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Bison Organic Farmhouse Ale 2006 Brewer's ReserveBison Organic Farmhouse Ale 2006 Brewer's Reserve

Brewed by:
Bison Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerBeing on 08-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by Iguana:
Photo of Iguana
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden orange with a medium sized head that settled into a 1cm head that lasted throughout.

S: Hops are a bit more present then I would like for this style, hints of citrus fruit and barnyard funk.

T: Hints of orange, wheat, and yeast. Not too much else there that I can say, its good, not too complex though.

M: Really smooth and tingly on the tongue, clean palette aftertaste.

D: I could session this all day on ah ot day, Pretty decent offering from Bison.

Also, the bottle says saison on it for style, and it tastes more like a saison from what my interpretation of the style is, so not sure this should belong in the Biere de Garde Category

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clody amber body is topped by a large vanilla head. Some sheet lacing is left behind on the goblet. Aroma is earthy and yeasty with some spicy coriander and white pepper. A vague note of strawberry adds some interest. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tingly velvety carbonation. Taste is dry, herbal, and yeasty. Spicy coriander and unripe strawberries add a bit of complexity. One of the better American saisons but pedestrian compared to many of the European examples.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the cloudy yellow side, good head and lace with soapy bubbles. Medium mouthfeel, yeasty and that's in the aroma. A bit of blind spot/black hole in the finish otherwise a fine saison.Underated, so have it early in a session to appreciate its subtleties.

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Photo of tekk9
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle gave a nice little pop, when I swung open the top. The beer smells very much like a typical Saison with notes of grass. The head ends up being a lacey residue on my glass. At first I tasted hints of orange with a spicy character that turn to a slightly sour finish.

I have not been impressed with most of the American versions of Saisons, but this is a very refreshing beer that I will gladly drink again.

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Photo of Jredner
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New in town. Aroma is herbal, floral, slightly sour and holds some vaguely citrus notes. Body is a soft golden yellow and a firm, thumb thick white head perches atop. Fore is lightly sour with both floral and herbal notes. Some sweeter citrus runs through the middle ranges. has a creamy feel and an almost cream-like flavor toward the finish. Finish is abrupt and light leaving a tart, but mellow flavor on the tongue. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of wcudwight
1.77/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a bright gold with a melted butter colored head.
Smells like corn husk. Yuck!
Flavor is bad. I don't know how to describe it. Lots of butter in the flavor with some spice.
Carbonation is good but the mouthfeel is still weak.
One of the worst beers I've had in a while.
I recommend avoiding this beer.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Interesting bottle configuration. Hazed orange out of the bottle, with sparse skim and slivers of lace upon on the glass.

Nose is chalky grains, soured apples, sugared wheat berries, wheaty poolish elements. Less funk than true Belgian examples.

Clattering, inharmonious sweet tones beat up against the aforementioned traditionally saison aspects of the beer and some tannic sourness. Spikes of nutrisweet. Generally better than many domestic examples (but no Hennepin) and not in the league with any worthy Belgian.

Mouthfeel is about right, dry and slightly bitter but sweetness even comes through to the palate.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Lifesource organic grocer, Salem OR Love the old style swing top brown bottle and simple label, good plain presentation. Quite a "pop" when opened. woah this one really needs a very very careful pour, the massive slightly off white head dwarfs the beer even after a slow pour! The actual beer is a soft , sligtly hazy golden honey colour and quite attractive Very dried fruit aroma, especially apricots and tangerines, peppery and spicy, papaya fruit very delicious scent indeed fruity , bubbly and dry at the finish, more orange and lemon peel than apricot in flavour and slightly more spicy, some blackberry flavours in the back, slighty sour undertones. Very nice and rather special on the palate, its very well naturally carbonated , but at the same time the mouthfeel remains slightly thick and even creamy, well done. WOw i like Bison but never expected anything like this, a very nice drink, kinda spendy but worth it!

