Reprieve French-Style Ale | Jailhouse Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jailhouse Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
jailhousebrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Mavajo on 05-23-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
9.72%
 
 
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, pale straw-hued body with a fine, medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, floral, and hinting of orange blossom honey on the nose with a dull, subtle note of spice.

Taste: Sweet, lightly sugary malts with a thin drizzle of pear juice and a small spoonful of orange marmalade. The malts give a faint hint of crustless white bread. Faintly spicy hops with a low bitterness. A bit of honeysuckle and Prosecco on the tongue for the fast, crisp finish. Rather moreish for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Moves rather ably across the palette.

Overall: A single malt and a single hop variety makes for a somewhat simplistic saison experience, but when considered as a supremely refreshing, summertime beer, it's tops. I just wish the cost wasn't eight bucks per bottle, giving my wallet a reprieve from its cash. Maybe one day this could see its way to sensibly-priced six-packs.

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Photo of Dudeletter
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Reprieve is a traditional french Saison. The Saison is a summer beer, traditionally brewed in the winter to be enjoyed as the weather warms. The style is quite popular now in the states where initially homebrewers, then microbrewers, pulled the near extinct style from the brink. Like most complex tasting things, the recipe’s ingredient list is very thin. This hazy offering has a mild apple or pear taste, with a light citrus sharpness. The lingering sweetness is almost honey in character and the flavor is complex.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The hazy body was golden yellow in color, and exhibited a two finger thick head, fed by some lively carbonation streamers. The aroma was floral, earthy, and a bit like honey, and was very pleasingly rustic. The taste was light and airy, with a clean and simple wheat sweetness, a lemony sourness, and a slightly spicy finish, with a touch of clove and pepper. This was much more evocative of a quenching summer drink served to farmhands, than a typical Saison of today. The body felt thin and runny, but I think this was exactly the intended effect. A great effort by the local boys.

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Photo of ordybill
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a Bomber into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a nice yeasty/bread aroma Appearance- This beer pours a murky honey color with a thick white head Taste- Has a Bread flavor that transitions into fruit (pear) Palate- This is a medium bodied beer with moderate to heavy carbonation. Overall- A really enjoyable beer, rather hard to find even in Georgia but if you see it I would give it a try

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is wheaty, yeasty, malty, and a little bit - but not unpleasantly - rubbery with sweet lemon and cheesy undertones. It pours a clear solar yellow with a fairly thick, if not persistent, white head. Malty, cheesy flavor is slightly sweet, a little yeasty and wheaty, with a sweet citrus hint - refreshing and lip-smacking, perfect at the end of a freaking hot day (and it's not yet officially summer!). Fizzy texture leaves behind a nice, rather persistent tingle and a tasty cheesy finish. I love cheese!

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Photo of Mavajo
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with a mild white head.

The profile on this beer is fairly mild and balanced. It's got that typical Saison funk, but subdued. Clean and refreshing on the palate. A nice approachable zestiness. I've come to associate lingering aftertastes with most saisons; this one (thankfully) doesn't have that. Sort of reminded me of a Belgian Pale with a fairly round taste.

It's exactly as advertised on the bottle - refreshing. Nothing particularly amazing. Just a straight-forward, well-made beer.

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Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque yellow, lasting white pillow of a head. Great lacing.

Aroma: Yeast character of banana, bubblegum, and a hint of tropical fruit.

Flavor: More peppery yeast, with a grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, high carbonation. Refreshing in spite of the grassy peppery finish.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I do enjoy me a good Farmhouse saison, so let's hope this is good, thanks to cpinto6.

Pours a fast rising huge 3+ finger pasty white fizzy head that fades semi quickly but not as fast as I expected, lots of spotted lacing, initial pour (sans sediment) yields a crystal clear pilsner straw color. I was only able to stir up the slightest haze with almost no sediment surprisingly.

Nose starts a little floral and effervescent, lemony straw and hay, grassy, citrusy, light sweet malts with hint of wheat like character, light saison spices, hint of a grassy hop character I think as well.

