Saison De Brettaville | Almanac Beer Co.

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Saison De BrettavilleSaison De Brettaville
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Almanac Beer Co.
California, United States
almanacbeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brettanomyces, the wild yeast also known as "Brett," brings out a wide range of flavors and aromas in beer, from exotic fruits to earthy funk. We added a dozen different Brett strains to our dry-hopped Saison Dolores, then aged it in white wine barrels for several months. The result is an intricate farmhouse ale with the kind of nuance and depth that only Brett can create. Serve alongside soft funky cheeses or as a tangy counterpoint to rich charcuterie.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-21-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
172
pDev:
6.8%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
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Reviews by 2GOOFY:
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4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

definitely one of the best almanac beers i have had in a long time. its so different than their sour beers across the board, that i really appreciate the change of direction. they were starting to get a little bit samey, and for ten bucks a bottle, it was starting to get expensive tasting similar beers again and again, but this is totally different, and i love it. hazy slightly orange pale beer with minimal luster and about an inch of white head on top with patchy lacing as it drinks down. smells like wine barrels first, fruity and oaky, wet and young, a little acidic, and with notes of peaches and pears. the bretty funk is pretty multi-layered in the nose too, a mix of cultures i have to imagine. its fruity too, minimally puckery, and more wild and saison-esque than anything else. the flavor is fruity well beyong just the white grapes from the wine. i get the peaches again, and maybe even some tangerine and pineapple, the brett obviously contributing here to the perception of different fruits. dry as can be, with enough acidity from the wine to balance out the funk, but its wild before its sour, insofar as the we can make that distinction. complex and bright, beautifully carbonated, and warming up with a floral hop profile that was not there when it was cooler. overall an extremely impressive beer from almanac, their best in recent memory, well worth the asking price.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 375-ml. bottle
Glass: Westvleteren 12 Trappist
From: Grocery Outlet in Allied Gardens (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: Jan. 19, 2018
Consumed: Jan. 20, 2018
Reviewed as: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 1, 2015 at 10:34 a.m. PT (I think)

Saw this and a three other Almanac beers for a really low price on a recent trip to Grocery Outlet in Allied Gardens. There were two 750-ml. bottles for $9.99 (regular price $22.99 and $27.99, respectively) and two 375-ml. bottles for $3.99 and $4.99 (regular price $9.99). Picked up this one ($4.99) and a 750-ml. bottled (the $22.99 one), as well as a couple of other 6-packs. Bottle description read, “Brettanomyces, the wild yeast also known as "Brett," brings out a wide range of flavors and aromas in beer, from exotic fruits to earthy funk. We added a dozen different Brett strains to our dry-hopped Saison Dolores, then aged it in white wine barrels for several months. The result is an intricate farmhouse ale with the kind of nuance and depth that only Brett can create. Serve alongside soft funky cheeses or as a tangy counterpoint to rich charcuterie.” Was going to be interesting.

Poured a golden hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of fast moving bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent layered foamy lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled bubblegum, lime, pine forest, Juicy Fruit gum, Brett, lemon tart, grass, white grapefruit, pineapple, Mountain Dew, floral and green leaf. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted at least as good as the nose. Got funky Brett, lemon tart, lime, white wine barrel, pine forest, grass, sharp white grapefruit, Mountain Dew, pineapple, green leaf, Juicy Fruit gum and floral. (Taste - 4.00)

Light body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Funky, dry, oaky finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was pretty damn good overall. More sour than saison, but good. Won’t ever beat that $4.99 price, but would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

4.05 | 91 | A-

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fruity, Vinous, Oaky, Dry

Saison de Brettaville is a Brettanomyces fermented ale aged in white wine barrels that boasts a slightly hazed blonde color and an ultra creamy, thick head with a lasting lace. Aromas of young stone fruit, must, wine and wood kick things off, with a tartness that's followed by more stone fruit in the form of nectarine and notes of papaya. Layers of vinousness, oak, funk, soft aged hops, bread, pepper and yeast build until the bone-dry finish. The fruit and wine are an outstanding pair, and the flavors really pull together and smooth out as the beer warms. Seek this one out.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #110 (March 2016).

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Photo of stephenlee
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JFrank78
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 375ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

This one's a funk-bomb through and through. Huge Brett notes in the nose. Hints of hay, cobweb, coriander, spice, peppercorn and a touch of butter, peat and sulfur. More of the same on the palate. Pineapple, citrus, hay, cobweb, wet wood, peppercorn and a light citrus tartness right at the finish. Funky as hell. Light and fluffy in the mouth with aggressive carbonation. Prickly and lively throughout and foamy going down. Solid but nothing really stands out.

A couple of years ago, I would've hated this beer because I didn't understand it... since then, I've at least come to appreciate the Brett beer style. Solid but I'm still not a huge fan overall.

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Photo of KensWorld
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into Pilsner glass.
Semi cloudy yellow with 2 finger off white head.
Citrus, Pine and Brett funk on the nose.
Taste slightly sour and funky, good light aftertaste, slight wine barrel taste.
Feels very effervescent like a soda pop
Overall very well made, balanced and smooth. The Brettanomyces is so well showcased here.

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Photo of markcp
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NSXAG
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light orange with a pure white thick and puffy head that is relatively long lasting.

Nose is orange/tangerine funky brett and quite complex and appealing.

Mouth feel is tart and puckery without being sour. Nice carbonation and great balance.

Flavor profile is complex funky brett, light "almost sweet" citrus orange/tangerine toned.

Finish is a nice "almost sour" orange with a clean and tart tone.

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Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TruePerception
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almanac's Saison de Brettaville, Brettanomyces ale aged in white wine barrels. 7.2% ABV.

A: About two fingers of fluffy white head. Decent, long lasting sheeting. Light lacing. Very opaque orange-yellow.

S: Light hop aroma; piney. Backing peach/citrus. Perhaps a very faint banana peel.

T/MF: Though not very strong, the hop character is making it hard to pick out the Brett. More pine and ash, with grapefruit note as you swallow. Faint banana peel, and even less leather. A decent amount acidity around the front sides of the tongue. I feel like there is a whisp of butterscotch, but I can't be certain...

This is fairly disappointing from a Brett standpoint. It's an okay beer, but for the price of Almanac, I'd prefer anything else in their sour line that I've tried.

Poured from a 375mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of n2185
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of complexity between the dry hopping, brett and barrel aging. There's a strong balance between all three and they all play well off each other. The white wine characteristics are strong but very tasty and don't take away from the beers other attributes. Pleasant acidity without being over the top. A great brew.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Saison De Brettaville from Almanac Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 172 ratings