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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 526
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 24.16%
Wants: 16
Gots: 85 | FT: 2
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 08-05-2011

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Photo of GRG1313
2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear orange amber with a decent pure white full head; nice to look at.

Nose is big assertive esters of fresh stone fruit and fresh flowers with lots of cooked banana character. Assertive and big but the floral character really saves the nose and makes it appealing. Perhaps a bit too perfumy for some.

Mouthfeel is thin with an elegant carbonation but a bit too watery for me. Flavor profile is just "off."

Flavors start out "green" herbal in nature - ivy, celery, green pepper that goes to pine and burnt toast, all with a hit of lemon or lime. Flavors are just all over the place and not integrated. Somewhere in there is a sweet undertone that does not help and just confuses more.

Finish is nice green pepper, pine bitter and saves this one a bit. I don't see this as a Saison; is that what the brewer intended?

Might actually do all around better with food. I likely will not be one to try again.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As soon as I opened the bottle, the smell seemed off. The taste is not as bad as the smell, but it still just tastes like an old beer. There is no bottled on date on the bottles so I have no idea if this is what is supposed to taste like, but this one is a mix of malt and citrus just completely overpowered by a, for lack of a better word, staleness.

I have another couple bottles of this that I'm not too excited about but I might try it again if I could figure out how old it is so that I could figure out if this bottle is off or if I just don't like this beer.

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Photo of teromous
2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden slightly hazy body with a short white head that quickly fades to nothing. Decent lacing.

Aroma: There is a faint spicy aroma, but it doesn't shout out with any distinct farmouse ale characteristic scents.

Taste: Spicy herbal flavor, like clove and faint rosemary.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied to the point of being a bit thin with a bit of a chalky feeling.

Overall: It was a pretty average farmhouse ale. Nothing really stood out though, it was pretty lacking in aroma and mouthfeel. It's not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A – Bright pear juice body. Bone-white head pours high and leaves a sub par place.

S – Awgh. Pretty unappealing, even for a funky style. Fire, soap, sweaty socks, and rotten passion fruit.

T – A complete 180 from the nose. Tangerine, honeydew melon, dark honey, warm bread, and white grape. Bitter dandelion and orange pith. Sharp acidy on the finish.

M – Medium/light body with an ok carbonation. Cutting acidity on the finish is refreshing.

O – An incredibly ambivalent beer. The nose is horrible and the taste is fantastic. By far the most skewed nose/taste balance I’ve ever seen in a beer.

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Photo of cmoody91
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours golden wheat color with giant white head that quickly dissipates into heavy lacing

S: Very light vague citrus and caramel, barnyard.

T: Hop forward, wheat dominated, somewhat thinly dissipating with a dry finish dominated by carbonation and a touch of funk.

M: Light, thin mouthfeel with high carbonation.

O: Pretty drinkable but not something I'd invest in again, becomes far more interesting as it cools. Interesting to try if available.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL brown glass pry-top bottle. Purchased at Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Box says bottled 31.3.11/BB 31.3.12, but the label says best before 2015...odd.

Pours without much ado. Hazy golden yellow with thin white head. Nose has some preserved citrus notes and a little grass. Pretty muted. Palate is wide and then quickly sharp in the center then widens back out. Lemongrass, orange rind and hay.

Notes: No too impressed with this one. A rather straight-forward saison, but too loose on the mouthfeel for me to really enjoy it.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is a dry grain background with ripe fruits up front. Nice.
The taste has a moderate bitterness all the way through, a little fruit sweetness tries to come out.
The texture is soft and fizzy.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 ounce bottle to a glass. Big white foam and light straw color. Smells initial citrus, apple, and cinnamon. Taste somewhat bland with light yeast and fruit notes but a fairly thin mouthfeel.

Overall a slight disappointment and had a Ron and the Beast Ryan from a 22oz bottle right after and couldn't tell much of a difference. Both were very similar with Ron having a slight thicker mouthfeel and lingering grapefruit notes. These don't make the list of new or old school saisons in my opinion

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a nice hazy blonde color with half an inch of airy white head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of citrus and spice with an earthy background.

Flavors of coriander, pepper, lemongrass with a hint of the earthy funk common to the style.

Light bodied with a sweet but crisp finish. Moderate carbonation with a mild aftertaste.

