Saison 7 (Farmhouse Brewing) | Coast Range Brewing Co.

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Saison 7 (Farmhouse Brewing)Saison 7 (Farmhouse Brewing)

Brewed by:
Coast Range Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by germaniac on 12-27-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an almost clear, pale yellow body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: The aroma holds both fruit and spices, along with a good measure of yeastiness.

Taste: Gentle maltiness, with a very light sweetness. Fruity orange peel flavor throughout. A dusty, dry yeastiness. Hints of a pepper. Finishes spicy, with just a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though a touch different from other saisons I've had in the past, it's still nicely refreshing and easy-drinking. Like a saison-lite!

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Photo of Zorro
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly clouded golden colored ale with a good white head.

Smell is Saison like. Normal scent of coriander and flowers with a fairly herbal hop aroma. Spiciness is present and is mostly composed of the coriander and black pepper.

Taste is on the sweet side with a corn flakes taste to it. Corn Flakes or creamed corn I can't decide which. Some flavor of coriander and black pepper but very little flowers.

Mouthfeel is average.

A mediocre Saison at best. Too sweet and not hopped enough. I can't really recommend you waste money on this.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a fairly hazy, gold color that is topped by a frothy, two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is a mix of earthy, spicy herbal notes that evoke thoughts of coriander, clove, fresh cut hay, and lemon grass. Some soft fruit notes of apples and pears are also noticeable. Malt aromatics are present, especially towards the end; soda cracker notes, lightly cooked biscuits and grassy grain notes round out the malt aromas.

Quite light tasting, yet it has a fair amount of sweetness to it. The sweetness seem accentuated by some orange peel flavors that are actually quite pronounced, especially towards the middle and finish of this beer. I would guess that some coriander has been added to this beer as these flavors are fairly noticeable as well. Notes of ginger, and perhaps a touch of dusty white pepper are noticeable as well. The orange peel and coriander notes seem to get in the way of the yeast character that might be here.

An interesting beer, with a good mix of flavors, but it seems to be a bit out of whack. Some of the flavors are a bit too strong (orange peel and coriander), while others are quit a bit too weak (yeast / fermentation character). Not bad, but seems to have missed the style (despite the style being wide opening).

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a transparent, light, piss toned gold with a small white head that fades into a mild collar.
Smell is of funk, lemon, cloves, light banana, mild wax-pack bubblegum, and yeast.
Taste is a slight drop off from the aromas but basically the same.
Mouthfeel is mildly sweet, light bodied, with a yeasty finish.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber with a picture of a barn on the front. Saisons seem to vary a lot so it's tough to rate...

Appearance is slightly cloudy and pale yellow, with nice thick head. The smell is a little citrucy and spicy, but only a little. The flavor was kind of light for my tastes, not as grassy as I like (Hennepin, DuPont Saison).

Mouthfeel and drinkability are about average, not really a great beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22ounce Bomber with a simple brass colored crown cap. Main label has a simple rustic look to it. Labeled as ‘Farmhouse’, one of the new brands from Coast Range Brewing, the main label has a picture of an American style mid-west Barn with the words ‘Saison 7’ on its pitched roof. Listed as a ‘belgian style ale’ (shame on Coast Range for not using a capitalized letter “B”), with a declared strength of 6.8% Alc. By Vol.

Appearance: Hazed deep golden body. Big white irregular deep fluffy head looks the biz yet it slowly collapses to a more regular Vicars collar, but not before leaving a little lacing. Average levels of carbonation but it is fine tuned.

Nose: Zesty lemony nose with a rather harsh citric background. Pungent edges with a soft spicy tone.

Taste: Acidic yeasty feel with an early mix of Coriander in the start. Some orange and black peppers litter the middle. Grapefruit ending with an unwashed grainy skid mark that lingers, lemony citric wash on the cheeks after the swallow with what just maybe a dusty hop bite at the death. Nice enough, interesting mélange of flavors but they just don’t seem to have direction or even any internal coordination. Just doesn’t quite gel together like it promises.

