La Maison | Taxman Brewing Co.

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Taxman Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by thetaxman1 on 01-25-2014

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 21
Reviews by mynie:
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1.39/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

This does not auger well...

The bar was dotted with cool Taxman Brewing schwag: they had a burnt wood tap handle, some coasters, and a set of little postcards that explained in very simple terms what a Saison is. The bartender said they'd been selling a heck of a lot of Taxman, so I said sure, pour me one.

It was bad.

Pours fine. Smells aggressively sweet. Tastes hideously, poisoningly sweet, with a pronounced and unpleasant bitter back end, like someone crushed up a bunch of aspirin into some raw agave nectar. I could not finish the pint, and for several hours afterward I was haunted by bursts of aftertaste that still clung to my mouth. Even after I brushed my teeth, the horror of this beer remained.

All this would normally be forgivable. Saisons are hard to brew, and even established, excellent breweries sometimes screw them up. It's also okay for a new brewer to stumble a bit out of the gate and release some bad batches. But when so much money is spent on marketing a beer, and when the beer comes replete with a literal postcard announcing itself not only a stellar example of its style but also as the brewery's flagship--well then, that beer better be decently brewed. This was not. And so I do not have high hopes for Taxman.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Zonian1
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bwood06
3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a clear bright golden color with a foamy off white head that dissipates extremely quickly. Head dissipates to a thin lacing with a bit of foam around the edges of the glass. Very highly carbonated with a massive amount of bubbles rising quickly towards the surface. 3.5/5

S - Aroma is surprisingly dominated by a hop profile of grapefruit, pine, citrus peel, and tangerines. Very light aroma of fresh baked bread is present as well as a bit of pepperiness but the hops overpower these quite easily. 3.5/5

T - Very light sweetness up front reminiscent of honey, which makes sense due to this being brewed with honey according to the bottle. White bread and slight yeastiness immediately following the honey. No real toast or roast notes to this beer to speak of. Fruitiness comes in on the back half of the tasting with a combination of tangerines and grapefruit. Pine resin comes into play right at the end, just in time for a slightly bitter finish. Bitterness does not linger for long. 3.5/5

M - Smoother and a bit more creamy than expected. Carbonation burn shows up in the middle of the tasting profile. Finishes very smooth and wet with no lingering mouthfeel on the palate. Feels more like a palate cleanser than anything but without a drying sensation. 4/5

O - More hop centric than many Saisons that I have had. Variety of flavor comes mainly from the hops in this beer with there being only a light maltiness to it. The mouthfeel is the highlight of the tasting for me due to it's combination of mouthfeel throughout the tasting. Somewhat subdued flavors unfortunately after a strong aroma. 3.5/5

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the can in a snifter glass via a friend from work-----Thanks Justin

This nice saison pours a hazy light yellow color with a modest head of white foam that settles to a thin ring, light pool, and subtle lacing. Nose of honey, grapefruit, lemon zest, light bread with subtle yeast notes, and subtle hop notes. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with sweet honey and light cracker notes that blend in with grapefruit notes on the sides and middle with lemon zest and medium spicy herbal hops coming in on the rear to cut through the sweetness. Medium zippy carbonation with a subtle seltzer characteristic that finishes lightly bitter and subtly dry. A sweeter saison that is interesting. I would personally like to visit this brewery and try their offerings fresh.


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Photo of Hazy
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aasher
3.99/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nctide
3.96/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is an enjoyable saison. It has a nice subtle banana like flavor with a spicy hop finish. This went really well with a smoked pork tenderloin. Taxman delivers yet again.

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Photo of mollyann8
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Viperman1316
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of robwestcott
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of osuskin
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheWiredDJ
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Great yellow color and full white head that produces good lacing.

S - Smell is full of fruit and blanket esters, along with a hint of something more vegetal.

T - The taste is pleasant, starting slightly sweet, a bread-oriented malt with limestone in the middle, and moderately spicy and bitter in the close.

M - The feel is pretty bright, but there is a slight residual on the tongue after the swallow.

O - Overall, a decent farmhouse, but far from spectacular. Adequate for an afternoon drinker.

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Photo of MSandahl23
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bzach
3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BriaCloette
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of scottf154
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer

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Photo of Gear54
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bomber into a tulip glass

Looks are the best feature here. Pour is hazy golden color with 2 full fingers of white foam and nice lace left along the glass.

Smell is powerful sweet banana and hops. Very sweet in the nose. I can't recall having an aroma like this in another beer.

Taste follows smell well with super sweet banana and maybe some clove followed by bitter hops with little balance. The sweetness and hops combo would be better with more balance.

Overall not a bad first attempt at the style but far from a flagship beer. I would be excited to try a sample from a second batch and compare to see any adjustments!

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Photo of psmith161
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

La Maison from Taxman Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.