Evil Twin Ron And The Beast Ryan - Evil Twin Brewing

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 251
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 7.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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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: xnicknj on 10-18-2011

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Photo of weltywm
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Trestle Inn in Philadelphia. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Poured a pale yellow with about 1/2 a finger of white head that quickly dissipated.

Smell: A bit of funk, yeast, and that sort of rustic farmhouse smell that you would expect from a saison.

Taste: The brett funk hit me first of all, but it wasn't over powering, and complemented the other flavors well. After brett, I tasted tart cherries, white pepper, banana, and lots of yeast. A very tight and lively finish.

Appearance: Very drinkable and well carbonated. Medium body.

Overall: Much better than I expected and very enjoyable. I know the price is expensive, but I would definitely get it again. (681 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $13.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clouded, darkish amber body with a lofty, airy crest of whitish suds.

Smell: Honeyish, faintly toasty malts with the most prominent note additions being mint leaf, melon juice, something akin to pickled ginger, citric tropical fruit, a splash of Orangina, peppery spices, wrapped in phenols and a noted mustiness.

Taste: Some slightly sweet honey stretched over dry, day-old toasted biscuit tops. The sweetness quickly recedes. Then, the remaining flavors don't simply unfold leisurely, they come rushing in all at once: spearmint, melon juice, citrus blossoms, grapefruit, white pepper, faux ginger, sandalwood, cantaloupe, clean sweat, With each sip, gulp, whatever, the flavors just come pouring in like idiots shoppers streaming into a Wal-Mart on Black Friday -- ah, Christ, somebody just trampled the melons and kept on running to the toy aisle! Dry, phenolic finish. Gets a bit tangier, citric, and gingeresque as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. High carbonation, but it soon tapers off.

Overall: While not nearly good enough for me to change my saison allegiance, it's still a solid, brett-infused saison, albeit a bit tough on the ole wallet. (1,252 characters)

Photo of popery
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold color. Cloudy. Very large white head. Hard to pour because of it. Big clumps of bubbles stick all over the glass. Aroma is lemons, funk, herbal hops and fresh pale malt. The brett is quite good. It's a medium strong, relatively clean funk that plays nicely with the malt and other flavors well. There's also a bit of an earthy Belgian yeast note in there. The taste doesn't quite come together as well. It starts mildly sweet before dying out and adding a tangy lemon flavor and a good bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Some spice. A good deal of sweet pale malt flavor. Mouthfeel is full and creamy for a saison. Very soft. Good beer but not my favorite beer from Evil Twin, though those imperial stouts make for a pretty high bar. (753 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy golden-orange, finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Pilsner and grainy malts, Brett, funk, Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon zest, grapefruit, citrus, pine and floral hops.

T - Sweet pilsner and grainy malts, Belgian yeast, coriander, lemon zest, Brett, some funk, grapefruit, citrus, pine, floral hops, some mild bitterness, some tartness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, funky, and lightly sour finish.

D - Nicely balanced. The brett adds some great complexity to the base beer. (541 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at City Beer Store for 11.99. Best before date of 2015.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin crop of mousse-like white foam. Good retention and lacing evident. Aroma is a mix of funky/sour with leather, lemon warhead tartness, moist earth. Crusty sourbread and a dash of peppery spice. Initial tart citrus fruit flavors bleed into a quick saltine cracker in the middle followed up with an herbal rye breadiness on the finish. Beneath it all lies a definite, subtle funkiness that I'd peg as a sharp, pungent cheese. It's modest but adds a nice layer of intrigue to the beer. Carbonation and body seem appropriate for the style though I'd like to see a bit more bristle in the bubbles department.

Overall a solid beer but it is lacking in depth/complexity as far as a Saison w/ Brett goes. Perhaps it'll improve with time though it's certainly enjoyable now. (879 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With such complexity, strength, and whimsy- this oddly compelling beer brings hops, sour, and earth together in an orgy of decadence and irresistibility.

