the background. This.smells.great!

Candy sugar greets me on my first sip, along with some spicy pepper and maybe a touch of earthy/bready malt. More sips in and a tartness shows up and adds a nice dimension to the taste. But I have to say, the smell bowled me over while the taste left me wanting more.If the taste could have matched the smell, this would be an outstanding Saison.

The body is on the high side of light with very little carbonation. I guess that explains the lack of head in the pour and now, there's no foam at all and the brew looks lifeless.

Drinkability? Despite the carbo issue, which I find puzzling(for Schlafly brews), this is a fine example of the style and very damn easy to drink so...I can recommend it.

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Photo of skrib09
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this saison poured a rich brown color, mostly hazy, with a quickly fading head up top. moderate lacing.

smells malty and fruity. maybe a touch of acidity or astringency in the smell.

tastes fruity, reminiscent of dark cherries maybe, all along with a huge malt backbone.

well-bodied mouthfeel and above average drinkability.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - clear amber color with a decent head that settles quickly - no lacing

S - fruity esters with sweet malt, no hops

T - sweet toasted malt character mixed with the yeasty esters, slight hop on the finish but faint

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - While this is a decent beer, it's not a very interesting saison.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, clear amber with small head mostly diminishing. Aroma of light caramel and spice malts. Yeast presence on the palate with ample malt and spice flavor, now this is what I am talking about! Very, very smooth taste with awesome finish. This is a very good saison in my opinion. Great offering from Schlafly - CHEERS!

p.s. I guess I have never had a "bubble gum" aroma or taste hit me when it comes to beer. If this one has it, it must be somewhat spicey! Very light carbonation and once again a very smooth saison offering. I will buy more if the opportunity arises. Right now I cannot wait for my second! The alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of bnes09
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy caramel color brew with a substantial that leaves a trail of sticky lacing.

Nose consists of heavy yeast aroma with banana and a hint of citrus spice.

Taste is right on target with the smell. The yeast brings out the biggest flavor initially followed by the banana. Lemon and orange peel come to mind as well. Quite a complex feast for the palate.

Medium-bodied, starts crisp from the citrus flavor and finishes smooth.

A very drinkable beer. Complex and very refresing. Another solid choice from Schlafly.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy hazy light brown/burnt orange color with medium bodied head.
There is a citrus peel smell with a tad of malt and spice.
Interesting taste. Much more like a Wit or Heffeweizen with it's citrus peel and spice taste, but the sweeter malts come through with a little tart flavor to qualify it more as a saison.
Small finish but there.
Very sessionable.

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

A- Clear golden amber with a moderate sized white head which dissipated.

A- Sweet floral like perfume aroma with a belgian yeastiness.

T- Sweet yeasty malt flavor. It then moves to tastes of coriander and a light spiciness. There is a nice tartness drying out the flavor. I'm assuming this is from a small amount of acidulated malt.

M- Medium body, moderate to high carbonation.

D- This is one of my favorite schlafly brews. I would have to agree with others that say this is very similar to the wit style. Though I still think it ranks well as a saison.

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Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint, labeled 08-27-2008

A - Light golden in color. Very hazy. Lots of bubbling and yeast floating around inside. Head formation is light - almost none. Dissipates into a film. Amazingly low in carbonation for the style IMO.

S - Different smell for a saison. I smell an almost nutty malt note rather than the more familiar wild yeast. I do detect some yeast at the end of some of my "smells", indicating it is present.

T - Starts off light and sweet. Switches to a more spicy profile that I would say is dominated by coriander. Finishes with a combination of yeast and a very wheaty astringency. The aftertaste maintains that strong grain hull flavor.

M - Moderate to thick body. Does leave a strong film on the mouth after drinking. Carbonation bite is low. For a saison, this beer is amazingly low in "fizz". Not complaining, but it sure is unusual.

D - Very easy to drink. I find this would be an excellent summer beer. While the ABV is unknown, I would bet this is on the lower end of the saison style spectrum.

To me I think I drank a very good witbier - not a saison. Not a bad thing as I love witbiers. Very close to a Hoegaarden, rather than a Saison Dupont. A quandary, as I like this beer it probably doesn't get good marks for matching the style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this in Wichita,

Pours amber with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Apple skins & grassy notes, white pepper & pineapple

T: Green apples, grassy notes & grapefruit up front. As this warms, I pick up pears, pineapple,candi sugar, & a touch of dirt, as this warms. Finishes with white pepper, honey dryness, grassy & lemony hops, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, balanced nicely

This was a pretty good saison, went down pretty easy

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Photo of turamarth
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a redish hue, with a rocky white head that lingers for quite some time.

Smells fairly floral, some grassy earthiness.

Taste, grassy taste, some what of a dry hay taste. Some slight banana notes in the aftertaste. And a fairly prevalent yeast taste on the back of the tongue.

Felt that the mouthfeel was a little on the thick side.

Notes: Note the best I've tried compared to other saisons. Others have said it sort of tastes more like a Witibier, and I would agree.

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Photo of Goliath
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a large inch and a half yellowed head. Good retention and little skirts of lacing.

The aroma is pretty decent. A bit of citrus on the nose, and a little spicey. Definitely has a soapy characteristic and some pale malt giving a bit of a bready note.

The taste is ok. Definitely not quite a typical saison, but a decent try. A nice fruit character, giving mostly banana and a touch of citrus with a fair bit of spice. A hefty pale malt finish gives good dose of bread and grain. A bit of that soapy quality has come through as well.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied. A little watery. Highly carbonated, probably one of the few things they really got right was the carbonation on this.

Drinkability is moderate. It's not a horrible attempt at a saison, but I have certainly seen much better American efforts.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Buffalo Wild wings in Shiloh, IL.
This beer poured a dark, cloudy golden hue. There was a large and soapy off-white head, with thick, sticky lacing left throughout. The aroma is yeasty and malty, perhaps a touch of alcohol detection as well. There beer had medium bodied with some light fruity flavors in it. This a nice, smooth beer - the ABV is nicely disguised. It has incredible body and flavor.

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Photo of tpd975
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sea Bass for this one.

A: Pours a nice golden hue with a 1/2 finger head. Great retention and spotty lace. Nice to look at in the glass.

S: Not great in the aroma department. Overripe apples with hints of wet cardboard.

T: Nice sweet flavors of apples and pears. Light caramel malt sweetness with a bit of corriander and yeast. Does not exhibit the typical Saison flavors. Sea Bass said it reminded him more of a wit and I have to agree.

M: Light in body with plenty of carbonation.

D: Not too bad. If your a style freak you will hate it. If you take it for what it is, its not too bad.

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