Ryedentity Crisis - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +17%
Attractive golden coppery color in the chalice. Decent lacing and sparkly carbonation. I think what's different about this is the distinct biscuit flavor. The sweetness suggests a shortbread cookie, but not overwhelmingly. You wouldn't notice the rye flavor if it wasn't on the label, but this has its own pleasures. Even the mouthfeel is just sharp and bubbly enough.
It's a sweeter, richer combo than practically every Saison I've had but it has enough of the odd Belgian flavors to satisfy. You just have to think of it as more of a golden bock brewed when the monks were not in a penitential mood. Brewery says the malt includes pilsener, wheat, and rye with Hallertau hops.
11-19-2011 06:23:20 | More by mactrail
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
3.88/5 rDev +9.9%
869th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
No bottle date
Purchased from Aloha Liquors, Carson City, NV
App- Nice dark orange with some amber as a Rye beer should be. Picks up some of the grainy colors. A good two and half finger medium receding head with a big amount of cling and lace.
Smell- A small amount of rye, a small amount of malt. A bit of yeast. Smelled good just was lacking a big punch of aromatics.
Taste- A pretty balanced beer between the two styles. It has a firm grip on the rye flavors but blends well with the saison. The rye comes first and then the yeast and saison spice follow.
Mouth- A light medium with a medium carbonation. A good amount of peppery rye residual flavor.
Drink- I liked it. Not sure why first two slammed this one. Unique, balanced and flavorful. Nice beer.
10-16-2011 21:46:32 | More by FosterJM
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
3.75/5 rDev +6.2%
Petaluma Taps. Served in a tulip. Deep hazy light yellow orange dull straw color with minor dense white head, minor lacing.
Aroma is sweet, the rye is forward. Light skinned fruits, touch of citrus and minor mustiness.
Taste too is sweet, the rye defines the flavor. Nice complexity in the fruitiness but lacks a wild yeast kick. Finishes sweet not dry. Mild bitterness start the long lasting pleasant aftertaste. Medium bodied mouthfeel.
a unique saison
05-19-2011 03:35:33 | More by impending
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
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours murky gold with a half inch head of white. Barely a whisp left on the surface with a few dots of lacing for the duration.
Aromatics lead off with honey, bubblegum, cut grass, clove dust and peppercorns.
Medium bodied with a syrupy, slickish mouthfeel.
Honey-drizzeled sweet malt, earthy spice, and tropical fruit start the palate. Grainy, peppery rye steps forward as does shades of tangerines and bubblegum.
Finishes with lingering sweet malt, citrus fruit, and a hint of band-aid.
This is a unique beer, but for a saison the carbonation is seriously lacking and overall the beer is way too sweet.
12-08-2011 01:53:51 | More by brewandbbq
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
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
My girlfriend picked this up at the Petaluma Market. It was pretty good, good enough that I'm reviewing bottle #2.
This brew pours a pale yellow, with lots of visibile carbonation. A surprisingly low amount of head, even after pouring it straight into the glass (rather than tipping the glass a bit). Notes of pepper, astringent yeast, bubble gum very clean. Faint notes oc grassy-light citrus.
Big rye flavor with a good carbonated texture to open the door for the rest of the brew. Again, noticeable astringent flavors follow the initial rye flavors. Medium body, a little too thick for my saison preference, but it does not work against the beer's plus sides. While the rye presents itself immediate, it doesn't have as large of a presence as I would have liked. But it works nicely with the yeast. The big lasting flavors seems to be in the finish, where I am tasting something like anise.
Adding rye to to a saison is definitely a good idea. I'm enjoying the addition of the rye malt to the traditional saison flavors. I'm not sure if the amount of malt in this beer was intentional, as it seems more full bodied than I'd like, but it's not so much a bad thing as it is a criticism. The anise seems to dominate the finish and lingers with each sip. Big points for executing this beer fairly well.
10-26-2011 00:04:04 | More by 100floods
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
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks again to lurpy1 for hauling this back from Sacramento. Always eager to try a new rye, & rye saisons should be brewed more often. Well. 22 oz. bottle split into two tulips.
Pours an indelicate yellow. Murky. Nose is straight-up saison without much rye influence. Mostly Belgian yeasts. The rye rises from the swamp as it warms. Bit of fruitiness there, too.
Ryedentity Crisis oozes rye from the primordial slime. Rye rye rye. Spicy rye leaves fossilized footprints all over this beer, from the going down to coming up (burps). Belgian yeasts provide complementary, muted spicing. Little citrus. Not a real complex beer. Easy to sip, though.
Good beer that's easy to drink. Could use a jazz line or two, but hey, it has rye, it's tasty. I'll take it.
11-27-2011 03:52:00 | More by maximum12
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
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
On tap at Churchill's.
A: Burnished yellow gold with a white head.
S: Pepper and coriander with wheat, grainy malt, apple, pear, and faint lemon. Spicy floral notes are evident.
T: Pepper-like phenols up front with notes of wheat and grain. Fruity esters remind me of apple and pear. Alcohol is faint. The finish has a lot of peppery phenols.
M: Lower medium in body with medium carbonation.
Overall: An okay strong Saison, but nothing I would revisit.
12-18-2011 16:23:39 | More by HopHead84
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
3.5/5 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
3.43/5 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
Ryedentity Crisis from Knee Deep Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.