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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 that’s made for the Texas summer months.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle thanks to Hopper. Pour is a very hazy copper cold, with a lasting billowing white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. Kinda muddy looking with lots of carbonation. Aroma is quite nice: lots of white fruit, light pepper, slightly burnt white sugar, cool mix of phenolics and floral sweetness. Slightly grassy and herbal/bitter green veggies. I actually really dig this aroma, which opens up to a bit more smoke it warms. Unfortunately, the taste really falls flat. Starts with muddled smokiness, moving to flat metallic tones. Fruit and pepper present in the nose just doesn’t come through. Too bad. Slightly thin. Just ok. EDIT: OK as this warms up closer to room temp, the body fills out a bit more, and the pepper and stone fruit is back. Still not great, but not as off as when cold.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (8229) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick creamy off white head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt, pepper snd citrus. Medium mouthfeel with a buttery smoke and pepper with lingering dry finish. A good saison from Ranger Creek.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5881) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Thanks to rougeau13 for the trade! Murky gold, big frothy head. Smells nice - lemon, some funk. Very soft palate. I get some woody notes, some nutty, grassy flavors, and some wieny flavors, too. Pretty tasty stuff.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bleeng (1652) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Bottle pours light slightly hazy yellow. Mild pepper yeasty nose. Taste starts off with a pepper flavor, with some waxy notes. Almost too hot/spicy. A little yeasty and a very light body. Not as bad as a lot of previous reviews.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
sjohnny (469) - - SEP 21, 2012
Beautiful wax dipped hand numbered bottle gave me high hopes that I had found a good Texas craft beer. Looked good in the glass. Nice golden color. Tasted good for about 3 seconds. Very yeasty, flat, light bodied, woody flavors - and not in the good way.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Labfrogg (4) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2012 does not count
Holy Cow........this is the worst thing ever. Don’t let the wax dipped top and numbered bottle fool ya....rot gut.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Waxed bottle sent by a buddy in League City- thanks again, Bryan! Pours a clear golden color with an orange hue and two fingers of foamy cream-colored head. Lots of rising carbonation but no sediment since I poured carefully. Aroma of bready malts, grass, straw, sugar, and overripe peaches. Flavor of spicy hops, sweet and bready malts, pepper, grass, apricot, and a lingering metallic note late. Medium-bodied, with medium-high carbonation and a mouthfeel that starts sweet, becomes metallic, and finishes dry. Sub-par saison.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7774) - Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2012
9/15/12. 12oz bottle thanks to Walt! Hazy dark orange pour, maybe light amber, with a huge off-white head that lasts forever and laces plenty. Light smoke in the aroma that comes across almost as a barbecue sweetness, as well as sweet, fruity esters, plenty of spicy phenolics, some lemon, and some definite lingering dryness. Light, sweet smoke in the flavor that shows itself more and more as a meaty aspect as it warms with plenty of sweet fruitiness, tangy wheat malt, fruity esters, phenolics, and lingering dryness and citrus.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (2576) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Pours a fairly clear amber until the residual yeast clouds it up nicely. Large, somewhat fizzy head lasts several minutes. Aroma is bready and a little earthy. Taste is Belgian yeast, pepper and citrus.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2012
(Draught) Pours a hazy golden body with a small white head. Aroma of orange, florals, herbs, and smoke. Flavor of smoke, pepper, stone fruit, herbs, and yeast.


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