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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1207
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%

Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008)
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Photo of onewetpaw


4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Slight earthy brett is present along with some of the white pepper notes that reminds me of Saison dupont.

A-Dark rich golden with a creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Clarity is very high, especially for a bottle conditioned and unfiltered beer.

F- The traditional phenols of a classic saison are there along with some very slight undertones of earthy, brett character. The malt bill shines through on this one though with a nice bready flavor.

M- The carbonation level is high, and appropriate for style. The body is full, but the dryness of the style is still apparent.

O- A nicely nuanced saison. The brett and malt character are a great addition. The great qualities of a Saison remain, but this beer has a beautiful level of complexity that makes drinking it a joy.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 00:38:18 | More by onewetpaw
Photo of AronVietti


4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Large white billowing head, dies down to about 1 inch and then holds with good lacing, nice golden/brass/straw coloring.

S - Pepper, leather and a bit of spice. The brett is no overpowering but adds nice complexity.

T - Spice, raisins, leather, brett and rye seem to be a good combination. I'm surprised how fruity this is, yet still refreshing.

M - Full bodied and also dry, how does the Bruery get that combination on so many beers? Good carbonation levels with a lasting finish and bone dry almost tanninic notes at the very end.

O - This is a great beer, a few of these are getting put away for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:59:07 | More by AronVietti
Photo of CA_brewster


4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful beer. A delicious alcoholic aroma reminiscent of a sparking white wine. Some subtle malt and yeast characteristics noted in the aroma as well but it is dominated by the sweet smell of fruity alcohol. The flavor of this brew is absolutely amazing there is some straw like malt presence but I was really blown away by the unmistakable fruity characteristics of this beer. This is really something else, a lot of very interesting things are going on in this brew that i cannot even explain. This is more of a fine wine than a beer. Mouthfeel is perfect, nice and dry. Fuck Miller High Life this shit is the real champagne of beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 06:13:36 | More by CA_brewster
Photo of theboozecruise


4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A friend brought me a bomber of this one, much thanks!

I poured it into a Chimay goblet... it's a hazy orange color with yellow hues when held up to the light. The head is thick and creamy and retains fantastically... well over 10 minutes and there is still a finger or so chilling. The lacing is also amazing, some of the best I've ever seen on any beer clinging all the way to the rim of the glass. For looks, A+ all the way... too bad that's one of the least important factors! Let's see how it does on the important ones...

The aroma immediately reminded me of green apples with a fruity but slightly sour kick. After a little more sniffing I can pick up some other fruit notes and a definite Belgian-typical floral hop smell to it.

The taste is a strong follow up on the flavor... the sour note hits first then gives way to a bold floral hop tone that really defines the sip. At the very end there's even a little bit of biscuity malt flavor. Simply outstanding.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy and it's a pleasure to swirl this one around and pick up the nuances.

Easily one of the best beers I've tried in recent memory. If The Bruery was available here I'd have this one on hand at all times.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 23:03:14 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured into my Bruery tulip... beautiful honey/amber/golden hue with a giant fluffy three finger head rising. Leaves a wonderful, thick lacing ring all around... but than fades gently away.

S- Banana and minty bubblegum. Little hints of funkiness and old wet hay. Some wonderful peppery spice. Lemon, pineapple and wildflower honey. Cloves, allspice, star anise and szechuan peppercorns. This has such an amazing bouquet!

T- Lemon, spicy pepper, and banana are the first notes the tongue pick up. Slight touches of alcohol, funky grass compost, and honey. The spiciness of the rye really comes alive as it warms up. This is unreal! Everyone should try this! I gotta get a few more bottles to put away for a few years.

M- Cleans the palete in a spicy way! Lots of fruit (lemon/banana/citrus), spicy rye, and yeasty funk that's not over the top, but just right. Full of hearty rye grains, caraway, spicy pepper, cloves and allspice.

O- (Hands clapping!!!) Absolutely brilliant Patrick!!! Everything you could ask for in a Saison.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:33:19 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of Stretch270


4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 1pt 9.4fl oz bottle in a Bruery tulip glass

Appearance - a nice dark gold, almost bronze hue with a creamy off-white head that has a nice thickness to it.

Smell - I know that some saisons tend to have a fruitiness to them, but what came across more to me was a farm like smell which I imagine was the yeast coming through. This teams up with a fresher fruitiness that adds to a well balanced fragrance.

