Mosaic Saison | Anchorage Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale with brettanomyces aged and fermented in oak barrels.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-06-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,578
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
300
pDev:
6.76%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
39
Trade:
3
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Photo of hozersr
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Hazy orange. Big white head. Smells of strong brett, oak, a touch of oxidation, and some doughy malts. Maybe a shade of hops. Tastes of a tiny amount of hoppiness up front, then brett takes over. Earthy without being acidic. Doughy malts. Oak and slight oxidation in the back end. Medium body. I didn't notice the age when I picked this up. Oops. It's actually still very good, but probably not what it was.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Semi-hazy golden color. Aroma has brett funk, floral notes, pineapple, pollen and hay. Taste is a bit astringent, mostly fruity and dry. Medium body, quite effervescent.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WhackoMillah93
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a burnt yellow to copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Some trickling lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some sweet grassy hops playing with some lemongrass, coriander, peppercorn, tangerine, orange, rustic Brett sour features and some floral tones.
The flavor was a fantastic blend of sweet vinous lemongrassy tones to the sour and a light funk underscored by a light earthy to peppercorn-like spice. This seemed to bleed on into the aftertaste in the same way.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Light vinous to funky grip along my tongue in a nice way and playing with a respectful carbonation. ABV seemed on par as projected by the brewer.
Overall, what an absolutely wonderful saison that I would love to come back to.

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

Photo of BergBeer
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eddyfunt
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color. The head is three fingers high and eggshell in shade. Retention is frustratingly good, and extreme amounts of lacing stick to the glass.

Even at nearly two years old, the Mosaic hops give the aroma a wonderful citrus tone. Additional qualities of pineapple, tangerine, and blueberry also appear. Saison yeast offers some grass, black pepper, and flowers, while the brett is nice and funky (though not quite as nuanced as the best brett beers). Apart from the slight lack of brett nuance, I can't think of a single thing wrong with the aroma. It's hoppy yet appropriately rustic.

Flavor profile follows suit, but seems drier all around. It starts off with plenty of grass and black pepper, before funky brett notes cluster around the middle. It finishes with a wisp of Mosaic hops (tangerine, grapefruit, even blueberry!) and a moderate yet careful touch of bitterness. As a brett showcase, it's great though not quite perfect - it needs just a bit more nuance. But still, it's quite clear how much care went into making this.

Dry, dry, dry. This isn't the fizziest or most effervescent saison ever (carbonation is noticeable yet not heavy), but it still manages to virtually evaporate off the palate. It also allows the mouthfeel to be surprisingly soft, lacking in firm, angular edges.

Sure, it's expensive. But it's a wonderfully rustic, hoppy, and just plain delicious saison that drinks every bit as well as I expected it to. Great work, Anchorage - now, let's see if we can't package this in tallboy cans, huh?

4.13/5: Simple name, awesome beer

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3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SiepJones
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (corked and caged, 2015 vintage) into a Duvel tulip. Light gold in color with a fluffy cap of bubbles. The nose is pineapple and mandarin orange with bretty notes. Lots of brett in the flavor, fruit (oranges, pineapple) is still present with a touch of straw on the finish. Very dry. Interesting mouth, there is a ton of carbonation (like I put pop rocks on my tongue) and its dry enough that it feels more like the beer is evaporating rather than being swallowed. This beer was not what I thought it was going to be, and I mean that in a good way. If you like a dry saison with good mosaic flavor this is the beer for you.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. This beer pours a cloudy hazy light gold with an ample white fluffy head. The head breaks after a bit of time, but there is some nice lacing the entire time this beer was being enjoyed. The smell comes up fast, and it predominantly brett. I mean really brett. But then other elements seep in such as the hops and some spices. The taste is great, the brett again is very strong, and then there are the mosaic hops which are clearly there. There is full carbonation and the feel is heavily influenced by the brett, in that is added astringency and made the finish quite dry.

I was quite pleasantly surprised by this beer, and it was a real pleasure to drink. In many ways it reminded me of a nice Orval.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Mosaic Saison from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 300 ratings