Fuck Art - This Is Architecture - To Øl
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4.01/5 rDev +2.6%
Remarkable is it how much complexity can be crammed into such a small beer. With a ton of yeast character and not holding back on hops- this lighter bodied Belgian Pale Ale resembles Saison with its effervescent spice and accelerated bitterness.
But to start, the ale billows with a light and fluffy foam column that rises to the rim with ease. Its bone-colored head retains remarkably well while lacing with intricate clumping patterns. Its body beneath is a blend of copper, peach and orange and glows with a yeasty diffused haze.
Void of any sweetness, the malty scent comprises raw barley grain and straw. Fruit impressions abound with oranges, grapefruit and apricot- but do so in a very unripe character. The fruit character bleeds into a highly spicy note of fresh-cracked peppercorn, cumin, cinnamon and an overall earthy leafy scent.
To taste, its once again shy in sweetness. Instead the pang of carbonation gives the palate an instant spiciness that invites the fruit-derives acidity similar to citrus peels and rinds. Again, the yeasty, peppery blend takes hold on the middle palate and further reinforces the taste a dry grain, wet hay and straw. Spicy with peppercorn and earthy cumin once again align with hop bitterness for a pithy and sharp bitterness in finish. The beer's aftertaste is short-lived and leaves a slight cork-like musty wood taste in memory.
Light in body, the evading sweetness and sprite of carbonation pulls the moisture from the mouth and provides a dry prickling sensation early and often. Its warm and spicy finish seems to vanish right off the tongue before having a chance to swallow. This makes the beer highly refreshing and drinkable. Even with a mild grain and hop astringency, the beer has so many positives that its minor flaws are easily overcome.
Where the beer sides with earthen spice and complementing hops- it begs for rich complements like crispy pork belly or foie gras.
07-24-2013 16:54:31 | More by BEERchitect
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
On-tap 9/20/2013 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.
T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness comes in. There is some mild caramel and citrus sweetness providing some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice flavorful Saison to drink for a long time.
09-21-2013 16:51:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.34/5 rDev +11%
this is a damn fine beer, sending a bit of a curious political message, with that unfinished hotel from north korea i think, right? but the beer in the bottle is fantastic. foggy bronze color with a colossal white head, airy and cloud-like, not going anywhere. the nose is hoppy in the citrus family, but real yeasty, tons of farmy funk. not sure if this is brett fermented or conditioned, but it has that kind of nose, and it absolutely has that kind of dryness. the flavor of the grain is rather delicate for its richer reddish color, i get some fruity esters from the yeast too, belgian in nature for sure. there is a classic farmhouse flavor to this, similar to some mikkeller brews, that i just love, but the yeast has manifested itself in a very interesting way in terms of mouthfeel. i take a sip and hold it for just a second, and the intensely fizzy feel continues to expand to point where liquid ceases to exist and all of the beer has turned into a wispy effervescent fluff, and there is basically nothing to swallow anymore, so strange, so unique. this is what makes me think there is some brett in here, but it could just be a killer belgian strain. never had a beer do that, and for it to finish so dry after being both so hoppy and so funky, is amazing. a brilliantly crafted brew here, probably my favorite from these guys so far.
01-26-2014 18:07:22 | More by StonedTrippin
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a huge four finger white head that dissipates quickly to one finger of persistent foam with massive lacing. Aroma an unusual blend of tropical and stone fruit and spicy saison yeast, quite floral. Quite complex and inviting. Flavor starts with dry saison yeast, Brett, citrus and citrus rind, faint mixed fruit, very slightly sour; quickly dries out even more, finishing bone dry with lingering bitter Brett, almost astringent. The floral quality oddly reassert themselves in a long lingering aftertaste. Light bodied with very active, peppery carbonation. While I almost wish for more of the interesting fruit flavors of the aroma to assert themselves in the taste, I think the brewers created what they were intending, a relatively complex, dry saison with assertive Brett finish. This is not my style and somewhat more Brett than I like, but I still enjoyed this well made saison. The good balance won me over, with a light touch for sourness, and at first for the Brett.
09-16-2013 02:50:16 | More by LiquidAmber
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
Hazy golden colour. Fluffy white head. Great lacing and head retention.
