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Collaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, BolderCollaboration Series: Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Collaboration with Dogfish Head.
Full name is "Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder (Gradually, Quietly, Steadily)"

Added by Halcyondays on 10-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a flared glass at a DFH dinner at Rapture. From notes. Reviewed 16 January 2012.

A: A finger of stark white head fades fast. Lots of bubbles in this pale, clear ale. Decent lacing.

S: Tart kumquats, tripel-ly spices, and clean Belgian(?) yeast. Nope, apparently it's sake yeast. Interesting. Smells like a BSPA.

T: And it *tastes* like a BSPA. Very clean, subdued, grassy flavors. The spices aren't very spicy (i.e., not pepper). Light in taste for 8.2%. Vague clove, but the fruitiness is the star of the show -- light citrus; roundly pleasant.

M: The mouthfeel is excellent. Champagne-like, spritzy, light, refreshing, and, overall, delicate.

O: Good beer, but perhaps not exceptional. Recommended for lovers of odd yeasy and (BS)PAs.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled March 2012
A soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger and rising, frothy, just off-white colored head that ends up a full two fingers above the rim of my glass. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale straw color when held up to the light. As I pour this lots of fruit aromatics are present and these remind me of pear and apple cider to some degree. There is an earthy note to the nose that is brought out by a by the pale grain character as well as from some of the spice character. Specific aromatic notes of pale wheat crackers, pear blossoms, lemon zest, a musty white pepper note, some bright ginger character, perhaps a hint of nutty - pale grain character, and a definite Sake like character.

The beer is expressively carbonated, the body is fairly light, which helps to accentuate the effervescence and the beer is actually fairly dry as well. Ginger flavors provide some bitter like notes and there is a bright citrus note that lightly infuses things here. The finish has a bite to it that seems to be a mix of alcohol, phenolics and spiciness; it is almost clove like, sort of turpene laden in some ways and suggests at a palate numbing quality. Touches of pale cracker like grain character peak through at times, but the grain really contributes a soft, pale grain sweetness. The body of this beer is actually quite light, it has a touch of viscous character to it, but only just enough to keep it from being watery. The alcohol, along with the lightness, definitely reminds me a bit of sake & I wonder if that is the rice, the Sake yeast or perhaps both. The fruit character in this beer actually leans more towards pear than it does citrus

This is a bit more interesting than I was expecting; I really like that the spice character is fairly subtle, which I also was a little worried about coming into this beer. This has a touch more warmth to it than the alcohol level might suggest, and I wonder if this has been accentuated by the Sake yeast. Not bad, this definitely gets bonus points for striking an interesting balance between beer and Sake (though it is definitely weighted towards the former).

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

How can a beer become faster...? Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunshine blonde topped by over a finger of white froth. The nose comprises white grapes, sweet biscuit, light peach (maybe it was white grape-peach juice to begin with?), light clove, mild sweet lemon zest, a twinge of mild tea, and a vague sense of general funk. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tea character coming through a bit more pronounced, some wild rice coming through in the background, and some spice mixture I can't quite parse pervading the proceedings. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an interesting amalgamation here, one that I don't think fully expresses what it wants to, but it was still pretty enjoyable in the end.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml. poured into a Burley Oak tulip

I think this is one of the few Bruery beers that says, "best consumed fresh" and doesn't explicitly say that it was bottle-conditioned. However, I love DFH and the Bruery (from what little I have had), so when I saw it for cheap ($15 compared to $36), I had to get it.

A: It poured with a nice thick head, which diminishes quickly and leaves no lacing. The color is a deep muddled gold that is cloudy/hazy. There is fine particulate sediment in it as well.

S: There is a sweet smell but also a sour funk combined with yeast like a good lambic or gueuze.

T: It is all yeasty with only a hint of sourness and funk at the end. The sake yeast likely doesn't help, seeing as how I've had it in cider and it produces a most interesting and different taste in beer and cider. There is almost no aftertaste, it is almost palate cleansing and recedes rapidly.

M: There is a lot of carbonation here but it dissipates quickly in your mouth like a flash in the pan. The coarseness is quite sharp.

O: I couldn't finish it, so instead it will be turned into expensive bread or some other kind of food. It might have been a bit better fresh, but the sake yeast does weird things to beer. However, it is a nice bottle. This is probably one of their worse beers, especially with this much age on it, but I love DFH and this is another one that I can say that I had.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a full glass of snow white rocky meringue that eventually becomes a slight hazy bright yellow body with a racing carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The lemon aroma blends with sake yeast and a light cream and black tea note in the finish. Otherwise it is pretty clean.

