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Somerset Saison - The Wild Beer Co.

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80
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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdfb79 on 06-24-2013)
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On tap at the Green Lady, quick review from written notes.

Light hazy gold, sticky collar all around the edges that covers the glass in a sheet of lace. Good surface coverage with plenty more lace as the glass is sipped.

Grassy, earthy aroma, slightly vegetal hops and earthy Belgian yeast.

Moderately bitter up front with grassy botanical hop character, and a toasted grain kernels in the aftertaste. Mellow and medium bodied with an ample bitterness, toasty dry finish, and a slight dried citrus peel character. Interesting rustic saison from the UK that's a welcome departure from overly phenolic American saisons.

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11.2oz bottle into tall chalice.

A- Should have used a different glass, we've got a live one on our hands. 5 fingers of bright white froth spring forth, filling over half of the glass. Tight, tiny bubbles form ranks that seem impenetrable and stubborn as hell.

S- bright lemon pith and white/pink peppercorns, dry and clean with mild funk. Straw.

T- Utterly confusing. The first thing I get smacks of slightly metallic smoke. The smoke carries through the entire taste, tainting everything in its wake. Some lemon, light cracker malt, light pepper spice. And smoke. This is truly odd.

M- Steely and clean, really bright and sharp. Practically levitates off the tongue with vigorous carbonation.

O- Expectations drinking a beer by someone called "The Wild Beer Co." completely shattered. Smoke offputting and ridiculous. Some shreds of decent beer here, but balance and offs ruin the potential. Nothing wild about this. Smoke??? Confused and disappointed.

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S. Metallic, a bit of wheat, an odd grassy scent underneath.

T/M. It has a really tart taste. Kind of metallic. It's both grassy and wheaty, but it doesn't blend all that well. Some sweet grape taste. Carbonated. Light body.

O. The aftertaste isn't all that pleasant. It's not bad, just very odd.

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A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down and left lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass as well as a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spices are present in the nose along with hints of lemon citrus. The lemon becomes a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and the spices linger through the finish. The spices don't seem quite as strong as the beer warms up.
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Served on-tap at Taproom No. 307 in New York, NY

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium apricot in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the surface of the beer and some faint golden yellow + burnt orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized thick cap surrounded by a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy saison yeast and spices along with a slightly lighter aromas of lemon citrus. There is also a light amount of funkiness/horse blanket smell here in the background as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts with moderate amounts of spicy saison yeast and lighter flavors of spices (pink and white peppercorns). That is followed by light flavors of light fruits (white grape) and lemon citrus. Finally, there is a light funkiness that comes through giving it a straw-like barnyard flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than light amounts of carbonation. Slightly more than moderate amounts of dryness.

O: Enjoyable and a little different than I was expecting - a saison with some elements of a wild ale...lightly funky but refreshing and enjoyable. I think this is one that I would grab again if I came across it.

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Somerset Saison from The Wild Beer Co.
80 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.