Mouthfeel: Has a tart crispness that snaps against the rising prickly carbonation. A refreshing libation that offers a lot but the yeasty acidity and grainy finish are off-putting before I get halfway through the Bomber.

Drinkability: The sharpness cuts at first but it soon gives way. However, the thing that spoils this Saison, apart from the lack of holistic synergy, is the acidic yeasty grainy feel that it leaves after each mouthful. This drops the Drinkability to below average.

Overall: Run-of-the-farmyard, erm, I mean Mill, Saison. Lots of promise but it lacks depth of character and that twist of ‘simple-complexity’ that differentiates the great Saisons from the wannabes. I feel like a few tweaks “here & there” though and this could be an interesting offering. Nevertheless, this Saison is a nice addition to the available West Coast beer styles, top marks for effort, but it is still so-so.

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Photo of far333
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass. Ruddy golden colored, just the slightest bit hazed, with spotty bubbles randomly rising from bottom to top. A half inch of white tight foam sits atop, and slowly recedes down to nearly nothing.

Aroma of heavy yeast, some clove and spice, just a bit of vanilla and lemon.

Initial flavor of yeast funk, followed by some peppery spice and clove, and a touch of honey, finishing with an acrid tang in the back of the throat. The yeastiness lingers.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp, some carbonation tingle in the finish.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$2.99 a bomber.

Pours a bright filtered hay clear golden hue topped with a crisp ivory pillowy spongy head cap that slowly drifts to a splotchy coating.

Grassy and slightly musty dry dusty scents. A touch hot in the nose despite a mild 6.8% abv, but the booziness is palpable in the nose.

First swigs: Peppery like a Belgian Pale initially, then an Earthiness opens this one up. Exceptionally dry with a chardonnay like Earthy dryness. Plenty of clove spices abound mixed with a light doughy flour flavor. A phenolic thread weaves throughout the brew.

Tightly carbonated with a linger of cloying vegetal aspect.

Last swigs: More of a coriander spiced Belgian Witte than a true saison. An interesting foray into the saison style, but better saisons are out there. Worth seeking out for the thrill above all else. Reminds me of Yards Saison, but better.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crystal clear, pale yellow to light copper. Not much of a head but the lacing forms with each pull. Lazy, sporadic carbonation.

Bigtime fruity smell, musky, earthy tones towards the backend Mcgillicutty. Almost Hefe like in that it has some rich lighter fruits like bananna, some citrus slammers here and there. In the end the thing I loved about this beer is the farmy, gritty backside hop slapper that is able to tone this beers sweetness and really make this an easy drinking, fairly complex saison. Carbonation cuts through some syrup feel and produces a nice cleansing finish.

Although I have had marginal success with this brewery this "farmhouse" series so far has at least caught my attention. A solid offering that I could easily see becoming Great as they fine tune this brew over time.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle. Pours into my glass a somewhat hazy yellow orange with a thin half inch of fizzy foam. Aromas start with a bit of pale grain enhanced by some spicy citrus and pepper tones. Earthy yeast is in there as well with a touch of lemon zest and a light sourness.

First sip brings a smooth, spicy pale grain malt upfront. It flows down with some citrus fruit qualities and a touch of black pepper. Lemon zest and some herbal bitterness follow on the way down, along with a bit of a sour twist. Finishes nice and spicy with a yeasty bite.

Mouthfeel has a nice creaminess to it with plenty of carbonation that rolls across the palate nicely. An easy drinking brew that still has a nice body to it. I could easily drink this one quite a bit, especially in the summer. I found it to be a pretty tasty American brewed saison style ale and I'd probably pick it up again.

