Thanks go to Ckeegan04 for this Saison!
A healthy pour reveals a Saison of an earthy copper color with a touch of haze. Slightly more than a fingers worth of bone white head rises to it's apex - and remains - showing incredible staying power. This retention is aided by very active carbonation on the rise... this thing practically boils with it. Even now, nearly 10 minutes later, there remains a good half finger of the aforementioned head - dense, finely bubbled and meringue like. A quick swirl brings an instantaneous reaction from within, and sheets of lacing cling to the walls of my Hennepin glass.
Aroma brings fruit to bear first - golden apples, lemon and tangerine zest, and a mild melon/pear presence as well. Hints at spices as well - white pepper in moderation with just a touch of coriander and clove... not much for rye - it's here in the spice profile, but muddled by the other notes. That familiar barnyard funk is fully present however. Dusty hay and sweaty tack bring their welcomed must and funk into the experience. All this is rounded out with a certain candy sugar-like sweetness.
Some what complex and balanced - very nicely done.
Taste is interesting. Sweet and fruity, again with golden apples and pear. Sweet caramel like malts - bordering on cloying. Slightly tart. Sugary sweet rye, with a phenolic taste taking place midway through the taste. Slight funk towards the finish, but muted by the phenolic nature of this.
Medium in body. Smooth, slightly crisp and slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is too soft. Next to no dryness.
A pleasure to look at and nose quaff... but that's where the real pleasure ends. While it has good potential in the taste - which starts out well - it ends in a muddled, phenolic disaster. Mouthfeel is off as well as the carbonation lacks that mouth prickling zing, and lacks the bone dry finish that I personally like to see near and in the finish. If it wasn't so plastic in the taste, drink-ability would rate much higher.
As it is, I did enjoy it. A most interesting combination with the rye - which in it's self never really manifests... but tasty all the same. With some tweaking this could be a good to very good Saison.
Try it if you see it.
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