Overall a decent beer, a good intro for someone not used to the style, but I prefer my saisons to have a little more of that barnyard funk to them.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from volunteering for BBF 2011. 16oz capped bottle Poured into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a massive, 2 finger white, foamy head with good retention. Beer is a semi-clear pale yellow-clementine. Lacing is stringy and thick with good stick. Nice, even considering the style.

Nose is typical saison. Soapy with bountiful amounts of floral and spice characteristics. Very sweet and fresh. Solid.

Opens sweet with some citrus rind light tartness. Crisp and yeasty towards the middle with some peppercorn spice. Soapy and floral notes at the middle-end. Finishes flower petals and lemon zest with a filmy, slight bitter peppery aftertaste. Decent but could use a bit more funk characteristic.

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Lively, crisp, and easy drinking in the mouth. Goes down bubbles and spicy with a crisp finish and lingering, filmy, dry aftertaste. Appropriate. Very easy drinking.

A solid representation of the style if just a tad boring. Nice feel and good flavor but really lacking that special funkiness to put it over the top as a great Saison.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head (almost two fingers) and seems to have pretty good retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a hazy and pale, golden straw which appears as a murky, lemon yellow when held up to the light. Nice sheeting that extends a finger from the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very stereotypically Belgian which translates to a very familiar good. Banana, cloves, tart apples, and other spice. Light cinnamon. Mostly dominate by yeast with noticeable assertions from fruit esters. Quite airy and subtle.

Taste- Reflective of the aroma- banana comes first, but then the yeast really takes over. Lots of clove, even a sense of bandaid (in a good way), that rides more banana to a less than crisp finish. The overall flavor profile is basic and proficient but the finish could be dryer and neater. Lots of cinnamon tingle on the linger in a way that isn't all together positive. This is a definite phenol bomb. If there weren't hints of apple, this might be easily confused for an alcoholic hefeweizen. Some woodiness to the yeast which could be more subtle. Rather boring for a saison though, or at least, in comparison to some of the standards. More like a tripel/hefeweizen than what I think of when I think of a saison. Maybe it needs some age. Still a good beer though. Definitely above average, approaching solid.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a slight notion of syrup. Good zip of carbonation, perhaps overdone in the absence of a dryer finish.

Drinkability- Perhaps a little generic in regard to the yeast profile but easygoing enough. Cheap for the style but it is a style I don't mind paying for if it's really good.

Overall- Above average. It's within the style limitations but seems rather boring in comparison to many within the style. I would give it a try- it's well brewed; it simply does nothing unique.

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Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing beer, not a great Saison though. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a huge delicately bubbly white head. Good retention and several bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lemon zest, some spices (definitely black pepper, maybe a little coriander too), and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is more of the same but what is missing is a big, not so subtle barnyard/musty/horseblanket thing that is so welcome in the best Saisons.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. The level of carbonation is just right and the beer is plenty rich enough.

Good beer but needs more "funk" to be a top Saison.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

i picked up a bottle of Evil Twin's Ryan And The Beaster Bunny a month and a half ago for $3.79 at Holiday Market. I've been meaning to try this one and when I saw it on the shelf I knew there's no better time than the present, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 3/04/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks ok, the design is pretty simple and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a cloudy pale yellow color that took on more of a golden hue when held to the light with over three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left lots of nice patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the saison yeast being the first to show up and it imparts all those yeasty and eastery like aromas that I would expect and it's followed by a nice fruity aroma with some pears sticking out the most with just a little bit of lemon grass in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a noticeable spicy and earthy hops aroma with a grassy aroma showing up a little in the background. This beer had a nice aroma that was what I would expect from the style, but I wish more of those farmhouse aspects came through.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter and it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness with the Saison yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma. Up next comes the fruits which are very similar to how they were in the aroma with the pear still sticking out the most. On the finish comes the hops which impart the same spicy and earthy hop aspects that they did in the aroma with a light amount of bitterness with a pear and spicy hop aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Saison, but the taste was a little lighter than I wanted it to be and I was more funky farmhouse yeast came through.

