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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Brewed in collaboration with Short’s Brewing, this ale was constructed using a Saison yeast and pears, then twisted with Sorachi Ace hops from Japan. Another nod to the band Ween.

7% ABV. This version was brewed at Half Acre Beer Company.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1979) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas are of lime peel, Cream of Wheat cereal, and peppery spice. While many of the flavours are what you’d expect from a saison (lime pith, marshmallow, wheat, and pilser malt), there was also a very strange mineral note that was a bit iron-like. Dry finish with a fairly light body. Not bad, but the weird mineral thing was a negative for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (2455) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Clear pale yellow pour with a white head. Bread and cereal aromas. The taste follows suit with muted fruit notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
a few growlers, pours gold with white head, nose lemons, lime, orange citrus flavors of citrus, lemons, juicy grapefruit, really nice hop flavor here, good bitterness. a huge half acre surprise, this and galactic are their best.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9364) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle… Pours yellow and clear with a mid-sized, fizzy, white head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet furnishes notes of pear, white pepper, coriander and red apple. Medium to full-bodied with dancing carbonation. The flavor presents fruity, tannic pear and a generous component of earthy bitterness. Tart, tangy, pear finish. Bottle courtesy of pantanap!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6096) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
In short: A very fruity (pears upfront) blonde ale with dry yellowed grassy hops. Good beer, not much of a Saison.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh soon after purchase. Thanks a lot Julien
The look: Clear golden-blonde body topped by a small white head leaving good lacings
In long: Nose is particularly rustic, maybe a little dusty, but it proposes engaging fresh light-color fruits and nice dry grassy hops, almost a little Saaz-ish. Taste is more of the same. Lots of light-color fruits with the advertised pears coming out strong. I also notes bananas and pineapples. Plenty of dry yellowed grass hops make for a sharply dry finish with a medium bitterness. Mouthfeel was very juicy but also with an overly aggressive soda-pop carbonation. Before becoming Captain Fantasy this beer was previously Lieutenant Fantasy and started its career as a Private Fantasy (with a goat, two midgets and a lot of whip cream).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bottle shared by emacgee. Cool label. Pours hazy golden with white head. Nose is Sorachi hops and spicy pear. Some pickled lemon rind. Sweet flavor. Yum.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bomber shared by emacgee - thanks, Ethan! Continuing to dig the Half Acre labels, with the vintage video game look. Handsome straw gold pour, mildly cloudy, with a crisp carbonation and a lovely, fluffy cream head. Strong Sorachi nose, but even though it’s far from my fave hop varietal, I found the combination of the ripe, sharp quality to be a good match with the earthy spice of a saison. Flavor was almost severely dry, which in general I like. But there could have been just a tad more spice, funk, and character, particularly given that the fruit was nearly anonymous to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2011
(22oz bottle from jcnd9803). Pours a hazy golden color with frothy white head and active carbonation. Aroma is spice, sorachi and some fruit. Taste is sweet with a sharp twang and more spice. Some bitterness. Medium bodied with oily texture. Dry, bitter finish. Decent.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vigor3 (3) - Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2011 does not count
Pours straw-like color with nice thick white 2 finger head that fades very slowly. Full bodied beer but easy drinking. Definitely hoppy but almost sweet from the pears. A little sour in a good way. A great collaboration beer, a must try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4093) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2011
THanks Bauermj. Gorgeous pour, crystal clean straw yellow with two fingers of sticky white head. Smells like a HB, lemony (sorachi ace) lightly peppery and zesty with some raw yeast and ripe fruit. Light body and dry finish.


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