79 of the Best Saisons, Blind-Tasted and Ranked

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Creature Comforts Eukaryote (84)

"Bright lemongrass-and-lime hops note, with a touch of malt undertone. The sip avoids the heavy hops character suggested by the nose, with a quick, mildly bitter finish. Confident, contemporary."

Birds Fly South Rustic Sunday (85)

Dirty, peppery funk on the nose—black pepper, oxidation, rotting lemon and lime, sweet leaf. The sip offers a touch of red apple sweetness with rails of peppery phenol."

Cape May Brewing Harvest Ale (85)

Some bready malt character comes through with notes of banana. Grape must character is present but dry in character, and this adds a slight sweetness but not much. Hints of fruit—apple and peach—with a strong fermentation character and lightly tart in finish.

Transient Artisan Ales O’Tay (86)

"White pepper, faint lemon, toothy wheat, honey funk on the nose. The sip veers toward lemon-lime, with a nice, round, mellow acidity that begs for another sip."

Central 28 Beer Co. Blanc (86)

"Toasted bread crust on the nose, maybe a bit burnt, with bourbon-soaked citrus notes. Banana smoothie with mild hop bitterness to keep it in line. Weird and challenging."

Funky Buddha BA Undefeated Saison (86)

Some nice dryness with a barnyard earthiness. Estery spice notes add to the complexity. White grapes give it a bit of sweet but finish dry in the taste. Strong carbonation, and the finish is relatively dry, somewhat tannic, though balanced and interesting.

Perennial Artisan Ales Saison de Lis (87)

"Light tea-like note, subtle yeast cloves, and a faint smoky phenolic on the nose. The sip is lighter than the aroma, subtle in every way. A perfect beer for pairing with food—bright and palate-cleansing."

Fifty West Brewing Co. Everything All At Once... (87)

"Strong strawberry-kiwi on the nose for a smoothie-like intensity. The sip is subtle, the flavors clearly defined without too many distracting phenols. A slight smoky note on the finish adds depth."

Resident Culture Wildlight (87)

"Light white-pepper nose with vague bits of peach. The sip is relatively soft with a tingly yeast bite, morphing from tart clementine to spicy Brett. For serious Brett fans only."

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales Saison Bernice (87)

"White pepper and orchid with a touch of mustiness, like a staghorn fern on an old wood board. The sip is bright citrus, orange and tangerine, with light acid and funk."

Brewery Ommegang Hennepin (88)

"Highly effervescent, big spicy yeast notes. The sip is dry with an ever-so-delicate malt sweetness that otherwise takes the edge off. Archetypal."

Von Ebert Brewing Bouquet Blanc (88)

"White tea floral notes on the nose offer a crisp, almost yuzu fruit character. The sip is focused, tightly edited, with crisp Brett notes and integrated fruit."

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Yikes! (88)

"Subtle nose with woody, peppery Brett and light tropical fruit. The sip is equal parts sour apple and lemon-lime, with a very light malt component."

Wooden Robot Saison de Peche (88)

"Gentle gauzy peach notes in soft focus. The flavor is soft peach juice with an incredibly gentle fermentation character and mild tartness."

Funky Buddha Undefeated Saison (88)

Pepper, honey, spicy phenols, autolyzed yeast, aggressive alcohol, medium bitterness, and extreme effervescence that causes tingling on the inside of the cheeks. Finishes absolutely bone dry. Throughout there’s a little lemon, some earthy hay-like funk, and some dry white grape wine flavors.

Boulevard Saison Brett 2018 (88)

Orange-juice, peach, spicy and slightly astringent alcohol. Clean, light, bready malt background. Moderately sweet with moderate bitter and sour in the finish. For a beer in this category, seems light on the Brett funk—a younger beer, perhaps?

Side Project Grisette (89)

"Light orange citrus and linen on the nose. The sip is less precise, with broad orange-lime notes and a bit of Brett spice. Big flavor for a small beer; drinks sweet despite its dryness."

Von Ebert Brewing Angular Momentum (89)

"Lemongrass, dry hay, lime zest, white rose. The sip is effervescent, highlighting light Brett and bitterness, with a touch of fermentation funk, acid, and light fruit."

Hacienda Beer Co. Insatiable Dreams Strawberry (89)

"Plastic, rubbery nose deflates the pleasure of strawberry. The sip is better, with earthy strawberry and light acidity, but the burden of the rubbery nose is too much to overcome."

Black Shirt Brewing Stringbender (89)

Peeeeeaches. Very low sweetness, although there’s an impression of sweetness because of the peach, with moderate bitterness. Peppery phenolics. Low sour. Dry overall finish.

