Reprieve French-Style Ale - Jailhouse Brewing Company

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Reprieve French-Style AleReprieve French-Style Ale

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very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Jailhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Mavajo on 05-23-2011

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Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 19
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale straw-hued body with a fine, medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, floral, and hinting of orange blossom honey on the nose with a dull, subtle note of spice.

Taste: Sweet, lightly sugary malts with a thin drizzle of pear juice and a small spoonful of orange marmalade. The malts give a faint hint of crustless white bread. Faintly spicy hops with a low bitterness. A bit of honeysuckle and Prosecco on the tongue for the fast, crisp finish. Rather moreish for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Moves rather ably across the palette.

Overall: A single malt and a single hop variety makes for a somewhat simplistic saison experience, but when considered as a supremely refreshing, summertime beer, it's tops. I just wish the cost wasn't eight bucks per bottle, giving my wallet a reprieve from its cash. Maybe one day this could see its way to sensibly-priced six-packs.

Photo of Dudeletter
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Reprieve is a traditional french Saison. The Saison is a summer beer, traditionally brewed in the winter to be enjoyed as the weather warms. The style is quite popular now in the states where initially homebrewers, then microbrewers, pulled the near extinct style from the brink. Like most complex tasting things, the recipe’s ingredient list is very thin. This hazy offering has a mild apple or pear taste, with a light citrus sharpness. The lingering sweetness is almost honey in character and the flavor is complex.

Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The hazy body was golden yellow in color, and exhibited a two finger thick head, fed by some lively carbonation streamers. The aroma was floral, earthy, and a bit like honey, and was very pleasingly rustic. The taste was light and airy, with a clean and simple wheat sweetness, a lemony sourness, and a slightly spicy finish, with a touch of clove and pepper. This was much more evocative of a quenching summer drink served to farmhands, than a typical Saison of today. The body felt thin and runny, but I think this was exactly the intended effect. A great effort by the local boys.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is wheaty, yeasty, malty, and a little bit - but not unpleasantly - rubbery with sweet lemon and cheesy undertones. It pours a clear solar yellow with a fairly thick, if not persistent, white head. Malty, cheesy flavor is slightly sweet, a little yeasty and wheaty, with a sweet citrus hint - refreshing and lip-smacking, perfect at the end of a freaking hot day (and it's not yet officially summer!). Fizzy texture leaves behind a nice, rather persistent tingle and a tasty cheesy finish. I love cheese!

Photo of Mavajo
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a mild white head.

The profile on this beer is fairly mild and balanced. It's got that typical Saison funk, but subdued. Clean and refreshing on the palate. A nice approachable zestiness. I've come to associate lingering aftertastes with most saisons; this one (thankfully) doesn't have that. Sort of reminded me of a Belgian Pale with a fairly round taste.

It's exactly as advertised on the bottle - refreshing. Nothing particularly amazing. Just a straight-forward, well-made beer.

Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque yellow, lasting white pillow of a head. Great lacing.

Aroma: Yeast character of banana, bubblegum, and a hint of tropical fruit.

Flavor: More peppery yeast, with a grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, high carbonation. Refreshing in spite of the grassy peppery finish.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I do enjoy me a good Farmhouse saison, so let's hope this is good, thanks to cpinto6.

Pours a fast rising huge 3+ finger pasty white fizzy head that fades semi quickly but not as fast as I expected, lots of spotted lacing, initial pour (sans sediment) yields a crystal clear pilsner straw color. I was only able to stir up the slightest haze with almost no sediment surprisingly.

Nose starts a little floral and effervescent, lemony straw and hay, grassy, citrusy, light sweet malts with hint of wheat like character, light saison spices, hint of a grassy hop character I think as well.

Taste starts crisp and quite straw like, almost German pilsner like, with light sweet malts, a little wet hay and some farmhouse characters but not much for funk, and just a bit of wheat again. The straw characters really go strong and turn a bit grassy, and that's when the grassy slightly earthy spicy hops kick in with a med to milder bitterness but enough to let you know they are there. Light saison spices in the middle, with plenty of citrus, little lemon zest, lemon grass, and just a hint of orange peel citrus. Finish is drier but sticky, lingering straw and hay malts, little more farmhouse with hint of funk, lots more citrus, lemon, grassy earthy hops and bitterness lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, tons of effervescent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, a straight up saison with very little farmhouse funk but a nice malt profile and light but nice hop character, quite drinkable.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Hop City is Atlanta on a recent trip. Poured into a wine glass. Pours a clear, straw, with a tight white head that drops slowly. Lots of champagne bubbles.

