Category Archives: Farmhouse Saison

Hill Farmstead Charlie

Brewery: Hill Farmstead Brewery
Country: USA
ABV: 2%
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Other Notes: A low-alcohol Farmstead ale. Hops – Mosaic and Simcoe. Yeast – Farmstead ale yeast

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Charlie: Our faithful, loving, and steadfast companion. A golden retriever of renown, he effortlessly adopted everyone on Hill Road and beyond. Tail wagging and tongue lolling, Charlie never failed to charm. He was a cheerful rogue who approached without prejudice or judgment – a furry four-legged foreman who monitored all construction, managed events, and kept dutiful watch over his roads and wayward tacos. In his honor, we have created a beer to suit his spirit: a lively, cheerful, low-alcohol Farmstead ale with a touch of playfulness. Share. Consider. Enjoy…

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.35
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml bottle, bottle conditioned since 2nd March 2022. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: A lightly hazy golden straw yellow colour, with an almost two finger white head that had good retention and left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Tropical, mango, citrusy, lemon zest, with light floral, funky, and grainy notes.
Taste: Tart, citrusy, grapefruit, lemon zest, tropical, mango, with a touch of grains and funk.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Enjoyable, refreshing and easy to drink.

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Oxbow Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale

Brewery: Oxbow Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Other Notes: Barrel-aged farmhouse ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Barrel Aged Farmhouse Pale Ale is an American-hopped mixed-fermentation saison aged in American and French oak barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.27
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.1

Intro: A 500ml bottle, bottled on 7th June 2021, and poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A nice hazy golden straw yellow colour with a two finger white head that had good retention while leaving nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrusy, lemon, lemon zest, lime, oak, dusty, vanilla, brett, light funk.
Taste: Light sour, lemon, lemon zest, lime, peach, with light oak and funk.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Enjoyable, refreshing, and really easy to drink.

Le Détour Saison Festival

Brewery: Brasserie Le Détour
Country: France
ABV: 6%
Style: Farmhouse Saison

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A beer brewed for the 2021 BXL Beer Fest. Our take on the classic saison style aged in Chardonnay barrels. Diastaticus will prevail!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.91
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 750ml bottle, with a best before date of August 2023. From the 2021 BXL BeerFest beer pack. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A very nice clear golden blonde colour with an almost two finger white head that had decent retention and left lots of nice lacing.
Aroma: Brett, clove, banana bread, light Chardonnay, with floral notes.
Taste: Light funk, brett, white grape, apple, pear, a touch floral, with an interesting citrus lime peel bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: An enjoyable and very easy drinking Saison.

Anchorage Mosaic Saison

Brewery: Anchorage Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Other Notes: Ale fermented in oak tanks with brettanomyces

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Saison brewed with 100% Mosaic hops. Fermented with Saison yeast and 2 strains of Brettanomyces. Dry hopped with Mosaic hops. Bottled conditioned for natural carbonation. Delight in different…

Sameness is easy, predictable, accepted. Different, however, poses a challenge, gives way to debate, stimulates thought. The ancient art form of Mosaic is founded on the idea of creating splendor utilizing contrasting elements: jagged edges situated (un)comfortably next to rounded perfection, darkness clarifying the light, hammered down broken glass. It is these contradictory, different processes that create beauty. So I invite you to open your mind to contrast, engage in the experience, be perplexed, question the intricacies, and revel in this liquid Mosaic that is staking its claim to be different. Consider the unapologetic bitterness of Old Man Hop as he extends his gnarled fingers, taking a frictional grasp of your tongue. Flirtatiously nudging him aside, in bounces the charming singsong of his Hoppy Mistress greeting her guests with a fresh-cut platter of aromatic tropical fruity sweetness. Don’t mind if I do. Bring your awareness to the approach of the rustic, shady Saison Yeast Character, whose strands hang low over his downcast eyes, as he shyly mumbles “‘Sup Dude.” Contemplate the tapping of your feet, and allow a serious boogie down session with the jazzed up Effervescent Chap as he’s high flying, and break dancing on your taste buds. Observe as the militant invasion of the feared Brettanomyces troupe files in, offering proud salute to the sensory shape shifting that will slowly escort you to the artful transcendence of its Mosaic mission. Go ahead, drink in the scenic route through this fluid medley of colorful characters. Delight in different.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.02
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, batch #3, bottled in May 2016, poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some decent lacing.
Aroma: Brett, tropical and citrus fruit, mango, grapefruit, lime zest, oak, with maybe some floral notes.
Taste: Lightly sour, moderately bitter, mango, papaya, citrus pith, funky, brett, damp wood, grass, peppery spice, with a floral finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking and enjoyable as long as you like brett. 5 years in the bottle was probably longer than I intended to hold it for, and while the brett is still strong in this one, the Mosaic has certainly dropped off somewhat.

Mills Saison Hallertau

Brewery: Mills Brewing
Country: England
ABV: 5.6%
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Other Notes: Mills Brewing make beer with minimal modern intervention, relying on local wild yeast cultures and the influence of nature to ferment.

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Saison Hallertau is a blend of four barrels from three worts brewed in January, March and August 2019. It was dry hopped with whole leaf Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria and Fuggles. This beer is a bitter amber saison with a good balance of malt, yeast and hop flavour.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.13
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml corked and capped bottle, bottled in July 2020, with a best before date of July 2030. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a big three finger white head that had pretty good retention, while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Citrus rind, orange, funky, hay, damp wood, with some light stone fruit notes.
Taste: Similar to what you’d expect from the aroma, lightly bitter, orange, mandarin, citrus peel, funky, hay, musty, damp wood, and light tropical stone fruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: An enjoyable and very drinkable, nice solid funky saison.