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Zes Zes Zes - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
87
very good

266 Ratings
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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 29
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 08-19-2012)
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barczar

Kentucky

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

Pours an opaque ruddy copper color with a solid half inch ivory head that dissipates slowly into a film covering the surface.

Tangerine, grapefruit, and coriander are the first aromatics I detect. There's substantial belgian yeast character, a bit of musty, sweaty barnyard, and an underlying tropical fruit character of mango and pineapple.

Flavor explodes with tropical fruit. Cantaloupe provides the background, with huge lime, mango, and pineapple notes dominating the initial sip. Grapefruit clears the fruit parade, which ends somewhat abruptly with a fairly dry, powdery, peppery finish. Barnyard funk is subdued. The malt character is slightly bready but somewhat grainy, as well.

Body is moderate, with high carbonation that lightens the mouthfeel. There's noticeable alcohol warmth.

Overall, a fruit bomb of a beer, extremely complex. Lacks a lot of farmhouse character, but would be interesting to see how this develops over time.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2012 21:07:22 | More by barczar
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bralston345

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

10-12-2012 01:09:15 | More by bralston345
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Finatic

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

10-11-2012 12:04:00 | More by Finatic
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

10-11-2012 01:22:40 | More by tdmccarthy
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BillMueller

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-08-2012 23:22:00 | More by BillMueller
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Strongarm81


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

10-07-2012 22:31:26 | More by Strongarm81
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Frank!

Doesn't look like a saison... too dark with none of fluffy head etc etc

Interesting aroma... I am smelling (almost) barleywine like malts among other things. Thick, sweet, viscous and malty, and slightly hoppy. This beer is a lot of things but it is not a saison, IMO. Again, that's not important but it's not true to its label either. Among other "flaws", I do not find this remotely refreshing. But overall it cannot be called a bad beer.

2, 3, 3, 3, 4

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 17:40:23 | More by tewaris
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Ssmith999

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-07-2012 16:38:56 | More by Ssmith999
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DTown

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

10-07-2012 01:45:47 | More by DTown
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monitorpop

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

10-07-2012 01:28:09 | More by monitorpop
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Christoff


4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-05-2012 14:41:48 | More by Christoff
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Rmatuszak2

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-02-2012 00:51:57 | More by Rmatuszak2
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JRBecks

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-01-2012 19:53:05 | More by JRBecks
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dirtylou

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 17:39:03 | More by dirtylou
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 05:19:53 | More by JackieTH
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StoutIrish

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-30-2012 16:58:19 | More by StoutIrish
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-29-2012 12:01:40 | More by vrbulldog22
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy looking orange color with a nice looking white head on top. The head settles a bit but does leave behind a decent amount of retention and some lacing on the glass. The smell of this beer gives off some very interesting autumn aromas, like un-spiced pumpkin notes and some sweet grains in there too. The taste presents itself with even more unique flavors such as apple and more pumpkin like flavors, there is a hint of some spice or herbal flavors but nothing that I've ever tasted before. The mouthfeel was a bit heavier than I expected but still nicely done. Overall this beer is really neat, I wasn't sure what to expect at all from this but I left an empty glass with a sigh saying to myself "this was a really interesting brew". I would recommend trying this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 04:02:02 | More by Knapp85
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bdn72

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-29-2012 01:25:22 | More by bdn72
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-28-2012 23:15:16 | More by deadonhisfeet
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-28-2012 22:25:28 | More by olafphysics
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JPortillo

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

09-28-2012 03:28:57 | More by JPortillo
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sgoro

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.9%

09-27-2012 01:40:59 | More by sgoro
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fvernon

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a FFF Teku glass. Looks a lot like gumballhead except for the thicker white head; the marigold orange is a bit surprising for a saison, but hopefully the aroma and taste will bring me back around.

Hmmm... dry-hopped with amarillo? There is some spicy white pepper, alcohol, lemon, and grapefruit on the nose, but the hop-forward quality is sort of building what I am starting to expect this to be: a very FFF take on a saison - a bit maltier and hoppier than I had originally anticipated. The flavor no longer takes me by surprise - a bit sweet, malty, strong on the citrus hops, a strong kick of alcohol, some peppery bite but not much. Although I'm not surprised now, I am a bit disappointed - it's lacking in the dry, light drinkability that I tend to go for in a saison and instead is a bit heavy, sweet, and not dissimilar enough from some of FFF's normal lineup of (delicious) hoppy ales.

Overall it's probably something some folks would really get behind, I'm gonna stick to the FFF brews that they excel at when I want a more hop-forward drink and get my saison fix elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 00:51:22 | More by fvernon
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GJ40

North Carolina

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

Sampled in a chalice from a 22oz bottle purchased at the brewery. No date on the bottle.

A - Golden and hazy with a dense, creamy head. Some lacing as the glass empties.

S - Fruity (orange) and spicy (black pepper). Seems like it has some American hops.

T - Rich flavors with fruit and a firm bitterness. The alcohol is apparent and warming. I started at 50 degrees but it gets even better as it warms.

M - The creamy head greets you and leaves a "got milk" feeling on your upper lip. A silky consistency with a moderate carbonation of fine bubbles.

O - Flavorful and interesting. Feels a bit big for the typical saison characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 21:50:44 | More by GJ40
Zes Zes Zes from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.