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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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber orange with a bit of a chill haze; Head comes up but does not last. Some soft bubbles rising.

Some tropical fruit, sweet malt, some spice and yeast in the nose.

Some malty sweetness up front, with a bite of alcohol to cut thru it. Then, some spice and then the bitterness comes in strong. Up and down. Maybe a little citric bitter fruit rind at the end. Simple but solid version of the style. The spice (coriander?) is subtle but works.

Medium body, appropriate fizz.

A décent saison. Not the best I've had, but I do like this. A touch softer than others, but well worth it.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass (as shown on the bottle)- pours a relatively clear golden amber color with minimal head (about a half finger), a minimal ring of retention and no lacing.

Smells like a tripel. Very sweet; some pale malts going on, what smells to me like candi sugar, lots of earthy yeast. Nice smell but nothing too exotic.

Taste is consistent with the smell with perhaps more emphasis on the yeast. Sweetness comes up front, definitely a bit of rye sharpness, followed by a well balanced yeast flavor, mild dry hops, and then the sweetness again. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- medium bodied, light to moderately carbonated, sweet finish. This is definitely a good one, just nothing exceptional or particularly exciting. Solid.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled may 2011 (batch 2). can't get much fresher.

pours a cloudy (to the point of opaque) golden/amber shade yielding a 1" beige head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving some patchy lacing behind. the nose is fairly aromatic, offering appealing notes of lemon zest, yeast, spice, and wheat.

wow, the flavor is really good. a lot of lemony, yeasty, herbal tastiness going on. secondary notes of clove and banana... opens on the sweet side but has a more dry finish. smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall i'm digging this beer a lot; nice take on the style, and a superb warm-weather brew.

(originally reviewed: 05-25-2011)

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Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ferillo for this one, 22 oz. bottle split with my wife in front of my daily Twins intake, when I expected to be out fishing. Damn thunderstorms. I am dry now, finally.

Since it has rye, I wanted to try it, of course. Pour is orange with no thermocline. Burst of spicy rye when the cap pops, then settles down quickly, with lemon zest & a light saison chunk.

Field Mouse's Farewell is a wild ryede of rye & saison. Bushels of rye envelope the taste, lending a dry, knowing spiciness that lives on top of, but complements, the gentle saison layer beneath. Bits & drabs of lemon, splash of hefe clove/banana, & a jazzy effervescence of yeast that harks to a Belgian. Lovely layers to this, & it's going down like a rye beer on a hot day. Oh, wait.

This is a wonderful fusing of saison & rye: when this combo works, it's a beautiful thing, & this is lovely. Excellent beer.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Orange toward amber in coloration, with a bit of haze toward the center. Good size white head.

S - Mmm. Smells like a farm in the midwest. Grassy. Hay. Lemon. Hops. Some spice. Excellent, genuine smell though. Smells like home.

T - Wow. Saisons are my favorite style of beer and this one is just purely eruditely crafted. Yeasty, coriander, sage, rosemary, thyme, citrus rind, light to medium honey malt backbone. Perfect balance here. This is impressive. Tastes like a beer that took a long time to perfect.

M - Great mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Perfectly carbonated.

D - What is unique about this saison is how perfectly the spices and hops are kept together with one another. Pretty Things went pure chemistry here and atomized the mix of spices and hops and it's fucking awesome. One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a nice golden amber with a nice finger to finger and half of white head that dissapates slowly into a nice film with light lacing.

S: lightly soapy with a touh of bannana, yes soapy bannana, rye is not as apparent as I expected, or perhaps it's spicyness is mixed with the clove, a light oatyness comes through as the beer warms.

T: deffinatley soapy, bananaa, cloveyness from the Belgian yeasts used here. The spicyness of the rye is also a lot more present here then it was in the nose as well. The yeast becomes more and more pronounced as the beer warms. Not a huge fan of the soapyness
a bit of apple and pear in there as well? And a touch of

M: nice and lush and smooth, I feel like the blend of grains really steps in here... Dry on the finish.

