Saison | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 21
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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 Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A brassy-orange pour is capped off by a thin, frothy, off-white head that soon disperses without much fanfare or lacing. A near silent visible effervesce is observed.

S: The nose was orangey, with a light supporting cast of apricots. Light to medium in strength with some grainy sweetness backing it up.

T: The flavor was even-toned, a bit of sweet fruitiness up front of wet apricots, oranges, and light sweet mentions from the grain. Some light citra hops come through, which finishes off dry along with some alcohol warming, perhaps a bit more then usual per style. Some wet citrusy nature is vaguely hinted upon mixed in with some dry fruitiness, but was not so much tart as expected.

M: The mouthful produced a nice crispness despite the deceiving low visible effervesce. Definite mentions of some bubbly activity appears on the tongue turning frothy on longer holds.

D: Only the slight alcohol indication hinders thins from better drinkability. Not so much a summer time repeat quencher of multiples as it is in limited quantities. Worthy of a pint or two.

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3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This saison appeared very cloudy and unfiltered. Small amount of white bubbly foam dissipates within a moment. Medium carbonation coming through this viscous brew. Very little lacing is left.
Smells of tart apple, orange peel, citrus, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. Very interesting for sure.
Taste all of the above listing with a semi dry finish and a slightly oily and yeasty feel on the middle of the tongue. Mildy sweet and tart at the same time. Overall, this is maybe a few drinks and done. It's interesting but I wouldn't want to drink this one all night long. I know it is supposed to be of the traditional saison style but compared to many others of the same style, it's missing a little something.

It's ok, dog.

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Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy bright golden yellow color with straw colored edges and a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy, slightly spicy aroma with a decent amount of farmhouse funk and eserty light fruit notes. Peppery with earthy hops, fresh cut grass and funky barnyard saison character. Slightly musty with hints of apple, melon and citrus rounding out the nose.

Fuller end of medium body with a nice balance of peppery spice, sourdough bread, funky yeast, pale malt and light fruit. Peppery with some spicy coriander followed by grass, straw, hay and musty barnyard yeast character. Pale biscuit malt with light fruit sweetness, notably apple, pear and melon. Sweeter than expected and could use a touch more funk but this is an easy drinking, enjoyable beer.

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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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