Field Mouse's Farewell
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project

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Belgian Saison
3.94 | pDev: 9.9%
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Massachusetts, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Fieldmouse’s Farewell is our Harvest-time seasonal beer. A saison that is slightly sweeter, slightly more full-bodied and golden than Jack D’Or, and therefore might be slightly more approachable, depending on your taste for hops (fewer bittering hops in this beer). The hops are wonderful, old-world French hops from Alsace. We happened upon them, along with their representatives, at the Craft Brewers’ Conference and we were immediately smitten.

2013’s “vintage” of this beer has even more grains than usual, with the usual high proportion of rye malt giving spiciness. We fermented with all one saison yeast and it’s a very saisony tasting beer this year. We are v happy.

Early Fall: the fruit and grains are ripe and nature’s work is almost done. It’s time to think of moving on… which is exactly what this little mouse is planning on doing, so find him while you can. You might notice that Field mouse has moved from Springtime to Harvest-time, because it seems like our mouse would be more likely to up-sticks at this time of year, with the fields becoming empty. Perhaps he is following the sun… Cheers to you all, hope summer was great and busy and that Fall will be peaceful and fruitful.

38 IBU
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Reviews by smcolw:
Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive head for this style; recedes in a rocky fashion leaving some lumpy lace. Very cloudy with an orange-dirty gold hue.

Interesting combination of sourness, airy malt and light hop. Not as earthy as some Saisons.

Sour and earthy on the tongue. There's a slight sweetness to the broth. The aftertaste has a good touch of hop for balance.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The label says rustic, and I say the beer lives up to it

A: pours a cloudy golden color, no head, and slight carbonation
S: nothing very potent, hints of grass, yeast, and some citrus
T: like I said, rustic. like earthy is the best way. Lots of light citrus up front, some yeast flavor kicking around, and a spicy finish. There is some funk there, but not really there, kind of an afterthought
M: pretty run of the mill
D:Not hearty, but solid. Good on a hot day.

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Photo of jwps214
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

July 3rd 2010 - bottled May 2010.
Appearance: Cloudy golden orange body beneath a frothy two-fingered head of white foam that dwindles to a thin surface covering, leaving behind short walls of thin lace. Fine bubbled natural carbonation. Fairly zesty.
Aroma: Spicy and earthy, a bit yeasty. Cereal notes, but not distinctly malty. Fruity and lemony-citrusy; and even a hint floral.
Flavor: The rye really comes through in the grain bill, backed by clear notes of wheat. The oats are present as well, appearing clearly in the finish. Interesting. There's a firm bit of spiciness as well, and some lemony citrus character. It's "sweetish" but not really sweet... or should I say it's sweet, but balanced by the spiciness and citrus? The Belgian yeast gives it a hint of sweetness through some vanilla and clove character as well; or is that actually spice? It's certainly malty, but it doesn't appear as distinct malt, or what you might think of as malty coming from a more straight-forward grain bill. A solid bitterness balances it as well, and although there is one quick splash of sweetness at the finish, it then shifts into bitter and spicy dryness followed by chalky citrus rind character. Some malt lingers along with some hoppy grassiness.
Mouthfeel: Initially zesty, and then softening to become spritzy. Medium-full bodied with a clear dextrinous edge.
Drinkability: If there's one drawback to this beer it's probably that there's a bit too much to it, mainly in its overall malty fullness. A spot less might leave it a bit more polished - but at the same time everything else would have to be tweaked to keep its spicy/yeasty/bitter balance or it would just fall apart. It's nice as it is!

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of HossMcGraw
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for a new Saison to try and this one fit the bill nicely.

Appearance is nothing to write home about; pale straw color, little to no head except a white ring, but has a nice cloudy hue as well.

With what I can smell with my cold I detect yeast, clove, banana and a grassy, straw note. Very nice.

Taste is similar, with a nice dry, grassy finish (Saaz hops?) Plenty of yeast and fruit as well.

Mouthfeel is terrific with a slick, oily yet perfectly carbonated feel. I could drink this all day.

