Ryedentity Crisis - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
Picked this up a few weeks back at the Total Wine in West Orange. This looked intriguing and that level of interest carried over to the taste and feel of this beer as well. The dryness and spiciness that could be found in so many other examples of this beer was missing here but the fruit, yeast, and sweetness were all to be found here, ensuring that this beer had a shot at redemption. It's not a typical Saison or Farmhouse Ale but because the alcohol was well hidden and this was easygoing, this turned out to be the most mellow example of this style that I've ever had the opportunity to review.
The pour to this was a dark goldenrod with a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle that had to be swirled and poured out. Not a lot of head here and the lacing was even more faint than that. A lot of apple, pear, and mead-like aroma in the nose with lots of yeast to back that up in the mouthfeel. Almost no spice here as this beer reminded me more of a fermented Cider than anything else. The carbonation was weak, but present, and only did the sourness of a Saison come through in the aftertaste, which faded to reveal a slightly oily residue that coated my mouth.
To be fair, the alcohol was extremely well-hidden in this and I only felt it after downing nearly all of the contents of the bottle. While nowhere near as good as the top-rated examples of this style, there's enough rye here to balance this out and make it a lot more accessible than I first imagined. It's not a bad beer for the Summer or for someone who's never had one of these before though it could have been a bit more stylistically accurate when it came to the funk and spice aspects.
07-30-2013 12:18:04 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.33/5 rDev -5.7%
[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]
The pour was a cloudy amber orange with an average (1-2 finger) white creamy head that slowly receded, down to a thin film with a small collar and possessed very good streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a light bread malt and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of apple, pears, rye, a mild peppery spice and a slight tartness.
The taste was lightly sweet with a mild tartness and a nice fruity presence from the start, and then became rather yeasty with a mild taste of rye and a slightly spicy ending. The flavor lasted an average duration after the swallow, with a lightly tart spicy taste left hanging on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was a bit past light in body and watery in texture with a nice lively carbonation.
Overall this is a brew with a very interesting taste. Not exactly sure what to think of it, but I do know it is rather tasty and really grows on you the more you drink...
10-08-2012 15:18:58 | More by KajII
2.7/5 rDev -23.5%
22 oz. bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Batch 351, 1/16/12 printed on the bottle.
A - Pours a dull golden color with significant haze. About a half finger of head fizzles to a halo. The lacing is pretty good.
S - Smells of pear, belgian yeast, black pepper, and cheap wine. Sweet with a bit of a bready malt character. None of the rye I expected from the name. The aroma is too rich for the style in my opinion.
T - Starts with a sour apple tartness that fades to a malty center. Some out of place rye bread follows. Finishes with a strange corn flavor mixed with lemon and dates. There is a lot going on but the flavors never come together. Cloying on the palate.
M - Carbonation is adequate, but the body is a bit thick for a saison.
O - I picked this one up a Total Wines because I was intrigued at the prospect of a rye saison and the price was right. I was disappointed by pretty much every facet of this beer. I don't recommend it all, even with the low price.
08-10-2012 01:52:15 | More by NoLeafClover44
1.65/5 rDev -53.3%
Rye Saison? Sure, sign me up for that. Bomber purchased from Whole Foods, Los Altos, CA.
Pours a very clear deep yellow colour, with a very fizzy and insubstantial head of white, that expends itself after very little time. No lacing, very light body. Overall, it looks really quite weak and insipid. Not impressed.
Grainy, adjuncty, corny on the nose. Oddly sweet lager characters, and no hint of funk, spice, organics or anything truly saison-y. No, perhaps untrue: there is a hint of peppery spice to it, but it's the only notable thing in an otherwise very, very forgettable aroma.
Taste is similar, indeed—I feel like it might actually be worse. Here the adjunct character really comes to the fore, leading with a strong grainy corny character, with cooked green veggies and only a hint of that spice on the back. The only contrast comes from the overzealous carbonation, which is not helpful except that it makes you forget the cloying vaguely unpleasant sweetness.
Far from pleasant: I feel like this used an unusual amount of rye, which is where that unpleasant adjunct character comes from. Overall, it comes across as bland, unfortunate and unnecessary. Really not a good saison, really not a good rye beer.
06-18-2012 00:48:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
a slightly hazy golden yellow pour with 2 fingers white foamy head, nice sticky lacing. smells bready, lemon citrus, pepper, grassy. taste is pretty much exactly like the smell, a bit of bitterness coming from the rye. light to medium body, mild creamy feel, nicely carbonated - very refreshing.
overall, this is a very modestly priced ($5 a bomber) refreshingly delicious saison. i didn't really know what to expect with rye in the mix since i've never seen that done before (not saying they're the first, just the first i've seen/had). it's pretty much a traditional saison style, with a slight amount of bitter toasty flavor that i assume is being let off from the rye - that;s the only difference i can notice form other saisons i've had. very tasty, and a perfect summer brew.. may have to invest in a few more bottles before it's gone from the shelves.
