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
Field Mouse's FarewellField Mouse's Farewell
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: 175 | Ratings: 385
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at American Craft in Brookline a couple days ago. Review from notes.

4.0 A: Dark yellow/orange color (hard to tell since it's dark outside). One finger of off-white head, decent retention, and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Lots of barnyard funk going on here. Horsey, dank hay, and lots of yeastiness.

4.0 T: Lots of yeastiness again, hay, moldy grass. Very nice.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, very smooth.

4.0 D: I would buy this again if I ever came across it.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my tulip. Pours nice hazy golden color with about a finger of white head that vanishes quickly into spotty lacing. Smell citrus zest and earthy scents. Aromas of wheat and a little bit of funk come to mind. Nothing putting me off, this really does smell like I'm sniffing an unpealed orange. Taste zesty, I feel like there is just orange zest shaved right in here. Wheat and grain linger on the tongue. Amazing. Feels good in the mouth, the carbonation is really what I would want to to be and the flavors are really spot on. An easy beer to drink, the flavors are great and it goes down wonderfully. I'll absolutely seek this out again.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my tasting snifter. Pours a pale. yet hazy golden color. Appearance is hazy with a nice size frothy white head with decent retention. Once it dissipates, it resides as a creamy looking foam on the surface, thicker towards the outside rim. Lacing is light, patchy, and quick sliding.

Aroma is great. Lots of citrus, slight hops, big fruit notes. Almost has a Brett/funk-like aroma. A wonderful earthy tone resides as it warms.

Flavor is very nice! Sharp, fruit, citrus, wood, hay, yeast. A nice slight hop in the back, dry finish. Very refreshing on a hot day. Drinks very nice...smooth and creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is mild to high, and booze isn't really an issue. Very decent saison.

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

A: Pours a hazed, amber/orange with a 2", white, fairly dense head which leaves light lacing.
S: The taste is a potent spiciness, yeast and fruit with mild grassy hops. There really is a lot happening in the aroma.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell though some malt comes forward in the middle and helps balance it all.
M: Has a nice medium body with good carbonation that ends dry.
D: Drinkability is good even at the mostly hidden 7% ABV. This is probably my favorite PT project and a very nice beer on a hot day.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.

The color is a hazy amber with a nice foamy white head ans some thick lacing.

The smell is a little citrus flavor mixed in with a bit of a yeast flavor and was a little different then expected but not bad.

The taste is a bit lemony with some nice clove flavor and some bitterness that is a little more present at first but evens out a bit with a nice malt flavor fighting for it's place. Some sugary sweetness comes out softly at the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied but feels a bit big with a strong feel going down. It is a pretty drinkable beer and is pretty impressive flavor.

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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 Jayli
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/19
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a cloudy light orange/dark yellow with a one finger of white head. Head recedes relatively quickly leaving wispy streaks of lacing.

S: Nose is of corriander, orange peel, wheat and yeast.

T: Taste starts with a hint of clove mingled with a hearty wheat presence. A yeasty flavoring then moves in with some pale malts and a bit of orange citrus. Finish has a touch of an oaky flavoring, corriander spicing, and apple that lingers a touch on the tongue.

M: Medium body, meidum carbonation, somewhat creamy body.

D: Goes down easily, decent kick, somewhat filling. I have yet to find a Pretty Things brew that I would pass by.

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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 jbertsch
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excited to try another offering from Pretty Things.

Appearance: Hazy orange-gold. The head is thin, sudsy, starts big but doesn't last.

Aroma: Honey, grassy hops, floral, a little musty.

Taste: Grass hops come through, and behind that is some malt. Next is the rye note. Mixed in are notes of lemon citrus, and wheat. There's a bitter finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Smooth yet, carbonated. Very nice.

Drinkability: Quenching for a stronger brew, but drinking it quickly will give you a buzz sooner than expected, and may inhibit multiples in one sitting.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to jlindros.

Pours a cloudy golden color with one finger of white head.

Scent of spicy hops, sugar, rye, orange peel, fresh grain, and a hint of clove. The rye gives this one a nice edge, which I like.

Taste of rye, dry sugar, fresh grain, spicy hops, and orange peel. The rye pairs nicely with the spiciness of the beer. Pretty Things continues to impress with interesting takes on classic styles.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

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Photo of simpliciter
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - honey gold with a large and creamy light gold head that lasts
S - spicy and big
T - aggressive hops, sour and bitter, melt into a lasting spicy bitterness
M - fuzzy and creamy in the mouth, the best of all the PT's I've tried
D - lingering bitterness limits this to 2-3 pints

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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 Pahn
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redbones in Boston. Served in a pint glass.

If you care a lot about reviews and stickling, I'm reviewing this as "Belgian Strong Pale Ale", not a saison as it's apparently listed here. Redbones called it a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale", and nothing about it besides being a Belgian style or having some spice to it was reminiscent of any saison I've ever had. I know that both names are basically catch-alls... and thus ends my boring stickler note.

Appearance: Served with a fluffy, half inch head that does not dissipate (it's only gone after being drank). Hazy light amber, with a huge wall of lacing.

