Ryedentity Crisis - Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: impending on 05-19-2011)
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Photo of BrewerB
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/17/2011

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.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

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.

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of mactrail
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of 100floods
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

869th Review on BA
Bottle to Parra Tulip
22oz

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.

Photo of litheum94
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of impending
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
cheers
jd

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Ryedentity Crisis from Knee Deep Brewing Company
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