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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottled Feb 2013 Hazed golden with a fleeting soda pop white foam. Smells of belgian yeast, grain, clay, some peach meat, peppercorn, spruce, a touch of mint. Flavor is sweet breads, some mealy porky like flavors, some bitterness (probably from the tips), not too overdone, a ton of delicate flavors. I really like the flavors here. Full bodied with a velvety carb and a semi dry finish. A really nice beer, wish this wasn’t one of those "once a year, we’re so local and crafty and shit" beers. A real treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7619) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12756) - 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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Tasted on 7/16/13 from a capped 750mL bottle purchased at Belmont Station. Pours murky dark orange with a thick white head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is sweetish bread malt with a bit of spicy Belgian yeast and a bit of a spicy malt character as well, and just a bit of nicely bitter hoppiness as well. The flavor is pretty much the same, with the spicy malt character a bit stronger than on the nose, with plenty of spicy yeast, and a nice bitter resin hops finish. The body is fairly full with average, stinging carbonation, and a very long spicy malt and hops, and nicely bitter finish. This is a bit sweeter than most Saisons I enjoy, but still in balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6426) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6160) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6157) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14665) - 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.

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