06-02-2012 07:26:27 | More by facundoCNB
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
Aroma is yeasty and a little fruity, not strong but still inviting. It pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent pale golden head that leaves a little lacing. Flavor is definitely better than the aroma - not quite full-bodied, but enjoyable, malty, fruity (apple plus a little pear) and yeasty, just a tad sweet and just a tad hoppy. Smooth texture has plenty of fizz and firm body. No crisis here - just a good sippin’ brew.
05-25-2012 01:10:13 | More by Cyberkedi
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
A --- a very hazy straw coloring.
S --- I pick up a little lemon grass, but not much else.
T --- Saison can be over the top for me. This one is very balanced due to the rye malts.
M --- Nice amount of carbonation and creamy silkiness
O --- The score may not reflect it, but I really enjoyed this beer. Not something I would go back to often, but still a solid drink.
04-21-2012 03:14:17 | More by mikechance
3.43/5 rDev -2.8%
poured from a 22 ounce bomer into a tulip glass.
A- pours a nice amber gold with an off white head which dissipates quickly.
S- subtle hoops aroma with a hint of grassiness and rye.
T- tastes hoppy at first, but finishes with a little sour rye.
M- thin body, very effervescent
O- a decent beer, nice for the summertime, the alcohol is well hidden.
04-02-2012 00:37:38 | More by cichief
4.05/5 rDev +14.7%
This was the last bottle of my vacation in Florida. It saddened me to say goodbye to the warm weather of Florida for the mid-50's of New Jersey.
I used my tulip glass. I hope my mother-in-law doesn't throw it out before I come back to Florida.
This cross-brew had a nice orange/golden coloring with some minimal foam. The bouquet had lots of saison-venous qualities. I also get a little white wine. I don't taste much rye, though.
Surprisingly the flavor was kind of muted. Both saisons and ryes are pretty strong normally. This beer has some flavor, but I expect a flavor punch.
This is a pretty easy to drink beer.
03-28-2012 01:17:34 | More by ummswimmin
3.28/5 rDev -7.1%
A: pale brown/shiny body, trace white head,
S: sweet malt, nutty, caramel
T: sweet malt, caramel, nutty, semi-dry finish
M: med body, semi-dry mouth
O: Ok beer, feel like amber ale
not saison brew. I was confused
about this offering. Not to style,
but not bad either.
OK, NOT MUST HAVE!
03-22-2012 18:26:06 | More by BeerLover99
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
A- Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a golden amber color with an off-white head.
S- The aroma is malt, rye, citrus, yeast and hops. Smells good!
T- The taste starts out with some spicy rye malt along with some citrus flavors, Belgian yeast and some hops in the finish.
M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I typically enjoy rye beers and this is a style that I haven't tried yet (rye saison).
03-21-2012 02:39:12 | More by cjgator3
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
Not bad - a bit bready with a Belgian phenolic edge.
Pouts a hazy golden with a short-lived white head. The aroma is phenolic and orangy, like a fermented mandarin orange. The flavor is strongly wheat-influenced, with a strong, flat bready character and a little of that wry rye character, like a slightly sweet matzoh. The mouthfeel is prickly with a bitter apricot finish.
01-29-2012 23:09:10 | More by Seanibus
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
Clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Spotted lacing down the glass.
The aroma is dominated by tangy Belgian yeast, along with some white fruits, apple and melon, and a bit of pepper.
The flavor is similar, with the white fruits leading the way, along with a strong yeast component, mild spice, and a bit of alcohol heat.
Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Decent enough, but nothing special.
12-22-2011 02:57:24 | More by ehammond1
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
Picked this up recently at Healthy Spirits.
Pouring into a Jester King tulip that arrived courtesy of miikezombie. It's a hazy, medium-golden color with a 1-2 finger white foam. Retention is lacking but this could be a non-beer clean glass. Sticky legs cling the glass.
Complex yeast-driven esters in the aroma. Clove-like spiciness, hint of vanilla. Sour lemon rind and shredded coconut. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.
More yeast-driven flavor coming through to the palette but an equally intriguing malty profile makes an entry, too. Sweet pastry dough, clove spice. Tartness prevailing over bitterness. Dry finish.
Light bodied with a moderately high, tingling carbonation. Smooth for its ABV presence.
Full disclosure here, when I grabbed this beer I thought two things - "I really liked their Hopstar IPA and want to try another offerings." and "Rye IPAs almost always sit well with me." Then I found out this is a Rye Saison…oops. None the less, it's an interesting experience for the glass. As a saison, it's definitely missing some of the complexity the best in the category bring and I'm having trouble finding the rye. But still a worthwhile beer that I'm glad to have sampled.
12-21-2011 03:45:50 | More by BrewerB
Ryedentity Crisis from Knee Deep Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.