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Lickinghole Creek Short Pump Saison Virginia Farmhouse Ale

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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available on draft and in bottles at the brewery and throughout the RVA area Our ode to Belgian Farmhouse Ale. The Short Pump name comes from the colonial era Short Pump Tavern, a famous mid-way point between Richmond and Charlottesville. Lickinghole Creek’s Saison matches Premium Imported Belgian Pilsner Malt with two types of Rye. First Wort Hopped (an old German brewing technique) with American Grown Galena Hops and Hop Bursted (a newer American technique) with large amounts of Columbus and Nugget hops. The combination of the malt, rye and hops creates a beer with a distinguished hop aroma, a more undeviating bitterness and a more balanced beer. Limited quantities of this one!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lukaduke (2604) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 24, 2015
Pours a deep golden color with three fingers of billowing foam. Rustic malts, wet straw, some yeast esters, toasted grain, peppered grass, chamomile and a hint of apple to round out the bitterness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JBPortland (1116) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 20, 2015
750ml bottle pours hazy pale brown orange with medium head. Nose has some earthy bread spice and some grainy dough. Taste has soft yeast with earthy spice, bready grain and a touch of cereal, dry, banana, finishes dry with a hint of sweet grain spice and rounded yeast fruit. Simple but decent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AirForceHops (4234) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2015
750 ml bottle. Cloudy orange color with thin head. Slightly yeasty, Orange peel, mild grass, herbs.

The flavor is a carbon copy of the aroma. The light crisp body also displays a chewiness if that makes any sense at all. Grain and sweet fruit. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AdamJackson (3493) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 11, 2015
Thanks Chris for sharing this one. Dark gold. 1 finger yellowish head. Smells nice. Yeasty with a good level of herbs and very light european hop bitterness. There’s a strange taste for sure like hefeweizen. Sweet candy corn, caramel. Bitterness was intense. mango and papaya. pretty darn good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1810) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2015
Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with white head. Funk, light fruits, spice, and bready wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a slightly sweet and funky note.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sloshgator (534) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2015
Lickinghole Creek Short Pump Saison Virginia Farmhouse Ale hits all the notes on the style. Murky orange pour with a foamy head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with just a touch of funk. Taste is sweet and fruity with a touch of funk and a peppery finish. Short Pump is refreshing and leaves you wanting more -- good thing it comes in a large bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3224) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Pours hazy burnt orange color with off white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast and spices. Doughy yeast flavor with some grain, spices, and rye. Medium body with lively carbonation. Not bad for a $6 750 ml bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (1456) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Aromas of orange zest, slight banana, slight clove. Hazy red, mostly lasting white head. Dry, yeasty, spicy. Medium bodied, zesty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2521) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Amber orange pour lots of foam. Floral with some resin and a bit of yeasty funk. Pretty nice, reminiscent of some of the stillwaters.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Minty hop resins and their potent bitterness are accompanied by earthen spice and caramel in this farmhouse brew which could easily have originated from Northern France.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A dollop of foam covers the cloudy dark amber.
-Bitterness is perhaps too intense for what I like in this type of brew.
-This is quite authentic!
-The yeast and cereals are also very bready.
-Carbonation is boastful and natural, which contributes to the authenticity.

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