Taste- this beer has so much flavor and so many flavors coming through, I almost feel unqualified in mu beer knowledge to give air an honest taste. However, what comes through is a nice bitterness that mixes with earthy yeast i thought stood out in smell. There is a slight tang to it, not overwhelming but adds to the late taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - the feel from this beer may be my favorite part. I feel like the creaminess from the head makes for a substantially heavy mouthfeel, I don't mean that it is heavy compared to other types of beer, but rather that it fills your mouth with a creamy cloudiness that makes for an enjoyable drinking experience.

Overall - I love this beer because it is so fun satisfying and interesting to drink. Certainly it has an utterly fantastic and complex flavor, but it also has a nice bitterness to it and a lovely feel on the to tongue. Certainly a beer that would excite a beer connoisseur.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 01:59:14 | More by Stretch270
Photo of WesM63


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a towering 3finger fluffy white head. Tons of retention and lacing to go around. Tons of carbonation bubbles all over creating a beautiful looking beer.

S: Smells lightly tart, funky, some citrus (lemon) and a bit of spice.

T: Tart and funky up front, mellow's out mid-taste to a slightly citrus spicy flavor then to a dry wine like finish.

M: Medium body, tons of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of burn after the drink.

O: Overall, wow, just wow. I've heard good things, but this is just amazing. It's complex, smooth and delicious. Most saison's are either end of the spectrum, this is smack dab in the middle, damn near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 01:47:26 | More by WesM63
Photo of HattedClassic


4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a fairly lively and cream white head that dissipates slowly. The beer itself is a fascinating color. Instead of the traditional pale gold or straw, the beer is a cloudy and obscure dark orange with hints of brown. The beer smell is divine and unique. The brettanomyces and rye mix very well together along with the earthy hop notes. The bretta provides a nice sweet fruity smell to offset the earthiness and the rye. The beer taste is similar to the smell with stronger and earthy hop notes that mixes well with the rye. The bretta takes off some of the edge and provides a nice nectarlike taste to the brew. The beer feel is smooth and refreshing with biting carbonation but feels a little thick for a saison. Overall, a superb brew that I will get again.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 22:42:43 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gusher after uncapping. But that could be due to the agitation from driving it 7 hours in the car up to San Francisco--after buying at The Bruery--and then uncapping it the day after. May have needed a few days to settle down.

A darker golden/amber saison, it has an ample head that lingers, leaving clouds of cappuccino foam and lacing on the tulip glass.

Smells of straw, butterscotch, salt, honey/candy sugar.

Classic saison elements in the taste, especially the peppery ginger element. But also elements of honey and roasted rye malt, peanuts, citrus, milk chocolate and slightly bitter hops in the finish. This is a lush saison.

The mouthfeel is full, a little chewy even, and very cleansing on the palate.

This is a very drinkable saison, though at 8.5 percent, you can't drink it all night long. Overall, the most interesting saison I have ever tried. It is complex. Brewed with the odd elements of rye and brettanomyces, this beer is so well balanced, it takes the saison style into a richer, more complex direction. I am amazed at the rye bread/milk chocolate sensation I am getting from this. It definitely shows the difference between a white bread (ordinary saisons, if you will) and a rye bread presentation. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 03:54:44 | More by Beerenauslese
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4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third review of this beer. Each tasting I have rated incrementally higher. As a BJCP Beer Judge, I'm reluctant to wax poetic over a brew, but The Bruery;s Saison Rue is simply my kind of beer. I would never give this score lightly, but this is really a very fine brew.

The following text is from my FIRST review, and is tamer than the actual rating.

Tasted from a chalice poured from a 750 crown-capped brown champagne style bottle. The beer pours an wholly appropriate orange-golden hue capped by a thick, merengue-like foam head that fades a bit more quickly than I'd like, leaving some lacy traces on the glass. This brew is a bit hazy, which is not unusual for a bottle-conditioned saison.

The aroma leapt straight out of the glass, filling my nose with spicy phenolics, a bit of citrusy hop and lots of pineapple--perhaps from the Brett?All of this is backed up by a richly sweet, aromatic malt nose and a little whiff of alcohol.

The flavor is everything I want in a saison--one of my favorite styles--and more. Some of the "more" is good, and there I will include a bit of characteristic rye spiciness, which amplifies the spicy phenolics from the yeast. There may also be some actual spice addition to the brew, but, if so, it wasn't obvious.

The one flavor dimension I found off-putting was the alcohol level. While I realize that there have been a number of "super saisons" coming from Belgian and North American breweries in recent years, the 8.5% alcohol level in this beer is frankly too much (IMHO) for a saison style. This is supposed to be food and beverage for seasonal farmhands. They wouldn't get a lot of work done after a couple of these!

That said, the alcohol warmth is well balanced with the complex flavors and aromas of this beer. It is very, very tasty beer, just not to style as I see it.

