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Free Spirit - Terrapin Beer Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

29 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerDawgs on 10-28-2011)
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"We encourage you to dabble in this collaboration ale brewed in loving memory of Brittney Fox Watts, a member of both the Heavy Seas and Terrapin families. In true Farmhouse fashion, this free-spirited memorial ale celebrates her passion for anything unique, fresh, creative, and maybe a little bit crazed. Free Spirit has a big heart and a beautiful soul. Keep an open-mind and trust your palate, we believe this beer will make you smile." Brewed in the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale with sunflower seeds and elder flower added. A one-off limited batch collaborative brew between Terrapin and Heavy Seas to honor a mutual colleague whose life was cut tragically short. Available in 22 oz. yellow wax sealed bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.
My cap had rust under it, so watch out for this when you pour your beer!

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of an eggshell white color over a very hazy golden amber body. Expect light, sporadic carbonation and little to no sediment. Retention is below average and lacing is nonexistent. 2.75

(Smell) Light, cracker malt notes, bold notes of tart apple cider and pear with a pleasant sourness. Spice and hop presence is very low, with some faded peppery and floral notes in the background. Free Spirit has a modest but enjoyable aroma that mainly focuses on a light, sunny malt and quality yeast build. It smells very much like what I expect of a traditional farmhouse ale with no frills nor extra baggage. Potency is mild/medium. 4

(Taste) Up front is a clean, mild cracker malt lightness that sets the stage for a series of charismatic yeast notes. Moderate acidity unfolds for granny smith apples, pear juice, possibly elderflower and peppercorn that team up well together. A charming beer with a lot of yeast enthusiasm, even when the other ingredients don't pull together much else. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, chewy, acidic. Carbonation adds a perky level of carbonation for a fizzy, frothy mouthfeel, perhaps overdoing the assertiveness a notch, although I'd rather the carbonation be more lively than not. Light body for a saison, light/medium body overall. Alcohol presence is low. Balance is equal parts sweet and tart, bitterness doesn't have much of an impact. 3.5

(Overall) It's not easy to knock a memorial beer since the breweries undoubtedly poured their heart and soul into it, with good results. The beer drinks very much like a traditional saison with a quality, very tasty yeast strain, a simple, highly drinkable malt build and a virtually nonexistent hop profile which, to be fair, may have thrown this beer wildly out of balance if it were included. In reading the label, I can't be sure that sunflower seeds made any play in the flavor of this beer at all. I can only say that I picked out the brightness and positivity that this beer presents to the beholder on the flavors it has- surely it may be representative of its namesake, Brittney Fox Watts. As far as saisons go, it likely won't match the quality world class saisons of Belgium but this is an honorable and traditional take on the style. My hats off to both Terrapin and Heavy Seas, and I hope that they dabble in beers like this more often. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Free Spirit Saison (With Heavy Seas Beer)
3.73/5.00

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden, slightly hazy. Quick forming three finger white head. Appears bubbly, high carbonation.

S: Extremely floral, more notably so than many "floral" smelling beers. Bouquet of flowers, yeasty funk, dull lemon rind.

T: Initial flavor lends itself toward the lemon peel from the nose. Nice fruity bite with a black pepper corn zing to it. Belgian yeast and the floral component round out a long lingering finish.

M: Medium in body, medium carb. Slightly less bubbly than the appearance would suggest.

O: A good but not outstanding saison. The floral component is interesting, especially in the aroma!

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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a lovely yellow wax-job poured into a Tumbler.

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a dense white head that settles to a very slight haze and ring.
S - Big, floral Saison aromas of, well, flowers, along with some sweet malt, bread dough, elderflower, lemon zest, and Belgian yeast.
T - Taste is just as floral and fruity as the nose suggests, with big notes of honey, doughy malt, flowers, grassy hops, yeast, and a very recognizable toasted sunflower seed finish. Refreshing and drinkable, I wish this came out in the Springtime!
M - Crisp and quenching, with a medium body and good carbonation.
O - A solid Saison effort from two breweries I have a ton of respect for, I'd love to see this released again.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, it certainly strikes me as a farmhouse ale, with a nice tartness and some fresh herbal flavors. Not as spicy or crisp as a saison, this still does have some nice herbal and fruitiness as a plus. The downsides are that the head fades away to nothing, and the mouthfeel is almost slick as opposed to being crisp. There is also a bit of wateriness at the finish. I do like the aroma and flavors- nice dark fruit, and fresh herbal notes as well as a surprisingly pleasant bitter vegetal finish. An interesting beer, but not quite a success, still, a very nice homage.

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3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Terrapin waxed bottle poured into Duck Rabbit snifter...

A- Hazy, cloudy, orange color. Has a small head, short of a finger that wittles away quickly.

S- Well hot damn, they really capture the sunflower in this... Crazy! Strong saison yeast aroma, also orange peel and slight grasses.

T/M- Taste is a bit leathery, floral, earthy and citrusy. An interesting blend of flavors and if I knew what elderberries tasted like, I might be getting that outta this. Has a nice saison backbone, but the flavors start to suit heavy after a bit. Feel is a bit heavy with minimal carbonation, but it does have a slightly dry finish.

O- Commendable effort on this one, and though I liked it, I wouldn't be able to drink a whole bomber. Sunflower addition was interesting and unique, keep it coming Terrapin- I like experimentation.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11 ounce goblet - $7.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia. Brewed to honor the memory of Brittney Fox Watts, which is a good thing, but the label and tap handle features a furry, which is a bit alarming.

Appearance: Arrived to the luncheon table a hazy, amber-gold body with a scant, though sustained white head.

Smell: Sweetish smelling malts, a bit bready, not quite a bit toasty, but delivering a fair amount of honey. Moderately floral and tiny pinch of lemon zest.

Taste: Honeyed, sweet, bready and rather smooth. Light flowery aspect slides in carrying with it some mild citrus hints and a nibble of sweet apple. Low herbal tone, equally light bitterness. The beer remains fairly honeyish on the rear. Drops a hint of finely ground black pepper and dries out at the last possible moment before the finish, though still a bit heavy-ish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: I always prefer my saisons to be light, crisp, and reasonably dry, like a Saison Dupont. Oftentimes, the American renditions just end up heavier, heartier, and sweeter, which, for me, kills the whole refreshment factor. I'm more interested in the use of sunflower seeds in brewing, it raises a few questions: how did they contend with the oils, did they go sans husks, etc.?

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Free Spirit from Terrapin Beer Company
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