Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale - Coors Brewing Company
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Reviews by kojevergas:
2.76/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Best before August 19th, 2013. Expectations are below average given the brewery - which I highly highly doubt can pull off a saison. 5.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off pressure cap acquired as part of a seasonal Blue Moon variety box earlier tonight at my local Von's grocery store and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I think the 12 pack cost something like $14.99. Expressionist Collection.
Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor; overcarbonation is anticipated.
A: Pours a one finger white colour head - disappointingly thin - with no cream at all and of bad (~45 second) retention. Body colour is a clear translucent dark amber-copper. No yeast particles are visible. Poor lacing. No bubble show. Really misses the mark for a saison. Not sure what this is, but it looks poor for the style. Still, it's not awful in a general sense; if I weren't judging it as a saison I'd see little wrong with it. It's not unique or special; we'll call it an average appearance. There are no overt flaws (outside style conventions).
Sm: Strawberry fruit syrup extract. Off-putting medicinal sweetness. Sugary. Some tart artificial fruit - a highlight here. Berries. A mild to moderate strength aroma. Any hop character is minimal so as not to be noticeable; likely generic floral character. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Not a great aroma. I'm curious about the fruit notes; they could be either good or bad...
T: Mediocre, actually. Some mild sweetness. A slight hint of tartness when you really look for it. Berries. Minimal hop character. Generic malts form the body. Not as syrupy as the aroma suggested. Nor as medicinal. It's actually just plain boring and bland. Dreadfully simple. The little flavour that's there isn't bad, and it's balanced in its bland simplicity. But it lacks boldness and/or inspiration. I'm far from impressed. Not at all what a saison should be, even if it's purportedly mixed with a Flanders Red. This comes off as a middling fruit beer; no more, no less.
Mf: Smooth. Wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Weak and somewhat thin. Disappointing lack of body. Shoddily constructed.
Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I'll happily down the few bottles I have, but this is rather mediocre. It's terrible if you judge it as a saison, but in a general sense it's just a pedestrian fruit beer. I wouldn't get it again. I'm glad I tried it though. Another mundane brew from Blue Moon/Coors.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2013 04:31:42 | More by kojevergas
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3.46/5 rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a dark amber with a thick head that dies to nothing and leaves no lace like all blue moon beers. Smells are caramel, spice, orange.. the taste follows with mostly a orange spice back ground. The mouthfeel is thin to slight medium. Overall its decent and I would have no issue drinking more.
Serving type: bottle
04-19-2014 23:13:58 | More by DrewsBrews450
1.13/5 rDev -63.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Short straw is the last straw for me with blue moon, idk why I keep fooling myself into thinking they will ever put something good out, heck I'd settle for "o.k." I mean you'd think for the fact that they have what, at least 30 different "styles" (more like flavors) that they would eventually put out something worth drinking! Well I guess thats too much to ask from Coors. I mean can this even be called an "ale"!? I'm trying hard to have one good thing to say about this beer but I can't think of anything.
A: almost got this one right, it has the slightest reddish brown tinge but nothing compared to a good version of this style, plus it looks super watery and extremely bubbly and carbonated for a flanders style.
T: yup it's blue moon, no doubt about it. At least when you drink a schells or a summit, it's easy to tell that is' one but at least they have more than one base style of beer, I think blue moon always starts out as a blue moon Belgian white ale and then they add stuff to it to make it taste different initially but it finishes like the same gross tasting ale. This also has a DISGUSTING mid-palate that tastes like PEROXIDE, yeah you really nailed that "sour" style feel guys... NOT! Then as it warms it taste more like a pilsner than anything....EPIC FAIL.
O.A. I REALLY have to try hard to remember no matter how good a new blue moon "FLAVOR" SOUNDS it's never in no way gonna be different. SHOCKTOP FOREVER!
P.S. also I have a stomach ache from 1/4 of this beer! unbelievable!!! Also I think I'm going to throw my Cassanova's pint glass away cuz it tainted it so much, ICK!
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2014 22:38:11 | More by Beerlover
Blue Moon Short Straw Farmhouse Red Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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