M- Smooth, crisp, not too prickly, a little dry on the finish, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a nice example of the style, but the flavors were on the lighter side for the style and that left me wanting more from this beer and I really wish some farmhouse aspects came through since I don't really get any. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, not too prickly, a little dry on finish, not filling at all and the taste doesn't do the greatest job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I don't have the urge to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer was that it stayed true to style, it had most of the things that I expect from a straight up Saison. What I liked the least about this beer was that the flavors weren't just a little bolder and I wish more farmhouse aspects came through. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but i wouldn't turn it down if I was in the mood for a straight up Saison. I can't say I would recommend it, but if you really like Saisons it's worth a shot. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it wasn't bad, but I expected more from Evil Twin and the fact that it said Farmhouse style Ale on the label made it even more disappointing that hardly any farmhouse aspects came through. So far this is one of my least beers from Evil Twin and it falls in the middle at best for the style, I appreciate the effort, but I think this one could use some work, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is straw, slightly opaque, head presented about 1 inch thick then dissipated to a ring and some lacing.

Smell light fresh malt, pilsner or clean malt, maybe some light toast or biscuit; pepperiness and yeasty notes as well.

Taste is heavy on the yeast and estery or phenolic flavors, malt sweetness is present but behind the strength of the yeast off flavors.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, but not out of place for saisons, some lingering sweetness as well to counter balance, decent.

Overall, a solid saison, malt flavors are present, yeast cleans through and mouthfeel is nice, crisp and slightly dry.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a pale straw color with a somewhat short lived white head.

S: A fairly sweet nose on this one. Smells a bit like lemon candy with some sweet sugar. There is a mild yeast aroma along with grass, apples, and a touch of booze. There is a mild banana note on the back end as well as some bread.

T: The flavor starts off with lots of sweet sugar and a fair amount of banana. There is a mild caramel flavor with a hint of booze. Just a bit of yeast, grass, and lemon zest. A touch of bitterness on the finish.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A little sweet and boozy for a saison, but it wasn't too bad.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Not quite getting what they mean by either 'Ryan' or the "Beaster bunny". I guess I'll try to google-fu that later. Maybe.

This beer 'pours', or should I say, gloops out of the bottle in a chunky, tightly effervescent stream, that instantaneously piles up, with the aggressive foam rendering a glass that is barely 1/20th liquid. Fucking great. After ten minutes or so, the hubbub seems to die down, but then you tip the bottle, and it starts all over again. Ridiculous.

Anyway, after considering doing my taxes in the interim, things settle to something approaching normality, and I'm left with some actual beer, of a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with an indeterminate number of fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some random chunky swaths of lace around the glass as it finally sinks out of sight.

It smells of prominent black and green pepper spice, grainy pale malt, musty farm-borne yeast, sugary chewing gum, stale applesauce, and a sodden alcohol-soaked woodiness. The taste is sweet, grainy cereal malt, generic, weirdly tart apple mush, rather pithy citrus rind, a much milder, middling peppery spice, an equally sedated green yeastiness, and some understated flinty booze notes.

The (over) carbonation is still pretty actively frothy in the mouthfeel, so late into this affair, the body medium (I guess) weight, and not really smooth given every word I have just scratched out. It finishes off-dry, the grain, pepper, yeast, and alcohol all still preening for the camera.

Swuh? I poured the last 1/3 bottle of this into a 2L mixing bowl, and it still foamed up over the lip - WTF? Seriously, while this turns out (eventually) to be a sassy, peppery, boozy flip-off to those to might think they know what a saison is, it's just not worth the hassle, IMHO. Funny how I'm trying this on V-day, as the work to just get to the good part seems worth the effort, sure (which I believe justifies my appearance score), but only once I've actually had a heady dose of said part. Get your shit together, Evil Twin, as this is by no means the first incident of the sort that I've had the displeasure of stumbling across lately.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

little to no head retention, almost no lacing, cloudly orange like color. Smell is lightly musky, lemon and a wheat likeness. taste is astringent, creamy thou, with orange and wheat, nice mouthfeel for style.

Overall; Good beer for style, though reminda me of blue moon to much only heavier.

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Photo of cbutova
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Full notes taken to phone the other night.

A- 12oz slim bottle to a couple snifters with a golden body with lots of haze some and particulate suspended. White cap at around a finger with decent retention dropping a few small sheets of lacing.

S- Bright Saison yeast is the show with an emphasis on citrus fruits and yeast spice; hints at very slight tartness. Herbal coriander, lemon oil, orange zest, sage and apples/pale grapes come to mind.

T- Fruits and spices derived fron whatever yeast strain they utilize in this Saison. Lemon peels, pink peppercorn, coriander, oranges, vanilla sweetness, apple and pear esters, Pils grains, white grapes, crusty bread, herbal grassy hops and even slight phenols marry in a balanced profile.

