Atalanta - Orpheus Brewing

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 19
Gots: 66 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Orpheus Brewing visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Keith_R on 05-27-2014

In the heroine Atalanta, we see the traits of what we aim for in all of our beers: piquant, deceptively robust, and a bit wild. A tart plum saison, Atalanta tastes of plums intermingling with spicy yeast, and a refreshing tartness that makes Atalanta as good for pairing with food as by itself.
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Photo of AndyEdgar
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the definition of a sessionable tart saison. dynamite smell, taste and mouthfeel.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received some cans in a recent trade, dated October 2014.

Pours cloudy yellow with a good level of carbonation. Citrusy farmhouse smell reminds me of a Saison/Gose mix. Taste is phenomenal; the plum tartness brings you back for more. Well done Orpheus.

Photo of archmundo
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A plum sour with a light mouth feel that finishes very clean. Can really taste the fruit and tartness. I could drink a ton of these on a warm day.

Photo of dawgontap
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

One of my favorite new local beers. Nice (but not overpowering) sour note and something you can drink a few of. It's a beer nerd's version of a lake or beach beer. Very drinkable. And coming out in CANS!

Photo of UTvols05
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very nice and balanced sour. Very sessionable and every time it's in my fridge, it's the first thing I reach for. I can't keep this stocked at home!

Photo of lcanova
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks: cloudy and golden, with little to no head
Smell: hoppy and fruity, spicy yeast
Taste: tart with a fruity finish
Feel: light and smooth

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can served in a pilsner glass.

Looks enticing, with a cloudy pale yellow-gold body, lloking like filter lemon juice, topped by a generous size, creamy white head The head has limited retention but leaves very nice lacing.

Aroma: funky, with a hint of wet leather, fruity and quite sour.

Flavor: a little less funky but even more tart than the aroma suggests. Quite fruity with a clear note of ripe plums but even more lemon.

Feel: medium-light body with medium carbonation; semi-dry finish.

O: a bit challenging, even after you get past the aroma, but the powerful fruity/tart flavor is sure to capture the hearts of many a lover of this style.

Photo of JamesStreet
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got 12 oz can in trade and poured in to Ommegang chalice

A- Pours a cloudy, watery-golden looking color and produced a massive billowy head that quickly dissipated.
S- barnyard and sour fruits
T- follows the nose with the fruits becoming a bit clearer. Plum, persimmon and a slight hint of citrus with a tad bit of barnyard muskiness. Prominent saison yeast taste with very little on hop bitterness.
M- Fairly heavy feel and lightly carbonated.
O- what a nice surprise. This beer, though a tad on the tart side, is highly chuggable. Each sip got better and would definitely seek out more from Orpheus.

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a strong fruit aroma
Appearance- A light golden yellow color with a large white head.
Taste- The Plum flavor is very evident. Has a nice saison flavor mixed with the fruit.
Palate-Medium bodied with light carbonation.
Overall- A pretty good saison, I prefer Orpheus' Lyric Ale, but this is very good also.

Photo of Peanut
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Draft from the Orpheus inaugural tasting and tour session at their Atlanta brewery 5/26/14.

A: Beautiful golden murkiness

S: Moderate smell with a little bit of earthiness and bread

T: Straightforward but delicious. It has a light sour note and a light fruit note. Quaffable.

M: Perfect carbonation, light bodied

O: This is a very solid flagship and seems to foreshadow great things to come for a brewery that is partial to saisons, sours, fruit treatments, and barrel treatments.

Photo of caulfield
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice mouthfeel, interesting use of the style. This will probably appeal to sour lovers, yet this has a great accessible taste & is great for the style. A unique saison; I'll buy it again.

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best saison I've ever had.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

A: draught, cloudy yellow with a short white head

S: Tart and tangy vinegar, light fruit

T: tangy vinegar sour mixed with sour fruitiness, lemon, berries

M: light and crisp

O: nice local beer

Photo of SaltofOH
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can date 4-1-15. Dogfish Head 10 oz. tulip. Thanks to dad for bringing this one up to the great white north from ATL.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy bright gold with two fingers of head that quickly recedes to nothing. Actively carbonated. Swirled the rest of the can to pour, and got a good bit more cloudiness and sediment. Not sure if this style is to be drank with or without sediment. No lacing.

