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

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 5
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:
Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 07-24-2013

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.
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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.

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A - Pours a muddy golden orange with 1.5 fingers of dense, light tan/yellow head - nearly white. Retention is very good and lacing is perfect.

S - Light lemon citrusy notes, blegian clovey yeast, bananas, and more lemon.

T - Mildly dry and tart lemon flavors initially, champagne like dryness almost. Cloves and belgiany esthers kick in - the finish is the most subtle of bitters, slightly dry, and mildly spiced. Not really grainy but kind of an earthy taste to it. Lemony dryness/minimal bitterness at the aftertaste.

M - Easy to drink and smooth yet medium bodied and mild carbonation. Definitely a bit thick for the style, which I actually really like.

O - Very calm easy drinker. I like the dry lemon and super mellow hop bitterness i get, particularly the finish and aftertaste. I'm also really digging the mouthfeel, it's relatively heavy for the style yet still very easy to down.

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Nose has a spicy combination of rye and the saison yeast, white pepper, coriander along with caramel and biscuit malt sweetness. Not much fruit ester or hopping, though this bottle is nearly two months old.

A bit of hop bitterness in the taste, grassy and herbal like bay leaf and sage, but with a bit of white grape sweetness, spicy yeast and rye flavors. Finish is dry with some lingering herbal bitterness.

Light body and heavily carbonated, really sharp against the tongue and keeps it very dry.

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S. It has a citrus scent with a bit of hoppy bitterness.

T/M. It has a grassy taste. There's some citrus. It has an odd kind of grape taste in the back of the mouth. It's quite carbonated. A light to medium body.

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