O: a bit to much yeast flavor for me, but I can see how this would be an awesome brew if this was the kind of thing you liked.... Certainly not a bad beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2 from last may shared with my wife. Enjoyed from a pretty things wine glass.

a - brew poured a semi transparent yet rich orange with lively visible champagne like carbonation and a solid finger of a jillion tiny bubbles...very fizzy looking indeed. Lacing was creamy and clung to the glass quite nicely. Rather attractive and lush in appearance.

s - golden ale smelling with strong pilsner and a hint of a lager shine. Some rye is present and very grainy, but lacking in the sweet grassy bubblegum that I love for the style,mhowever the bottle bills it as a rustic golden ale which seems a spot on description for what I smell.

t - taste is quite nice and definitely carries some signature pretty things qualities. I get some honey and a lot of oat and grain. More farmhouse in taste than smell, but definitely more rustic golden ale.

m - mouth is lush and rich. Full bodied. Finishes a tad dry.

o - overall some pretty things blow me away and others turn me off, this one falls kind of in the middle. Won't necessarily be seeking it out again, but would be interested to try it fresher since this batch is exactly a year old.

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Photo of DCon
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle of this w/ friends @ 4 Hands Brewing Co in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the Purple/Yellow Grass Labeled bottle w/ a mouse on the bottom of the label into a 12oz- 4 Hands Brewing Snifter Glass. Has BOTTLED APRIL 2011- BATCH 11 on the throat of the bottle.

Aroma- Very musky, bit of orange, and light hops are all included in this aroma. Has a small hint of spice but nothing too huge. Good all around attributes.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies fairly quickly. Has a dark orange colored body that is hazy and appropriate for the style. Leaves no suds behind.

Flavor- Has a nice orange/citric taste with a big time malty background. Has light hops included and a definitely potent rye character. Cool! Light-medium bitterness finishes the flavor.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Effervescent, and then has oats and rye mixed together. Great qualities!

Overall Impression- A very interesting beer for this style! Finally have enjoyed a beer from Pretty Things. Have really been interested in their beers. I recommend this beer without a doubt and suggest picking up a bottle if available.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a clear orange amber, one finger white head dissipates moderately fast into a ring and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian spices, some rye and light fruit. Taste follows, wheat, sweet malt, caramel, hint of cherry. Finishes semi-dry with a peppery kick from the rye and hops. Great flavor progression and very nice to drink. I approach saisons with some trepidation, but this one I really like. Great label!

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, dark amber beer, with a modest, fine, white head.

There is a light, yet distinct, aroma of ripe pear, followed with over-ripe banana and some vanilla. Quite fresh and clean.

Graininess is sharp with astringency. This has a sense of bicarbonate with modest bitterness that works to muddy the nuances. The finish is long and subtle with peppery tones. The flavor profile improves slightly with warmth.

From a Dogfish Head pint, this saison has a medium body with smooth, velvety texture and lively carbonation. It is also quite dry.

While the off flavors detract, this is still a decent drinking beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2, bottled on May 2011.

A: Pours a brilliant gold with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation. There is some suspended yeast sediment in the glass.

N: Golden delicious apple, cereal grains, pear and some very subtle spicing.

T: Pear, golden delicious apple, white pepper and some light lemon upfront. Mid-palate brings in doughy bread and caramel. Finishes with pepper, coriander, hay, subtle rye and a light funk.

M: Medium-full bodied, creamy, crisp, dry and sticky.

O: This is a pretty good Saison. I only wish that I had purchased it more fresh. The spices were very faded as well as any hop aromas. Very rich and creamy body. The rye came through nicely. Will try again next season.

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy pale orange pour with a large frothy off-white head. Retention is excellent and there is nice lacing everywhere.

S: Pears, apples, lemons, a touch of orange and lots of bready yeast. A touch of grass and pepper as well.

