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Westbrook / Stillwater Big Tasty's Back Door - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Westbrook Big Tasty's Back Door is a remix on Stillwater's Cellar Door Saison. A number of herbs and spices known for their therapeutic properties are added to "expand the cleansing aspect of the white sage" in the original recipe. Then, at bottling, they add "brettanomyces bruxellensis for a funky complexity that will develop over time."

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 05-18-2014)
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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-peach coloring with a sparse, filmy, white surface coating of head. Aromas of heavy spice, honey, tart and sour characteristics, ginger, some farmhouse funk, and a biscuit backbone. Pretty deep and layered nose. Flavors are heavily spiced, with a blast of sage, ginger, evergreen, and a subtle backbone of honey and caramel. Interesting, but the spices do overpower quite a bit. Subtle sourness and ethyl notes, and the sour and tang take over a bit more towards the end of the palate. Light, smooth bodied. The aftertaste is more of the spice blend again, very herbal and green. Smooth, lingering finish with a medicinal and herbal linger.

05-28-2014 00:34:19 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.79/5  rDev +3%

Served from tap in to a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sage, coriander, earth, funk, spices, medicinal, and subtle fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, coriander, sage, funk, medicinal, earth, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The spices added to the base Stillwater Saison were definitely the star of this one. They were direct and in your face as one would expect from a beer like this. Really quite easy to drink even with the spiciness going on. Really glad I got the chance to try Westbrook's play on Stillwater's Saison. Now to get home and try Stillwater's play on Westbrook's Gose. Tick.

05-18-2014 17:41:32 | More by thagr81us
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Overall: a well made beer. I appreciate the beer but it is not my flavor profile I enjoy in a beer.

Appearance: clear gold light head

Smell: herbs floral funky bacteria albanian sage tea

Taste: funky bret spices bitters complex all over the place

Mouthfeel: medium body

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A: Pours a darkish orange with a small off-white head.

S: Aroma has a lot of sage and coriander notes. Very herbal, some white cake maltiness and dryish minerality behind.

T: Taste brings clean, dry yeastiness, mineral, nutmeg, mild leafy herbalness, brief yet bright malty sweetness, a bit of cobweb on the edges.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

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S: Moderate to strong aromas of white sage with moderate aromas of slightly tart wheat and cracker malts. There is a light to moderate aroma of barnyard funkiness and more herbal notes.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of cracker malts and slightly tart wheat. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of herbs with white sage really standing out. There is a moderate amount of funkiness from the brux along with a light amount of earthiness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderate to heavy amounts of dryness is present in the finish.

O: An extremely earthy and herbal saison that is very interesting without a lot of complexity to the flavor and aroma. Definitely an interesting beer and one that I would recommend. Easy to drink and goes very well with food.

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Westbrook / Stillwater Big Tasty's Back Door from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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