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Anchorage / Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale fermented in oak tanks with fresh grapefruit peel, peppercorns, and fresh grapefruit juice.

Saison brewed with Mosaic and Galaxy hops. Fermented and aged in Foudres with Saison yeast, Brett and Oro de Calabaza from the barrel. Bottle conditioned for natural carbonation. Enjoy ...

There seems to be a new collaboration brew coming out every week these days. Some are born from friendship, some from mutual admiration for each others craft, and some are just from a marketing standpoint. Calabaza Boreal was born from admiration and friendship. When American wild ales first began to surface, for me, Jolly Pumpkin was at the forefront and still is. In 2009, before starting Anchorage Brewing Company, I was given a bottle of Oro de Calabaza from Matt Dinges of the Shelton Brothers when he was visiting for our annual Barleywine Fest. That beer is still one of my favorite beers, and was my inspiration to start Anchorage Brewing Company. After starting the brewery with Shelton representing me, Matt introduced me to Ron Jeffries, the spooky guy behind Jolly Pumpkin. We would chat back and forth about brewing with oak and different techniques we use in our breweries. Eventually, we decided to make a beer together. It has been such a huge honor to create something with someone that has inspired me so much! Well, it turns out that Ron is just a regular person like the rest of us (well maybe not quite normal), and we have become good friends since I traveled to Michigan to brew the Jolly Pumpkin version of this beer. The Anchorage version is the same beer recipe, different primary yeast, and a dosing of Oro de Calabaza right from the barrel to incorporate a bit of the Jolly Pumpkin flavor into the beer.

Now its come full circle, first with an inspiring bottle of Oro, now to a collaboration brew with a bit of Oro in the blend. Thanks Ron, for the continued friendship and inspiration! Distributed By My Friends, The Shelton Brothers [undersigned] Gabe Fletcher Founder/Brewer [&] Ron Jefferies General Mischief Maker Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Added by Keith_R on 06-07-2014

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 2 bottle dates 12/2014 served cold in a teku

Appearance: very pale hay color with a nice white head and tons of lacing; hazy

Nose: pithy from the grapefruit, Brett barnyard funk, citrus, lemon, oranges, tropical, kinda dirty

Taste: highly carbonated, grapefruit, Brett funk, citrus, spicy middle of the mouth, bitter and tannic finish.

Overall: I'm really glad I got a chance to try this beer before it is a Dodo bird. Great Brett character and some slight sour notes but nothing too crazy here. I think Oro de Calabaza is far more tart. I do love the depth of character from the wild yeast and the souring bacteria.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lemon and citrus on the nose with a bit of oak and bit of grapefruit pith. Citrus tartness in the flavor with just a bit of peppercorn and maybe bit of funk. Really get a lot of the grapefruit. Super easy drinking with a nice high carbonation and medium full mouthfeel. Really dry in the finish. December 2014 batch.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The nose is nice, containing oak, a bit of funky yeast and grapefruit. Flavour has the same things going on. Slightly funky, oak, grapefruit and lemon. The finish is very dry with spicy flavours. Slightly tart. Body is fizzy and full. The hops don't come screaming through for me - they are there but not dominant or central to the flavour. This is likely due to the age of the bottle. Very nice collaboration between two good breweries.

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Photo of Alequine
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slight hazy yellow in color. The aroma is definitively grapefruit and lots of it with a barnyard mustiness coming through. Another whiff of the nose brings a slight grassiness, yeastiness and lemon. Nicely aromatic and complex.

Nicely tart in taste. Nice citrus notes. Medium in body. Medium in carbonation is bringing out the grapefruit notes, the grapefruit peel, the wild yeast and grass notes. Light oaky flavor as well.
I read someone else's review which noted that this beer was aged in foudres not barrels. They thought that aging in oak barrels would bring out more oak flavor and character. Good thought. Light floral hop, grapefruit and tart finish. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

BOTTLE: 750ml brown glass format. Hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Fancy screen-print label art/design. Batch #1. May 2014. This is the version brewed at Anchorage.

7% ABV. 40 IBUs. Distributed by the Shelton Bastards.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to come to temp over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a saison per the label.

Expectations are high given the two stellar breweries involved.