Smell: The first thing I wrote in my notes was "N/A". Need to strain to smell anything at all. Once it warms a bit, some faint euro macro lager notes come out, along with some soapiness and citrus. Underwhelming.

Taste: First sip: tastes like a less complex Duvel with a lot of hops. There's clove, some lemon, an unexpectedly large amount of bitterness, and some pilsner-reminiscent malt that isn't really working. I can taste some witbier-ness, but the rye is nowhere to be found. A bit sugary, but not overwhelming. After a few sips, I'm a little bit at a loss. I want to like it more than I do... the flavors aren't really in any balance. It's reasonably refreshing, but not very impressive.

After my fried okra with spicy salsa arrive and I eat some, the beer develops a really nice sweetness that bumps the score up some. I start to detect a little more estery goodness (banana). The taste isn't bad, but I expect more from Pretty Things, more from a $6~ pint, and more from a Belgian strong pale ale (or a saison).

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, lighter side of medium bodied. Kind of bland, but all in all pretty good. With better flavor, would be a fine medium.

Drinkability: Not bad. The bitterness really builds up, which I find kind of inappropriate considering how the beer is predominantly light, refreshing flavors. I had no trouble finishing it, but I don't particularly want to have it again.

This is the first Pretty Things beer I haven't been particularly impressed by. However, I can see how this beer might really work for other people. I'm thinking that I just wasn't taken by the mix of flavors. Probably worth trying if you like Belgian golden ales.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into pint glass. Bottled May 2010. Great label artwork as always.

A- Pale golden ale, 5 finger head that looks like a snowdrift. Settles quickly but re-emerges with the second pour.

S- Coriander, rye, spicy sweetness... cinnamon or nutmeg? Like a cross between a tripel and a witbier.

T- Pretty much follows the nose, a tripel/witbier hybrid. Very tasty.. good spice and flavors, appley. Very fruity. Slightly oaky.

M- Great carbonation, amazing balance... really groovin' on this one.

D- Moderate. One and done, although that's the way I feel about most beers in the saison/wit/tripel category. Side note: Just what the heck is this one? Almost like a golden barleywine knocked down a few pegs and blended with a wit. Very unusual, interesting stuff. I'll buy a few more to sit on. Tasty.

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Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, once again love the bottle from Pretty Things.

A- Copper-orange with a two-finger off-white head that retains fairly well. Small cloud and ring leave a nice layer of fine lace.

S- Belgian spice and yeast, reminiscent of many saisons up front. Some banana esters. The oats are pretty distinct and nice. Some light fruit and grass hops finish off the aroma.

T- Spice is there but less than the aroma. Lots of malt up front. A tiny bit of estery, apple flavors. The oats and rye stick out nicely lending a unique flavor to this saison. A bit of cherry/dark fruit. I like the layers of malt/adjunct flavors here. Slight grassy hops balance a nice flavor. It is relaxed and smooth.

MF- Light body that is almost fluffy, probably from oats. High carbonation. Slight bitter coat on the palate.

DB- A nice laid back malty saison. Good yeast influence and use of malts and adjuncts. Good change to the saison formula, nice oats and ry.e

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Photo of TommyW
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy gold body with a sticky white head.

S- Smells similar to a wit beer but with less spice and more of a malt and Belgian yeast aroma present.

T- Really nice variety of flavors from the different malts used. The wheat lends a nice twang; the rye a little spice and the barley a semi-sweet, bready base. There is a nice balance going on with them all, working harmoniously. Touch of hops is noticeable on the finish.

M- Nice slick, medium body with an easy carbonation.

D- Really easy-drinking beer that has a lot of complex malt flavors going on, but is still not an over-load for the palate.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another Pretty Things beer I can't wait to try. I love pretty much everything they do, so the more new stuff the better.

A: Light fizzy 1/2 finger head fades at a medium pace over very hazy golden wheat yellow orange colored beer.

N: Mostly Belgian malts, a tripel and saison like combination aroma, with a little Belgian yeast even. Then a slight hop aroma, little grassy and pale spicy hops. A slight creamy malt as well, with some sweetness, sweet malts, hint of candi sugar, and touch of booze.

T: Starts slightly boozy actually, with some sweetness, more Belgian sweetness, some candi sugar, malts, Belgian malts, little wheat too this time. Somewhat of a tripel taste. Slightly spicy as well with some warming and tingly booze. Some light fruit, hints of banana, lemon, and sweet darker fruits too. Very little pale hops and slight grassy and mild bitter hop character. A touch of a spicy and fruity rye but very light. Some creamy malts with all that. I don't get much for oats, but that may be the creamy mouth feel.

M: Medium body slightly creamy, lots of carbonation.

F: Gets pretty dry on the finish. Some crisp ale flavors, with lingering slight boozy warming and tingly boozy taste. A little lingering lemon and wheat flavors, as well as some light grassy hops. Some bitterness comes through as well, probably accentuated by the dryness too. Lingering creamy malt flavors as well, and a slight spicy and fruity rye flavor too. The bitterness may come somewhat from the rye more than hops too.

