22 oz bottle, batch from March 2011. Can't remember who sent it. It was either Pete or Paul, either way, I love you both. Served up in a tulip.
A: Pours up a very clear, light and bright yellow body. There is a bit of chill haze on the glass, otherwise it is crystal clear. The pour got me a finger or so of bright white head, but it didn't have the best retention. Fell quickly to a thin ring. Very little lace to speak of. may be the glass, may be the beer. We will come back to this.
S: Bright, clean and crisp. Lots of lemon and lemongrass notes. Grassy and earthy. Picking up on a light apple note. It has a very champagne like nose to it at times. Overall, just beautifully clean.
T: A lot like the nose. Citrusy hops, lemon mostly. Zest and meat. Behind that is some apple and light pear fruitiness. Spicy (pepper mostly) and grassy notes. Actually, it is quite grassy at times. There is a very light mustyness to it. Malts are light, and pale in flavor. Just a very nice saison.
M: Feel is medium to light with a medium carbonation to it. It is incredibly dry on the palate, clears up wonderfully and begs you to take another sip. It does get a bit acidic at times, but that is light. ABV is light, not a problem. Aftertaste is all grass and lemon.
OA: Very tasty. Incredibly clean, light and refreshing. I would love to have this on demand around here, because they would stock my fridge on a consistant basis. Just a bright and beautiful saison. Damned nice.
Received this brewski from my main man in the fairly lame state of Connecticut. I loves me some hoppy Saisons and I was promised this rocked! Drank from my Surly mug while grilling and experimenting with my brew equipments evaporation rate.
Bottled Aug 2010 Batch 17
Appearance- Pours a hazy yellow with a nice fizzy one finger bright white head. A GREAT cap and collar is maintained the entire beer along with sheets of thick lacing.
Smell- Pretty damned citric with a big white grapefruit and orange peel aspect. A bit of funk from the yeast but nothing overwhelming as it lightly melds with the hops. A nice bit of doughy wheat is really noticeable as well (especially as it warms) and lends a light sort of perceived sweetness to the nose. Very inviting nose.
Taste- Not the most intense hoppiness ever but a touch of bitter is definitely there. It's more along the lines of that typical dirty yeastiness with a touch of grapefruit. Almost funky at times before a light malty sweetness intervenes that is doughy and raw and lingering. A surprising bit of sweetness lingers into the finish along with a touch of caramel.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a beautifully tingly lightly fizzy carbonation.
Drinkability- Really dig this brewski. It's got a great hoppy/dirty start that is really unique for a Saison. The finish is interesting with a touch of caramel but I wish the beer was slightly less cloying in the finish. It's not a deal breaker (obviously) but it's just a touch more than I like. Thanks much Adam! <3
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