HEAD: ~2-2.5 inches wide. White in colour. Good consistency and complexion. Leaves inconsistent lacing as the head recedes, which takes a healthy 8+ minutes.

BODY: Clear. Vibrant yellow. No yeast or sediment is visible within on the first pour, though I do notice lively yeast particulate about the bottom of the bottle.

This appearance suggests a starchy lemony brew. I expected a murkier cloudier/more turbid body, but it's lively enough, and seems well-carbonated. Not unique or special for a saison, and seemingly more filtered (to its detriment).

AROMA: The grapefruit peel is fantastic and immediately obvious, injecting zesty citrusy character into this lively aroma. White pepper, straw/hay, barnyard character (must, flora, fruity esters), and faint biscuity brettanomyces. The brettanomyces yeast(s) lend it a mild funkiness - enough to give it some life but not so much that you're beaten about the head with funky gym sock notes or anything off-putting. The oak is reticent/shallow; I suspect moving from foudres to barrels would help substantially. Lemony twang.

Hopwise, it's floral and a biteen grassy, but I find none of Mosaic's signature blueberry, nor any of Galaxy's new world fruitiness.

I detect no alcohol or off-notes.

Aroma is of mild strength, suggesting an adequately complex brew which makes good use of grapefruit, but disappoints in terms of oak presence.

TASTE: The lemony twang plays nicely with the barnyardy straw/hay notes and fits neatly into the citrusy focus of the beer alongside the fresh grapefruit peel. Often, beers with grapefruit character are imbalanced on account of the rindy biting bitterness grapefruit injects, but this is well-executed*. Oak presence, is - as feared - disappointingly reticent and shallow, offering little of anything. I'd like to see the brewers age this in barrels, not foudres. The floral hop character complements the wild farmhouse-y flora remarkably well, and the brettanomyces yeast(s) are aptly subtle, never making this too funky or unwieldy. I have to dig to find the peppercorn; more depth of flavour would be nice there. Hints of mango...maybe the Galaxy hops creeping in?

I find none of Mosaic's signature blueberry character, and the Galaxy I think is ill-used, but that may just be the aging I've done to this bottle.

It's a nice build for a saison overall, bringing an interesting grapefruit character to the traditional style, fusing American and Belgian approaches. No, it doesn't have Fantome's saisons' intricate spice profile, and it can't boast Dupont's saisons' complex yeast profile, but it's quite enjoyable and approachable, with impressive nuance. I rather like it.

No off-flavours, booze, or oxidation comes through. Fans of strictly traditional approaches to the style will likely find this too bitter, citing grapefruit pith as the culprit. Defenders of the beer might use the polite euphemism "Americanized." I think it works.

TEXTURE: Light and somewhat refreshing in spite of being subtly coarse and subtly dry. Prickly overcarbonation emphasizes the coarseness, which drags out a bit more depth of flavour. Above average acidity on account of the citrus. Overall presence on the palate is good, but to nitpick there isn't truly a perfect harmony of texture and taste. Luckily, the usual oily texture of grapefruit juice is well tamed here. This mouthfeel may not elevate the beer as a whole, but it suits the style.

Constructively, it's a bit too dry and starchy, which parches the palate somewhat.

OVERALL: Well put together, and certainly inspired, though the reticent oak and relative lack of adequate pepper(corn) flavour does hold it back. I don't see a motivated intention behind the usage of Mosaic and Galaxy - which may be due to aging - but then, the best saisons in the world age gracefully for far more than the year and a half I've given this.

Most importantly, as a saison from two of the best breweries in the country, this doesn't disappoint. There are no overt flaws - only ways in which it could be improved. Absolutely worth its reasonable price point (in spite of being distributed by the Shelton Bastards), and a beer I'd happily buy again. The fruity accents are a highlight, and I'd love to see more saisons that explore similar territory. This is a beer I'd recommend to friends, but as much as I like it, I can't say it's amongst the best in the style, nor is it quite world class. Damn drinkable, though, and a brew that would go well with food.

B (3.71) / GOOD

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a hazy yellow with a small head and no lacing.
S - Aroma is lemon, funky and yeasty.
T - The flavor is tart and lemony.
M - Mouth feel is medium, carbonation is also medium. Crisp and refreshing.
O - I like this beer. But it's just about as tart as I want a beer to be.

