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Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Jellopants356 on 02-23-2013

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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by fizzgig:
Photo of fizzgig
1.99/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Light amber, a little hazy, a little bit of sediment swirling at the bottom of the tulip glass.

S: Some kind of grass or hay, not at all what I expected from a saison.

T: Sharp earthy bitterness that lingers but fails to make a point. Somewhat rude given what I expected from a saison. No character or complexity or if there was it was overwhelmed by the sharpness of the bitterness.

M: Thin, lacking the character I expected from the maltier, better examples of saison I've had.

O: Saison in 12oz bottles is a little hard to find so I was looking forward to this. Big letdown. I would not call this a saison but rather an APA and not a very good one at that. Not sure what I'm going to do with the other 5, I really don't want any more. Good this is a limited run.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Beer pours a light, clean golden, creating a big three-finger head of eggshell white fluffiness that takes its time to dissipate. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a rich golden-yellow and cloudy, with a thick column of bubbles flowing up the middle. Wide, delicate broken lace around the sides.

S - Esters of lighter fruit, like ripe pear and cantaloupe, mix with bubblegum. Yeasty, light grain breadiness sits underneath. There's a very subtle spiciness that has a clearing effect on the nose, so the esters are favored along with notes of golden wheat and wild grasses. Nose is rather soft.

T - Light whole grain bread with a touch of dark honey. Some yeastiness mixed in, with hints of banana taffy in the background. A touch of white pepper shows up in the profile in the last half of the glass. Light floral hops appear in the finish for balance.

M - Fizzy and crisp. Nice, tight carbonation that's moderate and refreshing. Light-moderate body that's integrated. Short finish that's clean with just faint echos of the taste profile lingering.

O - A refreshing, enjoyable beer with a relatively straightforward construction. A touch sugar-forward, but light throughout, there are just enough bittering hops to provide good balance and a clean finish, making this a good summertime option.

Photo of bsp77
3.77/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Hazy honey with thick, bubbly white head.

Smell: Earthy aroma, with dried out banana, clove, citrus and white pepper.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma, with the same mix of flavors. Pretty tasty, but the finish is sharp in an odd way.

Feel: Light body, moderately high carbonation, dry finish.

Overall: Much better than the average in my opinion. It seems that the lower abv Saisons usually get lower scores.

Photo of Franziskaner
2.67/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Heavy carbonation off of the pour. Eggshell white foam. Light golden in color and it you get plenty of light coming through. I get some of the Saison yeast in the aroma,but it is quickly followed by a bit of corn. Adjuncts in a Saison = not cool. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. I don't get the trademark slickness of the Saison yeast. I actually get almost a faint bit of a flavor that is similar to coriander and it is pretty strong.

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a mixed sixer

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Stellar lacing & good head retention

S: Pears, apple blossoms & a bit of perfumy hops

T: Follows the nose, mushroom/barnyard dirt, dryness & a bit of lemon. More dryness, apple peels & pears as this warms. Finishes fruitty, dry, crisp with slight puckery notes

MF: Medium body with noticable carbonation

Not bad, a touch too clean & refined for the style. I expected more from these guys

Photo of dhannes
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Perfect Pint.

A=Golden Apricot, with typical murkiness; very frothy head.

S=Hint of apricot and cream.

T=Initially, it was very harsh and over the top...taste and drinkability improved as it warmed up...apricot and cream, but also a harshness. Alcohol is evident.

M=Oily/slick feel...not a session beer and a bit hard to drink.

O=I don't particularly care for the style, but this is a decent representation...still, nothing spectacular; worth trying...I received as a gift and wouldn't buy.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.34/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a pillowy white head that leaves big chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus peel and grainy sweetness with a little spice.

Tastes of the grains first with a bit of citrus and spice over top. Leads off with grainy sweetness and a bit of bread to it. Citrus hops come through as well as some earthy spiciness. A touch of clove and pepper comes in the end with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is decent, but I probably won't pick up any more.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

$7.20 for a 6'er of this at WinCo of all places... Great deal! Pours into my HotD goblet with a 2 finger white head.. nice retention, but only splotchy lacing... the brew is hazed straw golden.

The aromas are only okay in the traditional saison realm.. grainy/wheat malt presence.. I guess some minor peppery phenols, but no real fruity esters.. seems too malt dominant for a "saison". Could use any sort of Belgian esters.

Very grainy on the palate.. not as dry on the palate as expected for the style.. light yeasty peppery quality.. perhaps some minor clove and even some bandaid. Wheat malt lays down a minor (very minor) tartness, but there is no yeasty sour notes to speak of.

Body is thick for a saison.. the residual malts left on the palate accentuate this... and the carbonation isn't really that good either.

Despite all my above negatives, I see what the good folks at Big Sky were trying to accomplish and I would suggest a very different yeast.

But for what this is, it is very, very refreshing and unlike anything the other breweries have in the cooler right now.... I will certainly buy it again... This should have been released in late spring.. Late night fire-pit parties, afternoon yard-work, and camping/fishing/hot-springing with an interesting/individual brew.

