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Lickinghole Creek Short Pump Saison Virginia Farmhouse Ale

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
orvalgold (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Big frothy white head full of tiny condensed bubbles, that layer like cake . Very murky pumpkin Orange color, the aroma is spice driven with a sweet Orange marmalade backbone. The flavor has floral spiciness that plays well with the Orange citrus rind. However the beer is a bit to bitter for my liking especially in the finish. The beer has a semi sweet mouthfeel that is somewhat cloying. Overall great to try but I think it could use some adjusting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3650) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle. Pours a cloudy gold with a white head. Citrus nose. Flavors of butterscotch, banana and corriander. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1420) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Not as rough as I was expecting from a farmhouse saison, but still an interesting yeasting and a little sourness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2014
750 ml bottle. Amber pour with a white head. Aroma is slight funk and spice. Flavor is spicy upfront with some malt shining through. Just not quite funky enough and not as complex as I wanted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from Trader Joe’s Reston. Nice amber pour with a lasting white head. Light fruit and yeast in the nose. Zesty flavors. Nice bits of apple skins, yeast, pale malt, and dried orange. Light body with plenty of carbonation. Nice example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tia (1012) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Tap @ the Mill. Hazy court with dissipating had and decent lacing. A little sour smelling and a little perfumery in a pleasant way. Nice bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4708) - 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 (4857) - 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 (2343) - 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 (1511) - 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

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