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Photo of mntlover
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale yellow color with a thumb sized white head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is wonderful fruity grapefruit, lemon zest, woody notes, earthy peppery spice. Biscuit malts loaded barnyard funk, brett nice sweetness loaded with fruity funk. Nice to know you can brew Jolly Pumpkin greatness in other parts of this country.

Taste is nice like the nose funky barnyard notes right away loaded with brett goodness. Finish is lingering funk and good doses of spice. Not much fruit except for the tart notes lemon zest like. Taste is normal Jolly Pumpkin like good with nice doses of funk.

Mouthfeel s nice light medium good carbonation level lightens the feel some but does not become to fizzy for my taste.

Overall nice collaboration brew if that's what you call brewing the recipe in beautiful Anchorage Alaska.

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Photo of mawelge
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually my favorite Anchorage Brewing beer; most of their stuff tastes unrefined to me, like they need another few years to master their lineup. The Calabaza is a nice balance between the tart grapefruit and a bit of funk. Very clean and drinkable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Murky yellow hay brown color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is decent a few wisps of lacing are left.

4.75 S: Ahhh grapefruit and lots of it. Pleasantly funky - the brett really comes through. Garbage, barnyard, wildflower, and woody funkiness. Peppery spiciness. Hay type grassiness, yeast, lemon zest. This is pretty amazing. Powerful, complex, and perfectly integrated.

3.75 T: For as killer as the nose is, the taste just doesn't measure. Surprisingly bitter for the style. Still lots of funk though - bretty barnyard and wood. Again peppery but lacking much of the fruitiness (i.e. lemon). Grapefruit tartness and pithiness. Doesn't have quite the complexity of the nose, but it still tastes pretty good.

3.5 M: Medium body. The carbonation is a tad aggressive - it blows up a bit in the mouth with each sip. A light astringency on finish.

3.75 D: The nose on this is fabulous, but the rest falls short. It's still good though and worth a try.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2. White head. Hazy bright yellow color.

A lot of Brett and funk. Huge grapefruit flavors with a fair amount of spice and lemon. Very dry.

Not as good as the jp but still good.

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Photo of joe1510
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$11.99
Discount Liquors - Milwaukee

A goldenrod body rules this beer with a milky haze when backlit. The haze isn't much, but it's there and manages to fracture the light and glow. The foam stands out pure white with a impressive stick-to-itiveness.The head easily grows to a couple fingers in height before settling at a sturdy cap and even sturdier ring. The ring leaves thick drink lines with each imbibe.

The nose on this beer is flat out mouthwatering. A dizzying complexity starts out with grapefruit in many forms; brown sugar broiled, pith, juice, and candied peel. It's so vibrant and citric that it's actually pretty amazing. The peppercorns add a soft spice, more inline with pink or white peppercorns, but I may be wrong. Perfectly integrated wildflower dewiness and pineapple pop along thanks to the brett. The base brings orchard fruits by the fistful, peaches and apricots, and, ground cherries. This beer makes me drool.

The flavor profile isn't quite as vibrant as the nose but it certainly has its charm, trust me on that. Grapefruit leans more toward the pith, peel, and fresh squeezed juice in the flavor than the semi-sweetness on the nose. The brett is more bold with wildflower and aromatic hay qualities that rise to the nasal cavities. The orchard fruits still stand, along with a easy going sugar cookie sweetness. The pepper adds soft spice and the grapefruit brings with it some bitter. This beer has depth.

When Anchorage brewed this beer they nailed the mouthfeel.The body is light and effervescent with a carbonation that's airy enough to border on creamy and plush. Tannins dry out the gums and teeth, bitterness grabs the tip of the tongue and throat. It's amazingly dry, amazingly quickly. I want another drink now.

The Jolly Pumpkin version was delicious and the Anchorage version is at least delicious, if not more so. The grapefruit is vibrant and takes many forms. The pepper adds spice, though soft. The base beer is delicious and full of character. I could drink this all day long. The tannins really get me where they need to. Bueno! Muy bueno!

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Photo of kemoarps
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale pale yellow. Very opaque and has a massive foamy white head. Big ol' bubbles. Wonderful lacing. Veritably glows in the light.

