Across The Nation Land Of Rice & Honey | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Across The Nation Land Of Rice & HoneyAcross The Nation Land Of Rice & Honey

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Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Half Pints Brewing Company

Manitoba is home to rich farmland that produces everything from wild rice to wildflower Honey. In this brew both are used in a unique and locally inspired beer.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by ThinkAgain:
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; Bottled Mar 17 2017. One of six collaborative brews included in their "Across the Nation Collaboration (West)" mixed pack. I've wanted to try something/anything from Half Pints for years now, so I'm pumped to finally get the chance. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy, brassy gold colour, capped off with roughly one finger's width of frothy white head. Mediocre retention; it has mostly fizzled off after a few minutes' time, replaced with a foamy collar and a thin layer of soapy, bubbly film. A smooth coat of fine lacing is also deposited on the glass. The aroma incorporates a fair number of fruity esters, giving rise to suggestions of pear, apple, banana and peach, as well as some zesty lemon, grassy hay and clove spiciness. Underneath all of that, there's some grainy, wheaty pale malt sweetness for support - though I must admit I'm struggling to pick out the honey (or the rice, for that matter... though I suppose neither ingredient is particularly aromatic in the first place).

Intriguing; this is a rather unique-tasting farmhouse ale. Grainy pale malts, dough and honey sweetness are joined by many of those same fruity esters I picked up on the nose - pear and apple, lemon and banana, as well as some stone fruit. Not exactly funky, but the tail end of the sip has an understated tartness to it that I really dig. It's also quite yeasty as you near the finish, with clove and pepper notes, as well as some grassy, flowery hops, leading up to a drying aftertaste. Light-medium in body, with lively carbonation that prickles and prods the palate assertively, giving this brew a crisp texture. Reasonably refreshing and easy to quaff, though not necessarily something I'd want to drink multiple bottles of in a row.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. Land of Rice & Honey is a respectable saison, though I can't say with confidence that the two titular ingredients really added all that much to the mix. Indeed, the yeast seems to be running the show here, with a mixture of fruit esters and spicy phenolics dictating most of the aroma and flavour profile. A good beer that I had no problem finishing, but as a saison I don't think it manages to distinguish itself from the crowd.

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Photo of BCborn
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, part of the Across the Nation collaboration pack with 12 different Canadian breweries, one from each province and territory, all in celebration of our country's 150th birthday. This one involves Half Pints from Manitoba, whose products we have not seen in Alberta for far too long. At any rate, this is a Saison, produced with local rice and honey.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered streaky lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of bready and doughy pale malt, a sort of honeyed wheaten breakfast cereal sweetness, some phenolic yeast, faint domestic citrus rind, ethereal black pepper spice, and maybe a hint of earthy and perfumed floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, a still lesser edgy wheatiness, floral honey, a thankfully reduced estery yeastiness, some mild clove and white pepper dust spice, and more tame weedy, leafy, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is actually quite timid in its laid-back frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with just a touch of yeasty intransigence mucking about here. It finishes on the sweet side, with the malt and honey running the show.

Overall, this is an interesting and relatively quaffable version of the style, once acclimated to that heady Saison yeast character. I'm not quite certain where the rice comes in, as the weight doesn't suffer, and I don't sense it in the flavour. Ah well, no big loss there.

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

dry saison. yeast aroma. sweetish. nothing special. lacy and big head.doesn’t integrate well. From the LCBo regional pack, but this is one of the misses.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Collab with Half Pints of Manitoba.

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Photo of StormAles
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with a medium foamy head with limited retention and no lacing. Aroma of honey and light malt notes is OK. Taste is a bland mix of honey flavours with light cereal notes. Body is full with somewhat of an oily texture with medium carbonation. Middle op the road honey flavour beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden and hazy with a little carbonation, and 3 fingers of rocky white head.

Smells of apples, honey, Belgian yeasts, phenols, and bubblegum.

The taste follows the nose. Slightly sweet, slightly tart.

Medium body, moderate carbonation with a tannic finish.

Got with the Across the Nation pack from LCBO. Perhaps my first beer from Manitoba, its a decent saison style ale.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO for around $2

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Photo of Poljazz22
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Review #11 from the Across the Nation 12 pack mix.
I am not impressed by this one . The honey just turns into alcohol and so does the wild rice. There is some maltness to this ale but it feels extremely dry in the mouth. Pours a pale yellow with a 2 inch white head. Some type of earthy hops. Sorry Manitoba just passing by on this one.

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Photo of derdtheterd
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden bronze with a white head, thin ring of retention, hint of lace.

Aroma of honey and hay, with subtle wheaty biscuit.

Honey sweetness subsides to an earthy bitterness. Wheatabix.

Moderate body isn't as light as expected, light sweetness.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Beer #5 of 6 from the Western Canada, Central City, Across the Nation collab pack. This time we are in Manitoba collaborating with Half Pints Brewing.

Appearance - A moderately hazy and rich golden beer is poured. Capped by a finger of loose white head, retention is fairly modest, but tin curtains of lacing wrap around the glass. Thin wispy layer of froth stays on top for some time.

Smell - Yeast with plenty of coarse grain. Honey sweetness. Some grassy notes in the background. Possibly a hint of pepper. The grain smells different than most saisons so I guess this is the rice.

Taste - Quite sweet, and the yeast shine through here too. Honey makes this almost too sweet, thankfully some earthy bitterness kicks in. Soft grain flavors throughout with some white pepper at the end. A little sharp.

Mouthfeel - Very dry finish, medium body and moderately high carbonation.

Overall - Solid if unspectacular, the rice and honey make this a little different but otherwise a well crafted saison.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick: pale gold with a two finger fluffy head. Smell definitely has the Belgian quality. Heavy on Belgian yeast and spices. Taste reflects the nose to a degree, but then there is a strong malt presence that takes away. The feel is medium with medium carbonation.

Not bad, but not great either. I'd pass if offered another.

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Photo of mistahmojoryan
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ewpass
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden colour with good head. Grainy nose perhaps from the wild rice, strongly carbonated with considerable tartness and a dry finish.

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Photo of sdm9465
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nullbort
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pmicdee
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color, with plenty of soapy white head at the top. The nose is heavily floral, with an evident honeyed sweetness and bready grains. On the palate, it is mildly tart, with orange zest, pepper, bread, and a honeyed after taste. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Electros
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheHammer
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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