Straw-like and lighlty golden in appearance, it's hazy appearance is testament to its unfiltered taste and strong hop content. Capped with a creamy eggshell off white head, the beer retains its head very well and laces delicately along the snifter.

Citrus and pungent scents mingle above the glass and entice the nose with grapefruit, citrus peel, fresh cut grass, leather, dried wood, limes, and sea air. The underlying dry biscuit scent is lightly crusty, thinly honey-like, and with mild starch. Similarly a peppery scent of fennel teases the nose heading into taste.

A dry malty taste opens with light caramel and honey and introduces the taste of fennel seed, just before the hop and earthen funk seeps into the middle palate. That's where the dry fruit taste of orange peel, white grapefruit, lemons and limes are less than zesty but seem dehydrated and concentrated in earthy fruit taste. Accompanying sea brine, drying woods, damp sod, and leather all add complexity to the fruity taste before heading into finish. A late dryness of sandalwood, citrus pith bitterness, and white pepper close the taste briskly and earthen.

Creamy-dry to start, there's an infussed airy quality that burrows deep in the starchy biscuit malt textures but lightens the palate and prepares the palate for a powdery, earthy, dried wood tannin mouthfeel that glided just above the taste buds and dives into a semi-clean bitterness, earthen dryness, and alcohol warmth that rewards both IPA lovers and fans of sour ales alike.

The bitter and sour interplay that both hops and wild yeast provide is a delicate and challenged taste that favors those of sophisticated palate and discerned taste. Though not for the faint of heart, there's something charming and rustic here that cannot be denied. (1,936 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly decent saison, smooth with a honey finish. Recently purchased bottle. Light coloured body, slightly spicy and in no way funky aroma. Good drinkability, does not even need the honey to be a good saison, and it would have been not as sweet. (251 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a light orange with large white head. Foamy and fizzy, OK retention.

S: Definite Brett, leather, fermented orange marmalade.

T: Orange bubblegum with some Brett funk, some stone fruit, apple at times. A lot going on.

M: Lightly sour. Frothy, soft carbonation, medium-bodied. Fairly astringent.

O: A good and interesting saison, I enjoyed trying it. Price is a problem for sure, but fans of weird funky Bretty beers should like this. (469 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Parlor City has been cycling various Evil Twins through the tap. So far, all are great.

Pours a bright cloudy yellow with a nice white head.

Nose is lemony, grainy hits of yeast.

I understand this has Brett in it. That really adds some nice twist. Tastes nice and lemony with a good spicy yeasty kick. Semi-funky. Lemon tends to the peel side and is balanced with a sweetness.

A good stickiness in the mouth feel adds a final facet to this enjoyable drink. A fine farmhouse it is. (486 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone IRS glass. Hazy, straw color with foamy white head that lasts a bit then quickly disappears, leaving a very thin layer behind. Brewed with one of my personal favorites, Brettanomyces. Nose is lemon, straw, slightly sweaty/funky, some apples and some bready yeast notes. The taste is very lemony up front. Almost more lemony than lemons. That quickly gives way to a funky barnyard taste with tropical fruits like mango. There's some bready, malty tastes in the back and a strong yeasty taste more in the foreground. Some flavors of tart green apples and even a little bit of cherry in there. Delicious. It is very carbonated but not in an overwhelming way. Its very drinkable for something so funky. I am not usually a fan of saisons but a lot of new ones seem to be growing on me. If I get the opportunity to pick up another of these I will and I'll sit on it for a bit to see where the Brett goes. It tastes like its still alive and kicking and it has a long journey ahead of it. (1,000 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice white head. Citrusy nose with some straw, pineapple, light melon, and a pleasant dryness. A hint of spice, some bready malt, and as it sits, lemon drop candies. The flavor is a bit more bread/malt forward. Some citrus peel, straw, lemon, yeast, and light spice. A hint of tropical fruit and dry on the finish. Really nice and easy drinking. (380 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at The Farmers' Cabinet in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a very hazy, light golden orange color with golden yellow edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.

