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

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a translucent goldenrod with a medium white head, mild lace.

S: Banana esters, some sweet spicy notes, cake, malt. Hefe-like at times.

T: Some bready malt character initially, but gets hoppy fast. There's a definite grassy quality that stays through the finish. The esters are nice, banana again, with a hint of apricot peel and coriander.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and frothy, long aftertaste.

O: Pretty Things impresses again, a very well made American saison. It is on the pricey side, but there is considerable complexity here and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Rembrandt's

Pours a clear, dark golden orange color with golden apricot hues and a 1.5 finger frothy white head.  Good retention, slowly fading into a ring.  Streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.  

Slightly earthy aroma with funky saison yeast, brett, grass and straw.  Subtle bread/yeast as well as some light fruit, mostly apple.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end for the style.  Dry up front with some zesty, peppery spice that lingers throughout into the dry finish.  Funky saison yeast that gives off hints of hay, grass and straw.  Possibly some faint brett dryness.  Bready yeast presence adds to the palate and there is a slight light fruit/alcohol phenol character.  Hints of apple and pear in the aftertaste. Decent but not the best example of the style.

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Photo of Sam21
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased for $7.99. Bottled May 2011, batch 2. Poured into tulip.

Appearance – Cloudy orange body with a puffy white head. Rocky as it recedes to a cap, leaving respectable lacing.

Smell – Soft bready wheat highlighted by light spicy clove. Oranges and banana offer up a balancing fruity edge. Subtle phenols present as well.

Taste – The body is held up by a bed of wheat. Orange and banana sweetness is subtle but balances the bready base nicely. Finish starts with a quick spicy note, some dough, and a nice plant-like herbal bitterness. I love the hop profile.

Mouthfeel – Soft and creamy. Medium body. It’s like a silk pillow for your tongue.

Drinkability – Another home run from Pretty Things. The rye, wheat, and oats make huge contributions to both overall flavor and body. Unique and drinkable. A well done “rustic” golden ale.

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Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aromas begin with waves of bready and rustic maltiness, presumabley from the wheat and rye additions. Further wiffs allow you to pick out the rye and some doughy yeastiness as it warms. Notes of light citrus orange and light peach or maybe melon. Not too dominant in any aspect but pleasant overall.

The tastes begin with slightly sweet maltiness. I get the rye and some more graininess (wheat and oats) with a breadiness which is present throughtout. Light citrusy fruitiness soon follows with a background hint of melon and sublte citrus. Floral and herbal flavors come out a little that weren't very exvident on the nose. As it warms you get some more spice and doughiness from the Belgian yeast which I believe was used here.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. I actually would like a little more here to leave a drier, more Belgiany/bubbley finish, but it's still okay in this department.

Overall another decent offering from Pretty Things but a little high of a price point for the product delivered. I appreciated the rye and oats and wheat additions which added to the complexity, I have no burning desire to revisist this in the near future.

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

On tap at the Ginger Man in New York City. Served in a Pretty Things oversized wine glass. Review from notes.

Look: light amber body with a bit of haze, thin white head. Good retention but not much lacing. Good.

Smell: fruity with pear and apple, hints of other Belgian esters, some grain, and a little hop character. All quite subtle.

Taste: follows the nose with light fruitiness, some Belgian esters, fruity hops and a bit of grain. Good.

Feel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit creamier than I would expect from a saison, and a bit of alcohol present once its warm. Certainly a sipper.

Overall: good, but not as good as Jack D'Or. Its worth a try if you're into saison and like Pretty Things. Cheers!

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Photo of mactrail
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mellow fruity ale with Belgian flavors.

Golden color in the glass with nice lacing. Rich and mellow with a full mouth feel. Such a pleasant grainy flavor. It has a hint of rye raspiness with all the mellow malt. Almost a honey flavor. Nose of apple cider. Bitterness creeps into the mix but adds to the complexity for a long aftertaste.

My favorite Saison I've tried this year, though I like the label description of "rustic golden ale" better. So rounded with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter and a warm fruitiness. Bottled May 2011 - batch 2.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Head is quite nice on this one, quite fluffy and pearly white like I would expect. Leaves some clumpy lacing on the way down. The beer is a hazy orange with some golden highlights.

S: Citrusy, grassy, a bit hoppy. Has a bit of must and some earthy, yeasty aromas. The wheat comes through quite nice on it. Not overly crisp smelling, but seems a bit lacking.

