Sour/Tart Saisons: Your Favorites?

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  1. LightnerLiquorKS

    LightnerLiquorKS Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2013 Kansas

    The Saison/Farmhouse category has gotten immensely more exciting to me lately. Many breweries are making the style funkier and more sour than ever.

    IMO, the Breweries that do it best (in no particular order):
    De Garde -- Petit Azacca is amazing, the Saison renditions these guys make are unbelievably sour!
    Crooked Stave -- I could drink Surette everyday!
    Prairie Artisan -- Their whole line is peppered with Funky and sour Saisons, but not most are borderline sour and "tart" is a better word to describe them, they do it with subtlety. IE: Prairie Somewhere, Eliza5beth, Brett C. Ale *NEW* (Farmhouse conditioned with Brettanomyces Claussenii), Funky Gold Amarillo, and Prairie Gold have all released this year illustrating how Prairie loves their Farmhouse Ales.
    Hill Farmstead/Grassroots Brewing -- Arthur, Anna, Brother Soigne, Convival Suarez just to name a few Farmhouse Ale's with a sour ending that these geniuses put out!
    Side Project -- all I can say.

    Who sours this style the best in your opinion? Who is your favorite at this craft?
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    MUTINY Meyvn (1,135) Feb 6, 2015 Virginia

    I bought up so much Epic Elder Brett when it was available that it was almost stupid. Can't get enough of that wonderful stuff!
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  3. LightnerLiquorKS

    LightnerLiquorKS Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2013 Kansas

    I need to try that stuff. Boulevard's Saison Brett is always an amazing offering and one I can't get enough of this year.

    P.S. This Brett C. Ale from Prairie is amazing! We got 10 cases at the store today...OF COURSE I MUST SAMPLE! I must know to tell the customers if it's worth it!!! BTW...WORTH IT! 8.99-9.99/16.9OZ should be what you see this for in the Midwest.
  4. spoony

    spoony Poo-Bah (2,240) Aug 1, 2012 Colorado

    Casey is my favorite, but I like Prairie beers too. Haven't had much from Hill Farmstead but would love to investigate.
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    MUTINY Meyvn (1,135) Feb 6, 2015 Virginia

    Sad to say it was a limited release. If I can find one in my neck of the woods, maybe I could try & get it to you. :slight_smile:
    That Prairie brew looks amazing!
  6. the_trystero

    the_trystero Initiate (0) Mar 19, 2013 California

    Nothing beats Hill Farmstead and Casey stuff I've had but of the stuff I've been able to buy here in CA I've been really happy with:

    Highland Park Brewery's Uncontrollable
    Libertine's Morro Rock Saison
  7. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2012 Nebraska

    Some of my favorite tart/sour saisons, sort of in order...

    Saison du Fermier
    Love Buzz
    JK Biere de Miel
    Cuvee Diable
    Peche n' Brett (this one is probably more funky than tart)
    Petit Desay
    Le Petit Prince
  8. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    Uhhhhhh Sante Adairius.

    -cask 200
    -stenciled pages
    -nonna's blend
    -cask strawberry
    -cuspid to cuspid
    -fruit punch
    -west ashley

    Et cetera et cetera
  9. rjtx000

    rjtx000 Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2013 Texas

    Oddwood Ales Saison continues to impress me, watch out for this guy as he grows. Side project from Adelbert's in Austin.
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  10. deford

    deford Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2013 California

    I would offer up HPB...a local Highland Park Brewery thats killing it with funky sours lately...Lazy Suzan is fantastic....

    On a side note...I had a Side Project Grisette tonight that was really mellow in the tart department...loved it though.
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  11. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2012 Ohio

    110% agree on the Prairie releases! So glad we finally have them in Ohio. That Brett C is off the charts awesome with the Citra hop addition.

    So besides the Prairie stuff I would say:

    Anchorage/Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal
    Anchorage Mosaic Saison
    Boulevard Saison Brett
    Crooked Stave Surette
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  12. SLOCruzin

    SLOCruzin Initiate (163) Sep 30, 2013 California

    Sante Adairius, Hill Farmstead, Casey, and Side Project make the best tart saisons in the country IMO. I have not had enough of the limited Crooked Stave to put them in that company, though I know many would. Jester King has hit a few tart saisons out of the park, but they waste too much time making crap like Snorkel, figlet, and the saison brewed with hay and aged in cognac barrels.
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  13. SLOCruzin

    SLOCruzin Initiate (163) Sep 30, 2013 California

    Prairie and Anchorage are both very good as well, but a notch below the best around IMO.
  14. LakerLeith

    LakerLeith Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2013 California

    Yeah that's a no brainer for me as well. Sante all day
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  15. bouncepass

    bouncepass Devotee (480) Oct 3, 2006 California

    +1 on Sante Adairius.

    Do also love Boulevard's Saison Brett as something much more widely available, and Crooked Stave makes some excellent (albeit pricier) ones as well.
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  16. stompilator

    stompilator Initiate (0) Dec 23, 2014 Texas

    While I've only had two of their many Saisons, Jolly Pumpkin's Bam Biere and Bam Noire are both wonderfully tart and really complex. An honorable mention goes to Stillwater Artisanal for Stateside and Why Can't IBU.

