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Saison | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A classic Belgian-style farmhouse ale; unfiltered, bright and light-bodied. The yeast gives an earthy, fruity and spicy character with a refreshing finish.

35 IBU

Added by Slatetank on 02-23-2008

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Photo of jniagar1
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy but still sparkling golden body reveals steadily rising bubbles beneath a short but creamy bright white head that holds well and leaves thin, craggy rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is fruity and sweetish with some phenolics, a touch of earth, and hay-like malt.

It's medium bodied with a crisp, gently effervescent carbonation.

The flavor is yeasty, a touch spicy (just enough to be interesting without clouding the palate), a bit sweet/tart, wheatish, lightly phenolic (bubblegum), and even has a light note of cola. It's backed by a firm, drying bitterness that leads to a dry finish.

It's light and refreshing but still flavorfull and complex.

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Photo of Mintz82
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I will try to recall as I had this last night. Poured a very nice opaque light orange-brown hue much like any Belgian. About 1/2 inch head that hung around for quite a while. Smelled delightful, some light fruits like pear present. One of the better beers I have ever tasted. Like a typical Witbier with a peppery flavor and some grasses in the mix as well. Would be near perfect score but I am not the most fond of the bubblegum flavor that arises near the bottom of the glass in a Saison. Really phenomenal taste.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Bobby. Thanks.

A: The beer pours a hazed golden color with a big white head.

S: A nice lemon peel aroma and a subtle fruity tartness. Pale malt and bread with a few spice notes, too. Quite fruity overall, perhaps even a little bit tropical.

T: The flavor opens up with lots of sweet tropical fruits (guava and pineapple) and lots of citrus such as grapefruit and tangerine. Some bread and pale malts, and a bit of pepper and yeast, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: This was a really nice saison. Great fruit flavors without having too much spice/pepper to it.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/13...champagne bottle picked up from Maple Shade. Pours cloudy hazy rusty yellow gold. Small head of white foam on top. Funky yeasty nose, citrus too. Bright floral lemon taste with a belgian like bitter back. Very clean. Damn good saison.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This version was 6.2 at the North Wales brewery in a nice glass.

Saison was a golden almost blond looking ale with a nice amount of white stuff on top that left squiggly lace. Smell is earthy dry and yeasty, bread on top of some lemon and apple skin. Taste is yeasty up front and dry to the bone. Not a complex saison, but muy refreshing. Lemons and bread and earthy grass hops in the end. A very dry and light saison, small, mediumish feel with carb backing. Easy, simple, kinda low abv, I liked it.

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Photo of stageseven
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into my Duvel tulip.

Ap - Pale straw color, very cloudy, with a 1 finger white head. Kind of low retention on the head, not much lacing in the glass.

Ar - Slightly sweet with a good bit of barnyard. Hay, musk, a little horse, wildflowers, some light citrus notes. It's not overwhelmingly funky but there's a good bit there. This is the kind of smell I just love in a saison.

T - Some bretty funk mixed with some grainy sweetness. A nice touch of bitterness in the back of the mouth adds balance, but seems to be more from yeast than hops. Some fruitiness, maybe apricot? Reminiscent of Saison DuPont in some senses. Little bit of grass/hay as well.

M - Pretty light in the mouth, highly carbonated. Very refreshing and easy to drink for 7%, but not really dry.

O - This saison is pretty solid. I could use a bit more funk and a touch more dryness. It's not the best saison I've had, but it's definitely pretty good, especially for a local brewpub. I'll be finishing off this growler no problem. An easy drinking summer saison for sure.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as Saison Extra at the Lancaster location (I decided that the 'Extra' was just not enough to warrent a separate entry). Served in a goblet.

A: The saison is a hazy goldenrod color, straw in a glass. A small head blanketed the top of the glass but didn't linger long.

S: Nose is anise, pepper and fruity yeast. As it warms, flowers emerge en masse, sweet and lively.

T: The dryness is evident from the first sip, so much so that it is almost compulsory to take an immediate second sip. Licoricey anise mixes with peppery coriander, creating a peppy taste that is sweet and sharp. The yeast strain and hop profile yield a floral flavor, grassy with fruity finish.

M: A very dry saison, be prepared to quaff it or just order a glass of water too. The anise and pepper are a nice pairing that set the table for the fruitiness at the end of each sip.

