Fran-tastique Saison | Bullfrog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 06-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of koopa
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Growler sampled on 7/5/10 in upstate NY with beerloco!

Appearance: Pale straw with a 1 finger fine crown that displays moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Wheat, lots of lightly funky soft brett, some wine, and moderate sourness (more funky than sour).

Taste: Same as nose. No lemon brett notes really, just classic "soft brett" from bullfrog.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a small tasting thanks to nimbleprop, thanks Mac.

a - Pours a transparent golden color with no head and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, some funkiness, some fruity malts.

t - Tastes of brett, fruity malts, some funk, and earthy tones.

m - Light to medium bobdy and low carbonation.

d - A pretty nice and funky saison. Lots of brett dominating the smell and taste; would like to try again.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

A-pours a straw hazy yellow with a thin pure white head.

S-the nose has a good bit of brett, bandaid and light funk, yeast, lemon and citrus.

T-the brett dominates the flavors with the bandain and a light musky funk, a yeasty presence with notes of lemon juice and citrus.

M-grainy on the palate, medium to full bodied, moderate to light carbonation and falls off a little in the back.

D-the brett seems to dominate the saison qualities and overpowers those yeasty citrusy flavors I like in a saison. If your looking for lots of brett though this would be right up your alley!

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Photo of mrandypandy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 liter swingtop growler courtesy of Barleydine. Thanks for the awesome extra!

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden/straw color. Thin white head upon pour quickly dies down to a ring around the edges. Minimal lacing. Better head/lacing would help.
S- Interesting. There's this strange combination of citrus and mild barnyard funk. A very clean, restrained brett.
T- Slightly tart citrus notes with an earthy overtone. Much more subdued when cold, but becomes stronger as the beer warms. Simple and clean. I detect coriander as well.
M- Light body, dry, very thin, yet it works well for a saison.
D- After the first few sips I wasn't really into this beer, but really started to enjoy it more as it warmed. I would LOVE t have a few bottles of this to see how it ages.

Overall - The Fran-Tastique started out slow but finished strong. The brett is very subdued and clean, and while I enjoyed it as is, I would love to see this with some time on it as well.

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Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub during a recent trip back to PA. Review is from notes taken on 7/16/2010 and poured from the tap to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Comes to me a golden/coppery/lemony yellow color and starts with a scant skim of a head that fades to nothing other than a thin island in the center of the surface; the body is bright, but murky and cloudy; really leaves no lacing behind at all.

Smell: Smooth coriander and Belgian spiciness that's a bit peppery along with a yeast that is of the same national origin; juicy citrus and a slight presence of funky brett.

Taste: Really led by the juicy citrus that is orange and grapefruit in nature; the citrus mixes well with the peppery spiciness; the brett is very mild and tame in this beer, which is a bit disappointing as I was hoping it may be a more of a factor -- but it may be good for someone who is just breaking into beers with this particular bacteria; there is a warming chamomile flare to this beer with a honey-like malty sweetness (actually, this aspect seems ride out in several of the Bullfrog beers that I've sampled here).

Mouthfeel: A medium body that's a little slick and fairly lively from the soft, yet spritzy/ carbonation; a moist stickiness is left all over the mouth and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: Solid enough, but I do wish the brett presence was more notable; the ABV clocking in at at 7.5% would also limit the intake a bit, but it's definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Al's of Hampden

A-a hazy dull yellow color. Almost like Coors light color but a lil more green. A nice frothy 2 finger head leaves a small lacing on my pint.

S- brett and a lemon zest type of aroma. A belgian yeast type.

T- lemon grass and hay flavor. It sounds awful but it actaully has a somewhat decent complement.

M- sudsy and full-bodied feel for a saison.

D- Easy to throw back but if you go to fast the carbonation can get to you.

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Photo of stakem
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a SA perfect pint glass. This saison appears a very cloudy light yellow color strikingly similar to lemon meringue filling. A finger of silky white head appears and retains fairly decent while leaving faint spotty amounts of lace clinging to the glass as the head slowly receeds.

The aroma of this brew smells like belgian yeast as it is being poured from the growler with a smell reminding me of clove and sweet overly ripened banana. However, once it is settled in the glass the nose of this brew has a sharp acidic note and a twang of wet leather. Brett begins to completely dominate all the previously noted scents.

Taking a sip reveals a light bodied and highly carbonated brew that is tart with the distinct flavor of brett leaving a flavor of wet leather inside the mouth. Along with the brett character is a slightly lemony citrus flavor and a very light belgian yeast flavor of faint banana and clove. Little to no bitterness until the finish but quite drying as well with a bit of earthiness and spiciness other than the clove previously mentioned.