Aromas of spicy peppery yeast, grainy malt, and leafy hops.

Flavors of grainy malt, good peppery yeast bite, mild bitterness. Finish light, with biscuity grains and yeast lingering.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, light, and thirst quenching. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a very nice effort for my first try from this brewery. Nice job!

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of medium fruits – pears and green apples – with hints of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors up front with soft medium fruit flavors midway through. The fruits fade near the end and leafy hops round things out. The ending is mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but no one thing really knocked my socks off. Another solid effort from Jailhouse, I look forward to the next in the series.

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Has a great look, with a cloudy honey color capped by a meringue of a head that leaves all kinds of splotchy lace

Smell: Bready, with vague elements of pear, white pepper and anise

Taste: Bready, up front, with developing pear, cardamom, anise and white pepper tones; adds a bit of an earthy hop dimension, after the swallow and a lemony tartness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but just a bit too fizzy

Overall: A very nice stab at the style for this relatively new brewer; would prefer a little less carbonation but the flavors are refreshing though the beer could use a touch more complexity

Photo of Snamnoum
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy light acorn color, billowy white head, and lots of sediment.

Smell - initial funky licorice/star anise aroma mingling with big tangy wheat and yeast esters. Some hints of lemon, cut grass, and floral hops

Taste - begins sweet and fruity from the wheat, then some light tang and a dry slightly tart finish. Faint butterscotch, booze, and savory/saltiness as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - very soft from the wheat and at the same time bubbly and bright.

Overall - drinkable, well-balance and unique offering from a young Georgia brewery. Wish the best of luck to these guys in the coming years.

Photo of lnashsig
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Ahlthe3rd (Hugh) for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bottle into Jester King Farmhouse Ale glass. Pours a very light cloudy yellow color, thick tight white foam bubbles. They dissipate over time, leaving a little lacing on the glass. Smell- coriander, orange peel, herbaceous spices, lemon zest. Some nice citrus notes from the hops. Nice aroma. Taste- cracked pepper, lemon citrus, champagne dryness, a light airy saison. The carbonation makes this a bit stingy, but its on par for other good examples of the style. This is a pretty solid Saison- light and airy, I really like it for the low (relative) ABV too. I would have this one again- a very nice brew.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice Saison, really nice to see this produced locally. Pours a hazy straw color with a clean white head that is a little looser than I'd like. Nice banana and pear in the aroma with a hint of spice. Not quite the aromas I expect from a Saison, and I'd like a pepper note, but it's pleasant enough. The taste has more citrus and spice, along with an earthy note and more of that banana. Definitely not typical, but the melange of flavors works. Sort of a lightly peppered fruit salad. Clean and smooth in the mouth if a little short on the finish. A somewhat curious beer, but I have to say I enjoyed it.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A - A golden straw color. A thin white head with nice bubbles throughout.

S - Pears and oranges. Not too strong, but good none the less

T - Sweet up front, citrus and spicy at the end. Very good

M - Medium bodied, fully carbonated.

D - A great summer time beer. Just what the doctor ordered after a hot day! Very good beer. Liking this new Atlanta brewer.

Photo of FosterJM
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

841st Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22oz

2011

Thanks to @Thehughbachi(via twitter) for this one. Had a bet my Bears would beat his Falcons.

App- A very light medium yellow with some lemony colors with soft golden wheat. A gigantic three finger head and took forever to fall to a medium marshmallow fluff color. A bit of nice cling and lace as well.

Smell- A very subtle spice with a strong yeast background. A little wheat with some lemon zest. A bit thick on the aromatics but still nice and pleasing. A little bit of earthy floral grass to round it out.

Taste- Again, subtlety reigns on this one. The yeast is the first to open on this one but not over peppery or spicy. A timid wheat note comes next with a small bit of earthiness and some grass. Its a bit floral to add a little bit of layer to the yeast.

Mouth- Lighter medium bodied with a lighter medium carbonation. A little bit of bubbly yeast with some small spices and earthiness.