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Photo of Enola
1.18/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was my first attempt at a Saison. It will likely be my last. The beer was a very cloudy yellow with a fizzy head. The smell and the taste were both in line with wet grass. The beer was revolting and there will be no reason for me to try it again. The bottle was the only one good thing about it. It was packaged in a neat swingtop. I tried rinsing it out and thought I had it but th next day it looked like concrete in the bottle. Maybe this beer or even style is for others but not for me.

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Photo of faernt
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've occasionally found that beers preoccupied with packaging and presentation dissapointing in flavor. Sometimes the beer is inferior. Sometimes it seems that the packaging adds to the cost and the beer doesn't move on the shelves thus delivering old beer that "used to be good". This beer is well packaged. The swingtop is offered as a reusable bottle to "refill at a local brewery". The graphics are understated and well considered.

The bottle came to me taped shut to avoid the inadvertent opening of the swingtop. I untaped it and unswung the metal hinge. The bottle top popped off releasing the most "on style" aroma I'd smelled in quite a while. This beer smells like a doubt.

The pour delivered a dark amber beer with a tight bubbled head that settled down into a pillowy shorter version of itself. It made a cover that was worth diving through. The taste was true to style and almost sticky on the tongue without any cloyingness. This is a very drinkable beer.

Saison seems to be gaining popularity as a style here in the US. This one is not an interpretation bur a celebration of the Wallonian origins. It is robust without being "imperial". I look forward to trying other beers from this brewery.

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Photo of grub
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

quarterly tasting party may 16/07 with northyorksammy, Derek, and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. northyorksammy contributed this one, so thanks sammy!

swingtop bottle, i think it was 12oz.

pours deep yellow with a big fluffy off-white head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is nice. touch of alcohol. bit of funk. bit of caramel. light cracker malt. bit of yeast. light spice.

taste is good. bit of yeast. touch of spice. bit of alcohol. light funk. bit of barnyard and leather. light cracker malt. initially we had poured and managed to leave all the yeast in the bottle, but it seemed a little thin and bland, so i added a little back into my glass. this really helped it to fill out a little.

mouthfeel is ok. light carbonation. fairly light body. nice dry finish. has a lingering slightly unpleasant feeling on your tongue that i didn't really enjoy.

drinkability is ok. except for the feeling it leaves on the tongue i mostly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow with plently of yeast sediment in the bottle. Fluffy white head, good retention & lace.

S: Spicy, yeasty earthyness, with a little funk & flora aroma.

T: Earthy spice, slight horse-like funk, underlying biscuity malt flavour; modest bitterness. Stir up the yeast sediment, and it really adds to the flavour.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth, with a slight acidity.

D: Quite drinkable for a saison. Probably a good intro to the style.

Thanks Sammy!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aaah, this beer is a nice break from all of the heavier winter warmers and barleywines that I have had recently. And not just a saison, but a rather nice one at that. Immediately upon the pour, I picked up ripe fruit aromas and pronounces spiciness. The beer pours a hazy straw with a slight orange-brown tint and an eggshell colored head retention that was dotted with spices and yeast, which lasted the durration of the session. Peaches, pears, apples, appricots and papayas are dominant in the nose and flavors. Yeasty and fruity esters begin to take on bananna, clove, and bubblegum proportions. Maltiness remains sweet but balanced, taking on a cotton-candy sweetness. Finishes with a peppery, mouthwatering sensation. Very drinkable and inviting. By far, the best of the Bison offerings in my opinion.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a spicy Belgian yeast scent along with a crisp pale and wheat malt aroma. The taste is decent. It has a watered down malt taste along with a less than average yeast ester profile. It does have a light peppery presence, but it's less spicy than most. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good drinking beer. It's far from the best Saison available, but it drinks well anyway.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 Pint 0.9 Fluid Ounce stubby brown bottle with a tall cylindrical neck and a swing top. Single main label is a little understated and simply has a white circle set against a black background .The silhouette of a Bison stands above a gold band in the centre which has the words ”Farmhouse Ale 200 Brewer’s Reserve” scripted across it. No strength listed but stamped as a “USDA Organic” brew.

