RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Puncheon is a farmhouse rye ale fermented in large oak barrels with several different wild bacteria strains. Tropical citrus notes and sourness can be detected with hints of oak.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (6044) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Rich very hazy pure golden coloured body with almost a ghostly white glow and a thin, single centimetre tall pure white head. Aroma of sour grapes, yeast, brett, oak, light hops, grass, hay and some light sugars. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence; Strong oak and dry flavours at first with a bit of yeast, grass and herbs, but the brett and slightly sour notes come through. Aftertaste shows a relatively mild complexity but no deep and harsh flavours are evident at all - this is refined and natural, in a good way that doesnt need to overcompensate. Overall, a complex and rewarding beer that doesnt go above and beyond like most American beers try for. Truly a beer that would make purists happy and one that hits all the high notes without blowing away IBU, ABV or kitch (you name the newest beer trend here) value. If this were made in Belgium, the brewers and patrons would both be happy. However, it is made in the Middle of Oklahoma and the whole of America can be happy collectively. I sampled this 50 cL tall (prarie-styled) bottle purchased from Small Batch Liqours in Denver, Colorado on 08-June-2014 for US$8,99 sampled at home in Washington on 28-December-2014.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2014
24oz bottle. 18 months old. Poured very clear light gold. No head to speak of. Aroma reveals tropical fruit, especially pineapple. Some apple esters and minerals. Plenty of funky Brett in the nose as well. Hopping is light and floral. Light malt character takes a back seat to hops and yeast. Tastes medium tart and dry. Lightly bitter finish. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable, but best if shared

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lectvay (191) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle I picked up in Denver over Thanksgiving. Quite light, bright yellow, a little cloudy. Medium head. Lively aroma, lemon, lemon peel, pepper. Taste is a little sour and a little bitter. A really nice saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle from Chucks.

Im not quite sure why I paid $13.99 for a 500ml bottle, but I get stupid when I get inside the door at Chucks (even if Im not drinking) and somehow had this in my .rar want-to-try category -- so there we are.

Cloud straw yellow pour, long-lived white head. Leathery brett meets dry chardonnay nose with heavy oak recalls Russian River. Flavor is a bit tart but definitely well in saison territory rather than sour ale. Brett-driven, again plenty of oak. Esters way in the background. A bit of spice. Quite dry. Mellow smooth carbonation, a little bit oily. Im glad to have tried it, but unless the prices drop into single figures for 500 ml Im unlikely to repeat the experience.

tl;dr summary Russian River light--not that thats a bad thing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2014
[ Bottle ][ 1/3 of 50cl ][ Tasting ][ ][ Tulip ][ 11.29.14 ]
Murky gold, shimmering with large bubbled white ring, wispy cap. Oily ester nose, grassy with light banana, Brighter mineral front palate, sticky early with a dry end, sparkly mid, light papery bitterness in the grassy finish. Too sweet early and finish, champagne-like in body and profile, bitterness is very balanced though.

[ 11.28-29 Tasting Ranking ]
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02. RR Temptation (b004) 4.8
03. Orval (03/2014) 4.7
04. RR Temptation (05/30/2013) 4.5
05. Blue Lobster Little Lobster on the Prairie 4.4
06. F&M Dochter Seizoen 4.3
07. HF Le Serrasin 4.2
08. F&M Lunaire 4.1
09. F&M Paradisaea 4.1
10. HF Arthur (01/2014) 4.0
11. RR Sonoma Pride Amasa 4.0
12. HF Flora (b4) 3.8
13. HF Nordic Saison 3.8
14. De la Senne Crushable Saison 3.8
15. RR Sonoma Pride Dauenhauer 3.8
16. Prairie Puncheon 3.7
17. Upright BA Flora Rustica 3.6
18. SARA Stenciled Pages 3.6
19. RR Sanctification (b005) 3.5
20. Upright Flora Rustica 3.4
21. HF Convivial Suarez 3.4
22. SARA Cask 200 3.3
23. TH Paraguesia1 3.3
24. Upright Rose City Seven 3.3
25. TH The Emptiness is Not Eternal 3.2
26. Wicked Weed Bretticent 3.2
27. SARA Saison Bernice 3.0
28. HF Civil Disobedience 10 3.0
29. TH Handfarm b4 2.9
30. Wicked Weed Serenity 2.8
31. Almanac Reserve Citrus 2.4
32. Hopfarm Margo 2.2
33. Almanac Sourdough 2.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1970) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours yellow with a big quickly receding creamy head. Aroma is tart yeasty, with wooden barrels, brett and peppery farmhouse notes, as well as some sweet pale malts with sambucus. Medium body with soft carbonation. Flavour is tart and sour, with lots of funk and bretty musty earth, sweet notes of wood, floral notes of lavender, perfume and lemon peel. Layered and quite distinctive sourness, with a lingering dry earthy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a mostly clear pale yellow color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is tart, light lemon, light oak. Flavor is moderately sour, slight spicy yeast, characteristic saison kick. Light in body with a nice lingering tartness. Another solid offering from Prairie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (10089) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle at RBSDG at the Dad Pad. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Soft musk and a bit of acid on the nose. Tart and lively, medium bodied with bright acid. Moves into a soft musky finish, lingering acid and tartness. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9908) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
Bouteille 50cl, no BB. Dore, trouble sur la fin, col blanc. Arme offre de suite ce savoureux bouquet de chne accompagn de notes rustiques ainsi quun brett modr. Le tout garde un agrable ct fruit tirant sur le tropical. Palais est lger, bois avec une pointe pice, et une petite note rappelant le vin blanc. Suret trs subtil - brett? On note bien ce profil de seigle qui ajoute cette note pice, fruit modr dagrumes. Bire que je trouve plus sche que ses consurs belges, profitant ici de lajout de chne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11655) - Sborg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2014
Bottled. Yellow coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. ARoma. Sweetness, wood, oak, citrus. Flavour. Citrus, sourness, wood, oak. spice. MEdium to full bodied. Ends citric and sour with a yeasty touch

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