Dripping Saison - Half Acre Beer Company
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Reviews by EORS:
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured into a pint glass during the brewery tour. Had biked approx. 20 miles to get to the tour, and was really looking for something light and refreshing.
Appearance: Cloudy orangish-yellow with a billowy, but not extremely tall, white head.
Smell: Yeast mustiness and orange zest, right on the mark for the style.
Taste: Pleasantly refreshing. Yeast dominates the beer, (only a hint of citrus can be detected) but isn't overly tart towards sour.
Mouthfeel: Heavier than some other saisons I've had, but that's not saying too much. Good amount of carbonation. Again, not overpowering but pleasant.
Overall: A well balanced beer that manages not to really emphasize nor overdo anything. No one aspect of it will blow you away, but combined it's a good choice on a warm summer day. Lovely right out of the tap.
The downside? This one's only at the brewery. All the more reason to line up a half hour or so early for the tour...
07-03-2011 01:20:06 | More by EORS
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4/5 rDev +5.3%
Fresh local saison in June? Yes please.
Pale pastel yellow, clingy white lace that forms irregular small arcs and spotty bits here and there. It maintains a skim for the duration of the glass, so the retention is good.
Lightly phenolic nose, cloves and earthy pepper, wet hay. When the growler was first poured, there was a brief and mild sulfuric note that passed quickly, like a vainglorious tickers' perceived 15 seconds of fleeting "fame".
Flavorful and fruity, some light citrus, low bitterness. Medium carbonation, lightly phenolic, overall a nice feel to it. Dry and quenching. True to style and very much sessionable. A pleasant saison if you're not expecting the world.
06-30-2011 03:36:21 | More by emerge077
3.6/5 rDev -5.3%
A saison by way of American Wheat Ale by way of Hefeweizen... and it's durn tasty. Thanks GbVDave, as always!
This is a gorgeous looking brew, pale straw, just a hint of orange lurking, hazy, great tenacious head (particularly for a beer sent in screw top growler halfway across the country in the middle of summer).
The beer is really big on the banana esters and clove phenolics on the palate, with a lingering, wheat tang with just a touch of unpleasant sulfur. It's cleaner on the nose, more bubblegum and warm spice, a touch of cinnamon is there. Superbly dry, lively carbonation and a medium-thin body makes this go down like a dream.
I'd have preferred if they just pushed the saison character a touch and dialed the wheat back, or just made one helluva hefe, but as something that lives in the middle ground, and being brewed by people who have the right to brew whatever the hell they'd like... it's largely successful as a slightly off-beat summer brew that I'm happy to slurp down a growler of on a warm summer day with the wife.
07-11-2011 03:09:26 | More by errantnight
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
Poured from a 64oz growler into two St. Bernardus goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!
A: Pours a lovely, hazy, golden pear color. Perched on top was a pretty, but sadly short-lived, bright white head. Sooner rather than later we were left with a bubbly collar that left almost no lace in the glass.
S: Subtle toasty grains with some yeasty banana, grapefruit zest, melon rind, mild clove and cardamom. Some more citrus becomes apparent as it warms.
T: Taste follows the smell very closely. Also noticed was the flavor of wheat toast drizzled with caramel sauce.
M: Starts off full and pillowy and quickly takes on quite a dry edge that continues on long into the finish. Actually I really dug how the white pepper spiciness sneaks in and prickles on the tongue.
O: Quite good. I really like my Saisons to have more of a bright citrus edge, but really that's just personal preference. Other than that, all of the major pieces of the puzzle are present and accounted for...
06-29-2011 23:11:35 | More by GbVDave
3.05/5 rDev -19.7%
A - Golden color beer that is slightly hazy. White head that left a little bit of lace.
S - Smells like corn, bananas, and bubblegum. Kind of a strange aroma for a Saison. Pretty grainy and fruity, it's not unpleasant, but I wouldn't exactly classify it as good.
T - Beer seems to be suffering from an identity crisis. The banana and cloves make me think hefeweizen. A lot of sweet, pale malts along with some phenolic yeast. If what I described sounds good please understand that it was not.
M - A little corn syrpuy, moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish.
O - Nothing I'd ever go back for. It tasted better in the sample glasses at Half Acre, out of the growler it was not a particularly good experience.
07-06-2011 21:00:20 | More by AgentZero
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap at the Memphis taproom during PBW.
