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Field Mouse's Farewell - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Reviews: 172
Hads: 372
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 46
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Photo of cavedave
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really tasty looking glowing cloudy sorta amber with a long lasting topper that starts at a couple fingers and only gives up a bit of that ground so it always looks super inviting as it is consumed.

Immediate candi sweet and funky tart front a medium strength aroma. There's some righteous spice in there too, but it is a minor player. Once it warms some nice sweet fruitiness, and a bit of floral, enter the aroma as glass meets nose. Very enticing.

First sip shows some hop joining the party in a big way, and the funk is revealed as an earthy note. It hits nicely, very impressive sip this first one. Along the way to room temp, and blended delight, this beer throws some great flavors. Earthy and deep bitter from this yeast and deep herbal bitter from the hop combine forces. It would be out of control if it weren't balanced by some righteous jammy sweet. There is some black pepper, and stone fruit flavors as the glass empties. The blended harmony of these flavors is delicious.

Don't know what to say here, this is not a saison in any sense but the one American brewers demand, with my approval, so I gotta say the mouthfeel is the perfect frame for an extemeophile's delight of a saison. Nicely carb'ed and sere finish that is a delight.

Wonderful treat that has that great ability to throw a bunch of flavors along the way to becoming a blended and awesome beast of a beer. Highly recommended. (1,427 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at mattsanders tasting a ways back (from notes)

A slight haze in a golden orange body, thin film leaves some polka dots

S metallic, caramel, hefe yeast crossed with a Belgian, some wheaty dry cereal and candied pineapple

T a little spice, no metal, yeast of all kinds, banana, candied pineapples still there, kinda strange but decent

M medium full, slick on the palate, enough bubbles to give it some life, all sorts of yeast linger

O one of those beers that doesn’t really know what it’s trying to be, not bad by any means but a little all over the map

Could be better but could be much worse, everything doesn’t fit together, perhaps we caught it at an awkward age? (693 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy orange gold under a 1” quickly fading white foam collar. Splotchy lace at best. S: Big fruity nose with a light tartness, over ripe fruit and a hint of wet horse blanket. T: Sour fruits, peach, apricot and plum, light malts, light bread, with a bitter hop accent on the finish. F: Medium body, medium carbonation. O: A light, yeast forward beer with big fruit flavors. (385 characters)

Photo of ColdOneKev
3/5  rDev -23.7%

A - Orange, hazy body, small white head, fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Pepper could be from both the yeast and the hops, spice, rye.

T - Muted. Some spice, some malt.

M - Thick, low carbonation.

O - Slightly disappointed in this one. I've liked other brews from Pretty Things, but this isn't what I expected. I suppose the harvest saison is supposed to be heavier than a normal one, but it just not for me. (427 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Pretty Things globe/tulip.
Golden amber color with a finger of white head. Nice peppery and slight citrusy saison aromas. Flavors of peppery saison and rye up front with a big malty bready and rye finish. Fairly hopped - spicy saaz like hops maybe? Full malty mouthfeel - maybe a bit heavy but its pleasant. Overall, this is a really nice classic saison. Very enjoyable. (394 characters)

Photo of crc1935
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - glowing yellow-orange with half-inch head. lace stayed slightly above fluid line and gently came down with the beer.

S - yeast & herbs

T - bread, spices, & rye

M - light carbonation, refreshing

O - excellent

Had this @ Mead House in Cambridge. Served in a Pretty Things goblet. Went well with mesclun salad and fries. (326 characters)

Photo of keeper7215
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle at home.

A: deep golden color with orange hues

S: some clove and pepper phenolics from Belgian yeast; slight grainy aroma from wheat, oats

T: a bit of spice and pepper, finishes bitter; slight kick from rye is apparent, some bready notes from other grains

M: well carbonated, medium body; present on tongue long after finish; carbonation helps keep it lighter in mouth

O: overall a good saison with some amber influence; works well on a cool fall afternoon

This would work nicely with spicy Thai food or a rich pork dish with some peppery or herbal and phenolic notes. (595 characters)

Photo of BravaLenox
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We put a 1/6th keg of this on tap, and it was sold out in 7 days! This is a full bodied, harvest time saison. More brown, richer and slightly sweeter than many saisons (and Pretty Things own signature Jack D'or). Pours a light amber, darker than most saisons, with an aroma of rye and roasted oat in the mix of grains. Tasting it leads to a very full bodied mouthfeel (almost cream-soda like) with just enough of a hop kick to cleanse the palate. A very nice seasonal style for the cooling New England Fall. (507 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pretty golden brew, white medium sized head about a finger high. Lace is spotty and sheety.

