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

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 05-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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."
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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like pine sol. Lemony, slightly sweet. It's lightly golden in color, with the requisite white head.

Taste follows suit, with lemony pine sol and a bit of herbal character.

Slightly bitter finish, but very lemony throughout. I much prefer some of Westbrook's other offerings.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dbrauneis
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The youthful exuberance of Westbrook and the stately saison makers of Stillwater collaborate on a "Remix" that combines the taste of the Belgian farmhouse with fruit, spice, earth and even added sage.

With a sweeter and fruitier balance, early perfume wafts about the nose and greets the tongue with confectioner's sweetness. Supple angel-food cake and citrusy spice allows a glimpse of bubblegum to emerge.

Making quick work of much of its sweetness, the middle palate transitions quickly toward high herb flavors of spruce, sage, pepper, clove, chai tea and juniper. Carrying a near gin-like taste, only a fading wafer-thin bread taste and a dry hop flavor of damp hay reaffirms its beer infrastructure within.

Its quick finish intensifies with herbal sage and pine while drying considerably to expose reisling-type acidity, earthen must and slight peppery warmth. Its early medium body closes with absolute dryness, making it effortless on the palate and stomach. Trailing sage and clove extend into aftertaste and rewarding the senses with an echo of bubblegum and wheat.

While hazy and peach in its hues, the semi-dense appearance is indicative of its early creamy and fruity sweetness, but is in stark contrast to its dry, acidic and earthy finish. Though its herbal presence is peculiarly of perfume, the farmhouse underneath is sturdy and impressive- I expect nothing less from these stellar breweries.

Photo of thagr81us
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of CrazyLarry
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of st9647v3
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

this beer was not very good

Photo of Etan
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of gatornation
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BWH3
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of sage with mild citrus possibly lemon grass. Look is off for saison -- tiny weak head which fades quickly to a ring of foam. No islands. Also color a bit too golden Orange. Taste and nose are good but not amazing largely because lacks depth of complexity. Aftertaste is nice and herbal. True to style. Body is thinner then typical for saison.

Photo of smcolw
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Small head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Some chunky spots on the glass. Cloudy dark gold color.

I smell anise and Dr. Pepper. It's not sugary, but there's a bit of sweetness.

The taste is semi-sour. It reminds me of a blend with a Saison. The body is on the thin side and the carbonation is elevated, which makes this beer seem more watery than it really is. The aftertaste is more of the anise and other spices. Unusual.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Damian
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6fl. oz bottle
Served in a tulip
Thanks to Sarah and James for this gift.

A two finger tall, super tight and creamy, off white crown topped the slightly hazed, medium amber liquid. The head slowly faded to a frothy, clingy collar. Rings of thick, streaky lacing coated the glass and lasted until the beer was finished.

The aroma was really interesting. A dry, powdery yeastiness soon gave way to intense herbal and spicy notes. Sage was the dominant herb. Lots of white pepper as well. Juniper berries were also noticeable. Lemony with hints of candied citrus peel and coriander. Crisp, dry and tart. A touch of honey-like sweetness came out as the beer warmed.

The flavor continued where the aroma left off. Quite herbal with strong (yet not overwhelming) notes of sage. Crisp, bright and tart. Lemony. Good amount of citrus. Orange peel was most apparent. Coriander was noticeable as well. Bit of fruity sweetness. The beer as anchored by a crackery, pale malt base. The finish was snappy, dry and peppery. Some grassy and herbal hops were detectible. Really crisp, clean and refreshing with just a bit of tartness from the brett.

Frothy, fluffy and highly effervescent on the palate, the mouthfeel was spot-on for the style. A super fine yet aggressive carbonation lent the beer a pillowy soft fluffiness.

Early reviews of this beer mentioned the fact that the spice notes were really overdone and the brett failed to come through at all. Fortunately, almost a year of aging seemed to temper the intense herbal and spicy notes to the point of near perfection. Although the brett was still rather restrained, it gave this another level of complexity. This beer ranks up there with some of the better Belgian saisons I have ever sampled. All in all, this is a fantastic collaboration and a unique interpretation on the style.

Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a murky texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A very sweet and spicy aroma - a lot of the advertised sage - as well as some malt.

T: Tasted of the typically saison barnyard funk, a lot of the sage, some coriander, and a bit of some other spices mixed in. Doesn't quite live up to the expectations provided by the aroma. Still, a solid flavor.

M: An adequate amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A generally well done, drinkable saison.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, sage, ginger, lavender, spruce, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and solid balance of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spices, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, sage, ginger, lavender, spruce, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy herbal/yeast spiciness and slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, lime, pear, apple, coriander, clove, pepper, sage, ginger, lavender, spruce, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, light musty funk, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity and solid balance of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spices, and pale malt flavors; with a nice crisp malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice herbal spiced saison. All around good complexity and solid balance of fruity/earthy yeast, herbal spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very unique and enjoyable saison, but I think it was a bit too heavy on the herbal spicing overall.

Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden amber with a thin mustache of foam in the Avec les Bon Voeux chalice. Nice whiff of the farmyard along with the fruity yeast. Pleasantly spritzy with a sparkly mouthfeel.

Hugely flavored with sage, which they admit to, and other stuff, aparently honey and random herbs. A hint of lemon and pear. The brett is not so apparent, but there is a distinct dry and mineral finish.

This is a wacky brew that is off-putting with the first taste, but gradually grows on you. Every sip is kind of journey through the sugar, the yeast, the fruit. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, and herb aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, earth, spice, and herb flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of herb and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting herb and spice qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A strange beer. I remember liking the original well enough, although the white sage was fairly potent. I'm not sure what the additional herbs were that were added here, but they have an odd effect of sorta cancelling each other out- with the exception of a menthol note that just doesn't sit all that well with me. It's interesting, but rather than the clean power of the white sage, you get the melange of muted herbal notes, azesty citrus note, particularly in the aroma, and a persistent cough-drop note. I don't think I'll have another.

Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Of Love & Regret, served chilled in a tulip.

The color is hazed like apricot nectar with thin white cap with fine bead. The aroma is very herbal with light pepper odor and toasted grain with slight yeast scent and mild anise-like accent. The feel is great, dry and spicy yet a slight yeast texture with light bitterness and subtle phenolic herbal tinge with moderate carbonation and enjoyable dry finish.

The taste has lots of floral and herbal qualities on first sip with sweet and bitter citrus elements with slight taste of pepper and nice hit of funk with gentle hop bitterness and mild alcohol in the finish. Overall this was very good with a nice take on the original with lots of spicy and herbal complexity in the mix with dry finish making it very easy to quaff and return to taste by taste.

Photo of larryi86
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- A hazy orange with a two finger white head.

S- Slightly tart, light fruits, sweet malts, sage, nice barnyard funk, some herbal notes.

T- Some tart lemons, light fruits, sage, barnyard funk, sweet malts, some earthy spices.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very nice saison, yeast has a nice funk and tartness. I would I like to see how this ages, could see it getting more tart. It is more tart than Cellar Door. Might pick up some more this and try it side by side with Cellar Door.

Photo of Blair_Peterson
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Fun fall tasting farmhouse session. Great fall spice profile, without being overpowering. A slight almost cinnamon feel to it. Great fun and decent depth of profile.

Photo of Vogt52
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque orange-tan color. About an inch of white head with great lacing. Smells herbal/floral. Can definitely smell the sage. Tastes like a much improved version of cellar door. The new herbs added balance out the (excessive) sage taste in cellar door. Has a sweet herbal/floral taste. Overall a great saison!

Westbrook / Stillwater Big Tasty's Back Door from Westbrook Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.