Rye Saison | Yazoo Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally released as their 5th anniversary beer. Re-released in Spring 2010 as part of their seasonal rotation.

Added by ckeegan04 on 01-27-2009

BEER STATS
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41
Ratings:
104
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
18.64%
 
 
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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a decent head that leaves some splotches of foam here and there

Smell: Rye bread and overripe stone fruit, with hints of bubblegum and green apple

Taste: Starts out with sweet fruit and spicy rye flavors that build in a tart direction, by mid-palate, when the bubblegum also makes an appearance; after the swallow, the sweet flavors dominate, but there is plenty of spicy phenolic complexity underneath; finishes somewhat grainy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very interesting beer and the spicy rye does a nice job of offsetting the sweeter fruity character

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Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big white to off white head quickly dies into a thin but lasting lacing above a clear copper golden colored beer.

Nice big spicy aroma without any thing in particular coming to mind, with maybe a bit of yeast sneaking in there.

Lots of dark rye spices coming through in a dryish taste.

The aftertaste is quite dry and full of rye on this medium bodied beer.

Pretty good stuff, takes a couple of gulps and gets better with each, I really think it's a beer worth seeking out for any of you in there distribution area.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 3rd week of March.

Into a pint glass it pours a saturated copper orange. Sticky foam billows up and forms irregular peaks in the glass. Rings of lace remain on the inside walls. Skim remains unbroken for the first few sips.

Aroma is bready and spicy from the rye and the Belgian yeast shows off some clove phenols and floral hop notes. A little sweet brown sugar in the mix also.

Feels medium bodied with a creamy texture. More bready rye spice turns up in the flavor, with some pepper and earthy florals, plus banana from the yeast. Pretty tasty and easy drinking, somewhat mellow but leaning toward the spicy side of things.

Thanks Jim for this one.

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Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another one from Yazoo, this time thanks to JonnyGalt (Reddit). With one arm busy I had to pour a bit careless and a huge fluffy 3 finger head rises up and fades slowly, with nice lacing, over super hazy murky apricot orangish weird color.

Nose has a strong yeast aroma, light farmhouse saison aroma, light floral spices, slight hint of citrus and stone fruit, slight hint of rye, but mostly bready yeast aroma.

Taste brings a lot more fruit, a belgian yeast flavor with fruity esters, with a bit of apple and pear, sweet candi sugar and reddish caramel malts, light toffee, and slight syrupy taste, and some yeast flavors with light boozy esters. There is some spicy rye but not a lot, and pretty much no saison qualities. The finish is dry and a bit bitter from the yeast I think but a hint of hops, and spicy rye, but sticky and a bit of lingering belgian malt and candi sweetness. The flavor profile would be good for a Belgian single or something but nothing like a saison.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, slightly syrupy, good carb.

Overall not a very good beer, the nose is almost all yeast, flavor is all Belgian malts fruit and sweets with no saison flavors and just a little rye. Not sure if they made this beer blind or have no idea what a saison is. I almost think I got a bad bottle or something. it was bottled on march27 so only a couple months old too. Also, screw cap, really?! I have one more yazoo beer and I'm a bit worried about it. The other two I had from them weren't bad, so not sure what happened to this one.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bit thanks to JR (Photekut) for sending this as a bonus brew. Served in my Surly pint glass. The brew was bottled late December '08.

A - Voluminous 3+ fingers of light blonde foam that dissipates quickly and leaves a thick cap. Only a few specks of lacing on the sides of the glass. Hazy apricot/peach color with lots of bubbles visible.

S - Smell is quite nice - a mix of spicy rye malt, tangy Belgian yeast, pepper and clove, a bit of orange zest, and maybe a touch of lighter fruits like pear and melon.

T - Taste is disappointing - it's some mild fruits, pepper, and a funny yeasty twang. Not bad, but not all that interesting either. There's a tiny touch of sourness in the aftertaste that is slightly redeeming.

M - Lighter body, soft, light carbonation tingle. Pretty refreshing and style appropriate.

