Rabbid Rabbit | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
7.4% ABV, 25 IBUs - This Franco-Belgian style Farmhouse Ale has an effervescent body and a light straw color. Rabbid Rabbit, with it’s light malt body, augmented by spices, is a complex and frothy beverage with a deceptively high alcohol content. March release.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange with some head. Pleasant citrus and cinammon and corriander aroma, and taste. If there were gradients in the important taste rating, it would be higher than a 3.5 average rating. Not very complex, still pleasant, refreshing and quite drinkable. Thanks Crushinator,A good saison in many ways, however I have had bolder and more varied taste and aromas saisons, what a great style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, yeast, spice, and some chalky aromas. Taste is the same with a very peppery spice bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors. Good stuff.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a great beer, but to me more of a tripel than a saison, with all the malt sweetness, so maybe more of a line bender than anything. who cares really, taste is king. it pours a clear golden honey color, we have seen this before in the globe, with a half inch of lace. the nose is very sweet, big malts, but on the lighter color and taste spectrum. did they really add rock candy to the kettle? if they did, I can smell and taste it, if they didn't, I still think I can. light herbal notes in nose and taste too, like green tea, but not bitter or quite as earthy. more of a grass vibe. very full body, ultra sweet, sticky almost, but the Belgian yeast makes this awesome. it gives it a slightly dry finish for all the sugar, and it unites that tea element perfectly. glad I had folks around to share this with, but it is a really different beer that I enjoyed a lot. 27 bucks for a bottle at revolution brewing in Chicago, but id say it was worth that markup for a first timer. three floyds are known for there hop use, but this is up to par with some of their better known beers in my opinion.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured as a golden orange with a pretty good white head retention. Spicy banana aroma and some light spices. Tastes like a mix of wheat grains, banana and spice. The aftertaste and complexity non existent, it has good flavor upfront but kinda drops off the map after the swallow. This brew is on the lighter side also and would be ideal for summer drinking.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quality brew to be expected from Three Floyds. The color is stuck somewhere between copper and orange with a light haze and a mysterious glow. The aromas of bruised fruits, spices, and must. The taste confirms the aromas. Heavy flavors of peaches, pears, oranges, apricots, mangos, and papayas (all of the over-rippened variety) with a light pepery spiciness. Lovely medium texture, creamy and smooth; softens a bit in the finish for easy drinking. The beer did have a 'dish soap' flavor that began midway through the sip and lingered into the aftertaste which was a mild deterant. I also prefer a less rich fruitiness, but prefer a lighter refresher 'juicy' Saison. I also prefer a bit more woodsy, musty, and earthy flavor in the style. Nevertheless, I do recommend the brew. Thanks Kmpitz2 for the find on the road.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a head that disappears quickly and leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Rich butterscotch, toffee, bananas, cinnamon, coriander and allspice

Taste: Spice cake up front, with all of the aromas being incorporated into the malty flavors; the rock candy makes an appearance, as well, with a sweet but mineral-like flavor; I guess that is chamomile that is swirling in my mouth, too, with a mentholated aspect; after the swallow, some nice earthy drying hops appear to balance out all of the sweet things

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Drinkability: Not sure what is going on with the mouthfeel and carbonation of this brew, but I am not the only poster to note the problem; this is not a Saison, in the BJCP sense of the style, but it has great potential if the Floyds can fix the carbonation problem that seems to plague this brew

Thanks, aslamm75, for the chance to re-visit in 2013 - better carbonation though it still didn't capture the Belgian style; I do like the flavor profile, however

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Robertdoesbeer: Poured a slightly dark yellow color ale with a medium bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of spices is interesting with some subtle (for 3F anyway) citrus hops. Taste is a bit puzzling with a nice mix between some sweet malt and great spice mix. The end is a bit too dry and a tad too hoppy for my own taste. Body is way too thin for the style and way too filtered IMO. Even though it is an interesting beer, there is no way that this is close to the farmhouse Saison style being brewed in Belgium.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a one-finger, foamy, white head. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of some funky aromas with a light caramel maltiness. Some floral aromas, too.

T - It tasted of spices, yeast, light caramel malt and some fruity tartness.

M -It was fairly crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a pretty good saison. Not your typical saison, but still pretty good.

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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this over Memorial Day weekend. Reviewed from notes. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow/golden color with two fingers of foamy white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Mostly belgian spice with fruity notes, mostly banana. There is a little sweetness as well.

Taste: A crisp malt sweetness with a strong yeast spice. A bit spicy with some banana and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it had a nice balance of flavors.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Sean for getting me a bottle of this. I can't believe I havne't tried this until now. Served in a Three Floyds tulip pint because they don't make a tulip.

