Sunday, July 24, 2011
Yards Brewing Co.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Saisons were historically brewed to keep the farmhands happy and hydrated during the warm summer months. Crafted using Belgian pilsen malt and candi sugar, this golden Belgian style ale is a refreshing change from your usual beer lineup.
12 oz bottles: ~$9.00 6 pack
They gave me a surprise 50th birthday party in May and had this beer on draft. I thought it was great. I was just at State Line to pick some weekend beers and a 6 pack of this just jumped into my cart. So I figured I would take my time with the first one and give it a formal review.
The beer pours a clear golden yellow with copper hues and a modest white head.
The nose is modest with earthy pilsner malt aromas with pleasant floral hops. I’m not picking up any Belgian Funk but the nose is very inviting.
The experience starts out with a sweetness up front followed by a cleansing effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back and is very easy drinking with just a slight hesitation at the top of the swallow. During the swallow almost into the finish you start to feel a robust earthiness. This earthiness of malts and hops seem to almost explode in the finish. The final aftertaste is that lingering malt earthiness.
It’s not Saison Dupont funky but it’s pretty darn close.
That first one went down so fast I’ll have to have another as I work on my final thoughts.
Well obviously I’m drinking more that I’m writing on this one. The second is almost gone also.
This is a solid B+ maybe even an A. What an enjoyable Saison with a rich leathery earthiness and fairly clean finish. What a nice refreshing beer.