D - If it was a little tastier it'd make a solid session saison. Unfortunately there are a bunch of better options out there like the NG Imperial Saison, or any of the special GI ones.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get a little rye bread in the aroma, but this beer is dominated by a tangy Farmhouse yeast strain. The yeast was well treated and on par with Belgian versions. With the lighter body, I'd call this a great table-weight saison. I think I'm pulling a spicy hop finish out of this, though it could just be more of the Belgian character. Eitherway, this is a tasty, drinkable Belgian where you don't have to be afraid the ABV.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to JohnQVegas for this one.

Bottled On: 4th Week of Mar

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice yeast notes, and some spice. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly dry, and nice spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice thirst quencher.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass. I had it recommended to me while in Nashville, TN.

Appearance: Good cloudiness and golden color, mild white head

Smell: Smells sweet, of citrus, with yeasty overtones

Taste: Sweet and citrusy, yeasty as well. Very flavorful and tasty.

Mouthfeel: good consistency and is smooth, slightly carbonated

Drinkability: Very drinkable, has good flavor and isn't tiring

I'd recommend this beer by Yazoo. It isn't very alcoholic but is a good, and cheaper, spin on a Saison.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear amber with an average fluffy white head. Crisp, malty aroma has fruity and rye tones and a yeasty hint. Malty aroma has a decided rye component plus some sweet fruity tone and just a hint of honey. Texture is fairly smooth with a strong fizz. Overall, not too shabby.

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Photo of gford217
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of ckeegan04 poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden with tons of bubbles rushing to the top to feed a big fluffy white head that shows very good retention and laving. A good looking beard.

The aroma is an interesting mix of Belgian yeast sweetness with some bubblegum but with lots of citrus as well. Maybe the faintest hint of funk and definitely some rye spiciness as it warms.

The taste is a little more tart than the aroma with some tart lemons up front before the light fruit sweetness comes in. The Belgian yeast gives way to a dry finish with hints of spices and a bit more of the lemon zest.

The mouthfeel is fairly light with lots of carbonation.

This is my first Yazoo beer and it was certainly an original take on the style. The aroma was a little on the sweet side but then the taste brought the tartness and funk a bit more. Tasty.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery into a Duvel tulip the same night.

A: Slightly hazy medium amber body with a perfectly majestic three-finger head of creamy, chunky ecru foam. Terrific retention and tons of great, sticky lace. Fantastic.

S: Intensely phenolic, spicy aroma, with some nice minerality backing up the peppery, slightly medicinal phenols. A touch of grassy hops. Not much more than a hint of rye malt, but I'm ok with that, especially given the spiciness already delivered by the yeast.

T: The rye shows up here, though, with some sweetness and spice, backed up by spicy phenols and some fruity esters. Dry, medicinal finish. Nice.

M: Slick medium body with moderate, fine carbonation. Ok.

O: If it weren't for the medicinal overtones this would be a stellar saison; as it is, it's just a pretty good one. Nice work, Yazoo.

Cheers!

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Photo of tpd975
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

JohnQVegas sent this one.

A: Pours a nice gold that is a touch hazy. Nice tall foamy white head, good retention and some real nice lace.

S: Aromas of yeast citrus, honey, banana, and spice.

T: Much much like the aroma. Yeasty and spicy for sure. Very mild banana notes with a crisp citrus bite. There is a doughy quality to this one and a mild hop character to round things out.

M: On the lighter side of medium, smooth and tasty.

D: Good one that will be nice to sit down at the pool with.

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Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bit of a style-bender here, and it really didn't come together for me. A bit of rye spicyness was present, but the yeast phenolics were off - I got a hint of bandaid and plastic at the finish, enough to be slightly off-putting. Absent this, the beer would have been solid.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy and hazy amber to orange color. Big head that fades slowly. Very sulfury aroma-somewhat orange and citrus like but very faint. Big yeasty flavor-again quite sulfury. Lacks the spiciness and peppery qualities of a saison. Lingering bite. Slightly buttery. Crisp but the somewhat off flavors detract. Decent enough body. On the edge of being a really good beer. Not really to style but I like the premise.

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Photo of rangerred
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A very careful pour yields a huge 4 finger billowy head. Body is slightly hazy and dark gold. Tons of carbonation bubble rising up.

The nose is very yeasty and has some peaches and lemon. A touch of barnyard funk but it is very faint.

