Deschutes Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,673
Ranked #31,191
3.76 | pDev: 10.11%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: Ale brewed with lemon verbena, pink peppercorn, sumac and dried lime.
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to tulip.
The appearance was a bright golden copper to orange color with a finger's worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a moderate pace. Slight messy lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of herbal to floral sweetness, light mint, some sweet wheat, some sweet graininess, Belgian yeasty to bready malts, light peppercorn and ended with a little bit of earthiness.
The flavor was a moderate blend between the sweet Belgian yeasty/breadiness rolling over the rest of those aromas somewhat sweetly with a touch of earthiness and a quick hint of spice. Aftertaste was mostly the Belgian yeastiness with some of that herbal to floral qualities coming about to rub with the mint.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt as projected. Spicy harshness was quite controlled.
Overall, pretty nice saison for the most part, not sure where that mintiness came from but I didn't mind. I don't know if it was intentional or not, but hey I'd have this again.

Jul 04, 2017
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stevoj from Idaho

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from Albertsons. Avoided, then finally took the plunge. Nothing special here, ordinary Saison. Added spices and herbs aren’t present in enough quantities to make a difference

Apr 27, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 04/14/16:

First pour looks like a cider. Very clear, bright golden orange. Very fine suspended network of flecks, not really distracting from the clarity. Each pour, in this smaller chalice, is successively hazier, but not by much. Head is white, thin, and fizzy. Lower retention until you get to the last layer, which is just barely maintained by the bubbles rising from the bottom. All of this is disrupted with each sip. Smells like cider as well, with some interesting metallic and syrupy suggestions. Again, cider-like to the taste, but a extra dry cider, at least. Also approaching a dry white wine. This all works quite well with the surprisingly high levels of booze I am detecting. What apple-like tartness is here can be at least partially attributed to the lemon verbena, sumac, and dried lime, as listed in the ingredients, but I suspect the microbes just as much. Some light peppercorn spiciness (pink peppercorn in the ingredients, yeast) and rind character (again, possibly the dried lime) in and around the finish. Medium-bodied. Effervescent carbonation creates a thickness to it that makes the body seem light by comparison. It also helps clean the palate and ready it for the next sip. Mouthfeel is just right for the style and the flavors.

Apr 17, 2016
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GLHunt from Idaho

4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Deschutes Brewery

Tastes like a saison, mildly sweet, very yeasty (just the way I like it), grainy toasty malts, herbal hops notes, citrus zest, hint peppercorn, and peppery phenols. Finish dry and fair bitter, earthy spicy chewy.

Pleasant mouth feel, mildly carbonated.

Mar 26, 2016
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Emersonio from District of Columbia

3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour: Bomber bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance: Clear and amber in color. Effervescent. Big white head which reduces after settling. Light lacing present on the sides of the glass. Aroma: Zesty citrus notes. Belgian esters. Yeasty and malty aromas present. Taste: Very similar to the nose. Can pick up the zesty citrus notes and there is a slight bite on the sip. Aftertaste: Finishes clean. However, a second wave is present which reveals a sharp lemony bite. Very interesting. Overall: Wait for the back end and you will be rewarded with an interesting reveal. Good. 3.28 out of 5.

Nov 26, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up in Portland, shared with rudzud.

Decent fizzy foamy head fades at a med pace, very little lacing, slight hazy mostly clear apricot orange color.

Nose lime zest and lime leaf, lemony citrus, grassy leafy herbal thing, sweet toasty malt, big citrus peel, little peppery phenol thing, grassy hop note, saison malt and esters.

Taste basic saison, mild sweetness, wheat, very yeasty, grainy husky toasty malts, grassy herbal spicy hops, citrus zest, hint peppercorn, and peppery phenols, esters, etc. Finish dry and fair bitter, earthy spicy chewy.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little sticky fell, nice carb.

Overall lame, missing all the good characters I hoped for.

Oct 31, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear honey hue with a thin white head that fades to leave thin wisps and light lacing.

S - Aromas of yeast, Belgian esters, light lemons, very light peppercorns, little bit of lime leaf. Some herbal notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of yeast and esters. Light peppercorns light herbal notes, really really yeasty. Biter finish too.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, little fluffy.

O - Overall this beer was way too yeasty. Completely detracted from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

Oct 29, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap in a snifter at Deschutes' Brewery House in Portland, OR.

Look : 80% opaque, honey amber colored, with a nice frothy milky head.

Smell : Lots of yeast strain, with clove, banana and light honey biscuit.

