Saison Rue - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

542 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 542
Hads: 1,653
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 189
Gots: 308 | FT: 11
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008

Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. This is a beer of subtlety and complexity, with malted rye, spicy, fruity yeast notes, biscuit-like malt backbone and a slight citrus hop character. With age, this beer will dry out and will become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain. Being a saison, Saison Rue is ambiguous unto itself as it is a different beer when fresh and when aged.
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Photo of StaveHooks
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - Burnt orange color with a sparkling white head that forms a thick whipped cap. Blankets of lacing coat the inside walls of the glass. Just a great looking beer.

S - Dry grass, earthy yeast, lots of floral, stone fruit, peaches, apricots, some pears mixed in. Sweet malts, perfumey clove spice, woody alcohol.

T - Candy sweet malts, Belgian yeast, taffy, citrus and spicy grassy hops mix with the aggressive carbonation to add some bite to the tongue. Fruit esters follow the nose with peaches, apricots, and pears. A lemony tang comes out as it warms. It gets more peppery and spicy toward the finish and helps out with those sweet malts. Finishes dry and spicy.

M - Aggressive carbonation smooths out to a creamy/lifting character, heavier body for the style, rich and full, wet and dry.

Complex and well put together. There's alot of yin and yang going on. The carbonation and spice adds balance to the moderately sweet malts. Everything really blends out harmoniously. There were only whispers of Brett character in the form of tartness instead of funk. My only complaint is that it was still on the heavier sweet side of things.
When I sip this I think Belgian Strong Pale Ale, not Saison. (1,242 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in a snifter. Hazy amber color. Smell is honey-sweet. Taste is of caramel, fig jam, molasses, light maple syrup. More depth than a typical "saison," but not terribly complex. Mouthfeel is smooth, easier drinking than than the ABV would suggest. (257 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours Dark golden/brown - short white head
Smells of champagne and sour grapes and mild alcohol
Taste medium carbonation medium body, astringent (puckering), sour grapes
Overall fairly surprised at the bros 100 rank but the Brett definitely adds a pretty nice complexity and doesn't overshadow the other grape and hops.. Might buy another bottle to age (354 characters)

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date, stored and served at fifty degrees, into a tulip glass. Gentle pour produces a two inch off white head that lingers for awhile, settles down, but never completely goes away. No haze in the first glass, this is a very attractive beer.

Brett hits the nose first, toasted rye, grass, biscuit, earthy herbal funk. I am reminded of a fine perfume!

A sour bite makes the mouth water. Toasted rye is balanced perfectly by citrusy hops. Yum. The Brett is present but not in the forefront, this is an extremely well balanced Saison but not all that complex. Estery, unpronounced, delicate, almost unripened fruit tones leave this beer up for interpretation.

Carbonation is not overzealous, plays with the tongue, crisp, refreshing.

Interested in trying different vintages but this may prove difficult without a bottling date. Aging aside, this bottle is drinking well and I am glad to have tried it, will visit again. (930 characters)

Photo of pants678
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Little hazy orange and yellow body.

Sour pineapple, yeast, sorta hoppy--really beauiful nose.

I have no interest in sours but this works for me as a summer beer. Doesn't have that acidic end. Crisp and fruity moreso than floral, but still a good blend of grainy/peppery. Coriander and maybe ginger with a slight pineapple Not traditional for the style but enjoyable, for sure.

Though crisp, it does linger as it's a full bodied Belgian style and I much prefer that. (468 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

geez, a 100 from the bros ? ? ? ?
nice billowy head. soft golden color. transparent.
aroma is semi-floral, a bit saisson-like- meaning it's a bit floral (to me, at least), a little hops in there, some malts (of course). light and air-y.... almost a belgian light kind of aroma....
taste... a bit sweet, definitely an attempt of belgian but with some bitterness. i cant see the 100 that the bros gave it. but it's good. maybe for the 8.5 % i ought to be impressed. that green flash is only, ,like, 3.7 or something. this is good. i realize it's a style... i just think it's more of a belgian thing than a saison thing, ya know?
overall, very decent brew. the girlfriend is promising a chaffeur-driven trip to The Bruery for my birthday later this month so that ought to be nice. i like the stuff that comes from them, mostly. i can recommend this one as i could easily drink another . . . . i just dot think it's deserving of a 100 . . . . can definitely taste the alcohol in this one. (984 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A dark opaque somewhat muddy brown and red bronze colored body, with some nice rising faint white carbonation. Head is creamy white and frothy, with three fingers deep and a real creamy settling one finger collar puck while settling.

