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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 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 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 JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Refreshing beer, not a great Saison though. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a huge delicately bubbly white head. Good retention and several bands of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is lemon zest, some spices (definitely black pepper, maybe a little coriander too), and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is more of the same but what is missing is a big, not so subtle barnyard/musty/horseblanket thing that is so welcome in the best Saisons.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. The level of carbonation is just right and the beer is plenty rich enough.

Good beer but needs more "funk" to be a top Saison.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 1 finger head, not as big as Saison should be. Very light, cloudy body

Smell - mild earthy and funk, vinegar?? Interesting...

Taste - smooth, no abrasive overly funky tastes, some earthiness. Refreshing, raw asparagus.

Mouthfeel- smooth, not quite as carbed as most (good in this case)

Overall, good not great. Not worth price tag

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/7/13

Appearance: Pours cloudy straw yellow with a small, white head that quickly collars.

Smell: Lemon peel, coriander, honey, tangerines/peaches with some undeniable funk.

Taste: Begins with honey and tangerine/mango. Middle of the mouth is earthy bitterness with some funk. It finishes semi-dry with lingering notes of the earthy bitterness and funk from the middle with remnants of the honey/tangerine in the background. There's not much booze to speak of, though you might guess it could be above 6%.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and sticky, with good carbonation.

Overall: This was better than I thought it would be. It's a really good spring/summer beer and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant clear golden straw with three fingers of foamy, creamy white head that rockily settles to an inch. Good retention; lots of web-like lacing.

Smells like a bready, delicious Saison. Warm, floral yeasty phenols mixed with bread malt aromas; rose water, dandelions, white pepper, bubblegum, dough, etc. Lovely.

“Huh, that is awfully fucking good,” I said. Fresh and doughy, with spicy phenols, some very aromatic floral notes with stannky herbs, fresh citrus, and white wine flavors coming in at the middle and finish. The finish is increasing medicinal with a long-lingering hoppy stickness at the back of the throat.

Light to medium bodied with a slightly boozy-feeling velvety mouthfeel. Good carbonation, lingering finish, slight aftertaste from hops.

Very good take on a Saison.
This is one of my favorite styles and I am glad to have tried this fairly hoppy, semi-funky version of one. It pours quite nice looking with the gratuitous head that a beer like this should have. It has a very pleasing aroma with many classic Belgian characteristics. The beer on the whole is tasty, refreshing and just hoppy enough to give you a twinge in your cheek.
Would have again; worth seeking out.

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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 Axnjxn
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a flute. 11/7/13 bottling date

bright yellow pour with a nice white head. smell typical of a Belgian farmhouse...grassy, barnyard. taste is the same...reminiscent of saison dupont but less dry. bitter finish. medium body..mild carbonation.

overall impressive and recommended!

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/07/13 and poured into a Perfect Pint 1/31/14. $4 single.

Appearance: A slightly hazy yellow color with about a finger of a white head on top. Decent lacing. Very nice.

Smell: Haven't had too many saisons so I can't base it off of past ones, but this one really smells a lot to me like a pilsner mixed with a witbier or hefeweizen. Huge hay sorts of flavors that are picked up in a typical pilsner, coupled with a banana and clove aroma, as well as some wheaty smells. Quite decent.

Taste/feel: Reminds me of the smell a decent bit. A moderate/high carbonation hits the tongue first followed by the pilsner/witbier/hefeweizen sort of combination, and tastes less than spectacular. Pleasant sweetness initially. As it works its way to the back of the throat and down, the clove sort of flavor turns to a floral note with a mild bitterness and somewhat drying finish. Aftertaste is of some pale malts.

My first few sips of this brew didn't leave me with a great first impression (I got this weird clash of "off" bitterness and sweetness that were doing weird things to my tongue), but as it warmed a tick, the "off" bitterness died entirely and there was just a nice sweetness and solid bitterness. Saisons are generally deemed to be mega funky and taste like farm animals (?), but this really essentially tastes to me like a pilsner mixed with a hefeweizen or (more like) a witbier. That's not a bad thing, because it's a pretty good beer, but FOUR BUCKS for a single bottle? I understand it's a foreign company and all of that, but the bottle says this is actually brewed in Connecticut.

Overall, Ryan and the Beaster Bunny is a solid beer that I'd have again, but not if I'm paying for it at this price. Good nonetheless.