T- The slightly salty lemon flavor is bright with a touch of tartness and a soft medicinal spice finish. There is some citrus pith flavor that grows in the aftertaste but there is no bitterness to it.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but the texture is very filling.

O- This beer has an interesting lemon flavor with some very subtle sake flavors. It is pretty clean and not a lot of depth comes through.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Loose white foam settles quickly with no lace. Great clarity on a bright yellow gold body.

S - White peach, honey, muscat grape gummies, sweet sticky rice.

T - Saki, rice wine, plum wine, white grape, rainier cherries, dry rice, soft wheat. A really interesting profile.

M - Opens bright and lightly boozy before long, lingering lightly dry finish. Medium frame. Nice carbonation.

O - Unique and well executed. With its distinct asian flair of sweet deserts and alcohols, this is a flavor profile that you're just not going to find anywhere else.

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Photo of mojiboo02
2.02/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was my first drain pour. The phenolic taste made it smell and taste like drinking band aids. I made it through about 4 ounces of this brew before I let her go down the drain. The appearence was nice and a well finished brew, but I couldn't get through the olafactory hues on this one.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with a 3-inch white foamy head which leaves flocked lace. Interesting audible of bubbles popping in the glass.

N: Yeast, citrus, spices, floral, and fruity (peaches) layered and intertwinned.

T: Sake yeast imparts a unique profile along with the many spices combine with juicy citrus rind. Interesting and unusual.

M: Medium body and full carbonation. Bright and zesty yeast together with spicy citrus fruits make the finish memorable and enjoyable.

O: Creative use of sake yeast, spices and citrus zest.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a translucent pale golden yellow in color with a huge two finger bubbly head that left plenty of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: It definitely had the belgian yeast aroma coming out with some tart acidic citrus, a little herb and spice but with hints of sweet fruit as well.

T: the belgian yeast character was more apparent on the palate alongside some tart notes, acidic citrus, herbal accents, with a touch of kumquat fruit and was ever so slightly funky.

M: the brew was light in body with a lot of carbonation which had a yeasty, herbal, slightly fruity, spice and prickly finish.

O: not a bad herbal/spice beer and was not out of the ordinary collabing with the dogfish head guys.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head fades to a thick ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet with a rather strong grape note. Kind of wine like, I'm assuming that is coming from the yeast.

Taste: Tons of yeast coming to the front of this beer. It has a mild herbal quality to it along with a fruity sweetness. There is a hint of white wine with some alcohol heat and a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy yet aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I was interested when I saw this was made with sake yeast. I thought the overall flavor was a bit muddles, but not unpleasing.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours an extremely pale and hazy shade of yellow with a three finger, very puffy foam head. It certainly looks interesting...almost like the Hottenroth

S- the kumquat blends nicely with the yeast to create a very spicy aroma...almost just *smells* sour too

T- there's a very slight tartness coming out of this...kumquats are muted...yeast tastes over, almost comes across like your standard Belgian pale. Meh

M- thick bodied, very "puffy" tasting...if that makes any sense at all

O- sigh. I thought this might be different, or special. It's not

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Hazy yellow/light orange. Big head that overflows the glass.

Smell - Saison-ish in its spice notes. Lemon citrus with a dose of sugar. Peppery. Belgian yeast notes.

Taste - Really lacking the taste to back up the smell. Tough to tell if it's a BPA or a saison or neither. Sweet and peppery in the finish. Bitter with lots of Belgian sugar and yeast flavors. Less interesting than the nose.

Mouthfeel - Light, but a touch sugary. Overly bitter in the finish.

Overall - The flavors are decent, but uninteresting. Lacking the explosion of flavors this bottle advertises.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery "Faster, Bigger, Better, Bolder" in collaboration with Dogfish Head
25.4 oz. bottle; no apparent freshness dating

Appearance: Poured from a long-standing chilled bottle it's a crystal-clear deep gold. Specks of what might be protein, or possibly yeast or spice, can be seen resting in suspension. Very fine bubbles stream steadily upwards, helping to support the rocky bright-white head. It seems fizzy and highly carbonated at first, but that doesn't seem to be the case as it settles down quickly. Perhaps there's just not enough to the body to hold the CO2 in? Or not.... Unfortunately, the head doesn't hold for very long, and the lacing is limited as well. That must be due to the use of rice in the grain bill, and I think that can be forgiven as such. Subsequent pours rouse the yeast from the bottom of the bottle and it's quite hazy, taking on an almost orange color (and rounding and filling the flavor as well). So, as I don't think it's intended to be clear, and I actually much prefer the cloudy version (in both appearance and taste) let's go with that. Don't bother to be delicate with this one.