Taste starts crisp and quite straw like, almost German pilsner like, with light sweet malts, a little wet hay and some farmhouse characters but not much for funk, and just a bit of wheat again. The straw characters really go strong and turn a bit grassy, and that's when the grassy slightly earthy spicy hops kick in with a med to milder bitterness but enough to let you know they are there. Light saison spices in the middle, with plenty of citrus, little lemon zest, lemon grass, and just a hint of orange peel citrus. Finish is drier but sticky, lingering straw and hay malts, little more farmhouse with hint of funk, lots more citrus, lemon, grassy earthy hops and bitterness lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, tons of effervescent carbonation.

Overall pretty good, a straight up saison with very little farmhouse funk but a nice malt profile and light but nice hop character, quite drinkable.

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Photo of Mattsk1
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Hop City is Atlanta on a recent trip. Poured into a wine glass. Pours a clear, straw, with a tight white head that drops slowly. Lots of champagne bubbles.

Aromas of spicy peppery yeast, grainy malt, and leafy hops.

Flavors of grainy malt, good peppery yeast bite, mild bitterness. Finish light, with biscuity grains and yeast lingering.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, light, and thirst quenching. Good level of carbonation.

Overall a very nice effort for my first try from this brewery. Nice job!

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green’s on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with good amounts of medium fruits – pears and green apples – with hints of leafy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp light malt flavors up front with soft medium fruit flavors midway through. The fruits fade near the end and leafy hops round things out. The ending is mildly bitter. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but no one thing really knocked my socks off. Another solid effort from Jailhouse, I look forward to the next in the series.

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Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Xcalibur077
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Chris_S
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of stevegregg
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Mphis
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of afksports
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Has a great look, with a cloudy honey color capped by a meringue of a head that leaves all kinds of splotchy lace

Smell: Bready, with vague elements of pear, white pepper and anise

Taste: Bready, up front, with developing pear, cardamom, anise and white pepper tones; adds a bit of an earthy hop dimension, after the swallow and a lemony tartness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but just a bit too fizzy

Overall: A very nice stab at the style for this relatively new brewer; would prefer a little less carbonation but the flavors are refreshing though the beer could use a touch more complexity

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy light acorn color, billowy white head, and lots of sediment.

Smell - initial funky licorice/star anise aroma mingling with big tangy wheat and yeast esters. Some hints of lemon, cut grass, and floral hops

Taste - begins sweet and fruity from the wheat, then some light tang and a dry slightly tart finish. Faint butterscotch, booze, and savory/saltiness as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel - very soft from the wheat and at the same time bubbly and bright.

Overall - drinkable, well-balance and unique offering from a young Georgia brewery. Wish the best of luck to these guys in the coming years.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Ahlthe3rd (Hugh) for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bottle into Jester King Farmhouse Ale glass. Pours a very light cloudy yellow color, thick tight white foam bubbles. They dissipate over time, leaving a little lacing on the glass. Smell- coriander, orange peel, herbaceous spices, lemon zest. Some nice citrus notes from the hops. Nice aroma. Taste- cracked pepper, lemon citrus, champagne dryness, a light airy saison. The carbonation makes this a bit stingy, but its on par for other good examples of the style. This is a pretty solid Saison- light and airy, I really like it for the low (relative) ABV too. I would have this one again- a very nice brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a nice Saison, really nice to see this produced locally. Pours a hazy straw color with a clean white head that is a little looser than I'd like. Nice banana and pear in the aroma with a hint of spice. Not quite the aromas I expect from a Saison, and I'd like a pepper note, but it's pleasant enough. The taste has more citrus and spice, along with an earthy note and more of that banana. Definitely not typical, but the melange of flavors works. Sort of a lightly peppered fruit salad. Clean and smooth in the mouth if a little short on the finish. A somewhat curious beer, but I have to say I enjoyed it.

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Reprieve French-Style Ale from Jailhouse Brewing Company
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