1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Field Mouse's FarewellField Mouse's Farewell

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

317 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 317
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 42
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jamie2dope on 06-03-2010)
View: Beers (20) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 317 | Reviews: 168 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
kkipple

South Carolina

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
More User Reviews:
Photo of Stagga_Lee
Stagga_Lee

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

07-22-2014 04:48:08 | More by Stagga_Lee
Photo of GClarkage
GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-08-2014 03:28:17 | More by GClarkage
Photo of liquorpig
liquorpig

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-16-2014 01:55:10 | More by liquorpig
Photo of jymkata
jymkata


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-14-2014 02:17:23 | More by jymkata
Photo of LMH88
LMH88

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-09-2014 00:10:47 | More by LMH88
Photo of berkshire413
berkshire413

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

06-05-2014 21:20:25 | More by berkshire413
Photo of Latarnik
Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-24-2014 00:15:49 | More by Latarnik
Photo of mklisz
mklisz

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-19-2014 18:29:11 | More by mklisz
Photo of DrinkSlurm
DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

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
Photo of DRobCity
DRobCity

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-27-2014 03:51:17 | More by DRobCity
Photo of Mattias
Mattias

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-21-2014 22:10:54 | More by Mattias
Photo of Jonny41
Jonny41

Maine

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-16-2014 01:25:16 | More by Jonny41
Photo of PEIhop
PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-25-2014 16:32:13 | More by PEIhop
Photo of jmsedgwick
jmsedgwick

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-24-2014 12:17:52 | More by jmsedgwick
Photo of JLT
JLT

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-20-2014 18:20:15 | More by JLT
Photo of Mebuzzard
Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-17-2014 05:41:19 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of halo913
halo913

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-12-2014 16:21:58 | More by halo913
Photo of jeff1973
jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-30-2013 08:22:59 | More by jeff1973
Photo of asrenka
asrenka

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

12-21-2013 08:44:14 | More by asrenka
Photo of 666_MPH
666_MPH

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-27-2013 05:16:59 | More by 666_MPH
Photo of GeoffreyM
GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-18-2013 14:56:08 | More by GeoffreyM
Photo of Rekrule
Rekrule

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-11-2013 15:30:42 | More by Rekrule
Photo of bleeps
bleeps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

11-11-2013 05:55:24 | More by bleeps
Photo of kscaldef
kscaldef

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

11-05-2013 08:18:36 | More by kscaldef
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Field Mouse's Farewell from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
88 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.