Captain Stardust Saison - Yellow Springs Brewery
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3.61/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
32 oz. growler filled yesterday poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
A - Pours a very light pale lemon/lime gold. A one-finger head of slightly off white foam made up of loose, large bubbles dissipates rather quickly, leaving a broken ring of lace around the glass and a peninsula of large bubbles jutting out from one side. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a bright, rich yellow/gold and mostly cloudy opaque, with just enough clarity to notice a thin trail of tiny bubbles rising from the very center bottom of the glass.
S - Esters of slightly sour green apple, Jolly Rancher watermelon, pear, lemongrass, hints of wet slate, and a touch of white pepper when just out of the growler. Some woodiness in the background is reminiscent of an oaked and buttered Chardonnay. As it warms in the glass, hints of banana appear, as does a more fullness from the malts, which offer up suggestions of vanilla and orange rind. This really replaces the initially thin, almost astringent nose. A very noticeable transition when it shakes off the cold of refrigeration.
T - The pear juice mixed with the malts is more forward on the tongue, and the watermelon & green apple follow into the finish. Just enough sour/tartness is retained to balance the fruit sugars. A bit of wheat and other light malts with just a touch of butter and light caramel provide the foundation. There's also hints of earthiness and spice on the tongue in the back end from the yeast, which become more pronounced as the beer warms up.
M - Fizzy and rather crisp. Light body, but not watery thin, although it moves in this direction as it warms. Components are nicely integrated. Clean finish that's a tad dry, but still presents echos of the apple and pear, followed by the woodiness and soft spice.
O - A pleasant, quite drinkable in-a-slow-paced-relaxing-sort-of-way offering from a new local brewery that's a great addition to the vibrant arts community of Yellow Springs. Open less than a month, they're still getting their recipes down for brewing in batches large enough to keg and distribute. Some of the other beers I've tasted clearly have some tweaking left to do to get to their styles and remove the blemishes, such as the fusel that was present in the hefeweizen. This particular recipe, however, is ready for reviewing - it was clearly the best of the four we tasted in the brewery's friendly and comfortable but acoustically challenged tasting room. This would pair well with grilled shrimp or a plate of goat cheese, Granny Smith apple slices and light wheat crackers. It's also worth noting how much the characteristics of this beer evolve as it warms in the growler sitting out by the glass - an added bonus to this tasting.
Serving type: growler
05-07-2013 05:05:35 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Captain Stardust Saison from Yellow Springs Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.