Ryedentity Crisis - Knee Deep Brewing Company
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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
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
3/5 rDev -15%
Pours a clear orange amber with a short lived white head.
Nose is full of assertive esters; assertive clean fresh pear and quite pleasant. Lots of perfume but no rye character at all.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to heavy carbonation; just shy of too much.
Flavors are big and assertive but with a bit too much of a sweet character on the front palate, almost no midpalate character and goes quickly to a simple light bitter grapefruit finish.
This is the third of Knee Deep's efforts that I've tried and all are similiar in that they have assertive front palate character - no mid palate to speak of - and fast reaching, short finishes. Not a bad effort; just nothing special. Sweet character prevails which I find off putting; others may find attractive.
Note: The brewery identifies this beer on their website as a Belgian Saison. I get no saison character at all, regardless of saison style. Also, this is supposedly made with rye. There is no rye character anywhere. I love rye beer and I really looked. Perhaps that's why the name came about? Brewery realized issues but bottled anyway? Just a thought since this beer really does have a "ryedentity" crises!
11-06-2011 17:40:32 | More by GRG1313
3.2/5 rDev -9.3%
Amber body with a dark, brownish middle. Bone white head with large bubbles, leaves a thin cover and rings along the glass, marking your journey like a map.
The nose is very perfumey. Berry esters and sandlewood. Rye bread. Earthy yeast. Touch of cedar. Cinnamon. Reminds me a lot of incense.
Slightly fruity flavors at first, very sweet. Lead to some toasted caramel malts. Some faint Belgian yeast and a big mouthfull of rye and anise. Good amount of bitterness on the finish at first gives way to a strange, sickly sweetness that coats the mouth. It's a slightly unpleasant feeling.
I like the rye flavors, but that lingering sweetness is a turn off. And I wouldn't identify this as a saison in a blind test; it's more like a pale ale with rye. It's good, but I was hoping for more.
09-16-2011 03:40:36 | More by litheum94
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
3.33/5 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
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
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
3.63/5 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
3.65/5 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
3.68/5 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
3.73/5 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
Ryedentity Crisis from Knee Deep Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.