    I'd be very interested to see this question take the form of a poll. Likely HF and Prairie would come out on top, but I wonder...
  17. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (2,200) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
    Society Trader

    I will try a sour/saison from anyone, but i am really partial to Prairie and Jolly Pumpkin's offerings. They are pretty accessible to the area I live. A local brewery Texian is blowing it up playing around with these styles, but you pretty much have to trek to the brewery to try most, hard to get you hands on
  18. Crim122

    Crim122 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    New Belgium - La Folie
    Wicked Weed - Oblivion
    Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe
    The Bruery - Tart of Darkness

    Those are my favorite sours. I've not had a tart saison I would be interested in trying these. I've really only had Saison Dupont in the saison department.
  19. JeremyDanner

    JeremyDanner Initiate (125) Dec 20, 2005 Missouri

    I would strongly caution against referring to Saison-Brett as sour/tart. We inoculate with brettanomyces at bottling and see more earthy/funky character produced versus acid production. It's a common misconception that beers with brettanomyces are tart/sour.

    If you approach our Saison-Brett expecting the beer to be tart/sour/acidic, you'll definitely be disappointed.
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  20. Cameron_como

    Cameron_como Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2015 Missouri

    Recently, Perennial Foeder Saison.
  21. ianmhall

    ianmhall Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2009 Connecticut

    Three I'd like to mention

    BFM Sq.rt 225
    Fantome Saison
    Oxbow Grizacca

    As well as my favorite Saisons... (Not really Tart)

    Dogfish/Victory/Stone Saison Du Buff
    Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux
  22. jlsims04

    jlsims04 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2013 Illinois

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  23. trxxpaxxs

    trxxpaxxs Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2010 New York

    It's hard to wrong with a classic:

    Boulevard Saison Brett
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  24. trxxpaxxs

    trxxpaxxs Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2010 New York


    No one needs to know how good that beer is. More for us.
  25. afish

    afish Initiate (0) May 5, 2015 Massachusetts

    I loved the Surrette and Vielle from CS, but throw some props Allagash's way. Their Coolship line is magnificent and a pretty cool historical resurrection.

    Also, maybe not the tartest of Saisons but obviously Tired Hands is slaying the Saison game
  26. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,932) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    Westbrook/Trois Dames Saison End was pretty least to me
  27. cl3

    cl3 Disciple (338) Aug 16, 2013 Wisconsin

    Orpheus Brewing's Atalanta was amazing. Gotta thank @QuentinCall for introducing me to it via our trade a while back.
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  28. SaisonRichBiere

    SaisonRichBiere Savant (963) Mar 23, 2011 Michigan

    Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere is great, usually less than 10 bucks on shelves.
  29. catlover4120

    catlover4120 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2015 Florida

    Can we focus on some tart saisons? I know Boulevard and Jolly Pumpkin make some great funky saisons but they aren't tart like Hill Farmstead or Sante (SARA) saisons.

    Are their any other breweries doing saisons that are as tart as those? Apparently Casey too, but I'd love to find some comparable saisons I can get without trading. Maybe it's time to give Saint Somewhere another shot.
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  30. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Initiate (0) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico

    Those that enjoy tart saisons should really try La Cumbre's Apricot Saison. LC kinda knocked it out of the park with that brew this year.
  31. Rback

    Rback Initiate (127) Feb 26, 2012 New York

    I don't think that a single beer mentioned in this post is available in my part of the world, Buffalo.
  32. Beer_Guano

    Beer_Guano Initiate (0) Feb 16, 2015 California

    Sudwerk in Norcal has a dry hopped Sour Saison called "Funky Hop Farm". Def tart and delicious!
  33. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (619) May 11, 2012 Missouri

    OP pretty much listed every brewery I was thinking of
  34. MrDave

    MrDave Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2013 California

  35. WillQC4Beer

    WillQC4Beer Initiate (0) May 1, 2014 Vermont

    Flora, followed by Florence would likely be my top two.
  36. WellRested518

    WellRested518 Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2014 New York

    BFM is nothing short of an amazing brewery.
  37. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,802) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Big fan of Casey and Surette. Even though I think they're a bunch of screwballs, I also really enjoy Saison Man from Trinity.
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  38. buckslayer50

    buckslayer50 Initiate (0) Feb 20, 2015 Florida

    Not to derail the thread but how is Crooked Stave St. Bretta Winter? I se a few on the shelves at my local liquor store and am always tempted. I have never tried CS and this is the only one I can really get my hands on.
  39. WellRested518

    WellRested518 Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2014 New York

    Yeah, I heard about that. Bogus.
  40. GreesyFizeek

    GreesyFizeek Poo-Bah (10,560) Mar 6, 2013 New York
    Society Trader

    I think you should be able to find Jolly Pumpkin in Buffalo, I've seen it in Rochester.
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