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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster BunnyEvil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of GRG1313
2.59/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear orange amber with a decent pure white full head; nice to look at.

Nose is big assertive esters of fresh stone fruit and fresh flowers with lots of cooked banana character. Assertive and big but the floral character really saves the nose and makes it appealing. Perhaps a bit too perfumy for some.

Mouthfeel is thin with an elegant carbonation but a bit too watery for me. Flavor profile is just "off."

Flavors start out "green" herbal in nature - ivy, celery, green pepper that goes to pine and burnt toast, all with a hit of lemon or lime. Flavors are just all over the place and not integrated. Somewhere in there is a sweet undertone that does not help and just confuses more.

Finish is nice green pepper, pine bitter and saves this one a bit. I don't see this as a Saison; is that what the brewer intended?

Might actually do all around better with food. I likely will not be one to try again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, spice, Belgian yeast, and Brett like aromas. Taste is much the same with tropical fruit, spice, Belgian yeast, funk, and Brett like flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a Brett like aspects even though I don't think any was used in this beer.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another awesome four pack from evil twin, this time a saison with a big creamy texture and some funky wine like weirdness on the back end. reminds me of some of the french saison yeast out there, but the wheat body is large, which is a cool format for whats going on here. more hops or a prominent dry hopping would make it elite, but as it stands its simplicity is one of its better features. some pear and mowed lawn on the nose, more of a white grape element in the taste. its all from the yeast, as the grain base is familiar. not as funked out as others, no brett or anything going on, but a soft fruitiness and something extremely summery about it, sunny beer, a little strong for all day drinking, but it has that boat beer feel to it. extremely strong carbonation, but it doesnt hold on that well, dissipates a bit. mild acidity out of nowhere with a lemon twang to it in the finish, not as dry as others, but the combination makes it distinct to my taste buds. maybe a little overpriced, but all these evil twin beers are. glad i bought it, but might not buy it again.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger and a half-high bright white head that died down and left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass and a thin head consistently covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of lemon citrus along with hints of herbs in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of lemony flavors along with notes of herbs.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and the lemon imparts some refreshing properties.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Evil Twin has devised an incredible Belgian-style Saison that would fit right in at Brugge. With its focus on spicy dryness but with the most supple malt and fruit support, the beer doesn't ignore the more rustic tones that reinforce true Belgian-esque character.

Light gold in color, this Beaster of a beer is exuberent with a dazzling display of carbonation that continually fuels a fluffy and zesty head. Cottony froth layers atop and regenerates itself like champagne. Lacing like a champ, the beer simply sings the praises of quality.

Earthy spice aromas pronounce to the nose, just ahead of a pep of lemon and papaya fruit sweetness. In its taste, early grainy-sweetness bridges into a middle palate of wine must and "Lemon Drop" candies. Earthen tones of hay and straw turns bitter in finish while white pepper, cumin, and a powdery corkish taste offer the unique rustic characteristics that really set Saisons apart from other Belgian styles.

Medium-sweet to start, the ale turns to full dryness quickly with slight mineral taste and a big peppery zing and spritzy warmth to finish. It's hard to find more authentic farmhouse taste oustide of Belgium that what Evil Twin offers up with this fine example.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Not quite getting what they mean by either 'Ryan' or the "Beaster bunny". I guess I'll try to google-fu that later. Maybe.

This beer 'pours', or should I say, gloops out of the bottle in a chunky, tightly effervescent stream, that instantaneously piles up, with the aggressive foam rendering a glass that is barely 1/20th liquid. Fucking great. After ten minutes or so, the hubbub seems to die down, but then you tip the bottle, and it starts all over again. Ridiculous.

Anyway, after considering doing my taxes in the interim, things settle to something approaching normality, and I'm left with some actual beer, of a cloudy medium golden amber hue, with an indeterminate number of fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some random chunky swaths of lace around the glass as it finally sinks out of sight.

It smells of prominent black and green pepper spice, grainy pale malt, musty farm-borne yeast, sugary chewing gum, stale applesauce, and a sodden alcohol-soaked woodiness. The taste is sweet, grainy cereal malt, generic, weirdly tart apple mush, rather pithy citrus rind, a much milder, middling peppery spice, an equally sedated green yeastiness, and some understated flinty booze notes.

The (over) carbonation is still pretty actively frothy in the mouthfeel, so late into this affair, the body medium (I guess) weight, and not really smooth given every word I have just scratched out. It finishes off-dry, the grain, pepper, yeast, and alcohol all still preening for the camera.

