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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Rustic Saison with Brett

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3.4
BreWedge (560) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - SEP 27, 2017
750 ml bottle shared with Piscator34. Pours a clear gold with a large but short-lived white head. Aromas were acidic (green apple) and earthy. Tastes were dry and lightly acidic light a granny smith apple. Light to medium body, medium acidic finish.

3.5
piscator34 (2663) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 22, 2017
Bottle shared with BreWedge. Light gold in colour with strong carbonation. Strong aromas of wildflowers, hay, honey, pilsner malt, lime peel, and Brett. Quite earthy on the palate, along with notes of lemon-lime soda, sweet grass, and light malt. Light bodied with a strong earthy Brett finish. Very Brett influenced throughout (on the verge of taking over), but hasn't completely leaned out in the body yet.

3.9
Travlr (26268) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Bottle sample at Modern Times Festival of Funk 2017. Hazy yellow color. Bretty and peppery aroma. Taste has dusty hay, straw, funk. Very tasty.

3.7
BeerandBlues2 (13870) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 20, 2017
Bottle at Festival of Funk. Pours yellow with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention. Aroma is moderate Brettanomyces, cereal and cracker malt with perfume and floral hops, and light mango and guava notes. Flavor is cereal and cracker malt, key lime, mango and guava hops with earthy Brettanomyces with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

3.9
badgerben (5349) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2017
Hazy gold color with a towering head. Heavy brett aroma. Lots of barn, hay, and sour lemon rind. Bone dry. Hints of tart, but very earthy. Bready and yeasty.medium body.

3.2
ctipping (2252) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2017
750 mL bottle. Hazy pale orange. Huge white head. Smells of earthy brett, barnyard, light doughy malt. Flavor is very mineral. Grainy. Almost metallic. Strong brett. Earthy and dry in the back end. High carbonation. Very dry. Light body. Not the most interesting saison.

3.8
jtclockwork (17446) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Bottle - pours gold with white head - nose and taste of rustic farmhouse, Brett, lemon, grass, spicy yeast - med body

3.6
phaleslu (10750) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2016
750 ml bottle shared by jackl - thanks again, Jack! Enjoyed this with the rest of the bros at the Hyatt during RBWG. Pours a hazy pale gold with a small white head that settles into a film and ring while leaving trailing lace in the glass. Notes of hay, cracker, pale and pils malts, lemon, grapefruit, and faint funk. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, lightly funky mouthfeel. Clean saison.

4.1
Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle thanks to Jeff. Pours slightly haze and pale with short-lived creamy white head. Good lacing. Aroma: this is the kind of saison I like. You can tell just from the nose (and I guess the deScription on the bottle helps set it up too, but I’m gonna pretend this impression is purely my own because I’m impervious to outside influence). Mineral; pepper; dusty, lightly tart; some yolk; a little lemon; lean and dry. Belgian esters seem to be present, but integrated and very much in the background (unlike the sweet ester coriander saisons I don’t like). Light-medium body; nice dry finish. Overall: lovely. I expect this is a beer that isn’t likely to rate super high -- it’s too balanced, restrained, understated, and drinkable. As far as I’m concerned, though, this is one hell of an impressive brew, for all of those reasons.

(complete aside: ratings are weird. Here’s a beer that I think is excellent. Due to the nature of the beer I think it’ll end up in the 3.7-3.8 range on average; and even though I think "excellent!" I’m giving it a 4.1. Out of 5. And if you ask "why only 8/10 on aroma? Why not 9 or 10? What would you want to get it there?" I’d shrug and say "no idea. Can’t think of anything missing that I’d want. Anything else there would probably detract from what I love about it." So it probably deserves a 10. But 10s are impossible, and 4/5 is a B in school but excellent for a beer on RB. If anybody knows of any research into how crowd-sourced rating systems end up calibrating, PM me -- I’d love to understand how I’ve come to rate like this. </nerd>)

3.1
commonshawn (1335) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Tap at brewery with commonmac. Tulip. Light hazy gold with thick white head and excellent lacing. A little funky in the nose. Tangy, tart, but not sour. Maybe a little sour. Light to medium body. Quick crisp finish. Not a ton of floral, or at least it’s covered by the tang funk. Decent.


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