Pastoral - Door County Brewing Co.
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3.79/5 rDev -3.3%
Bottle sampled at Reefpoint in Racine, WI. Wasn't on the menu, thanks to AJ for the suggestion.
Into a pint glass it pours a hazy gold, with rapid carbonation and a compact head of white foam that has a somewhat creamy surface texture. Flecks of lace adhere to the glass after the first couple sips. 4
Aroma has some lightly phenolic esters, clove and yeastiness. It's fairly clean and not overly spicy or sweet thankfully, but it's fairly mild. 3.5
Taste has some clove and dried herb notes, yeasty and supple with ample carbonation. Again it's not overly spicy or sweet, unlike lesser American saisons. Clean and drinkable with food. No trace of "farmhouse funk" to speak of. Overall it's not bad, but lacks a certain uniqueness to return to it. 4/3.75/3.75
08-24-2014 23:29:06 | More by emerge077
4.29/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.
A - A nice deep golden hazy straw color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Nice retention that slowly came down; minimal lacing.
S - Fantastic aroma of sour citrus, lemon zest. Good amount of yeast with some straw and grass, light pepper spice with floral hops. Really like the smell.
T - Nice yeasts and grassy notes, follows with coriander, lemon zest, with slight funk. Hints of light spice with malt backbone. Finish is smooth with little bitterness.
M - Very rich and full mouthfeel, yet still has a lighter to medium body. Almost butter like smoothness.
O - This is a well crafted Saison and I'm excited what this brewery is doing in WI. I've had Ommegang, Stillwater, and Prairie Saisons; this one belongs up there with them.
06-03-2014 23:50:53 | More by Ri0
3.76/5 rDev -4.1%
Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong yeast, slight citrus, floral, slight sweet malt, pale malt, hint of alcohol, hint of hops, and a hint of clove. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong yeast, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of hops, floral notes, hint of pale malt, hint of clove, and slight grass. Overall, weaker appearance, good aroma, body, and blend.
07-04-2014 12:33:15 | More by Tone
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
Appearance: Straw yellow color with some darker orange accents. Pours with a finger and a half of head which settled in a bit but was present throughout drinking. Heavy sticky lacing left behind at each level. Good amount of active carbonation but probably a touch on the lower end for the style.
Smell: Exotic, very active peppery spices hit on the front. Leafy greens, cloves, growing spices, and darker fruits on the body. The spices and fruits continue to open to come in waves. Bready, buttery yeast backbone really pulls this one together.
Taste: The front is creamy buttery malt and with bright spices. The spiced notes really take a dark turn on the body in a wonderful way, increasing in intensity and lingering flavors. Medium bodied fruits make themselves known in a big way toward the back end. Bready malt and spicy yeast linger long after drinking.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a touch lower for the style which really allows all the wonderful tones going on here to shine through. Spiced flavors are potent yet not overbearing on the palate. Creamy, buttery malt and yeast only add to the glory.
Overall: Door County knocked this brew out of the park. Probably one of, if not the best saison/farmhouse ale I have ever had. It stands itself apart with elite drinkability. Rarely does a farmhouse go down this easily and quickly, but this one didn't last long for me. A must try for everyone!
05-24-2014 04:01:27 | More by KFBR392
3.73/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance - The saison pours a darker straw yellow color with foamy white bubbles hugging the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma a little sweeter than I am used to detecting in a saison.
Taste - Present was a dry sour gin-like initial . Lemon rind and barnyard funk were also present. There is a strange element of sweetness that masked, almost like a bubble gum taste. The beer does not finish well. It just seems to end.
Mouthfeel - This is an easy drinker for a saison. Far from abrasive, it would be easy to drink a lot of these.
Overall - This a pretty decent version of the style, though it would be one I would actively seek.
08-03-2014 01:28:15 | More by JohnnyHopps
Pastoral from Door County Brewing Co.
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