DiarmaidBHK (5722) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2017
Sampler at Oxbow Blending. Pours golden with a white head. Leaves no lacing in the glass. Solid floral notes on the nose and tongue. Finished clean. Gateway beer. JStax (7132) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2017
Draft sample. The beer is a clear copper with a big head of white foam. I get a bit of a dry citrus rind quality. Kind of like orange peel. Perfumy as well. Medium body and medium carbonation. Decent overall. NikkTwist (3306) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2017 Draft at Bru Craft. Hazy dark gold with pillowy off-white foam. Medium caramel malts. Apple peels. Grass. Sugar cane. Pinecones. Hay bale. Dried lemons. Coriander. Cardamom. Violets. Grassy, woody Farmhouse brew with some perfumy notes. wombat23 (1665) - Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2017
Draft at The Farmhouse Tap and Grill, Burlington, VT. Clear deep gold, white head. Aroma of malt, spice and yeast. Taste is Belgian yeast, spice, malt, some fruitiness, funk, floral notes. Light and refreshing. Lubiere (14131) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2017
An amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity malt with light grassy hops, light mineral notes, light lavender, pleasant. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with light curacao, coriander, light perfumy notes, light grassy hops, pleasant. On tap at Mule Bar.
tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2017
Sample at Savory Grain. Smells like caramel with some tart apple. Light and dry. tapefuzz (768) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2017 Draught. Pours clear gold with a large, fluffy white head. Aroma is grass, bread, and grain. Taste is grass, grain, yeast, spice, vague tea, and a very light fruitiness. Initially lightly tart and sweet before an earthy finish. Light bitterness. Light-medium body. Relatively high carbonation. Crisp-ish, effervescent mouthfeel. jefcon (1933) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2017
Draft -- cereals on the nose with a little honeysuckle and light herb aromas. Mealy palate, lots of malt, lighter finish with orange peel and honey. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2016 Draught at Novare Res, 3/6/16.thepatrickman (1467) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2016
Deep orange-copper colored body shows a very gentle haze and a large, off-white head that shows moderate retention.
Fruity, almost juicy hops in the nose give way to tons of bread. Light sourdough and, unfortunately, a bit of iced tea-like crystal malt. Black and white pepper phenols, tons of dry, yellow fruit esters and no alcohol or flaw.
In the mouth, I can’t help but be put-off by the crystal malt. It adds a very husky/scratchy character and the beer is borderline too dry. The juiciness of the hops and enjoyable esters definitely save it, while the ample carbonation keeps it fairly crisp on the end. I get theyre trying to simulate the more rustic malts of days past, but I really am hard pressed to enjoy this much specialty malt apparency in my saisons. Sure it comes off nicely rustic and with complex malt/grain characteristics, but the resulting texture is lacking, as well as there being too much breadiness and scratchiness. All that being said, it’s only 4% abv and still a well-brewed beer, so I can certainly appreciate just sucking it up and drinking it.
Draught at the brewery, 10/21/16 and Gravity Cask at Goods From The Woods, 10/22/16.
It was a bit softer on cask, unsurprisingly, with a little bit more maltiness coming through, but despite retrying this thing, I just can’t get past the big, grainy, bready specialty malt character. I love dry, but this goes just a bit too far, IMO.
Draft at Oxbow. This is a really interesting beer that really showcases malt flavor and yeast esters. There’s some pretty substantial "rustic" flavors from the malt bill -- oats and bready grain mixed with a bit of caramel sweetness -- and a flavorful saison yeast underneath it all. Really good.