Swuh? I poured the last 1/3 bottle of this into a 2L mixing bowl, and it still foamed up over the lip - WTF? Seriously, while this turns out (eventually) to be a sassy, peppery, boozy flip-off to those to might think they know what a saison is, it's just not worth the hassle, IMHO. Funny how I'm trying this on V-day, as the work to just get to the good part seems worth the effort, sure (which I believe justifies my appearance score), but only once I've actually had a heady dose of said part. Get your shit together, Evil Twin, as this is by no means the first incident of the sort that I've had the displeasure of stumbling across lately.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy honey color and a perky head that drapes lacing

Smell: Grassy and floral elements

Taste: Herbaciously fruity, up front, with apricot and pear tones; by mid-palate, a bubblegum flavors joins to add a sweeter edge but, after the swallow, the peppery spices add complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; creamy

Overall: A very complex beer that provides a range of yeasty flavor elements

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of white foam.

Smell: A bit sweet, herbal notes from the yeast, mildly fruity, a hint of banana. Reminds me a bit of a hefe.

Taste: Tastes like a saison mixed with a hefe. Herbal like some saisons, but lots of banana like a hefe. The finish is sweet and herbal.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this beer was very unique. More like a hefe than I expected, but I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/7/2013. Pours moderately hazy bright golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, peach, orange peel, clove, pepper, wheat, straw, grass, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, peach, orange peel, clove, pepper, wheat, straw, grass, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/herbal spiciness/tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, peach, orange peel, clove, pepper, wheat, straw, grass, herbal, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of hop, yeast ester, and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice saison style. All around good balance of hop, yeast ester, and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap at Ebenezers

Big creamy head, hazy golden tan orange color, lots of lacing.

Nose lots of saison funk, nice farmhouse rustic dry toasty saison, light toasty malts, light lemony citrus and hint of spices.

Taste nice saison farmhouse funk, fluffy malts, light creaminess from the malt as well, light lemon, hint spices, dry light grainy malt and funky yeast. Finish adds a light bitterness, floral spices, fairly dry and lots of lingering farmhouse yeast funk.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, fluffy.

Overall nice, great farmhouse yeast funk without Brett but almost seems like it does, nice fluffy malts, tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color in the glass with a modest head. Big, rich, fruity flavors with a zing of the Belgian yeast. Spicy nose with a prickly carbonation. Starts with a sweet malt taste cut by tangy citrus. A long rasp of yeasty bitterness followed by more fruit.

Pear skins and apple pie with a browned crust. A big flavored Saison that may be a little too intense on the dry, yeasty flavors, but it's a long strange trip. Very interesting and worth comparing with other Saisons. On tap at Public House in La Jolla.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy light yellow with a two finger bubbly white head. Great head retention and lots of lacing present on the glass with some visible carbonation.

S: Aromas of citrus and herbs with just the slightest hint of root beer.

T: The flavors of lemon and herbs dominate and there is not a lot of complexity.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and a slight amount of coating of your mouth.

O: Lacks some of the complexity that I would like but still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to start the afternoon off with this one. Brought in by the boys at GBX, I was able to pout the whole bottle in to a 28 ounce wine glass, and it would need it.

The pour was just stupid. Hazy golden, tons of carbonation that just would not quit and a head that was beyond description. It just gathered and gathered forming five inches over the top and settling down with tons of lacing down the sides,

Aroma of coriander, lemon zest, peppery notes, lots of banana and grassy touches all carry over well into the flavor. Your classic funky little saision with the hint of tart fruit and spicey dry finish that seals the deal. One of the best I have had in a while.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Starts with a one-finger head--some spots on the glass. Light gold color with a bit of a haze.

More sour than earthy to the nose. Some definitive farmhouse ale aromas but not as sharp as some.

The flavor starts off softly, but the swallow brings some distinctive tartness. The aftertaste is a blend of sour and bitter--pleasant blend. The body is chewy; the carbonation is high.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

A: The beer pours a pale straw color with a somewhat short lived white head.

S: A fairly sweet nose on this one. Smells a bit like lemon candy with some sweet sugar. There is a mild yeast aroma along with grass, apples, and a touch of booze. There is a mild banana note on the back end as well as some bread.

T: The flavor starts off with lots of sweet sugar and a fair amount of banana. There is a mild caramel flavor with a hint of booze. Just a bit of yeast, grass, and lemon zest. A touch of bitterness on the finish.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A little sweet and boozy for a saison, but it wasn't too bad.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is mostly yeasty, a bit cloying. Hay, malt sweetness and alcohol. Taste is also mainly yeasty with a weird bitterness without any hops to make it pleasant. Taste is also cloying with a harsh alcohol presence. Body is medium, quite smooth, with high effervescence. Overall it's a very rustic beer, resembles the traditional belgian pale ales quite a lot, but it's really not my style of beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip. This brew appears a light yellow color with some haze keeping it from being clear. A white cap, a finger strong, forms across the top and fades. It leaves a spotty webbing of lace all over the glass.