Slightly funky, earthy aroma with subtle acetic vinegar undertones along with funky barnyard yeast notes.  Musty and sweaty with a strong citrusy wheat presence. Hints of lemon, musty funk, earthy wood and peppery spice.

Full bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel that compliments the tart barnyard funkiness really well.  Slightly vinegary but not acetic or solvent-like.  Earthy, funky yeast with some brett and a subtle lactic presence along with zesty, peppery spice and sweet citrus.  Really well balanced and very quaffable considering the complexity.  I enjoyed this beer immensely.   (830 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Slightly hazed golden in color with a creamy white head that leaves ribbons and lots of sticky lace down the glass.

Aroma is a nice combination of grass, hay, earth, a little bit of bubble gum, yeast, and floral hops. Very nice.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with good amounts of grass, earth, and floral characters leading the way, along with a bit of sweet bubblegum, and bread. Very nice and incredible drinkable. No alcohol presence.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, and somewhat creamy.

Very nice, incredibly drinkable saison, though probably not worth the price point. (646 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at the Beer Bistro in Chicago.

Served with a two finger pillowy clean white head and a hazy golden body. The unmistakable smell of Brett-induced funk, with floral and fruit notes on the nose. Opens with the taste of flora and citrus, transitions to earthy, brett funk in the midpalate,and finishes dry and just a bit tart with strong notes of pear. On the lighter side of medium bodied however still features a fairly creamy mouthfeel. A very enjoyable and well-balanced brew. (501 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yet cloudy pale orange color with a short yet dense pure white head. A bit more orangey than your typical saison.

The aroma is quite sweet, has kind of an orangey candy type scent. Some subtle tart apple and farmhouse funk, mainly hay. Its a nice aroma but definitely sweet.

The taste has an earthy sourness that was not picked up in the aroma. Kind of sharp bitter unripe orange. There is a brightness from the malt and floral notes. Some hay and funk and an odd metallic note. The bitter/sour is too sharp for my liking.

The feel is light and fizzy, crisp. Good balance for the most part but does end with a rough bitterness.

A flavorful saison but the sour/bitter is a bit too striking; needs to be more mellow. Its worth a purchase but not sure a re-purchase. (782 characters)

Photo of Mcculler
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two bottles on back to back days.

Both poured golden with red highlights under relatively thick heads that left solid lacing.

The first bottle threw citrus, pear, astringent herbs, flowers, and some slate-dominant minerality. Slightly sweet from the honey but much of the honey in this bottle had fermented very dry. Taste echoed smell.

The second bottle lacked the floral minerality but brought out focused tropical citrus (mango and tangerine) while maintaining herbal notes. The second bottle was a bit sweeter.

Brett funk in both bottles. Pleasant sour notes.

Solid carbonation in both and both were a little thick and heavy for the style.

This beers lack of consistency is a little odd. I bought the second after drinking the first for a particular dinner menu and was a little disappointed.

But both bottles were revelatory and unique examples of saison, while staying true to the style. (909 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: Typically sweet and astringent saison aroma: Spices, yeast, and malt.

T: Tasted of spices (cloves, pepper), Belgian yeast, and some malt. Had that medicinal quality common to saisons. A pretty balanced and focused flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, enjoyable, and drinkable beer. (522 characters)

Photo of rundocrun
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber.

A - Body is cloudy straw yellow with greenish and gold highlights. About a 1/2 finger of coarse white foam forms that fades quickly.

S - Lots of citrusy, piney hops in the nose. Smells much more like an IPA than a saison. Not much else is detectable beyond the hops. Possibly a hint of those toasted malts?

T - By far, one of the more interesting beers I have ever consumed...really. Hops take a prominent role in the flavor following the trend of the aroma. But almost equally potent are the more typical Saison flavors of bubblegum, pear, sweet berries and flowers. Hop bitterness packs somewhat of a wallop through the finish and slightly overpowers the other flavors.