T: Wheat and citrus come through with a bit of bitter hops. Flowery, earthy flavors are quite nice. The lemon and grass flavors work together very well.

M: Flavors linger for quite some time, the wheat being one of the most prevalent. Carbonation is not crisp enough, and it doesn't end with that lemon twang I enjoy from saisons.

O: Simply find this beer...lackluster. Can't really figure out what is missing exactly, but it's missing something for sure. Needs a bit more carb, perhaps the added elements took away from the overall quality of this beer.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle, served in an oversized wine glass.

Bottled May 2011, batch 2.

Hazy, glowing peach with a golden hue. Creamy, slightly carbonated white head that recedes rather quickly. Traces of thin lacing with decent strength.

Semi-sweet Belgian candied sugar with notes of honey. Bright, fresh citrus: orange, lime, peach. Notes of alcohol amidst mild wheat and oats.

Mildly sweet candied sugar that is rather short-lived. A pepper and coriander-filled spice breaks the sweetness and leads into a dry, toasted oat middle. A bit of cream and honey precede the burst of carbonation, which allows a hefty dose of rye to fill the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; primarily dry on the palate on account of the oat/rye malt base and the dynamic spices.

Really nice, pronounced aromas that fail to break up the slightly muddled array of spices; the balance is simply absent.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came out a light copper that is slightly hazy. Only a subtle amount of head leaving a ring around the glass. The nose is a spicy yeast aroma with a lot of caramel malts as the backing. Some light banana as well. The taste has a honey sweetness along with a full amount of tangy caramel malt. A bite of the zesty yeast comes through right after. It finishes with a earthy yeasty zest with that dry bite i always get from saisons.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away, consistently leaving lacy patterns covering the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grainy malts, spices and yeast in the nose.
T: The flavor is rather malty for a saison and has flavors of grainy malts, pepper and yeast along with some initial hints of sweetness. There is a slight amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness towards the finish.
O: The beer isn’t quite as refreshing compared to other saisons, but the malty flavors and smooth mouthfeel definitely make this interesting to drink.

Note: Batch #2, Bottled May 2011

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Photo of mike7
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-A beautiful cloudy amber. honeycomb

S-Aroma of deep citrus zest with a hint of jam. It had a bright and concentrated fruitiness to it. Slight bannana

T-It starts sweet and then drys off a bit(From the rye malt). Also a little peaty for the same reason. Great Hop balance, a little citrus and pine, a little mineral

M-Nice all the way through. Medium viscosity with it lingering for just the right amount of time. Some alcohol did hold on but still finished clean.

O-These guys have been rockin' for a while now. I love how they took a wonderful style like Bierre de garde with its refreshing qualities and tweeked it with the rye, oats, and hop varieties to give it a earthy substrate. A must try if you like experiments gone right.

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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 Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Tavern 17, Philly, PA

Pretty nice. Poured a clear honey color with a small white head that receded fairly quickly. Didn't get too much in the aroma, some grassy and floral notes. Crisp and grainy taste, some lemon zest and a bit of yeast, apple peel and subtle grass. Light bodied and easily drinkable.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - hazy orange body holds up a thin white head that sticks around well but has minimum lacing.

S - caramel and bread malts hide behind lemon and grassy hops. some banana and clove in there as well. nicely weighed to the hop side but does showcase both the hops and malts.

T - clove and grass hops are the most prevalent here. bread malt in the background with a bit of lemon.

M - medium bodied with lots and lots of carbonation. feel a bit of hops puckering in the back with no alcohol on the throat. very very good for the style.

O - this is a very well crafted saison. a little bit more "traditional" than jack and still very good. definitely recommend picking up a bottle while its around.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty pale orange color with a short dense white head that dissipated into a light ring.

There are some light phenols in the aroma. There is light clove supported by a wheat malt aroma. There is an overall floral sweetness to the aroma.

There is some clove and other belgian yeast spice in the flavor but these are subdued by a hefty malt presence. The combination of the barley, oat, wheat and rye give this beer a substanial malt presence. An overall bready taste is coupled with a light spice from the rye. Some fruity esters make their way about; tart apple and lemon. Grassy bitterness from the hops.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. A bit heavy for a saison. Good balance between sweet and hoppy bitterness. Finishes slightly bitter.

An interesting beer, good. It is a combination between an APA and saison, basically a funky APA. I like this beer just hard to fit into a specific style guideline.

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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 mjgooner13
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the tap a nice hazy honey color with a white head that left quickly.