S: A lot of clove, some pepper, caramel and apples. A bit like apple pie. Simple but quite nice and an unusual version of the style.

T: Peppery spice again at the front and funky flowers. Malt quantities seem just about perfect for this darker mood Saison. Seems like a Saison geared toward the Fall season.

M: Somewhat chewy and a little gritty/grainy. Nice carbonation and a good medium sized body.

O:Good stuff. Not really sessionable. (538 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled In: AUG 2013

A: Pours a golden amber color with 2 fingers of head that slowly dies down to a decent cap

S: Belgian yeast and light phenolic notes come out first, providing some fruity and spicy notes. Also get some wheat and rye malts that lend some more fruity and spicy notes

T: Starts off with the yeasty notes. Fruity and spicy elements dominate along with the same light phenolic character from the nose. The maltiness is also quite complex with all of the grains used. Rye and wheat are the stand-outs, but the spelt and barley are also there. Finishes with a light spiciness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The oats help to smooth things out, but it's still a little on the rougher side

O: A nice unique saison with quite a bit of complexity. Priced well as usual, and a great seasonal transition brew. Recommended if you're into saisons (869 characters)

Photo of LeRose
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle dated May 2012, poured into SA perfect pint.

Aroma: earthy, light spices, very light citrus lemon or orange. Malt backbone is strong.

Appearance: deep golden amber color, couple fingers of white foamy head that dissipated quickly to a thin layer ringing the glass. Nothing remarkable in terms of lacing.

Flavor: seems to be a lot going on, but very nice. The aromatics come through. Get a earthy spice flavor...rosemary and a touch of licorice/clove. A nice touch of citrus, more lemon than anything, not overpowering. Definitely get flavor of the different grains used. Oats come through, wheat balances, rye gives it a kick. Malt sweetness that does not dominate. A little yeasty flavor present. Develops a distinct banana flavor as it warms.

Mouthfeel: lively on the carbonation, very dry on the finish, clean. Minimal bitter that doesn't linger much. Clean,maybe a bit of a peppery feel.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. Complex flavors that I don't find muddy or confused at all. Refreshing. Liked the little tingle from the carbonation and the licorice-like flavor. One I will go back and try fresher, but very tasty with a year-plus on the clock. (1,168 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy honey-gold with two fingers of beige head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Belgian spices up front with a lot of bubblegum and candy sugar following. Light fruit notes and sweet breads bring up the finish.

T: Belgian spices here as well with some candy sugar and sweet fruits. The finish has a chalky yeast character that is slightly bitter and a light alcohol presence. The yeasty flavors leave a not-pleasant bitterness (this was the first pour from a bomber that had been standing upright for weeks and was carefully decanted)

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, I could use either a lighter body and/or a bit more carbonation.

O: An alright saison overall, though nothing special. I tend to prefer the less sweet and more funky saisons, but this one is more of the American style. The yeast flavors in it are a little unpleasant and it's a bit too thick and sweet for me. (928 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled in May 2012.

A: Two whites of fluffy, tight lace with great retention. Some effervescence in a translucent, hazy golden ale.

S: Sweet fruit and Belgian yeast. Golden raisins, spicy grain, floral esters.

T/M: Decent saison, but not exceptional. A zesty, spritzy mouthfeel ameliorates a flaccid maintaste full of nutty banana bread and flowery yeasts. A tad sharp and peppery, but only for a moment, before a round, sweet fruitiness takes over and leads you out. The aftertaste is lightly bitter, but not in an entirely pleasant way (it's like chewing on a root).

O: I love Pretty Things beers, so maybe my expectations were a little high. This was a good beer, but I've had better from the brewery and from the style. The best part is the malt beer -- the introduction of oats is interesting, but smooths things out a little much for my liking. The rye is better suited to the beer, but could have been more prominent. (988 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a hazy gold/amber pour with a finger of detergent-like head.
smells of apple cider, wheat, bready yeast, lemongrass. nice malt profile!
the taste is very citrusy up front - lemon peel? followed by a sweet malty backbone and some bready notes. it does have a slight saison yeast funk to it, which makes it really tasty.
medium body with a normal amount of carbonation, a slight creamy feel on the lips. very refreshing drink.

overall, this is a really nice offering from pretty things. a modest abv is well masked by the sweetness the malt gives off, and the yeast balances everything out perfectly. a solid beer, by a damn good brewery. (637 characters)

Photo of mooseo
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottled May 2011.