The beer pours a solid gold color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is fairly attrative and unusual, and it dominated by clove and considerable sour. There's some underlying spice as well, but the sour component really dominates in this one. On the palate, it's more of the same, with the sour overwhelming the clove, cherry and spice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is barely an afterthought in this beer.
While this is a pretty decent beer, I really thought the sour component was bit excessive for a saison. Still, this is another beer I was happy to be able to try during beer week.
06-07-2012 20:19:40 | More by John_M
3.23/5 rDev -15%
Thanks, Bill, for sharing.
Appearance -- Pours a pale straw yellow with a slim sudsy white head.
Smell -- Wet grain, saison yeast, lemon and pepper, and a bit of fruity ester. Clean, though uninspired.
Taste -- Lots of pale, wet graininess, along with lemon, yeast, and slight fruity. Not much to write home about. Again, clean but somewhat drab.
Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with crisp carbonation.
Overall -- One of the most ho-hum beers from Half Acre yet. Nothing really stands out here, but still crisp and refreshing as a saison should be. Hopefully Captain Fantasy will have more panache.
07-06-2011 03:11:31 | More by yeahnatenelson
3.3/5 rDev -13.2%
Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this one on a hot 4th of July. Served in a Russian River tulip.
A - Smallish white foam that quickly settles to a wisp cap and thicker collar, leaving behind a few specks of lace. Hazy pale straw body.
S - Lemons, cloves, banana, unmalted grains, farmhouse yeast, pepper, and odd notes of corn and suntan lotion.
T - Taste has tons of banana, cloves, and peppery yeast, although this gets quite sweet mid-palate with sugar and light stone fruits. Finishes spicy and phenolic with a lingering aftertaste.
M - Lower carbonation, slightly grainy medium-light body, dry finish.
D - A beer that seems slightly confused as to whether it's a Saison or a Hefeweizen. In any case, solid until the aftertaste, which gets fatiguing and unpleasant after a glass or so. Probably my least favorite Saison from Half Acre.
07-05-2011 13:04:24 | More by MasterSki
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Exceedingly cloudy dull pale pastel yellow in color. This beer is so pale and so cloudy it's probably closer to white than yellow. Forms a large fluffy white head. Good retention. Leaves some clumpy sheets of lacing on the way down.
S: Holy yeast bomb. A strong eggy quality presented on the first pour, but (thankfully) seems to have burned off revealing the more appetizing aroma of spice and bready yeast.
T: Flavor is much more appealing. Starts off with a light citrus quality. Lemony. Fruity. Lightly sweet. Maybe a little banana. Low bitterness.
M: Light bodied with appropriate carbonation with a light refreshing tartness.
O: I'm not sure if its the fact that I spent most of the day at Lincoln Park Zoo with my kid in 95 degree weather, but this beer is damn refreshing and difficult not to drink in huge gulps. Maybe not the best saison I've ever had, but still very drinkable and quite enjoyable.
07-02-2011 23:18:42 | More by Florida9
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Nice cloudy gold. Two finger foam head which quickly reduces down to one and lingers for a bit.
S: Coriander, cloves, biscuity malt, a touch of citrus but not much.
T: More coriander, cloves, and spice. Some banana, apples, orange peel. Spice notes are more pronounced than fruit.
M: Light and refreshing!
Overall, I really enjoyed this one! Definitely a great summer beer. I just wish it came in 22s so I didn't have to finish off the growler so quickly!!
06-30-2011 18:22:39 | More by kganti1
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured a hazy, bright yellow with hints of orange. Right off the bat, the smell of this is gorgeous and consistent with a saison. Aromas of earthy wet hay, a wee bit of funk, toasty wheat, dank european hops and a touch of citrus.
In the mouth, this beer was everything it states itself to be. Really beautiful malt bill, with fresh wheat-thin salinity, nice Euro-hop bitterness, and a beautiful minerality. The minerality was key for me since it really cleansed the palate and made this brew gulpable. For christ's sake, I think I pretty much finished off the whole growler by myself! Only one problem: the carbonation. I found it to be a little under-carbonated. I would have enjoyed just a bit more sprightly fizz.
All in all, a great summer offering from Half Acre. A gorgeous brew with a lot of saison character. I'm glad they stayed true to the style with this one.
07-02-2011 16:24:14 | More by vespahulb
Dripping Saison from Half Acre Beer Company
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