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Saison Lunaire - Forest & Main Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Forest & Main Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 04-12-2012

A terroir driven Saison aged in wine barrels for roughly six months with our unique resident microflora.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of mahi1040
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dry, brett, and funk on the nose but not in the mouth. I like the comparison to a well-polished Arthur Nothing crazy about it, just perfectly executed. Exceeded expectations in every way.

Photo of Rifugium
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at F&M, Ambler, PA

Listed as a saison aged for two months on wine barrels.

This is a beer with potential, but I think it hasn't quite reached it yet, and I'd be interested to see how (or if) this one progresses with the years. On the other hand, this is a beer made to be more on the sessionable side, and not a "big beer," so you can't go in expecting a RR Damnation or something. A medium amber body, slightly hazy, with a small white head that receded to a thin layer of bubbles but laced nicely. Aroma was actually quite vinous, with notes of caramel and herbal hops. Taste of toasted grains, a more subtle wine quality than was picked up in the aroma, woody, leafy. Light-medium body and quite drinkable. In an attempt at constructive criticism, I'd sum this beer up by saying: it's good, but the recipe needs a little tweaking to make it great.

*Edit - Already showing improvement in the bottle.

Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a tulip.

Appearance
Amber with 3 fingers of loose, white head. Very low carbonation with good clarity. Great retention leaves behind thick, fluffy rings of lacing.

Nose
Peach, white grape, barnyard and nectarine.

Taste
Subtle lactic tartness along with notes of peach, tangy wheat and drops of lemon juice. Pinot Grigio wine characteristics. Hints of nectarine, white oak and chestnut. Great barnyard/Brett personality.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, tart and refreshing.

Overall
A well done sour Saison with an excellent wine barrel character.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Minerally , slightly tart and a bit funky. Only a hint of wine barrel shines through. Dry, very short finish. Reminds me of a less polished Arthur. Still, pretty good.

Photo of nmann08
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a bright golden yellow color with a well carbonated white head.

The smell is white grape, saison yeast, barnyard funk, wood pulp, peach and just faint hint of butter. This smells really really good. The flavor follows the nose, more white wine grape, saison yeast, funky, citrus and lemon notes. Very zesty and spice filled finish. This is delicious and a great twist on the style.

The barrel treatment was a great on this!

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Pour is clear golden amber with lots of tight white head that sits around for a while and leaves a nice lacing. Nose is similar to the dochter, a little less harsh, more rounded. Moderate dusty brett and a little peppery spice, very fruity back end with gold fruits aplenty with some juicy red grape notes. Flavor is dusty up front, very light peppery spice mid palate, a faint watery up front. Back is lots of golden fruits towards the back. Light sourness in the finish with a touch of hop bitterness. Body is very similar to dochter, strong carb, body is still light and airy.

Photo of Jonada
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. 6% ABV. Bottled 5/21/2014. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color with 2 fingers of an eggshell colored head with nice retention and lacing. Body is lightly hazy with some very fine suspended sediment. Moderate visible carbonation.

Smell: Peach, floral, white grape, oak, slight grassiness and lacto.

Taste: Lots of wine barrel character along with, peach, underlying saison yeast, mild funk and some herbal/grassy character. Highly tart and dry, but only lightly sour, with a mild hop bitterness that peaks in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a soft almost creamy mouthfeel and medium levels of carbonation.

Overall: Another really good beer from F&M. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

The beer is hazy straw yellow with a white head. Aromas of saison yeast, white wine, light spice, lemon, floral notes. Complex and tasty. Citrus and white grape and bright on the palate. Tasty.

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Saison Lunaire from Forest & Main Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.