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Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #47 - Saison VariousHarpoon 100 Barrel Series #47 - Saison Various

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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERMILER12 on 08-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 132
Photo of q33jeff
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

AROMA-Some yeast. Citrus.
LOOK: Gold color, cloudy. Not pretty.
TASTE: apples, pears,Refreshing taste, though some greatness in finish.
FEEL: Excellent carbonation. Took a while to get into this, but luckily it was 22 ouncer.

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Photo of Johnd8
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Either I found a distributor shelf dusty or they brewed it again. They could have called it a pale ale
Nose has a hint of something I don't care for, not bad, just not liked and just a hint that I cant quite place.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While I am not a fan of most saison's other than those from Belgium I will admit that this is one fantastic ale. Beer pours a rich cloudy yellowish-amber with a thick white head that dies down to a nice lacing foam. Smells of lemon grass, lemon and orange citrus, and a slight spice mingling with sweet malts. Taste is excellent---light peppery spice on the back, light sweet Belgian malt on the front and sides, almost like a light peach taste with a medium dry finish and light herbal aftertaste of pepper spices and coriander. I am astounded. It is very nice and would pair great with many foods, light alcohol warmth----just about perfect.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"In the spirit of collaboration, Jamie stayed true to the farmhouse tradition of brewing without spices while Ryan balanced East Kent Goldings hops with coriander and white peppercorn. Ethan's American hops and a Trappist yeast strain complemented Rich's citrusy hop profile, and the combined result is Saison Various: a refreshing blend of saisons, brewing sensibilities, and unique ingredients.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pale golden white head of a sudsy, crisp consistency over a moderately hazy golden yellow body. Carbonation is plentiful and vivacious and the retention is average. Lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Strong aromas of cracker and biscuity caramel malts form a malt base reminiscent of a European pilsner. The yeast profile is ever so slightly saison-like in presentation, slightly spicy and effervescent with a touch of pepper and spice to compliment, moderately acidic, somewhat vinous. The hop aroma is quite significant in potency with a strong grassy bitterness along with slight floral and fruit undertones. Very dry aroma but also very potent. 3.5

(Taste) Light cracker and pilsner malt with a mellow undertone of caramel sweetness. The hop profile is quite potent with big grassy flavor, cider fruits and a touch of pepper. The inclusion of white peppercorn and coriander have the most profound impact on the flavor of this beer, very perky, peppery, spicy and pungent. The saison yeast profile comes out better in the flavor but the subtleties it generates fade behind the assertiveness of the spice. Like a great many of Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series, Saison Various takes a great many twists on a traditional style with generally favorable results. If you were looking for a more spritely flavored Saison, this would be an ideal candidate. The beer finishes bitter, dry and quite liberally spiced. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, chalky, dry. Carbonation generates a moderate crispness for a spritely, perky mouthfeel. Body is medium/heavy for the style and medium+ overall. Balance is spicy pepper and dryness over bitterness over a subtle sweetness, perhaps the beer may benefit more from a slight enhancement to the body. Alcohol presence is mild and any off flavors are fairly well concealed amidst the texture and bold flavor of this beer. 3.5

(Overall) This is one assertive, sharp and dry saison to behold, and myself being one to never conform to tradition, I quite enjoy it. Any harshness perceived will likely either fall under the bitterness of the grassy hop profile or the assertiveness and spritely flavor of the coriander and white peppercorn spice, all of which combined makes for a rougher-than-expected drinking saison. Very flavorful but a fairly slow sipper. One of the more favorable 100 Barrel Series releases as of late. 3.5

Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall's
Harpoon 100 Barrel Series #47: Saison Various

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark straw color with orange throughout, like looking down a fog-shrouded street but with bubbles. The white head develops so much and so quickly, you would swear it was alive and trying to get out of the glass NOW! No lace.
Smell is a well balanced mix of grass, must, hops, malt and some spices.
Taste is great with malt, hops, grass, spices, a hint of green apple and pear. Great balance.
Medium + body with tingly effervescence. Warming, but with a dry finish. Spices linger nicely in the after with the hops for a really amazing flavor that drives you to the next sip. Good stuff, Maynard.

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Photo of msquared36
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bright gold and cloudy. Medium white head, nice lacing.

