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Ficus - Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sd123 on 12-14-2013)
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Jrockerboi, Oct 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

dvmin98, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of Auraan
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

Poured a rich dark, black body with a one finger tan head. It looks quite dark for a saison, even a dark saison and more of a Belgian Strong Dark. Scents of dark fruit, especially fig, but with lesser amounts of raisin and prune, a medium-low level of bittersweet chocolate and a hint of Belgian yeast. Overall impression of aroma is of a very dark fruit forward Belgian Strong Dark, with nice notes of chocolate and Belgian yeastiness present as well. Rather pleasant, though not very complex. Flavor begins lightly sweet, with strong presence of figs and other dark fruit and a slight tang of Belgian yeast. This moves into a middle with more dark fruit, especially fig, flavors and a tiny hint of bittersweet chocolate with a low level of alcohol flavor, tangy Belgian yeast flavors are still present. Finish is medium-dry, with notes of dark fruit continuing, along with tangy Belgian yeast, a low alcohol presence and a faint hint of bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste is dark fruit roast malt, a bit of bitter cocoa powder and a lesser, but still discernible spicy Belgian yeast. Overall impression of flavor is of a nicely deep, dark, fruity, well made Belgian Dark that is also spicy and dry enough to not be cloying. Very nice. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly drying feel. Overall impression of flavor is a drinkable, full, very nice Belgian Strong Dark. Overall this is a nice Belgian Strong Dark that goes for a drier, yet still dark fruit forward flavor and a nice aroma. The addition of figs aids the aroma and flavor and makes this a rather nice beer.

Auraan, Sep 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

nebuchadnezzer, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Brewer calls this a "dark fig Saison." Handsome dark mahogany color with a modest foam. Not much aroma. Quite dry. Not much Belgian flavor but the yeasty dry character is quite aggressive. Some pleasant spritziness on the tongue.

I can't taste any actual figs, but there is a slight raisiny taste. A little bit of funk. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. Each sip starts with the burnt raisin toast flavor and hint of sweetness before it turns to ashes.

An interesting Saison-inspired brew. Good balance of dark scorched malt with the tart and tangy sensation. On tap at the brewery in North Park.

mactrail, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

DRTBrewster, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

arfenhouse, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

CoolEthan, Apr 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

bsuedekum, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19%

MickeyHops, Mar 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Raziel313, Feb 14, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -62.8%

BeerMeCJS, Jan 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

SocalKicks, Jan 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Sammy, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

DeanMoriarty, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Toronados

A: Pours black in color with a soapy light brown head. Leaves some nice lace down the glass.

S: Belgian yeast with a sweet and smoky, almost meaty presence in the background. Faint smoky fig aroma in the back.

T: A pretty mild flavor throughout with some Belgian yeast, mild roasted malt and light dark fruit. On the finish, you get a touch of fig skin. Not much here, though. A little disappointing.

notchucknorris, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

sd123, Dec 14, 2013
Ficus from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
79 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.