Crushable Saison | Brasserie de la Senne

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Crushable SaisonCrushable Saison

Brewed by:
Brasserie de la Senne

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration brew between de La Senne brewery and Jean Broillet & Julie Foster from Tired Hands Brewing company, PA, USA. Made at de La Senne on 11 Septembre 2013. Contains : Malted barley, malted spelt, oats, hops, yeast and water.

Added by samEBC on 11-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i liked this more than others, but its a strange beer. had no clue it was spelt in the bill before i logged in to this one, so maybe that was it, but it didnt have a peppery earthiness like i usually get from spelt, it had more of a lemongrassy aromatic, a little bit bretty really, the yeast was cool and unconventional, but it had some flaws too. perhaps a bit light struck, it smells a bit skunked out, and that comes in just a bit to the taste. so many of these cool euro beers end up not right when we get them here, but im still glad we do, i can what its meant to be anyway. the citrus is robust, but so is the bitterness. its almost bitterness not from hops, or not hops alone, but i cant place it, and with the almost total absence of any hop flavor profiles outside of bitterness, its a strange flavor, especially in the finish, where this is most intense. i find myself wishing for one more layer, be it fruity or yeasty or something, but its almost like the middle is missing for me. love the carbonation, love how dry it is, love the herbal quality to the yeast and the subtle spice hit, but its a little short of the "crushable" moniker it ascribes itself. two or three of these would be plenty. crushable in my book starts around five, but thats details. cool beer to try, but at five bucks a bottle, crushability is also hampered, unless money grows on trees in your yard, and if it does, email me...

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Philadelphia's Tired Hands brewers team up with Belgium's De La Senne for an authentic yet rustic farmhouse ale that shows as much charm as it does challenge.

Crushable Saison kicks off with a bright straw appearance until the yeast folds in to create a slight goldenrod hue through its bready haze. Its tangy and grassy scent rises to greet the nose while the first sip is supportive with cracker-type breading as soft confectioner's sweetness.

But once the middle opens, its farmhouse roots show: shifting to a spicy, grassy and herbal balance, a nearly light-stricken cannabis note rises. With its trailing sweetness, the taste of citrus rinds project with lemon, orange and apple hiding behind the earthen spicy.

With sweetness fading into the recesses, a malt structure remains with a wafer-thin substrate; just enough to support its lingering bitterness, spiciness and dried fruit peel. Bouncing off the tongue with ease, its medium champagne effervescence and racing acidity finishes as much like wine as it does ale.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a De la Senne tulip. Clear, but cloudier as I got closer to the yeasty bottom of the bottle, straw-yellow color, with a huge four-finger, white head, which eventually sank to a thick frothy layer, lacing the glass nicely. At first, the nose on this was extremely funky and sulfurous, lots of wet hay, almost like an old bottle of Saison Dupont that's been sitting in the sunlight. Eventually it grew on me though, the sulfur mellowing and more grassy funk coming out. More funkiness in the taste, grass and hay, earthy and floral, leafy, with a little peppery spice, Belgian yeast, light notes of citrus. Again, this was kind of dirty at first, but after it breathed in the glass for a few minutes, I liked it a lot more. Light-medium body, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Decent overall. I'd go for it again.

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this courtesy of my brother, poured chilled from the bottle into a goblet.

The color is pale golden with slight hazed apricot hue with frothy white cap with stringy lace that sticks and average sized bead. The smell is earthen with herbal hop aroma and light grainy husky scent with light yeast ester which has a slight citrus rind accent. The feel is very tangy and medium carbonation pushes a high bitterness perception with mild body and dry spicy finish.

The taste is very good with hops up front bringing a spicy slight lemony flavor with mild dry and cracker-like malt somewhat on the low side malt flavor wise with a mild astringent hop quality with herbal and grapefruit type bitter element with a subtle peppery quality from the yeast as it finishes dry and light. This is a good hoppy pale belgian-dry and drinkable.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a hazy light straw amber with a one finger snow white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of slightly tart citrus, grassy hops, mild saison yeast. Flavor is intense tart citrus; lemon and grapefruit, saison yeast followed by light lemon citrus hops, developing light hints of caramel and stone fruit before finishing much like the start with tart citrus, hops and a lingering citrus rind bitterness. Medium bodied. A very citrusy saison, but there are some faint hard to describe flavors that add to the interest (perhaps the spelt?). Nicely made, bends the style while still tasting good and authentic. This would be a great summer ale when looking for a somewhat tart, refreshing saison.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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Crushable Saison from Brasserie de la Senne
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