Field Mouse's Farewell
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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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

“Bottled May 2011 Batch 2” poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spice, apples, wheat, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a burst of spice flavor followed by a mildly tart apples flavor. Then some bready comes in from Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty but not too heavy. There is a touch of caramel sweetness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, nice beer with some complexity that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Sticker says bottled May 2011, batch 2.

A: Hazy golden-orange. Bubbly two-finger white head. Decent retention, delicate lacing forms rings on the glass. Retention could be better considering all the adjuncts used in this beer (wheat, oats, rye).

S: Lots of fresh banana. Banana creme pie. Dessert-like. Soft spices. Touch of clove. Grassy hops stay in the background. Malts are sweet. Faint hint of wheat. Very good.

T: Herbal and grassy hops get things rolling. Garden herb taste builds a bit. Dry biscuity malt tastes, very subtle rye twang. Cloves interject quickly. Starchiness is so mild, it may just be my imagination. Banana and dessert tastes are more subtle than the nose suggested, and show up just before the finish. Finishes very dry with some grassy and herbal hop tastes, faint banana, and a fading rye twang.

M: Medium bodied. Has that light but full wheat mouthfeel. Well carbonated, but not overdone. Creamy and smooth.

O: A very good saison. Ambitious, with all the grains used. Comes together very well.

Notes: Yet another solid offering from Pretty Things. Each grain lends something unique, and all taken together make something greater than just the sum of their parts.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Field Mouse's Farewell--which may be one of the stranger beer names on the market--opens with an aroma that is mainly Belgian in orientation, being ripe with banana, coriander, and orange, with slight moves toward a Flemish sour. Additional and subtler notes in the nose include sparkling lemon and white grape aromas, as well as a light layer of biscuit.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a strong Belgian-like profile, full of the bananas, coriander, and oranges in the nose, but hints of clove and pepper are added, and the lemon and white grape hints become slightly more prominent, the lemon especially adding hints of zest. As the brew is held on the tongue and the sugars die off, a decent hop backing brings grapefruit bitterness, and the rye bucks in with marble rye bread crust flavors. Subsequent sips reveal a stronger sugar base, which brings brown sugars to the mix. The aftertaste is a continuation of the strong Belgian flavors, being especially heavy on the coriander and clove spice notes, and fades very slowly. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high.

Overall, this is solid fare, having well-crafted, finely nuanced, yet still huge flavors. Slight hints of alcohol are occasionally present in the flavor profile--which is strange for a brew that only runs 7% ABV--but by and large the beer is delicious, and worth trying.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Liquors 44, Northampton, MA. May 2011, Batch 2. 22oz pry-top brown glass bottle.

Pours a hazy orange gold with some white head that recedes and leaves very little sign. Nose reminds me immediately of some of the Hill Farmstead saisons, a sort of earthy, white pepper, hay aroma. "Rustic."

Palate is slightly tart and fairly bitter, perhaps a combination of grisette and saison? Hay, flowers, beach sand, white wood, lemon essence, and toasted grains on the palate. I think the oats make a nice addition to the mouthfeel.

A well crafted, unique and refreshing saison.

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

Batch 2. Pours a murky orange color with a medium white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is strong with coriander, clove, Belgian yeast, and pepper. Not much funk. Taste is initially spicy with nice peppery notes. Strong coriander flavors with a lot of Belgian yeast flavor. Finishes with sweet clove and more yeast. Mouthfeel is more creamy than any other saison/farmhouse ale I've had. I tend to like them more dry and crisp. This is more like a hef... Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is not the best example of a saison...and not too happy about that. It's definitely not a bad beer, but I'm not sure if I would purchase it again.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly foggy pale golden with a fluffy white head that dissipates but leaves a bit of lace. Aromas are unnaturally sweet fruits and herbs. Flavors follow, but not consistently. It goes from bitter to medicinal to yeasty characteristics, all before destroying my palate with overly sweet, syrupy fruits. The bitterness that's left lingering is a little awkward. Medium carbonation, thicker mouthfeel.

