Roll In The Hay | Karbach Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by champ103 on 07-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 68
Photo of zonker17
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5 oz taster pour in the taproom on 8/1/16, this is a new batch. Hard to judge head from this size glass, crystal clear yellow color. Vinous, woody nose with Belgian yeast overtones. Crisp flavors with the wine barrel really shining through and complementing the base beer. Medium body and above average carbonation.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 30 June 2013. 22 oz bottle brought as BYOB to "Blacksmith by Night" featuring Mala Sichuan Bistro; poured into glass tumblers. Hazy amber gold with good frothy white head and lace. Yeasty bread, fruit, wet straw and light oak on the nose. Nice tart and funk notes balance the sweeter saison base. Light body and moderate carbonation. Some interesting wine notes improve the Barn Burner base. Sour, sweet and refreshing profile goes well with the spicy, numbing Sichuan dishes served.

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Photo of nathanmiller
1.25/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

004: 8/10/13 - 22 ounce bottle poured into a 12 ounce tulip.

Just pure diacetyl. The smell and taste both remind me of going to see movies at the AMC 30 when I was a kid. Remember when you could get a whole cup of popcorn butter and pour it over whatever you were eating? Think about how nasty that is. That's freaking nasty.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle of the FUN 004 batch pours a hazed gold color with a dense cap of white head. Excellent retention and lace.

Nose is similar to Barn Burner with some pinot gris added in. The spices used in BB are thankfully muted and this smells much better than the base beer...I did not rate Barn Burner very high - I hate spices added to a saison. Still sweeter than I would like to see though and the malts heavier.

The tartness from the green grapes/wine barrels evens out the sweetness nicely. Much better than Barn Burner me thinks. The spices have toned down from age and are almost to a bearable level. The wine barrels have added some much needed depth and white wine could not have been a more perfect choice. Love the tartness added and the wood is mild but noticeable. While not my favorite from the FUN series, I thought it was an immense improvement on the base beer.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seeing as how I've been trying to get more into Saisons (especially wine barrel-aged) I was very excited to try this puppy.

For all of the back and forth in terms of ratings for this beer, I thought it was right in the middle. Simple Saison flavor profile enhanced slightly by the Chardonnay aspect. Being a wine drinker, I definitely appreciated the malic acid, butter, apple, pear and oak you traditionally find in a nice glass of Chard. Surprisingly tart with a little sweetness to balance out the mouthfeel makes it finish dry for the most part.

Very tasty beer that went down easy. A real treat.

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Photo of Premo88
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into pub glass
(drank on 7/21/13)

L: orange, about 75% clear; super thick white head, 1/2-inch thick ... real foamy

S: sour grapes, white wine; hint of yeast, chicago-style pizza crust; more wine as it warms up

T: semi-dry white wine, not much sweetness, slight sour finish; it tastes like bubblegum with all the sweet sucked out of it, very interesting; gets a hefeweizen-banana note over final 1/5, still distinctly lacking in sweet

F: perfect; big carbonation with solid midweight feel ... so drinkable

O: ironically, this barrel-aged version of Karbach's saison is probably more saison-like than the non barrel-aged version ... it tastes like Barn Burner with all the sweet sucked out of it. very interesting and bonus points to Karbach for trying something different that isn't liquid hops

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.92/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This pours a very nice golden color with a nice level of cloudiness that his a very thick, rich head that that settles very slowly and leaves a subtle lacing on the glass.

The nose is sweet and hoppy and the wine nose is very prevalent and more reminiscent of a sour style Flemish ale. The nose is actually very complex, spicy and sweet with hints of citrus, sour dough bread, hops.

The flavor is exceptional. The notes of wine are there and very good and really complimentary with the subtleness of a sour in flavor, not overwhelming, but definitely there. The farmhouse aspect is very present and is the dominant attribute, very fresh, very effervescent, with notes of fruit, oak, and as sour finish that is actually pleasant.

The mouthfeel is rich and somewhat savory. Very pleasing to the palate.

Overall I really like this beer and the 1Pint, 6oz serving and is a very fast drinking beer. This one is masterful in the creation and the final product is to be applauded. I would love to drink this beer on a regular basis.

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Photo of Ford
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip style glass.

I was able to drink this back to back with a regular Barn Burner Saison which is the base beer for this aged product.

Drinking them back to back I was really able to see the affect of the barrel on the beer. I shared this one with a couple of friends who are more into wine than beer and they LOVED it.

I really liked it. I actually traded for another bottle after drinking this one as it was limited and I couldn't find anymore.

Another really good beer from Karbach.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle pured into a snifter

Karbach's Barn Burner Saison aged for several months in white wine barrels

Pours a cloudy orangish/yellowish color with a small 1 finger head that fizzed up and disappeared almost instantly. Absolutly no lacing to speak of as my glass goes down. The scent is reminiscent of Barn Burner, a little spice, some citrus but not much to speak of. Almost no wine presence at all on the scent or taste, it's been a couple months since iv had Barn Burner, but I'm thinking I wouldn't be able to tell a difference between the 2, except this 1 costs about 5 times more. I was really looking forward to this release, but its a huge letdown in my opinion. I still think Karbach is killin it with this F.U.N. series and I am looking forward to what they put out next.

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Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Witchcraft Tavern. For those unfamiliar, this is Barn Burner aged in Chardonnay barrels for about 4 months. As well as FUN #4, though released after FUN #5. Yes that is fun ;)

A: Pours a hazed golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Plenty of lace is left down the glass.
S: Slightly tart fruits. Pineapples and ripe apple skins. Light wood aromas, with some buttery malt. A light phenolic yeast, and a lingering sweetness.
T: Tart fruits, with a ting of acidity. Tart apple skins, pineapple, and even lemon flavors. Buttery malt, phenolic yeast, and a lingering sweetness.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. To sweet for me, I wish this was dryer. Not hard to drink. An easy summer sipper.

While the wine barrels add a nice tart fruit and almost buttery malt character, it still finishes to sweet for my tastes. Well for the style anyway. I like it better than Barn Burner, but not one of the better Karbach beers IMO. Worth a try if you can find it on tap, but I think the bottle price is to steep for what it is.

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Roll In The Hay from Karbach Brewing Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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