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Samuel Adams / MateVeza Boston Tea Party Saison

Samuel Adams / MateVeza Boston Tea Party Saison
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Samuel Adams and MateVeza came together to brew a Saison, which is a farmhouse beer traditionally brewed in the autumn or winter for consumption during the summer for the farm workers. The final recipe combines MateVeza’s signature ingredient - yerba mate tea - and Samuel Adams’ one-of-a-kind Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF), a blend of wild yeasts and bacteria designed to give beers unique flavors. The bright and satisfying brew has a slightly earthy and deliciously fruity character with a hint of spice and a long dry finish.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (11230) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
On tap @ MateVeza. Turbid orange juice colored pour with a white head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, banana, and orange peel. Certainly some tea, light lemon sourness, and honey. Maybe tart stone fruits. Flavor is sweet malt and esters up front. Banana, caramel, and honey. Some orange peel, lemon, and apricot. A light herbal note, vanilla, and a hint of wood.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jflopsu (601) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Pours a light yellow. Has a nice citrus aroma with some wheat and other fruits. Taste is sweet, but not too sweet, with some lemon, orange, wheat, and yeast. A bit of a dry aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
12oz sample bottle, courtesy of Sam Adams. Pours a very hazy, pulpy grapefruit juice color; patchy head formation leaving behind a perimeter of mixed-sized bubbles. Pleasantly complex nose: some tart citrus, kaffir lime, and an emergent yeasty-doughy roundness coming up from behind; a nicely filled-out, generous aroma, if a bit scattered. Medium body; modest CO2; the overall packaging here is a bit off, and I have to wonder how the draft version compares (I received a not-for-resale labeled bottle, and I’m not aware of this being bottled commercially): there’s a fleeting carbonation and the haze, and I think kegs could be more on point; that said, the presence of tea here adds a complementary herbal, minimally tannic character that offers some structure, while the yeast character is quite nice: dough, lime-like Brettiness, some soft citrusy acidity; a touch chalky overall, and while there’s some pepper here, it may be partly suggested by the tea additions. Pleasantly scattered, and I’d definitely be curious to try the draft version.


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