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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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This culinary delight is a rich farmhouse-style saison brewed with a generous helping of aromatic Turkish bay leaves and a dose of coarsely ground Tellicherry black peppercorns. The wild fermentation is finished off with cultured brettanomyces, which lend a noticeable sour note. As a collaboration between celebrated Louisville chef, Josh Lehman, and the brewers at Against the Grain, this beer highlights the interplay of cooking and brewing in a single glass. Complex, yet refreshing, this beer has a wild, perfumey aroma that prepares the palate for the tangy, yeasty flavor that mingles with spiciness from the spices as well as the phenols produced in fermentation.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (1603) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAY 7, 2016
Bottle. Clear golden body with white head. Aroma is fruity herbal brett with spices Taste is fruity with some sourness,spices and pepper. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Poured into a snifter. 3.25 A: Murky bright straw yellow color. One finger of short lived white head that leaves about half of itself behind as irregular lacing. 1.25 S: When the cap came off, the worry began. My first though was: acetone. The taste nearly confirms my suspicions, but I’m still not fully sure. It could just be the bay leaves meshing poorly with the brett and saison funkiness. In any case, it smells terrible. Acetone astringency blocks out any attempt to find something better underneath, but I’ll contradict myself and say I can pick up some lemon and brett funkiness. 1.25 T: I gave the nose a 1.25 so I could have some wiggle room to give a worse score for the taste, but alas, it is just as bad as the nose - no better and no worse. Again I’m getting acetone as the main flavor. Brett funk, lemon, and pepper follow but as above, it’s difficult to want to get past the bad to see what’s underneath. 3.5 M: The mouthfeel is actually pretty good though. Light and spritzy and dances on the tongue. 1.5 D: I really hope I’m right and this is the beginnings of an infection. If it isn’t, then the brewer consciously released one of the worst beers ever made. Based on the other reviews here and on RB, I’d say it’s the former. In any case, I tried to contact the brewer, but instead of being a normal company and putting an contact email on their website, all they offer is a hundred ways to use social media to follow their antics. If I was 10 years younger and much stupider I’d have a twitter account, but I don’t today. BEWARE! It sucks wasting $12 on a single bottle. ★ 1,617 characters DavoleBomb, Oct 09, 2015

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkam (409) - POLAND - FEB 9, 2016
Bottle. Pours clean yellow with a small head. Peppery, spicy aroma with bay leaves hint and citrus in finish. Spicy and peppery in taste, also citric. Dry, light bodied with low bitter finish. Very pleasant, crisp, rich saison.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mateuszk (1583) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours clean yellow, small head. Aroma is peppery, spicy with bay leaves hint and citrus in finish. In taste more pepper, but it is not overpowering the rest - citrus and other spices. Light bodied, dry and light bitter finish. Crisp and flavourfull saison.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (1563) - Besançon, FRANCE - OCT 9, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 50cl. Belle acidité déjà présenté au nez. Brett et agrumes présents. Corpulence moyenne et finale plutôt courte ce qui est dommage.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4312) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2015
750 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but likely from 2015. Pours hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, apricot, pineapple, pear, apple, peppercorn, herbal bay leaf, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy brett, spices, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, apricot, pineapple, pear, apple, peppercorn, herbal bay leaf, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, apricot, pineapple, pear, apple, peppercorn, herbal bay leaf, hay, straw, grass, light leather, and musty funk on the finish for a short bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy brett, spices, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness after the finish from carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly acidic/sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced brett saison. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/spicy brett, spices, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (8709) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl. Pours with a tiny off-white head and a strong spice aroma. There is a slightly sour pale malt flavor with a peppery finish. Not much brett action.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13621) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Waxed 750 shared by Marcus. Pours translucent gold with a slight white head. Aroma is very peppery. Med body or so. Flavor is non-chili pepper, some nice fruit, and just maybe a little brett sour. Maybe. Rather pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freretoc (1519) - Besançon, FRANCE - JUL 12, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 66cl à la brasserie, couleur blonde, mousse présente et peu d’effervescence. Nez sur le Brett, Attaque en bouche sur le brett la levure et l’acidité gros goût de pomme en fin de bouche bon équilibre sur la pointe sèche.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3789) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2015
Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, funk, tangerine, pepper and white wine. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and slightly tart. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft varbonation. A very nice Saison. 🌟🌟🌟🌟


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