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Transcendence - Enlightenment Ales

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 12
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: polishkaz on 10-20-2013

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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch #2 from a 750ml bottle blessedly free of that pretentious cork 'n cage nonsense.

The first glassy poured as a hazy golden honey color with a long lasting 3 finger head.

I found a nice fruity bouquet in the nose; apricot mostly along with some peach, apple, and light citrus. Very nice. Yeasty notes were balanced between peppery brett and some traditional barnyard funk. Plenty of spice character as well, clove especially.

The flavors in the first glass was a wonderful combination of tart stone fruit, grassy hops, and lightly funky brett character. The finish was a nice, lingering clove and potpourri fruitiness. The second glass was more muddled because of the sediment. Heavy on the cloves and wet grain. I need a 27 ounce snifter.

This felt a bit heavy for a saison, but bretty saisons often come across that way to me. Overall I really dug this one. I usually prefer my saisons to be bone dry (DuPont) or fruity and estery (Hennepin). So while bretted saisons generally aren't my thing, this one tickled me just right.

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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.96/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Jwale73
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle (batch #2) shared by EnronCFO and served in a GI tulip. Pours a hazy burnt-orange with a dense, creamy, two inch, cream-colored head. Thick bands of lacing are revealed as the brew recedes. Great nose - citrus and light brett notes not quite reaching the level of Band-Aids. Taste consistent with nose; however, Band-Aid flavors are a bit more assertive in the flavor profile and leave a lingering medicinal bitterness between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a pleasant, even carbonation and a slight astringency. Overall, a very good beer - brett is not too assertive so it is not overly funky but it definitely makes its presence known.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint, 9.4 fl oz bottle purchased at Ball Square Fine Wines & Liquor, Somerville, MA
Batch Number #1
Served in a tulip

Cloudy, glowing yellow ochre appearance. The liquid was topped by a two-finger tall, bubbly, bright white crop of froth. Odd shaped patches of lacing coated the glass and turned to spotty drops later in the session.

Lots of interesting things happening in the aroma. In classic saison form, it was crisp and fresh yet also somewhat musty. Super grassy, Saaz-style hop came through strong. Spicy and peppery with a noticeable Belgian yeastiness and some fruity esters. There was a slight funkiness as well.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. A distinctly Belgian, musty, farmhouse-like quality appeared on the front end, along with an lots of fresh, grassy, earthy hop notes. Crisp, bright and dry. Strong spicy/peppery notes. Clove and coriander were most apparent. Quite fruity. Some bitter orange peel appeared in the center. Wheaty and notably tart. Subtle hints of funk were also detectible. The crisp, clean finish was super dry, peppery and lemony.

The mouthfeel was light and frothy with an intense, large bubbled effervescence. Spritzy and a touch airy. Somewhat thin, but perfect perhaps in the warmer-weather months.

Thus far, every beer I have sampled by Enlightenment Ales has been a winner, and Transcendence is no exception. Super crisp, refreshing and complex, this would pair perfectly with a number of funkier cheeses. Also, at $10 a bottle (I actually got mine on sale for $8), this is one of the best deals going.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to womencantsail for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

Batch # 1.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, funk, and Brett aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour funk and Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and very easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Transcendence from Enlightenment Ales
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