Decent... I see the bones; but this should have been more adventurous and it would have been great (especially in a 6-pack).

3.75/3.25/3.25/3.25/3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium honey amber with a finger of fine white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, phenolic spiciness, wheat and a hint of sulfur. Flavor is wheat, Belgian spicing, sweet bready malt, finishing drier with a lingering neutral hop and spice bitterness. Light bodied with a pleasant mouthfeel from active carbonation. Sweeter and less complex than most saisons, but a pleasant, easy to drink ale with good saison characteristics. I enjoyed this domestic take on the style.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Big Sky's Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. It's a nice warm spring night in Mid-Michigan and a Farmhouse Saison sounds pretty good right now, so let's see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it has to be fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks really nice, it think it's well done and it caught my eye, Big Sky has good labels. It poured a nice and hazy straw yellow color that took on a nice golden color when held to the light with three fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, the color, head, and lacing were all very good, it was pretty close to perfect looking, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a good medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of bready and biscuit like malts. Up next comes some yeast which was on the lighter side of being medium spicy aroma and it was followed by a slight grassy and earthy aroma. Towards the end I got a nice fruity aromas, there were some light citrus rind aromas, but it was the pears that stuck out the most and it worked nicely with this beer. The aroma was good, it wasn't as funky or as earthy as I was expecting put the nice fruit and pear aromas almost made up for it and made for a fairly unique aroma for a Farmhouse Saison.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, but much lighter, it starts off with a lower amount of sweetness followed by lots of bready and biscuit like malt flavors that were too overpowering and seemed to dominate the flavor of this beer. Up next comes a real light spicy yeast flavor followed by a slight earthy flavor along with a lighter fruit flavor with no discernible fruit sticking out. On the finish there's a lower amount of medium bitterness with a pretty bready aftertaste. The taste was average at best, too much bready malts and not enough grassy and slightly funky farmhouse flavors.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly refreshing, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of prickly and fizzy carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and pretty true to style.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought that it was barley and average example of a Farmhouse Saison, the bready malts were just way too overpowering and it lacked most of those traditional Farmhouse flavors that I was expecting, the yeast also didn't show up enough. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, slightly refreshing, and not filling, but the flavors couldn't hold my attention, one is enough for me, it doesn't have enough Farmhouse Saison flavors to keep me coming back for more. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance it was very good and one of the better looking Saisons I have seen, and the aroma wasn't half bad either. What I liked the least about this beer was that flavor wasn't true to style and the bready malts were just way too overpowering, the taste was a pretty big let down. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I would much rather have New Holland's Golden cap, it's the same price and it's much truer to style, I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who likes the style. All in all I was let down with this beer, it didn't give me any of those Farmhouse flavors that I was looking for. This was a rare let down from BIg Sky, they are a pretty solid brewery, but this beer was much less than solid, better luck next times. So far one of my least favorite Farmhouse Saison's.

Photo of Pegasus
3.34/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy, medium golden color, with a robust, coarse white head. The carbonation is moderate, and slow-rising. Scattered, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Phenolic notes dominate the aroma, bread malt is also present. Fruit notes are quite restrained; there is a tart quality, and some pepper as well.

Taste: Opens with moderate phenolic notes, which intensify as the taste progresses. Sturdy, tart wheat malt flavors and an earthy bitterness dominate the flavor. There is a little pepper and an almost spectral fruitiness, far less than expected for the style. As the taste progresses, the bitterness intensifies, culminating in a lingering, strong medicinal taste.

Mouth feel: Rich, smooth, and very full.

Drinkability/notes: A rather one-dimensional example of the style, with most of the characteristics that make the style complex and interesting unfortunately understated.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at HEB in Austin, Texas in April, 2013.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.46/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Been a while since a new Big Sky beer has crossed my lips, so I'm looking forward to this guy. It pours a clear brass topped by over a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat, light Belgian yeast, light orange peel, and a bit of corn on the back end. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a heaping helping of funky lemon rind and a bit of old clove. The result is a highly objectionable flavor combination that my tongue wishes it could escape. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, this beer just plain missed the mark on several occasions. Bummer through and through.

Photo of Vixie
3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow color with a decent sized white head that stays around for a time.

Smells like hay, freshly mowed grass, and a hint of citrus.

Citrus starts out strong at first, then gets a bit grassy and finishes with a strong hops note. Leave a bit of lingering bitterness.

Feel is ok, can really feel the carbonation on the tongue.

Not a bad beer, but seems to not be very coherent. It could use a bit more balance and complexity to it, while refreshing, has a bit of an odd flavor note that keeps it from being one of the better examples of the style. I mainly bought this because i like the packaging and the label, but not one I'll be likely to have much more of in the future.

Photo of soju6
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a thick head that fades very slowly to plenty of lacing.
S: Aroma of citrus, fruit, spice and what seems to be banana.

T: Taste of citrus, fruit some banana, spices and some bread. Mild bitterness blended with tart. Fairly dry finish.

F: Medium body with ample carbonation.

O: Decent beer for the style.

