L'Esprit Saison - The Tap Brewing Company
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Reviews by IBUnit63:
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
From 8/26/2009...finally getting around to punching this one in.
Had one on tap and took a growler home. $8.50...can you dig it? Poured the first installment into a Duvel tulip.
Pretty decent natural honey color. Nice tight head of about a finger, but it goes quickly, yielding style-consistent yeast wisps. Body has a bit of cloudiness and slight turbidity, but not a huge deal-breaker.
There's some unexpected funkiness that I didn't catch in my quick pour off the tap. Decent coriander bite with slight sourness typical for the strain. Rustic piney woodiness and a good kick of what seems like Styrian Goldings but I could be wrong. Survey says 30 IBUs so that's some nice hoppiness for style. Malt has a little honey/butterscotch scent to it, which is nice - a little reminiscent of a Tripel, actually. The warmth brings out a little more of the "horse-blanket" stuff that we look for.
Even though I don't see a lot of carbonation, I taste it and feel it - regardless of the scent this becomes an old-world saison quickly with a couple of tastes (ignoring the hoppiness). Mellow yet consistent carbonation, slight sour acidity and a straw-like yet sweet malt profile. Very interesting stuff. Carbonation cleans it up pretty well. In a sense it's dry, but layered on top is maybe a little more malt sweetness here than expected but it works. Wondering how this would mellow in a few months.
Palate gets the sweetness of the nice boatload of malt upfront. Then the carbonation delivers the dryness as it slithers down the palate. Maybe needs a little time to pull it all together but a lot of saisons have a little funky turmoil going on that make them tick.
Hey, it may not be a saison with lots of carbonation and an FG of 1.001 but it's a very good take on the style with the expected elements, a little bit of sweetness and a decent drop of funk. And it has solid carbonation...all in all it's a lot easier to drink than I think it is, 'cause my tulip is just about empty. I'd be interested to see this in about 6 months. Jon continues to show great breadth and depth up in the 'hill.
Serving type: growler
09-14-2009 14:48:10 | More by IBUnit63
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3.63/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured via growler on 9/5/09. Thanks to mixylplik3 for sharing.
A - Hazy coppery orange body with one-finger off-white head that fully receded and deposited minimal lacing around the glass.
S - Aroma is fruity for a saison with some spicy, earthy and musty notes and a toasted grainy character. Finishes with a hint of alcohol and mild herbal hop bitterness.
T - Fruity notes akin to spicy apple, pear and citrus fruit backed by a grainy malt character. Finishes with a subtle herbal hop bite.
M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with mild bitterness and residual sweetness on the palate.
D - Reminds me of a Bier de Garde more than a Saison. However, this is a flavorful brew with a light, fruity flair and enough hop bitterness to add a bit of complexity to the overall flavor.
Serving type: on-tap
09-13-2009 20:27:31 | More by ffejherb
L'Esprit Saison from The Tap Brewing Company
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