Appearance: Pale orange golden with a graded body. Shear clarity reveals a continual set of streamers and bolsters the head which is at least 2 inches on the initial pour. A fizzing settling down period quickly has the off-white cap relaxed to a partial broken covering but it never disappears. Solid carbonation, a gentle swirl breathes life back into this one. Saison looks are comparable.

Nose: Ripe mandate of tropical fruits with some orange and lemons to add citric acidity to the back of the aromas. Lots of tangerine and coriander with a healthy zesty spice finish.

Taste: Soft yet starch like entrance has a refreshing spice character and yet more fleshy tangerine slices in the middle seemingly transferred over from the nose. The death of this is a long drawn out affair, sharp zesty citrus, Tripel-like spices and some coriander all balance into a mêlée with an herbal tangent.

Mouthfeel: Mango adds a tropical feel and an exotic depth to the lush juicy Mouthfeel. Suckable tangerine flesh rides high yet the body is always light and spritzy allowing the flavor components to burst through in firework fashion.

Drinkability: I did not get to the end of this Review before the bottle was gone. A light chill has the gorgeous fruity and spicy nature of the Belgian yeast rise and shine through this one. Eminently quaffable.

Overall: Described on the label as “a Saison made using Belgian yeasts and sour mashing for a refreshing spiciness and acidity to enliven ones palate!” This is an enjoyable offering, a refreshing and nicely put together effort I have to say. Quite the drinker too. Not cheap but well worth the coin, one of Bison’s best brews to date for my money. Recommended.

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Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle. Clear straw yellow in color, with a pure white head. Aroma is Belgian farmhouse and candy sugar, with some citrus/lemon from the hops. Taste was much more hoppy than aroma would suggest. Sweet/sugar flavor is minimal. Spicy and peppery at the finish. Body was light, with high carbonation and fairly drying. Overall, quite good. As others have commented, I could easily mistake this for a saison, but since I like them, that is not a negative in my book.

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Photo of Talisker
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first Bison beer, my first entirely organic beer, but not my first American Saison.

16.9 oz bottle with a flip-top rubber stopper. Paid $5.99 at City Beer Store in San Francisco.

Pours a very hazy orange with hints of yellow. Two finger head diminishes somewhat quickly, but hangs around the edges throughout. Aroma is straightforward - moderate spice, Belgian yeastiness, not much malt.

The flavor falls down. Some butteriness, unintegrated malt, maybe some fruit. Lots of butteriness in the flavor and texture, finishes very short. None of the carbonated edge that perks up others in the style.

I wanted to like this one, but it's no Hennepin. It's not even going to get a revisit.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 11-24-06. Pours cloudy gold with a big head. Nose is yeasty, smooth, and sweet. Flavor is very unique. When I taste it, I think farmhouse. Straw on the floor. Earthy yeasty goodness. Bitter end. Seems to be well balanced, though at the end there is an almost metallic and inky aftertaste and also a robust and hearty flavor left as well. If it weren't for that (metal and ink), I'd give it a 4.5 on the taste. Feel is thick with carbonation and smooth. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, pour this hazy golden yellow, with a orange hue, with loads and loads of tight white foam and lace, very, very slowly or all you'll get is heavy white foam.

The smell of spices really fill the nose with a pleasant aroma. For me, it had a fruity aroma and a solft, wseet maltiness with a lively mouth feel with a finish reminescent of brut champagne, but, a little sweeter and not quit a tart.

A pleasant surprise. Remember, to take your time pouring this very good saison. This is one of the best american made saison I've had.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now Quaffing: Bison Organic Farmhouse Ale 2006 Brewer's Reserve

Serving type: 500ml Swing-top style bottle.

