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Bison Organic Farmhouse Ale 2007 Brewer's ReserveBison Organic Farmhouse Ale 2007 Brewer's Reserve

Brewed by:
Bison Brewing
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Zorro on 07-05-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by domtronzero:
Photo of domtronzero
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange copper color with a tightly packed 2 finger head. Short lasting with very little lacing. Big chunky yeasty baddies in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is fruity with spicy overtones. Flavor is not as complex as I hoped, rather average. Fruity malty sweetness with spicy/heabal hops. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than the average saison, and a little oily. Overall it is a rather easy drinking beer, just not your typical Saison.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened this today after saving for awhile,poured into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed light to medium golden with a frothy one finger white head atop.Aromas are a little medicinal and herbal with a lingering phenolic-like spice.Thirst quenching flavors not overly yeasty,a good thing for me.Flavors are citric and herbal with a clove-like spice,an underlying toasted malt base holds thru to the finish.Quaffable and lighter than many of the style,I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bison Brewing Berkeley, ca

Beer name/Brewer:

Serving info: 22 0unce bottle

Pours: Cloudy, medium peach amber

Nose: softly of flowers and faint spice

Lacing: spotty as well as leaving a thick, loose coverage layer lower in the glass

Head: Rocky off white head, excellent retention

Flavor notes: Crisp and tasty with notes of plenty of lime and pepper. Quite dry and slightly sour (Brett?) in the finish. Easy drinking and subtly damn good saison

Scores : 4 3.5 4 4 4

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Photo of magictrokini
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bison totally redeemed themselves with this one. Pours clear gold with a frothy white head. Yeast, lemon, honey, and earth fill the nose. Light, sweet taste. Honey, lemon, and spice blend well with the distinctive sourness. Orange peel, peaches, and melon-like taste with the yeasty esters give this a refreshing, fruity end. Crisp dry finish.

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Photo of andrewm190
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a beer that's not really my personal style, I really enjoyed it. Its smooth, its balanced, its distinctive...very well done. The beer pours a moderate head with a sort of cloudy golden color. The smell is unique and powerful right out of the bottle--a sweet smell, with a distinct sense of the yeast involved in the brewing. Nothing tremendously complicated here, just and easy to drink and well-created beer. If you love a saison-style beer, I would expect this one to go down as one of your finest. Despite my personal tendencies towards other styles, I hold this one in very high regard and would certainly recommend it to others.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Beer Friday! Picked this up months ago discounted at my local place. I think there are a few left so if this turns out to be good I'll go pick up a couple more pretty cheaply!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with over two billowing fingers of artic white head that dissipates relatively fast but leaves decent lacing. Held up to the light it gives off a relatively clear orange/straw color with loads of bubbles coming up to the surface.

Smell - Grassy, a hint of funk, and as someone mentioned, just a hint of green apple. Nothing special and nothing overpowering in the nose.

Taste - I taste clove immediately, followed by peppery grass and lemon notes. Not much funk to this Saison as is the case with others (think JP). There is a definite malty backbone to this, however, it finishes up a spicy note. It's odd...the more I drink this the better this tastes. I'm on the seventh or so sip and at first I had a kind of negative reaction to the beer to be honest, but it keeps growing on me as it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Finishes relatively dry.

Drinkability - So so...despite my saying I began to open up to the beer, there are definitely other Saison's out there I would rather purchase. Despite this being on the "sale" rack, I don't think it will be a repeat beer. Additionally, I can taste just a hint of alcohol in the beer itself, which then lends to a definite warming sensation when you drink it. Overall not horrible, but not a repeat.

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Photo of theopholis
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Body is a a slightly hazy deep golden colors. Head is a nice, thick white, tight affair that leaves good lacing.

Smell- Nice melange of sweet and sour with malt overtones. Some citrus. Fairly complex. Lots of subtle aromas coming though, especially as it warms.

Taste- Very subtle and complex flavor. Nice melange of woodiness, lemongrass and a hint of malt sweetness. Also getting undertones of ripe banana, spices, and some of the lighter fruits.

Mouthfeel- Light body. Good CO2 level.

Drinkability- Not as earthy as some Saisons, but very good all-the-less.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Found this in the markdown bin at Bevmo for $1.99.

Pours a dark straw yellow, crystal clear with a rocky white head and with an aroma of fresh cut grass? Taste is excellent with slight hop bite and an excellent hint of malt. The beer poured hard but the carbonation ended up being low and the mouthfeel medium.

Drinkability is excellent and I look forward to this year's release.

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Photo of Zorro
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2007 edition of this brewers farmhouse ale. This is a 22-oz brown glass bomber.

In the glass this is a clear brilliantly gold colored ale without much head formation seen.

The first thing I noticed about this beer was the strong and wonderful flower aroma. Quite spicy and with a very strong odor of coriander. Lemon pepper, wild flowers and honey form the remainder of the scent. Quite a nice smelling Saison in the same class as Hennepin.

The taste begins dry and spicy on the tongue and with a strong and slightly bitter. A very mild sweetness does eventually develop but this is definitely a dry and flowery tasting beer. Mildly malty there is a little bread in the taste and the stout hopping level. Still in the end I had hoped the promise of the smell would appear in the taste, it doesn't.