A - Pours a vibrant orange gold with a small white head.

S - Light and delicate aroma of sweet rye bread, apple, and spice.

T - Sweet bready malts, green apple, lemon, black pepper, and rye. Mild herbal spices and yeast flavors evident. Finish is slightly bitter and spicy with biscuit malts.

M - Smooth, slick, medium bodied, high carbonation.

O - A really nice light and refreshing saison. Very flavorful. This bottle is over a year old and has aged well. I would definitely pick this up again. (531 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled May 2012

Pours a clear golden orange color into my Val-Dieu chalice, hardly any head and fades quickly away, only a slight ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass, no lacing whatsoever.

Smell is predominately sweet malt, slight alcohol astringency which is odd because it's not all that strong, some slight spiciness that's probably attributed to the rye and yeast.

Taste starts out with a sweet malt front, very clean on the palate with a crispness, carbonation is more evident in the mouth than it was in the glass, drinks much stronger than it should though, rye spiciness keeps things interesting, light but adequate hop presence. (650 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown-orange tone, medium thickness on the head. Carbonation is great. Everything a saison should be, different in color than expected, and nicely carbonated.
From the first aroma I pick up huge citrus notes.Lemon, soil, earth. Mushroom like in its earth intensity.Plum, field musty grains,maybe exactly what a mouse experiences in a field.Lots of oats, floral, pepper,clove banana, wheat and apple cider.
Intensely farm-like beer, deserving on it's great name/logo.
Flavor wheat, oat, apple cider, fruit, fermentation, a farmer's dream refresher in a glass. Grain+ oat must. Beautiful carbonation, mouthfeel restricts the sweetness, and keeps it rusty and spicy with the fruits adding in a great complexity.
This beer is complex and beautiful in appearance, smell and flavor.
Overall, I wish I had this sooner,will buy again..
Cheers (847 characters)

Photo of Eddxii
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

haven’t yet pinpointed what it is about beers from Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project that always conjures up a story, one of a fictional yet graspable life on a farm not too far away. Maybe it’s their hand-drawn labels, their cutesy and inspiring story, or their tongue-in-cheek Steinbeck-meets-Twain commentary written across their bottles. Regardless, they know how to set a tone for a beer. Such is the case with Field Mouse’s Farewell, the (in my opinion) tastier of their farmhouse ales.

Our dear field mouse pours a golden amberish orange that glows warmly under light. Fluffy white bubbles gather along the circumference, softly surrounding the thin haze that blankets the surface. As expected the nose is malty, yeasty, with some sweetness. It initially reminds me of several Belgian ales with its soft fruity notes. The strongest presence is orange, but not a spicy citrus. Rye also lurks around the edges.

The first taste is full-on banana with an abundance of herbs and spices behind it. Perhaps sage? Quick, to the spice cabinet!…Not so much sage, more rosemary. Yes, rosemary. The wheat definitely provides a medium-to-full body here, supporting several mingling flavors. The finish is pleasantly soft as the oats come forward. The rye lingers in the aftertaste, drying your palate for another sip.

Overall the taste here is rustic. It drinks like a novel. It warms you from within. It’s not a warmer in the sense of the fall seasonal beers that tend to carry that qualifier; quite the opposite really. Field Mouse’s Farewell is warming you up from the winter months and transitioning you into the summer. (1,634 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cold august day yesterday led me to make a note to try field mouse's farewell today. I love jack d'or so I'm hoping dann delivers on another saison. Poured slowly into my hill farmstead stem

A- field mouse pours a darker hazy orange with thin layers of lacing all over the edges of glass. Some lacing clings to the edges while carbonation pushes to the top

S- spiced apple cider with a bready yeast scent that lingers on with spice. While the scent is faint, it's still very appealling as it crosses a saison and golden ale profile

T- Spicy butter flavor that meshes with some apple and tropical flavor. Some rye drives the spices as they finish with a bitter taste that is very enjoyable. Good combinations of flavor with a ton of details going on

M- creamy and carbonated with all the flavors going on

O- what a great interpretation of a saison/golden ale. The flavors are unique and drinkable at the same time. Another pretty things beer I will seek out (964 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22 oz. bomber of Pretty Things' Field Mouse's Farewell, a "rustic golden ale brewed with barley, oats, wheat & rye." That sounds intriguing enough. I'm looking forward to how this Farmhouse Ale/Saison-style ale compares to the brewery's flagship beer, Jack D'Or. Served in my trusty Dogfish Head snifter.