Aroma: Interesting. Spicy. Cedar-like. I'm thinking coriander, and there's a slight suggestion of cardamom as well, but I don't think either one is right. Lots of fruitiness makes it's way through, and there's a sweetish malt component to it. It's oddly alluring. It's somewhat tropical with a hint of papaya and melon, but also a spritz of lime and orange.

Flavor: So, the kumquats definitely come through, not that I'd know what they were if that information wasn't included on the label. It's an interesting fruitiness that has a bit of tartness to it, but which is also somewhat sweetish. And of course the spice is there. Ginger really comes through, and it leaves a tingle on the tip of the tongue by mid-glass. Whatever else is in there I really haven't got a clue, except that there's some kind of pepper to be sure (ahhh, maybe that's the source of the tingle on the tongue). Interestingly, it's a kind of basic beer in a way (I guess the closest thing I can liken it to as an example is a Belgian-style witbier), but it's also really complex. The rice flavor is also apparent, and along with the sake yeast, is probably what really makes it so unique. Together they're probably also whats giving me the impression of 'cedar', or some type of dry wood - although spicy dryness should not be ignored either, in that argument, as the spices really lend it a dry quality. It's certainly not as sweet as the aroma suggests it will be. It finishes dry and spicy with a myriad of flavors going on - and to a certain extent, that's where this beer shines.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly fuller than I thought it would be given the pour and dropped head, but also a little bit more carbonated than that visual inspection suggested. Everything considered, I think it's spot on: any more carbonation (or less body) would allow the spicing to run roughshod over everything else; and any less carbonation would leave it dull, just pulling everything down into a muddy mess.

Conclusion: Quite fascinating. It's initially an interesting beer just because it's so unique, but then layer upon layer of delicate complexities reveal themselves - all beneath an umbrella of some very firm peppery spice - yet it's not overdone! With everything going on here, this could easily have been a train-wreck, and yet somehow they managed to pull it off unscathed, and to a certain extent, in perfect balance. If you are a true connoisseur of beer you should seek this out before it's all gone because it's truly unique - I can think of a few beers on a global scale that are similar, but there are none that are the same.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a burnished gold tone with a bit of haze; yields a 1" white head, more spritzy than creamy and with below average retention. a bit a lacing in spots. nose is decidedly fruity / yeasty and accompanied by strong spice notes. not bad, kind of intriguing... whets my appetite for a sip.

flavor slaps the palate with a smattering of spice. pepper and coriander are notable along with one or two others i can quite pinpoint... fruit elements are there (citrus and maybe some grape). medium-light on the palate with some zesty carbonation.

overall i'm not quite digging this one. it's quaffable, sure, but doesn't work for me - a bit too heavy on the spices IMO. and/or apparently i'm just not into kumquats. interesting to try but won't seek out a revisit.

(originally reviewed: 11-24-2011)

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Photo of kjyost
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at a recent bottle share. Poured at ~5C into 5 oz sampling glasses.

Pours a straw yellow white head that drops quickly. Straw and corn on nose. Hints of dates and sourness in the body with some pepperiness. A lemon tartness comes through over time. Sake and spice in finish. No one was impressed by this beer, and I think I was the most non-plussed... Meh.

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Photo of drpimento
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at a good temperature with a large, off-white, foamy, frothy, head that settles after a bit and a little lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is a subdued blend of malt, yeast, spice, and perfume. Flavor's like nose with sweet slightly on top, then carbonic tang, and bitter bringing up the rear. There is a lovely blend of spice and a little fruit sweetness to augment the picture. Body is perfect, ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and drinkable. Great beer!

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tiny bubble white head, hold very well. Laces glass on every sip. Hazy yellow beer. Good carbonation.

Smells of Farmhouse yeast. Clean smelling. Not much there, but pleasant. Carbonation helps bring it out aroma.

I like this beer more as the carbonation settles down a bit. Raw grainy flavor to the body. Minimal hop presence. Orange like flavors in the aftertaste. Has a white wine character.

The mouthfeel is my favorite aspect of the beer. I detect wheat which softens the sip. But its still nice a thin in body, and very refreshing. Zest leaves a nice tannin coating on the tongue. Respectable ABV. I actually really like this beer.

It was recommended to consume fresh. But I aged this and its still good.