Pours a very hazy apricot-golden color with a very large eggshell head and loads of lacing on the way down.

The nose starts off with some heavy coriander and spice. There's a bit of pepper behind that, along with some light citrus. The flavor is similarly overwhelmed by coriander. Wow, that is a really hefty addition, and I can't say that I particularly care for it. Behind that is a bit of malt.

Body is medium and a bit chewy with a spicy coriander finish. Really unbelievable how much spice is in this one. Potentially my least favorite FFF beer ever, unfortunately.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a white, thick head that selltes down to a film and leaves decent lace on the glass. Hazy, orangeish yellow color that is a little darker than other examples of the style.

S - Musty, citrus aroma with noticeable spicy, phenolic notes. A little bit of sulphur and some yeast smell.

T - Begins with sweet, malty flavors and distinct wheat spiciness. This dominates the flavor until it is replaced by an apropriately lactic and somewhat hoppy finish.

M - A bit thicker than I would like it to be, it coats the mouth and the carbonation doesn't kick in as soon as it should.

D - Not bad, just a bit to sweet to be really drinkable. There are no major flaws in this beer, it fits fairly well into the saison style. However, it has no outstanding features either and it totally lacks the depth of flavor that characterizes a great saison. From other reviews, it sounds like it might be better on tap; I hope it is.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floy'ds Rabbid Rabbit pours a mostly clear golden-orange-amber body beneath a short head of creamy white foam that holds fairly well. The final pour of the bottle will, however, bring it quite hazy with yeast. It's a very nice appearance, but unfortunately the lacing is just average.

Delicate spice and rich, doughy malt combine in the nose leaving it perfumey and floral. Hops are leafy and herbal in the background... or is the herbal character from the chamomile? The alcohol sneaks through a little bit; and there's a touch of a plastic-like phenolic that carries through into the flavor as well (high fermentation temperature).

It's full and creamy in the mouth - surprising at 9% abv! The carbonation is low for the style, but that adds to the fullness in the mouth, and that's not necessarily a bad thing either.

Malt dominates the flavor profile... doughy and gently candyish. It's rich and round and just subtly toasty and mildly caramel-tinged. Light herbal and floral spiciness rounds it out, and then floats about the mouth in the finish. Some delicate phenolics lend a hand to it's candy character. Bitterness is kept at a minimum for the style, and this is a malt-monster compared to most of the saisons coming out of Belgium and France. It lacks a bit of complexity and dryness, and perhaps even balance. Still, it's quite enjoyable as it is, and surprisingly drinkable. It's just not what I think of when I think of Saison.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper with a couple fingers of rich bright-white head. This retains with a ½ finger cap of foam which leaves back a rich cascade of sticky lacing. The aroma smells quite flavorful, with notes of wheat, floral character, green earth, soft sticky fruit, some tartness, and a zippy feeling spicy presence in the nostrils. This is nice.

The taste has a crisp wheat base to it, with some softer fruit flavors working in (orange and banana seem to stick out), a smack of tart lemon, a light earthy bitterness, and a spicy dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a chewy creaminess on the tongue that spreads out into more of a sharp feel that prickles the mouth a bit. The alcohol here is very nicely hid for 7%+.

I’m glad that I finally sat down with a bottle of this, as it ending up being a rather tasty and easy sipping take on a Saison with a nice balance of malt, fruit, spice, and hops that kept this interesting to drink.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A big “Thank you” goes out to Bert for breaking this out and allowing me to try it.

A: The beer pours a dull amber color with an orange tint. There wasn’t much of a head simply because the short pour into a small cup, however what little was there was thick and orange & gold in color.

S: Sweet, caramelized malt with spice, a bit of hops and just a hint of the Belgian-style yeast that is normally more dominant in this style.

T: You taste the malt & spice first along with some breadiness, followed by a faint yeast flavor and then a touch of hops. It leaves a faint but sugary after-taste.

M: Very smooth, full-bodied, medium carbonation with a very clean finish for such a sweet and thick beer.

D: Goes down very easily, might be a bit filling and the 9.00% ABV may catch up with you after a while, but if you can put that aside, you’ll be throwing this beer back for a long time. This is yet another excellent beer from Three Floyd’s. I wasn’t too thrilled with the Saison style, but I liked this one much better than the others that I’ve had.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly clear, gold-orange body beneath an inch of foamy, frothy, white head.

Smell: Quite the aromatic nose on this one. Fragrant notes of apricots, peaches, pears, candi sugar, coriander, fresh herbs and spices.

