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Buellton Silent Partner | Telegraph Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Telegraph Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A saison collaboration with the band Buellton to coincide with the release of their album “Silent Partner.” It contains Meyer lemon peel and cracked Malabar black pepper for an added twist.

Added by GRG1313 on 05-18-2014

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by WellRested518:
Photo of WellRested518
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint.

A- nice straw-haze body with a thin white head. The lacing sticks in whisps as you drink.

S- apricots and citrus with that hint of pepper from Belgian yeast. No real hop aroma present.

T- complex citrus. Maybe lemons with a hint of white peppercorns. The pepper slowly grows in intensity at the close, while the lemon disappears completely. Fruity, with a tinge of alcohol.

M- oily compared to what I was expecting, but not necessarily bad. I was expecting something like more of a tripel.

O- I'm not well educated on classic saisons, but this was good overall. I generally sip the new, dark-roasted, varieties. However, I can say that this was fairly interesting and complex.

P.S.- the band is pretty great as well. Think new school Nada Surf.

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Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the corked 750 ml bottle in the tumbler. Attractive sudsy look with the yellow amber color. Plenty of carbonation tickling the palate. I'd call it more of a big Saison, but it does have some of the refreshing quality of the Farmhouse end of the spectrum.

Fruity and rather sweet, and it doesn't dry out as much as most brews with the Belgian yeast. Still, it has a pretty good balance among fruity, sweet, and yeasty bitterness. It's plenty flavorful, with a a big buttery flavor along with the pears and apple skins. There is a butterscotch tang that melds the sugary with the tart. The yeasty flavors are bold but not overwhelming. Still, it's a big mouthful of flavor.

This is really a pretty good Saison, and it's my favorite of the Telegraph brews, up til now one of my least favorite California breweries. This stuff gets around. I bought my bottle at QFC in the University shopping center in Seattle.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of valkyre65
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Nick29
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulWaters
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of LakerLeith
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is somewhat hazy golden yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose along with hints of spices.
T: The taste starts out with fruity flavors of citrus—lemons and oranges seem to stand out in particular—and yeast and finishes with lots of peppery spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The taste of this beer seems to a little fruitier compared to other saisons but is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mwilbur
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a beautiful hazy yellow-orange hue with 1 inch white head. Decent retention. Some sediment on the bottom.
S: Soft citrus, mild farmhouse funk, white pepper, and a hint of nuttiness.
T: Brighter citrus (lemon), stronger farmhouse funk, white and black pepper, vanilla, and dry cracker malt.
M: Light-medium body. Sweet and spicy (pepper). Looking for a bit more here...
D: I like what the Meyer lemon and Malabar pepper add to this saison. A solid, but not superb example of style.

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Photo of rdickey
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The Silent Partner pours a deep, opaque gold into my chalice, capped with a fine white one-finger head. The head sticks around for the duration and leaves nice sheets of lacing as I work my way through the glass.

Smell: Big lemony citrus notes lead the way, followed by a significant dose of black pepper. I get other citrus as it warms, as well as red apples.

Taste: Very interesting, and definitely not your traditional saison. The lemon strikes again and brings other fruit flavors along for the ride – principally oranges, more read apples and some pears. The black pepper, joined now by white pepper and some other spiciness from the yeast, follows along and keeps things from getting too sweet. There’s a lot going on here, but the beer still manages to finish crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied in the mouth, with moderate carbonation.

Overall: An unusual and fairly adventurous saison – definitely worth checking out, and definitely a beer to take your time with.

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Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very hazy yellow, with a big off-white head. Aromas and flavors were interesting: some banana, coriander, dirty wheat, earthy mustiness. A good beer but not a great one, a little too muddled and messy.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.9/5  rDev +4%

Photo of RBorsato
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a hazy gold color with a wispy white head.

The nose is citrus, white pepper, a little fruit, maybe apricots or pear. It smells a bit sugary, not as dry as I would expect. The flavor is heavy fruit with just a tad of farmhouse character and white pepper. There is great yeast content and a full flavor profile, but it's also sweet and just a bit too sugary for me. The citrus kind of dances between enjoyable and pungent on the tongue.

Honestly, this is a little weird. Not bad, just weird.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sendbeer
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattGrimley
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheMarkE
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Beer and wine are rarely a good combination.

Cracked black pepper and lemon peel are the main flavors here.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RajaSTL
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Buellton Silent Partner from Telegraph Brewing Company
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