Apiary | Kane Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Kane Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Hessian257 on 09-24-2013

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 126
Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Growler purchased 2/4/16 and poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 2F head with good retention, good amount of lacing, cap and ring. Beer is a slightly hazy light copper.

S: Notes are light yeast, cracker malts, floral, and honey.

T: Taste follows nose for the most part. As the name indicates the honey and sweetness play a larger role than your average Saison, but not too sweet or cloying. Yeastiness and Brett there, but stay in their lanes. Good drying.

F: Light to medium body, Light to medium carbonation. Good construction and balance. Honey makes it not quite as drinkable and refreshing as your average Saison, personal preference on this point.

O: Nice Saison with a sweet twist.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker orange, little head and small spotty lacing. Notes of complex grain, honey sweetness, floral, light peppery and slight barnyard. Light medium feel, very dry finish and no hint of the 8% ABV. Overall an enjoyable saison.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Its got a Belgian look, with a billowy head that caps the goldenstraw liquid; great stickage and the lacing clings to the glass

Smell: Cracker malt with oat and rye tones; the honey adds a soft hue

Taste: Cracker and grain (definitely pick up the rye, with the oat and spelt (?) a little tougher to discern); the honey adds a slight bit of sweetness that lingers but, in the middle, there is a strong peppery/herbal character that builds; a bit pithy, as well, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: There is a lot to like in this beer and I enjoyed it more and more as it warmed but there is a harshness to the finish, as well, that dampens my enthusiasm for the total product

Thanks, SMason, for the opportunity

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Photo of gr0g
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw-colored with plenty of head. Very nice retention and lace formation. Aroma has many facets, with hops, yeast, and fruity esters all contributing. Floral and citric qualities. Some chalky, yeasty phenols, but they are over-prevalent as in some light Belgian ales. Apple and pear notes.

Predominantly dry flavor profile with some minor spice contributions. Some coriander and maybe grains of paradise. Dry, bitter finish. While this is a fairly strong saison, the alcohol is well-masked. There's more complexity than the usual light cracker grain profile, and checking Kane's Website, this is confirmed as oats and rye are used. The texture is very good for a well-carbonated Belgian, not quite silky but quite soft.

Kane's Apiary is a very nice saison that doesn't stick to a strict, cookie-cutter formula. I've yet to have a mediocre beer from this great Jersey brewery.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Alright Kane Brewing, where you been all my beer-drinking life? Your Saison is stellar- giving a dry efforvescence with a spicy and earthy backbone and supporting cracker malts with a decoration of fruit- you're singing an authentic Belgian tone. But let's probe a bit deeper...

Apiary Farmhouse pours with a cloudy goldenrod hue and a back-light that's just a degree off of orange juice. Its creamy-textured and ivory-colored head is lofty, lightened of creamy structure even as it recedes into a fluid settling, trailing with fingerling lace.

Spicy-sweet in its initial aromas, a waft of fruit and pepper ensue, decorated with apricot, orange, an apple while white pepper, mint and mild cumin offer a balanced nose. All this simmers on the nose while soft white bread and toasted wafer give support and richness.

Yet its taste starts the same as its aromas trail- Biscuity sweet with fresh baked bread, dry wafers and shortbread. But that's all short as the influx of fruit and spice defines the bulk of taste in the middle. A melange of lemons, apples, apricots and oranges all swirl on the palate while that earthy balance of pepper, mint and hay finishes its taste.

Subdued in its mouthfeel, the ale takes a step back. Even though it shows high effervescence to the eye, it is only partially zesty on the palate while a creamy notion also transpires. This limits the beer's ultra-dry character gives a feel of normal Belgian Pale Ales. Getting past its only weakness, the ale trails with a slight straw astringency, playful grassy bitterness and wine-like acidity.

Not quite a home-run, Kane Brewing hits a warning track fly as it does so many things that are correct for the style, but not pushing it further leaves its just shy of the classic and authentic Belgian Saisons.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice hazy straw yellow with 2 fingers of fluffy white head, great lacing left behind. Smells citrusy, orange peel, lemon zest, pepper, honey, and Belgian style yeast.
The flavor is nice and refreshing. Malty with a subtle sweetness and refreshing citrus twist. A nice peppery yeast profile in the finish
Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation.
A pretty damn decent saison. On par with some of the fantome one offs I've had. Glad to have these guys locally.

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Photo of dar482
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a hazy golden color.