The mouthfeel is good.

Quite a drinkable beer but it lacks something in taste. Worth a try or a trade but not worth stocking up on.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a rich white head.

Good powerful aroma from this innocent looking brew. It's got loads of spices and some good lemon and buttery wheatgrass (maybe dma?, but not overkill).

At first a crips grassy honey and lemon bitterness. Good dry brew, with a good mouthfeel and complexity. Spices are peppery and some clove and bitter lemongrass. It's not heavy at all on the funk, as many saisons iv'e had are. Not getting any horse or barnyard funk, just bit of dry stale hay and grassy notes.
SOme other flavors i picked up on when this warmed up were popcorn and allspice.

It has a lot of hefe flavors in there for sure, making it overlal a really complex and unique brew. I highly recommend picking up a bottle of this if you find one. You shan't be dissapointed.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy, orange/straw color. A fluffy white head has great resilience, great stick and leaves quite a bit of lace behind. Honestly, for a style I don't enjoy as much as some others (yet), this looks super in a gold rimmed Stella glass.

Aroma - a light soapy tartness. Sort of fades to a dull graininess as it settles but retains a little of the florals.

Taste - lots of flavors right away. The grains have spiciness integrated into them from the start. The first sip has me thinking of certain marinade spices.The yeast is nicely balanced, having a certain level of hefe quality. The hops have a low, mild but slightly assertive bitterness. The beer almost ends like a pilsner. The farmhouse factor is rather low and actually works well with the pilsner and hefe flavors. The overall balance makes this quite a beer. Finishes dry, somewhat spicy, delicious!

Mouthfeel - crisp and smooth, well done.

Drinkability - this does not have that heavy mustiness that some beers do. As such, for funk-initiates like myself, this beer rates rather well. Not a bad intro beer to the style as it combines familiar flavors with a new element, but in limited strength.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy and dense pale orange hue, head is 3-fingers of white, creamy foam, fair lacing on the glass
S- Aroma is crisp and light floral and citrus hops, some hints of honey, lemon grass, spices and earth, sweet yeast/bread malts in the background
T- Initial taste is mostly floral and herbal hops, followed by some citrus and bread flavors, the finish is biting and dry, almost like champage
M- Very light-bodied saison, watery and smooth texture, the carbonation is aggressive biting which distracts the palate, but is characteristic of this style
D- Very smooth and refreshing farmhouse ale that feels on the lighter side of abv for the style, good drinkability, but the carbonation is a bit of a turnoff, I probably wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up again due to personal preferences

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Photo of scifan
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 into a goblet, a nice thick dense foamy head that quickly fades but leaving its lacing along the glass. A nice pale straw color that is remarkably clear. Smells good. Picking up some nice floral spiciness and nice earthy yeast aromas. Doesn't taste as nice as the smell might indicate kind of bland on the front but some nice flavors coming through when it hits the back of the tongue as you swallow. Getting some nice peppery spiciness, and a little lemon and melon flavors. Nice mouthfeel right where it should be for the style as very drinkable very smooth.

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Photo of kmeves
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange with a lasting white head and lacing. Aroma is lightly sweet with dough, citrus, spices and some grass. Flavor is more of the same only in a larger scale. Finishes abruptly and tart. Medium bodied, sticky texture. One of the better American Saisons I have enjoyed.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 from Total Wine

A - Golden color, medium, white frothy head, nice legs, and fairly cloudy.

S - Honey, almond, and a nice buttery flavor.

T - Honey, almond, and cream.

M - Not spicy enough, and should be more ester. Otherwise, the flavors are there.

D - Not bad, but could have more of a sour taste.

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Photo of gwood
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color, great clarity with just a geyser of carbonation welling up from the base of the stem on my tulip that has yet to stop through multiple pours of this bomber. The head is bright white and very delicate with tiny tight bubbles.

The nose is banana up front, some apricot, and a tinge of spice in the back. This is a very subtle Saison from what I'm used to, quite drinkalbe and approachable. I'd consider this a good gateway Belgian in many respects and I almost prefer this treatment of the style, even if it strays just a bit. Complexity is here and comes through the carbonation in flirty little wisps but really doesn't assert itself at any given point as it comes across the palate. Some subtle sweet malts in the middle of the tongue with a very nice herbal hop note that, again, almost has to be coaxed into the mind through the palate with as subtle as it is. The beer is certainly on the thin side which actually allows for the tight carbonation to kick at times. Finish is slightly warming, mineral salts seem to linger along with some chalk and yeast esters. There is a mineral water profile to this beer that I find interesting and unexpected, not quite sure to make of it but it sits on the back of the tongue on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin but the combination of this and the carbonation working it's way out of the beer a bit made for a highly drinkable Saison. This is really what I think of when I picture folks out in a field drinking beer and working hard.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a goblet.

Pours a carbonated clear golden with a bright white head.

Smell is spicey yeast. light fruit and some chealk.

Interesting taste. Chalky yeast, spicey, sort of musty, leathery.

full mouthfeel and drinkable.

