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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Trinity Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ancient ale brewed with Brettanomyces, spelt, oats, rye, & wheat. Ale brewed with pumpkin, lavender, and spices.

Added by ehammond1 on 11-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
50
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
21.24%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
7
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 50
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, @6.5% ABV - lots o' stuff going on in this one, and that's just from parsing the hard to read label! Also, great name for a beer.

This beer pours a hazy, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, and mostly just fizzy dirty white head, which leaves pretty much nil in terms of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of musty Brett funk, very floral lavender, earthy gourd flesh, gritty and grainy mixed malt, tart lemon peel, and a faint and generically vinous woodiness. The taste is grainy and bready, again, malt, a still heady and estery dark floral thing, sweet pumpkin puree, some edgy pepper and coriander-like spice, a lessened sour funkiness, more zingy citrus notes, and a minor sense of red wine oakiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its zesty and palate-poking frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the those blended grains seem to have a placating effect on all the more testy players. It finishes off-dry, and nicely tart and fruity.

Overall, the mishmash of ingredients work well enough to provide a tasty version of the style - if you're looking for a pumpkin brew, move on, even though it represents itself here as charmingly as any other element. Easy to drink (a bit surprisingly), and yet I'm glad my sample came in a smaller serving size.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013, drank 2016. Aged exceptionally; pumpkin still on the nose and lavender still in the flavor. Light but prevalent carbonation, lovely lemon citrus on the nose. Extremely cloudy yellow color. The brett is balanced perfectly with spice, lemon and musty flavors. Surprisingly clean mouthfeel. This is an exceptional wild ale and is tasting great this year.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Brettanomyces are present in the nose, which stand out in front of notes of lavender.
T: The taste has flavors of pumpkin flesh and lavender along with notes of sourness and funk from the Brett.
M: It feels on the higher side of being light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison isn't as dry and spicy compared to other beers in the style, but is rather complex and has some interesting aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of QueerBeer
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Incredibly hazy, straw hue with a lot of foam, no lacing. Brett yeast in the nose. Spice (coriander maybe?) upfront in the flavor, slightly tart finish. Similar spice profile to how my mom cooks corned beef. What that is I couldn't tell you. Very bubbly, very dry mouthfeel. Decent.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

how do you even think of this, all the grains in the world with saison yeast, some brett strains, lavender and pumpkins in oak? while it seems like a jumble and in some ways unnecessary complication of beer making, this beer works, its one of a kind, and its absolutely fantastic. hazy pale muted light brass color with a lasting two inches of white head. it smells like brett first, tart and mouthwatering, even pushing sour. i also get plenty of the lavender, which is robust but not perfume-like at all. the oak comes out up front in the flavor, as does the lavender and brett. i get an herbal profile either from the spices or the saison yeast, but thats rather apparent as well. some real funk as it finishes, almost off flavored weirdness, but again, it makes sense here. oats and spelt give this some heft for its low abv, as well as some real girth in the body that not even the explosive carbonation can tame. I'm not sure what the pumpkins add, i never taste or smell them, and i don't know how to feel them, but their impact appears minimal in an already busy brew. my only real complaint is that such a large amount of beer gushed out when i popped the cap, this is very alive, to be careful of your investment when you pour it, and trust me, at 17 bucks a go, it is an investment. good beer through, well made and funky, complicated in a good way, nice use of odd ingredients, bretty and dry too, hard to do. admirable.

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Photo of joe1510
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml

Review #900

Saison Sunday!

Big thanks goes out to Oxymoron for sending me this fall themed saison, thanks Aaron! Popping the cap reveals gunsmoke galore. This one is a slow gusher, very slow. Oh Face is harvest orange with moderate haze. Polished gold is more appropriate when backlit and carbonation seems to rise from every surface of the glass. The head is micro bubbled, highly active, and everlasting.

First up in the smell is freshly roasted pumpkin followed closely by ginger and soft nutmeg. The spicing is even handed and instead of overpowering actually adds enjoyable depth. Saison qualities come along next and are the foundation. Musty but ripe stone fruit play a big roll while wildflower, damp hay, and faint barnyard qualities from the addition of brett show some character. Very unique.

The flavor is good but isn't as expressive as the nose led me to believe. The roast pumpkin is much softer and while the ginger and nutmeg are still there they are also barely noticeable and tend to linger on the finish more than add to the actual profile. Bright peach and green apple play their part in the backbone with tangy wheat. The brett is also softer with faint barnyard and wildflowers. Again, good but a little muddled.

The body is moderate but leaning toward the lighter side of the spectrum. Trinity did a nice job on the level of carbonation producing an airy, light, frothy feel. The finish is crisp and dry with a chalky bitterness I'm assuming is from the spices.

I'm pleasantly surprised by Oh Face. I'm not a big spiced pumpkin beer fan but this is a different beast all together. The underlaying saison is well built and expressive while the spicing is soft and complimentary. The pumpkin adds nice earthiness while the brett adds depth and character. A well made beer all around. Thanks for the sample, Aaron!

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lots of retained head. The brett is potent in the aroma, and the taste. Lovely done, tasty saison. Above average mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.from Steve in Warren. Complex saison, that a couple of years ageing helped bring out the potential. One of the better brett saison creations I have tried.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a brite golden color with a strong white head that settles back into the glass but leaves a little ring of bubbles.

The aroma is very complex, guava, horse, honey, sweat, a lot of funk, some lemon grass. The more barn like aromas for the brett do not go great with the honey aroma.

The beer is sweet, tastes of honey, wheat, lemon grass, and has a mild acidity.

The mouthfeel is sticky and medium in body.

Overall there is a lot going on in this beer, but in a chaos sort of way. Kind of a mess with all the flavors clashing together. I can not pick up any of the lavender, pumpkin, or other spices that are supposed to be in the beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, quirkzoo!

Cloudy golden throughout with a moderately-sized, somewhat persistent, near-white head that lasts for quite a while. Leaves large dots of stick down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

A strong aroma especially for a beer of such low ABV. The floral lavender notes come through strongly, along with some other herbaceous notes, sweet wheat bread, mild Brett yeast character, and a bit of honey.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, as the lavender and floral notes make up the largest component of the flavor, along with sweet, honey wheat bread, mild yeast character, and some miscellaneous sweetness. I don't pick up any of the pumpkin addition, but perhaps that's part of the floral/herb/sweet component of the flavor. Moderate bitterness. Very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate, creamy carbonation. Very nice for a low-ABV saison.

An interesting, floral, lavender-forward saison. This was an incredibly drinkable, unique saison.

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Oh Face Saison Provisional from Trinity Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 50 ratings.
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