Rite Of Spring - Enlightenment Ales
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3.21/5 rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
"Rustic Saison". I'll review it as a saison. "Ale brewed with honey." Expectations are through the roof; this is one of my favourite styles and I'm intimately familiar with the better beers in the style. 6.8% ABV confirmed. Dig the label art. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with unbranded standard pressure cap acquired in a trade with the gracious ICCULIS (thanks again, buddy!) and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Enlightenment Ales No. 4.
Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Upon opening, bubbles slowly accumulate t the top of the glass and surge upwards - though it takes a good 2 minutes to come close to spilling over.
A: Pours almost entirely foamy head. 4 fingers in thickness - about 85% of my glass. Head colour is beige. Lacing is thin and weak as the head slowly recedes. Slight cream, decent thickness, good (~7 minute) retention. Appears overcarbonated. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Honey, clove, cilantro, basil, flowery notes, dull orange peel, pale malts, and vague soft fruity notes - perhaps light clementine; it's hard to isolate with me broken nose. Hopping is light and floral, complementing the other notes in the aroma. Digging the floral character; it's very fresh and inviting. No alcohol is detectable. Light biscuity yeast. A mild strength aroma.
T: Subtle honey sweetness throughout helps guide the beer and keep it focused. Clove, flowery notes, lilac, pleasant fruity overtones, and very restrained biscuity brett yeast - which never comes off all that funky. I'm struggling to identify the fruity notes; I think they're berries/currants. Floral hop character complements these flavours without distracting or lending too much bitterness. Biscuity yeast is buried but present. No alcohol comes through. A balanced, pleasant saison that doesn't quite reach the level of complexity you'd expect from a great example of the style - but it does provide enough subtlety to make for an interesting experience. All around, a well executed beer in the saison style - especially from an American brewery. Constructively, it could use some subtle white pepper notes to really play against the sweetness of the honey.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness. Slight overcarbonation. Good presence on the palate. Not oily or creamy. Fairly soft. Suits the flavour profile well, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Good execution.
Dr: A very drinkable approachable saison that doesn't bring as much complexity as I'd like, but manages to hit all the right notes. It's got good balance and subtlety - which is more than most American brewed saisons offer. I'd get it again, and I'm glad I got the chance to try it. Thanks again, ICCULIS. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't go so far as to recommend it to friends, but it's definitely worth trying.
Not recommended for aging. I can't see it developing all that much.
Drinks great from a tulip.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2013 20:27:40 | More by kojevergas
4.48/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 750 ml bottle (batch 1) into an ommegang tulip pint glass. Slightly hazy and straw-colored with a nice white head, leaving lacing down the glass. Small streams of bubbles make their way to the surface.
Smell - Brettalicous. Earthy, barnyard, but with a nice earthy spicyness behind it.
Taste - The brett is obvious immediately. Very solid earthy barnyardy flavor, but a lot of spicy and earthy hops to back it up. The hop flavors blossom towards the finish, rounding it out and keeping it from being a one-dimensional brett beer. Not much coming from the malt aside from a modicum of sweetness to keep it in balance. Lingering earthy bitterness.
Mouthfeel - Medium-light body and fairly effervescent, though not as spritzy as I expect from the style.
Overall - Love this one. Unlike most brett beers, there's enough earthy spicy complexity from the hops to balance and play off the brett flavors. Great complexity here for such a young beer (and the bottle says to enjoy young!) I expect aging would subdue to the hops and lead the brett to overpower anything else. I've been very impressed by Enlightenment Ales in general--unique beers that are balanced and drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
05-07-2013 02:01:17 | More by spokeydonkey
4.24/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Batch 1. Pretty fresh.
A: Big pop as I pull off the cap. Geysering beer all over my computer desk. Sweet. Pours a cloudy light orange with an enormous fluffy white head. Top notch head retention but just thin splotchy lacing left behind.
S: Crisp apple and pears along with sweet honey. A little breadiness and cloves. Very refreshing!
T: More pears and apples, with a little citrus now. Oranges and lemons? Sweet honey in the middle backs it up - quite strong for a brief moment. Sharp yeasty bread in the finish with cloves. Lingering drying cloves and some black pepper to spice it up. Quite zesty between sips in fact.
M: Medium bodied and ultra smooth.
O: This is one hell of a saison. Honey adds a welcome layer of complexity that really smooths everything out and sweetens it just enough. Very crisp and refreshing beer, just the way a saison is supposed to be. Ultra smooth flavors and mouthfeel makes it super drinkable too, even further adding to the experience.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2013 01:54:52 | More by Dope
4.49/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle from Tavern in Framingham for the Jack's Abby Boston Marathon charity event.
Light fizzy head, super hazy tangerine orange color.
Nose is very nice, floral fruity Belgian esters and fruity slightly tropical citrus fruity hops, light grassy and grainy Belgian saison like aromas, slight vegetable aromas, little green apple skin, light Belgian malts, light farmhouse funk.
Taste is delicious, lots of farmhouse funk but not quite Brett like, lots of saison funk, light grainy bready malts toasty pilsner like, grassy, wet hay, doughy, light spices, chewy, some grassy spicy hops. Finish is fairly dry, lots of earthy spicy grassy hops, more saison farmhouse funk, light bitterness, little sticky despite dry, light fruit.
Mouth is med bodied, nice carb.
Overall very nice. Embodies just about everything I really want in a nice saison, lots of farmhouse funk, good ester profile, effervescent carbonation, grassy, chewy, great character, even a hint of nice tropical fruits on the nose. Very tasty, I will probably still get more just to drink it again!
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2013 13:19:01 | More by jlindros
Rite Of Spring from Enlightenment Ales
89 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.