Your Top 10 Saisons

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  1. SubpoenaDeuces

    SubpoenaDeuces Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2011 California

    I still need to try this style, is it available on shelves?

    I dont like really malty things though or dark beers.

    is it seasonal, is that why it is called a saison?

    I have heard about Ete and Pissenlit strong being good, where do I get those ones?
     
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  2. GodlessWatermelon

    GodlessWatermelon Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2012 Maryland

    Saisons aren't malty or dark. They're very light, crisp, and refreshing with a dry, wine-like sour acidity taste. They were brewed in French speaking Belgium (Wallonia I believe?) and neighboring France (you'll see these sometimes listed as Biere de Garde) for farmhands to drink while working the fields in the summer months. Clean drinking water was still scarce so farmers needed a drink that would hydrate, have a low ABV, and could be made from ingredients on the farm. Modern saisons/farmhouse ales are higher in alcohol, anywhere from like 5-9%.
     
  3. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,333) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois
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    I'm pretty sure he was messing around.

    On the other points, yes, Wallonia is the French-speaking southern half of Belgium. However, while Biere de Gardes are also considered farmhouse ales, they are not saisons. Biere de Gardes are much more malty than saisons, and do not have nearly as strong of a yeast presence. Instead, they should be clean and bready/biscuity, though still dry.
     
  4. BleepBloopBlap

    BleepBloopBlap Initiate (59) Aug 19, 2011 Massachusetts

    Glad to see Brooklyn Sorachi Ace on here - criminally underrated!
     
  5. hagbergl

    hagbergl Devotee (405) Aug 27, 2009 Maryland

    1. Bruery Saison de Lente
    2. Hill Farmstead Vera Mae
    3. Pretty Things Jack D'Or
    4. Bruery Saison Rue
    5. Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux
    6. Lost Abbey Carnevale
    7. Boulevard Saison-Brett
    8. Pretty Things Field Mouse's Farewell
    9. Saison Dupont
    10. Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale
     
  6. Kinsman

    Kinsman Champion (863) Aug 26, 2009 California

    In no particular order:
    Saison Dupont
    GI Sofie
    Ommegang Hennepin
    Pretty Things Jack D'Or
    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace
    Stillwater Stateside
    Fantôme
    HF Flora
    Bruery Saison Rue
    Boulevard Saison-Brett
    The first five cover the more widely available good-value saisons. The others are more special treats but damn good.
     
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  7. DovaliHops

    DovaliHops Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    According to my reviews:
    1. Fantome Saison 4.58
    2. Baudelaire IO 4.53
    3. Fantome Hiver 4.5
    4. Weizen Bam Bier 4.5
    5. Love Buzz 4.5
    6. Fantome Pissenlit 4.5
    7. Hennepin 4.47
    8. Fantome Printemps 4.45
    9. Saison Vautour Du Bois 4.43
    10. Seizon Bretta 4.4

    Honorable mentions: Fantome Chocolat & Magic Ghost, Alagash Interlude, Duchessic, Saison - Brett, Saison Rue, and Snowball Saison :grinning:
     
  8. ItsLaTrappe

    ItsLaTrappe Initiate (0) May 15, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Wanted to warn the Saison fans on here that the Fantome La Dalmatienne (light label) I drank yesterday had a Peddio D. infection and was nearing nectar thickness!! Ropey beer may be the most unpleasant infection there is. The Printemps I had a month ago was pretty delicious though.
     
  9. Franch

    Franch Devotee (450) Mar 22, 2011 District of Columbia
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    Hill Farmstead - Ann
    Hill Farmstead - Juicy
    Fantome - Extra Sour
    Hill Farmstead - Civil Disobedience 4.5
    Hill Farmstead - Vera Mae
    Hill Farmstead - Arthur
    Hill Farmstead - Civil Disobedience 5
    Hill Farmstead - E.
    Logsdon - Seizoen Bretta
    Hill Farmstead - Flora
     
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  10. Thorpe429

    Thorpe429 Poo-Bah (5,333) Aug 18, 2008 Illinois
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    I love the list. Just had Juicy and it'll end up in my top 5. Seriously, I'm ready to name Hill Farmstead the best brewery in the world.
     
  11. Franch

    Franch Devotee (450) Mar 22, 2011 District of Columbia
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    juicy is the second best beer i've ever had (after Apple Brandy Hunahpu)
     
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