T: A bit of grassy and citrusy hops up front. Lots of grainy, yeasty bread flavors. A little wheaty in fact. A nice black pepper and rye finish. Different but quite tasty.

M: Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation, nice and crisp.

O: Definitely an interesting take on a saison. You can taste all the different malts used. Offers a nice touch of complexity to your typically simple saison, with a bit of tradeoff in lightness/sessionability. Decently spicy with rye and pepper if that's your thing.

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Photo of oline73
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very orange amber color with a layer of white head. The head goes away quickly and leave a ring around the glass.

Smell: Sweet and herbal. Very crisp and light smelling. Some sweetness from the malt. Citrus notes with some mild alcohol in the finish.

Taste: Initially the taste is a lot like the smell. Light malt with some herbal notes. A mild citrus bitterness. The finish is bitter and that overshadows some of the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but I think it could have been a bit thinner given the taste. Tingly carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Overall. I would have liked this to be a bit thinner and less bitterness in the finish. Still a solid offering.

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Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with fruits, spices, banana. Taste is complex, lots of banana, some spices, wheat is present, just a touch of alcohol coming through. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is enjoyable and worth seeking out.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy orange-gold body with a decent fluffy, off white head; great retention and thick beautiful lacing.

S: A nice aroma of spices (pepper, clove, and coriander), grainy malts, lemon zest, bananas, honey sweetness, and perhaps some fruits such as pear and apple. Not getting saison funk so much as sweetness; a nice little change from the norm though.

T: Upfront flavors are a dry spicy (white pepper, clove, coriander) flavors with a lot of wheat graininess to back it up. Belgian yeast plays a big role in the flavors. There are notes of apples, pears, lemon zest and definitely bananas balanced with some grassy hops. Interesting take on the saison.

M: Lively carbonation; medium body; a very heavy palate for a saison.

O: Loved this ale. I think they took the best aspects of a style and made it their own making it an interesting take. Definitely worth trying.

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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 Ryan011235
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 8/3/11

Many thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing this long-time want

Bottled May 2010

Cloudy gold with a dulled hue. Two finger head settles to 1/8th inch and holds well. Ok lace.

Smells clean and really nice. Toasted wheat, coriander, lemongrass, zest, white pepper, grains, faint bread and a doughy ghost note. Tastes comparably smooth. Full, grainy feel and flavor. Oats and dry rye spice are predominant. Wheat is mild. Quite bready. Punctured by spicy, peppery tones. A bit juicy on the back end. Low, poofy carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

Clean, easy-drinking beer. Field certainly belongs in the name.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's snowing and all of my plans (not that they were legion to begin with) got canceled, so I am raiding my bomber stash.

From the bottle: "rustic golden ale brewed with barley, oats, wheat & rye"; Batch 11 April 2011.

The visual on this beer is stunning! Deep-gold with NE-quality clarity and above it, two thick fingers of eggshell-white head with great retention. The bubbles in the center of my Sam. Adams Perfect Pint glass make it look like a poor man's lava lamp. The nose has the distinctive saison-yeast mustiness that always reminds me of walking into a used bookstore. I hope that this beer is as dry as my humor, which I am told is so dry and biting that many within earshot are brought to tears. This beer was as dry as a bone! 7.0% ABV and probably not much in the way of fermentable sugars remaining. Man, you had best not be a malty type if you are going to open a Mouse. On my next pour, I began to hear the Zephyr winds blowing across the Sahara as an indication of its dryness. Arid, more like. Finish was literally breathtaking, clean, crisp, dry and very tasty.

