ChadPolenz (1690) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Dark honey/apricot skin yellowish/orange hue. Hazy, but transparent. Forms a small, white, frothy head with decent retention and lacing.
Smell: Similar to a Belgian brew of the style with wet straw and hay aroma with a touch of light fruits and plenty of white grape. Some alcohol presence and slight sourness, too.
Taste: I usually donít like saisons because they tend to be too dry for me to enjoy. Pretty Things Field Mouseís Farewell definitely is a dry beer, but unlike most offering it has a significant fruity sweetness to balance it out. Itís also brewed with oats, wheat and rye for additional flavor and texture which is quite interesting for a beer of this style. Not that itís absolutely delicious, though, as thereís a constantly battle in my mouth between the sweetness and dry spiciness.
Much like the Jack Díor, this beer is so dry that you can feel it drying out your mouth while itís in your mouth. Saison tend to have a table black pepper taste, but this beer is brewed with rye to give it an even stronger spice sensation throughout the entire palate. At least thereís some sweetness to balance it out as orange, peach and white grape all crop up through the middle and end of the swig. It finishes with a strong rye bite - like taking a bite of homemade rye bread and letting it linger on the tongue. Rye works well with hoppy beers, but in this instance it seems a bit distracting. The palate couldíve been juicy and refreshing, but instead itís arbitrarily spiced and dry. I get a touch of sour astringency, too. Overall, the palate is good, but nothing amazing.
Mouthfeel: Much calmer and softer than your average saison. Not extremely fizzy, but not completely tepid either.
Drinkability: While Pretty Things Field Mouseís Farewell isnít what I would call refreshing, itís definitely an easy beer to drink. The mouthfeel is drinker-friendly and it goes down very smooth. The rye aftertaste takes some getting used to, though. The 7% ABV seems about right as there definitely is noticeable density to this brew, but itís nothing obese.
TheCametron (2347) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden orange with a thin white head. Belgian yeast, orange, spices on the nose. Very spicy, malty and above all Belgian yeast flavour. Coriander. Delicious.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. Golden with white head. Belgian spicy yeast aroma. Taste is estery, spicy, some hops. Bitter on the palate. Not my thing
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Estery, yeast aroma with spice, and malt. Spice and yeast lingers with earth, malt, and light citrus. Mediumb odied. Light grapefruit and spice lingers with yeast and earth.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: blood oranges and mandarin. No real head other than a thin white bubbly layer which disappears fast, leaving only a collar. Swirls with a thicker bubbly collar but no head.
Nose: peaches and mandarins freshly peeled with a nice addition of zest with rye seeds providing spice. Dryness of rye husks and bitterness of orange skin in the back leads into straw and green grass blades. Essence of the summer. Lemon zest.
Palate: crisp and sweet than long bitter finish of citrus skins, rye seed husks, straw. Zest tingles atop my tongue. Juiciness of mandarin and blood oranges than a subtle dry zesty finish. Saddle leather and dry brittle bales of hay. Rye weaves in and out, over and under, working with and not against all the other flavors. Damp freshly cut grass Ė sweet.
Final Thoughts: ingenuity and creativity personify Pretty Things and it shows in their unique flavorful beers. Field Mouseís Farewell did indeed bring to mind a journey through fields of amber, gold, spice, and seasonís change.
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle/Batch2/May11 bottling. Orange-golden with a pillowtop of a head. The aroma is fruity and yeasty. Rustic is a good descriptor for this beer -- rich with a grain-laden body, yet emboldened with a tart fruity edge. Nice beer in the farmhouse tradition. (#4350, 10/24/2011)
drfabulous (6562) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to Matt. Golden hazy orange. Spices. Lemon zest. Orange. A Belgian ale spiced. Not bad.
leaparsons (9835) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy gold with a medium foam. Aromas are honey and floral spices with caramel. Rye with lemon and alcohol. Flavours are bready yeast with sweet honey and flowers. Quite herbal and resinous. Caramel and biscuit with a decent grapefruit bitterness to finish with woody dryness. Pretty decent.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed it. Pours a hazy gold colour with a nice what frothy cap. The aroma is grapefruit, hops, orange peel, and spice. The flavour is cool, some spicey zing plays with juicy grapefruit and orange zest, touches of gran and yeast, banana, some alcohol sweetness, finishes with more grapefruit. Very enjoyable.
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled (fittingly so) at markís farewell party. Batch 2. Pours a hazy straw color with offwhite head. Sweet and lemongrass citrus tones. Pick up the rye and wheat character, but honestly, wasnít that impressed with this one. Just didnít think it was all that great.