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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
OG: 1.066 - 16.5 Plato
8% ABV
BU’s: 48
Style: Saison finished with Brettanomyces
Tasting Notes: Golden in color, strong yeast aroma with mild aromas of barnyard and leather from the Brettanomyces. Flavor’s of malt and spice dominate the palate with a dry nutty (malt) character mixed with a funky Brettanomyces finish. The hops are dominate but well placed with-in the brew.

Publication started out as a test beer we called Empirical 7 which was a blonde ale fermented with a Saison yeast I wanted to test out for the PNC beer. The Empirical 7 was extremely hoppy and very very dry and the use of Brett for keg conditioning was very heavy handed. The Empirical 7 was meant to be a test batch for the members of the PNC to taste and based on their feedback I would build the recipe for the first ever PNC beer. At about midnight the night before the brew, over a game of Washoe’s and 10 beers into the night we finally got around to talking about the beer. A higher ABV was requested with more characteristics from the yeast and fermentation were also wanted in the PNC beer. With that in mind I set out to tweak the test batch and brew the next day. In the end I did bump up the malt bill so we could reach an ABV of 8%. I also switched out some of the base 2-row malt for some pilsner malt which would add another dimension with the malt characteristic in the beer. We used the same hop bill as the test batch so with a higher ABV and more malt on the palate the hops would be a little less aggressive. In fermentation we fermented about 6 degrees warmer to get more yeast characteristic in the final beer. Once the beer was ready to keg we used a smaller amount of Brett so there would be more flavor from the fermentation coming through. At a young age, this beer drinks very well, but, there are still some rough edges which will round out nicely as the beer ages.

Vinnie Cilurzo
Brewer / Owner
Russian River Brewing Company

AlabastorJones' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Draft at Toronado, Light yellow body with a thin white fizzle, tart funk nose, flavor is mostly from some mild barnyard funk and some wheat zest, some wild esters that bounce from brightly fruity to old and leathery, smooth around all edges and well balanced, could drink this all night... had no idea the abv was this high, tasted like a 5 pointer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1782) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2012
09 on tap at Belmont Station. Colour...golden straw with no head. Nose...peach pits, lemon zest and pith. Palate...a lovely burst of dry, puckery lemon and a fabulously yeasty hint that carries across the palate with quince and kumquat rounding off the journey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9131) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Draft @ RR (notes 2009). Pours a hazy yellow/ golden color with a thin white head. The aroma has some sweet malts with a splash of honey, herbal, brett notes, a splash of lemon; pretty interesting. The flavor has some biscuity malts with a touch of honey, yeast, dry herbal notes, lightly spicy with a mild bitterness at the back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34658) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2010
Draft. An unclear golden beer with a lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of lemon as well as lighter notes of yeast and vinegar. The flavor is sweet with notes of citrus fruits, flowers, yeast, and spices, leading to a dry spicy finish. Refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (7346) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Draught, Falling Rock. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, apricot), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, dough), with notes of gum, lemon zest, pepper, and band-aid. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A very solid, enticing example, as one would expect from RR.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Draft at Falling Rock: Golden yellow with some haze. Creamy and tight white head. Very sharp on the nose, herbaceous (lavender, rosemary, lemon verbena) and pungently hoppy with an accompaniment of peppery phenols, toasted crackers, peach, dried pineapple and melon. Firm, explosive carbonation. Succulent hops are checked by a sharp herbal crispness and crunchy wash of brisk tongue-scrubbing peppery phenolics. Lemon zest bitterness fuses seamlessly with the clean pils malt. Vibrant fruity esters of peach and pineapple lend suppleness at the center. Dusty brett-kissed dryness unites with the peppy and uplifting mineralic twinge, though the brett is rather subdued. Grapefruit peel bitterness exudes without detracting from the myriad delicacies. Closes cleanly and well-integrated with beefy yet polished pale malt (toasted crackers, dough) and sharp herbal hops entwined with a captivating combo of lemon zest, bitter grapefruit and lingering lavender and aniseed. As always with Vinnie’s beers, this is very clean and well made. With that said, I’d love to see more brett and dryness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Draft at Falling Rock before GABF 2009. Pours a hazy gold with an eggshell colored head. Aroma is great, full of spice, funk, and Belgian phenols. Light bodied and soft in texture. Flavor of pale wheat malts, clove, white pepper, and grapefruit rind countered by a nice wild sourness. Well crafted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (14663) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
Aged cask sampled on tap at Bottleworks, pours pale golden yellow with big white head. Aroma is insanely sour berries, with yeast and a farmhouse funk. Flavour is pretty much the same, with notes of citrus and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Enjoyed at Toronado. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Sour bretty nose somecheese sugars. Light herbal earthy bitterness touch sweetness citrus Belgian yeast, cheesy brett, fruity floral and soeasy to drink. 8/3/8/4/15. 3.8

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
callmemickey (4285) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Golden yellow body with a foamy inch or so head. Quickly receded. Spotty Lacing. S: Spicy and yeast funk. Its got the farmhouse down pat, but I couldn’t find much in the way of fruit or other flavors. T: Much like the nose, there were only two characteristics at play. Spice (pepper and clove) and farmhouse funk. No green apple, lemon, orange, etc. What was there was nice however. But it didn’t transcend "good" M: Smooth, light-medium body. Crisp finish. The brett somewhat diminishes the refreshingness that I like. O: In the end the spice and funk becomes somewhat grating due to the lack of semi-sweet fruits and hoppy bitterness. Worth a look though, as the brett character might be more appealing to you than it was to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2903) - California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Citrusy and slightly buttery aroma... Golden in color with a thin white head... Flavor is citrusy sweet with a distinguishing hop character that persists and intensifies into the finish... Interesting beer, a hoppy saison... Not bad...

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