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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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12306) - 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 (9443) - 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 (2507) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2011
Pour hazy golden white head decent lace. Aroma fruit yeast, cereal grain, clove, pepper, fruity. Taste quite bitter, spicy, pepper, cereal grain, abv well hidden, wheat, clove, grassy. MF medium body fizzy fine carb. Wow great super thirst quenching spicy and bitter very well done have been enjoying everything to come out of this brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2720) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours out a well carbonated golden color with a small white head. Aroma is of some strange herbal notes and some fruity yeast. Taste is of some herbs, rye, lemon zest, odd herbs and some bready notes. Not a bad saison, but its tough to follow right after Carnival.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4626) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle shared by pineypower, thanks Dean. This was drank immediately after Lost Abbey Carnivale so perhaps that explains the lowe rating a bit. Poured an orange body with a slight touch of haze, a foamy average sized white head with a short duration for lasting power. Aroma of herbal tea, bread, brett and a hint of mint. Medium to fuller bodied with strong carbonation and a lingering aftertaste. Flavor of bread, hint of rye and some spice. Meh, it’s okay but it’s no Carnivale.

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