The taste is very fruity with peaches, apples, lemon, and orange. There is a little syrupy sweetness on the tip of the tongue that is a little distracting. The taste becomes drying as it progresses but there is still that little bit of residual sweetness left.

I like very dry saisons and this one is just a little too sweet. The flavors are decent but overall feel is off. Anyhow, it is a pretty good thirst quencher and a refreshing beer.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from my buddy Dustin (JohnQVegas) down in Nashville.

Reviewed from audio notes taken last night.

Poured into a Goblet.

Pours a pretty hazy, slightly toasted golden color with a white head and decent lacing that clings long enough to be noticed, and then *poof* he's gone. Back into the body of the beer quickly and quietly-- like Kaiser Soce. The head fades quickly to a small wispy could of bubbles.

Smells of fresh grass and citrus fruits maybe lemon. A definite grainy rye presence and a peppery spiciness. The taste is in line with the nose... The finish has a dry and refreshing quality that makes you want another sip and yet feel that you r thirst has been quenched at the same time.

Very light body with plenty of carbonation that really makes this smooth. All in all-- very nice little saison. I could certainly see myself drinking a few in warmer weather and feeling quite good about it.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed for their 5th anniversary and released as part of their Brewmasters Collection.

A - Very cloudy brownish-orange in color. Thick, foamy off-white head with decent retention and excellent lacing. Very active carbonation rising to the top.

S - Very tart, fruity aroma. Lemon zest, banana, and a light spicy hint of rye. This is a very sour beer in the nose.

T - A little light in the mouth initially with a sweet fruitiness up front. A tart lemon zest quickly comes in and dominates the profile. Some graininess lingers underneath. I can tell their is some rye in it, but I am not sure I would have picked out the taste if it was not advertised in the name. The sourness really dominates and it is a lovely domination.

M/D - Light to medium bodied with some grainy chewiness. Very crisp in the feel and very easy drinking. The sourness and tartness are very much present but are not mouth shattering.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a tremendous head that lasts for quite a while...

Aromas of Belgian yeast, some faint hops, a little funk, and some sourness... Smells a lot like Duvel, which is a good thing... There's some funkiness to this one...

Lovely sweet crisp fruity funky deliciousness here... Yazoo did an awesome job with this brew... I'm voting for making this one a year round offering or at least a summer seasonal... Its terrific..

This is a damn good offering from Yazoo here... I was pleasantly surprised with this one...

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Photo of JayS2629
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the flight from a fresh tap at the brewery. This beer is an orange copper color with a semi-thick head that fades fast but leaves rings of creamy lace. The smell is of spicy rye, black pepper, banana and clove with some citrusy tones and sour esters. The taste was spicy dominated with the rye, notes of chocolate, black pepper and full of estery belgian yeast phenols like banana and clove. Great balance between the sweet banana, peppery cloves and chocolate notes. This was my favorite beer at the brewery. The mouthfeel was like most, a bit thin. There was a slight creamy edge. Overall a very enjoyable and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep gold with 1.5 finger light cream head. Faint retention. Thick, sparse lace.

Lemongrass dominates the nose. Nice citrus lemon bite.

Surprisingly sweet up front, with a dry middle, and a little lemony sweetness in the finish. No sourness whatsoever. Gets a little tart at the bottom.

Feel is creamy with a touch of syrup, perhaps a little more syrup than I would like.

For a farmhouse style, this is very easy to drink. The lack of sour in the profile makes it easy to drink more than one.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a nonic glass at the Yazoo taproom

A- Poured a bright super hazy orange marmalade color. Despite the haziness, carbonation can be seen streaming along the sides of the glass. Frothy head that leaves some droppy lace

S- Some big spicy belgian yeast notes, bubblegum notes, and citrus

T- Lots of spice and belgian yeast flavors, citrus, and some light bubblegum notes. A very spicy saision

M- Very high carbonation, finishes very dry, refreshing. Very effervescent beer

O- This is a very refreshing and spicy saison.

