Rabbid Rabbit - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Three Floyds. Masters of balls-to-the-wall imperial stouts, barleywines, double IPAs, and...saison?? Guess I'm going to find out. Just the very idea of this strikes me as possibly being out of their comfort zone, so I'm pretty interested to taste how Three Floyds pulls this off. Is this some kind of joke, or a serious attempt at the style? At any rate, live review here. I'm just gonna drink and write, we'll see what comes out.
You may not think of saison when you think of Three Floyds, but the label on the bottle is the very epitome of this brewery's garish, irreverent over-the-top style. It's pretty cool, you can't help but smile and laugh at it. It's a psychedelic Easter Bunny on a 'roid rage. At least that's my interpretation.
Appearance is a little below the admittedly-high par for this style, with only a thin cap of foam adorning the top of my tulip. Clear-ish gold, though the second pour with the sediment clouds things up considerably. Have to give 3F big props here for not filtering this beer - maybe they really are serious about this.
Aroma is all saison - perfume-y lavender, wildflowers, a little old-sock yeasty funk. A little maple syrup as it warms?
I have to admit, my first glass, I was not terribly impressed. It seemed too alcoholic, and was too harsh as a result. At least that's what I thought. It goes to show that first impressions are sometimes wrong, as the more I have of this, the more I like it. The 9% ABV seems to calm down, allowing the drinker to get a handle on what this beer is all about. It's peppery, no doubt - the Belgian yeast strain has clearly worked overtime. I also get notes of black tea and lavender accompanying a fleeting sweetbread. You might have expected an uber-hoppy interpretation of this style, yet the hops, while present in their grassy, spicy goodness, are kept in check by the active yeast. I'm guessing 3F used Saaz here.
I'm on the second pour, and the addition of the sediment has only helped the beer, giving it a noticeably softer, rounder mouthfeel and even more flavor depth.
Have to admit, based on the first few sips I really thought this was going to be a slog. It's not a quick drinker, but over the course of a bomber to myself, it proved to be very enjoyable. Now, I'm not going to put it up there with Fantome and Saison Dupont, but it is a cool stab at the style from an American brewery not known for it.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2010 22:10:21 | More by Patrick999
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