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Photo of muttyd
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz. from Julio's in Westboro.

A - Hazy, golden/orange body with a thin white head. Very cloudy, decent lacing.

S - Lemon zest, white peppercorn, yeasty.

T - Sweet bready malts, rye bread, yeasty. Peppery, slightly hoppy, and grainy. Not sure how to describe it, but it has a "pretty things yeast" flavor. I truly enjoy their beers. Very good example of the style.

M - Medium carbonation, sticky on the palate.

D - I have a feeling I will buying several more bottles of this. Excellent.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in my Harpoon willibecker. Poured a hazy orange with a loose, half inch, bright white head that slowly receded into a broken skim. Lots of tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Nose reveals oranges, coriander, lemonzest, a hint of candi sugar and a little bit of herbal aromatics. Taste consistent with nose; however some spiciness comes out and a little bitterness reveals itself at the finish, but dissipates between quaffs. Moutfeel is medium-light with an assertive carbonation that leaves the faintest residual prickle on the tongue before culminating in a semi-dry finish. Solid and style consistent with a well-hidden abv. Perhaps lacking some of the sweet characteristics I've come to associate with the style, but the slightly herbal bitterness does well.

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

Trying the latest from Pretty Things... Pours vibrant gold into the glass, cloudy, with a small head. Wet grains in the aroma slightly edge out subtle dusty hops. Really interesting flavors - the main asset to this beer is it's combination of wheat, rye, oats, and not overdoing it with the hops. Really allows the subtle nature of the grain bill to be displayed. Almost cereal-y, in a good way. Mellow Belgian yeast adds to the soft flavor of this beer. Surprised that this is 7%, as it comes across almost like a Belgian table bier or something. Almost like a toned down and less hoppy version of their flagship Jack D'Or, but different and interesting enough to hold it's own. I miss living in MA where these beers are readily available, but now I just have an extra excuse to go back.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours into my Duvel tulip a murky bright orange, with a two finger crown that only hangs around for a minute before disappearing largely without a trace of lace. The nose is dominated by wheat and the belgian half of the the yeast blend used to ferment this beer. As I sip this beer it leads off with some spiciness from the rye, which is followed by some vanilla sweetness from the wheat, and a combination of belgian yeast byproducts and earthy hops show up for the finish. The carbonation is suitable, but the mouthfeel is a little bit of a letdown, not as smooth as I usually find beers brewed with oats to be. As this beer is fairly tasty it's pretty drinkable, but no additional points for hiding the ABV when it only clocks in at 7%. My expectations for FMF were torn, on one hand I hold Pretty Things in the highest regard as they are truly crafting some of the best beers out there today, but my previous experiences with rye were not exactly positive ones. I actually enjoy the rye influence in this beer though, as I believe it works better as a supporting player rather than the focus of attention in a beer's grain bill.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured vigorously into a chalice leaving an average sized dense head. Liquid is an intense glowing sunburst hue. You cannot see through it.

Nice belgian yeast aroma. Clove, lemon, citrus and a little grassy. This is not hop forward at all. The hops take a back seat and blend into the grassy, old world flavor of the beer.The beer's grist is the unique feature to this beer. Barley, oats, wheat and rye are displayed on the label.

Theres a subtly complex flavor from the grain. It never disrupts the balance of this beer though. Which is what I love most about this beer. Full flavor and a silky smooth mouth feel. As the beer warms up to near room temp the rye flavor comes out more. It drinks smoother as well.

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

Bottled May 2010

A-Cloudy almost glowing light gold. Huge white long lasting head.

S-Peppery phenols. lemongrass. No hop aroma. Very nice.

T-Interesting grain flavor. Spicy rye and slight (pleasant) grainyness. Moderate bitterness. Very saison like. Earthy hop flavor.

M-fairly dry. moderate carbonation. No alcohol heat. Nice

D-This is a great beer to lead into summer with. Very nice grain flavor to go along with saison like qualities. Great beer

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Photo of parris
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gold color, thin carbonation bubbles, 1/2 inch head.

Nice floral smell, somewhat metallic.

I didn't know much about this beer, was expecting something like an American pale or brown. Turns out to be a Belgium-ey, malty beer. Some oak and earth, bitterness lingers a bit.

Heavy carbonation on the palate, some astringency.

It has a light taste, but a very filling flavor.

I was kind of hoping for more from this, considering it's "limited release" title. Oh well. Definitely a good experience, but nothing to write home about. BA isn't home, btw.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle describes this new Pretty Things beer as a "rustic golden ale brewed with barley, oats, wheat & rye." The label also indicates that it was bottled in May of this year, so this must be very fresh. It comes out a hazed golden color, with about one finger of white heading. The nose is very earthy, with lots of traces of citrus fruit such as orange and lemon. More fruit comes though in the taste, but it has a definite bitter, dry edge to it much like Jack D'or. The alcohol is very well hidden, though the body is large. Carbonation is bold, and stands up to the large body in a big way. An easy drinker here, though some might be turned off by the complexity exhibited here. Overall, another winner from Pretty Things that I will be revisiting on tap next chance I get.

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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 385 ratings