Mouthfeel is right about where t should be. Nicely dry, effervescent and clean--though perhaps just a bit too hoppy to be as clean as a great saison can be! I like a bit of bitter finish in a saison, but I want it to be a bitter dryness brought about by low terminal gravity, high carbonation and yeast phenolics, not by the cloying and oily sensation f hops on my tongue.

Drinkable? Oh very much so. Way more drinkable than a beer of its strength ought to be. However, once again, I imagine it wold be far more drinkable, and probably just as delightfully complex, had it been brewed to about 6.5% ABV rather than 8.5%.

In conclusion, this is a very nice beer. I cannot wait to lay down a case and taste them as the Brett ages from fruity pineapple to barnyardy funk. I fault the brew on excessive alcohol, but, beyond that, it is really very fine beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 21:48:35 | More by danmouer
Photo of umandd

New York

4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mil bottle into a tulip grimbergen glass. This was one of the best saison's i've tried. I actually preferred it to the Southhampton Saison Deluxe. I found it to have the requisite funkiness that a Saison should have.I paired it with a Humboldt Fog half cow/half sheep soft chesse. The two worked very well together.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 21:29:19 | More by umandd
Photo of DwnTwnBwn


4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome beer.

A- Pours a hazy, Golden liquid with a thin 1 finger head head of small bubbles. Maintains a minimal head and laces the glass well. Looks good.

S- Its has a funky wet horse blanket aroma, slignt astringency with sweet notes akin to wheat. That means this is going to be good.

T- Wonderful. It begins with a funky acid tastes then finished with a wheaty Banana and clove finish. Touches or yeasty bread. Again Wonderful.

M: Its all carbonation up front, then the acidity comes across the pallet. It starts to finish wet with the flavors coming through but then as it lingers on it gets dryer and dryer.

O- This is an amazing beer. I had no idea what to expect just saw the bottle and went with it. Its an amazing sasion beer. I think the best I've had from an American brewery. Let alone ever tried. Amazing beer. This is the new go to for subtil funkeyness.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 21:31:30 | More by DwnTwnBwn
Photo of JustinMatthew


4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great opportunity to try another great one from The Bruery. This beer pours a dark orange, with a large off white head. Smells great.. That typical barnyard funk due to the Brett. Some grapes, citrus, and spice from the Belgian yeast. Tastes slightly tart of sour apples, grapes, alcohol, yeast spice, some of that barnyard Brett funk, and lemons. All balances very well. After taste is a little tart and drying with mostly the yeast funk lingering. This beer laced very well through out the duration of drinking. Over all VERY good beer, try it!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 16:05:45 | More by JustinMatthew
Photo of garuda


4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, 6 months from bottled date.

A - Golden, hazed body, thick white head that retains and laces well.

S - Absolutely fantastic. Hits with a tart brett funk up font with some lemon/tangerine sweetness and floral notes. Barnyard, hay, grass follow suit, then it's back to an underlying earthiness.

T - Very nice as well, just a touch less complexity then what I'm getting from the nose. A little less of the brett earthiness, a little more floral, finishes tart and clean with a touch of spice.

M - Light body, high carbonation level, but incredibly fluffy and smooth. Finishes crisp, clean and bone dry. This is 8.5%? Can't tell at all. Drinks and feels like it's around the 5-6% range.

O - Fantastic. The layers of aroma and taste are impressive. I was blown away by this one. I just wish it was a bit cheaper so I could buy much more.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 23:52:44 | More by garuda
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North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber with a full inch of head that retains a good while before slipping down to a 1/4 inch head leaving full tufts of lacing.

S- Smells quite wild. Mild astringency with tropical fruit overtones. Very crisp yet with a rich fullness.

T- Takes multiple sips to fully absorb the flavor since its drinkability is so high. Can certainly taste the Brett that brings as much tartness as it does a chalky element. Notes of tangerine, granny smith apple and green grapes.

M- Fluffy, light and semi-dry but still quenching with high carbonation.

O- Can The Bruery do no wrong?

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 04:19:50 | More by Immortale25
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4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Going on memory for this one.
This is my first time w/ Brettanomyces. Loved it!!!
It has a beautiful orange hazy color with a perfectly off white head. This beer has a nice floral anD citrus smell; really makes you want to dive into the glass. Taste is similer to smell.... Citrus, floral and pepper on the back end. It's Quite refreshing. Nicely carbonated, with almost a champaign quality. Very very drinkable. The abv is on the high side which makes this beer dangerous. I could drink it all day. (Thank you chris for sharing.)

