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Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by dirtylou on 02-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to rathkem for this beer!

750ml C&C bottle. It looks like the cork is ready to come out of the bottle as soon as the cage is removed. When the cork comes out, a very loud pop happens.

poured into a pair of HF wine stems.

Appearance: A hazy glowing orange bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head that quickly drops down to no head at all.

Smell: Moderate mutsiness. Juicy papaya, rotten hay, and wheat malts.

Taste: This one tastes like orange juice and papaya! Light bitterness that comes across as lime zest and lime juice. Wheat and cracker malts. Light black pepper. Fruity and spicy.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean saison. Almost has a semi dry finish. Very well carbonated beer. Unbeleivable how well this beer has held it carbonation since 2012!

Overall: This is probably the very best non barrel aged saison that I have had the previlage to try. The papaya is still very present in this saison. What a treat! It has held up extremetly well over time in reguards to mouthfeel and the flavor profile of the papaya in this saison.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Says 2012.

Appearance - Clear golden orange body. Small white head that's gone in a flash. Nothing after that.

Smell - Fruity. Citrus and tropical fruits. Funky and slightly cheesy, especially as it warms.

Taste - Citrus is stronger. Grainy cracker malt. Some bitterness builds up. Tropical fruits in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. High carbonation. Tingly.

Overall - Well this didn't live up to the hype. I guess the name implies tropical fruits, which I get. Other than that, not a lot interesting about it.

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Photo of DaveHack
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle given by an insanely generous BA, cavemanlawyer! I am forever indebted!

Served at 42 degrees into a Crooked Stave 2012 Cellar Reserve balloon

Poured a slightly cloudy golden color. Huge white and whispy head slowly dissapates leaving about 1/4 inch head and tons of lacing. Tons of tiny bubbles race to the top just warning me of the effervescence of this brew.

As I plow my sniffer into the enormous glass, I'm met with a wonderous bouquet of wet tropical fruit like papaya, mango, and the like. There is also a slight mustiness that promises some wonderful saison funk that we all know and love.

Very fruity, agian, tropical fruit (go figure, they should mention that in the name). I get the taste of the fleshy tropical fruits. Cliche I know, but think mango, pineapple, mango...This combines with some earthy-ish hop flavor (I'm understanding Nelson was used? This would certainly explain the earthy flavor). Very, very unique flavors, and very delicious.

If its possible, this is both creamy and dry at the same time. Coats the mouth in a delious wave of a decent bodied brew. It's not thick, but a little thicker than most saisons, but it is a good thing. As it goes down, you're left with a slight dryness that makes you immediately want the next sip.

This is very different and I applaud (clap,clap,clap) Block 15 for successfully challenging what I know and love about saisons. Fantastic brew that should be made again, and again....

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Photo of standardcherry
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle shared with a friend, poured into two snifters.

A: Hazy golden/orange color. Big white head.
S: I could smell this forever. Peaches, orange, pineapple, papaya, guava. Nelson Sauvin hops are showing here. I absolutely LOVE it.
T: Taste follows the smell. Lots of tropical fruitiness, a touch of tartness. Sweet breadiness, the added palm sugar is evident. There's a taste in there that reminds me of agave nectar.
M: Medium carbonation and light/medium bodied. Creamy at first but it finishes with a bit of dryness.
O: Wow this beer impressed me. I was not expecting this. I absolutely love it, I wish I had more.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, corked like a mofo, 2012 Cellar Stash Release

"Farmhouse style ale brewed with Pilsner malts, Palm Sugar and Nelson Sauvin Hops. Conditioned with yellow papaya and blended with a one year old barrel of Ferme de la Ville Provisions."

Hill Farmstead stemware - hazy apricot body, nice cream white head. Smells of tropical fruit - I would have said guava and peach, but papaya is the right answer. Nelson Sauvin hops are quite evident and I'm not surprised at all to see there was some added sugar in this as the sweetness played a heavier hand than the tartness. Very interesting and very good.

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Tropical Storm from Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant
4.33 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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