Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison - Big Sky Brewing Company
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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%
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
3.39/5 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
3.78/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
03-15-2013 01:05:04 | More by LiquidAmber
3.85/5 rDev +19.6%
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
03-01-2013 05:23:05 | More by Sark
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
4.21/5 rDev +30.7%
Pours a light honey with noticeable lacing from a 2-finger thick cream head. Smells of fruit and wheat. Light honey also on the nose. Definitely a strong body of wheat with some fruit notes and a more bitter finish. Also, some hops are detected but mostly it's the tart body. The mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Overall a good Saison and something i could drink again, though i doubt that they will brew it again.
02-23-2013 04:03:32 | More by Jellopants356
Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison from Big Sky Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.