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Hopfenstark Saison Station 55 (Bière Amère)

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Brewed by Hopfenstark
Style: Saison
L’Assomption, Canada
Serve in Tulip

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Saison Station 55 is a red beer with veiled aspect, the taste of malt, hops and spices reminiscent of citrus coupled with a bitter finish. The 55 wants to be a hybrid between a Belgian beer terroir and IPA American type. It is seen against the brewing revival in Belgium.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sissio (1129) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAR 7, 2016
Full aroma with coriander and red citruses. Full bodied, light spices and pink grapefruit, fruity bitter ending. Bottle shared with friends at home.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (16227) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2016
On tap at Mondial de la bière Montréal 2015. A hazy golden beer topped by an off-white head. Nice lacings. The aroma is fruity, with piney and peachy scents. Some white sugar and pale malts. It’s dry and bitter on the palate, full to medium bodied and with a little malty touch as a backdrop for pine cones, peaches and a generic fruityness. White sugar too, but not the sweetness. Lasting fruity finish. It’s too much on the white sugar side for me, and lacking a bit on the peppery yeastyness I like in saisons. 150611

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kita (1753) - Koper, SLOVENIA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle, 0.75l, shared with colleagues. Pours cloudy amber orange color with medium soapy off-white head and average sparkling appearance. Aroma of yeast, citrus, passion fruit and cereals. Taste starts moderate sweet grainy with honey note, following is resinous, mild fruity and herbal, mouth feel is dry and mild spicy with light bitter finish. Medium body, oily texture and average carbonation in palate. Very nice and easy drinking...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markoijelena (1947) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 11, 2016
Bottle 0.75l at the Car heading to Belgrade.Bottle from Hoppiness Koper Slovenia 06.12.2015.Pour it hazy orange color with big white head.Aroma pineapple. Taste Belgian yeast, sweet sugary, dry bitter finish, nice Belgian feel.Ok balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weark (573) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Bouteille achetée à La Mise En Bière - De couleur dorée avec une belle mousse blanche crémeuse qui tient longtemps et laisse de belle marque sur le verre - Au nez des arômes poivré épicé, des notes florales, fruitée agrumeux, un bon corp malté, un nez sympa entre l’IPA et la saison - En bouche une bonne amertume,les levures bien présente avec beaucoup d’épices, beaucoup de houblons floraux et légèrement fruité, le malt se fait moins présent - Corp léger / moyen, amertume forte, carbonation pétillante, amère et sèche, final amère sur les houblons - Clairement un mix entre une IPA et une saison, le houblonnage d’une IPA et les esters d’une saison

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
s_r (111) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2016
Robe orangé, et nez floral. En bouche les notes maltées laissent la place aux fruits puis à une amertume légère. Manque un peu de bulle toutefois.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4077) - BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2016
Draught at Gollem in Antwerp. Thick, creamy, egg-white, lacing, stable head over a hazy peach blonde beer. Aroma of dried orange peel, mango, yoghurt, fermenting hay, peach, biscuit, cider, stale sweat, wet leather. Estery onset, gooseberry, peach and mango with a light umami accent, soft carbo, gentle lactic ’yoghurty’ and fermenting fruit tartness, fluffy bready and caramelly malt sweetishness underneath leading to a gently but aromatically hopped, floral finish in which the soft tartness also continues. Has sweet, sour and bitter in a consecutive order and all very gentle and well in balance with each other, but none of these flavours define it as either a saison or an IPA. Nevertheless a very pleasant beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (5660) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2015
Tap at Gollem. Pours unclear blonde, small white head. Smell is bit bitter, taste is sharp, intensely bitter with a nice hoparoma. The beer than switches over to a more sweet, honey-like taste, over a weak saison-profile. Not a traditional saison, and for me not so great. Drinkable though, and interesting to see how they wanted to fade the borders between IPA and saison.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (2696) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle from Beergium. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, hops, earthy notes, fruits, grass and a bit of yeast. Bitter finish with citrus, hops, earthy notes, fruits and grass. Very nice saison.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (3715) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle. Golden, hazy, average to large and mostly lasting head. Moderate malty - lightly wheaty and lightly sweetish aroma, light chemical notes/rubber and and light citrus, light spiciness (coriander, faint pepper), light hoppyness. Body is medium, malty - lightly wheaty and dryish - lightly sweetish flavor, light spiciness and citrus, light - some hoppyness. Finish is average malty - faintly wheaty and dryish, light citrus and light - some sharp spiciness and hoppyness, light alcohol. Bit one-dimensional saison with sharp spiciness and chemical notes in aroma. Nice head though.


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