Citrus and Brett. Tons of funk and lemon. Slightly sweet.
Sweet malt then Bang. Bitterness. Brett. Funk. Yum. Citrus. Good.
Medium body wig moderately high carbonation. Very good.
Really solid beer. Excellent balance and complexity.
05-10-2014 11:54:02 | More by dgilks
4.25/5 rDev +8.7%
330ml bottle. Goblet glass. Brass color & foggy appearance. White foam forms a close crown that leaves a lasting layer on top while dissipates. Brett aroma, hints of smoke, sour on the back, green bay leaves & spices to the nose. Sweet malty upfront cut by sour touch. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Funny palate. Oily texture. Sour/sweet finish & acidic notes on the aftertaste. Delightful. Great job !!
01-06-2014 11:31:50 | More by GONZALOYANNA
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.19/5 rDev -18.4%
330ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.60):
Cloudy, golden amber to orange colour and is topped with a massive, bubbly white head with a touch of cream in the colour. There is some nice lacing left on the sides.
Sour with yeast and fruity hops upfront with tarty, definite saison type aroma. I could detect a few lively hops and a strong citrus smell that give the beer a light and refreshing feel to it. There is some grassy and herbal notes too with a bit of orange.
Sour & tary to begin with some hops and a very citrus infused taste that has a few tropical flavours in there as well as some herbal ones and a grassy hop taste. There is some orange and lemon too with grapefruit and a very bitter finish.
Bitter, dry, tarty & sour. Light medium body & tonnes of carbonation.
Doesn't live up to its excellent name although it wasn't an entirely disappointing offering. Whilst starting quite well with a great look and smell, the beer didn't really live up to my expectations and was far too sour and seemed slightly over carbonated too.
06-12-2013 10:28:02 | More by flyingpig
4.11/5 rDev +5.1%
Drank from my To Øl chalice.
A - Pours a slightly hazy straw colour with a large two fingered head that stay the distance.
S - Phenols of grass, yeast and plenty of citrus. Very pronounced
T - Really nice full flavoured with plenty of yeast and citrus. The finish has no sweetness and is a nice balnce of bitter and spice.
M - Medium body with light to medium carbonation.
O - Another quality brew from To Øl. This stacks up well, even against Fantome and Dupont.
08-10-2013 11:05:05 | More by eric5bellies
4.24/5 rDev +8.4%
750ml into a tulip. Pours a dull hazed butterscotch, yellow egg cream colored head pompously continues towering long after the pour. nice
The nose is dominated by a deep earthy bretty wonderful. Tart citrus. old world
Citrusy grassy wetty hay. Crisp dry sharp brett finish. Less tart than expected and zero sour but a light skinned sweet fruity appears which paired with the brett gives it a level of intensity and complexity that not enough 5% brews can offer. Light bodied fizzy lively mouthfeel.
lip smacking thirst quenching table biere
07-06-2013 00:35:38 | More by impending
4.34/5 rDev +11%
Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 750mL.
Pours a hazy peach/gold with almost an inch of head, decent lace retention.
The smell is pretty amazing. Smells like walking through an orchard of mixed ripe fruit. The floral, fruit and earthy notes are out of this world!
Light and crisp, yet complex and flavorful. Grains, fruit and grassy/earthy hops mix well up front with the Belgian yeast. Dries out with a hint of tartness in the middle. Dry, crisp finish.
A little pricy, but very nice Saison or Belgian Pale. I'm tempted to cellar!
12-04-2013 20:47:01 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
United Kingdom (England)
4.19/5 rDev +7.2%
Lovely sunset orange-gold with an enormous, puffy cloud of foam on top. Aroma is mostly fruit and forest: lime, pine, dry cider, geraniums, wildflowers. Juicy tropical notes as well – lychee, mango, green peppercorn. For all the yeasty and hoppy notes on the nose, this is surprisingly (and deliciously) malty, like sourdough and cornbread. Very lively and very dry (maybe too dry), with sharp little bubbles that accentuate the hops' and yeast's spicy notes: grapefruit zest, cut grass, bergamot, coriander, and wood resin. Incredibly intense for 5%, but still easy to drink.
08-05-2013 17:46:16 | More by soulgrowl
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