Appearance (4.5/5): Field Mouse pours a brilliant, hazy, deep gold color and is topped with a a two-finger head of white foam that dissipates quickly, turning into a small, 1/8" ring. This beer has the looks of a classic Farmhouse ale. Excellent coloration, and I really like the label and Pretty Things' aesthetic-conscious approach, in general, to their business.

Smell (4.5/5): Smells grassy, herbal, hoppy, grainy, and earthy (a common trait of many PT beers is their earthy depth). I detect a little spice and some hop presence, but this beer does not have that spritely, green, hoppy presence immediately noticeable in PT's Jack D'Or. There's a really nice depth and earthy boldness to this that the other saison does not exhibit so much of. I personally really like what's going on here smell-wise; WAY above average.

Taste (4.5/5): Flavor follows the nose. Earthy flavors of grass, grain, and lemon (from the wheat) prevail in the foretaste. Hops are there, though they impart an herbal flavor that is distinctly European. Field Mouse's finish has a lingering hoppiness and peppery rye spice to it. I really like how the additional ingredients–wheat, rye, barley, and oats–add subtle flavors and aren't used as centerpieces, an approach that makes one element of the brew far bolder than others to the detriment of the beer's overall flavor. Dann Paquette really exhibits a great ability here to brew a beer with complexity, nuance, and character. Very, very good saison flavors here. They're bolder than Jack D'Or's, though this beer still makes for good warm-weather drinking.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Field Mouse's Farewell has a medium-light body and medium-low carbonation (could perhaps use a bit of a kick up in carbonation, but not by much). It is light and smooth on the tongue and a little prickly because of the spice in aftertaste. Good mouthfeel, though perhaps not stellar.

Overall (4.5/5): This is another great beer by Pretty Things, and an exciting new spin by them on a style that they've helped popularize–Saison. Field Mouse's Farewell is packed with classic saison flavors of grass, lemon, and herbal hops with added wheat and rye characteristics that lend some sweetness and spiciness to the mix. A subtle brew by a brewery that isn't afraid to shy away from nuance and complexity! Hats off to Pretty Things. (2,663 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours an amber copper color with a 1/4" white head.

S: Spice rye, a hint of floral hops.

T: Tons of rye in this one. Lots of spicy rye over a very grainy character in the beer. Hops are faint and floral in nature.

M: Medium bodied, very high in carbonation.

O: An interesting saison, I found the rye quite enjoyable. (380 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Shane.

Pours a hazy golden color with a tall white head. A nice citrusy aroma along with grass and yeast. Some bread and cracker malt notes along with a hint of spice (mostly white pepper) and straw. The flavor is quite similar to the aroma. Good balance of malt and yeast contributions. Moderate sweetness with some citrus notes, mild pepper, grass, straw, and yeast flavors. (397 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber orange with a bit of a chill haze; Head comes up but does not last. Some soft bubbles rising.

Some tropical fruit, sweet malt, some spice and yeast in the nose.

Some malty sweetness up front, with a bite of alcohol to cut thru it. Then, some spice and then the bitterness comes in strong. Up and down. Maybe a little citric bitter fruit rind at the end. Simple but solid version of the style. The spice (coriander?) is subtle but works.

Medium body, appropriate fizz.

A décent saison. Not the best I've had, but I do like this. A touch softer than others, but well worth it. (598 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass (as shown on the bottle)- pours a relatively clear golden amber color with minimal head (about a half finger), a minimal ring of retention and no lacing.

Smells like a tripel. Very sweet; some pale malts going on, what smells to me like candi sugar, lots of earthy yeast. Nice smell but nothing too exotic.

Taste is consistent with the smell with perhaps more emphasis on the yeast. Sweetness comes up front, definitely a bit of rye sharpness, followed by a well balanced yeast flavor, mild dry hops, and then the sweetness again. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- medium bodied, light to moderately carbonated, sweet finish. This is definitely a good one, just nothing exceptional or particularly exciting. Solid. (776 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled may 2011 (batch 2). can't get much fresher.

pours a cloudy (to the point of opaque) golden/amber shade yielding a 1" beige head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some patchy lacing behind. the nose is fairly aromatic, offering appealing notes of lemon zest, yeast, spice, and wheat.

wow, the flavor is really good. a lot of lemony, yeasty, herbal tastiness going on. secondary notes of clove and banana... opens on the sweet side but has a more dry finish. smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i'm digging this beer a lot; nice take on the style, and a superb warm-weather brew.

(originally reviewed: 05-25-2011) (693 characters)

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Field Mouse's Farewell from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.