Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison - Big Sky Brewing Company
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3.29/5 rDev +2.2%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle code is 060131 061914, or something fairly close.
Pours clear yellow until the last bit of the bottle is poured in, when it becomes pretty hazy. Head is huge, almost disastrous, to the point where I couldn't pour the whole 12oz bottle into the pint glass. Head fades into huge peaks and valleys. Smell is apples and spicy, with lemons.
Taste is a bit of a letdown after the smell. Strange bitterness, dirty dishwater, a little bit of the apple and almost no tartness or sour.
Mouthfeel is thin and slick. Overall, it’s a decent beer.
07-21-2013 03:58:43 | More by snaotheus
3.33/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
04-07-2013 23:48:20 | More by ocelot2500
3.33/5 rDev +3.4%
$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).
02-27-2013 06:13:47 | More by JohnGalt1
3.34/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
04-02-2013 23:31:48 | More by Pegasus
3.34/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
04-03-2013 23:16:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.34/5 rDev +3.7%
Mostly clear medium-gold body, nice frothy head leaving noteworthy lacing.
Lovely aroma. The yeast yields banana, pear, and pepper layered upon doughy bread.
Taste falls short. A little biscuity sweetness, followed by something kind of dirty and bitter. The little sour and funk tastes muted and almost bitter themselves. Brushtail is lacking the finer flavors of a traditional saison.
Not as dry and crisp as one would expect from a light bodied farmhouse ale.
What seemed promising at first in appearance and smell ended up falling short in taste and mouthfeel. As more brewers are churning out more saisons, I don't feel the motivation to seek this one out again.
05-21-2013 01:25:03 | More by KBomb
3.36/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
05-03-2013 03:43:24 | More by StoutHunter
3.39/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
07-23-2013 15:54:02 | More by Tone
3.39/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-31-2013 00:54:37 | More by phishsihq
3.4/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by 06/19/2013.
A: Cloudy and straw in color with golden hues. Thick, foamy, slightly lemon head. Active carbonation.
S: Wheat, bubble gum, coriander, pepper. Slight scent of earthy hops.
T: Wheat, lemon peel, grapefruit, coriander, white pepper, earthy hops.
M: Light-bodied but slightly creamy, with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Very easy drinking.
O: Not a bad beer at all. Pleasant to look at and solid all around, but pretty basic and doesn't delve into the depth possible in this style. Almost more like a spiced wheat beer than a true saison.
05-03-2013 05:18:20 | More by tito42
3.41/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
07-11-2013 15:11:48 | More by soju6
Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison from Big Sky Brewing Company
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