Phobos And Deimos
Rising Tide Brewing Company

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Belgian Saison
3.9 | pDev: 6.15%
Rising Tide Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.12.14
March 2013

A - Pours a crystal clear light orange with a huge foamy cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Lemon and orange citrus, some saison yeast as well.

T - Light lemon, saison yeast, chapagne-grapes.

D - Tons of carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Light and crisp. Lots of fruity notes and dry.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz. bottle which is one of 1,200 total bottles released in March 2013. Sampled on November 17, 2013.

The pour is a hazy golden yellow with a tremendous white puffy head that does settle down even though it takes some time to do so.

Biscuit malts and citrus notes are on the nose but the citrus notes are more like pineapple than anything else.

The body is medium with a relatively creamy texture

The taste evolves as it warms. In the beginning I am getting a notable pineapple and toasted biscuit flavor. But by the end a slight bitterness introduces itself and the pineapple becomes more like pear or apple. This is a likable beer and I am glad I got to try it before this limited brew disappears.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer’s cork pops with an aggressive burst of pressure, and the beer pours a deep, rusty orange, bordering on amber. The beer’s head is massive and creamy almost-yellow, made of medium sized, slightly soapy bubbles that sit over three finger’s widths above the glass and hardly fade at all. In body, the beer is dark and murky with a decent amount of haze and very little visibility of the other side of the glass. Tiny bubbles can be seen all around, racing to replenish the head at the top of the glass, but no particles can be found in the beer. The beer’s head leaves a thick, bearded lacing along the glass which is quite surprising to see. On the nose, the beer smells uniquely juicy, almost like apple juice and juicy fruit, except for quick expressive bursts of citrus and caramel malt that suggest more to the beer. There is even a light, generic spiciness to it as you stick your nose in the beer. Slight gooseberry notes, like in a sauvignon blanc, can also be detected, heralding the presence of Nelson Sauvin hops. On the tongue, the beer tastes malty sweet with a superb balancing bitter and a light bite of acid. In flavor the beer is a little bland, which leads me to believe that I’m a little late on the hop-life of this beer, which is too bad. The flavor begins with caramel malts and a touch of stale bread, moving slowly towards gooseberry and a touch of not-displeasing plastic flavoring that fringes on sweet grapefruit pith with a touch of bitter pine. Light apple juice flavors wander in the middle palate, giving the beer an interesting fruitiness. The finish blends pine and caramel malt in a nice blend that reminds me of an old school DIPA’s. The aftertaste is tartly sweet, sort of like what the mouth tastes like after drinking apple juice. In the mouth, the beer feels on the plus side of medium in body with a lightly prickly carbonation that fluffs the tongue and then leaves a light bite. The mouth is left sticky with saliva forming on its edges. Overall, I’m a little confused by this beer. I’m fairly certain that it is a little past its prime, but I by no means hated it. The flavors of the beer were interesting and different, and I would have loved to have seen them bolder and more pronounced, which they no doubt were when the beer was fresh. I’ve loved everything I’ve had from Rising Tide, and I still really liked this, its’ just a little past its prime. Rising Tide, please brew this beer again so I can try it fresh! It’s got nice maltiness and a touch of bitter hops at the end that balance it beautifully, but it seems to be missing something at this point.

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Photo of davey101
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 ml C+C bottle into a HF wine glass. I was hesitant to buy this at first seeing as I have never heard of this brewery before, but the 1200 bottle count and the fact that it used Nelson Sauvin hops swayed me to take the plunge. WARNING: As soon as I began unscrewing the cage the cork started to rise. No gush over but this thing is under some solid pressure.

A - Pours a lightly hazy orange/amber body. A massive head forms initially but settles down to a neat fingers worth of the white stuff after a few minutes. Some really gorgeous lacing and long lasting retention after swirling the glass.

S - Farmhouse meets the hop house. My god this is amazing. Notes of grass, plums, cereal grains and light spices segway right into the Nelson Sauvin which features just an incredible fruit bouquet of green grapes, nectarines, honey and some light dank herb. Smells somewhat syrupy and dense. Amazing!

T - Very similar to the nose. It starts off very biere de garde like with fruity malts, crackers, grass and some spice. In the middle lies the great Nelson hop notes of dry sauvignon blanc wine, stone fruit and honey. The end returns to the spice and malt. Mouth feel is full and well carbonated. 7.9% abv? Couldn't tell at all.