M - Thin-to-medium body with a fairly clean finish. Not as dry and crisp as most saisons I have sampled. The extra hop kick gives this beer a bit of a sappy, resinous mouthfeel. (875 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso.

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow with a nice white head and a good bit of lacing. The nose has some straw and light bread plus a touch of earthy funk. Some banana and pepper too. Flavor has more banana plus some bread and mild white pepper. Body is fairly dry. Moderate carbonation. A bit odd. (326 characters)

Photo of TheDinger
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into DFH snifter. A nice dark honey pour with golden/orange tints. A bit unique looking with a fair 1+ finger off white head. Okay spotting and lacing. Nose is that of a Farmhouse Ale. Big lemon, cloves, spices and honey with other fruits. Quite a busy aroma on the nose. Taste follows the nose with the tart fruit heavy front end that mellows into a bitter finish. Good take on the style but perhaps a bit too much on the bitter finish. A lot going on with this beer which is nice and refreshing. Feel is middle of the road. A bit dry with adequate carbonation. Not too watery, but definately tart. Overall- Not a bad brew at all! Complex with it's fruits and a bit too much on the bitter hop finish. Refreshing and sessionable. Would hit it again and would like to try out of the bottle on a hot summer day- (829 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden orange, big plume of white froth, leaving patchy lacing. Scent is a mix of citrus and herbal notes, moderate sweetness coming through with a bite of spice. taste follows suit, herbal qualities blend with lemon and grapefruit, bready and lightly sweet malts in the background, moderate spicing throughout, lightly grassy and earthy. Moderately dry and a touch bubbly, medium bodied. Overall some unique flavor points, but never comes together fully. (469 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Mikkeller oversized wine glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, spices, banana runts, and bubble gum. The flavor was of sweet malt, bubble gum, banana, spices, and bread. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The aroma on this one was really nice and complex. It made me think that this was going to be a massively sweet brew that would make me wish I had a shot for diabetes standing by. However, the flavor was very nice and well balanced and actually tasted like bubble gum which was awesome to experience again as it doesn’t happen often in the brews I drink. Definitely a must try from Evil Twin! (859 characters)

Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at The Sidecar in Philadelphia.

Appearance is a golden color, a tad murky. Its` nose contains banana, yeast, malts and pepper. Taking a sip of this saison and I taste bubblegum, more of the yeast, along with fruit and some hops. A very nice tasting beer, one of the few beers that I have sampled from ET. Mouthfeel is medium, a dry, slightly sweet finish to it. For those who appreciate a nice saison, check this one out. (440 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i thought this one was really delicious. not sure why the meh reviews. pours a mildly hazy, peachy burnt gold with a white head that holds and leaves tons of lace. nose carries a lot of spicy yeasty notes along with some fruit and bubblegum notes, a touch of flower, a bit of fresh-bready malt and a subtle brett character. would like to see where the brett takes this beer in six months or so. taste comes off in very good balance with spice, hop and malt blending effortlessly. soft cotton medium body with a mild tingle and pleasant bitterness. alcohol is there and helps amp up the taste, but is barely noticable as a component itself. good brett presence in the finish. no unpleasant aftertastes. solid, enjoyable brew from the twin. (738 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light lemony yellow with a finger high foamy white head. The head dissipates quickly and does not exhibit much lacing on the glass.

S: Aromas of a natural root beer with hints of citrus and funk.

T: The flavors are peppery with a lemony medicinal taste. There are herbs and citrus notes with ginger and rosemary present. Also, there is a hint of the taste of root beer.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation and a very slight hint of dryness.

O: Extremely surprised by the hints of root beer in both the aroma and the taste. I enjoyed the beer but I do not feel like it is very sessionable. (635 characters)

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Evil Twin Ron And The Beast Ryan from Evil Twin Brewing
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