Hop Butcher Weirdsmobile (89)

Dankness, passion fruit, pine, pithy orange, and lemon peel, touch of peppery phenolics. High bitterness is compounded by the expected bone-dry finish. Balance is all about the IBUs in this one. Some saison character is hiding under massive hops burst.

Zebulon Artisan Ales House Saizon (90)

"Perfumey apple blossom, white rose, chrysanthemum, dry white wine. The sip takes a sharp turn toward hop bitterness (happily), with light funk and vivid carbonic bite."

2nd Shift Brewing Pink Guava Bridget (90)

"Unrepentent, unrelenting, juicy tropical guava flat-out owns the nose and flows through the sip. This agua fresca sour trades beer character for intense fruit, but the guava is compelling, making for a Brett beer that the masses could drink without thinking twice."

Yeast of Eden Oodelallie (2018) (90)

"Dry, punchy nose—bubblegum, currant, rose, herbal. Sweet-tart sip, with clean acid profile, round berry notes, and warming oak-vanilla before it dries."

Little Beast Brewing Fera (90)

"Earthy note grounds the fruitier Brett and hops in the nose, while the sip feels more beer-like than some of the more fruit-forward iterations."

Birds Fly South Rumblefish (90)

Dry and funky. Earthy hops (onion, lemongrass) finish. Slight tartness. No sourness. Slight acidity. More dry/tart than sour, and that dryness is amplified by the significant bitterness. Light clean bready pale malt background. Nice wild Brett/woody character in the aftertaste.

Amalgam Brewing Gin Pyramids (92)

"Juniper and gin botanicals float over an almost Japanese citrus note. Light and bubbly, with light funk and acidity, yet a mid-palate bitterness."

The Lost Abbey Carnevale (92)

"Yeasty yet malt-forward nose, crisp Brett and honey-malt warmth. Very little fruit character, but the classic definition makes for a good food-pairing beer."

Reuben’s Brews Brettania: Raspberry (92)

"Juicy semisweet raspberry with a mild mineral funk. The sip is intriguing—starts soft, with a convincing juicy sweetness that all but disappears into a light mineral dryness."

Perennial Artisan Ales On y Va (92)

Foreground is a light spicy saison character: earthy, herbal, lemon, stone fruit, grainy malt, spicy phenolics of clove and pepper. Hops come through as a citrus background. Finishes very dry and crisp.

Surly Brewing Cynic (92)

Sweet with fruit notes of orange, white grape, and pear. Then some pepper herbal notes behind that. Some toasty biscuit notes come through. Finishes slightly sweet but still a bit dry. Medium carbonation at the end gives it a vibrant finish.

Westbound & Down Solera Saison + Dry Hop (93)

"Bright, modern hops nose—citrus, white wine, strawberry—with a gauzy sheen. Less fruity than many, with a defined Brett peppery note and hop bitterness."

Outer Range Brewing Final Summit (93)

There’s still white grape, pepper, and a touch of bready, but more floral in the flavor, specifically iris. Very low sweetness into a moderately bitter dry finish that lingers a bit. Oniony, spicy hops, orange, and pineapple, spicy alcohol, light bready malt.

Blackberry Farm Brewery Farm & Fury (94)

"Neutral, slightly malty, slightly Bretty nose offers only glimpses of peach. A subtle, softly tart peach juice with faint Brett funk pushes through the flavor."

Archetype Brewing 2-Year Farmhouse (94)

"Cotton-candy-grape nose, subtly sweet body with very light acidity and faint fermentation character. Screams for a touch of bitterness to shape and structure the soft, sweet grape."

Resident Culture Comparison Is the Thief Of Joy (94)

"Strawberries transform into a panoply of tropical fruit in the nose. The sip forgoes expected sweetness for earth, bread, and rich strawberry."

The Veil Brewing Co. Melancholia and Uncertainty (94)

"Bright and effervescent with a nose that evokes tropical fruit, orange zest, aged oak. White-wine-like with subtle fruit character, subtle acidity."

Funk Factory Geuzeria Fleur du Nord (94)

"Orange blossoms, dry hay, honey on toast. The sip is soft, with a captivating, light citrus acidity. Brief burst of Tang quickly dries into a lingering tangerine-honey note."

KC Bier Co. Der Bauer (94)

Bucket o’ melon, orange, peach, bready malt, spicy and drying alcohol, bone-dry finish assisted by the alcohol. Spicy pepper phenolics. Moderately low sweetness with moderate bitterness.

Smuttlabs Kisses & Kittens (95)

Low malt complexity but a wonderful tartness that lingers from start to fnish. Big carbonation helps bright up fruit flavors. Finish is extremely dry and refreshing. Moderately strong cherry, blackberry, and blueberry. Light acidity gives it a crisp refreshing finish and the earthy notes gives it some interesting complexity.

