Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder - The Bruery

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 300
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 17
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Collaboration with Dogfish Head.
Full name is "Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Gradually, Quietly, Steadily)"
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 3 inch fizzy white head that settles to a thin film. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles when held up to the light. Random small dots and streaks of lace form sparsely on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, yeast, unidentifiable Asian spices, and some citrus aromas. Taste is mainly of grains, the spices, and a very distinct citrus flavor that I have to assume is kumquat. The aftertaste is a bit acidic and sour but it quickly dissipates into a subtly sweet buttery flavor. There is also a spicy quality to this beer that hits you in the back of the throat. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel that is almost soda-like in nature. I assume this could be due to the fact that sake yeast was used in this one. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not at all what I was expecting. I am glad I picked one up and that a portion of the proceeds go to charity.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger bubbly head with nice thick lacing on top of a clear nearly straw colored golden body. This is a very aromatic beer. Aroma is very fruity, makes me think of a saison or belgian dark. The flavor initially is very sweet, tart and syrupy with an almsot cider beer like quality. Mostly apple throughout with spicy charcter. Kumquat, corriander notes. High carbonation and light bodied. Semi dry in thw finish. Overall a very interesting beer which becomes more drinkable through the experience. Almsot like a mix between a saison and a cider beer in a simplified sense.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

been saving this one awhile... pours a hazy honey color with a receding one inch white head. smell is yeast driven and sweet/tart with some fruit and citrus maybe orange in the background. taste very much like a kumquat, for those who know what that is, a piquant orange vibe with a sugary conclusion. rind-like. yeast also in the flavor, a wheat beer mouthfeel, plenty bright and unfiltered. for $12.49 its worth it, complex and totally different. i am also a sucker for collaborations, something about the unity of it all...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of RS membership. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a slightly-hazed light apricot color with a good white head and a bit of lacing. Thin cap throughout. The nose carries a lot of sake yeast plus a bit of citrus. Far too one-dimensional and not a very nice dimension at that. The flavor is about the same. Not terrible, but not all that appetizing. Light body with crisp carbonation. Meh.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a bright looking yellow color with a slightly hazy look to it. The head on the beer is a fizzy and white. There isn't too much lacing or retention. The smell of the beer has a nice tartcitrus aroma mixed with some softer bread like aromas. The taste of the beer has elements of tart fruits with some wheat like flavors in there. The mouthfeel is soft and I little tart. It's also very light. Overall this beer is ok, I can't say that it's anything all that special. It was nice to try.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rather hazy straw color with a very nice head that leaves a few shards of lace behind

Smell: Smell those kumquats! Underneath, there is rice porridge, pear and banana, as well

Taste: The kumquats, rice and sake yeast elements jump out from the get-go, with other elements, such as the pear, banana, ginger and Japanese spices joining by mid-palate; after the swallow, a slight burn from the cayenne builds; in the aftertaste, I can also detect the sesame and poppy seed influences

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A subtle and complex beer - one where the ingredients are so unusual it helps to go the brewer's website to see what was used as the beer is a good drinker and is more enjoyable when you can pick out the various elements in the flavor profile

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a 3-inch white foamy head which leaves flocked lace. Interesting audible of bubbles popping in the glass.

N: Yeast, citrus, spices, floral, and fruity (peaches) layered and intertwinned.

T: Sake yeast imparts a unique profile along with the many spices combine with juicy citrus rind. Interesting and unusual.

M: Medium body and full carbonation. Bright and zesty yeast together with spicy citrus fruits make the finish memorable and enjoyable.

O: Creative use of sake yeast, spices and citrus zest.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a white head. Smells really interesting, heavy on the citrus and spice notes. Not really what I was expecting. I don’t get a lot of sesame or sake characteristics. The flavor has a lot of yeast, citrus peel, and spice. There’s a bit of banana to it as well as plenty of bread. Wasn’t bad, actually.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head fades to a thick ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet with a rather strong grape note. Kind of wine like, I'm assuming that is coming from the yeast.

