Hard Times Saison | Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company

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Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Deuane on 08-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/orange color with some nice golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 foam white head that quickly settles into a lasting cap. Minimal lacing.

Peppery spicy aroma with some bready yeast notes and a slightly earthy funky. Subtle oak/vanilla and light crisp fruit.

Slightly earthy mouthfeel with slight crisp carbonation and spicy pepper. Bready yeast and slight crisp light fruit notes, mostly apple and pear. There is a slight alcohol astringency in the dry finish.

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Photo of Sammy
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a saved growler, at the brewpub. They take some off every month or so to see how it ages. Definate barnyard smell to this. Reddish colour, lacey. Hits the style with some spiciness, drying.Average mouthfeel. With the pepper, without anything catchy or interesting, its like a homebrewing experiment.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright golden yellow color coming out of the can into the glass. Nice carbonation could be seen throughout the glass and it coalesced into a three inch head of white, towering foam that then dropped to a thin film that covered the top and settled down with enough force to create some nice side glass lacing.

The aroma was a nice mix of light apple and peach like fruit aromas and a light and grainy spiciness that kicked in a bit more towards the end. Not much in the way of a funkiness here, though a touch of vinous hops creeping in towards the end. The flavor was more of the same, rich grain profile leading the charge and morphing into some light touches of apples and peaches. Interesting mid palate explored touches of pepper and almost cinnamon before falling back on the yeast for one final showing

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Photo of Deuane
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Hazy, murky, orange tinged copper with a thin off white head that faded to a thin ring and left spotty lace.

S-Herbal, spicy, woody and slightly medicinal with a light sweet biscuit backing.

T-Biting, dry, woody spiciness with an underlying sweetness. A building medicinal flavour comes in and becomes somewhat dominate. It is pleasant and different at first but becomes overwhelming farther along.

M-Medium-light bodied with a sharp, crisp dryness and long lasting astringency.

D-Good but it misses a cylinder. I like it for a while but then... There is a "secret" ingredient in this beer and I think that is what becomes the "problem". Maybe if it was a little less, it seems to overwhelm the yeast character and knowing what this yeast is may not be a good thing. A decent first effort that could use some tweaking.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a cloudy pale yellow with no carbonation and no head.

The nose had the odd combination of lillacs, hard candy, roses and slight yeast. Though od, quite pleasing.

After enjoying the nose, the taste was a bit different than what I was expecting. The beer had an acidic bite on first sip, with floral taste coming through. I got a bit of a grassy/ bready thing going on during later tastes. As I progressed in my enjoyment, I got a stale hops aftertaste.

The beer had decent mouthfeel, athought I thought it light fot the style. Very easy to drink, aside from the aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but for me, simply a session taster.

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Photo of DIM
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for sharing the growler!

a: This was a murky, muddied, dark straw color. It poured with a smallish white head.

s: I got aromas of earthy licorice that was slightly sweet. There were also some faint, spicy/yeasty qualities.

t: The secret ingredient takes center stage, I've never tasted anything like this. Licorice up front that turns grassy and mildly bitter towards the end.

m: The lingering aftertaste was pretty pleasant, a long lasting licorice bite.

d: As Deuane said, this could use some tweaking. Interesting for sure, and tasty in small doses. If the secret ingredient was in the backround a little more, I think it would be a big improvement.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Via growler pour on 8/24/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a cloudy, rusty orange body with an unfiltered appearance and thin off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and left spotty lace around the glass.

S - Very spicy and herbal aroma with licorice notes and an odd leafy hop character with distinctive floral notes. Extremely earthy presence akin to roots, fragrant spices and syrup.

T - Spicy and earthy with a strong herbal character suggesting licorice, ginger and ingredients you might expect to find in root beer or sasparilla. Hops take on a leafy, tea-like quality.

M - Medium bodied with an almost soda-like carbonation, though not overdone. Leafy and earthy with a dry, bitter finish that lingers for a while on the palate.

D - This was interesting, but a bit too medicinal for my personal tastes. It reminded me of an old 1900's medicine box. I will say that this was pretty unique, though.

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Hard Times Saison from Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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