Casey Brewing & Blending Casey Family Preserves: Raspberry (95)

"Raspberries steal the whole spotlight. Over-the-top, intense expression of the fruit. Tangy balanced acidity."

Reuben’s Brews Brettania: Windsor (95)

Crisp linen and white tea, chrysanthemum nose. The sip brings some endearingly bready malt to soften the Brett sharpness, closing with a dry white-wine note."

Standard Brewing Faithful and True (95)

"Lightly floral and earthy with a tightly edited noble hops nose. The sip is a tight balance of hop bitterness and mild Brett, with a subtle white-wine dry/sweet note as it lingers."

Perennial Artisan Ales Owen (95)

"Perfumey nose balances sweet and savory, with everything from elderflower and wormwood to tangerine and orange zest. Flavor highlights woody notes with the same balance of sweet citrus and spice."

Libertine Brewing Company Saison (95)

Lemon flavors abound, with hints of lemon zest and lemon juice. When combined with tartness, it comes across as lemon drop or Warheads candies. Tartness is somewhat sharp and a bit lingering in the finish. Somewhat balanced (not too dry or too sweet), but tartness helps give a perception of dryness in the finish. Moderate sour lemon note up front with the sourness that grows throughout the sip to the end.

Hill Farmstead Brewery Arthur (95)

Tart note up front with strong grapefruit and lime notes. Moderate carbonation amplifies the acidity and creates a puckering finish with a slight peach sweetness transitioning to a dry Lacto finale. Pear and lemon, dry stone-fruit flavors, and funky earthy <em>Brett.</em>

Smog City Brewing White Peach Saison (96)

"Expressive peach-candy nose, punctuated by a light sourdough yeast note. Lithe and lean, nimble and graceful, but with muscularity and power. Beautifully constructed."

Standard Brewing Apostle (96)

"Curious rosé aroma and look; more like vinous fruit than cherry. The same subtlety expresses in the sip, with a Brett farmhouse note balanced by light white-wine grape and faint hit of stone fruit."

Two Roads Brewing Workers Comp (97)

"Light pepper, nutmeg, lime on the nose. The sip is a touch watery, belying its lightness, but a bright effervescence on the tongue and an incredibly light malt note offer drinkability in spades."

Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. Talkback (97)

"Spicy pepper note moves beyond yeast alone, with a touch of banana bubblegum in the back. The sip goes intense on banana and the spicy phenolic, with amped-up levels of both that could use just a touch more bitterness to ground them."

Resident Culture Farm Mentality (97)

"Bright peach balances with fruity Brett fermentation character, offering an endearingly beery fruit beer. The flavor rides that Brett and peach balance through to the end—juicy, well-defined, funky, fun."

Yazoo Brewing Co. Saison de Bois (97)

"Dry, punchy nose—faint dried pepper, dried berries, orange peel, gasoline, oak. The sip brings a tannic bite behind mellow orange citrus and white wine, with a chunky, bitter, Brett funk adding complexity."

WeldWerks Saison D'Amitie (97)

Pepper, orange, banana, clove, bubblegum, grainy malt, balanced, smooth finish that’s a bit on the sweeter side for the style, but certainly not sweet. Aftertaste of spice lingers pleasantly.

Funkwerks Nelson Sauvin (97)

Carbonation is high, which enhances the flavor in this beer. Grape character is of white wine and a bit dry, which fits well with the overall saison structure. A mild earthiness with slight spice is not overpowering, and a bit of lemon sweetness is complemented by a cider character.”

Black Shirt Brewing Co. Pleasure to Meet You (98)

"Peach, melon, lemon candy nose, with sweaty funk beneath. The sip blends bright fruit with funk undertones. Lingering perceived sweetness with a touch of rind-pith presses on."

Hill Farmstead Florence (99)

"Perfumey floral nose of azalea and hibiscus, oaked white wine. Flavor balances sweet lime and yuzu, mild hop bitterness, a slight honey-malt sweetness. Characterful, light."

Wiley Roots Funk Yo Couch Nelson Sauvin (99)

"Hops, hops, and more hops drive the nose with a white wine and tropical-fruit jag. The sip is more of the same—bright but not-too-sweet lychee and kiwi. Just a touch of funk and malt, and no head retention, but beautifully expressive."

Yazoo Brewing Brett Saison (100)

"Right down the proverbial saison middle, with a touch of tropical Brett in the nose balanced by spicy phenols. The sip is intense—a strong carbonic bite fades into soft citrus and a hint of bitter greens for structure."