O - I'm a total Nelson fan boy, but the combination of that hop in a biere de garde is something of beauty. I would not even think to age this one as the hops, which never dominate, provide just the right amount of flavor to elevate this beer into something truly special. This beer was a total surprise, I just love it.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a cloudy amber copper with a large (2+ finger) light tan colored head. Great retention, decent lacing slides off the glass slowly.

S - dry grapes and slightly bitter aroma. Very grainy with a mild spicyness to it. Quite. Sweet from the grapes/malt

T - dry wine like flavoring up front, a decent bit grassy bitterness and sweet grapes which are slightly tart, and grainy/lemony as you would expect from a saison. A wee bit citrusy with an obvious Sauvignon tart finish.

M - light, crisp and refreshing. Very well carbonated.

O - reminiscent of a Midas touch. Very drinkable, a bit more complex than the aforementioned dogfish offering. I would definitely recommend trying if your into saisons/Nelson Sauvignon hopped brews.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Part of the Entrepôt series of warehouse ales
Limited release of 1200 bottles
March 2013

375 mL C&C bottle

A: Pours a hazy sunset yellow-orange with 3 fingers of head that slowly settles down to a finger for a long while

S: Fruity and estery with a nice combo of malts and earthy and grassy hops. Nicely refreshing

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with fruity esters and spices and then goes into a lightly sweet maltiness and complex hoppy notes of grape, grass, and light citrus. Quite a few layers

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice and refreshing brew, specifically brewed for spring/March. Doesn't feel anywhere near 7.9% which is another good thing going for the refreshing aspect. Obviously not the easiest beer to get, but definitely recommended

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, this had a ton of pressure buildup when the cork was pulled. The beer is a hazy, pale, amber-brown coloring with a tall, frothy, filmy, white head that starts a solid inch and a half and slowly settles into a clingy surface coating. Aromas of fruit sweetness foremost, with strawberry, cherry, some citrus, and pineapple, with a solid dose of funky esters from the Belgian yeast. Flavors are toasty and bready initially, with a subtle highlight of fruity sweetness. There is a sharpness on the palate from the carbonation and spice profile. Great lacing as you drink that starts off full, but falls off into a sparse coating on the glass. The fruity characters make up the aftertaste, with some peach and strawberry notes balancing the background spices of coriander and overall toasty qualities. Lingering sweet finish, with a slight filmy feel to it. Solid brew.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Limited to 1200 bottles.
March 2013.

Pours a dark orange color, approaching amber although with a touch of golden color, wicked huge white head that fades at a very slow rate.

Smell has hops at the forefront with a decent sweet malt just under it, seems to be a very delicate aroma, touch of citrus.

Taste is not as hoppy as the aroma leads us to believe but it isn't completely absent either, very light malt touch, some spiciness adds a touch of complexity, aftertaste has a weird bitterness though, body is incredibly light since the carbonation is through the roof, bubbles explode in the mouth with the slightest sip.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a huge beige head that takes forever to recede to a drinkable level. Wow that's got a wonderful hop nose. Pine, resin and a light citrus aroma plays nicely with a spicy wheat and lightly bready malts. The flavor is lightly fruity with a great fruity hop flavor and a solid spicy bite from the wheat and yeast. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet tart mouthfeel. Decent beer, I would probably try it again if it weren't 10 bucks for 375ml.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A corked & caged bottle poured into a NERAX snifter.

It is an opaque, muddy beer, whose color lies somewhere between brown and dirty gold. A small off-white head rests on top that leaves some lacing behind.

The addition of Nelson Sauvin hops give this beer a pleasant hop aroma.

Where the aroma was heavy with hops, the flavors is much more malty. It's a big malt flavor that doesn't come across overly sweet. I can pick out the wheat malts, but other malt flavors are also mixed in. There is a bit of pepper spice as I swallow.

The beer feels big in my mouth, but not much coating is left behind. What's there has a dry hop flavor.

I like this beer. I'm glad the aroma is hoppy and the flavor is malty without being sweet or sticky. I'm sad this might not be brewed again, but glad that I still have one more bottle.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was a murky orange/brown color. There was a large white head that persisted all the way through the glass, leaving a little lace.

Nice aroma: spice, barnyard, and citrus.

Kind of a funky, spicy taste. Lemon there also.

Light, very drinkable. It tickled my palate.

A nice beer for a nice spring day.

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