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Photo of marc77
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Turbid auric in hue. Topped by a cream - white dense, frothy head. Loose lace remains. Honey and candied almonds upfront in aroma. Secondary wafts of lemon verbana and nectar sweetness. Trace green apple acetaldehyde. Well-rounded aromawise. Grainy, sour - bread notes incipient in flavor. Mild clove and banana mid - palate. Pithy orange - rind bitterness emerges late. As the beer warms, dusty, flour like nites surface. Flacid, somewhat chalky mouthfeel. Could use more carbonation. Finishes slightly vegetal and oily, but with a late lingering tannin - like bitterness at the back of the tongue. A simple and slightly rough saison. Decent, but unexciting.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a small head that melts to almost nothing immediately.
Belgium style yeast hits the nose with a mild sweetness and warming smooth earthiness.
Taste of slightly sour sweet fruits, cloves, cinammon, orange peel, with a sour drying finish.
Mouthfeel lacks some of the carbonation I'm used to yet still seems creamy and full.
Aftertaste is bitter citrus peel.
A great saison at $2.99 a bomber...not a great saison in any other class, however.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Barclays in Oakland/Piedmont area.

A: Pale yellowish, slightly under hazed straw with average carbonation and spotty head. Mediocre retention.

N: Harsh lemon, coriander, corn sweetness.

T: Citrus blend, corn, black pepper, coriander. Acidic finish.

MF: Up front tartness is unfortunately overshadowed by too much acid. Chemical and metallic qualities distract.

D: Mediocre at best.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a straw yellow color with a thin white head. The head fades too quickle, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a strong earthy yeast aroma. It also smells of citrus hops. A slight spicy aroma is also present. It does have a slight sweet aroma also.

This beer tastes a lot like it smells. Yeasty up front. It has a sweet malty flavor. Citrus fruits are also very present. Spices are there also. Cloves, coriander, and orange peel.

This beer is quite crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a yeasty aftertaste. This beer is carbonated to perfection.

I think thus beer would make a good session beer. It is not too aggressive so you could drink it all night. Also, it is not too strong.

I like this beer. I have had it many times, and I will continue to have it when I get the chance.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Pours up a hazed goldenrod color with a fluffy bone white head that fades away pretty quickly. No lacing left behind, minimal stickage. Nose is ripe with wheat malts, a touch of honey, faint aromas of hops and that musty, dusty scent you come to almost expect from a saison. The aroma is good, but it doesn't really come across as being as complex. This saison has a real bite near the finish. It's not entirely hops, it's not citrusy or spicy, almost more like an astringency from the grain husk (perhaps oversparged?). Anyhow, it's not bad, just a little unusual. There's some malty sweetness and unmalted wheat flavors in the front, hints of coriander and blood orange, yeasty in the middle, and that light astringency in the finish that leaves a trace metallic aftertaste. Alcohol is noticable, but not overwhelming. Slightly phenolic. Medium bodied, but slight undercarbonation makes it feel a little thicker. Overall, it's not the best saison I've ever had, I'd try it agian if I found it on-tap somewhere.

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Photo of rallison
2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale straw color with a 1/2 finger fizzy white head that quickly far, not too promising.

S: Smells of apple juice. Fermented apple juice. And not much else.

T: Taste is just slightly better, but only slightly. Fermented apple juice, some earthy grassiness. Finishes with a touch of yeastiness. I'm sorry, but this is not a saison. Very weak.

M: Decent carbonation, with an ok mouthfeel.

D: This is light enough to be drinkable, except that it doesn't taste very good.

Not recommended. This is the worst attempt at a saison I have ever had. There are far better saisons, don't waste your money on this.

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Photo of IceAce
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow / orange body capped by two fingers of rocky foam with the consistency of beaten egg-white.

Nose leads with strong Belgian yeast followed by ripe passion fruits. The aroma promises a dry acidic finish.

Entry is busy, busy, busy with an immediate dose of carbonation along the tongue. Midtaste begins with corn syrup flavor upfront mixed with juicy fruit gum. The finish begins with a promising dryness...but abruptly abandons this plan of attack for a moist Belgian yeast fade.

I'm trying to love this beer...kind of like when your friend sets you up on a double date and you do your best with a situation that just isn't going to go anywhere. My preference in a Saison runs toward dry and funky and this offering, while good, is somewhat busy in an uncoordinated way.

But, would I buy it again?

You bet.

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.03/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Golden frosty color with a thin white head. Nothing special to look at here.

Smell: Not so appetizing being that it smells like wax, leather, and sand. Yum...

