Ground Hog Shadow | Johansson's Dining House

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Brewed by:
Johansson's Dining House
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in limited batches in February.

Added by tgbljb on 01-05-2008

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 5
Photo of nickthetick
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a cloudy hazy lemon yellow with a thin whit head that doesn't leave much lacing, its a very pretty beer.

S: I get a huge amount of pineapple right up front with a little apricot and a bit of biscuit.

T: very fruity, pineapple, apricots; light malts and bread. A little spice and clove. Some hop bitterness in the back with the alcohol.

MF: its astringent and very effervescent. Mudium body.

D: looking forward to next feb. to get this again but it won't be going in the growler.

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Photo of bluealyce
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to stop at Johannsons for the first time in about 3 years. Met Brewer Jay and was very impressed with his friendliness and enthusiasm for his craft. The Saison was very deceptively hidden @ 8.5%. Very soft with subtle spices decorating this golden brew. Brussels lace followed my goblet to the very last sips. A very nicely done holiday Saison. I would very much recommend a stop at Johanssons Dining House

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet from draught.

A: pours golden-orange, hazy with little/no head.

S: Honey mixed with spice/coriander, a little orange-like citrus.

T: Starts with a honey-like flavor, moves into a spice/citrus with coriander, orange flavor most notable. Finishes slightly on the sweet side with little aftertaste. Not much bitterness.

M: quite light for a beer at 8.5 abv but good for a saison. Major detractor to this beer all around was lack of carbonation and effervescence that one would expect from a Belgian style.

D: a dangerously drinkable beer. Despite the lack of effervescence this is a very enjoyable and refreshing beer with enough flavor to complement many of the dishes served at Johannsons.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served as a cloudy light apricot colored beer with moderate white puffy head.
Smell shows a nice spiciness, combined with a light citrus fruit note. Some banana textures also present.
Taste is a bit tart, with some citrus notes, and a light bitterness at the finish.
Very refreshing, very easy to drink. Quality exceeded my expectations.

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Ground Hog Shadow from Johansson's Dining House
4.08 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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