Nose is interesting. Small hint of fruit sensing musty grape, and a nice little bit of toasty caramel, and maple like sugar. Quite an interesting nose for a saison, but missing some of the farm funky stench and yeasty rank character. But otherwise very unique and enjoyable.

Palate hits with a real creamy mouthfeel. Hints of mellow cream and dairy softness on the palate. A sharp hint of pepper brett but it is quickly subdued by a nice thick caramel sweetness. Surprisingly doesn't taste rye spicy or fruity. A hint of playful soda carbonation but very downplayed which is nice and not taking away from the solid large body of the beer.

Overall, not what I expect in this style, but this is a very well crafted and unique tasting beer that is quite memorable. (1,042 characters)

Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip on 5/28/13.

A: Pours a relatively translucent golden color with a hint of orange. Beer is clearer than expected for a Saison, with no visible yeast sediment. Initial pour reveals a fluffy two-finger-width head that dissipates over the next 2-3 minutes. A small head is retained throughout the drink however. Lacing is excellent, as expected.

S: Great nose on this baby. Initial smell is fruit-forward: cherries mostly with a hint of other summer stone fruits such as apricot. The Brett funkiness is definitely present upon subsequent smells. Don't get much rye or peppery spicyness. Overall, definitely a fruit-forward nose.

T & M: Initial taste is again fruit-forward - cherries and lemons. This lasts about a second before the pepper and rye spiceness kick in and really overwhelm the beer. Lingering on the nose is a dry, alcoholic taste with a hint of rye. I really don't like the aftertaste of this beer: much too alcoholic for my taste. The beer is understandably very dry, but not as yeasty/robust as I like Saisons. This is a light-bodied, dry beer.

O: While this is a solid offering, this isn't my favorite Saison on the market. First there's the matter of personal preference: I like my Saisons on the fruitier and more robust/yeasty side. This Saison is opposite: rye and spice are showcased in this beer without much fruit to speak of. Additionally, the body of the beer is lighter than I'd like. But my biggest qualm with the beer is the alcohol-forward aftertaste. Instead of being hidden, you taste every bit of the beer's 8.5% ABV. A good, but not great, Saison. (1,602 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light copper with a slight haze. The head is made of rocky, off-white bubbles and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S: The specialty grains, rye and Brett stand out in the nose along with some spice and fruit from the yeast. There is an earthy hops aroma and some alcohol.

T: There is a lot going on in here with the Brett, Rye and Belgian yeast character dominating. The Rye adds spice to the clove and pepper flavors already in there from the Belgian yeast which also brought some light fruit character of peaches and oranges. The moderate Brett is a little horsey and a little bubblegum but unmistakable. There is a slight plum character as well. The hops bitterness is moderate and bring an earthy character to the flavor. The balance is fairly dry with just a little bit of sweetness while the finish runs out to very dry.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: A funky, spicy Saison with an enjoyable addition of Brett and rye character. (983 characters)

Photo of ElSid
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Bottled Date: None

A: Liquid sunshine with amber hues in poor light. Sticky and fluffy white foam made up of variable sized bubbles. Lacey cling on the glass.

S: Solid grain with highlights of rounded spice, honey, banana, and bright fruit. Some faint alcohol vapors appear as the beer warms.

T: Banana, apricot, and crisp apple open and quickly transitions to a grainy malt foundation. The funky middle gives way to a spicy bitterness and hints of phenol. The bitterness builds to the finish and is joined by alcohol warmth.

M: On the light side with good syrupy linger and carbonation.

O: A bit more daring with more pronounced flavors when compared to Dupont. A respectable American take on the Saison sporting more hop bitterness and a higher ABV, but in the end I'll be reaching for the Belgian touchstone. (847 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy pale orange body with a huge frothy cream colored head. Some light shines through the body, but the cloudiness prevents visibility.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast, pears, peach, citrus, a stale earthy aroma. Not as much funk as I would have expected, but very pleasant.

T- Lots of fruity flavors up front with pear and peach leading the way, along with some of the peppery Belgian yeast. The middle has more of the juicy fruit flavors coming through all the way to the finish, but the finish is also where the Brett kicks in. The finish has a very funky taste with some earthy flavors. The aftertaste is fruit and basement. Really different than most saisons I have tried.

M- The feel is great. Perfect amount of carbonation, very juicy and drinkable, finish has just a hint of alcohol.