I find it hard to believe that this brew is 7.5% abv. The alcohol is really well hidden and it makes for a super drinkable saison.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured with virtually no head from the tap... just a skim layer and edge lacing over a completely opaque muted-yellow body. No visible carbonation.

S- The aroma is BRETT dominant... I can barely make-out some pale malt under those brett phenolics. Akin to a lighter version of Orval.

T- Right up-front you get a sweet pale malt flavor, which is quickly overwhelmed with HUGE brett phenolics. The brett quickly masks everything else going on here, and those phenolics linger on the tongue forever. A bit one-dimensional in this respect, but it still tasted good.

M- Thin, but a little bit of texture and creaminess there complimented by a soft carbonation. No real astringency.

D- I feel like they went over-the-top with the brett, masking everything else in the beer. That takes the drinkability down for me... I won't be ordering a second glass tonight.

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale orange-gold body. One finger off-white cap. Quickly receded and left behind spotty lacing.

S: Floral, with some cutting brett, pepper and lemon. Not much in the way of true farmhouse funk though.

T: A nice floral/herbal saison tea. Lots of different notes going on here. Lemon and pepper are potent as well. Perhaps a little too sloppy considering the complexity of flavors.

M: Medium bodied. A tad on the high-side as far as carbonation goes. Lingering finish with some pepper and brett.

D: Fairly solid. The floral notes are a little grating towards the end of the glass. Not as integrated and refined as Upright Flora Rustica or Southampton Cuvee Des Fleurs

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Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bullfrog Brewery on 6/20/10.

A - Cloudy, milky opaque golden wheat body reminiscent of lemon meringue with a slim white head that reduced to a thin patch and deposited strands of lace around the glass.

S - Aroma is quite complex and blends subtle barnyard notes (hay), sour Brett, pepper and citrus hops. As the liquid approached room temperature, a potpourri of floral and herbal hops also emerged, as well as a slight musty aroma.

T - The peppery nature of this beer is the first characteristic to appear in the initial taste, followed by musty yeast and funky barnyard notes. Floral and herbal hops add a hint of bitterness in the middle, but the citrus character really opens up in the backend. Finishes with a spicy, earthy flair as a result of plenty of hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Finish is fairly dry with a touch of sourness on the palate.

D - Fantastic and complex saison with plenty going on to keep things interesting. It's spicy, funky, hoppy... and damn tasty, too!

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Photo of Deuane
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to SierraGS for bringing home a growler. Made with honey, chamomile and a few other unnamed/unknown herbs and spices this is another treat for the senses from the mad scientist brewer a.k.a. Terry Hawbaker!

A-Heavy amounts of suspended yeast give a cloudy milky whiteness to the bright golden straw yellow color. A thin, foamy white head reduced to a thin film that left decent lace.

S-Spicy and complex with a collision of aromas with every sniff. A touch of honey sweetness sneaks in on the backside but this one is all about the spices.

T-Vibrant spices right up front with a ton of complexity. Sharp notes of white pepper, a hint of anise and a mellow, soothing sweetness from the honey makes this one a near perfect dream of a saision. The only thing that would fully complete this IMHO would be an accenting zing of citrus.

M-Medium-light bodied and very smooth yet spicy sharp at the same time. Long lingering spicy notes and nothing ever becomes too much.

D-Arguably the finest saison that Terry has ever produced. This one is nearly perfect for me. Regardless of the missing citrus element I could drink this one all day long. I cannot wait for a Wild version of this one!

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane and SierraGS for sharing this growler. The saison is made with honey, chamomile and a few other exotic ingredients. As you'll recall, dear reader, I have raved over this once already. I'll base my review on the last pour from the growler.

A: The saison is yeast-laiden, giving it a cloudy, sediment-filled ale that looks like a glass full of sand. The saison's straw golden yellow color is obscured by the yeast.

S: The nose is spicy, complex and sweet. Each sniff is full of musty Belgian yeast, anise and sweet spices. A real treat with every visit.

T: Man, oh man. This is saison at its near-best. Funky spices abound from the first sip, sweet and, at times, pungent. Anise, along with a slew of sweet spices, sets a nice tone that never lets off of the throttle. Even the yeasty finish is pleasant in its slurry. I'm seriously considering filling a growler tomorrow.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, spice-driven, without any off-putting elements. Seriously, I was in farmhouse ale heaven making my way through the glass-and-a-half that I had.

D: All day long. And all of tomorrow too. And the next day. Maybe the best saison from Bullfrog (and that's sayin' something).

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Fran-tastique Saison from Bullfrog Brewery
4.12 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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