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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Pear Saison with profuse hoppiness. A collaboration between Half Acre Beer Co. and Shortís.

This version was brewed at Shortís Brewing Co.

Captain Fantasy is a lighter bodied ale with a bright, clear, golden color. This saison is brewed with pear to compliment the aromas of spice and the fruity fragrance of Sorachi Ace hops. Captain Fantasy has flavors of sweet pear and tart lemon, and a lively amount of carbonation cleanses and refreshes the palate. The overall fruitiness of Captain Fantasy is interrupted by an assertive hop bitterness that dominates the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3887) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
draft, Pours hazed gold wh head nose grassy and citrus floral, flavors of bright grassy and spicy peppery hops, lemon citrus, fresh and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3625) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Sampled at GTMW. Hazy golden pour with a white head. Aroma of pear, belgian yeast, typical notes of grass and bread. Nice pear and grape note peak out though. Flavor is pear, bread, and peach with herbal and grassy hop notes. I prefer this to the Half Acre version as well. Some pepper comes out in the finish. I would like to spend a lot more time with this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (3557) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2012
pale golden with small head. the pear is a very nice addition to the flavors. not a lot of saison funk, but this is an excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3548) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Courtesy of Strykzone. This poured a cloudy gold with a big white head and a lot of lacing. Nose is earthy and spicy. Medium body and nice mouthfeel. Flavor is loaded with floral hops. Finish shows some bitterness and cloves. Nails the style perfectly and is easy drinking and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Draft at the Great Taste. Still pissed that I havenít had the Half Acre version. Pours a very attractive and hazy gold with bit frothy white head. Nose is nice and fresh, do get some pear and a then white pepper. Really nice nose. Fruity, bit of spice. On tasting, has a nice tart kick from the pear and then those nice yeast esters lending more fruitiness. Finishes nice and dry. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (3407) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle (12 oz). From Mark, thanks! Clear golden with a medium white head, some retention and some lacing. Aroma is peppery/spicy and yeasty with hints of pear and herbal notes. Taste is also peppery and yeasty with hints of pear and a sticky bitter herbal finish. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Decent Saison. The herbal finish is too powerful and sticky for my liking and Iím not sure the pear really helps the beer (it probably hinder drinkability), but otherwise this is a good peppery Saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottled. Hazy light golden with a frothy white head. Enticing aroma, citric, light buttery hops, light toasted malts, yeast, pepper. Flavor is even better, fresh citruc, very clean, very tasteful, zesty, slightly sweet with a nice bitter finish. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle. Hazy straw-orange body with sediment, thick puffy, clumping off-white head. Hoppy nose, catty and vegetal with pear and peppery spices. Bitter, estery body with lemon and peppery, catty, herbal, almost woody hops. Dry, bitter finish with a citrus kiss and notes of pineapple. Creamy body with soft, dense carbonation. Not quite my bag but itís interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 5, 2011
12oz Bottle. Thanks for sharing Sean! Iíve had this twice now, once side-by-side with the Half Acre version and now by itself. I hate to say, but this just isnít as good as the Half Acre version. Itís muddier, the hops are less clearly pronounced, and the pear is somehow more cooked tasting. Mostly, itís the lack of clarity and cleanliness. This has that very distinct bready Shorts house yeast flavor and it gets in the way of the pear and the Saison and the hops. Otherwise, this is a fun idea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2013
12 ounce bottle
Deciding to finally try these side by side I opened both the Half Acre and Shorts versions in order. This, the first, was not quite as good. I canít put a finger on why. On its own it stands as a fine saison and I would have had no problem finishing it if tastybeer werenít splitting the bottle.

Aroma / Appearance - The glowing carbonated base and minimal white head do not set it up for great things. Somehow though it works. The pears and peaches provide this nice tartness and hops that linger in the air like pollen.

Flavor / Palate - Pears and peaches sweeten the mouth. The transition carries into a dry yeasty finish that has a nice tang. Tropical in nature this was not the sort of thing I was expecting. For that I give it high marks even though the Half Acre version works better.

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