Back inda day in the French speaking region of Belgium known as Wallonia, in the spirit of waving goodbye to the Winter and saying hello to the Spring, forward thinking brewers concocted a beer that was designed to reward the farm hands for a job well done with a light and refreshing malted beverage known as the “saison.”
At Worthy, as we also mark the onset of Spring, and christen our own version of a hop farm, and pay tribute to The People’s Hopmeister, Dr. Al Haunold, we are pleased to offer our own version the sasion, a fruity-zesty beer we call the Farm Out Saison.
True to style, we use Belgian pilsner malt, Saazer-inspired Sterling hops, and a fruity French-Belgian yeast strain that coalesce to form a delicious goldenrod/apricot- colored ale. Fittingly, Dr. Haunold was the brawn and the brains behind the creation of the Sterling hop, which the USDA released in 1998. Al, this Farm Out’s for you!
One whiff of our Farm Out and you’ll find yourself uncaging and uncorking a Belgian ale, redolent with deep yellow fruity esters. The aroma ranges from freshly cut pineapple to lemon citrus, with a pleasant ethanol overtone.
One sip and you’re enjoying a stone fruit marmelade on top of a soft thin slice of toast that finishes with a tart “Sourpatch” tanginess. Light, dry and spritzy.
So, raise your Belgian snifter and please join us as we give thanks to hop breeder extraordinaire, Al Haunold, and to hop farmers the world over. We love your work. And after a hard day’s work, when it’s time to let go, go ahead and tune out with Worthy’s Farm Out saison.
Malt: Belgian Pilsner
pdx77 (1019) - Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at 2013 Portland Cheers to Belgian Beers Fest. Light golden color. Coriander and yeast aroma, light hoppiness. Flavor is spiced banana, yeast. Fizzy.
19Ei8hty (1134) - Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Was excited to see a saison on the draft list. Less excited when it finaly made its way to my table. Even less excited with every sip up til the time I decided I was not going to finish it. Just another poor-to-mediocre attempt here. My tasting notes: "never again".
jgb9348 (4486) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ridiculously hazy golden coloured body with a rich three centimetre tall pure white head. Aroma of alcohol, bananas, yeast, coriander seed and quite a bit of light fruit - oranges and bananas especially. Medium-bodied; good yeast flavour throughout with a herbal kick, some lighter coriander seed flavours and a bit of curacao. Aftertaste shows some nice herbal and grassy notes throughout with a little alcohol and a lot of yeast. Overall, a nice grassy and herbal beer with a ton of flavours from spices and yeast and less from malt and sugars. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon a few hours ago on 07-December-2013 for US$4.99 sampled in my hotel room here in Portland on 07-December-2013.
bpreo (1423) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Saison is on the rise, and Worthy Brewing Company has a great example on tap.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange pour with a white head. Light spicy aroma. Fuller flavour, starts like a pilsner but goes to a spicy, saison-y taste with a coriander finish.
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Worthy, Bend, 23/05/13.
Hazed golden with a thin white head.
Nose is citrus, grass, herbal notes, orange, lemon, lgiht spice.
Taste comprises lemon rind, bitter orange, earthy, straw.
Medium bodied with bite, fine carbnation, crisp in the finish.
A solid saison.
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