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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
Pear Saison with profuse hoppiness. A collaboration between Half Acre Beer Co. and Short’s.

This version was brewed at Short’s 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rumproasts (4290) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (4229) - 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 I’m not sure the pear really helps the beer (it probably hinder drinkability), but otherwise this is a good peppery Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4123) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Thanks to Steve for the hookup! Mostly clear gold pour with a roiling carbonation and good retention. A pear saison with hops, very interesting. But what gives it such quirkiness is the almost rye quality from the woody spice, like a slice of pear on a black pepper cracker. Digs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3915) - 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 (3849) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2012
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled 8/2/2011. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a very nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Some very nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of big pear, apricot, herbal, grape, orange peel, lemon zest, grass, pepper, yeast spices, and light funk. Nice, complex, and balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of pear, apricot, orange peel, lemon zest, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast spices. Light tartness on the finish, with lingering notes of citrus zest, pear, pepper, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Great malt and spice flavor balance, with the malt being stronger. No cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly slick and crisp mouthfeel. Very easy to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming after the finish. Overall this is a great saison. Nice fruity flavor and balance; and very easy to drink.

   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 haven’t 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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3325) - 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 can’t 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 weren’t 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.

   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.

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