A solid beer, and a worthy saison.

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Photo of brentk56
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a modest head; the retention and lacing could both be better

Smell: Grassy and slightly herbacious, with a green apple character

Taste: Opens with a medicinally herbal character, with green apple tartness underneath; after the swallow, the medicinal flavors build, leaving a rather sour aftertaste, though there is an apple sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps it is the age, perhaps it is the sour mash technique - whatever it is produces a beer that has some less than ideal characteristics on my tongue


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Photo of GimpyCane
2.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber

Once a month I pick ten random beers to try and this was one. I was more impressed with their simple bottle art then the content.
Poured hazy gold with a frothy white one inch head that mostly lasted throughout. Head retention was fair, leaving very little on glass. The aroma was to subtle for this style. Hints of coriander, lemon and pepper faintly grabs the nose at first yet a strong barnyard and wet grass scent shine in the middle. Fruity ester such as pear or peach also come through. The taste is also on the weak side. The usual tartness expected in this brew was absent and the fruity and spicy flavor did not shine on my palate. Medium body with an oily and lively carbonation feel upfront with semi dry and short lived bitter and light alcohol taste to finish. Overall, I was disappointed with this brew,but that's just my opinion.

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Photo of DrJay
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of BRoss242 via a recent BIF. Thanks!
Chunky white lacing, very sticky and longlasting. Hazy light gold with a thin skim of fine bubbles on top after the head settled. Fruity aroma, bready yeast, slight spiciness. Fruit and bread crust in the flavour, mild spice with herbal bitterness appearing towards the finish. Bone dry, almost coarse with medium/high carbonation. Nice flavour, pleasant character, but the dryness was off the hook (and I like my farmhouse ales dry). Still, quite refreshing.

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bison Organic Farmhouse Ale 2007 Brewer's Reserve
Bison Brewing Co.
Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: unknown - looked it up as OG 1.050???

Bottle>dimpled mug, reviewed @ home 12/16/08
A 4.5 - excellent head, retention & lace, cloudy golden color, noticeable sediment
S 4.5 - complex spicy aroma going on, wheaty/malt backbone, hints of sweet aromas
T 4.5 - Great on taste! I dig it! Pils-like malts with a complex spicy finish, mild pepper notes
MF 3.5 - thin/medium body, a bit thinner than expected, medium carbonation
D 4.5 - A solid Saison example in my book, affordable too @ ~$5 for a bomber.

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Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, the Bison Farmhouse is a clear gold with a large, long lasting, fluffy white head that leaves light, foamy lace .

Smell is very nice, strong and distinct saison wildflowers and tropical fruits, bright and crisp, sweet.

Taste is initially a bit sweeter then I wanted, but authentic saison flavors, estery and mineral laden dryness, but a the sugars were a bit over-caramelized, with a bit too much diacetyl. As it warmed, it grew on me, the lactic sourness opening up a bit, but the chalky bite on the finish tired. Still, I liked the overall pull between dry and fruity.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, under-attenuated but spritzy, a dry hoppiness.

Drinkability is pretty good, it had flashes of brilliance and disappointment, but overall it worked out OK.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange.

Smell was a nice surprise. This really smells like a true Belgian tripel. There's spice,candied sugar, pears, flowers and herbs.

Taste is where the malt comes out and lets you know it's there. There is a burnt toastiness that serves as the backbone of the flavor Bitterness coming from the hops comes through at the end to make a bitter and dry finish.

This is an award winner and justly so. This is a very good american version of a belgian style. Maybe the best I've seen yet.

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Photo of chumba526
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is a medium bodied blonde color. It has a fairly thick two inch white head.

It smells of honey, pepper, flowers, toffee. It also has a nice mild sour smell to it as well.

The taste like the smell has a nice floral taste to it. There is a nice sugar presence and a tad bit of pepper. The body is heavily then a lot of Saison, s i have had. The heavy body seems to help the flavors jingle together. The drinkability for being fairly heavy is very nice a very drinkable Saison. I gave a taste to some friends of mine who do not think highly of Saisons but they actually liked this.

A very good Saison worth getting if you can find it. I'm still shock I was able to find this as it is over three years old.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a brilliantly clear, bright gold, copper tinged color. It is toped by a two finger thick, pale, white colored head. The nose has enticing aromas of citrus, grass, fruity malt (apple, pear and green raisin), and an earthy spice character that is almost coriander like. The orange and coriander note are very noticeable, yet not overwhelming; I am actually surprised that these are not listed in the ingredient list.

This beer is somewhat sweet, with sweet malt notes of honey and sweet grain. This quite herbal as well, with a nice hoppiness of lemon grass, light basil and a touch of menthol / hay. Very clean tasting, this seems to have been overly filtered, which is a bit disappointing. The beer finishes with a fairly solid bitterness as well as that menthol like note & a spicy orange zest character. Fairly light bodied, though perhaps not nearly as much as I would like for a proper Saison, but it does hit that nice quaffable character that a decent one needs.

This is quite good and tasty, but I fell like it could be so much more. A bit more depth and a bit more complexity would go a long way here.

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