Aroma: Smells a little sour and yeasty, but what strikes me is what smells like fresh oxygen, like new plastic; perhaps that is the plum? Others have said funky, and I would describe it as synthetic. As it warms the fruitiness comes through more, with grapefruit and plum more noticeable. Maybe like those pickled plums you get at finer sushi places.

Taste: That "oxygen" character is the first thing I pick up on the arrival, followed by tartness. Almost grapefruit like. That transitions to a sour/tart/complex mid-palate, with that oxygen/plum asserting itself, then growing extremely tart. Ever so slight bitterness on the finish, and the palate is left cleaned and refreshed.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of light, not as carbonated as it appears. Very clean finishing.

Overall: My first beer from this brewery, and maybe my second or third saison. I like the style, and I really like this beer. I am almost never in the mood for this type of beer, but every time I have one I am glad I did. If this were available in my area, I might make it a once-a-year buy in the summer months.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade with eee.
Looks nothing special- hazy golden color with a 2 finger white head that doesn't stick around long. Aroma is a nice mixture of funk with some underlying spices. Fair amount of fruit mixed in. Flavor is divine. So much complexity at just over 5%. High carbonation crackles on the tongue, tart acidity leads the way before the fruit (lemon + plum) sets in, and then finishing with a cracked pepper spicy tone. Each sip is better than the previous one and the dry finish leaves your mouth watering for more. Light body and very approachable.

What a terrific surprise. Saison done right here.

Photo of Jlabs
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

fairly bland saison..didn't detect any plum flavor whatsoever

Photo of Rebulu
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first tart saison, but not my last. Other, more popular ones have simply not matched the expectations Atalanta set for me.

Good stuff.

Photo of JLSIV
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a can into a tulip glass…pours unfiltered lemon yellow with a short lived head almost fizzy carbonation

Really enjoyed the tartness, very refreshing

the aroma has a quick note of spice, almost sour fresh yeast…very nice
Taste is definitely the tart plum taste you get from the skin of a plum…some lemon and almost peppery background, trends toward the sour, but not funk sour.

light to medium mouthfeel….carbonation is lighter than most other saison types, I liked it.

Very refreshing, glad that it is in cans, and this has moved up into my favorite ranges

Photo of pgrenvicz
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

I could kill these. Nice light tart and fruit taste. Reminds me of an HF saison. Way to step up craft in Georgia, Orpheus!

Photo of dar482
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in an almost florescent glowing goldenrod.

The aroma hits of lemony tart and wheat, with hint towards a Berliner weisse.

On the flavor, the tart quality hits up front, along some stone fruit of pluot, peach, apricot, nectarine. The wheat comes in on the middle.

Just a wonderful session beer. It's crisp, retrained on its tart quality, while still showing itself. The fruit adds another dimension. Just a perfect summer brew. Up there with Westbrook Gose as the best tart session brew.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opens can and filled my mikkeller middle finger teku

a - brew pours a hazy straw yellow with a generous frothy saison head that didn't hang out too long and left little lace. Glows when held to the light.

s - nose is really pleasant. A tart plum saison indeed. Very subtle but everything is in a nice place.

t/m/o - a really pleasant treat, super crisp and refreshing saison with some hints of plum tartness...very unique and easy drinking. Tart plum adds some real nice life to the saison. Light and thoroughly enjoyable. Very sessionable.

Photo of SteveB24
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

love the tartness and spicy kick on this brew, the plum really comes through. really exceptional Saison.

Photo of Zach136
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy yellow with a one finger head, that dissipates to a white collar. OK lacing.

S - Sauerkraut and lemony tart notes up front, hint of pit fruit and saison esters in the background.

T - Plum and esters come through more on the palate than the nose, balances out the sourness really nicely and ads an awesome complexity to the whole beer.

M - As light, airy, and refreshing as a beer can be. Dissipating, refreshing finish.

O - A great, ballsy flagship. The first batch of this beer is fantastic and it's only getting better. Orpheus is already making ATL's beer scene proud.

Photo of mjanofsky
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. It's a sour saison. My wife says its her favorite!

Photo of Brackh
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a nice foamy head. Lots of bubbles stick to the glass. Smells like a funky plum. The taste follows suit. Just enough tart. Almost has a grassy taste too. Good beer.

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