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Lickinghole Creek Short Pump Saison Virginia Farmhouse Ale

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4439) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2014
750mlo shared at CC/KY tasting. Unfiltered orange-tan body. Big foamy white/off-white head. Nice, dry, quality aroma. Soft, delicate mouthfeel. Dry noble hop character. Really nails it. Zest funked out fruitiness, but displays an exceptional balance. A complete pleasure. Apple, pear, subtle undertones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4751) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Hazy golden and light copper coloured body with a hint of amber and a very thick, five centimetre tall tan head, all with a lot of carbonation in which the cap almost popped off as soon as any pressure was applied to the fulcrum. Aroma of hay, grass, yeast, coriander seed, citrus and a touch of light perfumey hops - very nice and without a doubt, the smell of a good saison. Medium-bodied; Assertive grassy and herbal flavours with a bit of white pepper, some light herbs of sage and even some subdued pine with a bite of bitterness at the end from the hops and some more flavourful yeast notes. Aftertaste shows a great blend of malt and hops, but the grassiness is easily the strongest flavour here. Overall, a nice and moderately complex saison with some nice herb notes and a pleasant carbonated mouthfeel. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Trader Joe’s in Falls Church (Bailey’s Crossroads), Virginia on 19-September-2014 for US$9,99 sampled at home in Washington on 25-September-2014 and now I can trust the brewery and buy some more from them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2261) - Crestview, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Amber colored pour. Huge white head. Plenty of lacing. Nice earthy malt aroma. Some notes of lemon. Taste is malt and spice. Finishes sweet with a crisp bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjgmd (1447) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Pours an orange color with a nice wispy head. Nose is champagne like with some grain and yeast, and a bit floral. Taste is spicy with coriander and has a hoppy ending. A light and easy saison to drink . quaff score 7 / 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zgaier (1400) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Bomber. Pours an amber orange with a beige head and aroma of yeast, fruits, hops and spices. Taste is spicy up front, with yeast and fruit notes throughout along with hops and rye eading to a spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5850) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle. Clear dark amber color with lasting ivory head. Dust, dry hay, Saison dry spice, light toast, light fruit aromas. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Light pit fruits, dry spice, light toasted caramel flavors____nicely drying, crisp finish----good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours lightly hazy amber with a medium, tight bubbled off-white head, medium retention gathering as a dollop in the middle, good lacing. Aroma is toast and cracker malt, moderate spices of nutmeg and black pepper, ginger, pear esters and earthy hops. Flavor is moderate spices, medium hops and bitterness with crisp malt, fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation with moderate astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (3569) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours hazy dark amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal and pilsner malts, light spice, floral notes, and faint berry notes. Flavor is dry malts, spice, some astringency, light toast, and some fruity esters; dry finish with some bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
BagLunch (2) - Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2014 does not count
Served on tap. Looks somewhat classically saisonish. Dark orange/amber hue. White head dissipating quickly. Carbonation low for a saison and the taste is mostly bready. Very few spice notes and generally lacking that great saison yeast character I’ve come to expect from these beers. A bit of an astringency on the finish which is unpleasant perhaps due to poor mashing (?) which might explain the lack of head retention as well. Tastes ok in a vacuum but if you’re expecting saison you’re probably going to be disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1428) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2014
750 mL bottle from Total Wine, Virginia Beach, VA. Dark orange pour with a huge, frothy off-white head. Aroma of clove, ripe banana, orange peel, and leather. Taste features citrus, ginger, clove, and horse blanket. The taste is a little spicier than most saisons I have tried but that is only a minor complaint; more of an observation. This was a nice surprise.

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