Wild Plum Farmhouse Ale - Tallgrass Brewing Company
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3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
Can received as gift from a friend's visit to Manhatten, KS. Who would of thought you could buy a canned saison from Manhattan? Love the idea. From the can: "Ale brewed with plums." 1.047 O.G., 20 IBU, and 5.6 % ABV. Maybe Freestate could learn to label their bottles with as much information? Poured from a one pint can into a Tallgrass cervoise.
Appearance: Beautiful looking beer. A nice straw, almost honey color when the yeast is poured in. Little yeast pieces can be seen floating around. A massive three finger head from a gentle pour. Tight, fluffy white head. You can hear it fizzing away. Remained as a bright white cap.
Aroma: Peppery, spicy phenols from the yeast. Not too strong; mostly orange peel. Clean hay. Underlying citrus from the hops. Complements the yeastyness well. Bit of fleshy, dark fruits. Thought the plum would be much more noticeable. Smells good either way.
Taste: Follows the nose with more of the plum in action. Dark fruit sweetness; though not necessarily plum. Some tartness. Pepper, and some of that nice citrus fruit. Nice malty finish. While the plum does become more apparent I would have liked more of it.
Mouthfeel: Excellent carbonation. Moderate tartness. Dry, prickly finish. Aced it on the mouthfeel.
Overall: I wasn't expecting much. In fact, I thought I'd get some kind of medicinal, artificially flavored , cloying mess. I am more impressed than let down. While I would have liked more of the plum flavor, it's a solid saison. Worth a chance.
08-12-2013 04:25:47 | More by CowsandBeer
3.65/5 rDev +2.2%
Tasted 3 August 2013, reviewed from notes.
Pours a medium golden yellow, quite clear, with loads of visible carbonation. One finger of whitish head, good retention and decent lacing, reviewed from notes.
Smell is earthy/grainy saison with a vague fruit addition. The plums feel unripe, not pulpy and sweet but light and slightly vegetably.
Taste is fine, but unremarkable. The fruit adds some sweetness, and it's clearly a saison, but beyond that, I don't have a whole lot to say. Kinda grainy, kinda sweet, a touch of earthy and funk. Not bad.
Feel is just as it should be. Medium-bodied, plentiful carbonation, crisp in the finish.
I want more from this. It's fine, but I'd like more of something - funk, fruit, flowers. Not sure that the plums did a whole lot for it.
08-11-2013 02:59:44 | More by zeledonia
3.5/5 rDev -2%
A-Hazy golden colored wikth a big inch and a half pillowy white head
S-Got some barnyard and horse blanket to it...musty...spoiled sourness (in a good way I guess from the yeast)
T-Spicy...black pepper....along with a tartness I'd identify as perhaps coming from the plum (I do not taste plum as a flavor though)....a bity of lemony fruitiness as well.
M-High carbonation....lighter side of medium bodied....good quencher....
O-I'm not big into these kinds of beers but I think for the style this is a solid beer and a good thirst quencher type summer beer.
08-06-2013 04:29:51 | More by ZAP
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
Drinking a Manhattan beer in Manhattan - pretty good gig if you can get it. Translucent, golden, with a thick, pocky white head, heavy with bubbles. Lots of carbonation here too.
Horsey, somewhat dank and a bit of citrus.
Bananas, a bit grassy, outdoor character, clove, some alcohol on the back end. Lacking a freshness that I'd hoped for. Not sure where anybody would get plum from, other than a trailing bitterness.
Highly carbonated, dry, lots of pop on the tongue, a little rough around the edges.
A decent attempt at a style that's easy to be critical of and one that's difficult to nail.
08-03-2013 04:34:48 | More by mdcrouser
3.65/5 rDev +2.2%
Pours a hazy orange color, with a foamy two fingers, okay lacing. The aroma is someone musky, with bread and slight fruitiness, orange and yeast. Taste is more fruity, with some banana yeast, mild earthiness. Body is medium, mild crispness, slick, medium carbonation. Drinks easy, naturally.
It's good, more yeasty than earthy, but the plum adds a nice touch.
08-02-2013 22:25:39 | More by EgadBananas
4.1/5 rDev +14.8%
Saison/Farmhouse ale. A style that is anything but a style. That's not to say anything goes when it comes to brewing the things, but there certainly is a lot of wiggle room. Tallgrass really nailed this one. Pale orange and hazy. Very aromatic without relying on just hops, or just malt or just yeast even. All three mingle well to give this beer it's wonderful bouquet. Extremely well attenuated, but not thin. Nothing worse than a sweet Saison. Snappy bitter finish. Very refreshing. Wild plums in this one. I don't notice them at all, but I'm sure I would notice if they weren't there. Crazy good beer.
07-25-2013 20:37:13 | More by mjryan
4.14/5 rDev +16%
Serving glass: Poured from can into Tulip.
Appearance: Coppery, hazy gold with nice persistent head.
Smell: Banana, fleshy fruit and light clove. Typical Saison aroma but it lingers better than many.
Taste: Initially tastes like a standard Saison as well, with banana, clove, various ripe fruits, and a light spiciness. Then it has a long, tart, plum-like finish.
Feel: Relatively light body with ample carbonation. Very dry and tart finish.
Overall: The addition of the plum was brilliant, as the tart finish it imparts really elevates this above many Saisons. Tallgrass is really on a role now. While their early beers were simply decent, recent additions such as this, 8-Bit and especially Ethos really showcase their skill.
07-22-2013 03:22:21 | More by bsp77
3.76/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into a balloon glass.
Look: Golden copper. White head with decent film, lots of crazy lacing.
Aroma: Yeasty, floral, and fruity. Some tart.
Taste: Starts out dry and yeasty. Opens up to more tart fruitiness. Dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Carbonated and dry.
Overall: Probably won't finish the 4 pack. But was glad I tried it, not a bad experience.
07-20-2013 00:37:30 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.85/5 rDev +7.8%
This is a very light yellow colored beer with a fair amount of body carbonation. A very thin scrim of white head tops the glass. There are lots of familiar Saison elements in the nose: a hint of sourness, a play on lemon and yeast, a bit of black pepper and coriander. But nothing distinctively plum scented.
The beer entertains more like a mild sour (beginners sour). You get quite a bit of tangy fruit, wheat biscuit, and pretzel yeast at first. This trails off into a very faint but enjoyable plum flavor, leaning more toward the bitter skin.
I am typically skeptical of fruit beers, but this is subtle combination and very well executed.
07-12-2013 23:31:58 | More by GuinnessSmurf
Wild Plum Farmhouse Ale from Tallgrass Brewing Company
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