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Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 2

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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This Texas Farmhouse Ale is a traditional Wallonian-style saison brewed with spelt that has been smoked over 4 Texas fruit woods. The use of peach, apricot, apple and plum woods add a subtle smokiness and light fruit texture to the earthy-sweet spelt, and marries well with the complexities of the Belgian farmhouse yeast. Earthy, peppery spice, herbal notes, soft ripe fruitiness and light smoke phenols come from fermenting at high temperatures and create a deep, refreshing character. Highly attenuated for a quenching dryness, this traditional saison is an esoteric seasonal thatís made for the Texas summer months.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1345) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Reviewed from notes: pours a nice cloudy golden color with plenty of fizzy white head, gushed out of the bottle. Yeast, light fruits, tartness, funk, and smoke on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with more smoke.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1151) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2014
From an old trade with Errl. Batch #1 from 7-20-12. Gusher and lots of yeast at the bottom, cloudy light orange. Awesome unique nose of stone fruit. Taste is very lightly smokiness and more light stone fruits on a decent base beer. Lingering finish of apricot. Super interesting smoked beer-very even handed, maybe from the age? Wasnít as good as it warmed, but great with some barbecue for dinner.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leveejr (101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Extremely surprising beer. Smells intensely fruity and has big smoked wood notes. Taste is similar with a prominent apple taste followed by other fruit notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 2, 2014
12.7oz bottle: Thanks Kaggie! This one pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color. There was a HUGE frothy, fizzy white head on it that took awhile to go down. It has a nice nose to it. Pretty standard fare for a saison: grassy, a bit earthy, spices, some faint fruits, woody, lots going on there. The taste is also good. Some spiciness, faint fruits, wheat, yeastiness. A very nice beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KamGoPro (75) - Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Absolutely how incredibly distinct the fruit wood smoke comes through in all of the stages of a taste from start to finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brewballs (190) - USA - OCT 26, 2013
In the Ranger Creek Family this is truly one of their most forgettable brews. It has a tartness flavor to it. Zero head if that. Has a rosemary, ginger sensibility to it. It feels like saison with no bite or body to it. Tangy wash down. It doesnít say anything and fades away too fast. Grossly over hyped series.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2964) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2013
12.7 ounce bottle thanks to Errl. Pours a hazy copper with a white head of thick foam. Good retention. Aroma is a sort of earthy dryness. Taste is mildly bitter throughout with a bit of funk coming through. Not sour necessarily, but just a little funky. Fruity and floral notes. Really nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbcd (214) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2013
hazy gold with a loose, large white head with very long retention and a lot of lacing. bottle foamed over after opening, but didnít gush out. caramel, yeast, barnyard, bubblegum, cheese. medium sweet, light sour, light bitter. medium-light body, fizzy carb. itís aite, i donít remember if i liked it more fresh or not, though.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Straw colored, very dirty towards the end of the bottle, huge frothy off-white head, little lacing.   Sweet floral and barnish nose.   Smells good.   Oh boy, band-aid to start.   Smoked spelt perhaps?   Not heavy enough in the Rauchbier sense, but enough for me to get band-aid out of it.   Otherwise fruity, floral, and very very spritzy.   I tried to pour some off in a small bottle to cap it, but the damn thing just foamed and foamed and foamed when I poured it.   Smells great, starts out on the wrong side of the tracks, but then comes back with a nice yeasty, barnish, floral, and fruity notes.   Some pale fruit skin as well.   Wonder if I waited too long on this.   Really interesting non-the-less, and enjoyable to try.   Just wished it werent so airy and foamy.   Thanks Bill!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Thanks to Dallas for the bottle! Poured straw golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up apricots, golden raisins, bready notes, and a kiss of honey with overtones of tangy fruit skins, cloves, and light mesquite.. very intriguing. The flavor found more of the smoky notes than the nose indicated, but that wasnít necessarily a bad thing.. bready notes and lesser honey at the core.. peach kernel, apricot, and smoky tartness around, plus white pepper and clovey spicage.. finished very dry with heavy carbonation and residual tartness from the fruit and smoke. Medium-bodied, but with more filling carbonation on the palate (a little bit too much).. overall very refreshing, dry, and well-balanced. Nice one!


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