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Maine Beer Collaboration Time III (Nogne ō)

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Formerly brewed at Maine Beer Company
Style: Saison
Freeport, Maine USA
Serve in Tulip

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on tap
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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This beer is a mixed breed. Letís call it a Rye Saison/Pale Ale. This beer is about those that just donít quite fit in.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SetauketBrewer (38) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Pours hazy gold. Thick white head on top. Very strong hop aroma, notes of citrus and pine. Deep, delectable hop flavor with almost no hop bitterness. Slight notes of fruit on the tounge. Residual sweetness. Great session beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottled 7/16/13 drunk on 2/26/14
Perfect pour; bright goldenrod with a large white head that recedes slowly with spotty lacing. Clarity is very high, the sediment having fully dropped out.
Remnants of a rather high hoppiness are still hanging around; floral and even some herbal notes mixing with the Belgian yeast esters provide a soft but deep fruitiness (peaches, apricots, apples). The honey and light bread notes from the maltiness are very well-integrated with the hops and yeast at this point and no alcohol or flaws are noted. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma with just a touch of hop acid on the finish.
Dry and spicy in the mouth, this certainly reminds me of a saison, yet the hops are succulently bitter still, and obviously American-flavored, giving lightly citrus, lots of spiciness and a slight edge of bitter pine. Itís all perfectly layered across lightly sweet, but well-attenuated pale malts and the bottle conditioned, unfiltered mouthfeel is soft and supple.
Really nice beer, and despite the breweryís "Drink within 90 days of bottling", Iíve got to imagine that if youíre not a huge hophead, this is certainly better for the 220 days of aging this bottle has had. The Belgian yeast has come out nicely, providing reserved esters and very light phenols and the hop acids are still there, yet in balance (where I donít see it being terribly balanced fresh). The rye is nice and chewy in texture and adds a bit of spiciness and more malt depth.
Probably my favorite from these guys so far, though I wonder if Iíd be saying that if I drank this fresh? Maybe I should start giving their other beers more time to age before drinking because many of them are just too acidic fresh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (1941) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle as a recent extra dated 07/16/13. Pour has an orange amber color with a thick two finger off white head that retained extremely well. Aroma has dusty hops, rye, mild citrus, and bready malt. Mouth feel is medium with plenty of carbonation. Flavor has a smooth malted core, mellow hops, mild lemony citrus, some rye bite, and a bit of yeast. Interesting use of the Belgian yeast against the rye in a pale style beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden orange. Pale and grainy malts, light spicy and fruity yeast, and faint floral hops. Clean and balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3051) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle. Yellow hazy pour with white head. Floral and citrus hop aromas. Some malts and rye tones but mostly floral and saison yeasts tones.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5676) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2013
bottle at The Jeffrey, NYC. Orange golden pour, aromatics, floral, citrus zest, white pepper, fruity saison yeast. All workded well with each, active mouthfeel, great flavor, well done

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5261) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle shared at Dadsgiving 2013. Pours a lightly hazy pale golden body with moderate white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is lemon, pepper, wheat and light dank herb. Mouthfeel is super light and really refreshing, the flavor almost comes off as a bit too muted at first; but after a few more sips this really hits its stride between a balanced, peppery saison and a drinkable, lightly dank nelson pale ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle at Dadsgiving! Pours a hazed gold with a thin to medium sized white head. Spicy lemon and citrus on the nose, covered in big musk. Big musk, spicy and crisp. Nice musk and a bit of yeast on the finish, spicy and cool. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1828) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a hazy paler golden color. There was a bit of a white head on it. Some lacing. The aroma is good. Some rye, spices, citrus, earthy, wheat to name but a few. The taste is also good. Wheat, rye, grassy, yeasty, spicy. A touch bitter and dry to finish. Very Nice!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle from sonnycheeba. Pours lightly hazy gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is Pils, wheat, and cereal malt, earthy and spicy hops, Belgian yeast esters and spices. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, light malt and fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.


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