Bay And Pepper Your Bretts | Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Bay And Pepper Your BrettsBay And Pepper Your Bretts

Brewed by:
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Josh Lehman (Holy Grale Chef) is the quintessential beer focused chef. Jerry Gnagy (ATG Brewmaster) is the quintessential strange brewer. So it only made sense they would work together on this bright, savory and spicy saison. What didn't and doesn't make sense is the name Bay and Pepper Your Bretts. But if it's good, does it have to make sense?

Added by TMoney2591 on 09-23-2012

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by macher0:
Photo of macher0
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy medium copper with a fine bubble head that retreats to a slight film. The nose has noticeable sour funk, not to be mistaken for barn house funk. Additionally, some pepper, citrus peel, neutral oak, and malts. Now the taste takes a slightly different direction with a low tartness level balanced with a strong pepper bite. High carbonation, medium body, and pepper notes lend to a sharp feel with a decent bite.

Overall this is a well crafted ale with a unique flavor profile that does not go too crazy in any direction. I feel this is underrated and similar to other beers that have bretts but don't go for an over the top sour level. Good for the price and certainly recommended.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In a teku the beer was a gold color with a medium-sized white head.

A muted aroma of sweet fruit and spice. The bay is apparent, and there was a hint of funk.

The taste was also a little weak. Apple and pear, some pepper. Maybe a touch of candy.

Sweet and dry.

This beer just didn't do it for me. Too sweet, not enough spice. And where's the brett?

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brewshound
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beefnbarley
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmlund
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnjohnbeer
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that quickly settled down, leaving a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and eventually a smaller collar with some patchy streaks of bubbles running across the surface.
S: Light aromas of brett funk are present in the nose along with herbal notes of bay leaves.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the flavors of bay leaves are a little stronger and there are also notes of peppery spices towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, rather crisp, and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very nice balance in the taste between the flavors of brett, herbs, and spices. The funkiness from the brett won't blow you away but in this respect the beer is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Bright orange/yellow pour with a medium head that dissapates rather quickly. Smell starts with the Belgian yeast, strong black pepper, lesser aroma of malts, Brett and bay leaves. Taste continues the yeast, some pepper, a little Brett funk. Also a citrusy tartness, a little bay leaf. Smooth, great feel, pretty dry.

Well worth a purchase. Flavors are well blended. Fairly refreshing beer

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Photo of ShanePB
2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. Hazy straw yellow body, thin white retention ring. Very minor splotchy lacing. Big herbal aroma, slight pepper, lemongrass, and spice. Flavor is a bit cleaner than the nose, but not great. Bay leaves, yeast, herbs, slight pepper. Dry finish. Strange beer...

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Photo of Cresant
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is collaboration between Chef Josh Lehman of the Holy Grale and Against the Grain Brewery. The recipe may be collaboration between Mr. Gnagy & Mr. Lehman, but the name is all Against the Grain. The wordplay and punnery are classic AtG. In my head I keep hearing - Spay and Neuter Your Pets.

The name may be silliness but the beer is legitimate. I found this one to be very well constructed. All of the elements seem to work here in harmony; no one flavor profile overpowers the others.

The body of this beer had the appearance of a dull butterscotch disk. Hazy, muddied orangey-yellow in color. The white head was loose and left patterns of lace. That is until I swirled my glass to agitate all of the wonderful aromas.

The bay leaf is so herbal and fresh, followed by a funky, woolliness in the nose - attributable to the Brettynomyces and yeast. Clean, lemony notes accent the wet concrete earthiness. Cracked peppercorns and hints of biscuits followed. There is a lot to love in the aroma of this one. I couldn’t stop swirling and sniffing!

The body was not as effervescent as I expected from this saison style beer. It was medium bodied but modestly carbonated.

The taste was fresh, luminous, and spicy. The bay leaf is unmistakable, yet subtle enough to enable the other flavors to also shine. Black pepper accents the spicy bay leaf. The twang from the Brett peaks in the middle and the bittering finish tastes of Meyer lemons. The gentle bitterness ends semi-dry and citrusy. Very satisfying. All of the flavors worked well together and I would say this beer begs to be paired with a nice dinner. Not quite delicate, but not quite bold either, masterfully balanced and very enjoyable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.65/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Murky bright straw yellow color. One finger of short lived white head that leaves about half of itself behind as irregular lacing.

1.25 S: When the cap came off, the worry began. My first though was: acetone. The taste nearly confirms my suspicions, but I'm still not fully sure. It could just be the bay leaves meshing poorly with the brett and saison funkiness. In any case, it smells terrible. Acetone astringency blocks out any attempt to find something better underneath, but I'll contradict myself and say I can pick up some lemon and brett funkiness.

1.25 T: I gave the nose a 1.25 so I could have some wiggle room to give a worse score for the taste, but alas, it is just as bad as the nose - no better and no worse. Again I'm getting acetone as the main flavor. Brett funk, lemon, and pepper follow but as above, it's difficult to want to get past the bad to see what's underneath.

3.5 M: The mouthfeel is actually pretty good though. Light and spritzy and dances on the tongue.

1.5 D: I really hope I'm right and this is the beginnings of an infection. If it isn't, then the brewer consciously released one of the worst beers ever made. Based on the other reviews here and on RB, I'd say it's the former. In any case, I tried to contact the brewer, but instead of being a normal company and putting an contact email on their website, all they offer is a hundred ways to use social media to follow their antics. If I was 10 years younger and much stupider I'd have a twitter account, but I don't today.

BEWARE! It sucks wasting $12 on a single bottle.

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Photo of Caudalie
2.56/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Foul bay smell. It was not pleasant at all...

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3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bleedblue9150
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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