The smell of this brew is lemony with a solid inclusion of yeasty character. It is lightly funky with earthy qualities. Some fruity alcohol inclusion mixed with hops. The back smells lightly of bready grain.

The taste is lemony with a bit of an oily aspect that clings in the mouth with more fruited quality. Spices like clove are through the body mixed with unripe banana, bubblegum and herbal hops. Some more spicy seated character comes out as it warms somewhat like coriander and anise. It is lightly tangy with wheat.

This is a crisp and refreshing brew. It is fairly easy drinking with a nice mix of flavors. The alcohol is hidden pretty well for a medium to light bodied brew. The only alcohol inclusion comes out with some tangy elements as it warms. It is worth a try if you get the chance but nothing I would go out of my way for. Pretty average take on the style.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A – Bright pear juice body. Bone-white head pours high and leaves a sub par place.

S – Awgh. Pretty unappealing, even for a funky style. Fire, soap, sweaty socks, and rotten passion fruit.

T – A complete 180 from the nose. Tangerine, honeydew melon, dark honey, warm bread, and white grape. Bitter dandelion and orange pith. Sharp acidy on the finish.

M – Medium/light body with an ok carbonation. Cutting acidity on the finish is refreshing.

O – An incredibly ambivalent beer. The nose is horrible and the taste is fantastic. By far the most skewed nose/taste balance I’ve ever seen in a beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours hazed yellowy lighter amber, sturdy lite khaki head, last and gets all frothy. Leaves ample fine lace on the glass

Earthy nose with some minty and peppery spice tagging along

Flavorful and complex, with more earth, pepper, green pepper, bubble gum, mint.

Delicious. Well worth seeking out and savoring

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, copper/gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight hop, tartness (apple?), slight sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight dryness present. Tastes of hops, grass, slight sweet malt, slight apple?, hint of fruit, slight hop oil, and slight floral notes. Overall, subtle flavors but good blend, good appearance, and aroma.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with active carbonation and a massive white head that dissipates over a few minutes to a moderate head with chunks of lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with a hint of saison yeast and lemon. Flavor starts with sweet malt, light fruit, citrus and saison yeast but finishes rather dry with light astringent spicy hops. Light to medium bodied appropriate to a saison with a nice mouth feel from active carbonation. A pleasant saison with minimal Brett, but not very complicated.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color with a white soapy head. Cloudy brew that does pour free of sediment.

Clean aroma of soap, hop, clove, urine, lemon, and spicy yeast. More of the yeast notes and bread come out more as it approaches room temperature.

Digging the taste of this brew, there's a yeasty twang, green peppercorn, wheat, clove and grass. Firm bitterness, big malty sugar, even hints of cotton candy or bubblegum. Has a dusty, lightly funky and earthy element that sets it apart from others.

Medium bodied, well carbonated ale that has a semi dry finish. Satisfying flavor and relative crispness, without being watery or thin.

This is a nice Saison here from the Evil Twin rogue brewer/s. This bottle is a year old and still is fresh tasting and delicious. Well done, I can recommend this as a pretty nice Saison.

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Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear golden color.

The aroma has a Belgian style yeast breadiness with bright citrus, banana, orange zest, and peppery spice.

The flavor follows with citrus peel, some banana, lots of pepper spice, wheat and then a phenolic finish.

A refreshing beer with a significant amount of tripel style flavors to it.

A beer that is relatively clean with a medium plus sweetness.

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Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I could literally kick myself for being such a sucker that I'd order this beer just because of the cool name. Oh well... on tap at Max's.

The beer pours a pale gold color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. On the nose, this beer is pretty attractive, showcasing honey, bees wax, light clove and dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's some noticeable alcohol in the finish of this simple, straight forward, saison style beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a decent, slightly alcoholic finish.

Hmmmm.... not bad, but there's really nothing to distinguish this saison style beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Hill Farmstead store in Greensboro, VT.

A - Pourd into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear light straw colour with a big, sudsy rocky three finger head. Massive like a Duvel head in appearance. Just excellent for a saison.

S - Some light lemon citrus notes and dank barnyard funk. Theres some super faint herbalness and pepper on the end. Maybe some banana too.

T - Wow, taste is a far cry from the nose. Theres some light citrus and malt sweetness along with that nice funk. The end though overpowers all of it with a strong ABV presence. That ABV really hurts the overall beer.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad. Light crisp carbonation but strong, strong ABV on the finish.

O - Overall, this beer started out with so much promise only to be overwhelmed by ABV that shouldn't be there. Shouldn't taste this strong or assertive, but it does. Really a shame.

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