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Beltane Herbal Golden - Propolis Brewing

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Beltane Herbal Golden
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87
very good

11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 5.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Propolis Brewing visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: LiquidAmber on 07-02-2013)
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kevin for this West Coast mystery. Golden wheat and amber waves of grain with a super duper fuzzy and bone-white head that bubbles away and spreads out to form a fairly thick collar around the circumference of the beer. A decent amount of lacing is left on the glass at first, but it only lasts for a few minutes before it drips down and disappears.

Oh, wow. I bring my nose up to this one and it's like walking through a botanical garden in the springtime, wisping through patches of flowers and fresh-cut grass. Super floral and garden-y... must be the elderflower, though I can't say that I would be able to discern flower from flower had I not been told. The back side has some minty clove and zesty clumps of saison yeast for balance, a nice way to finish this Garden of Eden.

Believe it or not, the yeast is the first attacker of the tongue with each sip; good bouts of bubblegum, bread, and light clove. The florals are still heavy, though, bouncing in and out with wet stems, grass, and flower pedals. Fresh, crisp, and tasting like a springtime afternoon in the middle of a dew-soaked field. I cannot overstate the floral essence of this one.

The pureness of this beer is something to behold, but that doesn't necessarily make it the tastiest thing ever. The first few ounces were a nice change of pace - a super grassy and floral saison with a decent backing of gummy yeast. But palate fatigue becomes an issue here and the flowers will start to wear and cut your palate rather quickly. Not a huge problem as the bottle was split five ways, but taking down a bomber solo could be difficult.

It feels pretty good for a saison, medium-heavy in body with quite a bit of carbonation that gives an uplifting and snappy mouth feel. Like a liquid field of flowers bottled up and poured into your glass. Definitely an interesting and tasty beer, but beware - if you plan on tackling this entire bottle on your own, you might want to pace yourself, as the raw grassiness gets a little tiring.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a hazy medium golden amber with a half finger off white head with good retention and light lacing. A very pleasant aroma of sweet malt, tropical and stone fruit, Belgian yeast; mildly floral. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, light citrus, cardamom and cloves, hints of honey; finishes drier with spicy, herbal and floral notes. Flavors are somewhat mild, but well balanced and interesting. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. A hard ale to fit to style, but closest to a saison blended with a tripel, but slightly sweeter in the start. This smelled delicious and tasted great. I wanted to know more about the herbal ingredients after trying this. Very well made and I will be watching for other ales from this brewery. I really like this. I've entered this as a saison / farmhouse because of the light rustic body, but this crosses boundaries between Belgian pale, saison and herbal ales.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of harrymel
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled May, 2013

Pours a slightly hazy golden ale with a solid sheet of fine whites atop. Nose carries banana, some clove, a bit of honey, the elderflowers adverted on the label, some wood and belgian ale yeast, slightly sweet malts. Flavor is delicate and tasty with nice bread on biscuit malt, some bitterness, a little bit more elderflower, a slight sweetness from the yeast character and some other tones I just can't quite get a handle on; maybe a touch of clove. Medium fluffy body with a fine low carb and a semi dry finish. A tasty beer, one I'd like to have again. That's 2 for 2 for me from this brewery.

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Beltane Herbal Golden from Propolis Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.