I go to saisons when I want to be refreshed, not when I want to be overwhelmed. This one just wasn't for me.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I got this from ShogoKawada who's been one of my main Pretty Things hook ups. Split with Ryan011235.

This beer is quite pale. Its a light, foggy gold. There is a tight, lasting pure white head, fed by lots of active, rising carbonation.

The aroma starts floral then gets yeasty and phenolic as it warms. Banana and bubblegum are there along with apple, pear and peach.

Sweet, sugared fruits. Pear syrup, chalky yeast. A bite of bitterness on the end that helps give this beer much needed balance.

Low carbonation. The sweetness is almost syrupy like the juices found in canned fruits.

Not a bad saison, but Jack D'or kills this one.

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

Brought back from Boston by Maddog. Thanks Bud!

22oz bottled May 2011/Batch 2.

A: traditional saison appearance with cloudier orange/yellow hue, nice head that dissipated over time
S: milder nose, a bit thick and cloying but traditional funky farmhouse with yeast, a bit sweeter
T: a fuller saison than most, yeast and farmhouse taste are there but has a bit more malt and definitely more bitterness than traditional Belgium saisons
M: very smooth and easy drinking, a bit more hop bitterness finish than most but not too overpowering,
O: decent but nothing

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful honey/orange pumpkin hue with a fluffy two finger white head sitting proudly atop it! Cloudy and murky with all kinds of bits of yeasty goodness floating around. Nice bubbly carbonation tingles your sences.

S- Banana, bubblegum, warm sourdough and rye bread... damn!!! Nice clove, star anise, brown sugar and banana yeastiness! Softly roasted nuts... cashews, macadamia, and brazil. More qualitys of a wheat beer than a Saison!

T- Huge mouthfuls of banana, spicy peppercorns, clove and malted wheat. Lovely and upfront yeast flavors that make you think of that bakery your grand-mother took you to as a kid. Nice rye/caraway zing and spiciness. A little bit citrusy and lemony on the finish without ever loosing that rye and wheat nuttiness! Kinda like the best of Saison and Witbier. Fantastic!!!

M- Peppery, lemony, and so wonderfully yeasty and bready! Medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel. Damn I love that banana yeastiness that rolls all over the tongue! Such a wonderful full and spicy brew.

O- Such an amazing Saison!!! I could spend all night drinking this one! Way more complex then Jack D'or (imho)! Spicy, yeasty, citrusy and bready! Love the Rye addition! Very well done Pretty Things... you should be proud!

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Photo of ottovon
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to whiterascal for opening this.

A: pours out a peachy orange hue with a nice fluffy white head.

S: lots of lemon zest and bits of candied orange zest and honey. a nice spicy saison yeast aroma. white pepper and coriander dominant the spices. aromas of straw and rustic french bread.

T: a nice spicy saison. white pepper, coriander and earthy yeast. bread, hay, crackers, lemon and orange zest. a nice amount of hops in the end with a nice bitterness as well.

M: a medium body with a good amount of carb. A little thicker than most saisons, but it does have a nice mouth feel.

O: a really good beer. would gladly drink a lot of this.

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

Bottle. Pours a clear orange gold with a medium head. Nose is bright Belgian yeast, light spices, hops, light fruit. Mouth is fairly bitter, pretty hefty dose of Belgian saison yeast, green apple, maybe orange. Soft and fully, fresh and light, but pretty flavorful. Good, not my favorite style though.

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

Thanks to jctribe25 for the offer, ShogoKawada for the surprise, and the distributors for bringing this to the California market. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Bottled May, 2011; Batch 2.

ECE/ACE Amber liquid - nearly clear with a small delicate layer of pale champagne foam coating the surface. Fine even lacing, decent retention, clear viscous legs.

