3 Floyds / De Molen Zes Zes Zes - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 24
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Now this is a saison! This refreshing Belgian-style ale is the combined effort of Three Floyds and De Molen’s fantastic brewer Menno (the real Dutch Hercules). This spicy and bracing ale was brewed in Munster, but look out for the one we brew in Holland at DeMolen. Cheers and drost!
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Photo of timc100
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Notes from a review on 11/30/12

This is the biggest 'saison' in every way. It pours a completely opaque hazy gold/orange with a great white head made up of mostly small, tight bubbles. The aroma is very yeast/cereal like with HUGE citrus hops - ripe grapefruit and mango, orange juice. The tastes follows the nose - very bready but also very bitter from a strong hop presence. Just crazy huge citrus hops.

This is a fantastic beer - don't know if I would call it a saison, but more of a DIPA with saison ingredients.

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth grapefruit juice, hoppy yet not bitter, a great balance of spice and malt makes it a very tasty beverage indeed, also some melon and candy. Grapefruit aroma. Cloudy grapefruit appearance with some retained head. Thanks for the extra bottles, John

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark orange with a thin white head

S - oranges, yeast, peaches

T - yeast, oranges, orange rind, faintly bitter

M - dry, very well carbonated, smooth

This is a very nice saison. It has a nice citrusy character that is very refreshing and offers a great drinkability. My only complaint is that there is a rind-like dryness throughout. Nonetheless, this is a quality beer that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, split 3 ways, cheers @suncrust

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, bright (but hazy) orange body, full creamy white head

smell: distinctively 3 floyds - bright citrus hop bouquet, juicy citrus, distant peppery spice

taste: Sure, it's not to style, but it's much better than Rabbid Rabbit. FFF influence is strong - De Molen is no stranger to hops either but outside of the label design, I would never have guessed they were involved. Bright juicy hops - tangerine, grapefruit, lemon.

mouthfeel: bold hop profile, slight dry finish

overall: very enjoyable

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

The beer pours a rich looking amber with no head. The nose is pure grapefruit hops with a touch of funk...barnyard zombie dust? There just as much grapefruit in the taste and aftertaste along with good yeast character and sweetness. The beer's mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation.
This is a great beer and an unexpected highlight at our tasting.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to aasher for sharing this one during the One Year Anniversary of My Wreck Tasting! Served from bottle into a Crooked Stave ‘Crooked Line’ tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pineapple, citrus, citrus hop, and passion fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, tropical fruit, citrus, and fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. There was quite a bit of fruit going on in this one which was a welcomed change-up for the evening. This helped to make it quite easy to drink and enjoyable. There wasn’t really that much that stood out to me on this one which is why I can’t put it in the next tier. What was there was quite nice, but just missed a little something to take it to the next level. Worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, quick review from written notes.

Dripping spotty lace, lasting veil over the surface. Bright orange body. Savory tropical aroma, alternating sweet and dry. Huge papaya and dried mango flavors. Finishes dry and clean, some lingering fruitiness with a bubblegum aftertaste. Impressions of fuzzy fruit skins and distinctive dried papaya. Great balance and unique flavors on display here...

Photo of angrybabboon
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Consumed 4/7/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Somewhere between deep, dark orange and light amber - hazy, cloudy - nice, big, white head - leaves a nice cap and a wall of lacing

Smell: Very fruity and very sweet, in a fruity way - yeasty, earthy, dirty basements - musty, with some rotting/rotted fruit - doesn't smell much better as it warms up - like, moldy melons

Taste: Funky and fruity - flowers, dirt, and a damp, wet basement - yeasty, with some yeasty spices, like clove - sweet fruit, orange peels, grapefruit peels, melon rind, and some rotted fruit - some caramel malts, some herbal bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, sticky, rotten aftertaste

Overall: No no no

I'm almost inclined to think (hope) this is infected because there's something here that seems genuinely rotten. There are some nice funky, herbal, fruity notes here, but it doesn't really come together, and it disappoints overall.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My local bottle shop managed to get a small keg of this, which they held back and saved for a big Three Floyds tasting, and they sold pint growlers of it. This tasting sample was poured from a pint growler that same evening into a Dogfish Head snifter. The beer has a dark, orange-apricot color with a bit of a gold tint to it. It's pretty clear, but dark for a saison (although amber is acceptable). There are two fingers of head and it leaves some nice lacing. The nose is very sweet and fruit-forward with big notes of oranges and pineapples, though I don't get much spice or floral hop aroma. Nor do I get any acidic notes.

