harrymel (1481) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Letís see how weíre doing a year later.
Took a champagne corker to get the cork out this bitch. Pours golden with a three finger top that falls to a finger quilt of creamy whites. Smells funky with some hay, pineapple, sweet golden apple, soft chardonnary barrel and grape with a hint of grain. Itís bitter, grainy, touch of dust, some leather and soily nuts. Thin bodied with high carb and a salivating finish. Better beer than before.
Previous review: 3.5 all the way across. Reviewed on 06SEP12
Just happened to be in town to pick this up!
From the label: "The Lamb is the first release of the Fremont Fermentation Lab, a project of Fremont Brewing created to brew unique small-batch artisan beers, aged in oak and touched by wildness. This saison is brewed with Northwest hops, aged 7 months in oak barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus to produce pear and apple notes and a distinct but gentle, funky farmhouse character. The Lamb is bottle conditioned and finishes dry and crips. Because Beer Matters!"
Down & Dirty: 2-Row and Wheat malts with Magnum and Cascade hops.
I inquired about the barrels, and was told they are Merlot barrels.
Pours light golden with a solid sheet of fine white foam. Either Iím victim to the power of suggestion, or they hit is spot on with the description here: pears and apples, a hint of wet linen mildew, grass and lemon zest. Flavor initially is dry and woody, with clay like saison yeast flavors, grain, slight bitterness, hints of baking soda and medicinal sharpness. As it warms the merlot tones actually make an appearance, just as the body carries the fullness and silky character a fine merlot has as well. The carb is prickly and moderate with a slick finish. The flavor of the finish is relatively long and holsters some of the barnyard aspects I would like more of up front. Overall the beer is okay, Iíd like to hear what the Saison experts out there think of this one. I think the beer was worth the trip, and Iím interested to see how this matures.
Brigadier (2900) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml bottle
Thanks to a Seattle trader for sending me this a while back. Sharing the bottle with buffalohead made it a perfect nightcap after a few other brett infused saisons. While not quite as good as the others it was still very drinkable and pleasant. I would not turn down another bottle if offered.
Aroma / Appearance - A hyperactive stream of carbonation almost looks like a glass of champagne except for the fluffy white head. Vanilla cream soda and oak are positives; the mild vegetatal texture is not. Even so it balances out into a fine nose.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy ginger ale tickles the tongue. Transforming into a smooth cream soda it then takes on more oakiness as the mouthfeel thickens. A bit of a diamond in the rough, this beer has enough positive aspects to be recommended if you want to drink local and live on the upper West Coast. I would certainly be willing to sample a few more Fremont beers to see if they are all consistently this good.
ineedbeer (666) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 375mL bottle.
Aroma is fairly wine barrel forward with quite a bit of oak tannins and some lighter white wine notes. Light fruitiness and faint malt notes.
Pours a cloudy, pale, golden straw with slightly off white head with moderate retention. Light lacing and no legs.
Flavor is fairly oaky with a decent amount of white wine in the finish. Light malt notes with some citrus and pear fruit notes. Moderate bitterness with a fairly dry finish. Not a ton of spicy phenolics, but there is a touch. Very light Brett character; this really has just been touched by Brett.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Low but noticeable tannic astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall an alright beer, but the wine character is way too forward and dominates the base beer. The malt notes are a bit stale and the Brett character is more musty than barnyard or fruit.
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into Delerium tulip. Very carbonated and a huge head, amazing smells of funk, wine, cheese, vinegar before even trying to smell it. Probably close to 4 fingers head, an energy drink like color, with strong carbonation and good lacing.
Smell is a lot of white wine and tartness, get some barrel and some wonderful funky brett flavors going on.
Taste is subtle. Lemongrass, oak, a bit of horse blanket, a bit of white wine, hay, and a dirty aftertaste.
Very lively on the end. Easy drinking.
Solid. Never drank it fresh, but it is doing ok now. Not mind blowing, but ok.
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange pour, big giant fluffy white head. Flavor of honey, fresh oak, toothpick, stone fruit. Interesting enough.
Steve_0 (2542) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 Bottle at home. Pour is clear orange with a big white was and good lacing. Bretty, pineapple, heavy pepper, oranges, doughy, grassy biscuity, and vegetal aroma. Taste is heavy orange peels and spice, doughy, bready, light brett, floral, plastic, and chalky. Way over carbonated with a light mouthfeel. I love wine-barrel aged saisons, but this was definitely a letdown.
vvesside (256) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled shared with timfoolery. I didnít love this, but I am fairly new to the saison genre...
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from waltersrj. Thanks Ryan! Nose isn't as robust as the flavor, which is Chardonnay and oak barrel, funk/tart/sour tinge, a lagerish piece and some faint apple notes. It's definitely got plenty of carbonation, but I found it more similar to a sparkling wine or champagne... So, sorta glamorous in some sense. Anyway, very good beer. I do agree they could refine it a bit on re-release.
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writerljberg (658) - Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from FalconA. Thanks!
A: Cork comes out with a substantial pop. The pour yields a huge, huge, huge white foaming head. Golden color. Looks pretty nice. PIty itís somewhat overcarbed.
N: Holy cheddar cheese. This is crazy funky from ten feet away. Some oak, light apricot, and lemon zest fill in the other flavors, but really this about cutting the cheese. Brettanomyces are really chewing this one up.
T: Very, very funky. More of the cheese and a bit of diacetyl. Thereís a touch of sourness and bitterness, but this is mostly funk. Canít really say itís good, but it is uh, interesting.
M: Somewhat oily, partly dry, and not great.
O: Pretty substandard for the style. I donít know that aging this is going to help, either, because itís already growing overly funky in disproportion to the underlying beer. I hope they re-release it and dial it in.
Prufrockstar (834) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured at Bottleworks. Pale clear yellowish amber with substantial head. Aroma of green apples, some grape and brett. Bitter finish to the taste, not at all sour, a little funk, vaguely harsh. Medium/light body, lively carbonation, rather dry. Overall: Iíd like to try this again. Didnít really leave a big impression on me.