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Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 2 12 18 4 9 0
Brown Derby,
Springfield MO

#10918 of 11950

The cork pulls free with a loud POP. A soft pour down the side of the glass produces a half glass full of bubbly white head that any Belgian offering would be proud of. This fizzy and crackling head sits atop a straw golden body with a mild haziness to it. The carbonation doesn't appear super active with only a few streams of large carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. The head eventually crackles to a one finger cap and leaves sticky, chunky lacing down the glass. What a good looking brew!

Wow! The brett plays a great role in the nose of this beer. When I first poured this beer it was very perfumed. As it gets air the perfume transforms into wildflowers a little bit of clean horse and handfuls of tart tangerine and grapefruit. Pale malts keep the base of this beer simple and let the brett characteristics shine through in this newly bottled brew. The tartness in the nose reminds me of Sweet Tarts at times and wildflowers at others but the tangerine is unmistakable along with lemon drops. I'm on the fence here between a 4.5 and 5. The more my nose is in the glass the more it leans toward a 5.

This beer explodes on my tongue but just doesn't have the same vividness to earn the 5 that the nose did. I don't even know where to begin with this saison. There are all kinds of sweet and tart play over the tongue with the fruitiness being the main culprit. Tangerine, lemon drops, green apple skins and multi colored Sweet Tarts all bring sweetness and counteract it with their tartness. Candi sugar and faint sugar cookie like malts lay down the malty backbone. The funky brett isn't quite there yet but there are notes of wildflowers and the finish is on the verge of turning over. The swallow brings a solid hoppiness that I wasn't expecting and leans toward the herbal and grassy side of the spectrum. Those wildflowers come out more and more as this one warms.

The body is light and the carbonation a little high making for a frothy feel to the brew. The finish is slightly dry and leaves a little hoppy bitterness. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is the slightly high carbonation. Besides that we're good to go.

Drinkability is way up there. The fruitiness, tartness, and high carbonation all lend to this being a ridiculously easy drinker. One bottle is not enough. This one is disappearing far faster than I can even comprehend.

It's funny because this saison doesn't quite have the characteristics that most of the best ones do. The dryness isn't as Sahara-like as some of my favorites and the brett hasn't totally developed yet but this is one phenomenal beer. I really can't get enough of it. The dry hopping and clean tart tangerine notes put this one over the top.

Reviewed: 12/1/08

Price: $12.49 Served In: Tulip