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Goose Island Session Saison - "Lambicus"

Goose Island Session Saison - "Lambicus"
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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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This is one of the three takes of Session Saisons from Goose Island, all with three distinct results. The "Lambicus" is aged in stainless steel with the earthbound yeast strain known as Brettanomyces lambicus. This bad boy gives this bright refreshing beer a wonderful note of Belgian tartness, hints of "farm-i-ness" (yes, I made that word up), and a crisp refreshing dryness.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2013
On tap @ Stubby’s, Milwaukee. Hazy bright yellow with a bubbly white head. Lovely perfumey citric character (lemongrass?), with earthy funky undertones, finishing nice and dry. The Brett here is kept in subtle balance. Fantastic.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2010
I am guessing this is the aka for Lambs Hop Saison/lambic. Pours a hazy copper tone body with a thin fizzy head. Citric acid, brett, and bacteria notes. Light bacillus, brett, and dry funky orange tones. Acidic lemon notes, wheat and a floral hint of honey toned earth and leather finish. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8565) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pale golden beer, thin head. Aroma is a bit funky and a bit earthy. Aroma is a bit lemony, soft and lightly grassy. Lemon verbena, soft spice and a touch of bubble gum fruit. Lean and very fresh with a nice bright spiciness. Soft and lightly sweet. It’s fairly dry and herbal with a soft tartness. Dry and citrusy. It’s quite similar to the clausenii version, but a bit earthier. Another very lovely saison.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 On tap at the Hopleaf- part of the special small batch selection. Clear pour that evolves into a mysterious greenish-yellow that is at once clear and murky, leaving a steady white ring. Aroma was very fruity with strong Peach and bubblegum tones, the former in particular. The flavor was wonderfully complex, dominated by sea salt, citric sourness, oranges and bubblegum. The alcohol gently caresses the palate. Carbonation is disguised in the glass, but comes through to the right degree in the mouthfeel. In short, the highlights are the peach and sea salt. A good brew with much promise.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Draught @ BTAH. Pours hazy light yellow, thin white head. Nose is wet leather and barnyard funk, a bit of citric sourness as well. Lemony. Taste is softly sour - wet leather, slightly acidic, with a very soft, restrained musty barnyard note as well. Just a hint of grassy hops. Well done beer. Soft carbonation, light body.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Tap at the Blind Tiger Goose Island Event: Hazy yellowish golden pour with minimal white head. The aroma has some floral American hop character, sweet and spicy yeast notes of bubblegummy esters. Nice and creamy, dense carbonation. The flavor is softly wheaty giving it a slightly tart edge, along with some lemon peel refreshing notes and, again, a sweet bubblegum aspect. Other than the brief lemon touch this stuff fails to convey a nice integration of wild yeast. It remains bubblegummy, with too sweet of a yeast character, in my humble opinion.


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