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Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 2

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Murky golden color with lasting off white head. Barnyard dung, dry hay, grass, light citrus aromas. medium body, average carbonation. Nice dry hay, grass, dry spice flavors with mild smoke---good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjay44 (3090) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2013
375 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained white head, with some lacing. over a cloudy gold (SRM 5) body.....nose is smoke,cereal, light fruits including pear, apple.....taste is light smoke, fruit including light peach, pear, finishing with a peppery hop bite....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation adds acid bite. The smoke is incongruous to the style. Otherwise this has the underlying aromas and flavors of a Saison. Additionally, it is very quenching. It would be interesting to try this without the use of wood smoke. BJCP 7/3/14/5/6

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
Yellow pour, white head Odd beer. The smoked wood seems at odd with the saison yeast, a bit vegetal. Not my style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11778) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2013
375 ml bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye (thanks Markus) poured a clear gold with a large lasting white head. Aromas of citrus, straw, smoke and fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of smoke, straw, light fruittiness and a hint of spice with a smooth lingering fruity smokey finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2398) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Deep golden in color with a light haze and soft, well-developed white head. Fruity aroma; pineapple and banana with a light smoke. A light maltiness but with those pineapple and banana notes, some spice and smoke as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
500ml bottle in a local bottle exchange. Make sure to pour this fairly quickly once you open it - didnít gush but did make its way slowly out of the bottle. Cloudy pale orange with a creamy white head. Partially dried lemon peel (think of when you zest a lemon and then leave it out on the counter for a day), light spice and yeast, almost a bit of wheat. High carbonation, moderate but fresh body, pepper with yeast and most lemon zest. Becomes a little dry, lots of flavour on the finish. Becomes better at the end for sure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from Fossil Creek Liquors. Light, hazy pour with a big white head. Aroma is lemons, yeast, and dust. Taste is tart and about the same.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle courtesy pikapp327. Pours a murky yellow gold color with a white foamy head. Aroma is slightly zesty with lemon notes. Flavor is zesty, dry, citrus and even more dry on the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cwsample (163) - Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Hazy gold color with a thin bubbly head. Tastes a little sour, VERY carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Aged 5 months (bottled July 18, 2012, batch 001): I had a few first impressions just from pouring this into my glass, two leading to the third (conclusion) that the yeast was still happy and had some remaining sugars to chew on before the beer went into the bottle. Even after keeping this in the cellar and away from room temperature, this still managed to become and remain highly carbonated. Its bright-white head is extremely airy. Thereís also about 3 ounces of thick yeast at the bottom of the bottle, so unless you like to chew your beer youíre going to end up with a short-poured glass. I went the middle of the road and left about 2 ounces in the bottle, still giving myself plenty of thick, caked yeast sediment to float around in my glass. Maybe Iíll let it settle. Iíll give it this... itís definitely a very well-nosed saison. Yum! It initially pours a somewhat clear and shiny pale orange color, but as yeast sediment from the bottom of the bottle gets loose it becomes somewhat opaque. Its thick, airy bright white head eventually settles to a thin film atop the beer, leaving light lacing. It has a pleasantly spiced and fruity nose with only a hint of yeast. It almost smells like leather. Once in the mouth it seems less like a saison and more like a meaty fruit beer, with definite apple and the subtle smoothness of wood carrying the fruitiness into the dry, estery finish of a hard apple cider. Yes, this would be great in the summer. I, of course, had to wait until the early winter (the first full moon after the winter solstice) to drink this. Even still, itís good any time of the year.

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