Opens with a healthy pop and pours a pale golden with just a slight haze. I poured into a nice wide glass (as suggested on the bottle) and through a little coaxing, got a nice head. Inital aromas are sweet and bready which are followed by just a hint of what I believe to be coriander. Carbonation level is definitely more mellow than your typical saison/bier de garde. The taste begins with a crisp apple sweetness accompanied by a hint of coriander. The hops appear briefly in the finish, but lend little bitterness. The softer carbonation levels also lend to a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel which is quite enjoyable. Alcohol is not noiceable at all in the taste. Overall a fairly good offering from Bison (and its organic which is always a bonus).

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle did not open immediately as the bail was released, a split second late it popped open and offered up a faceful of beer. After the excitement abated, the beer poured into the chalice clear copper with an amber hue. The head was white and small and retreated to the edges of the surface to try and lace at the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a tropical flare, papaya and mango most notable as the head died away. The aroma contained a sizeable peppery spice and a decent about of cooked corn (DMS). For a split second an orange citrus came around to join in the fun.

The flavor was mostly nondescript with some peppery notes from yeast or perhaps from spice additions. A lightly citrus character was present and a low earthy component. The flavors were nice, but somewhat forced and not overly complex.

The finish was dry with lasting impression of light citrus and very low peppery spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a decent carbonation level. A nice beer, very easy to consume.

16.9 ounce flip top bottle.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the 500ml swingtop bottle - lends a rustic feel. Poured from the bottle to a 1/2 pint glass. I opened this bottle about a week ago, then re-capped it - second pour to finish it off last night. Judging based on second pour...I know: I should have done it the first time, oh well...

A: Bright honey-like yellow color with a 1/2 finger white head. Greater than 1 finger the first pour. Fewer carbonation bubbles than the first time.

S: Nicely sweetened with an herbal grassy quality. Some fruit mostly apple or ripe peach/apricot. Spicy notes, too.

T: Apple crispness, slight wild honey sweetness, clove(?). Sweeter flavors are balanced with pepperiness and spices which lend a dryness. Little hopping, just enough to give some bitterness. Not a bad set of flavors, though the rustic yeasty qualities are missing.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation level gives a subtle tingling bite. Crisp, though has a nice creaminess, too.

D: Likable, clean beer - a decent version of a saison by a US brewer. Probably the best of the Bison offerings I've tried to date. Worth a try.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bison Organic Farmhouse Ale 2006 Brewer's Reserve pours a light golden color with a thin white head from a brown half liter swingtop bottle. The smell is spicy at first, then some tropical fruit and orange aromas. Tropical fruit is very apparent in the flavor, there is also a spicy finish to this beer. Recommended.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flip top stubby bottle pops open with a healthy *thwip!*

Into a tulip, a rigid antique white, densely packed 1 inch head cap settles to a coating leaving drippy lace in the glass. Appearance is a bright golden straw clear hue containing zero rising bubbles.

Bright orange spicy scents that blend a plain bread dough and light peppery aspects. Some sweet malty backing fills in the nose. Some vanilla ice cream meets spice wafer hints peek out.

First swigs: Dry vanilla ice cream. Loose flavor that swims around before definition. A Jell-O like honey flavor with a creamy blend. Instant drying hop bite. Slightly thin in the flavor department that falls a touch short of a true saison but still makes fora tasty Belgian style.

Feel is thin with a restrained carbonation. Needs more "omph" but still not to a fault.

Last swigs: A polite Belgian blonde that contains some Saison hints, but not quite dead on. Reminds me of a Hennepin like brew.

Beer i good. Happy interesting Sainson beering.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Goose Island tulip with sunshine honey haze amidst par bubbles and head than what I'm used to in a saison. Definetly a spicey nose, makes me think of rock candy. The taste is almost up there with the real deal. But is does lack that needed tartness to be close to a true saison. There is maybe a nuance of tartness. But nothing that makes this beer like a real Belgian inspired brew. Soothing upfron with it's spuices and dry at the finish with the Belgian hops and its mild carbonation.

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Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 33 ratings