Wonderful Saison, glad I picked it up. Gives Hennepin a run for its money and also a bit cheaper.

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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy orange gold under a 1” quickly fading white foam collar. Splotchy lace at best. S: Big fruity nose with a light tartness, over ripe fruit and a hint of wet horse blanket. T: Sour fruits, peach, apricot and plum, light malts, light bread, with a bitter hop accent on the finish. F: Medium body, medium carbonation. O: A light, yeast forward beer with big fruit flavors.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May, 2010...
Appears a semi-transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of spices, herbs, orange zest, rye, tart wheat, pepper, and white wine.
Taste is of the aromas with a flavorful, yeasty, fruity punch.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with natural carbonation, and a smooth finish.

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Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from May 2010.

Pours hazy gold with an inch-plus head of beige and moderate retention. A few dots and streaks of lacing. Subdued for the style.

Aromatics are laced with grassy hops, spicey yeast, and biscuity malt. Plenty of cloves, bubblegum, wet hay, and honey.

On the light side of medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

Sweet malt and spicey hops start the palate. Fairly bitter and slightly sweet. Plenty of Belgiany goodness with hops to boot. Reminds me of Jack D'Or with different hopping and perhaps some biscuity notes.

Finishes with a lingering sweetness, earthy undertones, and honey-drizzeled malt.

Pretty tasty, but a bit on the sweet side.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid malt scent that boasts primarily of pale and rye malts. It's light with a faint spiciness. The yeast character draws out some farmhouse funk which compliments the rye well. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, pale malt flavor with a considerable yeast character. The rye contributes a good deal of spiciness which is only amplified by the yeast character. The funk/rye combo is really nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer with lots of complexity. I like the saison style with rye in the malt bill.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2010; Sampled June 2010
A wholesome pale, grassy grain note emanates from my glass as I pour this beer. The beer, despite sitting in my fridge for almost a month, pours an extremely murky, pale honey / straw color and shows a deeply hazed orange / gold hue when held up to the light. The head forms an initially two-finger thick, pale tan color and leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass. Bright lemon aromatics greet my nose as I go in for a big draught of the aroma, this is bolstered by some tangerine notes, touches of lychee and backed by notes of straw, crushed whole-grain flour, perhaps some touches of banana, spicy clove aromatics that become more noticeable with time and a light white pepper note. Interestingly enough the spicy notes become more prominent the longer I spend smelling this beer, almost to the point that the lemon-like hop notes go unnoticed. This has a nicely complex, ever-changing aroma to it that is a nice mix of grain, hop and fermentation characteristics.

This beer is lightly sweet up front, but becomes dry and grassy in the middle, with the finish finishing sweet with clove flavors that are dried in the long finish by a grassy hop bitterness. The clove notes are quite pronounced in the finish, with a tongue-numbing turpene quality that lightly influences the palate texture. There is a nice, rustic, dough like at times, grain character to this beer that reminds me of the scent in the air after crushing grain into flour. The hops play quite a supporting role here; they do contribute soft lemon accents, a touch of herbal notes and a firm, though not really biting, bitterness. The texture of this beer is perhaps a touch more full than I might prefer, but it is still quite drinkable given the alcohol content. Other supporting flavors of black pepper, pickled ginger, rustic white bread crumb and even some chewy crust notes, perhaps a hint of orange or even kumquat as well as some apple like touches towards the finish.

The clove notes are perhaps a touch too dominant for this to be really awesome, but all the components really come together quite well here. It also could be a touch drier, but much of the sweetness is percieved due to the clove and citrus hop notes. This is definitely a tasty brew though and Pretty Things continues to really, really impress me.

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Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from Al's of Hampden. From 28-Jul-10.

A: The saison is a hazy yellow color, a darker, fuller yellow that tells me there is more body here. A white head that exceeded 2 fingers left a bit of lacing behind, not as much as I was expecting though.

S: The aroma is full, heavy with pale candi sugars and a strong dose of hops. The ale could easily pass for a BSPA or a tripel based on the sweet nose and it's boozy finish. The hoppiness helps the ale stand out, similar to all Pretty Things offerings, offering a bold dose fo American-style bitterness.

