Westbrook / Stillwater Big Tasty's Back Door - Westbrook Brewing Co.
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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
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
3.04/5 rDev -17.4%
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
08-08-2014 02:05:42 | More by CrazyLarry
4.04/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a quite hazy caramel amber with a fine two finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Nice aroma of bready malt, saison yeast, coriander, clove, apple family fruit and a bit of honey. Flavor largly follows aroma, good saison body with apple and pear juice, coriander, clove and good amount of sage, nice spicy finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. This is a very tasty spiced saison, the base farmhouse ale is sound, and I really like the combination of flavors in the spicing. They seem to have added quite a potpouri here, but they meld together nicely. The sagey, clove finish is quite well done. I liked this a lot. I'm usually impressed by both of these collaborators and this is no exception.
07-07-2014 04:06:09 | More by LiquidAmber
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
22oz into a snifter.
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.
O: I usually don't like herbed beers but this was pretty decent. The herbs act almost in the place of hops as a bittering/drying agent against the maltiness of the base saison.
06-16-2014 20:50:27 | More by Etan
3.56/5 rDev -3.3%
A-slightly hazed golden yellow color with a small white with very little lacing and a flat collar
S-garden and herbal spices of sage lavender and anise, wheat and grass some wet hay
T-follows the nose with sage in the front followed by a lavender and primrose taste some funk from the added brett with a wet hay and sweet wheat oats
M-sweet ans semi sour very herbal with lower carbonation
O- a Herbal sweet saison with spice and funk not great but worth a try
07-25-2014 21:37:05 | More by gatornation
4.05/5 rDev +10.1%
A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium amber/dark golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint medium yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass.
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.
07-21-2014 00:14:45 | More by dbrauneis
Westbrook / Stillwater Big Tasty's Back Door from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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