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Fontaine | McKenzie Brew House

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Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by yourefragile on 04-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.42/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on-tap at Earth Bread + Brewery on December 4th. Review from notes. Poured into a 13 oz. glass.

Liquid is a reddish amber with big foamy head and super sticky lacing. Carbonation is wild, much like a freshly poured glass of champagne.

Scent combines ripe, sour cherries with a nice dollop of funk. It's a bit reminiscent of the Duchesse or Rodenbach Grand Cru, but with additional bacterial notes. A really enticing aroma.

Wow! This is one assertive ale. Opening is creamy, playing upon the dark fruit sourness and the sugary characteristics of the Belgian yeast. Conclusion has a rindy dryness followed by the funk of an aged cheese. The dryness is very unique, and the flavor brings to mind a playful combination of sharp provolone and cherry puree. The horse blankety notes are prevalent, as is a layer of spicing that helps balance the cherry tartness nicely. Simply superb!

On the tongue, the carbonation and acidity bring the taste buds to life. I can feel my body waking up with each sip as the liquid slides gracefully down my throat.

The ABV is not listed on the chalkboard above the bar, but I'd modestly guess 7%. Despite that, the champagney carbonation and big, bright flavors could make this an all-day drink if you're feeling a bit frisky.

Sadly, no growlers allowed on this one. If you see it on tap, I recommend having a few.

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4.47/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Described on the menu as "A blend of 1 and 2 yr old saisons aged in French oak. Sour, tart and refreshing." Tried this on tap twice and shared a growler with Stillwater and at Captain Lawrence Barrel Select release. ABV was around 6%, but I don't remember exactly and bartender wasn't sure which saisons this was a blend of.

The aroma was the highlight of this beer every time I tried it. Surprisingly strong, complex fruity and sour nose, mildly funky and light oak. Appearance is relatively clear, light golden amber with a nice sized cap of off white head that leaves some streaky lacing. Flavor is good, but not great, not quite as sour or funky as the aroma suggests. Also, there is slight oxidization from the barrel aging (I'm guessing), but that doesn't really detract from the beer. One growler wasn't filled properly so it was rather flat by the time it was consumed but on tap and the second growler the beer has a light, fine carbonation for a crisp, dry mouthfeel. Overall a very impressive, mild sour, infinitely drinkable and another exciting beer from McKenzie.

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Fontaine from McKenzie Brew House
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