Taste: Tons of yeast coming to the front of this beer. It has a mild herbal quality to it along with a fruity sweetness. There is a hint of white wine with some alcohol heat and a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy yet aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was interested when I saw this was made with sake yeast. I thought the overall flavor was a bit muddles, but not unpleasing.

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Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours with a huge head of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, straw yellow body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - a very spicy aroma of clove, pepper, orange and cinnamon.

T - soft wheat and a fruity acidity up front. Some clove and lemon come out in the middle with a tart, citrus now that lingers through the finish with mild, herbal hops.

M - a thick, creamy body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - kind of tastes like a wit to me, but with more acidity than that style usually has. Fairly enjoyable but not something I would go out of my way to drink again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

How can a beer become faster...? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunshine blonde topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises white grapes, sweet biscuit, light peach (maybe it was white grape-peach juice to begin with?), light clove, mild sweet lemon zest, a twinge of mild tea, and a vague sense of general funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tea character coming through a bit more pronounced, some wild rice coming through in the background, and some spice mixture I can't quite parse pervading the proceedings. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an interesting amalgamation here, one that I don't think fully expresses what it wants to, but it was still pretty enjoyable in the end.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery "Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder" in collaboration with Dogfish Head
25.4 oz. bottle; no apparent freshness dating

Appearance: Poured from a long-standing chilled bottle it's a crystal-clear deep gold. Specks of what might be protein, or possibly yeast or spice, can be seen resting in suspension. Very fine bubbles stream steadily upwards, helping to support the rocky bright-white head. It seems fizzy and highly carbonated at first, but that doesn't seem to be the case as it settles down quickly. Perhaps there's just not enough to the body to hold the CO2 in? Or not.... Unfortunately, the head doesn't hold for very long, and the lacing is limited as well. That must be due to the use of rice in the grain bill, and I think that can be forgiven as such. Subsequent pours rouse the yeast from the bottom of the bottle and it's quite hazy, taking on an almost orange color (and rounding and filling the flavor as well). So, as I don't think it's intended to be clear, and I actually much prefer the cloudy version (in both appearance and taste) let's go with that. Don't bother to be delicate with this one.

Aroma: Interesting. Spicy. Cedar-like. I'm thinking coriander, and there's a slight suggestion of cardamom as well, but I don't think either one is right. Lots of fruitiness makes it's way through, and there's a sweetish malt component to it. It's oddly alluring. It's somewhat tropical with a hint of papaya and melon, but also a spritz of lime and orange.

Flavor: So, the kumquats definitely come through, not that I'd know what they were if that information wasn't included on the label. It's an interesting fruitiness that has a bit of tartness to it, but which is also somewhat sweetish. And of course the spice is there. Ginger really comes through, and it leaves a tingle on the tip of the tongue by mid-glass. Whatever else is in there I really haven't got a clue, except that there's some kind of pepper to be sure (ahhh, maybe that's the source of the tingle on the tongue). Interestingly, it's a kind of basic beer in a way (I guess the closest thing I can liken it to as an example is a Belgian-style witbier), but it's also really complex. The rice flavor is also apparent, and along with the sake yeast, is probably what really makes it so unique. Together they're probably also whats giving me the impression of 'cedar', or some type of dry wood - although spicy dryness should not be ignored either, in that argument, as the spices really lend it a dry quality. It's certainly not as sweet as the aroma suggests it will be. It finishes dry and spicy with a myriad of flavors going on - and to a certain extent, that's where this beer shines.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly fuller than I thought it would be given the pour and dropped head, but also a little bit more carbonated than that visual inspection suggested. Everything considered, I think it's spot on: any more carbonation (or less body) would allow the spicing to run roughshod over everything else; and any less carbonation would leave it dull, just pulling everything down into a muddy mess.

