Middle Name Danger | DC Brau Brewing Co.

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Average: 4.2 | pDev: 8.33%

Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 18

Belgian Saison | 7.20% ABV

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DC Brau Brewing Co.
District of Columbia, United States

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. 
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 18
Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stillwater collaboration

a: the beer is a cloudy, deep orange-yellow in color, with a full finger of bone white head, fading to a surface coating

s: rich, fruity saison aroma - pineapple, peach, banana, sweet citrus; yeasty with some phenolic character, pepper, clean malt, candi sugar sweetness

m: full, smooth carbonation on a moderate bodied ale

t: sweet candi sugar and clean malts set up a full fruit palate of pineapple, pit fruit, citrus pulp, and banana; plenty yeasty, fresh grassy hops, lingering finish, quite nice

o: really enjoyed this one, rich and complex for the style

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Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64 oz brewery filled growler into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazed gold in the glass, topped with a couple fingers of rich and foamy bright-white head. This retains with a solid ½ finger or so, with a robust flare-up that rings the sides of the glass with spotty lace. The aroma smells of ripe tropical notes of mango, pineapple and more bitter grapefruit while soft grains hang on the edges. This is actually pretty heavy on yeasty bubblegum notes, while more of a gentle spiciness works well with the grapefruit flavor here in the nose. Those tropical fruit notes here really pop!

The taste is more soft tropical fruit flavor, bubblegum, sweet and doughy (yet still tight) grains and an underlying wave of fresh bitter citrus. Spice starts out a bit more subdued than it did in the aroma but does come out stronger in the finish, where it lingers with a dry and bitter feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharpness on the tongue and then more of a creamy feel with a touch of oiliness that helps keep this smooth despite a 7% + ABV.

This was pretty darn good collaboration beer, with a crisp bitterness and juicy hop flavors that paired up very nicely with the bubblegum, fruit and spicy character from the yeast (that actually had this feeling more like a Belgian IPA at times). I was surprised a just how easy this drank considering the flavors and ABV. I’d love to see this return again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a DC Brau cervoise and a Stillwater stemmed glass, double glassware win, a good beer too. Beer is yellow and hazy, thin with an almost white appearance, nice big soft white head of small and large bubbles, moderate retention.

Aroma is nice and bready with a strong yeast presence. I really like it.

Beer is wet and sweet with a nice finish, mild bitterness, good yeast character, I could drink this all day long. A growler wasn't nearly enough.

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Photo of nimrod979
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unlabeled bomber shared from a brewery friend. Poured into a DC Brau tulip.

Appearance: Poured a hazy light straw color with an average one finger white head. Moderate retention and sudsy lacing.

Aroma: Spicy, herbal, clove and slightly fruity banana aromas. Slight funk and even a touch of floral hops.

Taste: Starts out with a quick floral hop before the more spicy and herbal flavors along with some yeasty notes. Some fruitiness adds just the right amount of sweetness towards then end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Smooth and somewhat dry mouthfeel.

Was pretty excited for this one as it's a collab. of two of my favorite local brewers. Did not disappoint.

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4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go to Kegatron yet again for this growler share. Thanks my friend! Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clouded golden color with a thin white cap across the top. It is interesting to watch the carbonation release from suspension and slowly make it's way to the surface. Bubbles rising throughout the solution and maintain a film throughout the duration. Patches of lace stick to the glassware as the cap fades and sips are taken.

The aroma of this brew has a big juicy tropical hop character right out the gate. As it opens up, the aromatics change to a bit of mango and herbal to grassy character. The saison aspect emerges with quite a bit of phenolic character smelling of spicy clove and a huge rush of a bubblegum scent. The more I smell this, it takes on a bit of orange marmalade aspect or candied oranges mixed with peaches and a hint of alcohol.

The taste has a big spicy impact from the yeast. Clove is the dominating characteristic with some tropical hop flavoring and a bit of herbal bitterness. When focusing on the spiced aspect of the clove more herbal aspects emerge but mid-palate it transforms into more of a tropical flavor of mango and cantaloupe. The finish has more herbal elements that are mildly vegetative with a bit of black pepper.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. At times, this brew is smooth and nearly chewy which is awkward for a saison but is also typically associated with a french saison yeast strain. I'll stick my neck out and say that the french saison strain was probably used here as that makes the most sense not only with the feel but also with the fruity character displayed here. This brew was a wild ride. It opened up like a tropical IPA, morphed into a spicy saison and ended up leaving me with an herbal bitter feel like this might be more in line with the belgian ipa style. Really an interesting brew across the board and enjoyable by all regards. Thank you again Heath for sharing.

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich fruity saison, nice collab and very stimulating.

Presentation: Growler from DC Brau's NE headquarters. Small dry board with general growler offering notes. Later at home served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy gold pour with a nice frothy head, medium retention with fair surface memory and nice lacing.

S - Fruity nose with a nice touch of funk, spicy yeast notes, tropical insinuation...

T - Nice earthy range with a touch of grass, the funky touch is far more subdued in the palate, but the spicy yeast is nicely woven to a fruity touch, pineapple, hint of mango… Citra in the finish?

M - Medium body, nicely balanced medium carbonation with a nice creamy ride...

O - Fresh and enticing flow...

Notes: …I´d love to see this offering again in the future. It deserves to go beyond the one-off.

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Photo of Rukasu
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from growler into a tulip glass. Thick, dense, long lasting white two-finger head. Beautiful honey colored semi-opaque yellow.

S - Slightly fruity, hints of banana, pine/rosemary, alcohol, brown sugar, pit fruits

T - Alcohol warmth up front. Citrus tartness, slightly sweet with banana and fruity yeasts.

M - Appearance looks thick, but the mouthfeel and alcohol is well hidden. Great for drinking outdoors on a late summer afternoon. A full growler goes down very smoothly between two.

O - Great collaboration beer between DC Brau and Stillwater!

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Middle Name Danger from DC Brau Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 18 ratings