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RATINGS: 930   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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The Firefly, an artisan pale ale brewed in the Grand Cru tradition. Enjoy its golden effervescence and gentle hop aroma. Coriander and Grains of Paradise round out the spicy palate, melting o so softly into a silken finish of hoppiness and bliss! Make any season a celebration!


Inveigler's rating

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2005
Just about as good a saison as I have ever tasted. A soft marshmallowy maltiness in the aroma. A thick white head with lots of lacing. A peachy color and a little cloudy. Some nice alcohol warmth if you hold it on your tongue. I am all about balance -- that’s what I look for in a beer and this one has it plenty. Some solid malt character but enough hops to make it a great mix. It whafts to the back of the throat long after the swallow. Some sweet toffee. Absolute brilliant.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sokuzs1 (556) - - AUG 20, 2016
Aroma: leather, barnyard, apple,earthy, spicy Taste: light sour, tannin, leather, barnyard, apple, light pineapple, spicy

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3937) - Radom, POLAND - JUL 14, 2016
Grand Cru Classe. To prawda. Piwo kwaskowe, wytrawne i zlozone. Szampanskie wysycenie, piana wielka i trwala, wystrzelil kapsel i przy tym z polowa piwa tak wiec za bardzo musujące. Ale wspaniale w smaku cos miedzy lambickiem a lekkim belgijskim Blond Ale. Aromat stajni, w smaku kwas z kapusty kwaszonej, cytryny i limonki, do tego tarta jablkowa, kwaskowe jabłka granny smith. Jasne jaskrawe i bardzo mętne. Posmak drewna i wytrawnego wina gronowego pozostawia. Klasa niesamowita tego piwa. Niemal perfekcyjne piwo. Blisko mu do spontanicznej fermentacji i dzikich drozdzy, przypominalo w każdym aspekcie najlepsze belgijskie Oude Gueuze.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemike (2871) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2016
on tap pours a hazy orange body with a medium-sized creamy white head. the aroma is spicy, bready, cheesy, and has notes of green apples. earthy body with dusty fruit flavors. interesting yeasty funk character. awesome.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (1399) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Pours a golden color with a foamy white head. Aroma is clove, coriander, spice, and some lactic acid. Flavor is sweet clove, coriander, spice, and lactic acid. Lightly tart. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scirtes (408) - POLAND - JUN 16, 2016
Bottle. Pours amber, hazy, with large off-white head with perfect lacing. Aromas of fruits (apricots, grapes), some phenolic, spicy notes, and woody, a bit funky notes as well. Taste is lightly sweet, with subtle sourness. Medium bodied, lively carbonated, with somewhat woody, tannic aftertaste. Nice and complex, a bit saison-like.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Gold, with a white head. Sour apple aroma and taste, with a drying biscuity finish that seems to include Brett. Thanks, Dan! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PanMarek (221) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Mild resiney hop nose with a touch of spice. Cloudy, slightly dark golden pour. It tastes of coriander / pepper at the outset and finishes with the piney hops. Moderately dry at the end. Smooth mouthfeel with slight bitter coarseness around the edges. RateBeer calls it a Belgian Ale, but it tastes to me more like a dry, yeasty pale ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (892) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 28, 2016
On tap at Redlight in Orlando, FL. Aroma is especially fruity and floral without being nauseous, obnoxious or noxious. Getting dry wood, minerals, lightly spiced fruits. Silky and dry. Jolly Pumpkin can do no wrong.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UXO (1454) - CANADA - MAY 6, 2016
Appearance: hazy medium gold with two fat fingers of fluffy ivory head, good retention and decent lacing. (4/5) Aroma: tart citrus, yeast, peppercorn, wood, barnyard funk. (9/10) Taste: moderate-low sweet, moderate-low bitter, moderate-high tart, light funk. (9/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, mildly funky finish. (4/5) Another lovely tart wild from JP. I’m assuming the Grains of Paradise are responsible for the almost peppercorn-like spiciness on both the nose and the tongue. Again, nicely balanced tones of citrus, wood, and barnyard funk. Definitely a nice example of how to do brettanomyces properly. (17/20)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (2495) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
UPDATED: APR 18, 2016 Bottle shared at Jim/John is back tasting. Bottled 2011. Murky amber, white head. Yeasty caramel, figgs, dried apricot, white raisans, grapes, mineral, coriander, basil, light spices. Light sweet, light bitter, slightly sour/funky. Very carbonated, sweet and oddly spiced. Thin minerallike body. Interesting, bit strange, quite dry, yet sweet belgian, saisonny, farmhousy


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