O-Very impressive beer. I tend to prefer saisons with slightly less abv, but this one is put together very nicely. Really unique way that the flavors work together. (958 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice golden color with some reddish hues. Great looking white head, great retention and some light lacing. The smell is spicy and slightly sweet citrus. The taste has a rye spiciness along with malt sweetness and a subtle sourness. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, very drinkable brew. Overall this is a very good beer and I shouldn't have waited so long to try it. (389 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/yeast, apples, candied sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some ginger and some apples. There is also a bit of a dark fruit flavour and some candied sugar and a bit of an all spice flavour. It ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste.

Overall - My bottle is probably 2+ years old, so it has lost it hops and taken on a more rustic flavour, as described by the bottle label. I'd like to try this fresh, but it's still a great beer that when aged seems more fitting for a fall/winter day. This brewer rarely disappoints.. (875 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. This one fuckin' gushed on me; so to stave off any potential losses, I had to pour some into a pint glass, as well.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of sediment floating about. The head is very frothy, and due to me having little choice regarding an aggressive pour, ends up towering at four fingers high, with a corresponding offwhite shade. The head seemingly retains forever, leaving behind an incredible amount of lacing in my tulip. Frustrations of being unable to drink this immediately aside, this one is extremely beautiful.

S: And the aroma is quite intriguing, also. It starts off with a grassy note, before transitioning to crisp apple/pear/grape esters. I also notice touches of rye malt, helping to accentuate the spice qualities more strongly. I don't notice a massive amount of brett funk, but it's there. Horse blanket, bro.

T: What I notice most strongly on the opening is a combination of spicing and rye malt. The two combine to offer notes of cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, peppermint, and black pepper - dare I compare the flavor profile to a saison crossbred with a winter warmer? The finish is where the brett funk starts to come into play. Initially only offering a bland grassy tone, it grows and accumulates on the palate, developing strong rustic qualities. General fruity esters lurk around the body nondescriptly; I wish they were more vivid here in lieu of all the funkiness. This is my biggest problem - the funk comes off too strongly at times, creating a slight imbalance. I enjoy the complexity, though.

M: This one is a bit heavy. It doesn't necessarily make the beer hard work, just not quite as quaffable as it could have been. I'd call it quaffable, though, because it's pleasantly dry without any annoying booziness. I can't really judge carbonation too much - when you have to wait 10 minutes to take a damn sip, I doubt there would be much of it left.

O: I know I had a lot to nitpick here, but this is a genuinely well crafted saison that's quite unique. It just doesn't really hit all my preferences in a saison (I prefer a simpler, hoppier interpretation like Tank 7). But if you like funk, this is a must-try. (2,198 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant orangey hue with a good amount of haze. A two-finger sized head forms, leaving swaths of lacing on the chalice as it recedes. A layer of froth persists. Aroma is yeasty, phenolic at first, followed by a musty cellar note. Floral, fruity notes including apple and lemongrass.

Very nice variety of flavors going on. A little bit of tartness upfront, giving way to light bitterness. Leans toward the dry side of the scale, though not bone dry. Lemon peel and chalky yeast notes. A bit peppery on the finish. There's a malt backbone befitting of an 8.5% ABV ale but still appropriately light for a Saison. Abundant, frothy carbonation that's light and smooth. The texture does the flavor justice.

Saison Rue showcases great complexity, and while light on funkiness, has an authentic Belgian farmhouse character. Excellent texture and flavor profile. While it's not cheap, it's well worth the price if you're even remotely fond of Saisons. (948 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold with a very slight amount of chill haze. Tall puffy white colored head.

Smells fruity and spicy. Strong scent of apple. Pepper coriander, plum and a touch of apple brandy. Mild honey suckle and pollen scent. Even milder caramel scent.

Starts out spicy with a fruity flavor. Lots of apple and caramel flavor. Some woody taste and slight bit of mushroom. Slight sourness present but it isn't much. Definite sweet and sour thing here it tastes like a Granny Smith Caramel Apple.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer but not quite a conventional Saison. Very much on the sweet end for the style, don't expect a dry beer like Hennepin is. (651 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Suddenly bottles of this are everywhere. Pricey, but whatever. I got to crack open a bottle of this tonight. No bottling or freshness date, although the back label said that this could be cellared for up to "2 years." Poured into a teku glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very thick, orange looking color, especially when extra yeast gets in. Really syrupy and refined looking overall. A nice 3 finger of head lasts for a while atop the glass, although a nice white half finger of head persists even after it dies down. Good lacing coats around the glass in roundish shapes. Carbonation is super lively, almost in a champagne-like texture. Sediment abounds at the bottom of the glass in grainy, scattered appearance. Doesn't look like any saison I've ever seen, but it definitely doesn't look like any Belgian-style I've encountered either.

