Transcendence - Enlightenment Ales
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
4.29/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
02-09-2014 21:24:09 | More by Damian
4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
01-21-2014 03:39:32 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.24/5 rDev -0.5%
After the top pops about a second or two later it suddenly gushes up the top, catching me off guard as there wasn't a loud pop and it didn't immediately gush. I only lose a little as i catch the pouring beer in my Ommegang tall tulip, and immediately a huge head starts to rise up like a soda almost, then settles quickly but leaves a big airy fluffy pillowy 1 finger head that never seems to want to leave, it dances on top of the beer nicely as it floats, and leaves big bubbles in soapy lacing on the sides. The beer itself is mostly clear slightly hazy honey orange colored.
Nose is quite nice, lots of Brett right off the bat, but not super overpowering funk, maybe a hint of barnyard funk, but a nice farmhouse saison like funk aroma, as well as some Brett C I believe, with a little pineapple like and mild tropical fruit. Then a dank aroma takes over, a sort of cat piss like, musty and sharp. Then a mild grassy floral hop character, I think they also add a bit to that tropical fruit aroma, not a citrus fruit though.
Taste is again right off the bat Brett, another mix of B and C I think, this time though the B takes a little more stance as it comes with some horse blanket funk, a barnyard funk, but as well a mild farmhouse saison flavor. Little grainy and dusty farmhouse like, bit of cracked wheat and grassy malt flavors, mild sweetness and juicy malt character. THe Brett C is more background I think, little tropical and hint of pineapple like, juicy tropical fruit but again not a citrus at all. Hops add some of that tropical flavors, but not a ton, as well as a mild dark resin but luckily no cat piss this time, a little papaya like and another tropical fruit I can't put my finger on. It's very smooth as it just slides over the tongue, and a fluffy feel. Finish is fairly bitter as the bitterness ramps up nicely, very dry as well as expected, bit more funky Brett character, and more pineapple and tropical fruit lingering, mild grassy floral hop as well.
Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice fluffy effervescent carb.
Overall pretty nice, the Brett comes out nicely, a nice blend of Brett it seems at least, it could be the hops doing all the tropical and pineapple but I think there is a little Clausenii in there. Nice hops but I would have liked them to come through a bit more with tropical notes and maybe a little grapefruit and citrus, but still pretty tasty. The cat piss on the nose was a little bit of aturn off, probably a batch of Simcoe that brings more of the cat piss than the tropical notes, or at least a blend in this one.
12-22-2013 03:30:22 | More by jlindros
4.46/5 rDev +4.7%
A-Pours a clear, honey orange color. The bottle is a slow gusher. As I rush to pour the beer before it pukes all over itself, it plunges into the glass and produces a surprisingly tame head. Lots of clingy, thick lacing.
S-A highly intense Saison brimming with eccentric yeast and bright fruit. Also well hopped. Tropical fruit hops and a wild yeast that brings forth barnyard funk and zesty lemon. Brettanomyces. Really pleased by its hoppiness.
T-The flavor jumps with juicy, tangy fruits. The fruity flavor seems to be a combo of both hop and yeast. Pineapples. Brett. Hay, spice and an overall playful funkiness. A little bit of minty bubblegum. Malt is almost washed away. Very memorable.
M-Fizzy and medium bodied with a dry, subtly bitter finish. Light alcohol. Crisp.
O/D-What a gorgeous, fierce Saison. An alpha-male version of the style. Big and bold and delicious. Subtle nuances need not apply, this one just bull-rushes you with flavor.
12-06-2013 04:19:24 | More by VelvetExtract
4.51/5 rDev +5.9%
A: opaque, apple gold, and almost luminescent it reflects the light so nicely - unfiltered is a beautiful style
S: yeasty, funky, very fruit forward - mouthwatering (actually, everything about this beer is mouthwatering)
T: yeasty, funky, Brett forward, fruit forward, big passion fruit notes, "band-aid," .... But not as sour as I would like, but then again, I'm a real sour head. This one is from a fresh batch, so I'd LOVE to cellar one for a while and taste what happens.
M: just like the appearance, very smooth, rich, and bright
O: excellent and very finely crafted. up there with some of my favorite Brett saisons (old marriage parfait, crooked stave)
12-01-2013 19:26:52 | More by wadestevens
Transcendence from Enlightenment Ales
93 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.