Rite Of Spring - Enlightenment Ales
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jaasen64:
More User Reviews:
3.21/5 rDev -20.7%
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 +10.6%
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
Rite Of Spring from Enlightenment Ales
89 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.