Conclusion: Quite fascinating. It's initially an interesting beer just because it's so unique, but then layer upon layer of delicate complexities reveal themselves - all beneath an umbrella of some very firm peppery spice - yet it's not overdone! With everything going on here, this could easily have been a train-wreck, and yet somehow they managed to pull it off unscathed, and to a certain extent, in perfect balance. If you are a true connoisseur of beer you should seek this out before it's all gone because it's truly unique - I can think of a few beers on a global scale that are similar, but there are none that are the same.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml capped bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a couple fingers of shiny and frothy bright-white head. This retains with some sudsy ringing around the edges of the glass, leaving back some thick and patchy swathes of lace. The aroma smells sticky, fruity, and spicy all at once in the nose, with notes of ripe tartness, bready sweetness, and spicy yeast.

The taste continues this, with a sweet and sticky mix of fruit and malt on the palate that leads into a steady spicy dryness that totally parches the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sprightly carbonation that dances those flavors around in the mouth. I will say that any alcohol warmth here is fabulously well hid here the ABV, with it mostly just adding extra fullness to the flavors.

This was interesting. Almost like a Saison crossed with a sparkling cider at times and while I actually liked the lively feel here it’s unfortunately contradicted a bit by the high alcohol and overall chewiness of the flavors. This was worth checking out but I’m glad that I was able to split the bottle with someone.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour still yields a huge 3 finger fizzy head that fades semi quickly like its scared to be alive, and no lacing, over a semi clear but chill hazed golden honey colored beer with many bubbles rising up.

Nose is like a golden Belgian, lots of golden Belgian malts, quite yeasty too with a Belgian yeast, little farmhouse funky like yeast, some sweetness from the malts with a hint of honey and light candi sugar, hint of citrus candy, and little booze with esters. As it warms it gets a bit of a grainy like malt and some interesting like spice aroma almost saison like.

Taste starts sweeter with more malts, juicy malts, golden Belgian malts with some candi and like sweetness, light honey, and candi sugar. Again sweet citrus like candy flavor, with some light spices, not sure what spices they are but almost saison like. A bit yeasty with some Belgian yeast, eating the big sweet malts for a bit estery with a big booze kick, drinks more like 9-10% beer. Theres an interesting fruit from the yeast as well as something I can only attribute to the kumquats. The yeast gives lots of little bubbles. As it finishes it gets spicier but dry, and quite a bit of booze still almost burning the mouth level of booze. bit more of the fruit almost apricot like fruits now, and light spices and yeast as well as citrus candy.

Mouth is med bodied to slightly heavier, tons of carbonation and lots of booze too.

Overall not bad, a bit too heavy and boozy, interesting flavors though, it would be much better and drinkable without the heavy booze that almost buries the rest of the flavors.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and great retention for the ABV. Colour is transparent dark yellow.

Sm: Light fruit esters, spice, and light barley. A moderately strong aroma.

T: Quite kumquatty, if I say so myself (and I do). Pleasant spices accompany. It's also slightly pumpkiny. It's quite unique, though I wouldn't go so far as to call it complex. Very balanced. I quite fancy it. I've never had a beer quite like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, and of apt thickness. Suits the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV. I'd never guess the ABV was that high without knowing beforehand. I've not been a big fan of the beers I've had from The Bruery previously, but I quite fancy this one. Give her a go, lads.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up last week at Stateline in MD. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent straw yellow color with two fingers plus of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of spices, cloves, pepper, citrus hops, bananas, yeast, light soap, and bready malts. Heavy on the spices but not bad. Reminds me a bit of a Belgian tripel.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, oranges, lemon peels, spices, pepper, cloves, Belgian yeast, bready malts, fruity malts, floral hops, bananas, and ginger. Again, very spice heavy and Belgian tripel like, but pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. A touch overcarbonated, but otherwise pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall an interesting beer that was better than I was expecting after seeing some of the reviews. As I've mentioned, it reminds me heavily of a Belgian tripel as there is a lot of spices, but there is some nice citrus and bananas as well. Worth checking out.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two of my favorite breweries come together to make an OK beer? I'm a little disappointed here. Served in a Bruery tulip. At the time of this review, this beer is the #29 beer on the "Top Beers - Herbed / Spiced Beer" list on

Beer is yellow, hazy, with a big white head, decent retention, some lacing, aggressive carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is a lot like a tripel, nice yeast, strong malts, sweet, tea like bitterness and a citrusy fruit presence.

