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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A farmhouse style ale brewed with Szechuan peppercorns, genmaicha, rosehips, pears, and honey. Higashino Farmhouse Ale is fermented with a mixed culture containing two strains of Brettanomyces, imparting a dry, tart, and sweet flavor with an earthy presence hinting towards umami. If you enjoy our Provisions multi-grain Saison, you’ll enjoy this version of a farmhouse ale with Brett yeast and an Asian twist. Playing within the esters of it’s unique yeast blend, there are noted subtleties of pear, spice, citrus, and “earth”.

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Ernest (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle (June 2016 batch? Batch 413). Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of clove, cinnamon, menthol/eucalyptus (Hall’s cough drop-ish), oak/cork, autumn leaves, orange peel, plastic, gum. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.

Well, I can’t say I had high hopes for this even after the great experience with Provisions...just too many silly adjuncts that dominate the aroma. It’s not unpleasant smelling, just too novelty-ish and too little saison-ish. And unlike the aforementioned beer, this one is indeed sour. And where’s the big rocky head? Meh. Out of the 4 beers I’ve tried so far from this brewery, only Provisions really shows promise.

3.7
fiulijn (21461) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2017
Mooch tasting at Matt’s
Cloudy golden color. Nice aroma, sour, lemony. Not too dry, good body strength, the mild funkiness blends well with the mild residual sweetness, a bit puckery, getting drier and a bit astringent in the final.
Very well done.

3.7
Ferris (16704) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2016
Bottle - Herbal and grassy citrus. Cloudy golden copper with a nice white head. Funky and creamy lacto with a bit of citrus peel finish. Not sure I could ever get the slew of ingredients in this but it is pleasant.

3.9
fiery1 (1753) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2016
500ml bottle @ Matt’s. Pours a slight cloudy light brown/straw colour with a tiny head. Nose is mildy farmhouse saison like with a floral note. Flavour quite saison yeastyy while lending to a light fruity character that may be the Brett.

3.7
Oakes (19013) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2016
Hazy light amber. No head. The aroma shows some pedio, with stank post-run foot character...er...not really doing it for me. There’s a bit of tartness, lots of brett. Honestly, not the most complex but I like it.

3.7
mcberko (19175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2016
500mL bottle, pours a cloudy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out farmhouse, saison yeast upfront, with a touch of peppercorns and rosehips. Flavour is characterized by the saison yeast upfront, followed by light spiciness from the adjuncts, maybe a hint of pear and light brett. Complex; the adjuncts work pretty well, despite not all of it being immediately noticeable. Very good stuff.

3.9
Marheb (6238) - Montréal, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2016
(En fût à la source): Un corps entier, une bonne acidité et une touche boisée dans un liquide raisonnable sur ses esters.

3.9
MattH (913) - California, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Sample at the brewery. Gold pour. Nice sour white grape aroma with a little vanilla in there as well. Flavor is light lemon and oak. Level of sourness is medium. Slightly bitter finish.

3.9
slowrunner77 (12997) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 22, 2016
This farmhouse ale has a nice light to moderate brett character, subtley funky and dry, with notes of pepper, a floral and sweet aroma and a very interesting flavor with light pepper, honey, pear and dry funk. A bit steep in the bottle, but on tap at the brewery on occasion.

3.6
jtclockwork (17381) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle - pours amber gold white head - nose/taste of pear juice, peppercorn, spicy caramel, florals, honey and lemongrass with light funk - medium body.


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