T: When I had this ale on tap, I didn't get to appreciate the diversity that the malts bring. As it warms, the rye brings a spicy, dark bread flavor that isn't obscured by the Belgian side. On top of the rye is a small dose of chewy wheat (not very tart) and plenty of sugars. The sweetness gradually builds, picking up steam, until a full-on tripel flavor emerges. That, paired with a noticeable dose of hops, is a nice flavor. There is just enough alcoholic heat running through the ale to be evident.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and sweet, surprisingly deceptive at first. I like the strong Belgian flavors paired with big American hops, and this ale delivers both.

D: This saison may be my favorite from Pretty Things. A well-rounded, if not heavy, ale that offers a wide flavor spectrum.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's. Bang on saison. Medium golden colour with a minimum head. Big white pepper head. Carbonation is right there. Not very complex, and would like the carbonation toned down to get the subtleties of the spices. Good drinkability for the summer, but would also like lower abv.

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Photo of feylure
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2011 (Batch 2)

Well shoot. This is just an all around good beer.

Appearance is a cloudy gold, much like you would see in a deep Belgian white.

Smell is quite much an array of honey, light caramel and a variety of spices. It almost has a Tripel quality to it.

Taste is intriguing. Playing off the smell, there's a first hit of barely sweetness followed by the deeper notes of honey and rye. The carbonation hits quite well and doesn't stand in the way of the taste, but instead leads to a light-bitter and spicy end. From start to finish, it's a full-bodied beer.

This is quite a complex brew. It's quite well balanced with the spices not being too overpowering and not being too sweet. I definitely recommend!

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Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Bottled May 2011 Batch 2"

Pours clear lighter honey amber, lt. tan head, respectable looking low sheeting and spotty and scattered lace.

Fruity, yeasty and light spice nose. Lots of bananas.

Fruit themes carries through onto the palate, again bananas, lots of bananas, vanilla, honey. Very easy drinking wih a supper smooth mouthfeel.

I like my saisons more on the peppery lime and yeast side, but this one is certaintly quite pleasant and worth a try. went nicely with a salad topped with some lemon infused goat cheese.

Nice summery beer.

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Photo of funkel81
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of tastybeer
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pretty golden brew, white medium sized head about a finger high. Lace is spotty and sheety.

S: A lot of clove, some pepper, caramel and apples. A bit like apple pie. Simple but quite nice and an unusual version of the style.

T: Peppery spice again at the front and funky flowers. Malt quantities seem just about perfect for this darker mood Saison. Seems like a Saison geared toward the Fall season.

M: Somewhat chewy and a little gritty/grainy. Nice carbonation and a good medium sized body.

O:Good stuff. Not really sessionable.

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Photo of Miamilice
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cap tape says "Bye Bye Mouse, Field House Walking Path, and Bottled May 2010."

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a 1/2" off-white head above the cloudy golden amber brew. Head promptly falls and recedes to the rim, with legs and average amounts of lace. Aroma is fruity wheat and spices.

Taste begins with wheat and rye flavors, lightly citrus in the middle, with a rich close. Mouthfeel is smooth and small-bubbled, with good drinkability. Tasty, interesting, seek out and experience yourself.

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Photo of alenonbeeradv
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - golden orange with little head. high carbonation to the eye like a bubbly champagne. non transparent.

s - funk hay and citrus zest. sweet herbs and a little like juicy succulent? really, kinda like a fresh cactus garden. sweet yet very earthy.

t - mmmm... a lot of comlex spices come up front after a blast of dank hops and funky yeast. spices like cinnamon, lavender, sage and clove. very nice. oh, and honey!

m - med body and carbonation. very fresh and drinkable for such a full amount of flavor. light and spritzy on the tongue.

o - something newly available to me and something a little different. almost like a cross between a saison and wild ale with spices. id recomend this to anyone looking for something fun to drink.

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Field Mouse's Farewell from Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 385 ratings