Holy crap is this boozy! Aside from the huge alcohol, apricot soaked notes, I'm struggling but able to find some other flavors underneath after all. Wheat like texture, crisp grains, bananas, orange peel, and dried fruity notes abound. Not getting too much funk from the Brett, though... And especially getting an off graininess at the finish. Wonder what it could be? This gets progressively boozy as it warms up, and especially mutes more of these flavors as a result. Sure this is a saison? It's definitely like a BSPA here, but a strange one at that.

The flavor is exponentially better, in which the booziness is cut down by half and then coated by more of the juicy, fruity esters and a sourish finish aided by the Brett. Orange peel, apricots, and peaches all really meld in a ripe, well integrated kind of way, and with the alcohol and juicy texture aided by the carbonation and yeast, this is almost as similar as taking a bite out of a fruit salad that contains all these fruits and more. The sourish finish is very refreshing and unique, and definitely mutes a lot of the alcohol that could have destroyed this thing for me. Slight dry hoppiness resembling citrus rinds are here. The alcohol slightly burns at the finish, and, when combining the sweetness, could make this a cloying experience, but with the yeast and carbonation, it works. Texture is semi-dry, but still very refreshing. Not too creamy, but crisp enough to hold interest. If it wasn't for the high ABV I could down this in a heartbeat.

Not sure what to think of this one. Love the Bruery but this is not really what I'd consider a saison or a BSPA to be, even as a tribute. If anything, it's a hybrid that works in some ways (fruitiness, sourish finish), but is chaotic in terms of getting the balance I love in this style. Too boozy at times, too sweet, and sometimes muted in displaying the hoppy characteristics or sour Brett yumminess. Sometimes, it's all of this. This is best consumed cold, but I would definitely not turn this down if offered again. However, for $13-14 on the market, it's going to be a tough call. (2,945 characters)

Photo of timc100
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Opaque dark orange, lots of sediment settling at the bottom of the glass. The head fizzed away quickly, but left a nice, thin lacing.

S: Very refreshing - orange peel, lemon zest and some funk. Really nice, not that interesting

T: Full - some funk, orange and coriander, bread, zest

P: Medium bodied - refreshing, goes down easy

O: A very nice saison, nothing special but very solid (389 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big creamy fluffy head fades at a med pace, nice lacing, hazy sediment golden wheat colored.

Nose starts with Belgian malts, golden sweet malts, little grainy, hint of citrus and saison spices, light wheat and toasty malt, etc. Light funk grainy bready funk, hint if spiciness. Nice fruity quality, ester fruit like, pear apple kinda fruit.

Taste starts with nice Belgian golden malts, light saison straw and wheat, light orange peel citrus, bready yeast and grainy funk, light Brett funk but just a little barnyard. Light fruit, esters, pear, apple, etc, faint hint of spicy rye like character but could be the saison spices, And light saison spices. Little gritty feel, some sweetness, doughy malt. Finish is drier but sticky sweet, lingering golden sweet malt flavors, little orange peel citrus and saison spices lingering, just a bit of funk, little bready yeast lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, light fluffy carb lots if it, faint warming booze.