Taste : A bit washed out until the finish where yeast, banana peel, and hop glide over the plate with an unmistakable alcohol warmth.

Feel : Medium bodied, light creaminess, zippy carbonation.

Overall : Not overwhelmingly great but still a decent Saison. I'd have it again if the price were right.

Oct 22, 2015
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light amber color with a frothy white that lays down slowly. Nice toasty grains, caramel and a herbal and slightly funky, grainy nose and light spicy hop notes. Taste follows aroma but is quite smooth and balanced with a medium body. Easy drinker and flavorful. I will repeat.

Oct 04, 2015
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ARoman from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a plastic cup at Deschutes Street Pub Chicago. The aroma is pastry dough with floral spice and a funky egg drop soup by end. It's effervescent with a clear yellow brown hue and a white sudsy head that has a moderate retention and leaves no lace. The taste is a medium bitter, with a medium light sweet and slight sour. The texture is oily with a fizzy carbonation and a medium light body that has flavors of lemon and a clean pepper with undertones of dough, floral and grass notes, and under ripe fruit. The finish is zesty pepper and coriander with a citrus peel note that leaves an aftertaste that's a bit cloying, dry and astringent with sour lemon and bread. The aftertaste is strong at first but mellows with a lingering fresh pepper and coriander spice,

Aug 23, 2015
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz. Bomber
Best By: 08/15/15

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy white head, which leaves a lot of sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some citrus (lemon), peppery. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, spicy, with some nice citrus note. Medium body, not too hot, like some other Saison/Farmhouse ales. Overall, pretty tasty.

Aug 20, 2015
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Cannibalgasm from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod color with about 1/6th an inch head that faded quickly and left no lacing. Similar to apple juice in appearance.

S: Aromas of tart citrus, orange, lemon, and grapefruit, then sweet bready malts, honey, pear, red apple, black pepper, allspice, clove, ginger, coriander and that typical barnyard funk. A pleasantly inviting aroma.

T: Flavors of honey and sweet bready malts, then citrus and fruit flavors of pear, lemon, and orange. In the midle you find an earthy hop quality as well as some black pepper, coriander, and allspice. Finishes with a subtle tart/bitterness with some clove like spiciness and a honey/ginger aftertaste.

M: Light to mid bodied, with crisply high amount of carbonation. Very smooth and crisp with a nice pleasant lingering tart/bitterness.

O: A nice pleasantly flavored Saison. Nice aromas and solid flavors backed up with easy drinkability. I plan to try this again when it is in season. I am typically critical of farmhouse/saisons but this is one of the good ones.

Aug 14, 2015
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled on 8/5/15. Comes in a single 22 ounce (1 pint, 6 ounce) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L "Rock Bottom Mug Club" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a hazy honey-apricot in color with about a half finger creamy foamy white head. Some light sheets of sticky lacing was seen when sipped. Aroma is of yeast, fruit and maybe some coriander (?) for the most part. Much more is going on with the taste as there is some peppercorn with some lemon zest with a hint of lime. Very tasty and goes down easy. Very surprised since I am not a big fan of this style of brew for the most part. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall really enjoyed this one!

Aug 07, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tap and Growler in Eugene (during a Deschutes "tap attack," tap takeover).

Pretty lackluster beer from Deschutes. There's nothing wrong with it, but this struck me as a "cookie cutter" saison style beer. There is some light honey and clove, along with some light spice and citrus, in what is ultimatley a very light flavor package. Alcohol is all but unnoticeable, and in fact, the beer struck me a a bit watery. Not sure what Deschutes was going for with this one. Maybe this would make a nice "training wheels" ale for those just starting to branch out into farmhouse ales?

There are so many well made saisons and saison style beers on the market these days, it's hard to imagine ever ordering this beer again.

Aug 07, 2015
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready malts Belgian yeast and fruits.

The flavor is lots of sweet citric fruit with a Belgian base and a little pepper. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian with lots of fruit.

Jul 20, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

A flavored saison ... ok. Crystal clear pale amber, dissipating head. In the nose I get some of the lemon verbena and perhaps the dried lime, smells Belgian-like but not like a Saison. Lighter than anticipated crispness, hint of chewy malt. Spicing is a bit vague and mingles with some of the Belgian yeast flavors. Mild tartness, hint of the lime in the finish, and some spice that could be the peppercorn but its hard to tell if it is just the yeast.

For a food inspired beer something a bit more simple and dry would have gone over better. Perhaps one or two of the components could have been used. Not half bad but I think the intention was lost.