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 12:14:28 | More by cochell
Photo of SFLpunk


4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL brown glass pry-top champagne bottle. No date.

Appearance: Pours with lots of sudsy white head. A hazy golden yellow body with lots of tiny champagne bubbles releasing constantly.

Nose: Brett-y, but contained brett, not woody super-sour brett. Apples, oranges, white nectarine and other stone fruit. Beautiful aroma. Really balanced. And I can't stress it enough, the brett is there but rained in.

Palate: Highly explosive carbonation attacks the tongue and sourness struggles for first chair. (Also, as I type this, the bottle is foaming over even though I've poured a third!) Palate is a little astringent and woody with brett. Sour, but with nice body and balance. A little sweetness gets sucked up by the drying yeast. Red delicious apple and apple skin dominate the flavor. Green table grapes, underripe peach, celery, carrot greens. Long, pleasant finish that's not focused on the sourness.

Notes: Superbly balanced between being a great saison and tasty sour brew. Carbonation is really too high for me, but it keeps it lively. Love the fact that the brett doesn't totally run the show but is an integral part of its awesomeness. FFO Jolly Pumpkin beers, Dupont Avec Les Bons Veoux, Allagash Confluence.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:35:16 | More by SFLpunk
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4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been on something of a Rye trip lately. It started with sampling Rye IPAs first, and then several Rye Whiskies, and then I found this Rye Saison. The beer poured a pale golden color and formed a large, creamy looking head. The look was very similar to Duvel, but the strong musty Brett aroma let me know that I was sampling something else altogether. The smell had floral, tart, vinous character, perfect for a farmhouse ale. The taste was dusty dry, with Brett funk in the beginning of the sip. This was followed by a pear like flavor, and finished off with a peppery spiciness. There wasn't much of a rye influence, as the Brett pretty much drove everything else into submission. The aftertaste was herbal with touch of juniper. Very light in the mouth, and easy to drink. The alcohol content was well hidden under these layers, and crept up on you with some warmth. Very good interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 07:33:11 | More by rajendra82
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4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from ckeegan04 in Secret Santa '08!!

Pours a glowing honey color, with a towering foamy off-white head which is hanging around for the long haul, and leaving clumpy sheets of lacing in its path....very impressive in the glass! Earthy aromas, peppery, lemony, yeast. Lots of peppery spice on the tongue, some fruity flavors, lemon, maybe a touch of sour/bitter apple skin....delicious. On the heavy end of medium-bodied, pretty substantial beer, some gentle lingering spice. A fantastic Farmhouse Ale, something I would actively seek out again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 01:45:21 | More by corey0212
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4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Bruery has their game tight!

This beer is one of the best uses of rye that I have experienced; it is totally at home in the Saison style, but adds a complementary complexity to the concoction.

A - It pours an orange-gold, clear as glass if you're gentle and opaque if you're not, great head, nice lace. It is on the excellent side of standard looking, for a farmhouse ale.

S - Smells between a Saison and a Geuze. Like Saison Dupont and Girardin had a rye baby.

T - Impressions of grain, ripe fruits, nutty flavors and bitter hop as well as subdued lemon zest with substantial rye flavor and sour apple notes too. Light on the hay and straw. Tart apple finish. Hidden abv throughout.

M - It is a bit sparkling, but not Champagne bubbly. Effervescent and refreshing without losing its substantial character.

D - Hell yeah. Exceptionally good.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 05:02:25 | More by ktrillionaire
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District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I've had this brew in the past, but probably not in the past two years or perhaps more.

Served in a Schlafly tulip.

A: Cloudy, murky, very fluffy-headed bread that was absolutely gorgeous!

S: Saison? Really? Smelled like a Russian River sour to me. That's TOTALLY a compliment. Seriously, I put my nose in the glass about five times and totally got Sweet Tarts and Sour Patch Kids.

T: Now we're getting more into farmhouse territory: Funky, but not too. Super fresh flavor with the citrus playing a key role, with the Brett playing best supporting actor. The Brett will win the Oscar.

M: Lots, and lots, and lots of carbonation here. Actually, that is the main thing that made this delectable to me. The sweetness was middle of the road and the lacing was wildly splotchy.

O: This is simply an awesome brew, through and through! What does it take on here to give a lesser popular style (but still somewhat popular) a perfect review? Not sure, but this comes pretty damn close.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:06:22 | More by Chaney
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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from one of the Sacramento Bevmos, served at 55C. Pours a golden and cloudy body with an inch and a half white rocky head. Sticky lacing. Light breaks through the body and shines out in a magical and inviting manner. Very pleasing look. Smells like leather and pepper ground up and mixed in with some light malt syrup, along with some spicy German hops and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is an earthy, spicy malt with some green grass and lemon hop notes and a growing dry alcohol on the finish. Vague herbiness. Very smooth and easy to drink. A very, very good saison from a U.S. brewery (excuse me, bruery).

