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Desert Ale | Epic Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Ales
Washington, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HuskyinPDX on 05-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
11
Avg:
2.84
pDev:
44.72%
 
 
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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 11
Photo of lifeboyq
3.67/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I think this beer was unfairly reviewed previously. However; I didn't taste their bottle. Poured into a St Bernardus Goblet which isnt the right glass but who gives a shit. Solid head, some lacing as it fades, moderate lacing. The nose is floral, sweet, bread, some herbaceous spice. Mouthfeel is silky smooth but with a thin bite due to the high carbonation consistent with the style. Ever so slight offputting phenols on the finish but nothing egregious. Overall it's a quality local Saison. I'd drink it again for sure but probably not seek it out.

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Photo of draheim
2.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz (batch 2) into a Hennepin glass. Uh oh. A vigorous pour yields almost no head, just a thin film of bubbles on the surface. Color is a nice clear amber w/ some carbonation rising from the bottom, but the lack of that nice fluffy saison head is disappointing.

Aroma is spicy, bready, yeasty and maybe a little hoppy. Smells decent but not great.

Taste is... ooh. Homebrew gone wrong. Has an almost salty quality. Wince. Apple cider? A hint of vinegar? This one might be a chore. Stay open, mind! Stay open! A few more sips and - boy. I'm really not liking this much.

Mouthfeel is pretty flat. But I really just can't get past the taste to even evaluate it. Bummer.

Overall, enough said. Not sure what went wrong here - whether they just had a bad idea or whether this was just poorly executed. This was a one-and-done. Actually, not even that.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle dipped in red wax with twine. Opened on 5.13.13 and poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy medium brown with a huge light tan head. So much retention I thought the head would never settle down.

S - Spicy dirt and earth. Yes, I guess it is the desert.

T - Same as the nose, just cloyingly sweet.

D - Great carbonation and body.

O - Just not good! Not sure what they were trying to do here. Drain pour.

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Desert Ale from Epic Ales
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