D: I enjoyed my glass and would have had another were it not for having to return to work.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jodybrutal
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a cloudy, dull, straw yellow color. It was served to me with a thin, short lived soapy white head.

s: Peppery, pungent, funky rye notes are the most obvious aromas. Some surprisingly sweet, earthy grains as well.

t: Somewhat sweet and strange fruit punch flavors popped up every now and then. The finish was dry, earthy, and bitterly floral.

m: Moderately prickly carbonation and a nice chewy body.

d: The board had this listed as saison extra, but I guess this is the right place. Anyway, this was well worth trying.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy, bone-white head with low retention. Color was a very cloudy deep-yellow, not unlike fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Nose had a slightly musty scent, like old paper stored in the attic. Mouthfeel was thin with a taste of black pepper, clove, and honeydew on the tongue. The finish was bone dry with a peppery after taste. Paul really nailed this one.

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lancaster location, served in a goblet. The brew appears a clouded yellow color. A finger of white bubbly cap sits atop and quickly fades to a thin film. Spotty lace sticks to the glassware.

The aroma is quite pleasant with a fruit and mild funk character. It is a bit cheesy with some pear and apple character. A hint of sulfur initially that grows a bit in intensity as the experience continues. There is a grassy to straw grain inclusion mixed with a hint of citrus towards the back.

The taste is spicy with yeasty phenols. Cloves upfront give way to mild fruit like apple and pears. There is a wheat grain inclusion that blends into something more in line with straw or grass. Some bubblegum notes evolve as the brew warms up and the sulfuric notes become more noticeable just like the aroma.

This is a crisp brew. It is medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. It has an increased warmth about it moreso than you would expect for the listed 7% abv. Overall this is a solid saison, the sulfur could be cleaned up a bit to make it overall more enjoyable but as-is I would drink this again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub.

Pours a hazy golden color with a decent fizzy head.

Nose of light Belgian golden malts and light spices, hint of citrus floral aroma.

Taste has more Belgian malts and light slices, light citrus, sweet almost syrupy, bitter finish, light esters herbal flavors.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, nice clean Saison flavors, nice malts, light spices.

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Photo of pburland23
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Hill Media. 16 oz. served in a chalice.

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a finger of off-white head.

Smell is of Belgian yeast, some spiciness (cloves, ginger) and touch of fruit (bananas, maybe some apples).

Taste is very saison-like...fruity and spicy with some earthiness thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and highly drinkable. Nice carbonation and light taste in the mouth. All in all, a real nice, highly drinkable saison.

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Photo of pheuker75
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the West Chester location on tap and in bomber at home.

L: pale golden yellow, thick long-lasting head

S: yeasty, Bretty, with lemon citrus

T: full-bodied citrus, bready, malty

F: full mouth feel that finishes dry and refreshing; well-balanced funky-ness

O: enjoyable beer in its style, it is a complete offering that represents the style and has characteristics of white, sour, and farmhouse

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Photo of Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this recently at a Mugger event held at the brewpub. Poured by head brewer Paul Rutherford in a 10 oz glass via a hand bottled jeroboam.

Pours a hazy pale gold with a 1/2 finger of foamy brite-white head. A nice layer of solid retention that leaves some big chunks of lacing behind. The aroma is very floral and fruity with notes of spice, tartness, and funky smelling yeasty esters.

The taste is a light tart feel that runs through flavors of citrus, spice, and a underlying malt sweetness. Finishes tart with some light, dry, bitterness that lingers on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly feel that opens up more in a creamy and slick carbonation towards the end.

Light and refreshing for the most part with a funky profile that doesn't beat you over the head. Drinks well for the size but I think that a full goblet of this would be all that I would need.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap the other night at the Brewpub in Lancaster. Served cold in a goblet.

A - Hazy golden w/ approximately 1 finger of white capping the ale w/ a tight bead. The head collapses rather quickly. The lace is very thin like a film that clings to the glass and holds well.

S - Slight barnyard funk w/ a nutty light 'horsey' aroma w/ plenty of yeast in the nose.

M - A slightly dry feel w/ a hint of nutty and biscuit w/ full carbonation. The effervescence is like champagne, almost and there is a gentle tinge of sweetness at the end w/ a touch of hop acidity and gentle sour aspect after the swallow.

T - Very yeasty w/ bready lightly toasted notes in the initial sips w/ a twist of peppery spice and slightly creamy malt from the carbonation. The saison becomes a bit dry w/ an effervescent tinge that tickles the roof of my mouth until after the swallow. The yeast shows its role prominently in the flavor w/ a funk that is subdued enough to be refreshing. This has a lot of qualities you might expect form a saison-yeasty, dry, effervescent and crisp w/ nice sour accents.

D - A very standard taste w/ a finish that has a twang of faint funk. This makes for a more mainstream effect yet this may add slightly to the drinkability for me, since it doesn't have to clobber you over the head. the booze quotient is good since you don't realize it is 7% until after the glass is drained. It is a bit stronger and therefore dryer than the original Iron Hill saison which suits my taste.

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Photo of BigMike
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

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