The beer has a medium body with a really creamy, slick mouthfeel. The flavor is very sweet and fruity up front, without being malty. The sweetness is almost cloying. The sweetness really kind of demolishes any tartness or subtle hoppy dryness one typically finds in this style. The best thing I can say about the sweetness is that it is of the citrus variety - primarily oranges and pineapples (as on the nose). A tiny bit of hop bitterness comes through at mid-palate, contributing a resiny, slightly coppery kind of taste. There is definitely a bit of alcohol warmth on the finish, but not much lingers except some of that citrusy sweetness. Overall, easy-drinking and enjoyable, but not as complex as I had hoped.

If this beer was a bit more hop-forward or had a bit more tartness to balance out some of that sweetness, we could be looking at a 5 beer here. As it is, I really, really enjoyed it. However, despite my appreciation for citrus-like flavors in beer, I think it was just a bit too sweet to be a Saison God.

Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a quarter finger of off white head. The head leaves a ring around the pour.

Smell: The overall smell is fruity with some apple juice and a mild citrus note. The hops in the beer sting the nose with sweet malt behind it.

Taste: Very sweet and herbal. There are a lot of fruit flavors here but the beer has a bitter/hoppy finish. I couldn't have told you what style this was without looking. Weird but not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very weird beer. I never quite figure it out, I kept thinking I was missing an ingredient that would make it make sense. I might have more.

Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

A: Pours a darkish orange with a great white head. Awesome lacing and retention.

S: Huge tropical dry-hopped aroma. Thick pineapple, pale malt, hint of pepper.

T: Big hop bitterness and peppery esters dominate the palate, with some pineapple and grapefruit and vanilla cake coming out from under the bitterness. Hints of lactose as well.

M: Light with crisp and slightly frothy carbonation.

O: The hop profile on this beer is amazing - it smells like straight pineapple juice. It certainly doesn't taste or smell like a saison, however...(more like a Belgian DIPA).

Photo of chicagoanbeerone
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I smelled the great citus hops when i first opened the beer and that famous three floyds smell. The taste is a bitter sweet taste that is very fucky but delisious A very good tatsing beer not disspointed at all and met all the expectations The saision added a good twist of flavor done right and beer had a good kick
i would drink this all the time

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

I was very excited to see bottles of this hit Indy after hearing about how great it was on draft.

Zes Zes Zes pours a light bodied, slightly cloudy dark apricot orange in color with a very soapy, two finger bright white head. The nose is big and citrusy with loads of citrusy hop character and somewhat sweet pale malt sweetness. Nice nose, definitely on the American side of things. The flavors too, a nice balance of citrusy hops with moderate yeast character and some alcohol. It has nice balance but a little too much alcohol. It drinks light in body and is an off dry. Overall this is a fun saison but not the most balanced or Niue saison in the world. If you're looking for a hoppy, citrusy saison this is your beer.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyds saison = hops, I’m hoping; I’m definitely in the mood for a bitter, Belgian-style brew.

A: Hazy, dark amber in color; overhead, a finger of tan cream. Sheets of lacing all around the inside of the glass, with only a paper-thin layer of retention.

S: Dank, citrus, badass hops. Strawberry, tangerine, lemon-lime, grape, and cherry in tart, juicy form – we’re talking Zombie Dust territory here. Damn. Very light pale malt, with some mild European grains and estery, spicy yeast sit in the background. All fruit in this nose, with only a touch of real saison character.

