RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Welcome to our Field Mouse’s Farewell. It’s a late spring seasonal beer: French, rustic, 7%, full of different grains: Rye, Oats, Wheat and Barley. Like what a mouse would eat. The hops are Strisselspalt from Alsace, and Bramling Cross from England, and we combined Belgian and English yeast strains. Oldy woldy worldy.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (20596) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle shared at The Kernel. Pours cloudy, yellow-gold with a soft, white foam head. Bready, doughy aroma, faint fruits. Medium sweet flavor, some dough, some white sugar, light grass, some twang. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet, lightly asticky finish, plenty of dough, light pine and grass, some white sugar, very light lemon tartness. Lingering dough, faint toast and light grass. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Unclear medium orange yellow colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, orange, moderate yeasty, riped fruit. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily and smooth, carbonation is soft. [20120121]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a light ruby-orange with a thin, resilient white head. Aroma is dominated by banana with yeast and bubblegum accompanying. Flavor is banana, bourbon, yeast and lemon zest. Some lacing. Clean mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (23618) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle. Bright golden color, large white head, good retention, solid lacing. Aroma of bitter citrus. Taste is similar with a bit of funk, bitter dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Field Mouse’s Farewell
Date: November 20, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: hazy gold, fine white head
Aroma: sweet cereal aroma, light floral hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, touch of cereal, light floral, nice spicyness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.8/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1784) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2011
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark honey/apricot skin yellowish/orange hue. Hazy, but transparent. Forms a small, white, frothy head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Similar to a Belgian brew of the style with wet straw and hay aroma with a touch of light fruits and plenty of white grape. Some alcohol presence and slight sourness, too.

Taste: I usually don’t like saisons because they tend to be too dry for me to enjoy. Pretty Things Field Mouse’s Farewell definitely is a dry beer, but unlike most offering it has a significant fruity sweetness to balance it out. It’s also brewed with oats, wheat and rye for additional flavor and texture which is quite interesting for a beer of this style. Not that it’s absolutely delicious, though, as there’s a constantly battle in my mouth between the sweetness and dry spiciness.

Much like the Jack D’or, this beer is so dry that you can feel it drying out your mouth while it’s in your mouth. Saison tend to have a table black pepper taste, but this beer is brewed with rye to give it an even stronger spice sensation throughout the entire palate. At least there’s some sweetness to balance it out as orange, peach and white grape all crop up through the middle and end of the swig. It finishes with a strong rye bite - like taking a bite of homemade rye bread and letting it linger on the tongue. Rye works well with hoppy beers, but in this instance it seems a bit distracting. The palate could’ve been juicy and refreshing, but instead it’s arbitrarily spiced and dry. I get a touch of sour astringency, too. Overall, the palate is good, but nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Much calmer and softer than your average saison. Not extremely fizzy, but not completely tepid either.

Drinkability: While Pretty Things Field Mouse’s Farewell isn’t what I would call refreshing, it’s definitely an easy beer to drink. The mouthfeel is drinker-friendly and it goes down very smooth. The rye aftertaste takes some getting used to, though. The 7% ABV seems about right as there definitely is noticeable density to this brew, but it’s nothing obese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2467) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 16, 2011
Bottle. Golden orange with a thin white head. Belgian yeast, orange, spices on the nose. Very spicy, malty and above all Belgian yeast flavour. Coriander. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2011
From bottle. Golden with white head. Belgian spicy yeast aroma. Taste is estery, spicy, some hops. Bitter on the palate. Not my thing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8987) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Estery, yeast aroma with spice, and malt. Spice and yeast lingers with earth, malt, and light citrus. Mediumb odied. Light grapefruit and spice lingers with yeast and earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
Appearance: blood oranges and mandarin. No real head other than a thin white bubbly layer which disappears fast, leaving only a collar. Swirls with a thicker bubbly collar but no head.
Nose: peaches and mandarins freshly peeled with a nice addition of zest with rye seeds providing spice. Dryness of rye husks and bitterness of orange skin in the back leads into straw and green grass blades. Essence of the summer. Lemon zest.
Palate: crisp and sweet than long bitter finish of citrus skins, rye seed husks, straw. Zest tingles atop my tongue. Juiciness of mandarin and blood oranges than a subtle dry zesty finish. Saddle leather and dry brittle bales of hay. Rye weaves in and out, over and under, working with and not against all the other flavors. Damp freshly cut grass – sweet.
Final Thoughts: ingenuity and creativity personify Pretty Things and it shows in their unique flavorful beers. Field Mouse’s Farewell did indeed bring to mind a journey through fields of amber, gold, spice, and season’s change.

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