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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Welcome to our Field Mouse’s Farewell. It’s a late spring seasonal beer: French, rustic, 7%, full of different grains: Rye, Oats, Wheat and Barley. Like what a mouse would eat. The hops are Strisselspalt from Alsace, and Bramling Cross from England, and we combined Belgian and English yeast strains. Oldy woldy worldy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7815) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle from Star Grocery, Berkeley. Pours cloudy golden wit a thick off-white head and a fruity aroma. There is a really nice fruity flavor that is quite malty for a saison with a bitter finish. The unusual yeast combination makes this an interesting brew, rather than just another saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Another nice Saison from these guys. It pours cloudy yellow/orange with a white head. The aroma is spicy with some clove, vanilla, coriander, wheat, grains, and orange. The flavor is dry and spicy with clove, coriander, wheat, orange, apricot, and vanilla. Just a hint of alcohol and bitter hoppiness in the finish. A good one worth seeking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (7182) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Draft. Pours gold with a white head. Light flowery aroma, with pale malts and earthy notes. The flavor is flowery and light spicy, with some earthy and mineraly notes, and pale malts. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12749) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Bomber from Half Time; bottled May 2011; Batch 2. Pours hazy dirty orange with a transient fizzy off-white head. Aromas of fresh fruit, citrus, earth and flowers. Med body. Fizzy. Astringent. Earthy. Almost barnyard. Woody. Fruity. Very astringent. Even dry. Amazing stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9815) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
On tap at Cole’s. Bang on saison. Medium golden colour with a minimum head. Big white pepper head. Carbonation is right there. Not very complex, and would like the carbonation toned down to get the subtleties of the spices. Good drinkability for the summer, but would also like lower abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Bomber, bottled May 2011, Batch 2. Pours hazy and bright orange with gold along the edges, topped with a frothy 2-finger off-white head. Aromas of light orangepeel and grass, wheat, and rye. The flavor is orange, some lemon, mild yeast, and some mild tart sweetness. The finish is a little tart, with citrus and bitter seeds. Medium to full body and carbonation, very refreshing. Very tasty, easy-drinking beer. [734]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Draft at Rembrandt’s Pours a clear, dark golden orange color with golden apricot hues and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a ring. Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind. Slightly earthy aroma with funky saison yeast, brett, grass and straw. Subtle bread/yeast as well as some light fruit, mostly apple. Medium bodied but on the fuller end for the style. Dry up front with some zesty, peppery spice that lingers throughout into the dry finish. Funky saison yeast that gives off hints of hay, grass and straw. Possibly some faint brett dryness. Bready yeast presence adds to the palate and there is a slight light fruit/alcohol phenol character. Hints of apple and pear in the aftertaste. Decent but not the best example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bomber from Whole Foods, Bowery. Man, this is about as good as I’ve had from Pretty Things, a delectable amalgam of fruity and dry in a superbly rendered saison. Bright orange pour with a medium head that leaves a prickly ring of bubbles and some good legs. Soft floral nose initially, with bright apple and apricot, with a dry, faintly herbal finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with a nice prickle to it and a pleasant metholated touch. Flavors are really terrific, with enough breadiness to give the beer a good solid foundation but not so much that it overwhelms the delish interplay of grain, bright quirky hops, spice, funk, and spring fruits. Great stuff, wish I had a case more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2513) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Tasted on 6/26/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle, bottled in May 2001, Batch 2, thanks to Ryan. Pours hazy light golden with an average white head that slowly recedes to a spotty layer of lace with a decent collar. The nose is lightly sweet candi sugar up front, along with a little more bread and caramel malt than your average Saison, along with some spicy yeast, and bitter, and orange peel hops. The flavor is very light and delicate up front with a bit of hay and cereal, moving to spicy signature Saison yeast, slightly soapy, and a ton of orange peel and lightly bitter hops. The body is medium with an oily texture, average but stinging carbonation and a long spicy yeast and bitter orange peel hops finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Sampled on 6/25/2011. This saison pours a slightly cloudy orange gold color from a 22 oz bottle. Medium sized thick rocky foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is spicy, fruity, citrusy and sweet. A medium to full bodied saison. The malts are fruity and sweet, orange and orange peel. The hops are herbal and slightly spicy. All the grains in this beer give it a very full and round mouthfeel, its almost like the chewyness of an oatmeal stout. Nice carbonation. A touch sweet and perhaps a little funky. Very nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and a touch spicy.

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