S-not too much going on the smell...lemon and grass is what i picked up. That being said it did smell quite nice.

T- Same as what I picked up in the nose with the addition of some hops at the end which I did enjoy.

M- Ok carbonation, I could certainly take down a few of these in one sitting. Hops at the end gave it a nice little bite but nothing too strong

O- This was my first PLT beer that I've tried so it will be interesting to see how it compares to others. I am not a big Saison drinker, so I wont be going out of my way to pick up a bottle but still a nice drink.

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Photo of perrymarcus
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 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.

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

poured into a duvel tulip. looks a cloudy orange color with minimal head. smells slightly funky, with belgian yeast undertone. tastes sweet, with strong belgian yeast notes. a little bitter. Taste is similar to la fin du monde, but less sweet and mores "rustic." Medium bodied beer. Overall, this is a decent offering from Pretty Things. It does have a rustic quality to it that is appealing.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright cloudy orange-gold color with a big two-fingers of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly to a sizeable layer leaving behind lots of lace on the glass.

S - Aroma is a nice mix of lemon and wheat notes. There is also some spices and yeast, as well as some breadiness mixed in.

T - Starts off with a hit of lemon and wheat flavor. There is a bit of tartness and spice in the background. Through the middle, some stronger yeast and spice flavors come out with a touch of bready flavor. The beer finishes with some orange and grain flavors with some yeast and spices that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Could have used a bit more here. Other than that the beer feels really crisp and refreshing with a nice lingering mouthfeel and some dryness.

T - Very drinkable. The flavors all mix together very nicely and feel balanced. Minus the minor complaint about the carbonation, everything else feels great about the beer. A solid saion.

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Photo of lcarlo
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little bitterness combined with a dry, cider-like sweetness. A nice summertime/warm weather option with a decent kick in the aftertaste there to remind you That you are having a beer. My first sip of this one impressed me but the impression didn't last as long as I would have hoped.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Jose Pistolas in a tulip.

Field Mouse's Farewell sports a dark golden orange tint with amber waves of grace when tilted toward the light. A nice speck of white foam up above soapy looking, settles down, leaves nothing on the glass.

Smell is in a word earthy. In other words musty and like an old household, rustic. A lot of yeast for a bready vibe, with some grassy hop presence and the slightest bit of ripe fruit. Cant help but to notice a bit of booze.

Call it a Saison or a Biere De Garde, I'll call it a mixture of the two with the latter winning. Bready yeast coupled with apricot, ripe apple and some booze. For 7%, I found the booze in the way, but I kinda taste it in all garde's.

Feel is about medium with a very yeasty aftertaste, it stays a bit to long. FMF is fairly active off the tap and dances around the tounge. I cant quite put my finger on this beer.

Overall another one by Pretty Things that's worth the price of admission. They don't always click with me but they always make some interesting and tasty beer.

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Photo of Pinto21
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled may 2010

Pours an opaque dark straw. Not much of a white head.

Smells very saison-esk. A spicyness and touch of lemonish and grain. Just dont a big smell.

Very tasty Saison. Not too overpowering of yeast flavor,sweet grains is predominate. A bit spicy, floral, and herbal with that saison quality that lingers on the tongue.

Very drinkable. Like this one better than Jack D'Or. The yeast doesnt overpower. A great drinkable beer

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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at the ACBF 2010 on tap. The beer was a hazy yellow color with a little bit of head on top. Nothing too out of the ordinary there. The smell was slightly funky with a some fresh grains in the mix. The taste was wasgrainy and not overly flavorful to me. I wasn't able to find too much to pin point out about this one. The mouthfeel was pretty good also, I'd give this one another go for sure.

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

Bottled May 2010.

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, flaxen-hued body with a thin, short-lived, white head.

Smell: It smells bready and rustic, like migrant worker-gathered grains left raw and unprocessed. Splash of orange and melon juices. Lightly spicy. Moderately yeasty. Underlying floral, herbal tones.

Taste: Sweetish, grainy taste of pale malted barley, crunchy rolled oats, and wheat berries with a rustic bready character. Lightly citrusy fruitiness, with a background hint of cantaloupe. Hints of ground pepper and even coriander. Floral, herbed hop character with a mild mannered bitterness. Lightly spicy, robustly grainy on the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some noted creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I'd prefer a skosh less alcohol and body, but, it's still another nice, unique saison from Pretty Things. Pain de campagne in a glass!

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