Smells of banana and citrus. Strong aroma but pleasant and not overpowering.

Scent follows through to the taste with strong notes of banana and citrus. Slight funky aftertaste that balances out the beer.

Moderate carbonation. Light feel.

Decent beer worth a try. Relatively mild saison.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 11/10/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, in Pawtucket, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, wheat, Belgian yeast, some hops, some spice and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of bananas, caramel, spice and citrus. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

frothy head with excellent retention about 2-3 fingers tall on a pale gold with burnt orange hue body. good lacing. aroma of pineapple and banana citrus, peppery, herbal/corriander notes, yeast. Flavor is fairly unique for the style. Notes include sweet citrus, lemon zest, herbal/corriander, sorachi ace hops provide most of the hops for me, vanilla and cooking wine. Light body for the style. Moderate carbonation. I liked this one more than others. Its true to the style but different in how the flavors are presented.

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Photo of hreb
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz glass served in pint glass. I get a big skunk lagery aroma out of this, surprisingly. Beer itself is straw yellow in color, with substantial haze and big soda bubbles. Giant white head. And yeah, pilsner/lager aroma.

Flavor is spicy, dry, and crisp. Very neutral through the finish. The peppercorn flavor up front brings out some bitterness in the hops -- at 34 IBU the hops are definitely not showcased here. Besides the spiciness there's a subtler note of yeast, to give it some earthiness. The mouthfeel is pretty thin. It kinda looks and feels like ginger ale. And the carbonation brings an intensity to the drink that's completely absent in the flavor (again, like a lager). All in all it makes for an interesting experience but it's not my favorite.

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Photo of superspak
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/15/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger very foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. No clinging lacing and some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, orange peel, grape, banana, coriander, clove, peppercorn, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast ester, malt, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, clove, peppercorn, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, coriander, clove, peppercorn, wheat, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, yeast, and spice flavors; with a great fruity/spiciness balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good saison style. Nice balance and complexity of malt, yeast ester, and spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on October 18, 2013.

It pours pale to golden yellow with a load of fizzy white head up top that settles down and laces as it goes. Active carbonation.

The aroma entices with Belgian toasted biscuit, floral or peppery notes, yeast, citrus, and grass.

The body is about medium.

The pepper notes that I get on the nose introduce themselves more formally in the taste with a little orange zing and toast mixed in. The finish is crisp, clean, dry. I would have this again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Huge 4+ finger head. Slowly recedes with plenty of lumps and rocky-ness. A dome forms when I replenish the glass. The most lumpy lace I've ever experienced. Wow. The broth is golden and reasonably clear.

Smells of fresh cream and floral hops. Could be a cream ale. There's no sourness to the nose.

The flavor is closer to the style: a bit more sour, a good dose of bittering hop and an elevated carbonation level. Aftertaste is short with a good pepper kick.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pristine gold with a tiny bubble pale lager-like head. Head doesn't hold up well; it thins then floats around my glass like a small spit wad.

This is beer is a blend of 4 separately brewed saisons. As such I thought it would be messy or muddled but it's clarity stands out. Smells like of clean golden malt with a mild fruit (golden pear) twinge. Nice and dry on the palette. Has a champagne-ish burnt white grape skin, white peppercorn and general yeasty saison spice the goes along with the dry feel. One of the saisons had coriander which I can't pick up. Clean, pale malt is the lasting underlayer. Medicinal fade.

Clean and subtle its a million times better than Harpoon's Leviathan saison IMO.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my DT tulip. Best by 11/15/13 printed on the neck of the bottle. Pours a dull, golden-orange with a semi-hazy clarity and a voluminous, 2.5 inch bright white head that eventually settles into a solid 1/8th inch skim. Some clusters of lacing are spattered about the surface of the glass as the beer is consumed. Quite a bit of carbonation is observed as evidenced by tiny streams of tiny bubbles effervescing from the base of the glass to the bottom of the cap. Nose is slightly herbal/grassy/minty with a hint of candi sugar and citrus fruit rind. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a light, lemony character - solid, but nothing stands out. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation. Overall, a decent American Farmhouse, but a little lackluster.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very ginger ale, honey color, with a huge rocky white head that makes multiple pours a requisite. intense carbonation runs up the curve of the glass to keep that head aloft.