T: Tangerine and peach: smooth, juicy flavors. The hops are sweet, only slightly tart, with a strawberry jelly and grape juice flavor in smaller portions; chewy fruit tastes take up the most of this palate. It’s a marmalade-heavy palate, with accompanying tastes of brown sugar and caramel. Sorghum sweetness with honey and moderately-thick yeast. The finish has a thick syrup flavor, but doesn’t last too long – only a little honey darkness for a second or two.

M: The feel of this one is actually pretty thick; not saison-like at all. Again, it reminds me of an IPA – a malty Three Floyds IPA.

O: What’s the point of a style if you just don’t stick to it? Oh well, it’s a tasty beer, and that’s all I really wanted anyway. It doesn’t satisfy on all levels, but as a standard Three Floyds hop-fest, it’s pretty damn close to a winner.

Photo of Shagtastic
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Patty and Jay for this one!

Poured into a Goose Island wine Glass

A: Pours a dark orange color with minimal head

S: Loads of citrus here. Really wasn't expecting this much even though I'd heard a ton about it.

T: Citrus is right up front there. Not much of a traditional Saison taste but really delicious regardless.

M: A little heavy for me with a saison but hides the abv pretty well

O: What a great beer. I was not expecting it to be as good as it was even with the hyped up previews I had. It almost tastes like a saisonified Zombie Dust (Patty you were right) Grab this one if you get a chance!

Photo of AleWatcher
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into FFF Teku.

Saison? I think this is an IPA. And a hopped up, bitter, assertive, abrasive IPA in the FFF style at that!

Anyway-- big hopped up bitterness blends with white pepper and a little boozy heat to make this most unlike the typical saison that I'm used to... Notes of tropical citrus fruits lead the way in terms of hops, while a bready chalkiness is ever-present from the malt/yeast combo.

The beer [i]looks[/i] nice, but that's about it for me... It's almost like finally getting a date with that cute girl only to realize that the cuteness is all you could really like-- there's just no substance there.
Well, ok, that might be a bit extreme.
It's more like going to a strip club, paying the cover, seeing 8 GORGEOUS girls walking around, and then discovering that it's 'no nudity' and they wear pasties.

Even that sounds too extreme. But, it [i]is[/i] FFF, and they simply don't do simple. Almost everything is extreme in some way and generally, it works. Not so much here though.

Feels thick, syrupy, and bit undercarbonated-- though it really LOOKS great. Two fingers of fluffy, rocky head that almost overflowed my glass and leave intense curtains of lacing behind.
Glowing orangey-golden body is just barely hazy enough to obscure transparency....

Overall-- I'll finish this beer-- by NO means is this a drainpour! It simply isn't the style of saison I like best... A bit too boozy, too hoppy, and too thick.
But to be fair, it see,s to make for a pretty decent "Winter Saison."

Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass. Name translates to 666 in Dutch.

A- Pours a hazy orange color, produces a thick inch of creamy beige head, settles down to a thick layer, nice retention, leaves loads of thick, crusty, gorgeous lacing. It looks amazing.

S- Holy crap the smell, absolutely huge, fresh, juicy citrus aroma, lots of grapefruit and mango. Also getting some nice dank, herbal hops, a bit of yeast and some spicy pepper.

T- Sweeter than I would have expected at the outset, with some sweet orange and tropical fruit flavor, mid-palate some herbal, floral hops pick up, along with a considerable dose of spice and some smooth belgian yeast. The finish is herbal and bitter. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Medium-bodied, nice carbonation, smooth crisp feel.

O- An interesting cross between a saison and an IPA (what do you expect from FFF), and it's done extremely well. The hops on this thing are incredibly bold and delicious, while the Belgian yeast and spiciness complement them nicely. A great collaboration. Hail Satan.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub, served in a tulip glass.