Taste: Sugar, spicy gingerbread cookie dough flavor. A few hunks of fresh, ripe fruits. Pinch of coriander as well as other quality herbs. Relatively light hop bitterness. All of the various spicy qualities and flavors come together and, for a brief second, make me think "pumpkin pie spice". Only a second, mind you. Minor (thankfully) hint from the alcohol. Sweetish and spicy on the otherwise drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that was certainly a bit different and surprisingly drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.31/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudless azure with lavender highlights beneath a fluffy mint green and boysenberry cap. Not really, but I thought I'd stay true to the psychedelic Easter egg motif of the label. Actually, the beer is gaudy pumpkin orange and is positively radiant when backlit. Miniscule, incredibly slow moving bubbles rise through a cloud of fine yeast and bump into the bottom of a creamy head of pale pastel orange. Melty sea foam lace looks okay, but could be more abundant.

Amazingly (not to mention disappointingly), the nose is very nearly a no-show. How is it possible for a beer brewed with such aromatic herbs to be so unaromatic? I would think that one or more of them would make some sort of impression. Mildy fruity and ever so slighty yeasty... I guess.

It's hard to imagine a Three Floyds beer, at 9% no less, being this soft and subtle on the palate. I almost said 'unimpressive', but I'm not quite ready to throw in the towel yet; I'll see what happens as it warms up a little. First of all, Rabbid Rabbit is nothing like any other Three Floyds beer that I've ever had. Neither is it anything like any Belgian or French saison that I've ever had. In other words, it's a true original, for better or for worse.

There's a modest pale malt sweetness and almost no hoppiness beneath the primary flavor of flower petals. Bitterness is progressive throughout each mouthful, however, so there are definitely alpha acids working behind the scenes. By far the dominant flavor is of flowery herbs and spices. In particular, coriander, lavender, chamomille and rose hips. Those last three sound like ingredients in perfume, not pedal-to-the-metal Three Floyds beer. That'd be fine if was kick ass beer. But it ain't.

Other than coriander, which is identifiable, I have no idea how the others taste so I can't say which ones actually make a contribution. I don't mind strange ingredients in my beer, and have had quite a few good gruits along the way, but Rabbid Rabbit is just too 'Grandma's potpourri' for me to find much enjoyment. The flavors are a little more vivid as the beer warms (as is the aroma), for what that's worth.

The body/mouthfeel is medium in a general sense, with a slick feel that's especially noted on the finish, and is sparsely bubbled. I don't mind it really, but it's so far afield from what I believe a saison should be that I have no choice but to dock it a half point for style ignorance.

I hesitated over this bomber of Rabbid Rabbit Saison because the $10.99 price tag gave me temporary sticker shock. In a way, I'm glad that it was so expensive because it kept me from buying a half case as originally planned. The bottom line (for me at least) is that this rabbit is more like a fluffy little bunny than the hair-trigger hare depicted on the label. A rare Three Floyds disappointment.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was very nice, very cloudy and hazy with a huge billowing head of white coming up and over the top. Really nice carbonation could be seen streaming up toward the top of the glass and a light bit of sediment in the bottom. Light aroma, light spice, bananas and light grain, nothing really over the top here at all and very understated. The taste was a bit bigger, grainy with a light fruit hint to it, but still nothing that is terribly over the top. Good, but not great. Light dry finish with a hint of peach and pear as it rolls out. Smooth, light and even carbonation and a nice easy to drink quality to it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from EchoCharlieEcho, cheers Elisabeth!

Pours apricot colored with a pinky of ivory colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing, some oily sheen to this

S: Apple skins & white grapes & pears once warm

T: Follows the nose, also getting candi sugar & chipotle pepper spicyness (??? it's working for me) & dryness up front. Apple peels, peppery hops & slight earthy funk as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty & with a slight honey sweetness & peppercorn

MF: Medium bodied, slick with minimal carbonation

Drinks easy enough, the ABV is well hidden. This one is a bit different, nice change of pace, not really a "go to" Saison IMO. I come to expect a lot from FFF, this really didn't deliver

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Photo of billab914
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a hazy amber color with a thin spotty white head. The head disappeared after a minute or so and didn't leave any lacing.

The aroma has a peppery spice to it with a slightly fruity, citrus flavor going on as well. It has a decent aroma to it overall, but it smells like it could have a ton of spice in the taste which scares me.