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

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Golden yellow in color, heavy internal carbonation, pours a strong foamy white head that lasts, hazy throughout

S: Complex nose, begins with herbal characteristics, followed by sharp citrus fruit notes, it of a spiciness throughout, quite fragrant

T: Much akin to a saison in flavor, fruity, herbal, and sort of peppery elements dominate, flavorful and complex with a nice balance

M: Very alive in the mouth, smooth, a bit rough around the edges, but a nice fruity aftertaste and not drying on the palate

O: Definitely worth a try, nice to look at, fragrant, smooth, and flavorful, pretty complex as well

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Photo of ShanePB
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle
Served into a tulip glass

A: Crystal clear golden colored body with a seriously active stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Fluffy and foamy white head gathers to about two fingers in height. Once the bottom of the bottle was reached, the sediment mixed in and the clarity degraded into a hazy mess.

S: Faint sweetness, Witbier-like spices, bread, pale malts and an overall graininess to the aroma. It smells like it has a Witbier base with some interesting layers on top of it. I can't say I've ever smelled a fresh kumquat so I'm not sure what I'm looking for in terms of flavor (other than it's a fruit).

T: Light grain, pale malts, more bread and a crisp/quick sweetness towards the mid-palate that's gone almost instantly. I'll assume kumquats. The spice comes in at the back end, rounding this rather one-dimensional profile.

M: Light and crisp, high carbonation with a bubbly feel on the mouth. This makes for a very easy drinking, and rather refreshing beer.

Bottom line, this was sort of boring. I had this in the cellar since last year so I'm sure it lost some characteristics. Nothing great but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, Nathan!

(Aged for 6 months)

Hazed golden with a moderately sized near-white head. This leaves thin lacing down the glass.

The aroma consists of citrus and melon, along with a bit of yeast, grass, and spice.

This is a somewhat fruity example of the style, along with mild yeast character, bread, and grass. This isn't particularly interesting, but there's nothing flawed here either.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

A fine enough beer, though too expensive.

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

Hazy apricot/gold color with a good-sized fluffy white head. Strong retention, nice lacing. Wheaty, yeasty aroma; vague fruity notes; citrus and tropical fruit; pepper and other spices. Sweet and grainy.

Crisp and clean taste; grainy wheat and sweet malt flavor; very low bitterness and hop presence; kumquats really emerge in the finish, particularly as the beer warms. Nice sake yeast note; spices; pepper, honey.

Clean drinking quenching brew. Medium-light bodied with effervescent carbonation and a dry finish.

This hasn't been the highest viewed beer around these parts but it made a super refreshing first drink of the day after hours of hard yard work in the sun!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight haze to this golden hay, pilsner colored brew. Champagne-like bubbling and an awesome foamy head. This beer has some sounds to it too.

Very light fruity aroma with sake, delicately toasted rice, and some grassy hops. Smells pretty darn good to me. Smells cleansing!

Very bubbly, effervescent palate from start to finish. Dry fruity, yeasty palate with some very faintly toasted malts adding a grainy flavor to this mostly toasted rice beer. But with depth and complexity. I like this beer a lot.

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Photo of gford217
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Pours extremely active with a head bigger than the body of the beer with lots of bubbles streaming from the top and feeding the rocky cap. The body is a hazy golden yellow.

Aroma definitely has some sake character with light peppery spices. The kumquats are in there as well lending a bit of fruity sweetness to the nose.

There is quite a bit of the fruit in the initial taste, kumquats presumably, though I haven't eaten many in my life. The sake yeast is present and leaves a little burn in the finish with some spiciness.

Mouthfeel is extremely highly carbonated, very bubbly, probably too carbonated for my liking.

Given the involvement of DFH, I'm not surprised on the various ingredients used. And, like many of the recent DFH one-offs, this one is interesting but not outstanding.

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Photo of beergod1
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy pale yellow with a fluffy head and good retention. Aroma is mildly sour, peppery, maybe some sake, grain and herbs, Belgian yeast, hint of brett as it warms, this is really hard to pin down. It changes as it warmed, as did the flavor. Creamy mouthfeel with plenty carbonation. Spicy with some tropical fruitiness. I need to drink another one of these, so I can pinpoint some of these great flavors.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with a 3/4 inch head that soon drops down to a 1/8 inch head. Spotty lacing.

S- Smells like your typical saison. Fruity with some yeast fumes.

T- Very light and drinkable for the ABV. Basically tastes like a light, summery Belgian pale. The kumquats provide a tartness that plays off the yeast characteristic nicely.

M- Crisp and tight with lots of fizz from the medium-high carbonation.

O- Good across the board. Worth $13.99 a bottle? That's speculative.

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