BigBeer45 (1292) - Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Champanes,
this ale had a orange-gold pour with a little haze and gave about a one finger white/faint off-white cover that receded quickly, the glass had some streams of bubbles, and it left some spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottle had a thin layer of medium brown sediment that broke loose as the bottle was poured,
this ale had aromas of bread, light toasted malt, pear, a little lemon citrus, and a little floral and herb, some fruit and malt sweetness,
as the glass warmed up there was some orange fruit notes,
the flavors were orange and faint pear fruit, light malt, grass and herb hops, some spice, the hops were a little grassy and herb like, and the finish had spice and faint earth field flowers that left the palate mostly dry,
the mouth feel was light to medium with some creaminess, it had soft to average carbonation,
this drink starts with light fruit and malt, light spice and herb with a little sweetness and ends sort of dry with a earth flower/herb dustiness,
it had a earth-herb hop IPA bitterness, this beer was better than the ‘Hopfenstark Saison 7’ but does not come across as a straight saison, it was more of a lightly spice Belgian with grass and herb hops, a hoppy Belgian IPA?, it was a nice drink.
j12601 (7248) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap af Station Ho.st. Pours a clear gold with a large white head. Bright musk with a hint of lemon behind it. Medium-bodied, soft musk and a bit of lemon again, citrus and yeast. Alcohol is present into the finish, but not distracting in any way. Musk and dusty yeast finish things off. Very nice stuff.
cargo150 (874) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bière de couleur jaune avec un col mousseux moyen blanc. Nez de céréales et de fruit. En bouche l’aspect céréales de cette bière ressort en premier avec en accord des arômes fruités comme les agrumes, la banane et des épices. Une bière assez complexe facile a boire, pas tout a fait mon genre par contre.
Ernesto987 (4204) - Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at brewery, malty saison that thankfully finish dry, it’s what really saves it
matbigrey (82) - Mascouche, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750 ml bottle brewed in may 2013)
Nice foamy head on top of the glass ... I expected it to be more bitter but the balance of spices and pepper taste makes this beer quite original and delicious feel a small pineapple taste which is quite pleasant!! also has a quite good hop taste ... I totally recommend this beer ... not a masterpiece but it is what they advertised... thumbs up!
Ernest (6487) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (7% ABV, brewed May 2013). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), moderately yeasty (dough, basement), with notes of apple skins, lemon zest, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Strange...all three of the Hopfenstark saisons have had ABV discrepancies between RB and the label (most notably Station 7)...so either they change from batch to batch or they’re labeling them differently for export. Anyways, this one’s decent enough but not nearly as good as the 16. This is more vague, apple-like and less bright aromatically, a bit more sweet, syrupy, and boozy, and just overall less impressive. Drinkable and almost enjoyable, but after the strong showing of the 16, I have to admit this is kinda disappointing.
lesifflebiere (1380) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bière couleur paille, trouble, avec un film de mousse et un solide col sur le pourtour du verre. En nez, les notes de saison typiques : ananas, épices poivrées, mangue. L’amertume annoncée se retrouve bel et bien en bouche, accentuant le côté poivré caractéristique de la levure ; les fruits jouent les seconds violons, apportant tout juste assez de complexité et de rondeur au breuvage, au demeurant audacieux et puissant. Pas la plus accessible des "stations", mais elle a le mérite d’être une saison fonceuse et originale, autant que savoureuse.
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle, indicates 7% ABV. Large, rocky off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some spicy/white pepper, grapefruit rind, coriander. Taste is moderately sweet, coriander, spicy/white pepper, bread, caramel, some orange/grapefruit rind. Soft light-medium body, low carbonation.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at station host. Pour is hazy golden with nice white head and huge lacing. Aroma light citrusy hops, caramel, saison yeast. Taste is pretty malty and fairly sweet for the style, some citrusy and butter hops, light fruity notes. Medium body and good carb. Way too malty and sweet for a saison. Not my thing.
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vices et Versa. Pours a cloudy light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of light fruits, apple, apricot, melon, bready malt, and light spices. Flavor of bready malt, peppery spices, clove, light fruits. Solid saison- fruity in the aroma and more spicy in the flavor.