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Propolis Spruce (02/13)

Formerly brewed at Propolis Brewing
Style: Saison
Port Townsend, Washington USA
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Pilsner, Wheat and Caramel malt Noble Hops, bittering and aromatic wild-crafted Spruce
Belgian/Farmhouse Blended Ale - Age for up to 2 years, bottled 03.2013

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14405) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2014
On tap at Saraveza, pours a hazy dull copper with a small white head. Nose brings out spruce, fruity esters and farmhouse notes. Flavour reveals loads of fruity esters, followed by woody spruce and yeast. Really well-constructed, with the spruce situated perfectly. Great one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2013
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a hazy golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of spruce, herbs, bread, and florals. Flavor of spruce, clove, herbaceous, yeast, and some citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2013
750, capped. Pours a cloudy medium brown with a big rocky platinum blonde head. Mild floral nose showing honey, some of that airy woodsy spruce, and a bit of honey. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Caramel, honey, spruce, and a bit of light spice on the mid palate. Soft finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6731) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Clear dark golden color with lasting eggshell white head. Light phenolic/peppery aromas with dry herbs, berry fruits, light mint, dust. Medium body with average carbonation. Mild minty spruce, berry fruit flavors with dry herbs, mild honey, earthy dry dirt,____drying finish---good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle:   Orangish straw, thick and hazy, moderate to large frothy white head, decent lacing.   Very soft herbal and shrubby nose.   Has a slight floral soapy aspect.   Very rustic on the tongue, wheaty, dull floral notes, shrubby, with a touch of fragrant soap.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Strong mountain shrub on the finish, wheaty, dried grasses, with minor fragrant soap.   My least favorite of all of the three I have had so far, but still its clean, great mouthfeel, and comes across as very rustic or old world like.   I just wished they made these with much more bright floral notes, then most of them would be homeruns!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of citrus, bubblegum, spruce, and light apple. It pours a mostly transparent golden-orange with a yellow-tinged off-white head that eventually fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate apple and light citrus. The finish has light honey, floral notes, spice, hints of lemon, and faint spruce. it’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this beer. Excited to try this new tiny Washington brewery. The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of spruce notes with some biscuit malt thrown in. The flavor is very similar with a few added notes. I get some strong spruce and pine notes up front, but they are complimented by some biscuit malt, Belgian yeast, light orange citrus and toffee notes. All of these notes go together fairly well. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one and look forward to trying other Propolis beers in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2013
Nose of honey a little caramel touch bread light spruce tip sweeter bubblegum clove phenols. Pours hazy golden thin head. Flavors.of bread dough clovey sweet bubblegum spruce notes lingering clove and spruce and bubblegum. Smooth nice.bodied but a tad too phenolic for style for my preference. Would probably rate higher if it were a spice/herb/veg or traditional ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
A very careful pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip still ends up being a massive foam over five-fingers of light tan colored froth in the glass, plus lots more I have to siphon off. The beer is a ruddy amber color that shows a clear, bright, orange-tinged, rich gold hue when held up to the light. The beer has a grassy, floral character to it up front, and this is backed by a musty, almost woody peppery note in the finish. The middle of the nose has a bright citrus character to it that is definitely reminiscent of young spruce tips. There is a definite green woodiness to the nose, much of which comes from the spruce. The dry, woody note becomes more prominent over time.

Light citrus notes up front are backed by a spicy, herbal, maybe even slightly medicinal note in the finish. There is a definite light phenolic character to the finish, makes me think that there might be a touch of Brettanomyces character here; though it could just be the musty, spicy, woody character that is so prominent in this beer.. There is a soft malt character here that contributes a touch of English biscuit, perhaps a touch of whole grain cracker, and some light grassy grain notes. Initially this beer is quite frothy and excessively carbonated, though it seems to lose the carbonation quite quickly; the body is quite light, there is just a touch of texture to the beer that lingers on the palate in the finish.

The beer is definitely tasty, but it seems to be a bit unbalanced somehow; it is perhaps a bit to medicinal, or phenolic, or sharp in the finish, and it clashes with the citrus, fermentation, and light malt character just a bit too much to be perfectly balancing.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Amber-orange honey color with a decent head. Resiny sulfur and wet sock/dank shoe nose--perhaps from too much Crystal hops. The body is of tart meadows and fields, quite herbal and juicy with touches of spruce and sasparilla.

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