rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Enjoyed at GTMW 2012. Poured a cloudy gold with a micro-bubble head. Smells of wet hay and lemons. Bitter hops taste and aftertaste mixed with creamy citrus. beastiefan2k (4033) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2012
10oz glass at happy hour for only $1, more reason to go to 23rd. I am pretty sure this is the first saison 23rd has ever made, I think because this the first original recipe from the assistant brewery. I appreciate that the brewery went with something new (not just an IPA) and took a twist on a traditional style, so points just for not being squares. The beer comes to me with a nice thick head atop a dark orange color and thick looking body, cannot see through it. Aroma is Belgian sweetness and subdued esters. This may be the best aspect of the beer, meaning lack of a problem. Many brewpubs and first time saison brewers produce highly estry brews. This was not the case, a very controlled ester release, which I really appreciate. Same in the flavor. The beer has a little more sweetness than I prefer but still within the realm of what I like (I like sweeter beers). The rye adds a nice roundness to the malt character. A fun beer that I can’t wait to drink again... hmmm need to get there for happy hour again.