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Short Pump Saison - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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86
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brother_kenneth on 10-07-2013)
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750mL bottle, picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria, VA. Poured into an Alewerks snifter...keeping it Virginia.

A: The body is a slightly hazy orange-brown with a rocky head that dimities in 2-3 minutes to a thin film on the surface. Small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian yeasts and sugary scent, layered with banana, bubblegum, and a grassy scent. Some spiciness, but not dominant.

T: Balanced but very complex flavor profile, tasted better than expected from the aroma. Starts out with the expected sweetness form the aroma. Bubblegum flavors up front, the sugars come out right behind the bubblegum, and then transition to a clear and crisp earthy note. The Belgian sugar flavor diminishes as the beer finished with a clear bitterness, and slightly hoppy flavor.

M: The body is wonderfully smooth, with a crisp feeling. Not too oily, not to dry, and a balanced carbonation to the body.

O: This is not as much like a saison as I expected. Seems to fall down between the saison and Belgian pale ale styles. But, that is not an issue, this beer is a very crisp, and presents a subtle complexity that makes it enjoyable to the end.

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My first review. Thought I might start off with something new and local. Here, a style I usually enjoy, farmhouse saison has a feeling of summer but is never out of season. Nice choice for their debut year round brew. Lickinghole Creek eh? Dirty sounding name, but it's a real freaking creek out in that neck of the woods. No cork and cage here. That's nice for us home brewing types, usually don't see 750's that can accept normal caps. Pours a beautiful sunny gold color, exactly how a farmhouse saison should look. Smells nice, hops dominate the aroma; sweet wheat, complex hop aromas. Taste is right on with the smell, hits the palate with that laid back wheat feeling, but smacks you in the face with a sweet bitterness on the swallow. It's a nice back and forth as you getting deeper into the glass. Very enjoyable.

I have to say I'm pretty impressed with this initial offering. The farmhouse style is the original Belgian IPA imo, so I think this is a perfect example of that. If reviewed upon style, I would go as high as 4.25/5; reviewing overall, I'd go more toward 4/5. Very good indeed, highly recommended. I wouldn't hesitate to session this beer, preferably on tap.

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Short Pump Saison from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.