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Free State Brightwater Saison

Free State Brightwater Saison
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   IBU: 16   ABV: -
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This lively and refreshing light-bodied pale golden ale exhibits the terrior of New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops, which share flavor and aroma characteristics of the fine Sauvignon Blancs produced in the same region.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ads135 (2911) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 13, 2013
This is an okay saison. Not perfect. Golden, bright, with some hay like aromas. A bit of metallic off flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7977) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Draft at GABF 2013. Nelson Sauvin nose of pineapple / tutti-frutti / bubble gum, with some light mint / herb / spice notes. Fizzy carbonation, medium body, highly bitter, lightly sweet. There’s pretty much no Belgian yeast resemblance here, the nose is one-dimensional Nelson expression, hop oils are juicy and the body seems lean enough to work in a session pale ale way, and honestly the crisp, clean body resembles some of the Jack’s Abby new world-hopped lagers. It’s a delicious though simple hoppy pale, but I wouldn’t call it saison.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Draft. Clear golden body. Fizzy white head. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, toasted grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Dry finish. Light peppery notes below lots of hop character — especially citrus, grapefruit. Where’s the light mustiness or funk? The depth? More an IPA than a saison, but tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (2044) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2013
On tap at Free State. Pours a golden color with white head. Grapefruit, tropical, fruity, malty flavors. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Pours a nearly clear pale gold with a wispy white head. The nose is a soft wheat with a peppery Belgian yeast strain backed by floral and herbal hops. Medium-bodied with a slight mineral water quality and a fairly dry and bitter finish. The flavor is of cereal grain with a white pepper supporting note and somewhat puckering bright, herbal hop finish. Tasty stuff.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9013) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Tap @ Free State. Pours a bit hazy yellow appearance with a creamy, white head. Spicy, white wine, grape, pear, a bit dank aroma. Tangy, weedy, light ganja, dry peppery, lemon flavor. Unique and fun.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (682) - USA - MAY 14, 2013
Aroma is musty funk, peppery rind of grapefruit or lemon. Appears crystal clear gold, slight lacing. Honey qualities come out in aroma as it sits. Taste is slight citrus earthy slight bitter. Nice and bright and clean and crisp. I would love to see this bottled.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Pours a lightly hazy golden with a large foamy white head that laced. Aroma of spicy and fruity saison yeast, white grapes, black pepper and wheat. Flavor of bready malt, white wine, peppery saison yeast character and some tropical fruits. Nice and dry. Easy drinking. Glad I have this on tap at home to enjoy this spring! Nice tartness that finishes out the flavor profile.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3404) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2013
On tap at Free State. Comes a clear light gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus, grass, and spice. Taste is fruit, grain, yeast, spice, and grass. Light and easy to drink. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Draft. Fruity, hoppy, very lightly grainy aroma, citric and lightly estery with plenty of Nelson Sauvin character, lightly woody, leafy, herbal and winey. Crystal clear pale yellow color, very Pils-like, head is comprised of lasting white sticky foam. Flavor is gently sweet and estery as well, with a moderate dosage of estery, spicy, Belgian-style yeast, pale malt grains, and very evident herbal, white grape flavors again courtesy of the unique hop used here, along with a fairly light bitterness. Simple but very nicely crafted, really allowing the basic ingredients to shine through, one would say it is the opposite of muddled. Semi-dry, light and airy on the palate with plenty of active carbonation, body is light-medium. Really nice.


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