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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
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Fifth Element was brewed December 2007 and laid down to age in oak barrels January 2008. It has light peach/fruit notes and a beautiful golden hue. High carbonation created during bottle conditioning gives it a champagne like texture on the pallet. It finishes slightly tart and cleansing.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2599) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Hazy golden, medium head. Nice sweet and sour with a fruity yeastiness. Finish hints at raisins, sour cherries.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5712) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2010
(750ml bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) opaque yellow pour with a ring of bubbles. Nose of sour cherry, wet oak and funk. Taste of sour tangerine, apricot, wet barrel with a great tart linger. Nicely carbonated. This beer is hugely refreshing. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a hazy straw yellow with white fizzy head. Aroma of some citrus zest, brett, tart and some farmhouse. Flavor is very much the same with a light malt body. Mouth feel is light-medium body with high, fizzy carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2010
2010 Release; Sampled May 2010
I could only let this sit for a week in my fridge before its siren song could no longer be resisted; as such I could tell it was still not completely settled as a haze could be seen through the bottle. A standard pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a fat-two-finger thick, pale tan-tinged, off-white head. The beer is a hazy, pale honey color that shows a yellow tinge to it when held up to the light. The aroma smells of fresh cut weeds, a light ripe-cheese note, grassy grain, buttery oak and spicy wood aromatics; these last play a definite role here as the barrel seems to strongly finish after each draught of the aroma. It is interesting how buttery the oak character gets here, this is very different than one would find, for example, in a Bourbon barrel aged beer. A hint of orange aromatics that were noticeable at first now seem to have faded. There is just a hint of tartness in the finish that perhaps boosts a very light lemon-like aromatic note too. This is a very nice aroma, that is quite complex and engaging.

Light feeling as it first hits my tongue, a prickly texture belies an ample carbonation and there is a definite tartness to this that is so well integrated with the ample oak flavors it seems like it might be derived directly from the oak. Buttery oak flavors lean a touch towards coconut, both of which mix well with the hay-like, soft, pale-grain character that is found in the finish. Speaking of the finish, there is quite a bit of spiciness from the oak, as well as a sharp, barrel induced astringency and even a very soft, but firm hop bitterness that lingers just a touch on the palate after each sip. A soft citrus note, combined with the oak, make me think of a buttery orange sauce somehow. This has a fruitiness to it (that is boosted by the light tartness) that makes me think of a tropical fruit like white wine; it reminds me of starfruit, perhaps a touch of kiwi, some floral perhaps-peachy notes (this becomes more and more noticeable as the beer warms up), as well as that general, soft, but lush citrus note. As it warms a vibrant, though admittedly subtle, grape character starts to come through; reminds me quite a bit of chardonnay grapes.

There is a vinous quality to this beer (the oak certainly helps with this perception) that reminds me of a fruity, oaked, yet flinty Sauvignon Blanc. This perception is only boosted as the beer warms up from the mid 40s that it started out from. In fact I would even recommend that this starts out at about 50*F (10*C). The tartness is quite the anchor for this beer, it is light and perfectly acceptable for a Saison, yet adds to the complexity and boosts so much in this beer; it is just about at the perfect level.

The oak ends up being the "dominant" note here, but it is not really dominant, as the base beer and fermentation character play an almost equal role. Really what I am trying to say is that this ends up being very well integrated and tasty, with a complexity that is there if you want to explore everything that this beer has to offer. On the other hand, everything works harmoniously to make this a flavorful quaffing beer that I can see pairing very well with a plethora of light summer meals and lots of seafood too. Definitely a fantastic beer, and actually quite unique in some ways; it definitely fits in the farmhouse / Saison vein, but somehow manages to take it in a direction that is a bit unexpected based on all the other examples of the style I have experienced. The buttery, spicy oak definitely contributes to this, but it works so well with this beer that I don’t feel that this takes this even out of some fabricated, tight interpretation of the "style" that is Saison. In the end it is the interesting direction that this beer represents that makes it so enjoyable and complex.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
bottle thanks to footbalm!! this stuff is simply amazing. wish i had this on tap at my house. poured yellow with a white head. aroma was lemon, cheese, and not sure but could have been some wool. flavor was lemon, dusty, must, crisp and fresh. light body with high carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4995) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. yellow with a white head. nose is funky, spices, lemon, tart, and brett. great palate, flavor is lemons, tart, earthy, funky, and a light spicy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Bottle, thanks to footbalm. Pours slightly cloudy gold, with a white head. Aroma is fruit, yeast, oak, and bread. Flavor is sour fruit, peaches, nectarines, pears, yeast, and oak. Medium body. Refreshing, mouthwatering, and highly enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2010
2010 Bottle - Big thanks to BuckeyeBoy and footbalm for the hookup!!! - Opens with a bang and doesn’t gush, but does foam up pretty quickly...pours neon tan with a medium white head...aroma is spicy and funky, lemon, phenols, and the first brew I’ve had that the descriptor "cheese" can be applied...flavour is interesting as well, sour grain, oak, buttery fruit on the finish and lingering tartness...incredibly unique and enjoyable...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12100) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a medium white head. Aroma of oak, herbs, florals, pineapple, and barnyard. Flavor of oak, citrus, vanilla, herbs, chardonnay and grass with a dry finish. Excellent!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2386) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Notes of buttered popcorn, wild yeast, chardonnay, raw coconut, and agave nectar. Foamy semi sour mouthfeel.


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