Overall ok but nothing special, very little funk, light overall saison characters, bit still a fairly tasty beer. (1,067 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this was good, I just wasn't blown away by it. the pour is more clear than cloudy, with a bright yellow color and a nice white head a few inches tall. the nose isn't as farmy as I thought it would be, its more fresh than that, more spring than late summer, more floral than pollen, more straw than hay. its got a grassy light malt aroma and very little spice, almost like green tea. the flavor is very similar with a straw-like complexion, some subtle citrus notes, and a curious yeast that is not what im used to in a saison. its dry and light, floral, not funky and pungent, makes for a very light and peppy beer. there is also a lot of alcohol in this, especially in the finish, where the higher abv is obvious. its not a knock against it, because it actually works well here, but its again not what they style has come to be in most cases. fine carbonation and a body that's almost too light for its own good. a fun beer, probably overpriced, but one that pushes the mundane American saison in a spirited new direction. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a very aggressive head made of creamy white bubbles, and it sits well above a two fingers’ width. The beer is a beautiful rustic golden color with an uncontrollable torrent of bubbles racing up to refill the head. The body is cloudy, but relatively clear (I was gentle with the bottle, in order to not stir up the yeast on the bottom of the glass…). The beer’s lacing is thick, leaving a patchwork of webbing across the glass. On the nose, this beer is properly rustic with beautiful saison bread and citrus orange that almost touches upon orange peel and also hints at lemon. The esters are richly complex in the nose, giving off hints of apricot and pineapple, especially as the beer warms up. The brett funk is definitely there as well, but not overpowering in the nose, instead acting more as an underlying emanation beneath all the other smells. In character, the funk tends more towards a salty funk with touches of barnyard. The beer’s smell also features a nice presence of grassy hops in the back of the malts. On the tongue, the beer tastes quite sweet with a rounding acidity and a nice bitter finish. The beer begins with light citrus that opens into bruising bitters that are grassy and zested with lemon bread and a big dose of pineapple. Beneath all of this runs the salty funk that mingles into barnyard territory, but does not get out of hand (which makes me think I should have aged this beer a little longer for my personal tastes). The finish is bitter hops and sticky sweet funked malts that briefly touch upon a cloying note before mellowing into hay and light lingering funk. The booze in the beer (8.5%!) also touches slightly in the back of the throat. On the tongue, the beer is creamy and the head is pure fluff. Carbonation kisses the tongue with a little bit of pressure, but just enough to prep the palate for taste while not abusing it. The mouth is left slightly dry but sticky. Overall, this is a solid saison with a fair amount of grassy bitters and yeasty esters. I sort of wish I aged it a little longer, but only because I personally love the dry and funky saisons. Un-aged, this thing is sweet and complex with some really great flavors. It is a little heavy on the stomach, which makes it more of an imperial saison in my book, but it certainly is tasty and worth a try. (2,337 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - 4.0 - Crystal clear medium rosy gold with a somewhat soapy, fizzy, off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but replenishes itself at a film level due to highly active carbonation. Pretty beer, somewhat less pretty head, but not too bad.

S - 4.0 - Notably sweeter smelling than the average saison, with notes of candi sugar and faint bubblegum. Also pear. The saison funk is tastefully restrained.

T - 4.0 - Mild citrus. A bit of bitterness, halfway between hops and apple skin. To the degree there is a rye profile, I think it's a mild one. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and slightly tart, like an apple, and also some of the same bitterness from the main sip.

M - 3.75 - Light medium body.

O - 4.0 - This beer is bright and fresh and light, yet has a number of things going on, which is fun to pick through. It was enjoyable enough but with so many other things to try, I would not buy it again. (912 characters)

Photo of Leeshee
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange-brown with a towering 3 inches of head.

S- Burnt sugar, bread, peach or apricot. Smells fantastic and gets sweeter with warmth.

T- Earthy, funky, rustic. Under-cooked biscuit, w/ an herbal quality I can't quite identify. There's a slightly bitter hop bite at the end that leads me to believe this is a newer bottle. as it warms I'm tasting golden raisin and pineapple.

M- This one is highly carbonated. It stings my tongue after every sip. Lighter body.

O- I think this is a good one, but not as good as others I've had. I think this one could use some aging to add to the complexity and mellow it out a bit.

Poured into a tulip (650 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Updating my rating of this to a review after I shared a bottle with some good friends on 6/19/15. Reviewing from notes after enjoying out of a brown 750 mL bottle etched with a vintage of 2013 on the label. Plenty of time for the Brett to do it's work. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Pours a hazy bronze-orange hue that resembles the color of dried apricot. More orange around the edges of the glass where the light can penetrate, with a more burnt sienna appearance up under the two fingers of stark white head. The foam is fairly tight and retains for quite awhile before fading away leaving intermittent streaks of sticky lace on the side of the glass and a pervasive film of bubbles across the surface of the liquid.

Smell (4.00) - To be honest, with two years on this beer, I expected to get more funk from the aroma. Not that it's not a good-smelling beer. Notes of leather and earth are the predominant characteristics, but there is a counterpoint provided by subtle overtones of fruit--seems mostly like stone fruit and perhaps some orange zest, but again it's very subtle. The more rustic notes lead the charger on the nose.

Taste (4.25) - Here, the funk comes through a bit more, and now the rye makes an appearance in a way I couldn't really detect in the smell. Spicy and bready, reminiscent of a piece of toasted marble rye. That same stone fruit impression is again present on the taste, albeit a bit more forward than I got from the aroma. In spite of that suggestion of sweetness from the fruit and malt, there is a drying element to the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Medium-bodied and moderate to full carbonation, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall (4.25), an excellent take on the style, and one that stands out in the crowd without relying on any in-your-face flavor profiles. Prior to now, all my experiences with this beer have come at the hands of trades and online purchases. I'll definitely be drinking it more often now that I'll see it on shelves. (2,010 characters)

Photo of garuda
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (844 characters)

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