Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison - Big Sky Brewing Company
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1.95/5 rDev -39.4%
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.
07-07-2013 05:50:20 | More by fizzgig
2.4/5 rDev -25.5%
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.
05-22-2013 03:21:41 | More by TMoney2591
2.66/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
07-22-2013 01:24:12 | More by Franziskaner
2.71/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
06-26-2013 04:43:06 | More by mactrail
2.83/5 rDev -12.1%
Appearance: 2" fluffy white head recedes slowly with moderate lacing. Significant carbonation present. Deep golden color and somewhat cloudy, but less than is common with saisons.
Aroma: clove, banana, warm bread dough, earthy hops.
Mouthfeel: mostly light, fairly crisp, somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: Hops are more forward than expected and mask the sweeter malt flavors (clove, banana, caramel) somewhat.
Overall: very fine, but not great.
04-27-2014 17:12:37 | More by Foyle
2.93/5 rDev -9%
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.
05-11-2013 00:35:15 | More by lacqueredmouse
2.94/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
06-15-2013 01:28:55 | More by BeardedBoffin
Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison from Big Sky Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.