Water Of Life | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 07-03-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by hopdog:
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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's.

Poured amedium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of earthiness, yeasty, spices, citrus, and bready. Tastes of the same earthiness, bready, and spices. I noted earhty and peppery.

Notes from and tastes on: 7/30/2009.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from @ brewery 7-15-09.

A: Poured a bright orange, non-translucent with a thin flat creamy white head. Lacing was good, thick and clumpy but is the color that really shines here.

S: The nose had sweet tangerines, orange skins and was wonderfully smooth and bright with a touch of funk. Soft orange blossom flowers with light scents of fruitiness, and whole peaches also comes about.

T: The flavor was wonderfully crisp with bright oranges starting things out. Light wet fresh lemon citrus notes along with a smooth tart and funk are also found in the mixture. There is a light sour fruitiness of melons and oranges as well dry peaches before the beer finishes out with light earthy dried alfalfa sprouts.

M: creamy, with a medium fullness and a good carbonation bite. Lusciously smooth and wisps around on the tongue while leaving a good light dryness.

D: Drinkability was better then good. Probably the biggest little drink (3.80 abv) ive ever encountered which certainly doesn't hinder the taste. Drinks almost as big and as good as a Fantome which I consider a staple by style. As you can guess at 3.80% this will certainly fill you up flavorwise before the alcohol ever catches up. A solid good flavor, even better when you consider the low abv delivers all the funk and sourness of the big boy saisons. Definitely worth a check to see for yourself because I would never believe it if I never tasted it first hand.

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Photo of akorsak
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler filled on 31-Jul-09 en route to BCTC.

A: The grisette is a straw-colored ale, light and pale with just a hint of haziness. A finger of head survived the long journey home but left no lace in its wake.

S: The nose is dry with a light touch of anise. Fruit comes from the yeast but isn't too powerful.

T: The dry fruitiness is refreshing without being too sweet. The Belgian yeast has worked wonders with such a limited range (under 4% abv). Orange and apricot are evident, as is some anise and pepper. Caramel grains are evident the longer the ale sits in your mouth.

M: The yeast has really worked the beer over, leaving a fruity landscape where one has no business appearing. That a flavorful ale can be produced at such a low alcohol level is a testament to Bullfrog.

D: I neglected to get a growler during my last visit, so I was glad to see this still on tap. A well-made saison that has a great flavor profile.

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Photo of Deuane
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy golden kissed, light copper with a thin white head that reduced to a wispy veil and left spotty lace.

S-Spicy yeast with pepper and clove up front and a nice kick of apple/pear and citrus fruit. Touch of mustiness and lightly sweet bisciut malt.

T-Spicy kick up front with white pepper taking the forefront. Fruity esters kick in soon after with a healthy does of apple/pear and bitter citrus rind. Sweet biscuit barley present in the drying, astringent finish.

M-Light bodied and sharp with a nice lingering earthiness and spicy kick.

D-Another great drinking, flavourful, funked up, saison from Terry. Second only to my beloved Busted Lawnmower with Brett in terms of awesomeness. Glad to have had the chance to try this one off!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


Water of life has a hazy golden straw yellow color with a decent head that fades leaving no lace. Very fruity and spicy in the nose at the same time. Hops and malts are there but don't stick out. The taste displays a big yeast component plus fruits such as orange and mango. Spices such as clove come to mind. The feel is thin with good carb felt, this goes down nice and smooth. The abv is low as hell so drink away.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale-straw yellow.. Looked milk-ish in complexion. Smallish white head which slowly receded but left little lacing.

S: Soft fruit character, orange, peach, banana. Lightly spiced. Subtle yeast.

T: Much like the nose with a bit more of the malt coming through. Again light yeast highlights a soft fruit palate. No real funk or farmhouse flavors.

M: Oddly refreshing. Perhaps its the low alcohol content combined with the soft fruits. Light, almost juicy weight. Clean finish.

D: An interesting saison-grisette... worth a try for sure.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bullfrog Brewery on 7/3/09 during the Liquid Sunshine Reserva release.

A - Hazy golden/peach-colored body with thin white head that quickly receded into a patchy film, leaving some spotty lacing in its wake.

S - Mild spicy notes up front reminiscent of clove, coriander and pepper. Spicy yeast and fruity esters dominate the flavor, with only very minimal barnyard funk. There is a slight citrusy character with hints of mango and apricot, as well as sweet tree fruit akin to apple.

T - Water of Life displays a spicy, yeasty flavor throughout with subtle hints of funk. Fruity esters dominate the flavor with citrus and sweet tree fruit. Some clove and peppery notes emerge in the backend. Finishes with a slight earthy bitterness.

M - Light to medium body with a bristly, carbonated mouthfeel and smooth, watery texture. Finishes with mild funk and earthy bitterness on the palate.

D - This was one of my stand-outs from the Harrisburg Brewer's Fest, so I was pleased to review this on tap from the source. I found this to be a great saison that was light, drinkable and quite flavorful.

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Water Of Life from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 7 ratings