Alfalfa, thyme, malt, rye, and rosewater in the nose.

Caramel, nori, pink peppercorn, cherry pits and phenols lead the palate into a moderate herbaceous bitterness contributed by the Bramling hops. The rye comes forward more and more as the beer warms, though never becomes harsh or overwhelmng. Brisk finish alternates between sweet and dry notes, with a candy-like fruit element in the aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied, effervescent, though the sweetness takes away the expected refreshing quality of the style to some degree.

Taking it's cue from Biere de Garde at least as much as Saison, I think I might rate this higher if it were classified as the former.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06/07/11- Review of a 22oz bottle of Batch 2.
A: Hazy amber with a dark cream film.
S: Spicy, peppery, earthy rye and wheat, etc. Slightly rustic lemon quality. Good.
T: Lemon, slight apple cider, fruity with some figs, caramel, and spicy,
M: Slightly thicker, creamy body, but crisp on the finish.
O: Pretty good.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Body is a hazy dark gold. Head dissipates fast to a ring with little lacing.

Smells lightly of brown sugar, some faint tropical fruit and spices--coriander and ginger, producing a little tingle on the nose.

Tastes bitter, which is a surprise given the nose and the style, and mainly of bitter grapefruit rind, bordering on bitter melon. Has some banana fruit and some sweet toffee that only partly counteracts. An annoying metallic taste is there in the finish. I've seen someone comparing another beer's metallic taste to sucking on a dirty copper penny and that is just what I am getting with this.

Body is medium for the style, with decent carbonation.

Fairly disappointed with this saison. The bitterness and the metallic taste dominate this beer, and not in an appealing way.

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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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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I recently had a draft of this at one of my local bars. It was pretty good for a farmhouse ale, which is not my favorite style, but definitely worth trying.

Color was a light red/orange, somewhat hazy with a nice head of carbonation.

Aroma combined all of the elements you expect from a farmhouse, spices, fruit, malt and some sweetness.

Flavor as well combined a spice with fruit and the %7 alcohol was definitely present.

I liked this beer and would have it again but I was a little put off by the strength as I typically like to enjoy this style as more of a session.

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

A-a clear golden orange with visible carbonation bubbles and a thin layer of white head

S-light malts, sweet fruit, slight hop bitterness

T-very similar to the smell, a light breadlike taste with sweet fruits and ends with a touch of bitter hops. Has a spicy finish

M-medium body, high carbonation

Overall I like it and it is easy to drink, might be too high on the carbonation but the rest is pretty good!

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Photo of biegaman
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer has a fair auburn colour that - and here's a really obscure reference I can't believe I'm making - reminds me of Gillian Anderson's hair. (I had a crush on her when I was a kid, watching the X-Files. Weird, I know.) It has a fairly dull complexion and is uniform throughout, no highlights and no clarity. Also no head, or at least hardly any.

The bouquet has a subtle but angelic perfume; notes of dried orange peel, a clove or coriander-like redolence and a bit of tart, bacterial barnyard mustiness come over the nose as softly as a light summer breeze. Actually, its spiciness almost tickles the nostrils as it gently ruffles like a continuous low drumbeat. This beer's definitely got some rhythm.

The first sip made me crave cheese. That may seem an odd thing to say but the beer tastes so remarkably Belgian that one ounce was enough to summon all the splendors of that place: its spires and gables, the brininess in the air, the still grey sky, harsh sounds of Flemish and soft-spoken French and, most of all, its bounty of gastronomic treats - cheese especially!

You'd expect a beer brewed with barley, oats, wheat and rye to be markedly malty and sure enough this is. It has a little bit of everything, but it isn't garish. It is a straightforward, no frills kind of graininess that is garnished only by light citrus and the dank must of a humid barnyard. Speaking of which, it would make a splendid beer for a hot summer evening.