A poem to accompany this review (just insert "mouse" for "mole" and it really fits, especially given the label art):

Fire in the Onion Field
by Deborah Burnham

The soil in those fields is so
rich it can catch fire. Blazing
black dirt isn’t easily controlled.
John McPhee

The mole never sees the sun that warms his wiggling
fur through earth so rich it burns when a loose
spark lands in a furrow. The fire that summer
scorched a million onions lying in dry
cracks deep enough to hide a man. The fire
leaped gaps, rejoicing at the air then dove
into the earth, warming onions so the green
fingers at their cores began to steam.
Their perfume spread in smoke to a mole’s nose
who felt the heat as if a stray sun
had exploded in the field and lay there,
puffing fire. His throat, soft as an eyelid,
swelled, and he tore an onion’s crackling paper,
longing for its water. Fire bubbled through
his eyes; he clung to a hot roof while his fur
curled and browned like elm leaves in September.
His paws fluttered as he swam across the sun.

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Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy orange amber, not real saison-like but still looks good. A thin pool of white head and a bit of lacing..

S-Very sweet, lots of sweet fruit, mainly candied pineapple and Belgian yeast.

T-Nice fruitiness with a dry, earthy finish. Not so much what I would expect from a saison but interesting nonetheless.

M-Medium bodied, nice dryness.

O-Not my favorite Pretty things beer but pretty solid.


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

Pours with a hazy golden orange body on which a nice fluffy white head about an inch thick forms.

Aroma is notably fruity with notes of apples and citrus fruit. Some yeast character adds in a bit of a clove and peppery spice note. Bready malt in the background.

Nice variety of flavors on the palate with a doughy bread character and a juicy fruitiness upfront. Yeast flavors add in some spice and hops add in just a big of a grassy note. The diversity of the malt bill makes for a nice full-bodied sweet malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rather full bodied with a nice creamy finish. Overall, Field Mouse's Farewell is another hit from Pretty Things. A nice sweeter twist on the farmhouse ale.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/10/11 notes. On tap at Belgian Beerfest, this was actually one of the beers I wanted to try the most.

a - Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pepper, spices, coriander, Belgian style yeast, and light bready malts. Nice, but more spicey and peppery than fruity.

t - Tastes of pepper, bananas, cloves, spices, bready malts, and Belgian yeasts. Still spicey but mroe bananas/fruit came through in the taste, which I was a big fan of. A step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and pretty creamy.

o - Overall a very nice saison. Nose seemed peppery and the taste had more bananas, so something for everyone depending on what type of saison you prefer. Would have it again.

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

Review from notes. Thanks to Shane for grabbing this one.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small beige head that did not last very long. There was a very thin layer of bubbles on top and left behind small bits of lacing.

S: On the sweeter end of the spectrum for a saison. I get some apple and a bit of orange and melon. There is some bready malt and a little bit of spice and yeast.

T: More apple, but the flavor is more like a bruised apple, and it is again sweet with a bit of candied sugar. The yeast shines through with some fruitiness and spice.

M: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smooth and somewhat creamy.

O: A solid beer from Pretty Things. I prefer the Jack D'or, but wouldn't pass on this one.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a May 2011 Batch 2 bottle:

Appearance: Golden-Light Amber in color, crisp white head, very clear.

Smell: fruity, floraly, very estery, green apples, tropical fruit.

Taste: Slightly malty, green apples,somewhat sweet, hints of rye.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, good carbination.

Overall: A good crisp well-balanced beer.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy orange yellow with a finger head

smell: spice, citrus, malts, sweetness

taste: sweet, spice, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: pretty nice saison, little sweet. glad I finally got to try it.


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Photo of GRG1313
2.55/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled May 2011; Batch 2.

Crystal clear orange amber with a short fast fading white head.

Nose is huge assertive fresh pear and most pleasant.

Mouthfeel is medium thin but overpowered by a very strong flavor profile and heavy carbonation.

Very out of balance for my liking. Little Saison character with pear nose, big green, ivy, olive herb bitter flavor profile that has no finesse - it hits you over the head with huge green bitter flavors.

Finish follows flavors with a big green bitter finish.

There is some underlying honey and sweet characteristics but, again, overpowered by other less "consumer friendly" characteristics. All around out of balance for me.

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