The beer is of honey, floral, grassiness, wheat, lots of citrus. Some spice. The beer hits on saison notes without going somewhere with theme.

Somehow this beer lacks in complexity. Standing up the brett version, this beer was a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of rudzud
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip. This is Batch 1.

A - Pours a very nice crystal clear golden honey hue with a big, rocky three finger head that fades to leave thick side lacing and a great blanket. Spot on for the style

S - Aromas of floral hops, light funk, very nice slightly spicy saison yeast characteristics, grassy hops. Very floral, great honey notes (without the cloy sweetness), and grass.

T - Taste is not quite as good as the nose. Its similar but not nearly as powerful as the nose. More of that very good, rich honey notes (clearly a high quality honey), light spice notes (not really peppercorns, just a spicy saison), very faint corriander notes. Nice grass and floral notes, with a nice very mild bitter finish that works nice with the light honey sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol is hidden VERY well. Hard to believe this is over 7% ABV.

O - Overall, this is a very well done saison. The top notch honey is delicous here with the light bitter finish. Unlike the majority of saisons, this one does not really have the lemon and peppercorn notes. Instead it is pleasantly earthy, floral, and high quality honey.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Last bottle at the brewery and cracked open same night
Golden straw, mostly clear pour with pillowy white head leaving covering lace on glass. Smells of sweet orange, earthiness, bit of wildflower and the honey sweetness. Nice light feel with lots of carb and a sweet upfront with a touch of the honey coming through with a fairly wet finish. Really nice overall depth can't wait for the Brett version

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Photo of justintcoons
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy gold with 2 fingers of white head. Good retention and low carbonation. A nice layer of lacing is left around the glass.

Honey, potpourri and peach. Hints of golden apple and lemon.

Potpourri, dried hay and a light earthy funk. Honey sweetness pushes through along with spent grains, peach and golden apple. Light notes of lemongrass hoppiness as well as hints of coriander and black peppercorn.

Medium-light bodied, semi-dry, crisp and refreshing.

Decent enough Saison. You can tell that the honey that was used was high quality and that really helped to create a balanced beer.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy golden yellow liquid. a huge mouse-like, snow white foam on top. great rentention, seems to last for days. a thick wall of lacing is left on the glass as it very slowly recedes.

S - aroma is soft, sort of muted. notes of honeycomb, cereal grains, and black pepper. lemons and limes.

T - grainy with notes of cracked wheat. surprisingly high bitterness. lots of citrus notes, bitter orange peel, lime leafs, lemony acid.

M - light body, mix of watery and grainy texture. super high effervescent carbonation.

O - interesting take on a saison, though i probably should have cracked it open while it was still warmer out, i feel i would have enjoyed it a bit more since it was so light. but overall it was tasty.

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Photo of vange
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really great saison, the honey is pronounced, but subtle enough to not get in the way of this great classic saison. Saisons are not my goto style, but I went back and bought 6 more bottles of this stuff after finishing off the 1 bottle I had. For someone's first foray into saisons this is a great start, but also as great for the seasoned saison drinker. Kudso Kane, another great brew!

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Photo of Jonada
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Served in a teku

Appearance: Pours a bright honey color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Body is very hazy with lots of visible carbonation. Good head retention and lacing

Smell: Spicy saison yeast, floral, grassy, honey.

Taste: More of the same, with the honey being a bit stronger than in the aroma. Lots of yeast character with some coriander and grassy hops that yield a mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Carbonation bordering on high. Finishes mostly dry but with a slight residual sweetness that becomes more prominent as the beer warms.

Overall: Another good one from Kane. These guys continue to churn out really good beers. I'm already looking forward to trying their next release.

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Photo of Hessian257
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch#1 750ml Bottle poured from bottle on 9/24/2013

A- Typical Saison, hazy dark orange turning bright yellow as light hits from different angle

S- A sweet smell with a hint of Honey, but the Saison yeast is more prominent

T/M- Saisons are a hit or miss for me, but this one is really good. Drinks like a typical Saison but the added honey adds more complexity that I like in these style beers. As the beer warms the honey becomes more noticeable and makes me wanting more. Mouthfeel is moderate to low carbonation which actually works nice. Only knock on the beer is a slighty heavy body for the style.

O- I feel like a broken record when I say "Kane has done it again" but it seems like its few and far between the make a bad beer. Apiary is a beautiful representation of what a Saison is and can be. I shared this bottle with beer lovers and beer haters, and this one was enjoyed by all.

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Apiary from Kane Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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