The taste hits me with a huge unexpected peppercorn flavor right off the bat. Wow is that peppery. It has a bit of a citrusy, orange peel flavor to it and a bit of tart fruit as well, but it's tough to get past the strong spice. The pepper spice is just way too strong for me overall. I will say it tastes incredibly light for being 9%.

The Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being on the moderate side. Drinkability is average at best for me, the pepper flavor was just too much for me. It seemed to have some good flavors but they were just overshadowed by the spice. Not one of my favorite FFF beers overall.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Iain for this bottle.

A: The beer pours a very hazed golden color with a fluffy white head. Must be a lot of wheat in this.

S: Honey is the first thing that I smell. Lots of bread and floral notes to the beer with plenty of yeast in there as well. There's a mild spiciness and some faint fruity notes, particularly bananas.

T: More banana on the palate. A mild earthiness and spice, presumably from the yeast. More of that honey character, too. Lightly floral with solid bread notes and a slight lemon zest flavor.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: I'm not sure how much of a Saison this really is, but I found it to be enjoyable anyway.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Split this bottle with my brother, and he seemed to enjoy it. Good times. It pours a cloudy golden straw topped by a healthy finger of white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, lightly funky wheat, light coriander, black pepper, orange zest, and grass. The taste maintains some the of the citrus leaned toward in the smell, but focuses more on an earthy and spicy character, with notes of clove, cardamom, nutmeg, light balsa, heavy wheat, and honey. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly refreshing finish. Overall, a very nice saison, one of the few I wouldn't mind regularly sipping on in the future.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 04/28/12 notes. Thanks to JM03 for sending a bottle of this my way. 22 oz bomber.

a - Pours a murky yellow color with one to two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, apples, bananas, yeast, citrus, oranges, cloves, and light spice. Super fruity, which I like a lot.

t - Tastes of citrus, Belgian style yeast, cloves, pepper, oranges, fruity malts, bananas, and bready malts. Little more spice to it, but still really nice. Think I like the nose a tiny bit better.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink and smooth.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good saison; another winner from FFF for me. The nose is super fruity which I loved, and the taste is as well, though not quite as much. Easy to drink, would certainly have it again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful glowing cloudy orange body with a bright white head forming thick in my new Tripel Karmeliet glass. Aroma has a big punch of citrus, and herbal spice, chalky yeast notes, and a touch of alcohol coming together. As I take my first initial sips, I get a strong assertive bitterness from the herbal chamomile, citrus peel edges, and strong long lasting spicy notes from the yeast. Bright citric notes initially followed by hints of bready sweetness all followed by a strong alcohol flavor, it was the last bottle available at Chalet Premier in North Lima, OH. Worth it to try it, sense I've been looking for this beer pretty much since they first brewed it. Mouthfeel was effervescent with sturdy carbonation medium bodied yet mellow and smooth nothing overbearing, a bit of alcohol warmth I welcomed along with a lasting spice/bitterness on the palate. Overall a truly tasty American brewed saison, which was definitely worth it. Will I revisit this one soon, probably not because I prefer the hoppy 3 Floyd's offerings.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. A little bit of floaties in there too. Scent is quite interesting. Initially sweet, bready, and herbal. A bit of funk and wet dog aroma...Also get sweet apples and cinnamon. A bit of orange peel as well. Taste is at first grainy and a bit musty with some sweet apple flavor. Subdued hops with Belgian yeast and bready malt flavors. Tons of herbs and spices...somewhat winter-like. Very unique flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. No alcohol flavor detected. Drinkability is high. Overall, this was one great beer. Not very typical for the average saison, as it is unlike any one I have tasted before. I got this as an extra in a trade and wish I had access to purchasing it myself.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at the tasting. Big thanks to alexk307 always wanted to try this.

Pale lemon color, quite bright yellow actually almost fluorescent. Big bleach white fluffy head and very foamy but disintegrates a little fast, but leaves a good thin puck.

Real nice chewy wheat aroma on the nose. Notes of herbal green sage quality. A big dense sensing thick body hinting. Not much brett or farmhouse quality to this, with a bit too much sensing sucrose.

Really unique palate but seems to be pushing the wrong buttons. Big creamy body very unexpected. Good amount of punching herbs coming out of this, sage, thyme, maybe even some basil, but there's a thick icing sugar coming out as well. Some faint hot pepper rounds out the finish, while nice to find, ends up becoming strangely jarring with all this other stuff going around.

The sweetness doesn't even come off as even Belgian strangely. It's got some really fascinating qualities but it misses the classic saison character and depth, and just misses the mark. There's a real interesting beer in here but it's sort of all over the place.

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Rabbid Rabbit from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,080 ratings.
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