Photo of Tone
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of floral hops, sweet malt, pale malt, slight citrus, hint of wheat, and a hint of grass. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight pale malt, slight citrus, hint of spice, slight yeast, hint of wheat, and hops. Overall, great appearance and decent body, but aroma is slightly off-putting.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/12/2013. Pours hazy bright golden amber color with a 2-3 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, grass, banana, bread, wheat, floral, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast ester notes with light malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, clove, banana, pepper, wheat, bread, pepper, grass, floral, light bubblegum, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, clove, pepper, bread, wheat, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors with a light bready malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp, prickly, and smooth mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice saison! All around nice balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors; and smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of mactrail
2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Flagstaff Brewing Company. Color is a golden amber in the pint shaker, but not much of a head. The carbonation is pretty faint. There is a modest but decent aroma of roast malt with a hint of yeast.

The body is fairly thin but with a surprising malty mouthfeel. The main flaw is a plasticky taste. Overall this is very dry, though not with the Belgian flavors where the sweetness transforms itself into a dry finish. This is just very plain, with a browned biscuit taste dominating. I don't even taste anything like fruit, it just has the dry scrape with a little graininess. There are so many interesting Saisons from all over this is just not in the running.

Photo of tronester
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy golden with a massive white head. Smells like musty , earthy barns. Taste begins with a big pepper flavor. After that is some lemon, then wheat grain, and a tart, dry, citrus rind finish. Mouth feel is pretty good. Overall quite a good Saison.

Photo of AndyP612
4.14/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into pint.

A- Cloudy light golden ale.

S-Bread, Malt, very little yeast. Light pear presence.

T- Very light very crisp. High carbonation. Light yeast. Fruit aspect some light berry yet bitter berry to the tongue.

M- Effervescent. Light to medium mouth feel. Quickly dissipated on the tongue.

O- Thirst quenching; the nose follows the body. Very well balanced. Fruit with malt finish. I love how clean the finish is on this ale. Very dry after finish. Cheers.

Photo of phishsihq
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison is the newest limited release from Big Sky Brewing out of Missoula, Montana. This hazy brew pours a pale gold. An inch of white head provides spotty lace but is fairly well retained. Aromas of wheat, grain, some pepper and Belgian yeast fill the nose. On the palate, sweet malt and wheat flavors dominate with light peppery and yeasty flavors playing a minor role. Lighter in body, this Farmhouse Saison provides a good level of carbonation. While it falls away from the historical aspects of the style, Brush Tail offers a refreshing new take on a Farmhouse Saision.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, yeast, and some chalky aromas. Taste is much the same with yeast and grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is really malt and grain forward with the other aromas and flavors being quite subdued.

Photo of Sark
3.87/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pale yellow amber with a slight haze, finger and a half of eggshell white head

Smell- the glass doesn't even have to be close by to note the strong yeasty scent, definite Belgian-style spicy esters coming from the glass

Taste- light malt mild sweetness with spicy notes of clove and allspice. Breads and grains are prominent

Mouthfeel- light bodied, a little watery, smooth

Overall- Saison for the spring, the strength is in the aroma while the taste is just a tad too light for it to be a solo beer

Photo of robby23
2.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a light yellow color. Nice small form head very little lacing. It has a very strong citrus and hay smell great for summer. Mouthfeel was almost non-existent, the only flaw that bother me was the tast was incoherant for me. For only $6 dollars this was a decent beer great for hot summer days.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark yellow color with a big, billowing cap of foam. The aroma presents some decent grain aroma with a background of citrus. However, together with this, is a lingering off component, tending toward something like sourish vegetation---something that should be earthy has went awry. It's light on the palate as it should be, but the flavor profile follows the nose with some curious sourish notes. The sweetness of the grain brings some positive components, but it isn't enough to rescue the flaws. Something went off the rails while brewing this, which is a surprise, since the breweries year-round offerings are very good.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a hazed yellow-gold colour, with a frothy head of white that stays around quite persistently with large-bubbled foam. Lacing is patchy, but decent where it forms. Body is light, with the haze giving it a suggestion that it's thicker than it is. Overall, it looks pretty decent.

Nose is earthy and rustic, ostensibly, but picks up a big vulcanised rubber character which gives it a pungent overtone that's not altogether pleasant. Under this are sub-characters of honey, wheat germ and a little lemon. There are some characteristic earthy, funky and slightly sweaty tones, but they're not altogether there as a whole package.

Taste is similar, or worse. Things start out ok, with a mild, slightly peppery tone above some neutral malt, but this devolves rapidly into a big upswell of bread-yeast and white corn flavours. These overpower the beer, leaving a powdery dryness in the mouth, and providing an unappetising residual character on the palate. After a while, they get muted a little bit (or I just get used to them), meaning some other flavours come through: oddly I get lavender and cork. It's just not very appealing, although the bizarreness has some esoteric appeal.

Feel is light and prickly.

Overall, I can't really endorse this: I find it either unpleasant or weird, and certainly not a good Saison. The characters are off-kilter, the flavour is unpleasant and the aroma is disconcerting at least. At least it's interesting.

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Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison from Big Sky Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.