Tharsis
Carton Brewing Company

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #589
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,424
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 7.48%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
37
From:
Carton Brewing Company
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  8
SCORE
88
Very Good
Notes: French Saison yeast and pepper is a game we like to play. Here we decided to extend the turf to peppers. The pitfall of chile beers is that over time capsaicin continues to strengthen while most the other aspects of a beer deteriorate. Even perfectly balanced pepper beers step a bit out of line straight out of the tanks. The notion of Tharsis is that much like chile heat grows over time, saffron pungency also grows. Rather than try to control the burn we will keep up with it and revel in its growth. Drink Tharsis cool now or hot later.

25 IBU

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 37 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by beerthulhu:
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Saison. draft. goblet.

A: One finger bready white head, hazy light orange coloring with a strong haze. Milky covering, low coverage retention no lacing.

S: Dry barnwood, funky dry belgian yeast and grains with musty orange. Low to medium awareness with light citrus peel and bread, short duration.

T: Musty orange flavor, dry bread, spicy dry belgian hops, hint of dry sourness. Black peppery spicing lingers nicely, with a gentle warmth . Dry honeycomb, musty wood, spicy belgian yeast finish.

M: Semi crisp mouthful, bready, low carbonation, dry peppery spicing afterfeel.

O: Spicy, lightly peppery spicing, dry, citrusy hops, 85-87 feels about right here.

Jun 03, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 liter growler, sample from the brewery.

Bright golden color, spectacular show of head and lacing. Yeasty and doughy with a spicy phenol note that stand up well with the faintness of chile peppers in the nose. Proper Saison crispness and lighter body, slow heat from the chile peppers goes very well with the mellow medicinal phenols from the yeast. Saffron is there but a bit hard to pick out, seems to add to the depth of this brew rather than being a star ingredient ... that is what saffron is best for IMO.

Very well put together, love that Carton stayed 100% true to what the Saison is yet added an extreme thinking to it.

Aug 28, 2015
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 07, 2015
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jkane101 from New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great saison with just a subtle bit of heat at the end.

Jun 13, 2015
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claspada from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 04, 2015
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 21, 2015
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koopa from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 15, 2015
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Hypersomnia from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 26, 2015
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rfgetz from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 01, 2015
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MadScientist from New York

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 02, 2015
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djrn2 from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 06, 2015
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 01, 2015
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ShemRahBoo from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 01, 2015
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 22, 2015
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TimHitchings from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 25, 2015
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 06, 2015
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 03, 2015
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 22, 2015
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mikeburd1128 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classic saison with a bit of heat on the back end. Reminds me of opal a lot. Loving this.

Apr 22, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Madison Pourhouse in Albany, NY.

This one pours a hazy orange, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells pretty herbal, with some spicing, saffron I'd guess, though I don't know exactly what saffron smells or tastes like. There's some yeastiness as well, pleasant and restrained. Don't really get any pepper aroma.

This one starts with a herbal and spiced thing up front, with a middle section of saison yeast, floral, slightly perfumey, with a lingering peppery finish. The heat is pleasant, and not too dominating, it only appears at the end here.

This is medium bodied, with a fairly full mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

A really unique and interesting beer here, typical weirdness from Carton.

Jun 20, 2015
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JamLand from District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 14, 2015
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NJBeer265 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 29, 2015
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lateralundertow from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 15, 2015
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Dominic_Decoco from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 08, 2015
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Triklino from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 01, 2015
Tharsis from Carton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 37 ratings