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Free Spirit | Terrapin Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerDawgs on 10-28-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice, simple sour. Tart, not puckering, with a prevailing flavor of grapefruit juice/flesh. Not super complex but very refreshing. Good hot weather beer and starter sour.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Average look, something odd about this one. A few ounces was plenty.

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"We encourage you to dabble in this collaboration ale brewed in loving memory of Brittney Fox Watts, a member of both the Heavy Seas and Terrapin families. In true Farmhouse fashion, this free-spirited memorial ale celebrates her passion for anything unique, fresh, creative, and maybe a little bit crazed. Free Spirit has a big heart and a beautiful soul. Keep an open-mind and trust your palate, we believe this beer will make you smile." Brewed in the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale with sunflower seeds and elder flower added. A one-off limited batch collaborative brew between Terrapin and Heavy Seas to honor a mutual colleague whose life was cut tragically short. Available in 22 oz. yellow wax sealed bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Terrapin snifter. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.
My cap had rust under it, so watch out for this when you pour your beer!

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy head of an eggshell white color over a very hazy golden amber body. Expect light, sporadic carbonation and little to no sediment. Retention is below average and lacing is nonexistent. 2.75

(Smell) Light, cracker malt notes, bold notes of tart apple cider and pear with a pleasant sourness. Spice and hop presence is very low, with some faded peppery and floral notes in the background. Free Spirit has a modest but enjoyable aroma that mainly focuses on a light, sunny malt and quality yeast build. It smells very much like what I expect of a traditional farmhouse ale with no frills nor extra baggage. Potency is mild/medium. 4

(Taste) Up front is a clean, mild cracker malt lightness that sets the stage for a series of charismatic yeast notes. Moderate acidity unfolds for granny smith apples, pear juice, possibly elderflower and peppercorn that team up well together. A charming beer with a lot of yeast enthusiasm, even when the other ingredients don't pull together much else. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, chewy, acidic. Carbonation adds a perky level of carbonation for a fizzy, frothy mouthfeel, perhaps overdoing the assertiveness a notch, although I'd rather the carbonation be more lively than not. Light body for a saison, light/medium body overall. Alcohol presence is low. Balance is equal parts sweet and tart, bitterness doesn't have much of an impact. 3.5

(Overall) It's not easy to knock a memorial beer since the breweries undoubtedly poured their heart and soul into it, with good results. The beer drinks very much like a traditional saison with a quality, very tasty yeast strain, a simple, highly drinkable malt build and a virtually nonexistent hop profile which, to be fair, may have thrown this beer wildly out of balance if it were included. In reading the label, I can't be sure that sunflower seeds made any play in the flavor of this beer at all. I can only say that I picked out the brightness and positivity that this beer presents to the beholder on the flavors it has- surely it may be representative of its namesake, Brittney Fox Watts. As far as saisons go, it likely won't match the quality world class saisons of Belgium but this is an honorable and traditional take on the style. My hats off to both Terrapin and Heavy Seas, and I hope that they dabble in beers like this more often. 3.75

Terrapin Beer Company's
Free Spirit Saison (With Heavy Seas Beer)

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Free Spirit from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 41 ratings
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