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

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 276
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 24
Gots: 28 | 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 dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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

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Photo of JackieTH
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of fvernon
3.12/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy orange-amber in color. Forms a moderate sized white head that reduces down to a chunky surface coating and a thick, stable ring around the edge. Moderate lacing.

S: The nose is full of citrus and tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, and orange with milder notes of fruit salad and sugar cookie.

T: Taste starts with a mild sweetness. Tropical fruit and citrus on the front end. But then it turns alcoholic, peppery, and fusel with a persistent acridness. Finish is long and drawn out.

M: The mouthfeel on this one is odd. Starts juicy, almost sticky, but finishes dry and astringent with an heavy alcoholic heat and spice. Carbonation is medium-heavy.

O: I didn't realize this was a Saison when I popped the bottle (I guess I should read the label in the future) and I never would have guessed it since it's not at all Saison-like. Overall, its a decent beer - I really like the hopping on this one - but I wonder how warm the temperature was on this beer while it was fermenting to have the yeast produce the assaulting alcoholic characteristic that are present in this beer.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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...

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Photo of DaveHack
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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).

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

Thanks Tim for sharing this bottle...
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle poured into FFF Teku glass

Appearance: Zes is a murky orange color with one 1 &1/2 finger head with a careful pour. Head is soft white with tight bubbles and I can see a ton of bubbles rising up along the side of the glass adding to the tight bubbles that settled on the head. Some sticky lacing is present.

Smell: Funny I am getting a boat load of tropical notes up front. Some orange, pineapple and citrus aroma and a honey sweetness. Didn't expect that up front. There is some grassy hop notes there in the middle and a bready, yeast smell at the end.

Taste: Again the tropical aspect takes center stage. Citrus and sweet as hell for the style to me. There is some mid-palate bitterness that grabs some of the sweetness and pulls it back a notch. This is followed up by a tangy bready finish and a s This is a huge Saison.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and fairly dry finish.

Overall: Truly did not expect this for the style. It surprised me in every aspect and I really enjoyed this one. I picked up two but will make a stop tomorrow for a couple more. This has that signature FFF taste and they just know how to knock it out of the park almost every time.

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Photo of Shagtastic
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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Photo of bears256
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is amazing. I have been waiting for a great follow up from some of the stuff released at Dark Lord like to live a rich life. This is great. Just picked up the Cognac Moloko and Risgoop as well as Camulet Queen last night. I have already taken down three of the Zes Zes Zes because it is so good. Diffently the stand out of all of them. I don't know how they do it. But 3 Floyd's remains the Kings of the beer world. And there isn't a close second.

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Photo of voteforhops
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - hazy tangerine with thick 1" head (12 oz snifter) and sticky lacing
S - sweet tropical fruits (passionfruit, mango) mixed with slight grassy hops, classic FFF combo
T - same fruit and some caramel/bread are strong with slight pepper and faint yeast, sweet with some bitterness on the finish
M - medium carbonation overwhelmed somewhat by the viscosity, sweet with slight sour and dry aftertaste
O - immediately distinguishable as FFF with the tropical sweetness and thick hazy appearance. much more dense than typical saisons and clearly closer to a strong ipa than a traditional saison. almost no detectable peppery sourness, which doesn't mean its a bad beer, just farther from the style than i would prefer. the most lacking element is the classic aromatic yeast that is quintessential to a true saison. perhaps it should be rebadged as a belgian strong ipa? definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of mikul93
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Pours a beautiful murky rich gold. Bubbles streaming up. Nice lacing.

S Wonderful smelling brew. Citrus, Honey, Yeast and hops.

T Citrus, bread notes, honey, sweet malt, spice and hops. Very refreshing and delicious beer.

M Medium body with nice carbonation with a dry finish.

O A downright delicious beer. Very refreshing. Glad I got a few. Cheers!

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Photo of Treebs
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap the source. Served in a stemmed tulip.

A: Pours a semi clear amber color with a thick white head forming on the pour. It's about one finger in height and it recedes slowly leaving behind sticky sheets of lace.

S: The citris hop profile on the nose really jumps out at you with some orange and lemon zest as well. Sweet Belgian yeast cuts through on the back end with some refined malts.

T: Spicy belgian yeast, with a little bit of pepper and clove, is up front. Nice grassy hops and citrus zest with a semi-bitter grapefruit pith on the finish. Sweet malt body. Well hidden booze for 8.5%

M: Medium bodied with a little heft to it. Great prickly carbonation with a drying finish.

O: A well crafted saison with a little body to it. Obviously I'd like it a little lighter to make it a little more easy drinking, but the flavor profile gets you past that. Definitely recommed for any saison fan.

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Photo of Auracom
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 3 Floyds. Served in a tulip.

A - Big white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Hazy dark orange body.

S - Surprisingly sweet and malty for the style, with some bready Belgian yeast, and a touch of spice to it.

T - The taste is again quite sweet, with hefty doses of marmalade and stone fruit. Spicy yeast, some flowery hopping, and a lightly bitter finish. Not much alcohol considering this is over 8%.

M - Lightly grainy texture, medium body, with active carbonation. Well-hidden alcohol and a clean, refreshing finish.

D - While this is too sweet for my tastes it's a well-made Saison. The alcohol is extremely deceptive, so be careful if you're driving home from 3 Floyds.

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