Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison - Big Sky Brewing Company
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Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
3.74/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
06-01-2013 21:43:18 | More by bsp77
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
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
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
3.54/5 rDev +9.9%
Dark gold with a dense white head that leaves behind a few rings of lace. The body is just slightly hazy thanks to the bottle conditioning. All the standard saison notes make an appearance but not one particularly jumps out - spicy pepper and clove, lemon, faint banana, grassy bitterness, along with a slightly off-putting herbal astringency. Malt gives support with some honey sweetness and crackery base.
A sub 6% saison in six packs is appealing to me (see Prairie Standard). Brush Tail is a solid attempt, but the lingering harsh herbal note and it's "generic" saison profile is holding this one back.
05-06-2013 04:19:49 | More by bump8628
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
Brush Tail Farmhouse Saison from Big Sky Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.