Taste: This beer is metallic but with some toastiness. It's floral but in a fake kind of way, like someone soaked potpourri in the beer for a little while. Sandy with a flavor of tobacco (not good) and bark.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with a watery soft feel. The feel neither adds nor takes away from the experience. But the metallic tastes makes it feel harsher than it actually is.

Drinkability: This is not a good beer. The spice and floral flavors are very fake tasting. It does not taste like a Belgian and really it doesn't taste like any beer I would want to drink again. This one ended up as a drain pour.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
1.15/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

22oz Bomber $4.49

A-Decent hazy golden body with light and tightly packed head that thins out pretty quick.

S-Wow...major case of DMS! I cannot get past a rancid cooked corn and vegetal aroma. If this is not infected, this is one of the worst smelling beers that I have come across in a while. The spice of the yeast tries to get throug, but it makes things worse.

T&M-A sour, metallic taste numbs the tongue. I really have a hard time putting a sip of this down. Total unbalance with flavors that do not mesh whatsoever. The body is thin and the finish is a tad dry, but this a horrible representation of a truly great style.

D-I will not have this again anytime soon if I can avoid it. This one sticks out as one of the worst tasting and smelling beers I have tried in a long time.

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Photo of stephendr
4.29/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of dark honey gold , with a thin bright white head - nose of yeast , cloves , spices , cookie , green apple , and roasted malts – taste of yeast , cobwebs , cloves , sour green apples , and malts - body is soft , dry , and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of yeasty , green apples , cloves , and yellow apples

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bottle I could find no mention of Coast Range on the bottle. Poured a cloudy golden color, with nice white head and moderate lacing. Nose was yeasty and full of fruits and spices. Mouthfeel moderate, and flavor is of fruits. A somewhat dry finish. Very decent brew and easy to drink.

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Photo of sloejams
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked up this 22 oz. at the BevMo! in West Hollywood recently. Had a West Coast Belgian beer session with the missus where we tried this and Green Flash’s 3rd Anniversary Tripel. Sadly, both were none too impressive.

The color was a straw yellow with virtually no head. The aroma was pleasing: lemon, nutmeg and a kick of coriander. The taste was subtle but sweet: apple and lemon but not the tart I generally associated with a saison. It had some alcohol that came through.

Overall the beer was the better of the two but I don’t think I’ll rush out to buy it again.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly hazy light gold color with a slightly sticky white head.
The aroma was a bit strange to me as it had a citrussy scent that had to be from spices but i can't tell which one(s). There is a slight fruityness and a dry malt to the aroma as well.
The flavor begins with a quick hit of hop bitterness that is slightly citrussy and earthy. Then it segues into a dry lightly toasted malt flavor that reminds me of biscuit malt. It finishes with a lingering bitterness blended with the lemony spice and it has a touch of what i percieve to be an iron like taste. I have heard this is from autolysis but i am not sure if it is a flaw or a yeast characteristic. The mouthfeel was full of carbonic bite that lent the beer a refreshing quality.
Overall this isn't that bad of a Saison though I think the recipe needs some further tweeking.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear gold with a pure white head. Nice density and retention. Pretty decent lacing as well.

Smell: Not bad; a nice blend of clovey, funky yeast spice, citrus and peach with a bit of Saaz-like hops. Authentic.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Hey, pretty good. Yeast is a bit hot in its, uh, pepperiness, but you get a lush mouthfeel of orange, peach with some drying hops in the finish to clean it up. The mouthfeel is even better, coating, but quite crisp and tight.

Drinkability: Well, I don't think the folks at Dupont or Fantome are quaking in their boots, but for a small, local brewer, this is a very solid effort. And, at about $3.50 a bomber, one anyone can enjoy guilt-free. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Troyone
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hazy color with an orange hue, no head, and little carb action.

Has a citrus banana hops smell with a caramel malt background.

Lightly/mod sweet /acidic, light bitterness, kind of a bland grainy malt, and lemon hops sourness.

Light/med bodied, almost warery texture, almost flat carb, and a slight astringent finish.

Very drinkable although some what bland with a slight lemon sourness aftertaste.

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Saison 7 (Farmhouse Brewing) from Coast Range Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 29 ratings