Drink- A tasty saison with a bit thicker aromatics and flavors. aA semi-good balance with some soft lemon notes.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Saison Reprieve French-Style Ale is brewed in the style of a Saison ale, available as a spring/summer seasonal in 22 oz. bottles or on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottles to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) This beer is easily excited from the outset and foams up easily upon opening and pouring. The beer pours a frothy foam head of a pearl-white color over a medium amber body with mild haziness and plentiful spritely carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is medium-thick and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Wheat and pilsner malts round the body with a moderate sweetness, a light hop bitterness with grassy and floral notes, and a touch of white pepper and coriander spice round out the nose. The yeast profile is fairly tame from what I gather and contributes to smoothening out the spiciness and building a fruit profile of apple and white grape. The potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Dry pilsner malts with a touch of wheat body and a generous coriander spiciness on the end. Accentuated by a grassy hop with a mild bitterness. The yeast profile comes across fairly simple, with a little bit of cider fruit and some added spiciness but little to no funk keeps things clean and simple, which is completely fine by me for a beer that sits at the relaxed edge of the saison flavor scale. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is medium chewy, smooth and moderate dry. Carbonation generates a medium spritely buzz on the tongue for a moderate crispness. The body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is very slightly spicy, bitter and acidic over sweet. Alcohol presence is very mild to none, there are no discernible off flavors. 3.75

(Overall) Reprieve sizes up as a decent saison with an enjoyable malt base, a tame level of hoppiness and a mild but enjoyable yeast profile that, while simple, keeps things decidedly Saison about this beer. It holds up firmly until the fall season, so its worth a shot if you can nab one on a markdown deal. Hopefully, in the near future, Reprieve will follow suit alongside its year round beers, making a transition to the far more session-worthy and bargain priced 12 oz. 6 packs. 3.75

Jailhouse Brewing Company's
Saison Reprieve French-Style Ale
3.70/5.00

Photo of AlexFields
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to AtlCarl for sending me this as an extra. Always greatly appreciated when traders take the time to read my profile and know to send me saisons as extras. :)

Pours a very bright but hazy lemon, sunshine yellow with astoundingly tall and resilient head. Didn't even give this an aggressive pour at all and it filled the whole glass with a pure white foamy head that refuses to go anywhere. Beautiful.

Smell is tart lemon, orange peel, bright flowers, spices, champagne like yeast

The taste is a little less complex than expected. Lemon again but it's not as bright or tart as in the nose, more orange flavor than the nose, mild floral notes. Spice and yeast is subdued. Solid but I expected better after appearance and nose.

Strangely, despite the remarkable head, the mouthfeel is slightly watery. Very bubbly but it's just thin and doesn't quite come together. Not bad, but disappointing still.

Overall, a solid saison, but better to look at and sniff on than to drink unfortunately. Still pretty good though!

7.1/10

Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Bobby. Thanks.

A: The pour is a pale and cloudy straw color with a finger of white head.

S: Like with their stout, there is a bit of diacetyl on the nose. Some mild spice, primarily pepper, with a bit of earthy hops. Light fruits (mostly apple), with some pale malts and bread.

T: Starts off with a bit of sweet malt and bread. Pears and apples give a bit of sweetness as well. A fair amount of yeast contribution such as pepper and spice. Just a bit of earthiness.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Surprisingly okay after the nose, which didn't excite me much.

Photo of Phelps
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22-ounce bottle into a tulip.

Pours the hazy light orange of pineapple juice marred by stringy fog. A full two fingers of white froth caps it for a bit, but pops away after a time to a soapy top layer.

The nose is marked with pear juice and a distinct grainy cracker malt quality. There’s also honey, some clove and both herbal and floral notes.

Notes of pears and some white pepper mixed with hints of tangerine peel and just a bit of vanilla, perhaps. Dryness cleans the sweet notes right off the palate, replacing them with crackers and toasty biscuits.

The cotton-soft body breaks out in big fizzy bubbles and prickles the tongue with moderate carbonation. Light, pillowy and refreshing.

I’ve been enjoying a lot of heavy brews lately, and Reprieve is a welcome reprieve. It’s simplistic, but refreshing. A good summertime brew.

Reprieve French-Style Ale from Jailhouse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.