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Against the Grain Bay and Pepper Your Bretts

Against the Grain Bay and Pepper Your Bretts
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Waxed 750 from Whole Foods. Pours hazy straw with fizzy carbonation and fast-dissipating white head. Nose is hopcitrus, funky yeasty Brett, lemon, florals. Tastes of tart fruit, hopcitrus, spare funky and yeasty flavor, and a complex and superb finish. This one is delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5184) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2014
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Looks good; a hazy apricot with foamy white head. Smells and tastes yeasty, citrusy, and bretty with a soft, well-balanced bay leaf presence. Pleasant on the palate. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3787) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle in a glass. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of light Brett funkiness, some citrusy and light fruits, pale and caramel malts, light pepper and spices, and light hops. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. A solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3843) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Waxed 750 ml bottle. Slightly sweet saison with that lingering bay leaf flavor. Not much pepper. Brett throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
77ships (3582) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 22, 2013
15 cl. draft @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Clear pale golden with a white head. Tastes of lavender and bay leaves, spices, hay, yeast, soap, light citrus and grapes, herbal with some Monster energy touches. Light bodied. Not as bad as the previous sounds but definitely odd and honestly I have no idea where they were going with this. Not really getting brett nor pepper (maybe some white pepper if I really try). Odd one out but interesting.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1643) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2013
Taster at Delirium Brussels. Shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small white unstable head. NOSE: lytchee, anise, florar, pineapple. TASTE: gingerbread, pepper, some sourness, anise is gone almost completely, herbs, clove, sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (4563) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2013
On tap at Beer Temple. Slightly hazy golden orange colour, white head. Aroma of strong spice, like cardamon (probably the bay leaves), light Brett funk, lime. Flavour is medium sweet, light peppery, strong spice, again very cardamon-like and a little like eucalyptus, light lime, light tart, spicy and light peppery finish. Light-bodied. A bit too spicy imo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (10082) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2013
Draught at Mikkeller Bar. Somewhat hazy golden beer with a small offwhite head. Floral, herbal aroma, pepper, mint, spices, hay, woody, coriander, salty, fruity, some lavender, soapy, some citrus. Spicy flavor, floral, mint, hay, pepper, raisins, herbal, soapy, some woody notes. Strange and not really to my liking...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6069) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Draft at Mikkeller. Pours a hazy light amber with a loose white head that sticks around. Tart and tangy nose, somewhat grassy, showing a bit of bright lemony acidity. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Pepperiness on the mid-palate, but in a sweet way, and taking a backseat to the lemoniness and grassiness and gentle vinegary beginnings of brett funk. Tangy sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jur (256) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2013
Clear golden yellow brew, with bright white head. Nose is slightly fruity (pear drops?) with acidity. Tast is fairly malty, with some fruit, but the Saison takes over quickly. Dry finish. A bit like a ginger ale/lager mix... Not sessionable, but okay after a big dinner.

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