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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 breakingbland
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 6/21/13 into a tulip.

Appearance: Pale, golden, slightly cloudy with a lively column of bubbles. The one-finger head was white.

Aroma: Sweet and hoppy (slight grapefruit) with some funk.

Taste: Like the aroma but more grapefruit. Sweet greapefruit lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with a slight bite. The body was medium-light and seemed appropriate for this style.

Overall: This is an interesting brew. I generally like more funk in a saison, but this one was more hop-forward that expected. Maybe this is the "beast" part in the name of this beer?

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Photo of GarthT
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden, head leaves good cobweb on side of glass

S: Citrus (grapefruit and lemon), spice

T: Rich malts but not heavy at all, almost like a lemon cream, beautiful balance with alcohol not too prominent

M: Fine mousse, soft without being weak

O: Drinkable and comforting, my first farmhouse but not the last

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Photo of srhoadsy
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a nice hazy blonde color with half an inch of airy white head that quickly recedes leaving light surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of citrus and spice with an earthy background.

Flavors of coriander, pepper, lemongrass with a hint of the earthy funk common to the style.

Light bodied with a sweet but crisp finish. Moderate carbonation with a mild aftertaste.

Overall a decent beer, a good intro for someone not used to the style, but I prefer my saisons to have a little more of that barnyard funk to them.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz standard pressure-cap bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live. Bottled 6/21/13.

A- Half-finger translucent white head with large bubbles, soapy lacing and relatively low retention. Cloudy orange body with very active carbonation.

S- European musty yeast, floral and citrus notes. Candi sugar, orange peel, and floral hops make up what I can detect in this beer.

T- Bitter yeasts and orange peel. Funky and slightly metallic, but not in a bad way. Banana, Candi sugar, flowery hops.

M- Sugary and dry finish.

O- Very interesting beer. You can detect the active farmhouse yeasts, but they aren't overwhelming.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 4/9/13, poured into a pint glass. From CT not Denmark
A: Golden yellow color, solid lingering one-finger head, lots of carbonation
S: A bit earthy, clove, grass, nice
T: Grassy, spicy, hints of earth, malt & hops but just doesn't quite taste balanced
M: Crisp, light-to-medium bodied, pleasant carbonation. Alcohol not obvious
O: Nicely done

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Photo of BeerNutz324
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Ap- pours hazy and yellow with a nice 1 inch thick, foamy head that has really good retention and really good lacing...After sipping on this beer for about 20 minutes there is still head and still lacing so I am giving this an unusual 5.

Ar- clove, lemon, grass, wheat, sweeter malts, spice and coriander

T- clovey spice, belgian yeast, earthy flavors, a tad bit of biscuity malt

M- medium bodied, a bit sticky, good carbonation for the style

O- a great farmhouse, got it in a mystery 24 pack and I'm glad it was in there.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

P: Slightly hazed piss yellow with a dense white cream froth. Beautiful foam lacing that looks like foam insulation.

S: Crisp earthy aroma with a hint of sweetness. Toasted cracked grains, musty barn, horse feed, lime leaves, milled spices, lemon grass.

T/M: Right up front I get grapefruit, toasted grains, simple yeast profile, pale malts, coriander, lime, medicinal booze, camomile tea tannin, leaves your mouth feeling grainy and a tad dirty. Medium smooth body with a gentle kiss of carbonation.

O: Earthy, citrus hops and timid must. Simple but refined. Bitterness is complimenting and doesn't overpower.I will be looking for this every year.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head (almost two fingers) and seems to have pretty good retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a hazy and pale, golden straw which appears as a murky, lemon yellow when held up to the light. Nice sheeting that extends a finger from the surface of the beer.

Nose- Very stereotypically Belgian which translates to a very familiar good. Banana, cloves, tart apples, and other spice. Light cinnamon. Mostly dominate by yeast with noticeable assertions from fruit esters. Quite airy and subtle.

Taste- Reflective of the aroma- banana comes first, but then the yeast really takes over. Lots of clove, even a sense of bandaid (in a good way), that rides more banana to a less than crisp finish. The overall flavor profile is basic and proficient but the finish could be dryer and neater. Lots of cinnamon tingle on the linger in a way that isn't all together positive. This is a definite phenol bomb. If there weren't hints of apple, this might be easily confused for an alcoholic hefeweizen. Some woodiness to the yeast which could be more subtle. Rather boring for a saison though, or at least, in comparison to some of the standards. More like a tripel/hefeweizen than what I think of when I think of a saison. Maybe it needs some age. Still a good beer though. Definitely above average, approaching solid.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a slight notion of syrup. Good zip of carbonation, perhaps overdone in the absence of a dryer finish.

