Maine Beer Company / Nøgne Ø Collaboration Time III - Maine Beer Company
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3.29/5 rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: Slight haze on a straight amber color. Head is white and bubbly and slightly creamy. Head is small with solid retention. Leaves some small bits of lacing. Moderate visible carbonation.
Smell: Soft spice with clove and some mild peppery elements. A good bit of banana and hay with some bubblegum. The rye adds a small backing malt spiciness. Some lightly sweet and caramelized malts. Almost Belgian with a later of light powdery yeasty funk. Hop profile adds some citrus and earthiness to the whole thing. Yeast is mild but assertive. Bready and light overall.
Taste: Yeast jumps out front. Lightly spiced with some lingering clove. Adds in a touch of ripe banana and apple core. Malts run light and bready. More bread crust than dough. Pale crockery malt with a slightly sweet caramel malt. More hops than the nose would indicate, leaving an earthy and floral bitterness on the back. Nice clean yeast profile. Slightly caramelized. Warming adds some rye spice and drops the malt sweetness. Floral.
Mouthfeel: Medium moving toward light body with a moderate carbonation. Clean.
Overall: Good times, not great times.
Solo collaboration with a unique approach. Nice compliment of rye and yeast spice. Feels a little lackluster after warming.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2013 18:22:40 | More by Goblinmunkey7
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Maine Beer Co. Collaboration III
Bottled 7/16/13, consumed 9/15/13, 5.6%
500ml bottle to imperial nonic.
Pours a hazy pale light orange, not quite gold. Ended up with a big head even with a relatively gentle pour.
Smell is yeast, cut grass, lemon, slightly tart. It's in the saison range.
Taste is saison at first but the hops come in halfway and present bitter. Not too strong but they do claim their place. Smooth at first and then they bite the tongue a bit. The citrus flavor is mostly lemon so far. The head has faded away and left a thin film with slight lacing. The pale ale and saison seem to play pretty well together. This drinks easy and feels refreshing. It doesn't have everything I'd want in a saison or a pale ale but enough of each to appeal on those fronts. The dry note of rye runs throughout but seems relatively mild to me.
An interesting combination. Highly positive past experience with MBC beers is probably what led me to take the plunge on this one. Not sure if I would have otherwise without a firsthand recommendation. Glad I did though because it was tasty. Might be a good compromise for folks who can take some of the yeast but get turned off by a full-on saison.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2013 03:49:36 | More by jujigatame
Maine Beer Company / Nøgne Ø Collaboration Time III from Maine Beer Company
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.