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Wandering Star Berkshire Hills 01201

Wandering Star Berkshire Hills 01201
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 2.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
A classic Belgian Saison brewed using Brasserie Dupont yeast, and fermented at traditionally stratospheric temperatures - reaching 98F during primary fermentation! As an ironic nod to the Massachusetts ABCC’s recent attempt to force farm brewers to use mainly MA-grown ingredients, the beer uses pilsner and wheat malts from nearby Valley Malts of Hadley, MA, as well as local unmalted wheat and spelt. The result is a quenching, complex, and aromatic light amber beer with a deceptively high 6.3% ABV. RECOMMENDED FOOD PAIRINGS: Barbecue pork or brisket, wild mushroom risotto, plus any other pungent and complex savory dishes; also a very good match with washed rind cheeses.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
zdk (1870) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
tap at Blind tiger - dry peaches, cracked grains and some dusty malts. fruity and some barnyard funk, some over the top sulfurs in here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
Tap at Blind Tiger. This was really bad. One of the worst saisons I’ve had in some time. Not recognizable as a saison at all, tastes like the yeast never really worked. Basically like a bad homebrew pale ale. They gave me a pint i took a sip or two, shared it with everyone there, and there was still 75% of the glass left. Even the dude clearing the tables scoffed as he tried it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfish120love (1161) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Pours a hazy shade of orange an gold. mildly abrasive with notes of citrus, cereal and pine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (2595) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Draft. Cloudy tan color. No head. Sweet taste and smell. Not very farmhosish, but has enough body to be flavorful

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
On tap at the Peekskill Brewery. Pours a clear caramel color with a medium sized white head. Caramel and funk, gently musky. Medium bodied, subdued carbonation. Light caramel, toast and malt. Sweet muskiness, caramel and a touch of oxidization, malt and caramel. Light yeast on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Draught at City Beer Hall in Albany. Pours straw-colored with a small white head. Aromas of sweet Belgian yeast and cherry stones. Flavors of slightly bitter cherry stones and yeast, with some grassy bitterness. Medium carbonation. Alright. [962]

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (5775) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2011 Location: Cask at d.b.a. Brooklyn, 10/22/11

Aroma: The nose is yeast, wood, and spice
Appearance: Pours a clear orange color, fairly big head for cask
Flavor: The taste is light sweet, spice, and a sour finish
Palate: The body is light-medium, smooth, and with a long duration
Overall Impression: Interesting offering. It turned a little sour as it finished, which was kind of unexpected. The first thing I’ve tried from Wandering Star, and honestly, the first time I had even heard of them...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
Pale amber pour - tight white head. The nose is lightly earthy and a bit woody. There’s a fairly fatty sort of rancid character that I could definitely do without. A bit of fairly chewy character that doesn’t really integrate well with the background. Meh - not sure if the cask is in great shape. Minerally and slightly herbal

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