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Belgian Style Ale Brewed With Rye and Brettanomyces Our rustic, deep golden California farmhouse ale is brewed just a few times a year to celebrate the change of the season. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. This one fuckin’ gushed on me; so to stave off any potential losses, I had to pour some into a pint glass, as well. A: Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of sediment floating about. The head is very frothy, and due to me having little choice regarding an aggressive pour, ends up towering at four fingers high, with a corresponding offwhite shade. The head seemingly retains forever, leaving behind an incredible amount of lacing in my tulip. Frustrations of being unable to drink this immediately aside, this one is extremely beautiful. S: And the aroma is quite intriguing, also. It starts off with a grassy note, before transitioning to crisp apple/pear/grape esters. I also notice touches of rye malt, helping to accentuate the spice qualities more strongly. I don’t notice a massive amount of brett funk, but it’s there. Horse blanket, bro. T: What I notice most strongly on the opening is a combination of spicing and rye malt. The two combine to offer notes of cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, peppermint, and black pepper - dare I compare the flavor profile to a saison crossbred with a winter warmer? The finish is where the brett funk starts to come into play. Initially only offering a bland grassy tone, it grows and accumulates on the palate, developing strong rustic qualities. General fruity esters lurk around the body nondescriptly; I wish they were more vivid here in lieu of all the funkiness. This is my biggest problem - the funk comes off too strongly at times, creating a slight imbalance. I enjoy the complexity, though. M: This one is a bit heavy. It doesn’t necessarily make the beer hard work, just not quite as quaffable as it could have been. I’d call it quaffable, though, because it’s pleasantly dry without any annoying booziness. I can’t really judge carbonation too much - when you have to wait 10 minutes to take a damn sip, I doubt there would be much of it left. O: I know I had a lot to nitpick here, but this is a genuinely well crafted saison that’s quite unique. It just doesn’t really hit all my preferences in a saison (I prefer a simpler, hoppier interpretation like Tank 7). But if you like funk, this is a must-try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bp (820) - Queens, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle: pour a cloudy amber with a frothy white head, aroma has some sour funk from the brett and some citrus notes, taste of honey, some funk but it is pretty mild, might show up a bit more with age, pretty nice saison

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Enjoyed from a 750ml bottle in a wine glass. The beer pours a crystal clear light to just short of medium amber color, with a moderate white head. The nose shows very surprisingly aromas of residual sweetness, combined with a sour note from the brettanomyces. While the latter is quite pleasing, the former is rather unpleasant. It seems like the beer could have used a few more months in the secondary fermentor. On the other hand, to the brewery’s credit, the aroma could be simply one of the unpredictable products of a still ill-understood yeast strain. The palate also so more residual sweetness than is appropriate for the style, or than one would expect from the addition of an aggressive secondary yeast strain. Alcohol, esters, slight sourness, a subtle note of leather, and an odd residual sweetness come through. The finish carries a slight sweet sweetness, perhaps partially contributed by the rather prevalent alcohol. Overall, something of a disappointment from an excellent brewery, but still enjoyable in many ways.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomekk1978 (811) - Ząbki, POLAND - JAN 5, 2015
Barwa i piana: złota, początkowo klarowna. Piana lekko zabarwiona, kremowa, umiarkowanie obfita i podobnie trwała. Aromat: na pierwszym planie wyraźna słodycz (cukier kandyzowany) oraz wysoki alkohol. Nuty słodowe (zbożowe, biszkoptowe, lekko tostowe), zauważalna estrowość (jabłko, gruszka, cytrusy, truskawki) oraz nieco korzenne i drożdżowe akcenty. Smak: tu również dominuje słodycz oraz podniesiony poziom alkoholu. Wyczuwalna jest niewielka kwaskowość, ale i nuty bardziej ziemiste, wytrawne, pochodzące zapewne z żyta. Mamy także akcenty korzenne i owocowe (cytrusy, morele) oraz lekko alkoholową końcówkę. Goryczka i odczucie w ustach: niska do umiarkowanej goryczka, delikatna i dość krótka. Średnia do krągłej pełnia, umiarkowane wysycenie oraz nieco szorstki finisz z nuta ogrzewającego przełyk alkoholu. "Książkowe" piwo, z wysokimi ocenami na Ratebeer oraz Beer Advocate. Docenione również, przez winiarski magazyn Wine Enthusiast, w którym wygrało zestawienie przed dwoma laty. Długo nie mogłem się zebrać do jego degustacji i w efekcie spędziło w szafie ponad rok. Prawdopodobnie był to błąd, bowiem piwo nabrało więcej nut wytrawnych i nie jest tak odświeżające i musujące, jak większość przykładów w tym stylu. Barwa jest tu nieco zbyt jasna, a piana za mało trwała. Poza stylem jest również poziom alkoholu i zapewne ekstraktu, przez co całość sprawia wrażenie bardziej ciężkiego. Z tego względu przypomina ono bardziej Golden Strong Ale, ale jest również całkiem pijalne. Moim zdaniem nie warte jednak swojej ceny.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonsen (805) - NORWAY - SEP 29, 2012
Drukket pĺ hyttetur med entusiaster, gylden farge med mye skum, forfriskende smak med innslag av gress sitrus og humle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle. Very solid saison but a bit on the heavy side. Pours with a more golden copper color than expected. Has nice aromas of funk and ripe fruit. Flavors of spice, yeast, citrus and caramel. Finishes wiht some real funk. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dagimp (801) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2010
From a 750ml into a snifter. Pours a very nice deep golden with about an inch of fizzy head with never totally dissipates. Aroma is of funk, yeast, lemon and grass; pretty tangy. Mouthfeel is very thick, probably the thickest saison I’ve had. It’s not quite syrupy, but close. Taste is fairly typical of a saison but with the addition of tartness from both the brett and the rye. I can actually taste both flavors and they complement each other very well. It’s a very good bottle to have along with a good dinner. Not an everyday drinker but I would absolutely drink it every so often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (798) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2013
750 ml Bottle. Pours a cloudy bronze and amber color with a thick layer of off-white foam. Aroma is a mix of grassy hops, honey, citrus, tropical fruit and Belgian yeast. The taste is a blend of clove, gingerbread, candi sugar and coriander along with notes of lemon, pear, pepper and Brett funk toward the end. Moderately thick and creamy body with strong carbonation and a dry, semi-sweet finish. Unique take on the style that tastes at times like a Tripel brewed for the holidays.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bwa5879 (789) - Portage, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Really cloudy orange pour with an inch of fluffy white head. Strong Scent of lemon, lemongrass, clove a little cracked pepper. Soft carbonation, frothy mouthfeel, clean finish that’s slightly bitter. Taste follows the nose with strong lemon, sour rubbery yeast, clove, cracked pepper, zestuness is muted by a wheat taste. Nice saison with high ABV that’s well hidden, decent saison but not a breathtaking brüery offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MotherBrother (787) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2012
bottle at @ Haand festival. Pour hazy deep yellow, with with no head. Aroma of grapefruit, flowers, barnyard, hay, bread. Taste is bitter, with a slight sweetness to it. Average body, with a fizzy carb.

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