Drinkability- Perhaps a little generic in regard to the yeast profile but easygoing enough. Cheap for the style but it is a style I don't mind paying for if it's really good.

Overall- Above average. It's within the style limitations but seems rather boring in comparison to many within the style. I would give it a try- it's well brewed; it simply does nothing unique.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(3.75) A: Golden straw coloured with a thin and wispy head that quickly forms a ring. A bit of clinging lacing and the foam ring does stick around for a while.

(4.25) S: Pineapple, cloves, fresh grasses, grapefruit rind, honey, and sweet orange. An intense fresh and fruity (tropical) aroma that’s also very belgian-like (yeasty). Excellent.

(4.25) T: Fresh grasses, cloves, citrus rinds, diverse tropical fruits, and some bubblegum towards the finish. Heavily dry and fairly bitter. Outstanding diversity of flavours that are each rich and vibrant on their own and work superbly together.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Fairly clean textured with enough slickness.

(4.25) D: This is fantastic and definitely a farmhouse ale with traditional Belgian roots. This could almost pass as a Duvel with barnyard funk. Whatever the style may be – it's delicious.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Prohibition Pig in Waterbury.

Beer is golden in colour, with a good-sized white head.

Nose contains light fruits and yeast, along with some spice.

Taste is quite yeasty, very dry. Grassy hops and light fruits. Nice flavour, and surprisingly traditional. There is no twist of any sort here, just a straight-up saison.

Very refreshing, medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, quite tasty. I would slot this in the underrated category, as I find it to be quite a good saison.

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Photo of soccerman7
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden hue with a perfect fluffy white head. Not much else to say honestly. Steady carbonation.

S - Nice spicy nose with toasted bread character. Second whiff brings the honey character out. Peppery earthy notes on the hops. A lot going on.

T - Surprisingly citrus up front. A lot of spice and bread tones. The citrus really carries though. Biscuit and grain sweetness on the finish. Expected more spice. Hops add a sharpness.

M - A very nice beer. Great mouth feel, with a lively carbonation. Finish is spice and sweetness lingering.

O - This is a beer I will most certainly buy again. Not your average saison. Hops almost steal the show but let the yeast and malt peek through. Refreshing on a summer day. Almost a Beglian pale ale in my mind.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden with awhite head that quickly dissipates

Smell- Citrusy and spicy

T- Much more bitter than I expected at first but quickly gives way to a very pleasant fruitiness but its not the normal citrus taste. It actually tastes a bit like pineapple or maybe mango. Something a bit tropical. Great hot weather beer.

Mouthfeel, Slightly carbonated

Overall-I was very pleased with this beer. Not what I expected from a saison (although I am far from an expert) but it tastes great and was very refreshing.

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Photo of dudeman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Excellent twist on the farmhouse style. Pours yellow-gold. Small amount of yeast in bottle. Nose is vinegar and wild, with fruit hop at the end. Tastes like an IPA Saison with lemongrass and strawberry notes with grapefruit rind or pomello hanging outnforna while. I love it.

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

Pours a slightly hazy medium to deep golden with a one inch foamy white head that lingers, eventually leaving modest lacing as it dissipates.

Light funky, musty notes accompany lemon and orange zest in the initial aroma. Horse blanket, clove, and tangerine emerge. Fairly citrusy.

Flavor is slightly sour, with lots of earthy notes hitting mid palate, becoming dry at the finish. Lemon, tangerine, and clove form the base, and pepper kicks in in the aftertaste. More flavorful than most.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very citrusy brew with a hint of funk and an earthy, dry finish. Farmhouse ales generally aren't my bag, but this is more citrus based and less funky, earthy dry character.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

little to no head retention, almost no lacing, cloudly orange like color. Smell is lightly musky, lemon and a wheat likeness. taste is astringent, creamy thou, with orange and wheat, nice mouthfeel for style.

Overall; Good beer for style, though reminda me of blue moon to much only heavier.

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Evil Twin Ryan And The Beaster Bunny from Evil Twin Brewing
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