Nose is pleasingly funky not unlike Exit 9. Brett and straw and a hint of dull black peppercorns.

Definite grapefruit peel presence in the taste though. Bitter and tart claw for supremacy with grapefruit and lemon the two big ones, and bitter grapefruit peel winning out and taking the victory lap.
Sharp carbonation pierces the tongue like it was the 90s but other than that it's actually pretty smoothe.

Also, not that it affects the beer at all, but I really like the bottle art.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back label says Batch #1 May/2014.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Vibrant Brett character with a nice shot of citrus. Slightly sweet and has an earthy quality to it. Super zesty.

T- The citrus notes this beer brings are unparalleled. Melon, peach, pineapple, grapefruit and orange are all there with a mild acidity that brings everything together and makes for an outstanding drink. That little bit of tartness just makes all that bright fruit flavor pop in a way I've never seen before.

M- Moderate tartness with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- If you see this beer on a shelf, do not pass it up. An excellent funky saison that will bring a smile to your face.

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Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Despite that pumpkin is part of the name, pictured on the label, and in the name of the collaborating brewer, Calabaza Boreal is not brewed with pumpkin whatsoever. It is not a pumpkin ale. And it looks nothing like one either - pale and vibrantly yellow, this beer has an almost glowing lime green tint. Its head is tightly spun and leaves a lacing thick and sticky enough to incubate insect larvae.

So what is the deal with this one? It's fermented and aged in oak barrels with peppercorns, grapefruit peel as well as grapefruit juice. Not to mention it's made with a boatload of mosaic and galaxy hops. Hence it's no surprise to find an aroma bursting with zesty citrus character and bitter grapefruit peel, as well as pungently leafy ganja-like notes. Everyone prospers in this bouquet.

The taste is likewise a blend of Florida sunshine and Pacific Northwest dankness. It's not the flavour profile I'd expect from these two brewers but it's an undeniably agreeable, flattering one for sure. All that breakfast juice is surprisingly bitter and the hops only compound this sensation; there's plenty of fruitiness but none of it is even remotely sweet. Despite some tartness, bitter is the nature of the beer.

Of course, time in the barrel wasn't for not. The toasty, vanilla notes of the wood combine with the inherent citrus (and orchard) fruit flavours to create a Chardonnay-like profile that, like the wine, is rich, supple, and universally agreeable. The 7% alcohol is evident but doesn't prove to be much of a problem; it's easy to drink for a strong beer. Besides, the grapefruit packs a stronger punch.

Calabaza Boreal is considerably tropical for a winter collaboration (Dec 2014) between Alaskan and Michigan brewers. I didn't see that coming. But what I did expect was this offering to stand up to the high standards that each Anchorage and Jolly Pumpkin have cultivated for themselves regarding experimental barrel-fermented offerings. These beers aren't cheap, but they're certainly worth it.

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Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big and fluffy off-white froth rests patient atop this pale golden brew. Aroma has plenty of musty overripe fruits (lemon, grapefruit, green apple) as well as a hint of grain and sugar. Tastes of light fruits, fruit peel, and slight funk. Some faint peppercorn and hops at the back. Goes down very dry and light to medium in body.

A very tasty Saison with just enough pucker and a bit o' bite to boot.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells of cheesy, barn-funk, with some sweaty, tropical fruit, and Belgian yeast esters. Taste explodes with light, crisp, refreshing citrus and tropical fruit flavors, but finishes with an abrupt grapefruit pith (and maybe peppercorn, but that's a stretch) bitterness that lingers on the palate long after. 8/10

What she said: "I don't think I like it." 7/10

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Photo of cjgator3
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed a bottle of this at a recent bottle share. This review is for the Anchorage bottled version of the collaboration. The grapefruit is what shines the most with some other spices and funk as well.

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Photo of stortore
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle int a tulip glass.

Pours a bright, hazy yellow, two finger head, some lacing. Smell is of yeast, grapefruit, funk, light malt, some lemon as it warms. Odd to not pick up pepper, when peppercorns are in it, but I don't. Taste continues on the yeast, grapefruit and funk. Lemon more apparent now, some malt and hop bitterness, a little pepper. Tart, but not overly so. Smooth, well carbonated, good feel.

