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Maine Beer / Nogne Ø Collaboration Time III

Formerly brewed at Maine Beer Company
Style: Saison
Freeport, Maine USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
This beer is a mixed breed. Let’s call it a Rye Saison/Pale Ale. This beer is about those that just don’t quite fit in.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (9969) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle shared at Kernel Brewery at Zwanze Dat 20/09/2014. Many thanks to Leighton. Clouded orange coloured pour with no head. Aroma is spicy, semi-sweet, kiwi fruit. Flavour is composed ofsome spices,light woody. Palate is flat and lifeless, semi-sweet. Really not what this is. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (22687) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
20th September 2014
Tasting at Paul and Lorna’s flat. Deepest Croydonia. Thanks to Leighton. Very hazy gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is airy and a little crisp. Light minerals and floralness. Mild seltzer, orange and spices. Light dry finish. Fine but muted by Maine standards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17652) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle at the pre-Zwanze tasting in Croydonia, thanks to L-puppy, 20/09/1 Hazed orange with a moderate off white covering that retains well. Nose is orange squash, citric peel, spice, apricot. Taste comprises tangy citric rinds, tangerine, light bread tones, spice, damp straw, lemon rind. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent enough saison but expected a little more from one of my favourite breweries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13010) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours hazy golden with a small off-white head. The nose is doughy, spicy, brioche, candied peel and lemon. The taste is soft, crisp, bitter, spicy, doughy, light alcohol, lemon peel and straw with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Rather drinkable stuff. Easy going.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (19237) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle shared pre Zwanze 2014 - picked up in America. Pours hazy gold with a frothy white head. The aroma has a bit of dry dough, pale grains, hay, yeast, faint citrus. Light to medium sweet flavor with a bit of lemon rind, pale bread, more grains, tangerine. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Nice balance on the finish, some tangy lemon, a bit of grainy bread, light dough, hay, light jammy citrus. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SetauketBrewer (71) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
Pours hazy gold. Thick white head on top. Very strong hop aroma, notes of citrus and pine. Deep, delectable hop flavor with almost no hop bitterness. Slight notes of fruit on the tounge. Residual sweetness. Great session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6067) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottled 7/16/13 drunk on 2/26/14
Perfect pour; bright goldenrod with a large white head that recedes slowly with spotty lacing. Clarity is very high, the sediment having fully dropped out.
Remnants of a rather high hoppiness are still hanging around; floral and even some herbal notes mixing with the Belgian yeast esters provide a soft but deep fruitiness (peaches, apricots, apples). The honey and light bread notes from the maltiness are very well-integrated with the hops and yeast at this point and no alcohol or flaws are noted. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma with just a touch of hop acid on the finish.
Dry and spicy in the mouth, this certainly reminds me of a saison, yet the hops are succulently bitter still, and obviously American-flavored, giving lightly citrus, lots of spiciness and a slight edge of bitter pine. It’s all perfectly layered across lightly sweet, but well-attenuated pale malts and the bottle conditioned, unfiltered mouthfeel is soft and supple.
Really nice beer, and despite the brewery’s "Drink within 90 days of bottling", I’ve got to imagine that if you’re not a huge hophead, this is certainly better for the 220 days of aging this bottle has had. The Belgian yeast has come out nicely, providing reserved esters and very light phenols and the hop acids are still there, yet in balance (where I don’t see it being terribly balanced fresh). The rye is nice and chewy in texture and adds a bit of spiciness and more malt depth.
Probably my favorite from these guys so far, though I wonder if I’d be saying that if I drank this fresh? Maybe I should start giving their other beers more time to age before drinking because many of them are just too acidic fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle as a recent extra dated 07/16/13. Pour has an orange amber color with a thick two finger off white head that retained extremely well. Aroma has dusty hops, rye, mild citrus, and bready malt. Mouth feel is medium with plenty of carbonation. Flavor has a smooth malted core, mellow hops, mild lemony citrus, some rye bite, and a bit of yeast. Interesting use of the Belgian yeast against the rye in a pale style beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8406) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours golden orange. Pale and grainy malts, light spicy and fruity yeast, and faint floral hops. Clean and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6884) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle. Yellow hazy pour with white head. Floral and citrus hop aromas. Some malts and rye tones but mostly floral and saison yeasts tones.

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