Jul 15, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells strongly of coriander and fruit. I pick up on the lime and pepper but not Sumac whatever that is. Google's...OK Sumac is like lemon, I just smell lime.

Starts out slightly sour. Tastes of sour fruit. Mildly sweet I taste mostly lime and coriander.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall more of a fruit beer than a saison. It is an OK beer but nothing special.

Jul 11, 2015
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jmasher85 from Maryland

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

Glad I got to try this one. None of the flavors or ingredients dominated any of the others, which is a credit to its craftsmanship. The lemon and spices (sumac and peppercorn stick out only slightly) work well in concert and give a slightly sweet spiced ale that I could drink any time with any meal, as chef José Andres intended when he helped make it.

Jun 30, 2015
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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not quite what i expected. I was apprehensive about a beer with so many added flavors. It seemed kind of gimmicky, but seeing it was made in collaboration with chef Jose Andres I decided to try it. L- straw yellow. S- citrus driven with slight earthy tones. Sweet. T- Tastes much like a weak saison or a slightly sour farmhouse ale. For being as high a gravity it isnt boozy. Subtle, nondescript hoppyness. Pleasant. The lime peel and lemon verbina are most prevalent. Pink peppercorn (of which im not a fan) and sumac are very slight, most likely because if not kept in check they can overwhelm a dish (or beer in this case) Overall, pleasant flavor,and a warm thin mouthfeel. Not quite what I expected from an ale or farmhouse saison.
I would actually like to try this again and pair with food. I did enjoy this beer.

Jun 25, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

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

Super refreshing, tasty saison that tastes different from others I have had. Taste has a lot of key lime, hay, herb, lemon, and light pepper are also present. I would get this one again if I wanted the style.

Jun 13, 2015
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snaotheus from Washington

3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a pair of shaker pints. Best By 01/20/15, so I guess we'll see how it ages.

Pours hazy golden with a small head. Smell is fruity, but nondescript. Taste has a lot of banana and a little vague sweetness. Slight tartness. Something a little apricotty about this beer.

Mouthfeel is a little too still. Overall, not bad. Maybe better fresher. But that's my fault.

Jun 13, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden color speckled with orange and highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very aromatic with lots of toasted malt, honey and spices such as coriander, black pepper, orange peel, ginger, cardamom, saffron, hints of sage and thyme, honey-suckle as well as candied sugar and Belgian yeast, which imparts some aromas of hay and clover.

Taste: Unfortunately, the flavor doesn’t live up to the aroma. It has some nice flavors of toasted malt up front, followed by some muted flavors of the afore-mentioned spices and honey, but the flavors are muted and severely less intense than the beer’s aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing as there is quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 6.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very nice beer, though I wish the flavor would match the amazing intensity of the aroma. Nice flavors of malt and spice and honey. A nice saison.

Jun 12, 2015
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McThulhu from Minnesota

4.74/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love when a beer has its own character, and this beer has that. The color is light and inviting, the head dissipates quickly but has a terrific fruity bready nose which is a pretty good translation of the taste as well. Nice balance with the farmhouse funk, although I don't mind when the funk is cranked to eleven. Good sipper. Very nice for the price.

Apr 29, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

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

Strong bubblegum notes and confectioners sugar sweetness are countered by sour apple and pear esters, with floral notes of honeysuckle adding complexity in aroma.

Flavor reveals more fruit variety, with banana, lime tartness, and grapefruit leading to soft bubblegum and floral notes on a lightly bready malt backbone. There's a bit of grassy character emerging late, along with clove and a hint of pepper.

Apr 23, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

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

The joint projects of brewers and chefs often lead to the ever-popular and very "food friendly" farmhouse ales. Inspired by Spanish cuisine, the floral, spicy and earthen complexities of saison are a hit with the spicy and rustic spanish dishes.

Zarabnda layers in the common way of saison, mildly hazed throughout a golden straw austere. Its lathery foam carries the earthy, floral and spicy aromas with an undertow of citrus and white wine. Its supple sweetness is dryly of bread, light dough and faint wheat.

Its stern carbonation breaks up the sweetness and bready qualities while the middle palate balances with dried lime, lemon, orange and pear. Bubbly effervescence highlights the beer's spices and acidity late, taking a peppery lead with fresh-cut grass, dried herb, peppercorn and faint cumin.

Sprite like champagne, the medium-light bodied ale trends lighter and lighter as the carbonation gives the beer a spicy lift as final impressions of sparkling white wine and an afterglow of wheat bread.

Apr 21, 2015
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