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Against the Grain Bay and Pepper Your Bretts
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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11158) - Kolding, - JAN 28, 2013
Tap @ Mikkeller Bar, Cph.
Pours hazy orange-yellow with a small, staying, frothy, white head. Aroma has white pepper, sweet nuttiness, light funky brett. Quite a bit of lemon grass. Medium to high carbonation, fine dryish and light mouthfeel. Flavour is nicely peppery, sharp, still quite a bit of lemon grass, tea, citrus, soft bretty dryness. Mild bitter and quite dry finish.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours lightly hazy orange with a medium sized, creamy and tight bubbled white head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is lemon zest, medium earthy hops, earthy and funky Brettanomyces, basil and black pepper notes with light cracker malt. Flavor is tart and funky Brettanomyces, light malt, medium earthy hops and bitterness, lemon zest, basil and black pepper with light fruity esters and a dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROBC3366 (614) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8240) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours yellow gold white head. Nose/taste of Italian spices, bay leaf, peppercorn, sage, herbal notes, lemongrass and spicy citrus. medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10580) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle shared at Natifest ’14. Poured hazy golden color with an average frothy white head that was lasting with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy yeast, earthy and spice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium complex spice sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex drinkable beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle:   Bay and pepper aroma, same on the tongue.   Not sure in where the Saison is, some funk and barnish notes.   Decent balance but the spices dominate.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   More floral notes, less pepper me thinks.   Thanks for sharing Tom!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Sampled at Midwest Belgian Beer Festival 2014 - Pours lightly hazy yellow with a small white head. The aroma has fruit, herbs, floralness and pepper. It has a medium body with crispness and light carbonation. The flavor starts with dry malt, herbs, spice, saison earthiness and pepper. The finish has crackers, spice and dry malt. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (2960) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle pours a hazed gold with no head. The aroma is musty dry and peppercorn notes. The taste is fairly herbal and bitter along with some tropical fruit notes.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6397) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle shared by Chudwick at Natifest - thanks again, Sylvain! Pours a hazed goldenrod color with a tiny head. Aroma of vinous notes, straw, sweet malts, lime, peppery spice, bretty funk, florals, mint, and bay leaves. Pretty interesting. The flavor has the same slate of notes but lighter, spicier, and slightly more vegetal and herbal. Light-bodied, with a very dry, herbal, funky mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Interesting beer. I seemed to like this more than others.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (1929) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Thanks to jstack for bottle @ Natifest --- Cloudy golden amber, rim head, no lace. Taste is malt that is quickly joined by herbs and pepper thnat move to a finish that shows hops, but not enough to take anything away. Interesting, but not a keeper.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2014
8/02/2014: Bay and Pepper Your Bretts... Spicy and herbal with lots of basil, sage, and thyme coming through in the aroma and flavor. Light and refreshing. Light esters in the finish. Different and one of the better AtG beers I have tried. Enjoyable overall.


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