The fruit comes through in this beer, the body is thin and the sweetness of the beer is what really wins out overall. Decent beer but the Bruery is developing this trademark flavor to me, this sweet, nearing cloying sort of body to their Belgian ales that is slightly less than appealing. An interesting bitterness would have improved this beer or more fruit. I don't know. I may drink it again.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle
Served into a tulip glass

A: Crystal clear golden colored body with a seriously active stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Fluffy and foamy white head gathers to about two fingers in height. Once the bottom of the bottle was reached, the sediment mixed in and the clarity degraded into a hazy mess.

S: Faint sweetness, Witbier-like spices, bread, pale malts and an overall graininess to the aroma. It smells like it has a Witbier base with some interesting layers on top of it. I can't say I've ever smelled a fresh kumquat so I'm not sure what I'm looking for in terms of flavor (other than it's a fruit).

T: Light grain, pale malts, more bread and a crisp/quick sweetness towards the mid-palate that's gone almost instantly. I'll assume kumquats. The spice comes in at the back end, rounding this rather one-dimensional profile.

M: Light and crisp, high carbonation with a bubbly feel on the mouth. This makes for a very easy drinking, and rather refreshing beer.

Bottom line, this was sort of boring. I had this in the cellar since last year so I'm sure it lost some characteristics. Nothing great but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of billab914
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a hazy, pale, golden yellow color with an active, bright white head filling the top two inches of the glass.

The aroma has a strong zesty, citrusy, slightly lemon like flavor to it that I can only assume is the kumquats. They give it a a little bit of a juicy, sweetness along with the zesty citrus. It has some peppery and clove spice notes to it as well.

The taste also has a very strong zesty, citrusy, juicy quality to it throughout. The peppery, clove like spice come out more in the finish. The kumquat, zesty, citrus qualities are a little overpowering in it for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being high. Overall it was a drinkable and interesting beer, but not a great one. The kumquat citrus was a little overbearing for me, and the spices didn't really compliment it as well as they could. Definitely not something I'd buy again for the price, but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.17/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A huge amount of white foam off the pour that seems to settle down a little slowly. Has lots of styrofoam like retention. Body color is a cloudy lemon yellow, kind of dull looking.

Nose has some very noticeable movie theater popcorn. I call diacetyl. Nothing much else seriously, where is the fruit on this thing? Some mild spice that is impossible to pinpoint through this butter mess. I get nothing else. Not good.

Taste brings a mild spicy sharp orange, but also a pledge like chemical bitterness. Sharp orange finish is very fleeting on the palate finishing with nothing else to speak of. Butter taste just keeps on coming as I drink this and it warms up. Wine like alcohol warmth, and a vinous texture, I rather like this feel and good carbonation. Some very faint light wonderbread white bread toast.

This is a mess, and for the amount I paid for this, not happy. I am about ready to give up on collaborated beers, they just seem to be frankenstein horror shows all the time no matter who is involved, this is no exception. I enjoy oaky buttery sensations, but not this kind of thing. Yikes a complete failure.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled March 2012
A soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger and rising, frothy, just off-white colored head that ends up a full two fingers above the rim of my glass. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale straw color when held up to the light. As I pour this lots of fruit aromatics are present and these remind me of pear and apple cider to some degree. There is an earthy note to the nose that is brought out by a by the pale grain character as well as from some of the spice character. Specific aromatic notes of pale wheat crackers, pear blossoms, lemon zest, a musty white pepper note, some bright ginger character, perhaps a hint of nutty - pale grain character, and a definite Sake like character.