This brewery already makes a superb farmhouse-style saison in Jack D'or, but this draft of the style is quite different. For one, it's nowhere near as bitter and hoppy, nor anywhere near as phenolic either for that matter. It is very mellow, perhaps enough so to be underwhelming at times, but it's still a masterfully refreshing beer for its strength.

Hopefully the last few ounces in this bottle aren't actually the final farewell between me and Field Mouse's Farewell - it's a charmingly "rustic" saison I hope to drink again sometime down the road. This supports my early impression of this brewery as one of great appreciation and integrity, with the requisite understanding for brewing quality old-world ales.

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

Had this on tap at Foundry on Elm, paired with a scallop dish.

Apperarence was typical of Saisons, Orange hue with a frothy pearl white head that was 1.5" good lacing.

Smell was peppery and enticing.

Taste was complex, yeast, pepper, sweet, malts, even some hops; its all in there. Flavors evolved as the beveraged warmed, and complemented my food fantastically well. Alcohol content was well hidden, could easily have polished off a few of these. Had that distinct "belgian yeast" flavour.

This is my favorite offering from Pretty Things and highly reccomended, the batch I got tasted extremly fresh and being on tap in somerville I would presume it was which added to the pleasure.

Perhaps its a bit strong/high abv for the style but I'm no stickler for tradition or conformity. This beer rocks!

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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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Photo of gory4d
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottling.

Pours a deep cloudy peach color with a two-finger head that fades quickly to a skein of white bubbles. The smell is sweet grain, clover flowers, jasmine - very floral -, with some earthy notes. The taste starts with a hint of salty caramel, then heads into bitter violet, then lots of grain, with an emphasis on the oats; some spiciness in the finish. It's thick, moderately carbonated. A very nice, rustic hybrid of a farmhouse ale, not quite saison nor quite bier de garde either. I prefer this to the 2011 batch, but both are quite good.

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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 plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Sapsuckers, Huntington, NY.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a vigorous champagne bubbling and a one finger frothy white cap begets was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured wheat spice, pear, esters and a peppery herbal hop.

The taste offered a firm wheat malt with a lingering peppery hop and tidy esters.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with tight carbonation.

Overall a very tasty and complex saison.

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

612th Review on BA
Bottle to tulip
22 oz.
Batch 2 May 11

App- A darker orange with golden highlights. Two fingers of a smooth puffy head. Very little in means of legs or cling.

Smell- From the bottle saying oats & rye, I got very little of those. Instead was a blend of deep citrus, yeast and white pepper.

Taste- Very soft yeast with the oats and rye becoming much more prevelant now. A mix of that deep citrus and the pepper with the other two flavors. Pretty balanced as well.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Doesn't retain a lot of bubbles. Leaves that deep citrus and yeast.

Drink- So far 2/2 with Pretty Things beers. I like what the do with balance and profiles. Ill keep trying there beers as I can get them.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle. Thanks goes out to not only betsona (Andrew) for bringing the bottle but Supernova777 (Josh) for letting us come over to drink it!

A- Pours a hazed golden orange color. Three finger white head shows great retention. Thick chunks of lace with some light webbing left on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a nice wheat undertone to the aroma which is blanketed by soft notes of banana and clove. Good citrus aroma as well with light grassy hops. Light alcohol in the ending blends into the beer bringing it back full circle. A clean smelling beer with all the right balancing parts in the right places.

T- Nice wheat and citrus overtone right off the bat with the flavor profile. This leads into a light grassy and floral hop middle that overthrows the hints of wheat in there. Lemon and light grassy notes linger long into the ending before a light earthy hop and light alcohol finish this beer off.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Lemongrass and wheat are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, earthy hops, and wheat. Flavors were clean and balanced blending well into each other. No off flavors at all while drinking this one. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a pleasure to drink and one that I was waiting on. It was clean and overall tasted great. The ABV was low and therefore would have no problem drinking a whole 22oz of this. Yet another great beer from those guys at Pretty Things!

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