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Substance D | The Shed Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewed by:
The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by plaid75 on 07-27-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Risser09
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a hand bottled treat provided by weeare13 at Phatz' sour beer tasting.

Appearance: This beer pours a hazy orange and brown with very little white head. There are miniature floating carbonation bubbles atop the surface.

Smell: I pulled out mostly souring aromas. Barnyard, hay, sour pumpkin, brett funk.

Taste: Tart and sour with cherry flavorss. It is also sweet and citrusy at the time same, which brings the complexity full circle. The brett flavors are there but not cloying. I would consider this beer more of a farmhouse ale than a saison.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation (perhaps from the life and length of time it had in the bottle) and quite tart and dry. Alcohol is unpronounced and the beer has a rather light body.

Drinkability: I felt this beer to be more of a sour farmhouse ale than a saison. Perhaps over time the brett bugs really got going and turned this one over to the dark side (by dark I mean sour =-)). Very nicely done and seek it out if you think you can find it.

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Photo of Phatz
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What style is this? who knows? who cares! It is a strange Saison but tasty. I was privileged to have a rare hand bottled taste courtesy of weeare138 who shared this beer with me. I think the extra time in the bottle may have helped the beer based on other comments.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper with gold yellow hues, white head and little lace.

Smell: Reserved aroma. It wasn't big in the nose but a pleasant farmyard funk with a sour Brett twist was pleasing. The spices are present but stand second to the funky yeast.

Taste: Citrus and spice and simple Saison funk. The Brett element is very small and so "sour" is not really even the right term. I don't find it very "sour" at all. There is a pleasant 'Brett nip' along with the spices giving it an interesting twist.

Mouthfeel: A medium light body that is rather thin even for a Saison (which is not typically a proffered style of mine). I think the extra dryness and the long lingering slightly sour aftertaste is an interesting flavor boost to a Saison.

Drinkability: We had a side-by-side with Substance D and Ommegeddon. It was interesting. Worth a shot.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of dherling
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured out a pale yellow color with a nice thick white head. the nose had some sourness to it, overpowering the spice, yeast and malt that provide the true backbone here. The taste has sourness, but also a bitterness that offsets the underlying malt and spice. Not a typical saison, but a fun tasting beer. Not much in the way of carbonation, the mouthfeel is a bit creamy, and the finish is real long.

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Photo of weeare138
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at KSBF '06...
Appears a hazy orange with a small array of white bubbles that quickly dissolves out. Tiny speckles of lace around the glass.
Smell is of funky horse blanket, citrus, and spices.
Taste is simmered slightly from the aroma but the signs of greatness of there, emulating true farmhouse style wild ales with a funky, mildly infected fruity, citrus blend that is what the brewer shot for.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight thinness. Age seems to have gotten the better of the kegged carbonation in here. The brett may have had something to do with it but overall, it's darn nice.

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Photo of akorsak
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The ale is a pale yellow color with a thick white head.

S: The ale is brewed with Brettanomyces, giving this beer a very sour, bitter aroma.

T: Why put brett in a saison? I have no idea and it fails miserably. The bitterness overshadows the spicy delicateness of a saison.

M: It burns! The sourness is harsh and poorly matched with a saison.

D: Pass on this one. You can’t even tell that it is a saison.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[BCTC 06] Poured a hazy, orange amber color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of orange peel, citrus fruits, earthy, barnyard yeast, and black pepper. Taste was dry, some yeast, more citrus fruits, light pepper, and a bit of alcohol with a dry, tart, bretty finish.

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Photo of plaid75
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a one finger foamy head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell was very wild and earthy. Ripe fruit, mushrooms and hay came to mind.

The taste was sour and earthy with a heavy yeast flavor.

The mouthfeel was very full and chewy.

Overall a decent example of the style.

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Substance D from The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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