Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing

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Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.76 | pDev: 9.57%
Dec 20, 2017
Jun 10, 2013
Very Good
Notes: A Belgian-styled grisette with a lean body, peppery spice and pear-like fruitiness.
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3.89 by brutalist from Pennsylvania on Dec 20, 2017
3.6 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Jul 12, 2017
4 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2017
3.78 by brother_rebus from Maine on Apr 07, 2016
3.54 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2015
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3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

A - Two fingers worth of active airy big fluffy off-white colored froth... Modest at best retention as this one visible fizzes away in front of our eyes... What's left if a mostly full slightly splotchy lacing with a thin collar... On occasional bubble can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a slightly hazy peachy amber... Loaded with very quick paced carbonation... This one has a faint "glow" to it as well...

S - The nose leads with a vibrant burst of bready malty goodness and some overripe fruits... Peach... Apricot... Banana... Honeydew... There is a very light layer of sweet Belgian yeast... A very subtle spice component lingers a layer or two beneath the surface... Robust, impactful and quite pleasant...

T - Bready malts are at the forefront as expected... This is followed by a slightly sweet fruit presence... the Belgian yeast presence is a distant third... The spices are very subtle, but still present if one pays close enough attention... There are also some notes of light lemon zest... Throughout there is a subtle yet lingering layer of seltzer like saltiness which intensifies slightly towards the finish and takes on a slightly metallic character... It's not off putting, but it certainly doesn't add to the overall enjoyment of an otherwise stellar offering...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Light carbonation... Crisp... Even and consistent...

D - An easy drinker that goes down smoothly and keep things just interesting enough that it doesn't getting boring... If it weren't for the slightly salty / metallic notes detected on the palate, this would be a world class session ale... As is, it's still enjoyable and a much appreciated alternative to it's higher ABV counterparts... Another nicely done crew from Al and Terr...

Sep 06, 2015
3.75 by oline73 from Maryland on Sep 05, 2015
3.74 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Aug 19, 2015
3.74 by Fievel from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2015
3.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Sep 12, 2014
3.75 by cspompey from Pennsylvania on Sep 11, 2014
3.25 by brother_kenneth from Virginia on Sep 07, 2014
3.75 by nmann08 from Virginia on Aug 30, 2014
4 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Aug 06, 2014
4 by drebrew from New York on May 25, 2014
3.5 by tommyguz from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2014
3.5 by baybum from Pennsylvania on Apr 29, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

Pours a hazy neon yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, apricot, peach, apple, tart wheat malt. Flavor of light wheat malt, light fruits, just a touch of sour apple but it’s pretty subtle. While the aroma is very fruity, sweet, and a touch sour, the flavor is light, with emphasis on the malt as well as lightly fruity/slightly sour notes. A very refreshing and drinkable beer.

Nov 10, 2013
4 by Jspriest from Pennsylvania on Nov 04, 2013
3 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania on Aug 05, 2013
3.75 by stakem from Pennsylvania on Jul 29, 2013
3 by Thorpe429 from Illinois on Jul 08, 2013
4.25 by bigfnjoe from Pennsylvania on Jun 30, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

A beer named Freefall?? This must be fate.

This is a highly citric saison. Lots of lemon. Almost seems like it could be reaching into Berliner Weisse territory, but the sour isn't really there. Well, maybe just a wee bit of funk. Seems highly carbonated. Very much a hot weather beer. And I like the 2.5% abv.

Jun 16, 2013
4.5 by runner_pe from Pennsylvania on Jun 12, 2013
4.5 by StormKing47 from Pennsylvania on Jun 11, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by orangesol from Pennsylvania

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden.

A - Pours pale, hazy yellow with a fizzy one finger tall white head leaving spotty trails of lace down parts of the glass. Looks like a wheat beer, a bit lighter than a normal saison.

S - Smells of fruity saison yeast, bready grain, black pepper spice and a bit of grassy hops. The saison core is strong, but not overpowering, from start to finish.

T - Starts off with some soft, chewy malt quickly giving way to the fruity saison core with a good amount of peppery spice. Finish is a little chewy with some lingering spice, leaving the palate dried long after the finish. It packs lots of flavor in a small package.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, slightly spicy feel with a bit of chewiness at the end of each sip. Super easy drinking beer.

O - A very nice table strength saison. It packs all of the flavors you want from a saison yet it's only 2.5% so it goes down super easy. I could drink a few glasses of this on a hot day no problem.

Jun 10, 2013
Freefall from Al's of Hampden / Pizza Boy Brewing
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