cubs (10721) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle @ home, picked up at Supermarket Liquor Foco. Ultra gusher. Upon untwisting the cage, the cork was ready to shoot. It gushed like crazy once I let the cork go. Fairly clear, deep lavender purple appearance with a big pink foamy head. Heavy blackberry Italian soda, light funk, fairly tart berry nose. Medium body. Some acidity. Lightly metallic. Heavy carbonation. Moderate low sweetness. Juicy. Pretty tasty but there is a metallic twang that I didn’t care for. Nice fruit. Careful if you’re cellaring this one. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big gusher out of the bottle. Pink-red pour with pink head, aroma brought notes of sour cherry, raspberry, blackberry notes into a bit of funk, white fruit, oak, slight lemon in there, wow nice. Taste is a mix of tart berry, blackberry, hints of lemon, hints of cherry, nice biscuit, bread, slight yeast, finishing fairly tart, slightly sweet. Pretty nice, wish it tasted like it smelled, but still good stuff. djd07 (15704) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pours a cloudy red with thick frothy pink head that lasts leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is strong blackberry and funk. Thin mouthfeel with dry raspberry and light tartness. Decent. Steve_0 (3818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is bright magenta with a fluffy pink head and great lacing. Ripe berrie, grapes, tannins, light oak, jam, blueberries, and fresh strawberries in the aroma. Taste is red berry jam, pepper, biscuit, red grapes, blackberries, honey, and herbs with light spice on the backend. Light body with high carbonation. Super fruity and jammy. Not really a saison but a really cool beer to try and easy drinking. theisti (4221) - Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2014
5 oz sample draft at Colorado Plus in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Listed as 6.2%. The pour is lightly hazed red purple with not much of a pinkish white head. The aroma is sweet fruit along with some cereal malt and a strong yeast presence. The taste is big on the gooseberry sweet and acidic right away, then yields to more traditional malt and yeast saison character. The palate is medium bodied with low carbonation and sweet fruit finish. Fun and different beer.
ajnepple (7206) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2014
On tap at Colorado Plus. Purple reddish appearance with a tan head and lacing. Fruity berry aroma. Similar flavor, medium sweetness, lightly tart and kind of dry. Soft, smooth and refreshing. Fun to drink. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Rocky lasting white head atop a lightly hazed violet body. Blackberry and cranberry focused nose with subtle oak and herb / earth / pepper phenols. Tart, acidic, sour, lightly sweet. Surprisingly soft texture shows not a sign of barley husk, doesn’t seem big for it’s size, and the fine natural carbonation gives enjoyable bounce and buoyancy to the mouth feel. Acidic / carbonic, quenching and salivating. Residual sugar is low and there’s not a trace of alcohol. Not at all a Saison, instead a beautifully-crafted Belgian-inspired golden / fruit beer showing that Crabtree has it in them to make next-level stuff. Ratman197 (15480) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish purple with a lasting pinkish purple head. Aromas of bread, gooseberry and light white pepper. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of bread, gooseberry and light yeast with a crisp lingering gooseberry finish. notalush (5935) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Tap - pours a deep hazy purple - rocky pink head - complex nose of tart, earthy fruit (skins, meat, seeds) - raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, lingonberry, snozzberry (okay, I lied about that last one) - nice texture of lively but soft carbonation - flavor is tart, lively, and complex, with prickly acidity, bright raspberry tartness, mellow blackberry - a lot of earthy, dusty, almost funky character through the middle, complimented well by the fruit skin flavors - some subdued, moderately bitter oak arrives late, complimenting the fruit acidity well - finish is semisweet, with a lingering acidic punch - a wonderfully complex and balanced fruit beer - fans of the New Glarus fruig beers should seek this one out - this isn’t as sweet as those, but utilization of fruit is almost as impressive as in those brews. Ernest (7864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Head is initially huge, frothy, rocky, pink, fully lasting.
Body is hazy dark reddish-purple, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), with notes of raspberry, cherry, cranberry, blueberry, lemon, seeds/twigs.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent.
By far the best Cezanne that Crabtree has made so far. The nose is rather simple and offers little more than fruit notes, which is my only gripe, but it is certainly a pleasant medley of berries (and no off notes, which is a huge relief considering the brewery). And it truly shines in every other category. One of the most beautiful appearances I’ve seen in a long time...the head is INSANE. It’s the sort of head that sticks in giant clumps on the sides of the glass as you drink it, and the hazy dark purple body is vivid eye candy as well. And in the mouth it’s both luxuriously textured and very well balanced...full of flavor but neither too sour, sweet, nor bitter. Nice tannic grip as well. Skip this if you’re looking for a saison, obviously, but if you’re in the mood for a rich fruit beer, you shouldn’t be disappointed.