Very enjoyable, the flavors work well together. Good collaboration, doesn't feel like a compromise, like some do.

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Photo of Ri0
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Pretty light golden straw with a sea foam white 2 finger head. Retention is very nice with a good amount of spotty lacing.

S - A nice tart grapefruit funk with yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy scents and some spice mixed in as well.

T - Damn this is funky with just a slight tartness about it. The grapefruit hits right away with lemon zest, floral hops and a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, wheat, and some medium peppercorn spice to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Enjoyed this Saison and thought it was very well made with a great balance of tart, funk, and spice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: Batch #2/DEC 2014

A: Pours a fairly hazy straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and a light amount of golden yellow + lemon yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that reduces to a pillowy finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of brett over the top of light to moderate aromas of pale malts, lemon citrus, and citrus/grapefruit zest hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts with moderate flavors of brett funkiness (hay and barnyard notes). That is followed by light to moderate flavors of lemon citrus and spicy saison yeast. Finally, there is a moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit and citrus/grapefruit zest hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which does not linger. Overall, there is a moderate amount of funkiness which lingers beyond the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate to significant amounts of dryness are present in the finish.

O: Really enjoyable with a nice amount of funkiness in both the aroma and taste. Nice hops flavors are present as well as the traditional saison flavors/aromas. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Definitely worth grabbing. Aspects I associate with both breweries shine through.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Look - Golden, Hazy, Frothy. Looks like a fun summer beer

Smell - Yeasty, sweet, slightly sour

Taste - When I began tasting the beer the first sensation i tasted was an orange sweetness. The deeper into my pint I got, that sweetness dissipated and turned into a bitterness(which I enjoy more). The two fruit flavors that I taste the most are orange and grapefruit. The overall citrus - ness is pleasant

MF: Light and pretty highly carbonated. My mouth enjoyed

Overall - I thought this was a very huge representation of the style, with a slight twist to make it unique!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I shared this bottle with tenderbranson69 enjoyed from the corked and caged bottle in a goblet.

The color is golden with thick haze and white head with very fine bead with lace that sticks. The smell is tangy fruity with tropical melon and mild grapefruit in the nose with slight spice and mild funk. The feel is tangy with funk of yeast and moderately high carbonation with slight acidity and subtle spice with mild sweetness with slightly dry finish.

The taste has a slight spice with lots of citrus acidity and light yeast funkiness with lots of grapefruit juiciness and gentle woodiness with mild spice continuing with yeast adding to the tropical taste with slight yogurt-like lactic sourness with peppery dry finish. Overall I consider this to be excellent with tangy woody and funky ale iwth nice fruity/spicy combo -would love to have this again

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Photo of n2185
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Tart cherries with sweet candy sugar up front along with citrus rind, pepper, and some hay and barnyard funk aromas.

T: Sour fruit up front with musty and slightly bitter barnyard flavors. Some spicy pepper flavors follow and linger on the aftertaste. Musty flavors and grapefruit also come through.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation, this beer is quite drinkable without being watery.

O: A good beer, overall. Tart, funky, and citrusy throughout. Deliciouis.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; Batch #2, bottled in 12/2014. A bit of a gusher upon opening, but not too bad. Pours slightly hazy bright golden straw color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white wine, peppercorn, clove, wheat, hay, straw, grass, oak, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white wine, peppercorn, clove, wheat, hay, straw, grass, oak, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of yeast/peppercorn spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pear, apple, white wine, peppercorn, clove, wheat, hay, straw, grass, oak, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light pale malt flavors; with a great fruity/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. A fair amount of dryness, but still has some lingering yeast and spice notes after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent wild spiced saison style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast, spices, wine barrel, and light pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This version seemed to be a bit more yeast/brett forward with less tart grapefruit flavors and more dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and I can’t say I prefer one over the other overall.

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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed gold color with a sliver of pearl colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Grapefruit , pears & white pepper

T: Follows the nose, rich grapefruit peel & little dryness. A little peppercorn sneaks in as this warms, plus more grapefruit & pear, light breadyness & just a little yeasty twang. Finishes dry, grapefruitty with a little peppercorn spice

MF: Light/medium bodied, lively carbonation

Nice drinkability, one of the better collaborations I've tried. Good interesting saison

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