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Dogfish Head Bricolage

Dogfish Head Bricolage
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Formerly brewed at Dogfish Head Brewery
Style: Saison
Milton, Delaware USA
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.06/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
When you Google the definition of Bricolage, the first thing that pops up is this: (in art or literature) Construction or creation from a diverse range of available things. This style-defying ale lives up to this definition. When our pub brewery Ben arrived at Dogfish there were LOTS of various grains and ingredients left over from numerous off-centered ales brewed before him. So, he set out to brew a dark saison-ish styled beer utilizing many of the various available things that he had to work with. Coincidentally, this also corresponds with the true spirit of the saison style during the 19th century and earlier, every harvest season the farmers of Belgium would take all of the left over grain from the previous seasons harvest sometimes barley, rye, wheat, spelt, or whatever else the farmer happened to grow - and would brew beers to make way for the fresh grain that would be hauled in from the fields. This complex yet easily drinkable ale was brewed with 9 different types of malt and grain: pilsner, wheat, rye, oats, rauch (smoked), munich, Special B, caramunich, and aromatic. Along with those, Buckwheat honey, sorghum syrup, dark Belgian candi syrup, and molasses were added in the kettle along with Grains of Paradise, Long Pepper, and Rosea root powder, and a special unnamed variety of hops from the Pacific Northwest, which are yet to be put into production. It was then fermented with two types of yeast, including one from Belgiums most popular Saison brewery. The marriage of all of these various ingredients resulted in Bricolage, a delicately nuanced ale that leaves one discovering new flavors with each and every sip.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ed5388 (3205) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Brewpub exclusive on tap. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a thin light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts with a hint of cherry, and very earthy. Taste is earthy, roasty smoke, some chocolate, and a hint of peppery spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2012
On tap @ the Brewpub-Copper/amber pour w/a moderate head. Malty aroma. Some maly, a little yeast, some grain, certainly didnít taste all that other stuff they talked about! It was ok, nothing more. Not up to what I usually expect from these folks

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROGUE (2182) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - MAY 9, 2012
On tap at Brewpub. Pours a deep amber color with a two finger light tan head and a touch of lacing. The aroma has a honey sweetness over a mild spiciness. The taste has caramel maltiness, honey, Belgian yeast spiciness and a slight hop bitterness that carries through the finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and crisp flavors thoughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2012
It pours a ruby red color, thin white head is formed. The aroma is pretty strong here like I said. Very sweet aroma from the honey with underlying spiciness and pepper. Caramel malt backbone. I will say this about this brew, Iíve never tasted a saison like this. So many ingredients here but in the end I donít think they really meld together really well. While the fiance and I thought this was better than the first beer we had, it was a bit funky, weird, and just didnít work well. The taste is spicy from the pepper and the rye. Sweetness from the candi syrup, molasses, and honey. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a dry finish. Iíll give this beer this, itís unique. Just to much going on and it doesnít mesh really well together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (5075) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Tap @ brewpub. Pours clear amber with average, creamy white head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is toasted and caramel malts, floral hops, honey, and light spice. Flavor is mostly malt with light hops and fruit esters; dry, slight spice finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Tap. Pours clear dark amber with a small, fizzy white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is honey, dates, cookie and toast malt with earthy hops. Flavor is medium hops and bitterness, barnyard yeast, fruity esters, malt and a sweet finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2012
From the tap poured a copper color with a good amount of head. Malty hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.

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