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85
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with a new friend, Kjetil Jikiun, founder and brewer at Nogne-O. Our aim was to brew a delicate, sessionable beer incorporating elements of the saison and hoppy American ale styles. We used a blend of our house ale and saison yeast strains. The result, an ale, golden in color, generously hopped, with background notes of saison funk accented by soft rye and wheat flavors.

(Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 07-24-2013)
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4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Collaboration Time III pours a hazy honey yellow into the glass with a small, white head on top. The foam fades away quickly leaving behind some spots and lines of lace.

The aroma has a nice blend of orange citrus, lime, coriander, and white pepper. A little banana is present too. The citrus reminds me of an orange grove. Very soft and inviting.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is much like the aroma, orange, lemon and lime citrus blended with mild spice notes of white pepper, coriander and clove. Some bubblegum and banana sweetness appears in the background. It finishes dry with a little fruity tartness. Once gone the citrus and spice lingers on the palate.

Overall this is a well crafted, very tasty beer. Very easy to drink and would go great with some fancy cheese.

Photo of MRsojourner
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 7/16/13 so its only 10 days old. appearance is golden/orange and hazy with a thick bubbly white head leaving nice lace.
aroma is of citrus and spice, nothing groundbreaking but its right on.
taste is initial grapefruit followed by a blend of grain/cereal and saison yeast blended nicely with the spicy pepper character of rye. the grapefruit hop flavor is really strong on the initial sip but after subsequent sips it all balances out into a easy drinking beer that is rather quaffable. pretty damn good on a summer day

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (bottled 7/16/13) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a pale golden color with very good clarity - just the faintest hint of haze. A finger of rocky white head, froths and fizzes away over the course of a minue or so, leaving behind traces of lacing on the glass.

S - Very fruity - loaded with citrus - lemons, limes, oranges. Coriander, spicy hops, slightly herbal, trace funk, a bit floral, hay/grass. Really nice saison aromas...liking this so far.

T - Orange juice up front, lemon/lime, dry and earthy malt, bitter hop presence, grassy. Quite dry, bitter/hoppy overall on top of the fruity aspects.

M - Bright and fruity, medium body with ample stinging carbonation. Juicy offset by hoppy bitterness.

O - Rather good saison. Aroma is outstanding...flavor is lacking a bit of the complexity in the aroma, but still quite good. I would definitely look for this one again.

Photo of Maxwell
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours bronzing orange with a huge, rocky head of creamy, yellow bubbles. The head sits at about a fingers width and lasts for a while, leaving a lacing of fuzzy curtains on the side of the glass. In body the beer is a murky haze, practically opaque with just light smudges of the other side of the glass coming through. The body is free of particles, but it is quite murky. On the nose, the beer displays its “pale ale parts,” bursting with juicy, citric hop aromas and a nice funky yeast background that gives the beer a little pop. Oranges, tangerines, pineapples, and candied lemons all come to mind as you stick your nose in the beer. Light, yet clean pepper and funk notes come from the funk, but they are not glooping on the nose like they sometimes do. This is a crisp and fresh smelling beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes different from the smell. Initial citrus moves into a quite dry finish with a light, tart pop from the yeast and a nice spiciness from the rye. In flavor, the beer begins as light orange juice, which builds into beautifully bright citric flavors, mostly staying true to and orange juice flavor. In the middle of the swallow, this is shouldered lightly aside by spicy rye flavors that dry out the tongue and suggest light cereal graininess that lingers into the aftertaste. The finish is a marriage of the rye spice and the citric flavors, with light hints of creamy funk as the only proof of the saison yeast in this beer. As the beer warms, however, light bubblegum flavors do start to come out. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium or the heavy side of light in body, with a big fluffy carbonation that provides a light bite on the tongue, but mostly just carpets it with smoothness. The mouthfeel is a little slick, and slightly chewy, which is odd but not disconcerting. The mouth is left nicely dry with light saliva working on the sides off the mouth to counteract the beer’s acids. Overall, this is a really nice, flavorful beer. I’m not quite sure what to refer to it as in terms of style, since it lacks a lot of the strong flavors that a saison or farmhouse ale might offer, and it most certainly is not a pale ale. It does have some very complex rye and hop flavors, however, which have me coming back for more sips. This beer is another success from Maine Beer Company, though the price tag does give me pause.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Tauroe for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Westbrook pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold, with moderate level of visible carbonation and a finger's worth of white head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Rye and bready malt, saison peppery spices, and some barnyard funk from the saison yeast with a nice hop presence (grassy, citrus rind, and floral). This has a nice aroma, but seems a bit subdued overall.

T: Rye malts, yeasty with just a bit of fruity esters, some pepper, clove, funk, and barnyard. Then comes citrus rind and grapefruit hops. Has a fairly dry finish - yeasty and hop bitterness. Then some rye graininess on the exhale.

M: Heavy body for an APA, low alcohol presence, and a good amount of carbonation sensation.

O: This is a complex, challenging beer. There's a lot going on, but ultimately quite tasty. It would be interesting to see what a Brett addition would have done for this one. Recommended for a session of contemplation of the flavors in a beer.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color, hint of orange, smallish sized white head fades quickly and doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell has a nice hoppy aroma, the rye adds a nice spicy character, touch of yeast hits the nose as well.

Taste starts out with a mild hop bitterness, more citrus than pine, some spicy notes hit the tongue afterwards melds with the pale malt, not sweet or overly spiced which is nice, carbonation is medium-high which is typical, finishes with a slight yeasty aftertaste but also dry, fairly thirst quenching for a warm sunny afternoon.

Photo of LeRose
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at brewery, date unclear. Poured into tulip.

Very hazy, orange appearance. Foamy, dense white head, clingy.

Lemon and clove on the aroma. Some banana and a nice earthiness, but the lemon notes dominate.

Taste was a big hit of lemon, some grassy notes I did not find in the smell, some nice earthiness. Not much of a grain presence initially, but the wheat and the rye assert themselves late in the taste and kind of accumulate during consumption. The bitterness is present but pretty mild.

Dry, almost champagne-like on the tongue. Nice tingle from the ample carbonation. The dryness is pleasant, almost cleansing.

Overall, a lot going on but a very subtle combination of sensations. Even with the complexity it is an easy drinker - would describe it as a laid back flavor profile with nothing jumping out as a dominant flavor. The earthiness is pleasant - not overdone. I can see this being a love/hate type of brew.

Photo of Gatch
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

071613

Hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Darker than I expected which is nice. The rye is there. The malt is there. The hops are there. the flavor brings some grassy qualities along with a bit of dried fruit. Smooth, satisfying, with the proper body and carbonation. The yeast stands out more as it warms. Combines all the great aspects of the two styles...spicy rye, hops, roasted malt, barn, and a bit of faint funk. an interesting and unique beer. The rye really lingers in the finish and on the palate which is great for fans of rye. I'd recommend it to anyone.

Photo of Boto
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Brewery: This one pours a hazy paler golden color. There was a bit of a white head on it. Some lacing. The aroma is good. Some rye, spices, citrus, earthy, wheat to name but a few. The taste is also good. Wheat, rye, grassy, yeasty, spicy. A touch bitter and dry to finish. Very Nice!

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Maine Beer Company / Nøgne Ø Collaboration Time III from Maine Beer Company
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