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Brooklyn Ridgy Didge - Brooklyn Brewery

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-26-2014

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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by scootny:
Photo of scootny
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love saisons. They are in my top three styles. I love the variety in in abv and complexity that is found here and it is always with pleasure that I consume well done versions. This one brings immense satisfaction to the tongue, heart, and soul. A strong pour generates a healthy head of creamy colored, lightly yellowed, off-white foam. A slow fade leaves a wispy covering and light lacing. A surprisingly clear, darkened gold colored fluid. Nose offers a banquet of olfactory sensations. Lemon, pepper, grassy hops, all sit atop a lovely malt breadiness that showcases a superb yeast. Notes of bubble gum along with a very hefe like clove and mild banana really make this one work for me. It's soft candy sugar cookie dough scent reinforces the Belgian heritage of this one. Taste is a smooth highly drinkable encounter with the excellent vision of the brewers involved. The front is soft and bakery cookie sweet. Middle offers up a bouquet of bright citrus orange and lemon. Peppery spiciness kick in to start the transition.Finish flows into a mild hop drying more than bitterness. Bits of mint and light hop oil make this a crowd pleaser for the IPA crowd while being a low hop beer. Grassy and clean it leaves a lovely crispness that makes this a wonderful food beer that will work with anything but chocolate. Feel is smooth, mildly crisp, with a velvety drinkability that is beyond numbers. Quenching in a way that makes this a dangerous beer when you're thirsty as it is very easy to go through many glasses quickly. This beer seems to combine two of my three faves when it comes to style. Hefe and Saison. The yeast qualities along with the low bitterness that still allows the spicing and hops to shine make this a real treasure trove for enjoyment. Go Get Some Of This!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Muddy Waters in Minneapolis. 10 oz. serving in a chalice glass.

Appearance: Color is a hazy golden orange. Fair amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that slowly fades into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A sweet, yeasty, and fruity Belgian style aroma with good hints of fruits and spice. Belgian yeast with with big hints of the pepperberry along with some clove and farmhouse funk. Sweet hints of Belgian candied sugar. Big hints of bubblegum. Lots of fruit esters with hints of banana, lemon, orange, and green apple. Soft pale malt with hints of straw, grains, and cracker. Subtle earthy hop hints of grass. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a fruity, sweet, and yeasty Saison taste with good notes of fruit and spice. Belgian style yeast with big upfront spice notes of the pepperberry along with some clove and farmhouse funk. Big taste of bubblegum and banana giving a Hefeweizen like twist. Also good fruit notes of lemon, orange, and green apple. Sweet notes of Belgian candied sugar. Bready pale malt with notes of grains, straw, and cracker. Also some honey like notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and sweet but fairly drying on the finish. Nicely smooth.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a Saison. Good mix of spices and fruit esters with a nice dose of bubblegum.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lovin' Cup in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a golden orange/yellow, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like Belgian yeast, some grassiness, banana, and clove.

The taste is similar. Fairly smooth tasting, lots of fruity esters, some lemon and hay, and some indeterminate spicing, must be the lemon myrtle and Tasmanian pepperberry they say is in the beer.

Light to medium bodied, the ABV is not all that apparent. Crisp mouthfeel.

Not a bad new saison, but nothing crazy exciting either.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap 8/22/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong pepper and spice, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise strong flavor of pepper followed by some other spices. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is midland brings a little balance. There’s some fruit in the background. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, this is just a mediocre beer at best.

Photo of founddrama
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong saison. Those pepperberry & lemon notes not coming through super strong. Maybe that's a good thing? Awesome color; so red. It's not what I think of in a saison but OK.

Photo of Bigjackieg
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The first review for this was fairly spot on, though the first notes I got were of Rosemary and lemon thyme. An excellent and tasty brew, and not so overly seasoned as others. Personally, I could stand a little less carbonation and assume I'll be belching half the night, but to each his own. Bottom line: a great take on the style and a good drink. Slainte!

Photo of smcolw
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Good head for a bar pour. White, creamy and leaves more lace than glass. The color is dirty gold with lots of haze.

I smell vanilla and cream. Also, there's a bit lilac.

First impression is of the rich blend of spices (particularly in the swallow). I detect coriander, lemongrass, a bit of licorice and honeysuckle. The base is similar to an amber but with a lot more spritz. The aftertaste features a slow fade of the spices while the white pepper from the hop remains. Superbly complex. One of the better Saisons I've had.

Photo of dar482
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark red amber.

The aroma has citrus, orange, and lots of green herb and grassy spiciness.

The beer has fruit qualities of orange peel, sweet bready malt. This is covered by a big pepper, clove spiciness and strong phenolic notes with the finish ending with drying and grass.

A well made saison, though a bit phenolic and malt heavy for me preference.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Without much of a clue about "lemon myrtle" or "pepperberry", the employment of these exotic Australian spices along with a down-under brewing edge, a Belgianesque saison emerges. Where the spices are evident, its firm, bready and almost hefeweizen taste and texture are the first thing that strikes the senses as having any uniqueness in identity.

Its hazy goldenrod pour is creamy and somewhat lavish, layering upon the nose with cookie dough and baking bread. Confectioner's sweetness is candied and soft, pressing delicately on the early palate, just ahead of a strong perfumy spice.

The middle simply blossoms as bright orange, banana and lemon offer a creamy but tangy character simultaneously. As its sweet and bready texture wavers, the perfume turns peppery, delivering glimpses of clove, white pepper and lemongrass on the back of the tongue.

As its playful acidity grows, its malty texture and sugars release, giving the finish a bright and winy taste and feel. But still, its hop character is delightfully grassy and mildly bitter and is careful not to interfere with the subtle vanilla and mint flavors to develop in a rolling aftertaste.

Regardless of the Ausie influence in this farmhouse-type ale, it seems that greater influence was borrowed from those classic Bavarian wheat beers and their heavily yeast-reliant fruit and spice medley.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What if I wanted to put the flavors of an Australian farmers market into a beer? The people at Brooklyn donated their recognizably comforting house Belgian yeast to the good folks at Mountain Goat Brewery (M.G.B.) for this experiment. The Australian lemon myrtle puts a tart coating on the sweet candied sugars and light grassy malts. The flavor comes across as candied ginger on the nose. The spiciness of the aroma is affected by the addition of Tasmanian pepperberry. The taste of which I can only describe as something outrageously fruity and delicious one could only duplicate by licking Willy Wonka's wallpaper. The peppery aspect is augmented by the Pride of Ringwood hops, which give off a flavor profile that suits saisons very well. The lemon flavor can be overwhelming and give the impression that the beer is masquerading as a complex lemon shandy. A definite alcohol presence on the follow-through. It is a fuller bodied saison and the carbonation level takes a hit as a result. Its unique spice additions makes me want to try beers from M.G.B., or take a trip to Australia-whichever may come first.

Photo of barczar
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy copper brown, frothy cream head dissipates quickly, lingers as foam.

Lemon dominates, with berry and patchouli floral herb notes adding complexity.

Light phenols, slightly cough medicine like, hint of berry, dominant lemon pith finish. Touch of funk and barnyard, dry.

Wish the berry were a bit more pronounced and phenols restrained.

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Brooklyn Ridgy Didge from Brooklyn Brewery
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