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:13:44 | More by aforbes10
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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saison Rue is my first offering from the Bruery and immediately I'm a little pissed off as my carpet gets to taste the beer before I do. Giant carbonation that yields an explosive beer.

A: Gigantic head, 1 meter? high, no but it fits to the top of the Duvel glass. The color is a beautiful pale orange that becomes even more inviting with the rush of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. The body is somewhat murkey as the yeast's sediment is casually floating around. Very good head retention and full on lace.

S: Yeast is predominate, spicy, earthy, dried grass/hay, apple, and a bit of orange although the color might have led me to pull that one out.

T: The nose didn't lead me to it, but this beer has a large sweet component that I'm not used to in Saison. Up front the beer is spicy and grainy. A ginger coated green apple that meets a slow wave of dryness. The finish is funky, a tart lemon citrus note. I typically shy away from a huge brett/sour component, but it works in this beer.

M: Big carbonation (evident by the saison rue carpet) that is sharp on the tongue. The body is however very very creamy and makes you expand your cheeks to allow for it's fluffiness. and the head of the beer has a nice, soft, and frothy head.

D: I think I'm receiving this beer better than most, a lot of depth in its flavors especially enjoyable after the way of spice, around 3/4th of the way through until the beautifully tart finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 10:26:20 | More by MPLS
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4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big bottle, much thanks to kelly and ryan for picking this up from 101 bottles in kent, oh

A- hazy golden plum flesh apricot color with an absolutely beautiful creamy dense belgianesque white head with just the slightest tint of yellow. very nice warm color to this brew. foam retention is exceptional for a high alcohol beer and the lace is no slouch either. off to a very good start.

S- fruity and funky! complex vaporous yeast notes like a nutty gruyere or emmentaler, band aid, old barn and roast pork. Brettanomyces central. biscuity and doughy, with a subtle rye spiciness and the wonderful smell of freshly toasted rye bread. pear, plum, melon, pineapple and banana, a hint of orange, and most of all-- peaches and cream on multi-grain cereal. i mean to a tee! white lilies, pound cake, sugar cookie, white pepper. all at once sweet spicy tart fruity and bready. re-damn-diculous.

T- fruity and funky again but with a pronounced quinine tonic water type bitterness that in many saisons seems out of place, but fits perfectly here. paired with spicy and toasty rye and peppercorn yeast spiciness, the bitterness seems not to be so overbearing and really finds its home. the brett yeast fruitiness is more subdued here, instead leaning toward the funky band aid barnyard body odor end of the rainbow. it imparts a dry and crispy character to the brew, allowing herbal and grassy hop flavors to peek through the funky fog. banana and orange peel, apple and grape skin, melon rind, with little residual sweetness or tartness. finishes dry and pale grainy with lingering sharp bitterness and pineapple alcohol character.

MF- lush and creamy but with brisk, lively carbonation to level things out. full soft body has the swirling feel of alcohol in there lurking among the zesty bubbles and it's warming and refreshing at the same time. feel of alcohol an the tongue and dryness on the cheeks is a little too pronounced, but is also enhanced by the funky yeast and quinine type bitterness. not being so boozy feeling would have earned this one a 5.

D- stellar aroma on this one. that alone has me hooked, but it's awesome in all other aspects too. great yeast and malt combination with just the right tough of hops. high abv is dangerous in such a complex brew. strangely thirst quenching hurts even more. blaze on, saison.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 05:41:49 | More by hustlesworth
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4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, almost glowing light amber haze with a towering 4 finger, white head with peach highlights. Great head retention with abundant lacing.

Aroma: Light citrus-y banana, fresh cut grass, wet hay, spicy underlying hints of rye peaking through. Plenty of funk and suggestions of pineapple from the Brettanomyces and a sweet smelling honey underneath it all. wow!

Taste: Spicy yeast upfront, funky brett, allspice and a big raw squash flavor I wasn't anticipating at all. Tart notes of bread-y rye and pineapple towards the end of the pepper filled bitter and dry finish. Incredible!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation, juicy yet dry at the same time.

Overall: An absolutely original take on a very diverse style. Incredibly complex with plenty of twists and turns for even a seasoned beer enthusiast. A very contemplative, adventurous brew that I would only recommend for someone who really wants their palate challenged. This is definitely going to be in my fridge regularly!

Serving type: bottle

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