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Photo of younger35
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recevied this brew from ckeegan04 for winning our BA College Bowl Pick'em pool. This will most definitely be my first brew from Yazoo and probably Tennessee. I like beers with Rye in them but it has to be in moderation. Too much really screws the beer up. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a semi hazy yellowish orange with a nice half fingered head that recedes fairly slowly. A fabulous cap and collar remain and not a whole lot of lacing.
Smell- Slightly funky (if that's the right term, maybe dirty would be more accurate) from a light bit of Farmhouse yeast. I don't get much in the terms of spice other than maybe a bit of candied orange peel or ginger. Very slightly sweet with a bit of doughy wheat that seems raw and slightly astringent. Not an overly complex nose but nice none-the-less.
Taste- Wow! Starts with a slight bit of tart that is reminiscent of green apples. I'm not real sure what it's from but it's nice and unexpected. Sort of a lemon peel type tartness, light and nice. Some peppery like spice that seems to be from actual spices, not the Rye. Honestly that's perfect IMO. I like the Rye to be more noticeable on burps than the beer. As it warms some light banana and MAYBE a bit of clove makes an appearance. That slight tartness dominates though and lingers throughout the finish.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light and crisp with a nice sharp bite from the carbonation.
Drinkability- I'm not real sure where this beer stands as a solid Saison to the style police but I know it's freaking tasty as hell. I can't figure out if the tartness is just some astringency or something else. Really interesting and tasty beer and I much thanks to ckeegan04!

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours dark straw-gold, just a bit of orange, almost clear with just a bit of haze and a full one-finger fluffy white head that lasts a long time. Tons of effervescence. Solid lacing and nice retention of the cap. I can't imagine this beer looking any better.

Nose is a nice mix of over-ripe golden fruit and peppery spiciness. Some almost tropical fruit mixes with a lightly pungent yeast note.

Taste is nice as well - up front, more ripe fruit mixes up with a firm farmhouse pungent funkiness. Lightly peppery, with the rye adding a bit of spicy richness to the dryish malt body. Really interesting use of rye - this one definitely grew on me. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, maybe a bit sticky, with a light but coarse carbonation. I wish this one was just a bit lighter. Drinkability is nice, but hurt a bit by the heavy mouthfeel. Satisfying in its complexity and refreshing though.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to ckeegan04 for hooking me up with a trade for this and many many others. I have been fixin' to brew a rye saison and wanted to get an example of the style...and there you have it. Get to check out Yazoo offerings for the first time as well as a bonus. Bottle date looks like the last week of December. This one hits the Ommegang chalice with authori-ty.

Pours a classic hazy light honey/yeast color. Faint bluish wisps of head up top. For the minimal head room it does leave a bit of lacing. Body is a bit on the cloudy side.

The rye coats the olfactory like a flannel sheet...it's warming but by no means heavy. There's a slight dry champagne scent along with the soothing farmhouse yeast electricity.

Taste profile is quite sounds...lots of good kosher rye notes with the expected dry texture. Slight champagne notes persist along with a little latent funkiness. This is straightforward enough to serve as a great gateway saison to noobs to the style but it has more than enough character to please the seasoned (saison'd?!) vets as well. Yeast electricity persists along with the rawness of the grains and just a slight hint of piney hoppiness.

Palate feel is slightly warm and tart. Maybe not as spritely as a traditional saison but it plays nicely. Again, the accessibility quotient is quite high. Finish may be slightly acidic at times with a hint of sourness; the rye definitely adds a little meat on the bone.

I lament that I only have another bottle of this. At the same time I am extremely grateful to Chris for hooking me up with this deal. It drinks well and has a little sumpm for everyone in it. Rye is wicked underrated as an ingredient and Yazoo did it right with this one.

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Photo of sommersb
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-07-2011
Freshness: Bottled the 4th week of March, 2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

This clear beer is a bright, light copper color with a creamy head of 2 fingers. Lacing is fair and there are lots of bubbles in the glass.

Nice, strong Belgian yeast aromas of grass and hay, with a sweet bready compliment. Taste is spicy and dry, from the hops and rye malts. Has a nice tartness and warming as well.

A highly carbonated beer, with a light, dry body. Finishes with spiciness and bitterness.

Not my favorite from Yazoo, but a solid spring seasonal I'll look for next year.

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Rye Saison from Yazoo Brewing Company
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