Against the Grain Bay and Pepper Your Bretts
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (4541) - Amsterdam, - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3828) - 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 (3540) - 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 (1569) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (10061) - 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 (6059) - 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 (244) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2013
Draught at Mikkeller. Almost clear golden with a small white head. Brett, very distinct bay leaves and the faint notes of pepper makes about a very peculiar aroma - for a beer, anyway - that resembles a pickle. Light sweet, quite malty flavor, low bitterness, some citrus. Interesting stuff, yes, but not something that I would drink very often, if ever again. Flavor is a little dull, to be honest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (11112) - Kolding, DENMARK - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2013
From tap at MikkellerBar. Pours almost clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is bretty and peppery spiced. Citrusy, light bretty and mild pppery. Smooth fruity and lingering hoppy finish.

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