MF- Mostly dry with only a slight residual sweetness in a medium overall body for the style. Carbonation is at a moderately low level and lacks that crisp bite I look for. Soothing creaminess and light spicy bitterness.

Relatively fruity Saison with an herbal and spicy character helping to balance that all out. Smooth for 7% but lacks some carbonation in the feel.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L – Deep gold color with a 3-finger foamy, frothy, rocky, white head. Decent retention and some wisps of lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles.

S – Bready malt, peppery yeast, lemon zest, and a whole host of herbal, grassy, and floral aromas.

T – Follows the aroma well. It starts off mildly sweet with bready, grainy malt and picks up spicy, peppery yeast along the way. Bitter and tart lemon rind comes in next, followed by a bunch of herbal and floral flavors at the finish.

F – Light-medium-bodied, good carbonation, a crisp and very mildly tart feel, and a mildly bitter, mildly spicy, and dry finish. A little bit of burn at the finish from the alcohol.

O – This is a pretty good beer. It certainly has all of the elements of a good saison, but the herbal and floral aspects are a bit overdone for my taste. The ABV is also a bit higher than I’d like in a saison – I prefer them to be very drinkable and sessionable. So, while this may be a great saison for some, something about it just doesn’t cut it for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a pretty good beer and a good saison, but I’ve definitely had better.

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Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I could literally kick myself for being such a sucker that I'd order this beer just because of the cool name. Oh well... on tap at Max's.

The beer pours a pale gold color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. On the nose, this beer is pretty attractive, showcasing honey, bees wax, light clove and dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's some noticeable alcohol in the finish of this simple, straight forward, saison style beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a decent, slightly alcoholic finish.

Hmmmm.... not bad, but there's really nothing to distinguish this saison style beer.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent golden body with hazy hues beneath the persistent feather white head that holds on for most of the beer's duration.

Aromas consist of yeasty farmhouse funk, lemongrass and hints of coriander and grass.

Flavors offer yeast and again lemongrass, as well as some spice notes such as peppercorns, and touches of wheat.

Medium to lighter in body with medium carbonation and an earthy finish.

Not a bad Saison but perhaps not as clean and pronounced in terms off the typical style characteristics as some of its peers.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy light yellow with a two finger bubbly white head. Great head retention and lots of lacing present on the glass with some visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of citrus and herbs with just the slightest hint of root beer.

T: The flavors of lemon and herbs dominate and there is not a lot of complexity.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and a slight amount of coating of your mouth.

O: Lacks some of the complexity that I would like but still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color in the glass with a modest head. Big, rich, fruity flavors with a zing of the Belgian yeast. Spicy nose with a prickly carbonation. Starts with a sweet malt taste cut by tangy citrus. A long rasp of yeasty bitterness followed by more fruit.

Pear skins and apple pie with a browned crust. A big flavored Saison that may be a little too intense on the dry, yeasty flavors, but it's a long strange trip. Very interesting and worth comparing with other Saisons. On tap at Public House in La Jolla.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampled yesterday on 6/8/15. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle. From the Evil Twin Brewing Company in Brooklyn, New York, their "RYAN AND THE BEASTER BUNNY" contains right at 7% alcohol (ABV). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "EMPYREAN BREWING CO." snifter glass.

Brew pours a hazy golden-yellow in color with a small 1/2-finger foamy white head. Some light sheets of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of spice and citrus zest for the most part. Bit more going on with the taste with the crispy malts blending in with the lemon and orange zest along with some coriander, peppercorn with grassy hops. Crisp finish that is slightly dry. Medium-bodied with lower carbonation. Overall, it was OK if you like this style of brew, but one of the better ones.

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Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Hill Farmstead store in Greensboro, VT.

A - Pourd into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light straw colour with a big, sudsy rocky three finger head. Massive like a Duvel head in appearance. Just excellent for a saison.

S - Some light lemon citrus notes and dank barnyard funk. Theres some super faint herbalness and pepper on the end. Maybe some banana too.

T - Wow, taste is a far cry from the nose. Theres some light citrus and malt sweetness along with that nice funk. The end though overpowers all of it with a strong ABV presence. That ABV really hurts the overall beer.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad. Light crisp carbonation but strong, strong ABV on the finish.

O - Overall, this beer started out with so much promise only to be overwhelmed by ABV that shouldn't be there. Shouldn't taste this strong or assertive, but it does. Really a shame.

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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny from Evil Twin Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.