The beer is expressively carbonated, the body is fairly light, which helps to accentuate the effervescence and the beer is actually fairly dry as well. Ginger flavors provide some bitter like notes and there is a bright citrus note that lightly infuses things here. The finish has a bite to it that seems to be a mix of alcohol, phenolics and spiciness; it is almost clove like, sort of turpene laden in some ways and suggests at a palate numbing quality. Touches of pale cracker like grain character peak through at times, but the grain really contributes a soft, pale grain sweetness. The body of this beer is actually quite light, it has a touch of viscous character to it, but only just enough to keep it from being watery. The alcohol, along with the lightness, definitely reminds me a bit of sake & I wonder if that is the rice, the Sake yeast or perhaps both. The fruit character in this beer actually leans more towards pear than it does citrus

This is a bit more interesting than I was expecting; I really like that the spice character is fairly subtle, which I also was a little worried about coming into this beer. This has a touch more warmth to it than the alcohol level might suggest, and I wonder if this has been accentuated by the Sake yeast. Not bad, this definitely gets bonus points for striking an interesting balance between beer and Sake (though it is definitely weighted towards the former).

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam and Pat are going Japanese. The usual 750 ml format presented by Halcyondays, on to the beer:

Looks clear and almost pale. Closest to yellow in color with a bubbly head that goes away quickly. The nose is full of sweet Bruery house yeast, and asssorted spices. Kind of like Trade Winds Tripel, but less prononcued with the spice elements. The taste is tough to pinpoint....well, I can pinpoint the sweet base that's very Belgian strong pale in flavor, the spices are the elements giving me the difficult chore of identifying them. All I can say is that they deliever a pleasing result. It's surprsingly lighter bodied with no shortage of sparking carbonation.

C'mon, what else would you expect from Pat and Sam? Good and off-centered stuff here.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy yellow/light orange. Big head that overflows the glass.

Smell - Saison-ish in its spice notes. Lemon citrus with a dose of sugar. Peppery. Belgian yeast notes.

Taste - Really lacking the taste to back up the smell. Tough to tell if it's a BPA or a saison or neither. Sweet and peppery in the finish. Bitter with lots of Belgian sugar and yeast flavors. Less interesting than the nose.

Mouthfeel - Light, but a touch sugary. Overly bitter in the finish.

Overall - The flavors are decent, but uninteresting. Lacking the explosion of flavors this bottle advertises.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, the add a beer won't let me put in the full name, I guess it's too long, so this will have to do, a collaboration with Dogfish Head,

A: Pours a cloudy opaque gold with a full fizzy soapy white head. Solid retention, light lace.

S: Kumquat peel and ginger, some coriander type notes, quite yeasty.

T: Fruity and spicy it's hard to pinpoint a lot of stuff. Creamy orange, white spice, peppery, quite a clean flavour possibly from the sake yeast. Light bitter finish, with a hint of heat from the cayenne.

M: Medium-bodied, quite a soft carbonation character, a smooth beer.

O: An odd kitchen sink of ingredients, but they work well here together. Glad to support the cause.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge level of carbonation makes pouring a glass challenging. Crystal clear golden yellow color with a huge fluffy bone white head that impales on the glass on the way down. Odd aromas waft out of the glass as soon as the liquid splashes onto the bottom. There's a tart non descript fruitiness mixed into an elixir that is loaded with spices and a hint of earthy yeastiness. The ginger is really the only aroma from the list of ingredients that I can find in the nose. Reminds me a bit of a Belgian Strong with something else added to it. Lightly sweet honey like malts up front followed by a bit of sweet fruit. There are earthy and herbal flavors in here that get a bit spicy and a bit muddled. Again the ginger flavor is there with a bunch of other stuff that all seems homogenized. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I'll give them points for being different, but it didn't really work for me.

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