S - stereotypical saison aromas, decent hop profiles and faint but obvious peppery/spicy notes, some very faint tropical fruit bits

T - better than the aroma let on. more flavors, more malts to balance the hops, more noticeable spices and fruits.

M&D&O - a decent beer, not the best American version of a saison that I have tried, but not a horrible representation of the American attempts at the style.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks like a saison. Smells like a lackluster saison. Tastes like a bad saison. Mouthfeel is kinda harsh and raw.

Taste is pepper, alcohol, and bittering hop. Tiny bit of peach maybe, and some herbal stuff in the finish. Corriander stands out a bit too much simply because its the main discernable flavor on a background of bleh. Mostly flavorless and muddy, not much to enjoy. This beer has no identity. It's a mess. It tries to do too much, goes in too many different directions, and ends up doing nothing.

I did not enjoy this offering from Harpoon. I've had many good saisons over the years, including my own homebrew on tap currently, and this just doesn't match up. I mean, its not entirely terrible, but I'd rather not have wasted my time on it and won't be getting it again.

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Photo of ktblue22
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly murky orange-straw color with a small yet frothy head. I absolutely adore the smell on this beer- so much spice! Cracked black Pepper mostly, also orange zest and cardamom. Taste is very nice- really dry which I love, and actually really well balanced. This beer is a clear winner for me -

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, yeast, and medicinal aromas. Taste is much the same with medicinal spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting but slightly overdone medicinal presence I don't care for too much.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours an oranging, golden color. The beer pours with a nice medium sized head of soapy bubbles that fizzles down to a scrim. In body, the beer is clean and clear of particles, though slightly hazy. On the nose the beer smells freshly peppery with a terrific grainy malt and a touch of coriander and peppercorns. Crisp yet funky yeast characters come through nicely, giving the beer a rich, almost caramelly texture to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweetly funky, with a nice dry finish and a light, funky acidity. Hoppy bitters also work well to balance the beer. In flavor, the beer tastes of crisp grass and hay, with a touch of caramel that moves into light, grassy funk. The finish brings thick notes of pineapple and light citric lemon that gives a small pop of tartness to the mouth. The finish lasts in the mouth for quite a while, layering complexity upon the pineapple, and eventually drawing back to the grassy hops, cardamom, and pepper spices which linger in the mouth. In the mouth, the beer feels crisp and sharp on the tongue with a slightly fierce carbonation, a prickly yet syrupy mouthfeel, and medium plus weighted body. The mouth is left with a light acidity, and some nice saliva around it. Overall, this is a superbly complex saison with great qualities being brought out by blending. This beer would pair wonderfully with any number of foods, and though its carbonation is a little fierce, it works nicely with the beer. This is one hell of a blended saison that really pleases the taste buds.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a blend of four different saisons, this is easily the best thing ive ever tasted from harpoon. hazy and light golden as it should be. huge white head with great retention. I pick sorachi ace hops up right away upon the first sniff, lemony and fresh and mildly acidic. also smells like the same saison yeast I use, wine-like just a bit, with tropical fruit esters and bright juicy hop aromatics. the flavor is equally fresh and robust, with sorachi ace blending in a little better than it does in the nose. some subtle champagne yeast creeps in, as does vanilla sweetness, pronounced oak, and a soapy wheat malt. the fusion of flavors is really to die for, this is expertly done. carbonation is right there, upbeat and really cooking, dry finish, super super dry. light enough to drink a bomber, but satisfying enough not to want much more than that, this is a reasonably priced and fairly available world class brew, very little to improve upon. id love to see this enter their regular lineup.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best By 11/15/13

A: Pours a golden straw color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fizzles away to absolutely nothing

S: Very estery and fruity with a bit of yeastiness. Some spices such as coriander, clove, and pepper come out, as well as a nice burst of citrus

T: Starts off with a bit of spiciness from the peppercorns and other spices and slowly goes into some fruity esters and citrus notes. The yeast comes along for the ride throughout but is mostly in the background. Alcohol slightly noticeable in the finish

M: Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Quite dry

O: A little bit of a different take on a saison (the blend of 4 different saisons certainly helps that cause) but it's quite nice. A little bit on the heavy side for the style as well, but it doesn't take too much away from the overall beer. Worthy of a try, especially at the price

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