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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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.


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. Donít 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 (5889) - 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 (5961) - Valdosta, 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 (1436) - 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 (11760) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dchobbs (33) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Sorry I didn't care for this one as much. Nice wildflower and apricot aroma, but the taste had a musty property to it and lacked a refreshing orchard mouthfeel and is reminiscent of a cellar. I think it was a noble effort and all is not lost, the appearance and taste have redeeming qualities, but this was not my favorite from Ranger Creek.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2012
On tap at Ranger Creek. Golden, somewhat hazy pour with no head to speak of. Aroma was yeasty and fruity (given the description, I expected some wood or smoke but there wasnít any). Flavor had a little smoke, lots of fruit, a little spice. Unfortunately, like most taps at the open house, there was a little soapiness to the texture. Very satisfying on a hot day.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (9950) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Pours a nice hazed golden orange color with a large white head. The smoke really stands out on this. There is a bit of saison character underneath the smoke and charred wood. A light citrus quality and tartness, a bit of grass, and some floral and herbal notes. The flavor is also dominated by the smoke. Quite dry and lightly tart. Some charred oak, lemon peel, orange peel, and a bit of cracker malt. Light pepper and herb flavors with just a few hints of sweet fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aguyintx66 (89) - Nixa, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Bottle. Poured a cloudy golden color with a thick white head.. Aroma of lemon and bread. Has a citrus taste with a lingering finish. A pretty tasty beer.

3.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3sheets2wind (76) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2012
The only down side for this beer is in its nose. A little like dish soap. The good: hazy gold with a pleasing effervescence. Very dry, refreshing. You do not taste the high alcohol content. There is a nice lemony aftertaste that I see in many saisons but there is also a spicy cayenne pepper note that intrigued me. Too expensive to be a session beer. If this was $10 for a six pack, Iíd have half a case in my fridge at all times, but $6 for a twelve ounce bottle is a bit steep.


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