Field Mouse's Farewell - Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Big thanks to Jlindros for keeping the Pretty Things trade route open to the Deep South!
Absurd / Absurdly Cute moon-gazing field mouse on the bomber with the distinctive paper seal over the cap. It reads "Bottled May 2010" and above that, a picture of footprints with the text "field mouse walking path, scale 1/4." On the back is a steamstack boat and "Bye Bye Mouse". Dawww! It's too much.
Poured into one of my ever-ready Tripel Karmeliet glasses on a mild late autumn's eve; the mice have already gone underground, leaving me up here.
A. Golden-rough, quiet frothy head that when agitated kicks up to full height of 4 centimeters. Orange highlights, unfiltered. Tiny, spotty lace.
S. Delicious! Reminiscent... lots of grain here, rye and wheat standout. Smells like a very familiar Belgian golden, but sweeter. Rich and full, candy-sugar, possibly... Some floral and green apple hints, pepper and yeast spice, rye to keep things sharp and interesting. The sweetness remains, and this is more Tripel like than Saison.
T. Once again, Pretty Things is off the beaten path, plunging into the brush and singing happily as he goes God-knows-where. I'd best follow.
Field Mouse Farewell is unusual. A sweet, lower carbonated Golden ale here, sporting a very weird grain bill. Malt and maybe more sugars are in the front and mid-palate, falling into a bitter, Rye-y spice finish with some space in between - the weird here is a hint of rose water (???!) and I catch a glimpse of sasparilla or something like it. Maybe I'm crazy... what is certainly here are light banana esters and a touch of pepper spice from the yeast that goes hand in hand with the rye... all the different grains do indeed give this a full, rustic, friendly and rough-hewn character. The finish has an unusually bitter edge to it (grapefruit pith, lemon rind) but try as I might, I wouldn't really call it "earthy"... a touch more dryness would do this beer wonders in my opinion, but it's weird and fun as-is. Phew. There is a lot going on here if you take the time to root it out.
M / D. Here is were we falter - Field Mouse needs more carbonation, no two nuts about it. This cries out to be more fluffy and effervescent, and it's a real shame that it is not... the low (for the style) carbonation hurts this beer and makes it seem thicker and sweeter than it really is, which in turn hinders the drinkability.
Verbosity aside, Field Mouse's Farewell follows in the grand Pretty Things tradition of doing things in their own odd fashion, which is very Bombadil and sing song. This is not a magnificent beer, but it is a delightful one and one that I'd buy again - if for no other reason than to check in on our tiny rodent friend when he returns to us next Spring.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2010 03:42:45 | More by kkipple
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4.11/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 00:54:04 | More by DrinkSlurm
Field Mouse's Farewell from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.