Served with a two finger fluffy white head hazy golden with amber hues. A fair amount of wispy lacing is evident as the head recedes. A combination of citrus, fresh cut grass, and notes of farmhouse yeast on the nose. Quite complex, citrus sweetness, lemongrass, some bready accents. Finishes dry with coriander-like spice and light citrus flowery hop bitterness. Suprisingly on the heavier side of medium-bodied well-carbonated. Malty and sweet for a saison however an extremely unique brew--almost seems to be a saison/DIPA hybrid. Throughly enjoyable.

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

Poured from bomber into dimple mug glass. Pours a lovely oranger-than-pink-grapefruit with a spongey white head. Excellent lacing that coats the glass well. Aroma has spices, fresh fruit and a yeasty presence. Faint citrus. Taste is of many fruits - lemon, orange, grapefruit, apple, melon - plus chewy resin, a spicyness and some malt. Quite bitter and very dry as you get down through the glass, with some alcohol presence. This is not your father or uncle’s saison - much more assertively hoppy and strong.

Photo of JackieTH
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a glowing reddish orange with a huge, persistent head that leaves copious lacing.

This is quite clearly a saison done FFF style. I'm getting hoppy tangerine citric notes, quite nicely hop forward in fact, though at the same time loading in a good quantity of malt. Spice is present in the form of pepper, also a bit of alcohol comes through. Notes of lemon and citric pith. Medium heavy for a saison. Lingering alcohol and hop flavors, with spice and hop bitterness. Very interesting.

Overall this isn't in my opinion a session saison, its a fairly substantial beast actually. A twist on the style with the recognizable FFF hop signature, which is clearly as intended. I enjoyed, more FFF magic. Why not.

Photo of cfrances33
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a teku glass.

Pour: Completely hazy deep orange with two fingers of white head. Head hangs around a little bit, and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Pine and grapefruit on the nose. Some lemon zest in the back. This is a saison? ...oh FFF, of course.

Taste: Follows the nose with really, really sticky pine and oranges. Full flavored hop presence that has some saison attributes mixed in. Malt sweetness is pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Really, really sticky. Wow. I did not expect this from this beer, and I'm not particularly pleased with it. It's good, just not what I wanted.

Overall: A decent beer that is just confused. Hop presence is really up front. Worth a try, but I'll probably spend my money on other FFF beer in the future.

Photo of DaveHack
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, orange-brown. Fluffy white head dissapates leaving a nice amount of lacing.

Smells like grapefruit juice in a BIG way. There is also a musty smell smell, but not in the Brett sort of way.

Taste is citrusy grapefruit right away, then followed by some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is rather heavy. It really coats and covers the mouth on every sip.

Overall...I was so excited to try this, and while it is different than I expected, it is still very good. It is a crazy take on a saison, and definately something to try and enjoy!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.9.12

A - Pours a cloudy dark orange with a foamy one inch light tan head with good retention.

S - Hoppy orange and tropical fruit.

T - Fruity, citrus, candy. Sweet and tropical.

D - Good carbonation with a light-medium body.

O - Sweet and fruity - Nice saison with a 3F twist.

Photo of Auracom
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF. 8 oz. served in a tulip on August 18th, 2012.

A - Very cloudy, medium-golden coloring, with a white fluffy head and fantastic lacing.

S - Buttered rye bread, allspice, cinnamon, black pepper, fresh grass, and herbs.

T - Pretty big for a saison. Mid-palate has a great citrus bitterness blended with a sweet bread and rich caramel. Generally sweet but delectable.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish. Well-hidden 8%.

D - Favorite at the brewpub on this day. More robust than refreshing but quite drinkable and dangerous.

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

22 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, orange rind, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, grass, clove, pepper, and earthy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malty hoppiness and yeast spiciness. Taste of orange zest, orange rind, pineapple, clove, pepper, pear, apple, lemon zest, floral, grass, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Good amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus rind, pineapple, clove, pepper, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor complexity and balance of hoppy flavors/spicy yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a slick and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy saison! Very nice balance and complexity of hoppy flavors and yeast spiciness; and extremely smooth to sip on. This was a very enjoyable offering.

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